Abductee hopes hinge on Kim

National / Politics Aug 29, 2014

Abductee hopes hinge on Kim

Japan is confident some of the more than a dozen citizens abducted by North Korean agents over three decades ago are alive, and is counting on Kim Jong Un to return them, said the minister in charge of the issue. "We are holding negotiations on ...

National / Politics Mar 28, 2014

Easing of sanctions on North possible

Japan's sanctions against North Korea could be eased if Pyongyang deals squarely with the abduction issue, a Cabinet minister said Friday ahead of renewed intergovernmental talks next week. "If North Korea shows sincere, positive moves toward resolving the abduction issue, it is possible (for Japan) ...

Environment Jan 18, 2014

Will Japan prepared mean nature ruined?

by Winifred Bird

"Resilience" is a hot topic these days — not in self-help books, but among policymakers worldwide. As governments become convinced that climate change is a real threat, they are taking steps to ensure communities can bounce back from the increasing impact of floods, storms, ...

National / Politics Oct 21, 2013

Abe weighing big picture on Yasukuni trip

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will decide "from a broad perspective" whether to visit war-linked Yasukuni Shrine by the end of the year, the government's top spokesman said Monday. "The prime minister himself will decide from a broad perspective. That says it all," Chief Cabinet Secretary ...