Critics say the first-ever summit between sitting US and North Korean leaders in Singapore on Tuesday lacks details on the North’s nuclear development as their joint statement did not include the words “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.”
North Korea’s state-run media said on Saturday that the abduction issue has already been settled ahead of a summit with the United States. It accused Japan of trying to disrupt the trend of peace on the Korean peninsula.
The leaders of North and South Korea pledged to pursue denuclearization and a permanent peace at a historic summit on Friday. With a warm handshake, the two men briefly stepped over the military demarcation line to the northern side.
Telecommunications giant NTT group said on Monday that it will block access to three pirated manga websites in line with a government request. Some experts expressed concerns that the move could lead to widening censorship by authorities.
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.”