Land Ministry Focuses On Flood Recovery

Land Ministry focuses on flood recovery

Japan's land ministry says Typhoon Hagibis caused 66 levees to break on 47 rivers around the country and it's focused on flood recovery efforts.

Land Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said: "The ministry is working around the clock on recovery efforts. Building temporary dikes and dealing with flooding is the urgent first step to help people affected by the storm."

Ministry To Merge, Reorganize Public Hospitals

Ministry to merge, reorganize public hospitals

Japan's health ministry says the country has too many public hospitals and mergers or reorganizations are needed. The ministry has identified more than 400 such hospitals across the country and says it will work with regional authorities to reduce the number.

Japan has about 1,500 publicly run hospitals and the ministry says many of them have few patients and provide overlapping services.

Ministry Corrects Mistakes To Drone No-fly Zones

Ministry corrects mistakes to drone no-fly zones

Japan's Defense Ministry says it has corrected mistakes in data on 12 of the 13 facilities it designated as no-fly zones for drones.

In June, the ministry listed 13 facilities -- most of them Self-Defense Forces camps where command centers are located -- as places where drones cannot be flown.

Defense Ministry: No Entry To Japan's Eez

Defense Ministry: No entry to Japan's EEZ

Japan's Defense Ministry says it has not confirmed any ballistic missiles entering its territory or exclusive economic zone.

It adds that projectiles launched by North Korea earlier in the day will not pose any direct threat to Japan's security.

Japan, S.korea Foreign Ministry Envoys Meet

Japan, S.Korea foreign ministry envoys meet

Senior foreign ministry officials from Japan and South Korea have met in Seoul amid strained bilateral relations over trade, wartime labor and other issues.

Director-General of the ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Kenji Kanasugi, held talks with his South Korean counterpart Kim Jung-han on Thursday.

Ministry To Seek Space-station Project Funds

Ministry to seek space-station project funds

Japan's science ministry plans to request budget funding in the next fiscal year to join a US-led space station project.

The project calls for a space station called Gateway to be put into orbit around the moon. The planned completion date is 2026.

Defense Ministry To Seek Budget For F-2 Successor

Defense Ministry to seek budget for F-2 successor

Japan's Defense Ministry has decided to submit an estimate of its budget request for the next fiscal year to cover the development of new stealth fighter jets without providing a specific amount.

The Defense Ministry says it will draw up a detailed budget for the fiscal year that starts in April 2020 for the development of jets to succeed the Air Self-Defense Force's current fleet of 91 F-2 aircraft.

Defense Ministry Wants Budget To Boost Space Watch

Defense Ministry wants budget to boost space watch

Japan's Defense Ministry plans to make its largest-ever budget request to boost its space surveillance capabilities.

The ministry is likely to ask for about 5.3 trillion yen, or 50 billion dollars, for its budget for the year that starts in April 2020. The defense program guidelines adopted last year call for boosting Japan's defense capabilities in outer space.

Japan's Defense Ministry Dismisses N.korea Claims

Japan's defense ministry dismisses N.Korea claims

Japan's defense ministry has dismissed what it says is an attempt by North Korea to drive a wedge between Tokyo and Washington. The ministry says Japan and the United States are in sync over the issue of North Korean missiles, and will continue to closely monitor developments following a series of recent test launches.

The comment follows a statement on Sunday by Kwong Jong Gun, a North Korean foreign ministry official in charge of American affairs.

Health Ministry Warns Travelers Of Ebola Risk

Health ministry warns travelers of Ebola risk

Japanese health authorities are warning people who travel to central Africa to stay away from areas where cases of Ebola have been reported.

An outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has killed more than 1,600 people since last August, mostly in North Kivu province. Earlier this month, a woman who traveled to neighboring Uganda was found to have been infected.

Trade Ministry Calls For Improvements By S.korea

Trade ministry calls for improvements by S.Korea

Japan's trade ministry says it will not agree to withdraw tighter export controls against South Korea unless Seoul is prepared to make improvements.

Ministry officials spoke to NHK after South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday urged Japan to drop its export controls and engage in sincere talks.

Ministry: No Damage To Airports After Earthquake

Ministry: No damage to airports after earthquake

0The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry says there has been no damage at airports in northern Japan in the wake of an earthquake on Tuesday.

The ministry says inspections at airports in Yamagata, Akita, Niigata and Fukushima prefectures revealed no damage to runways, terminal buildings or other facilities.

Defense Ministry Apologizes For Faulty Aegis Data

Defense Ministry apologizes for faulty Aegis data

The Defense Ministry is continuing its efforts to gain the understanding of the people of Akita City in northeastern Japan on its plan to deploy a land-based missile interceptor system known as Aegis Ashore.

The ministry is seeking to deploy the US-made system at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Araya Training Area.