Japan: Ioc Member's Remark Is Not Official

Japan: IOC member's remark is not official

Japan claims an International Olympic Committee member's mention of the possibility of canceling the Tokyo Olympic Games because of the coronavirus outbreak was not an official comment, and stresses it will continue preparations for the games.

IOC member Dick Pound said during an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday that the decision of whether the Games will go ahead could be put off until late May.

Hagiuda Repeats Apology Over English Tests Remark

Hagiuda repeats apology over English tests remark

Japan's education minister, Koichi Hagiuda, has reiterated his apology over his remark on private English tests to be introduced next April for university entrance exams.

Under the new system, university applicants will take two out of several English tests from April through December before the entrance exam season. Scores will be sent to the universities the examinees apply to.

N.korea Questions Abe's No Preconditions Remark

N.Korea questions Abe's no preconditions remark

A senior North Korean official has reportedly questioned a statement by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he aims to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without any preconditions.

Song Il Ho, the ambassador for normalizing ties with Japan, met with a Japanese delegation in Pyongyang on Wednesday.

Japan Rebuts S.korea 'comfort Women' Remark At Un

Japan rebuts S.Korea 'comfort women' remark at UN

A Japanese delegate at a UN Human Rights council meeting has spoken out against a South Korean delegate's remarks on those referred to as comfort women.

Kiyoto Tsuji, Japan's Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, spoke on Tuesday at the session. He rebutted a statement made by South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Monday.

Abe Wants Apology For Speaker's Remark

Abe wants apology for speaker's remark

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will keep seeking an apology and retraction of a remark by the speaker of South Korea's National Assembly on the issue of those referred to as comfort women.

Moon Hee-sang suggested last week that the issue would be resolved if the Emperor apologized before abdicating. He also suggested Abe could apologize.

Suga Criticizes Moon's Wartime Labor Ruling Remark

Suga criticizes Moon's wartime labor ruling remark

Japan's top government spokesman has harshly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for his remarks about South Korean court rulings on wartime labor.

Moon referred on Thursday to the ruling that ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to compensate South Korean plaintiffs who say they were forced to work for the Japanese company during World War Two.

Japan's Stance On Putin's Remark

Japan's stance on Putin's remark

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday reiterated the government's unwavering stance that no peace treaty with Russia can be signed until the issue of the Northern Territories is resolved.

He told reporters that Putin did not make remarks on unconditional signing of a peace treaty during Monday's summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japanese Embassy Comments On Biden Remark

Japanese embassy comments on Biden remarkJapanese diplomats have responded to remarks on Japan's constitution by US Vice President Joe Biden.
They say they believe Japan's post-war constitution was enacted under the strong influence of the then occupation authorities, but also after a thorough debate and vote by parliament.