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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Japan's top government spokesperson says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will stop over in Japan ahead of his visit on Sunday to North Korea.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Pompeo will arrive in Japan on Saturday and meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will reshuffle his Cabinet and key posts in the main governing Liberal Democratic Party as early as October 1st. He appears set to retain Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
Aso and Suga have been with the prime minister since the start of his second Cabinet.