Soviet Intentions On Territorial Issue Revealed

Soviet intentions on territorial issue revealed

Diplomatic documents have revealed that Japan asked the Soviet Union for progress on the issue of what it calls the Northern Territories at a meeting about three decades ago and Soviet willingness to seek a solution.

Japan's Foreign Ministry made public more than 6,000 pages of documents on Wednesday.

Japan To Issue Bonds To Plug Revenue Shortfall

Japan to issue bonds to plug revenue shortfall

Japan's government plans to issue additional bonds to cover an expected tax revenue shortfall for fiscal 2019 ending in March. The government plans to include the issuance in a planned supplementary budget.

Officials had projected that tax revenues would reach a record 62.4 trillion yen, or about 575 billion dollars, for the year.

Govt. To Issue Sake Brewer's Licenses

Govt. to issue sake brewer's licenses

The Japanese government plans to issue sake brewer's licenses to new entrants into the business, in light of growing overseas demand for the Japanese rice wine.

The plan would represent a shift in policy. Licenses have so far only been given to existing breweries seeking to build new facilities, as part of their streamlining efforts amid sluggish domestic demand.

Heavy Rain Pushes Jma To Issue Emergency Warning

Heavy rain pushes JMA to issue emergency warning

The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued the highest-level heavy rain emergency warnings to Tokyo and 11 other prefectures.

Earlier, the officials issued warnings for Tokyo and six prefectures, namely, Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Saitama, Gunma, Yamanashi and Nagano. Later they added five more prefectures, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Niigata, Fukishima and Miyagi..

Motegi Wants Swift Steps On Wartime Labor Issue

Motegi wants swift steps on wartime labor issue

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi says it is important that South Korea quickly correct a breach of international law over the wartime labor issue.

Motegi was speaking to reporters after his first meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in New York on Thursday.

Japan, S.korea To Try To Solve Wartime Labor Issue

Japan, S.Korea to try to solve wartime labor issue

Senior diplomats from Japan and South Korea say they will keep communicating to resolve a dispute over wartime labor, which is one of the issues that have strained bilateral ties.

Shigeki Takizaki, the director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau and Kim Jung-han, the South Korean Foreign Ministry's director general for Asian and Pacific affairs met in Tokyo on Friday.

Japan, S.korea Remain Apart On Wartime Labor Issue

Japan, S.Korea remain apart on wartime labor issue

Senior Foreign Ministry officials from Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo on Friday to discuss the issue of wartime labor. After three hours of talks, they failed to narrow their differences.

Last year, South Korea's Supreme Court ordered Japanese firms to compensate Koreans who say they were forced to work for the firms during World War Two.

No Progress In Japan-s.korea Wartime Labor Issue

No progress in Japan-S.Korea wartime labor issue

Japan's foreign minister is again calling on South Korea to convene an arbitration panel aimed at resolving issues relating to wartime labor. But South Korea's foreign minister only repeated her country's position.

Taro Kono and Kang Kyung-wha exchanged words after a dinner for Group of 20 foreign ministers in Osaka on Friday.

Kono And Tamaki Discuss Us Base Issue

Kono and Tamaki discuss US base issue

The Governor of Okinawa, Denny Tamaki has asked Foreign Minister Taro Kono to suspend the landfill work for the relocation of a US air station within the prefecture. Kono asked the governor for his understanding.

The two met at the prefectural office on Saturday and discussed the relocation of the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the less populated Henako district in Nago City.

One-on-one Diet Debates To Focus On Pension Issue

One-on-one Diet debates to focus on pension issue

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold one-on-one debates with the leaders of opposition parties in the Diet for the first time in a year.

Abe will face the president of the Constitutional Democratic Party, Yukio Edano, and other opposition leaders on Wednesday.

Panel Rejects Okinawa Request On Base Issue

Panel rejects Okinawa request on base issue

A governmental arbitration panel has rejected a request by the Okinawa prefectural government to examine a dispute with the central government over a landfill project to relocate a US military base within the prefecture.

The southwestern prefecture filed the request in April with the Central and Local Government Dispute Management Council.

Japan Asks Mongolia To Help With Abduction Issue

Japan asks Mongolia to help with abduction issue

Japan's foreign minister has asked his Mongolian counterpart for help in resolving the issue of Japanese nationals kidnapped by North Korea.

Taro Kono and Damdin Tsogtbaatar held talks in Ulaanbaatar. Kono is the first Japanese Foreign Minister to visit Mongolia in nine years. The nation has longstanding friendly ties with North Korea.