Suga: Us Officials Aware Of Abduction Issue

Suga: US officials aware of abduction issue

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.

Abe: Japan's Stance On Abduction Issue Unchanged

Abe: Japan's stance on abduction issue unchanged

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government's goal to resolve the abduction issue remains unchanged.

Abe met the head of a task force of his Liberal Democratic Party in charge of the abduction issue, Eriko Yamatani, on Thursday.

Abe: Trump Promises Cooperation On Abduction Issue

Abe: Trump promises cooperation on abduction issue

Japan's Prime Minister says US President Donald Trump has promised to cooperate fully with Japan on the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea.

He also said they agreed to accelerate negotiations for a new trade deal.

Japan: Leaders Discuss Abduction Issue

Japan: Leaders discuss abduction 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.

Committee Rejects Okinawa Request On Base Issue

Committee rejects Okinawa request on base issue

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.

Japan, Russia Remain Apart On Territorial Issue

Japan, Russia remain apart on territorial issue

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.

Suga: Japan Understands Us Concerns Over Inf Issue

Suga: Japan understands US concerns over INF issue

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Japan understands the concerns of the United States that led to its announcement of its intention to withdraw from a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

The US on Saturday notified Russia that it would suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by saying it will also suspend the treaty and develop new missiles that are banned by the pact.

Symposium Held To Collaborate On Abduction Issue

Symposium held to collaborate on abduction issue

A Japanese government-sponsored symposium was held in Tokyo to discuss international cooperation on resolving the North Korean abduction issue.

Fred Warmbier, father of former US college student Otto Warmbier, who died after being detained by North Korea for more than a year, took part in the event.

Japan, Us Issue Joint Statement

Japan, US issue joint statement

Japan and the United States have reaffirmed their cooperation to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region with energy, infrastructure and digital connectivity development.

The countries said in a joint statement on Tuesday that they will deepen and expand their partnership in various areas. The statement coincided with a meeting between Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Vice President Mike Pence in Tokyo.

Kono Urges S.korea To Issue Stern Response

Kono urges S.Korea to issue stern response

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has urged South Korea to respond sternly and resolutely to the country's Supreme Court ruling regarding wartime compensation.

Kono had a telephone conversation with his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha on Wednesday morning, a day after the South Korean top court ordered a Japanese firm to pay compensation to 4 Korean workers.

Court To Issue Decision On Ikata Reactor Restart

Court to issue decision on Ikata reactor restart

A court in Oita Prefecture, western Japan, will decide on Friday afternoon whether to allow a reactor to be restarted at the Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime Prefecture.

The district court will issue a decision on an injunction filed by a group of 4 Oita residents not to restart the No.3 reactor. The group filed for the injunction in 2016, citing the risk of a serious accident. Oita is about 40 kilometers across the sea from the plant operated by Shikoku Electric Power Company.