Japan's government says it will keep all options open, in response to South Korea's moves to sell off the assets of a Japanese firm due to a wartime labor lawsuit.
A South Korean court said that as of Tuesday, legal procedures to notify the Japanese side of the asset seizure order were deemed complete.
Japan's top government spokesperson says the coronavirus outbreak is continuing to expand across the country, but the situation does not require the government to declare a state of emergency again.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide told reporters on Friday that the expansion is seen as slower than in March and April, but it remains worrisome. He said recently the spread of infection is picking up speed in some parts of Japan, and the number of serious cases has gradually been on the rise.
Japan's top government spokesperson has expressed strong displeasure with a South Korean botanical garden for setting up a statue of a man kneeling in front of a girl statue symbolizing those referred to as comfort women.
The garden has explained to South Korean media that the male statue represents Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.
Japan's top government spokesperson has said the government has a high level of interest in North Korea's movements on a daily basis.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide said the government is working to collect and analyze data, but he refrained from commenting on specific contents.
Japan's top spokesperson has expressed hope to continue cooperating with the United States over the coronavirus and other global health issues. The remark follows Washington's official notification to the United Nations of its intent to withdraw from the World Health Organization.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide said he is aware of the move. He also said he understands that the withdrawal will take place in one year.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide says the government will make its best efforts to patrol territorial waters, after commenting on two Chinese patrol ships that remained for more than 39 hours.
Two Chinese patrol ships entered waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on July 2, and approached a Japanese fishing boat.
Japan's chief cabinet secretary says the government may declare the torrential rain in Kyushu an "extraordinary disaster." That would enable victims to receive special support to rebuild their lives.
Suga Yoshihide spoke to reporters on Tuesday. He said heavy rain is forecast through Wednesday in wide parts of eastern and western Japan.
Japan's top government spokesperson says it is regrettable that China is adopting a national security law for Hong Kong, despite strong concerns among residents and the international community.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide told reporters that he has yet to confirm media reports that China's top legislative body has approved the legislation.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide says the government has no plans to immediately declare a state of emergency again despite a rise in new cases of the coronavirus in Tokyo.
Suga told reporters on Monday that recent confirmations of new cases at certain levels, mainly in Tokyo, are a result of enhanced testing of those who have come into close contact with infected people.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide says the government is not thinking about asking train operators to reduce services under the current state of emergency due to the spread of coronavirus infections.
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures on Tuesday over the virus outbreak.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the country will continue preparations to host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as scheduled this summer.
Suga was speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning after the Group of Seven leaders held an extraordinary video conference to coordinate their response to the new coronavirus outbreak.