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.

Suga: No Reply From S.korea On Wartime Labor Talks

Suga: No reply from S.Korea on wartime labor talks

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says South Korea has yet to reply to a request for talks over the issue of wartime laborers from the Korean Peninsula.

The Japanese government on Wednesday asked for talks with South Korea, as stipulated in a 1965 agreement between the two countries.

Suga: Japan 'interested' In Kim's China Trip

Suga: Japan 'interested' in Kim's China trip

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Japan has a very high level of interest in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's reported visit to China.

Suga told reporters on Tuesday that the government is working to collect and analyze information and hopes to receive an appropriate explanation from China.

Suga: No Injuries Reported From Quake

Suga: No injuries reported from quake

Japan's top government spokesperson says there have been no reports so far of injuries or fatalities from the earthquake that hit western Japan on Thursday evening.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government is continuing to do all it can to grasp the extent of damage.

Suga: Japan's Govt. Trying To Grasp Quake Damage

Suga: Japan's govt. trying to grasp quake damage

Japan's top government spokesperson says the government is doing all it can to grasp the extent of damage from the earthquake.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was speaking at a news conference Thursday evening regarding the magnitude 5.0 quake that hit Kumamoto Prefecture minutes before.

Suga Dismisses Putin's Remarks On 2 Islands

Suga dismisses Putin's remarks on 2 islands

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin's remarks on the possible return of 2 of the 4 Russian-held islands at the center of a long-running territorial dispute.

Putin said on Thursday that further discussions are needed regarding the sovereignty over the 2 islands that a decades-old declaration says will be handed over to Japan upon the conclusion of a bilateral peace treaty. He claimed that the declaration doesn't say anything about the islands' sovereignty.

Suga: Japan To Protect National Interests In Trade

Suga: Japan to protect national interests in trade

The Japanese government has reiterated that it will not enter into any bilateral trade agreement with the United States that would go against Japan's national interests.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga spoke to reporters on Thursday after US President Donald Trump suggested taking a tough stance against Japan on trade.

Suga: Japan To Keep Eye On S.korea

Suga: Japan to keep eye on S.Korea

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Japan will be watching how the government of South Korea responds to its Supreme Court's ruling last week on wartime compensation.

South Korea's foreign ministry on Tuesday hit back at Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono's criticism of the ruling.

Suga Urges S.korea To Correct Intl. Law Violation

Suga urges S.Korea to correct intl. law violation

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has stressed that Japan will deal firmly with last week's ruling by the South Korean Supreme Court that ordered a Japanese steelmaker to compensate for wartime labor.

Suga said on Tuesday that Japan will never accept the ruling, which fundamentally overturns the legal basis for friendly relations between Japan and South Korea since they normalized diplomatic ties.

Suga: Govt. Working To Avoid Iran Sanctions Impact

Suga: Govt. working to avoid Iran sanctions impact

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has refused to give details about communications between Japan and the United States on the new US sanctions against Iran.

The sanctions on Iranian oil exports come with temporary waivers for 8 of Iran's top oil buyers, including Japan, China and India.

Suga On Measures To Accept More Foreigners

Suga on measures to accept more foreigners

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government is drawing up a package of measures to accept more foreign workers in the country.

He was speaking to reporters on Friday after the Cabinet endorsed a bill to create new types of residence status for foreigners in a bid to tackle Japan's acute labor shortages.

Suga: Govt. Yet To Identify Yasuda

Suga: Govt. yet to identify Yasuda

Japan's top government spokesperson says officials from the Japanese Embassy in Turkey are in the process of confirming the identity of freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Wednesday that embassy officials have already arrived at the facility in Turkey where the man believed to be Yasuda is staying. He said the officials are negotiating with local authorities, but he has not yet received an official report from them.

Suga: Missing Journalist Likely Freed

Suga: Missing journalist likely freed

The Japanese government says it's highly likely that freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda has been released by militants in Syria.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a hastily arranged news conference on Tuesday night that the Qatari authorities had informed Japan that Yasuda could be released by the end of the day.