Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Japan will consider various factors before deciding how to respond to a US-led mission to ensure security in the Strait of Hormuz.
Suga told reporters on Tuesday that the government will examine what kind of actions are effective for safe navigation of vessels related to Japan in the region.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha have agreed to continue diplomatic communication to resolve the standoff over wartime labor.
Kono and Kang met in China on Wednesday for the first time since Japan decided to remove South Korea from its list of trading partners entitled to simplified export procedures.
Many people have gathered to offer prayers to the victims of the Kyoto Animation studio fire and to leave flowers on an altar set up near the building that was set ablaze on July 18.
It's the second weekend since the fatal arson attack, which killed 34 people and injured 34 others in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto.
Japanese weather officials say the unseasonably hot weather will continue in many parts of the country on Monday.
The Meteorological Agency says the temperature reached 39.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday in Saroma Town in the country's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, marking a national all-time high for May.
MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Honda is slowing production of Accord sedans as car buyers continue to favor SUVs and trucks. The Japanese automaker says it will temporarily idle a second-shift production line in August at its Marysville, Ohio, assembly plant. The shift is expected to resume production in several years. Honda says the line being shut down produces about 55,000 vehicles a year, most of which are Accords. A company spokeswoman says that there will be no layoffs, but that Honda will offer voluntary buyouts to some employees. Honda says the reduction also will affect production at its engine and transmission plants in Ohio. Sales of the Accord this year are up 4.6% through March but fell nearly 10% last year. The Accord is a perennial favorite of consumers and automotive journalists alike, and the new generation that debuted in the 2018 model year has drawn particular acclaim. Trucks and SUVs have made up 70% of U.S. new vehicle sales this year.