Saudi Arabia announced on Friday evening that the missing Saudi journalist had died in a fistfight inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. Turkish officials claimed an audio recording proves that he was brutally murdered by a state-sponsored hit squad.
Former internal affairs minister Seiko Noda, who was replaced during the cabinet reshuffle last week, said she was worried about the shrinking number of female ministers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed the lone woman, regional revitalization minister Satsuki Katayama, could do the work of two or three.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday bragged about his administration’s accomplishments during his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, which drew chuckles from an audience. He later defended his address, saying “They weren’t laughing at me, they were laughing with me.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe handily defeated his sole rival, former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, in a vote for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday, paving the way for becoming the nation’s longest-serving leader during a new three-year term.
U.S. Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam and twice-defeated presidential candidate from the Republican Party, died on Saturday at the age of 81. He had been battling an aggressive brain tumor since its discovery in July, 2017.
Thousands of people rallied on Saturday to call for the resignation of a female lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. She argued in a magazine article that the government should not use taxpayers’ money to support LGBT couples because they are unproductive.
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.