Japan's 10-year-old Lay Judge System Discussed

Japan's 10-year-old lay judge system discussed

The Supreme Court and other legal professionals in Japan have hosted a symposium to mark the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the country's lay judge system.

About 90,000 citizens have taken part in the system so far, and handed down sentences to about 12,000 defendants.

Ai May Have Passed Japan's Preliminary Bar Exam

AI may have passed Japan's preliminary bar exam

A Japanese venture firm says its artificial intelligence program may have effectively passed the preliminary national bar exam that was held on Sunday.

The Tokyo-based firm Sight Visit says the AI program, named Miraimon, took part in an answer sheet exam, a test that applicants who have not yet graduated from law school are required to take to qualify for the main test.

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: No Impact On Japan's Security Confirmed

Abe: No impact on Japan's security confirmed

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says no immediate impact on Japan's security has been confirmed so far from a projectile fired by North Korea.

Abe was speaking to reporters as he left the prime minister's office on Thursday evening.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Heads For Us

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary heads for US

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is heading to the United States, where he will meet with senior government officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Suga left Japan on a four-day trip to the US on Thursday.

Japan's Chief Govt. Spokesperson To Visit Us

Japan's chief govt. spokesperson to visit US

Japan's top government spokesperson will visit the United States later this week for talks with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga will leave on a four-day trip on Thursday. He is also minister for resolving abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea, and for mitigating the impact of US military forces in Okinawa.

Putin Congratulates Japan's New Emperor

Putin congratulates Japan's new emperor

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a celebratory telegram to Japan's new Emperor Naruhito.

Putin said in the message that he'd like to express his heartfelt congratulations on the emperor's accession to the throne.

Japan's Emperor Akihito To Abdicate

Japan's Emperor Akihito to abdicate

In Japan, Emperor Akihito will abdicate at the end of Tuesday, bringing the three-decade-long Heisei Era to a close.

As that happens, people here will witness a new era begin. Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne immediately.

Climbing Season Begins For Japan's Kamikochi

Climbing season begins for Japan's Kamikochi

Climbing season is open on the scenic Kamikochi plateau, one of Japan's most popular alpine destinations.

About 3,500 people gathered on Saturday in Kamikochi, Nagano Prefecture. They attended an annual ceremony marking the start of the mountaineering season.

Japan's 2019 Diplomatic Bluebook Released

Japan's 2019 Diplomatic Bluebook released

Japan's Foreign Ministry has warned that relations with South Korea were "extremely difficult" last year in its annual report.

The ministry released its 2019 Diplomatic Bluebook at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Japan's Working Age Population Hits Record Low

Japan's working age population hits record low

Latest data show that Japanese society continues to gray, with the percentage of the population of working age tying a record low.

The Internal Affairs Ministry estimates that the total population, including foreign residents, stood at about 126.4 million as of last October.

Japan's Olympic Minister To Resign

Japan's Olympic minister to resign

Japan's Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games says he will step down. Earlier, he called a ruling party lawmaker more important than the rebuilding of the area devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.