Japan’s SDF dispatch to U.S. Okinawa base hits rock bottom

Japan’s plan to send SDF forces to a U.S.M.C. base in Okinawa after a U.S. helicopter accident earlier this year was inconvenienced due to U.S. reluctance.   The move to send SDF forces to U.S.M.C. Air Station Futenma was intended to allay safety concerns instigated by a torrent of emergency landings involving U.S. military helicopters

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May 7, 2018

Trump talked out of pulling U.S. troops from South Korea

John Kelly, the Chief of Staff at the White House, persuaded U.S. President Donald Trump to not withdraw U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula ahead of the February Winter Olympics in South Korea. This was announced mere weeks ahead of a planned summit with Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump sometime in June.   NBC

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May 2, 2018

Kim Jong-Un to Abe: We need to talk

North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, said he was ready to hold dialogue with Japan at any time during the inter-Korean summit that Pyongyang and Seoulsaid on Sunday (April 29).   Mr Kim Eui Kyeom, spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae In, said that Mr Moon had a 45 minute phone call with Japanese

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April 30, 2018

Kim and Moon meet in rare inter-Korean summit

In 1953, the Korean War ended in an armistice. However, after 65 years, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will become the first NoKor leader to set foot on South Korean soil when he’ll cross the DMZ on Friday for an historic summit with Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s counterpart.   The meeting will likely be

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April 27, 2018

Japanese Vice Finance Minister resigns for sexual harassment charges

Japanese Finance Ministry’s top bureaucrat resigned over sexual harassment allegations, with criticism mounting about the government’s response to the scandal.   Vice Finance Minister, Junichi Fukuda, denied the accusations but give up his post, claiming that his duties were becoming difficult and unbearable to perform all while the controversy broke out.   Opposition parties took

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April 25, 2018

Japan’s media is riddled with sexual harassment scandals

The #MeToo movement was initially slow to spread in Japan but is now quickly gaining ground.   The latest source of debate is a journalist, claiming a top figure in the Finance Ministry sexually harassed her. The woman, who wishes to have her identity withheld, told her story to the Shukan Shinco, a weekly magazine,

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April 23, 2018

US and Japan metal tariff exemption is almost non-existent

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump remained at a stalemate on trade issues on Wednesday after two days of talks. The two leaders said they had agreed to begin discussions on what they called “free, fair and reciprocal” trade.   Speaking at a joint news conference at Trump’s Mar-a- Lago resort

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April 20, 2018
Japan’s Internal Affairs Minister Seiko Noda speaks at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan lawmakers question sexual harassment probe

Cabinet ministers and other lawmakers questioned the Finance Ministry’s handling into a sexual harassment probe. The allegations were made by female reporters against Junichi Fukuda, a top government official, after the ministry asked the reporters to come forward and speak to lawyers.   Seiko Noda, an internal affairs minister, said that it’s a hurdle for

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April 18, 2018

Japan eyes new residency status for foreign workers

Japan is creating a new residency status for foreign technical interns as part of efforts to tackle severe labor shortages.   The status allows those who have completed a five-year foreign worker technical training program and those who have met stringent requirements to stay and work for five more years.   The government will incorporate

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April 16, 2018

Japan sees more teens using Marijuana in 2017 than in 2013

Japanese Police cracked down on 3,008 people in cases involving marijuana in 2017, up 472 from the previous year.   The National Police Agency data showed on Thursday that more people, particularly teens, are using marijuana amid toughened measures on restrictions on kiken (dangerous) drugs.   The number of individuals that came to police attention

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April 13, 2018