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.
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.
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.