Environment Minister Meets Fukushima Governor

Environment Minister meets Fukushima Governor

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.

New Environment Minister Apologizes To Fishermen

New environment minister apologizes to fishermen

Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has apologized to fishermen in Fukushima for a comment by his predecessor about wastewater from reactor buildings at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Officials say tanks for storing wastewater containing mostly tritium, a radioactive isotope, will become full in the summer of 2022. Increasing the number of tanks or diluting the water and releasing it into the sea are among the disposal methods being discussed by a government panel.

Japan's New Environment Minister Speaks To Media

Japan's new environment minister speaks to media

Japan's new Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has pledged to make the most of his high profile to tackle climate change.

Koizumi, the son of popular former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, arrived at the Environment Ministry Wednesday evening following the first Cabinet meeting after a reshuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier in the day.

Prime Minister Explains Aim Of Reshuffle

Prime minister explains aim of reshuffle

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described his new Cabinet as one that will offer stability, while new ministers provide the energy needed to take on challenges. In a news conference, he specifically cited imminent issues in foreign relations.

He said, "I asked Mr. Motegi to assume the post of foreign minister. He will continue to take charge of trade negotiations with the United States, which are in the final stage. He led the difficult negotiations on TPP 11 to a conclusion. His solid diplomatic skill is highly evaluated internationally. I want him to further enhance Japan's diplomacy, including more proactive economic diplomacy."

Trade Minister Comments On Wto Ruling

Trade minister comments on WTO ruling

Japan's trade minister, Hiroshige Seko, issued a statement following the WTO Appellate Body's report.

Seko said the government will keep urging South Korea to sincerely and quickly correct measures that are not consistent with WTO rules to put an end to the unjust practices against Japanese businesses.

Minister: Water Release Into Sea Is 'only Option'

Minister: Water release into sea is 'only option'

Japanese Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada has said he thinks the only way to stop the buildup of wastewater that is contaminated with radioactive tritium at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is to release it into the sea.

About 170 tons of wastewater containing mostly tritium is building up at the nuclear plant each day. Wastewater from the damaged reactor buildings is cleared of most other radioactive substances.

Deal Will Be Announced At A Meeting Of President Trump And Prime Minister Abe On Sunday

Deal will be announced at a meeting of President Trump and Prime Minister Abe on Sunday

TOKYO — The United States and Japan have reached the broad framework of a trade agreement, with Washington maintaining tariffs on Japanese autos but Tokyo cutting tariffs on U.S. beef and pork, Japan's Nikkei business daily said on Saturday. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi reached the deal on Friday in Washington, and it will be announced at a meeting of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expected on Sunday on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, the newspaper said. The Nikkei did not cite any sources for its information. The report comes shortly after Motegi told reporters in Washington that he and Lighthizer had made "big progress" in their talks.

Japan-s.korea Foreign Minister Talks Expected Soon

Japan-S.Korea foreign minister talks expected soon

South Korea says the Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers will hold talks in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday.

South Korea's foreign ministry announced on Wednesday that Kang Kyung-wha and her counterpart Taro Kono will meet Thursday morning on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum in the Thai capital.

Transport Minister Cautions Shipping Companies

Transport minister cautions shipping companies

Japanese transport minister Keiichi Ishii has called on the country's shipping companies to exercise the utmost caution when operating in the Gulf of Oman.

Ishii was speaking to reporters after a Cabinet meeting on Friday following attacks on two tankers in the Gulf the day before. One of the two tankers is operated by a Tokyo-based shipping firm.

Paralympic Minister Says He Will Work Harder

Paralympic minister says he will work harder

Japan's minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games says he will work harder to provide information about the event.

Shunichi Suzuki met International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons in Tokyo on Thursday. Parsons is in Japan for a meeting to check preparations for the game.

Minister Dismisses 'hostage Justice' Criticism

Minister dismisses 'hostage justice' criticism

Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita has defended Japan's criminal justice system as appropriate, rejecting a statement calling for a review of the system.

A group of lawyers submitted the statement to the Justice Ministry on Wednesday. They criticized the practice of detaining suspects for a long time when they deny their charges, calling it "hostage justice."

Abe Appoints New Olympics Minister

Abe appoints new Olympics minister

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he plans to reappoint Shunichi Suzuki as minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Suzuki will replace Yoshitaka Sakurada, who resigned on Wednesday over a comment that seemingly belittled reconstruction efforts in northeastern Japan.

Olympic Minister Sakurada Resigns

Olympic minister Sakurada resigns

The minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Yoshitaka Sakurada, has stated he is stepping down over comments related to reconstruction efforts in northeastern Japan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accepted his resignation.