Abe To Make Final Decision On Elections

Abe to make final decision on elections

Japan's government and ruling parties are expected to begin final arrangements to wrap up the current Diet session as scheduled, on June 26.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reportedly opposed to dissolving the Lower House to hold a snap election concurrently with the Upper House election this summer.

Japan Academics Make Appeal For Tsinghua Professor

Japan academics make appeal for Tsinghua professor

Japanese intellectuals are demanding that a Chinese university end the suspension of a professor who criticized the policy of the Chinese leadership.

Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, was suspended in March.

Abductees' Families To Make Appeal At Un

Abductees' families to make appeal at UN

The families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea are to visit the UN headquarters in New York to appeal for cooperation to bring their loved ones home.

Takuya Yokota, the younger brother of abductee Megumi Yokota, and Koichiro Iizuka, the son of abductee Yaeko Taguchi, left Tokyo's Haneda airport on Friday. They were accompanied by people whose missing family members may have been taken to the North.

Suga To Make Rare Trip Abroad In May

Suga to make rare trip abroad in May

Sources say Japan's top government spokesperson is planning to meet with US Vice President Mike Pence in the United States next month.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who is also a minister in charge of the abduction issue, will also visit the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Hayabusa2 Begins Descent To Make Artificial Crater

Hayabusa2 begins descent to make artificial crater

Japanese space probe Hayabusa2 is making a descent toward the asteroid Ryugu in a new mission to create an artificial crater for a study of the celestial body's interior. The asteroid is located 340 million kilometers from Earth.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, says the probe began its descent toward Ryugu from an altitude of 20,000 meters at around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Japan time.

Hayabusa2 To Make 2 More Landings On Asteroid

Hayabusa2 to make 2 more landings on asteroid

Japan's space agency JAXA says its space probe Hayabusa2 is scheduled to make one or two more landings on the asteroid Ryugu before July.

Officials say one attempt will be the first of its kind, involving the use of a device called an impactor to create a crater-like hole on the surface.