Ruling Bloc On Track To Keep Upper House Majority

Ruling bloc on track to keep Upper House majority

Vote counting is underway, and NHK's decision desk says the ruling coalition will comfortably maintain control of the Upper House. We are projecting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito, will take more than half of the seats that are up for grabs this election.

The traditional celebrations are already underway for some LDP members.

Ruling Expected On Whether To Suspend Genkai Plant

Ruling expected on whether to suspend Genkai plant

A Japanese high court is about to rule whether operations at two reactors at the Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan should be suspended.

The Fukuoka High Court will hand down its ruling later on Wednesday.

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.

Ruling Parties Submit Draft Rebuking Maruyama

Ruling parties submit draft rebuking Maruyama

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito have submitted a draft resolution rebuking a lawmaker over his remarks on four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

Hodaka Maruyama made the remarks during a trip to one of the islands with a group of former residents this month. The trip was part of a visa-free exchange program between Japan and Russia.

Japanese Diplomat Voices Concern Over Wto Ruling

Japanese diplomat voices concern over WTO ruling

A Japanese diplomat has expressed disappointment over a ruling at the World Trade Organization's appellate body that favors a South Korean ban on seafood from Japan.

Junichi Ihara, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva, spoke on Friday at a WTO meeting in which the ruling was officially adopted.

Ruling Camp Wins In Key Gubernatorial Race

Ruling camp wins in key gubernatorial race

In Japan's nationwide local elections, a candidate supported by the national ruling camp defeated a candidate supported by opposition in a gubernatorial election in Hokkaido.

In the first half of the unified local elections, voters in 11 prefectures cast their votes in the gubernatorial elections.

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.

Ex-prosecutor Comments On Road Rage Ruling

Ex-prosecutor comments on road rage ruling

A former prosecutor says a Yokohama court's handing down an 18-year-prison term to a man for dangerous driving will likely have deterrent effects.

The man was accused of tailgating a van, overtaking it, and forcing it to stop on an expressway. Shortly after the van stopped, a truck slammed into it, killing a married couple inside and injuring their 2 daughters.

Japan Draws Up English Text On S.korean Ruling

Japan draws up English text on S.Korean ruling

The Japanese government has compiled materials in English for the international community to present the facts surrounding the recent ruling by South Korea's Supreme Court on wartime labor.

Last month, South Korea's top court ordered a Japanese steelmaker to compensate 4 South Korean men who say they were forced to work during World War Two.

Kono: Seoul Ruling Is Challenge To Int'l Law

Kono: Seoul ruling is challenge to int'l law

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has condemned South Korea's Supreme Court ruling on wartime compensation, calling it a challenge against international law.

Kono made the remarks in a speech on Sunday in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture.

Abe: Japan To Respond Resolutely To S.korea Ruling

Abe: Japan to respond resolutely to S.Korea ruling

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stressed again that his government will resolutely respond to a South Korean top court ruling on wartime compensation. He urged the South Korean government to positively deal with the issue.

Abe was responding to a question in the Lower House Budget Committee as the panel started deliberations in the extra Diet session on Thursday.

Kono: Ruling Is Unacceptable

Kono: Ruling is unacceptable

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Tuesday's ruling by South Korea's Supreme Court on wartime labor is totally unacceptable, and that his country will respond resolutely.

The court on Tuesday ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to compensate 4 Korean men who say they were forced to work at steel mills during World War Two.