Pope Francis has met the survivors of the 2011 earthquake in northeastern Japan and spoken about the Fukushima nuclear accident that followed. He urged people to be aware of their responsibility to future generations.
The pope took part in a gathering in Tokyo on Monday of about 300 people affected by the earthquake. Three survivors addressed the crowd.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on Myanmar's military chief to address allegations of human rights violations against minority Rohingya Muslims.
Some 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since Myanmar's security forces launched a massive sweep operation against Rohingya militants in 2017.
Japan's new defense minister has sought public understanding of the government's efforts to reduce the burden of Okinawa prefecture's hosting of US military bases.
Taro Kono met Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki on Sunday during his first visit to the prefecture after assuming his post earlier this month.
Japanese Princess Kako has paid a courtesy call on Hungarian President Janos Ader.
The princess, the second daughter of Crown Prince and Princess Akishino, is in Hungary to mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. It's the second leg of her first official trip abroad.
Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has met with the governor of Fukushima Prefecture, and discussed a storage facility for contaminated soil from the 2011 nuclear disaster.
Koizumi met Governor Masao Uchibori at the prefectural government building on Thursday, in his first visit to Fukushima after assuming his new post on Wednesday.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and an Iranian lawmaker promoting ties with Japan have agreed that the two countries will cooperate to ease tensions in the Middle East.
Kono met with Asadollah Abbasi, head of the Iran-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group, in Tokyo on Monday. The meeting comes at a time of hostilities between Iran and the United States.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper have agreed to strengthen the alliance between the two countries. Esper voiced concern over China, and also said that the US is committed to North Korea's denuclearization.
The meeting took place at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Wednesday. Esper is on his first visit to Japan since assuming his post in July.