Suga Hopes Hong Kong Will Return To Normal Soon

Suga hopes Hong Kong will return to normal soon

Japan's top government spokesperson has expressed hope that the situation in Hong Kong will be resolved quickly.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Thursday that he has been closely watching the developments in Hong Kong in light of various issues, including the protection of Japanese nationals in the territory.

Suga Urges Private-sector Exchanges With S.korea

Suga urges private-sector exchanges with S.Korea

The Japanese government's top spokesperson has declined to comment on a weekly magazine's feature story that drew fire for inciting hatred against South Koreans. But he pointed to the need to continue private-sector exchanges between the countries.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga spoke to reporters on Wednesday about the special report in the latest edition of the Shukan Post weekly magazine published on Monday.

Suga: Efforts To Ease Middle East Tension Continue

Suga: Efforts to ease Middle East tension continue

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Japan will consider various factors before deciding how to respond to a US-led mission to ensure security in the Strait of Hormuz.

Suga told reporters on Tuesday that the government will examine what kind of actions are effective for safe navigation of vessels related to Japan in the region.

Suga: Japan Seeks To Keep Intel Pact With S.korea

Suga: Japan seeks to keep intel pact with S.Korea

Japan's top government spokesperson has reiterated that the country will seek to maintain an intelligence-sharing pact with South Korea.

The General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, is automatically renewed every year since it was signed in 2016, but either nation can pull out by giving notice by this Saturday.

Suga: S.korea's Criticism 'groundless'

Suga: S.Korea's criticism 'groundless'

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has described South Korea's criticism of Japan's tighter screening of exports as groundless.

Japan has decided to remove South Korea from a list of countries entitled to simplified export procedures.

Suga: Us Has Not Called For "standstill Agreement"

Suga: US has not called for

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has denied a media report that the United States has called on Japan and South Korea to hold talks to ease a bilateral row.

Suga referred to Tuesday's report by Reuters news agency. It quoted a senior US official as saying that the US urged the two countries to consider signing a "standstill agreement" on a serious dispute to buy time for negotiations.

Suga: Japan, S.korea Should Keep Sharing Intel

Suga: Japan, S.Korea should keep sharing intel

Japan's top government spokesperson has indicated that the country and South Korea should maintain their intelligence-sharing pact, despite strained ties.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga spoke to reporters on Monday, ahead of the August 24 deadline for applying to terminate the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA.

Suga: Japan Working With Us, S.korea On N.korea

Suga: Japan working with US, S.Korea on N.Korea

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the country is closely liaising with the United States and South Korea on North Korea's missile launch on Thursday.

Suga told reporters on Friday that Japan's foreign minister had talked over the telephone with his US and South Korean counterparts earlier in the day.

Suga: Esper Made General Comment

Suga: Esper made general comment

Japan's top government spokesperson has sought to play down a remark by the new US defense secretary that US allies must contribute more equitably to ensure global security.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Friday he believes Mark Esper was speaking in general about role-sharing. He declined to comment further.

Suga: S.korean President's Criticism Unfounded

Suga: S.Korean president's criticism unfounded

Japan's top government spokesperson has described the South Korean President's criticism of Japan's tightening of restrictions on some high-tech exports to the country as unfounded.

Moon Jae-in commented on Monday that it is unprecedented and unwise for Japan to connect a dispute over history with economic matters. He warned that the action runs counter to the development of bilateral ties.

Suga: S.korea Undermining Bilateral Relations

Suga: S.Korea undermining bilateral relations

Japan's deteriorating relations with South Korea may soon hit businesses in both countries. Japan's top government spokesperson has indirectly suggested that a wartime labor issue is behind plans to restrict some exports to South Korea.

Tokyo is set to apply tougher rules on shipments of substances used in high-tech products like smartphones and semiconductors.

Suga: Japan-us Security Treaty Is Balanced

Suga: Japan-US security treaty is balanced

The Japanese government's top spokesperson says the obligations of Japan and the United States are balanced under the bilateral security treaty and the agreement is not one-sided.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga made the comment to reporters on Thursday when asked about US President Donald Trump's remarks expressing displeasure over the pact.

Suga Comments On Trump Reelection Bid

Suga comments on Trump reelection bid

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has declined to comment on US President Donald Trump's official launch of his re-election campaign.

Suga told reporters on Wednesday that he will refrain from speaking about US domestic affairs.

Suga: Light Injuries Reported

Suga: Light injuries reported

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government has received reports of light injuries caused by the quake.

Suga says there are no reports of fires. He says tsunami up to several centimeters high have been observed so far.