Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan has not altered its legal claim to four Russian-controlled islands, known as the Northern Territories, despite dropping a phrase from an annual foreign policy report.
Unlike in years past, the report does not state that "four Russian-controlled islands belong to Japan."
Pressure from the International Olympic Committee is believed to have been a factor in the Japanese Olympic Committee president's retirement.
On Tuesday, Tsunekazu Takeda said he will step down when his term expires in June. Takeda is under investigation by French authorities over corruption allegations in connection with Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Games.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the country's position remains unchanged regarding a peace treaty with Russia. Japan insists that the treaty should be signed after resolving the issue of the 4 Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.
He made the remark during a meeting with Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi on Thursday after returning from Russia.
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.
A research center in western Japan has called the US nuclear stance inconsistent as the country works to modernize its arsenal while pressing North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.
Nagasaki University's Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition released its latest report on Wednesday. It's based on information gathered from governments and research institutes around the world.
The all-new Honda Civic hatch brings with it an impressive array of safety technology – but only if you buy the most expensive model.
That could be perceived as a problem for Honda, because the the Civic – whether you choose the new hatch or the existing sedan – doesn't have autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in the four more affordable models in the range, but rivals such as the Mazda 3 have the tech fitted throughout.