A South Korean court’s reversal on a previous “comfort women” ruling may be seen as a win for Japan, but Tokyo is not celebrating just yet.
Although the summit will be largely symbolic, it'll also be a chance to cement a unified stance on China — or at least clarify how far they’re willing to go together.
Any release of treated water into the Pacific will be done in small quantities each time and carried out over a period of about 30 years.
In the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, a highly infectious strain of the coronavirus first identified in the U.K. — N501Y — now accounts for a third of new infections.
The prime minister is likely to call a Cabinet meeting on the fate of the water next Tuesday, local reports say, after meeting with national fisheries association chief.
Japan has been wary of checking China on rights issues, partly out of fear of economic retaliation from its largest trading partner.
A tug-of-war between the Foreign Ministry and lawmakers, with Suga standing on the sidelines, illustrates the challenge confronting Tokyo: Take stronger action or risk alienating the U.S.
Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister leading the central government’s virus response, stressed the importance of minimizing another outbreak.
The prime minister's decision comes after Tokyo reported a monthly high for new coronavirus cases.
In a joint statement singling out Beijing, the top U.S. and Japanese diplomats and defense chiefs condemned China's "coercion and destabilizing behavior" in the region.