The Japanese government's top spokesperson denied a media report that US President Donald Trump privately mentioned pulling his country out of a security pact with Japan.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the report is not true. He also said the White House confirmed that it conflicts with the stance of the United States.
Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso says he will not accept a controversial report that says elderly couples need 20-million yen for retirement. He says this is not the government's stance.
A Financial Services Agency panel recently proposed guidelines on asset building for retirement, saying elderly couples need assets worth 20-million yen, or 190,000 dollars, to make up for revenue shortfalls.
An investigative committee for Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, has acknowledged a causal relationship between bullying and the suicide of a girl four years ago.
Junior high school student Naoko Nakashima in Toride City, who was 15, killed herself in November 2015, leaving a note saying she did not want to be bullied.