Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shakes hands with victims of the Noto Peninsula earthquake in the town of Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 24, 2024
Kishida pledges to expand aid to Noto quake areas
The prime minister apparently intends to reflect firsthand opinions in the government's restoration and reconstruction support measures.
A woman works at a fishing port in Soma, about 45 kilometers away from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, in Fukushima Prefecture, last August.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 24, 2024
Japan and China held talks over Fukushima treated water release
At the online meeting, there was no major progress in their discussions, as China keeps in place the import ban on all seafood products from Japan.
A member of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service attends a transfer ceremony of special vehicles from Japan to Ukraine in Kyiv on Nov. 20, 2023.
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Feb 23, 2024
An ominous portent emerges for Japan as Ukraine war enters third year
There are growing indications that the once-durable coalition of partners backing Kyiv’s war effort is crumbling — an ominous sign for Japan.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Feb 23, 2024
Nikkei's all-time high unlikely to serve as tailwind for Kishida
Many analysts point out that the jump in Tokyo shares is not due to the economic and monetary policies of the government and the Bank of Japan.
Lower House Budget Committee executives discuss next week's schedule in Tokyo on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 22, 2024
Committee probing LDP funds scandal set to open next week
The committee will likely gather next Wednesday and Thursday to interrogate five senior LDP lawmakers over their involvement in a kickback scheme.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa and her South Korean counterpart Cho Tae-yul meet on the sidelines of a foreign ministerial meeting of the Group of 20 major economies in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 22, 2024
Japan and South Korea agree to work on North Korea issues
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa and her counterpart Cho Tae-yul met in person in Rio de Janeiro.
Former Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 21, 2024
Senior LDP members likely to appear before ethics committee next week
While the opposition said the willingness of additional LDP figures to answer questions was an improvement, they called for more to step up.
Education Minister Masahito Moriyama bows to parliament after a motion of no confidence against him was voted down in Tokyo on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 20, 2024
Japan opposition fails with censure motion against education minister
The CDP's move against a Unification Church-linked minister came as the party also called for questioning over a slush funds scandal.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal is flanked by security personnel as he arrives at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan for a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 20, 2024
Ukrainian PM cautions of war’s spillover as he looks to tamp down fatigue fears
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal warned in Tokyo that a Russian victory would prompt more conflicts across the globe.
The European Union is looking to conclude a security and defense partnership agreement with Japan amid China's maritime assertiveness.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 20, 2024
EU to seek security and defense pact with Japan amid China's assertiveness
The two sides will explore increasing cooperation across wide areas including maritime security, intelligence sharing and coping with hybrid attacks
Sadayuki Sakakibara, head of a Defense Ministry expert panel, speaks during its meeting at the ministry on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 20, 2024
Japan's $290 billion defense spending plan insufficient: experts
The spending plan is already much larger than in past years to address security threats.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (right) presents a gift to a Ukrainian refugee an event at the Keidanren Kaikan in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 19, 2024
As war fatigue grows, Japan pledges long-term support to Ukraine
Describing the aid as an investment in the future, Tokyo emphasized how Japan’s technology and expertise in reconstruction could serve Ukraine’s needs.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has in recent months repeatedly touted his openness to “unconditional” talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling for “a bold step to change the status quo.”
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Feb 19, 2024
North Korea eyes well-worn playbook with Japan summit hints
Pyongyang's offer of repairing ties with Japan may be concealing what may be a more likely motivation — to drive a wedge between Tokyo and its partners.
Gold badges distributed to Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly members after the April 2023 election. The prices for both types doubled from four years ago.
Gold assembly badges worth millions of yen unreturned in Kyushu
Each elected member receives a new badge for every election and is supposed to return them on losing an election or retiring from politics.
Defense Minister Minoru Kihara (right) shakes hands with Australia's Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles during their meeting at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo in October.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 18, 2024
Australia wants Japan to collaborate with AUKUS on defense tech
Canberra wants to 'work more closely' with Tokyo on technological developments but not nuclear-powered submarines.
A model of the next-generation fighter jet set to be built by Japan, Britain and Italy is seen at the DSEI defense event in London last September.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 18, 2024
Japan looks to limit third-country defense exports to next-gen fighter jet
Tokyo plans to limit — at least for now — exports of finished defense equipment co-developed with others to the jet being built with Italy and Britain.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo speaks during an interview in Pasay City, Metro Manila, on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 17, 2024
Philippines eyes hosting 'two-plus-two' security talks with Japan this year
The countries' foreign and defense ministers will likely meet toward the middle or second half of the year, with a key security pact on the agenda.
An honor guard from the Self-Defense Forces prepares for a ceremony.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 17, 2024
Japan SDF to soften hairstyle rules as recruit shortage worsens
The Defense Ministry will allow recruits to have longer hair from April this year as it aims to attract young people.
Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Kazunori Yamanoi shows a Liberal Democratic Party survey about a slush funds scandal to reporters in Tokyo on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 16, 2024
LDP survey doesn't quell demand from opposition for ethics hearing
The scandal, and the demand to convene a meeting of the ethics committee, have Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in a political bind.
Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said on Thursday that a visit by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to Pyongyang could materialize, but only if Tokyo met several caveats.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 16, 2024
North Korea-Japan summit push gains steam after remarks by Kim’s sister
A visit by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to Pyongyang could materialize, but only if Tokyo met several caveats, Kim Yo Jong said.

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