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'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.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says he confirmed during his recent trip to the United States the US government's support for Japanese efforts to bring home its nationals abducted by North Korea.
Suga made the comment on Wednesday at a meeting of the main governing Liberal Democratic Party's taskforce on the abduction issue. Suga is also the minister in charge of this issue.
A senior official from Japan's Foreign Ministry says US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed the abductions of Japanese nationals by the North. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stressed that resolving the issue remains one of his government's top priorities.
During his news conference, Trump said South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Abe would be among his first calls to explain the results of the two-day summit.
Japan's mediation committee has rejected the Okinawa government's request for adjudication in 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 last November with the committee, which handles disputes between the central and local governments.
The foreign ministers of Japan and Russia have failed to narrow their differences over four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan. But they agreed to continue negotiations.
Taro Kono and Sergey Lavrov met for about 90 minutes on Saturday in Munich, Germany, on the sidelines of a security conference. The ministers are in charge of negotiations on concluding a peace treaty that would include a solution to the islands issue.