A high-ranking bureaucrat at the Finance Ministry resigned on Wednesday amid accusations that he made sexually harassing remarks to a female reporter. The allegations dealt a further blow to the scandal-ridden government.
In a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump pledged to raise the abduction issue during a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expected by early June.
The former Finance Ministry bureau chief was summoned on Tuesday as a sworn witness at the Diet. He repeatedly refused to answer questions about a document falsification scandal, citing the possibility of criminal prosecution.
China’s legislature unanimously reappointed Xi Jinping on Saturday, as president with no limits on how many terms he can serve. The 64-year-old president could now remain in power for life.
US President Donald Trump made a surprise announcement on Saturday that he agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May. Pyongyang had promised to give up its nuclear capability under certain conditions.
The Finance Ministry has decided to report on Monday that documents related to a discounted sale of state-owned land to an Osaka-based school operator were secretly altered. The National Tax Agency head resigned on Friday to take responsibility for the scandal.”
The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry disclosed on Monday that additional irregularities were found among its work-hour data on the discretionary labor system. The government has rejected opposition calls for a redo of the survey.
A woman in her 60s sued the government on Tuesday seeking 11 million yen in damages over her forced sterilization. She claimed that her human rights were violated under the now-defunct eugenic protection law.
Peru’s President announced on Sunday that he had granted a medical pardon to Alberto Fujimori, the nation’s former leader in the 1990s. He was serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses.
The government announced on Friday that the Emperor is set to abdicate on April 30, 2019, after a meeting of the Imperial House Council. His eldest son, the Crown Prince, will ascend the throne a day later.