US President Donald Trump on Tuesday concluded a state visit to Japan featuring a round of golf and watching sumo wrestling with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe designed to demonstrate the strength of the alliance. However, Japanese officials denied that they had agreed to reach a trade deal within months.
The Defense Ministry plans to release new evidence to prove its claim that a South Korean warship directed its fire-control radar at a Maritime Self-Defense Force plane
last month. In response, South Korea issued a statement urging Japan not to distort the facts.
The Democratic Party took control of the House of Representatives while the Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate in US midterm elections on Tuesday, which were seen as the first referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency since he was elected in 2016.
The Japanese government on Friday approved a bill that would accept more foreign workers from April 2019. The move is aimed at dealing with serious labor shortages in various sectors ranging from construction and farming to nursing care.
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.
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.