Suga: Us Has Not Called For "standstill Agreement"

Suga: US has not called for

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has denied a media report that the United States has called on Japan and South Korea to hold talks to ease a bilateral row.

Suga referred to Tuesday's report by Reuters news agency. It quoted a senior US official as saying that the US urged the two countries to consider signing a "standstill agreement" on a serious dispute to buy time for negotiations.

Nintendo's Free Joy-con Repairs Might Not Be Applicable To All Regions

Nintendo's Free Joy-Con Repairs Might Not Be Applicable To All Regions

Recently there have been reports of the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons experiencing a “drifting” problem, where the controllers are starting to become unreliable and moving by themselves when playing games, even if there is no input from the player. However, it was also reported that according to an internal memo, Nintendo will be repairing the controllers for free, even if it is out of warranty.

They would also be refunding gamers who sent their controllers in for repair and paid the repair costs. However, it seems that this might not be applicable to all regions around the world. According to UK website Metro, it seems that this repair policy might not be applicable to the UK. This was further confirmed by a post on Reddit in which a user tried to ask about the free repairs, only to be told that it seems that it might only be for gamers in the US.

Iwaya: Not Considering Dispatching Sdf To Hormuz

Iwaya: Not considering dispatching SDF to Hormuz

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says Japan has no plans to dispatch the Self-Defense Forces to the Middle East to join a US-proposed coalition designed to ensure safety of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz.

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, said on July 9 that Washington is engaging with a number of countries to see if it can set up the coalition.

Abe: Govt. Not Appealing Leprosy Lawsuit Ruling

Abe: govt. not appealing leprosy lawsuit ruling

Japan's Prime Minister says the government will not appeal a court ruling ordering it to pay damages to families of former leprosy patients.

The case centered on a policy which sent leprosy patients to isolation facilities over the course of several decades.

Abe: Govt. Will Not Appeal Leprosy Court Ruling

Abe: Govt. will not appeal leprosy court ruling

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government will not appeal a court ruling that ordered it to pay damages to families of former patients of Hansen's disease.

The Kumamoto District Court in southwestern Japan ordered the central government on June 28 to pay about 3.5 million dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by more than 500 plaintiffs across the country.

Defense Chief Not Sending Sdf To Gulf Of Oman

Defense chief not sending SDF to Gulf of Oman

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says there's no need to dispatch Self-Defense Force personnel in response to the tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman.

One of two tankers attacked last week near the Strait of Hormuz is operated by a Japanese shipping firm.

Nissan Tells Renault It Is 'not Opposed' To Fiat Chrysler Merger Plan

Nissan tells Renault it is 'not opposed' to Fiat Chrysler merger plan

TOKYO – Nissan on Wednesday told Renault it wasn't opposed to its partner's potential $35 billion merger with Fiat Chrysler, the Nikkei newspaper said, as the two met to hash out the future of their alliance amid a deal that could upend the auto industry. The leaders of Nissan Motor Co, France's Renault SA and junior partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp gathered at Nissan's headquarters in Yokohama for a scheduled alliance meeting - one overshadowed by Fiat Chrysler's proposal this week for a merger-of-equals with Renault. The plan, which would create the world's third-largest automaker, raises difficult questions about how Nissan would fit into a radically changed alliance. Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard arrived in Japan on Tuesday to discuss the proposed tie-up with Nissan, 43.4% owned by the French automaker. "We are not opposed," the Nikkei quoted an unnamed Nissan source who had attended the meeting as saying. The person also said "many details need to be worked out" before the Japanese automaker solidifies its position on the issue, the Nikkei reported. In a statement, the alliance members confirmed that they had "an open and transparent discussion" on the proposal. The deal looks designed to tackle the costs of far-reaching technological and regulatory changes, including the drive toward electric vehicles. Nissan, which has rebuffed overtures by Renault for a merger of their own despite their 20-year alliance, was blindsided by the discussions, sources have told Reuters, stoking concerns that a deal with Fiat Chrysler could weaken Nissan's relations with Renault. The tie-up also poses an additional challenge for Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa, already grappling with poor financial performance and an uneasy relationship with Renault after Nissan led the ousting last year of long-standing alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn. There have long been tensions between Nissan and Renault over the imbalance of power in their alliance. Nissan, the bigger company, holds a 15% non-voting stake in the French automaker, while Renault owns 43.4% of Nissan. Ahead of Wednesday's meeting, Japanese media quoted Saikawa as telling reporters that he would look at the potential opportunities afforded by a Renault-FCA merger. Credit ratings agency Moody's said it was vital for Nissan to stabilize its partnership with Renault to expand operational synergies and improve margins. "It is unclear if the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Motors alliance can advance their cooperation without resolving the cross-shareholding issue, which has been source of contention," Moody's said in the report, which followed a cut to Nissan's credit rating last week. (Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; Editing by David Dolan and Christopher Cushing)