Putin Criticizes Protectionism, Sanctions

Putin criticizes protectionism, sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has indirectly criticized the United States for restricting free trade with its protectionist policies and economic sanctions.

Putin attended a meeting of the leaders of the five BRICS emerging economies on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka on Friday. The BRICS nations include Russia, China and India.

Ghosn's Lawyer Criticizes Arrest

Ghosn's lawyer criticizes arrest

Following former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn's arrest, his lawyer criticized his detention as excessive.

Junichiro Hironaka said, "If prosecutors thought they could gather enough evidence for another prosecution, they should have just slapped additional charges. I don't understand why they detained him. If anything, they chose to torment him through hostage justice and are trying to gain an upper hand."

Suga Criticizes Moon's Wartime Labor Ruling Remark

Suga criticizes Moon's wartime labor ruling remark

Japan's top government spokesman has harshly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for his remarks about South Korean court rulings on wartime labor.

Moon referred on Thursday to the ruling that ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to compensate South Korean plaintiffs who say they were forced to work for the Japanese company during World War Two.

Japanese Official Criticizes Moon On Compensation

Japanese official criticizes Moon on compensation

A senior official of Japan's Foreign Ministry has criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for his remarks on souring bilateral ties over wartime compensation.

Moon said at a news conference on Thursday that the issue should be resolved with shared wisdom.

Opposition Criticizes Immigration Law Revision

Opposition criticizes immigration law revision

Senior officials from opposition parties have criticized a government-proposed revision to the immigration control law to allow more foreign workers into Japan.

The Secretary General of the largest opposition Constitutional Democratic Party, Tetsuro Fukuyama, said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe keeps saying the revision is not meant to open up the country to immigrants, but it could alter the basis of Japanese society.

Ehime Governor Criticizes Comments By Kake

Ehime governor criticizes comments by Kake

The governor of Ehime Prefecture has criticized comments by a veterinary school operator that has denied its head met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 3 years ago.

The approval of the opening of a vet school by the Kake Educational Institution in a national special strategic zone in Imabari City in the prefecture is under fire for alleged favoritism. Its head, Kotaro Kake, is a close friend of Prime Minister Abe. The vet school opened in April.