Suga: Japan Expects Results From Trump-kim Summit

Suga: Japan expects results from Trump-Kim summit

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government hopes the upcoming US-North Korea summit will lead to solutions to issues relating to Pyongyang, such as the abduction of Japanese nationals, nuclear and missiles programs.

Suga spoke to reporters on Wednesday ahead of the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which was set to start later in the day.

Suga: No Reports Of Serious Damage From Quake

Suga: No reports of serious damage from quake

Japan's top government spokesperson says there are no immediate reports of serious damage from a magnitude 5.7 earthquake that hit the northern prefecture of Hokkaido.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that the government set up a response team immediately after Thursday's quake.

Suga Declines To Comment On Lawsuits

Suga declines to comment on lawsuits

Japan's top government spokesman has declined to comment on lawsuits jointly filed by same-sex couples seeking marriage equality under Japanese law.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was speaking at a Lower House budget committee meeting on Thursday.

Suga: Japan Continues Working With Us On N.korea

Suga: Japan continues working with US on N.Korea

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Japan will step up efforts to coordinate policies with the United States on the abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea ahead of the second US-North Korea summit.

Suga told reporters on Wednesday that Japan sees the issue as a top priority. He said his country has been and will be working closely with the US.

Suga: Japan Understands Us Concerns Over Inf Issue

Suga: Japan understands US concerns over INF issue

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Japan understands the concerns of the United States that led to its announcement of its intention to withdraw from a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

The US on Saturday notified Russia that it would suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by saying it will also suspend the treaty and develop new missiles that are banned by the pact.

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.