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.

Thai Minister Visits Farmers' Market Near Tokyo

Thai minister visits farmers' market near Tokyo

Thailand's agriculture minister has visited a farmer's market in Chiba City, near Tokyo.

Grisada Boonrach made the visit on Monday after attending a meeting of Group of 20 agriculture ministers in Niigata over the weekend.

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.

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.

Transport Minister Sorry For Road Project Scandal

Transport minister sorry for road project scandal

Japan's Cabinet minister in charge of infrastructure has apologized after a junior minister in his department resigned over remarks he made about a road project.

The minister for land, infrastructure, transport and tourism Keiichi Ishii told a Lower House committee on Tuesday that comments that raise doubts about the fairness of administrative affairs must be strictly avoided.

Justice Minister Mum On Departure Of Ghosn's Wife

Justice minister mum on departure of Ghosn's wife

Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita has declined to comment on the departure of the wife of former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn to France after one of her passports was confiscated.

Reporters asked the minister on Tuesday what he thought about the fact that Carole Ghosn was able to leave Japan using her US passport. Her Lebanese passport had been seized by Japanese prosecutors.

Abe On Resignation Of State Minister

Abe on resignation of state minister

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged all cabinet members to renew their sense of responsibility and take a more serious attitude in order to respond to the people's mandate.

Abe spoke to reporters on Friday after State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ichiro Tsukada offered to step down over comments he made about a road construction project. The prime minister also said that keeping the public's trust is the most important aspect working for the government.

Japan's State Minister For Land Resigns

Japan's state minister for land resigns

A Japanese lawmaker has resigned from his ministerial post following a controversial comment he made about a road project involving the prime minister.

State Minister Ichiro Tsukada made the comment at a campaign event. He was discussing a road construction project and said it was being done as a favor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Abe's deputy.

State Minister Of Land Submits Resignation

State minister of land submits resignation

Japan's State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Ichiro Tsukada, has offered to resign over comments about a project involving the constituencies of the prime minister and deputy prime minister.

Tsukada submitted his resignation on Friday morning and apologized for causing trouble.

State Land Minister To Resign

State land minister to resign

State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ichiro Tsukada has expressed his intention to step down over comments related to a road construction project.

Tsukada spoke about a proposed road to link Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture and Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture earlier this week.

Abe: Deputy Minister Should Explain His Comments

Abe: Deputy minister should explain his comments

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a deputy land minister under fire for his comments over a road project involving Abe's constituency should fully explain himself. Abe said his comments were problematic but that he should continue performing his duties.

The remark in question was made earlier this week by Ichiro Tsukada, State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.