Suga Asks For Arbitration Panel To Be Set Up Soon

Suga asks for arbitration panel to be set up soon

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has asked South Korea's new ambassador to Japan to quickly establish an arbitration panel to address the bilateral issue of wartime labor.

Suga spoke to Nam Gwan-pyo when he made a courtesy call on Tuesday to mark the start of his time in Tokyo.

Suga: Govt. Plans To Assist Man Sentenced In China

Suga: Govt. plans to assist man sentenced in China

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government plans to offer assistance to a Japanese man who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in China for spying.

Suga addressed the issue at a news conference on Tuesday. The man in his 50s was detained in China after conducting surveys for hot spring development.

Suga: Govt. To Do All It Can To Manage Economy

Suga: Govt. to do all it can to manage economy

Japan's top government spokesperson says the government will do all it can to manage the country's economy while continuing to closely monitor developments at home and abroad.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga spoke to reporters on Monday, after figures released by the Cabinet Office showed Japan's economy grew at an annualized 2.1 percent in the January-to-March period.

Suga: Us Officials Aware Of Abduction Issue

Suga: US officials aware of abduction issue

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says he confirmed during his recent trip to the United States the US government's support for Japanese efforts to bring home its nationals abducted by North Korea.

Suga made the comment on Wednesday at a meeting of the main governing Liberal Democratic Party's taskforce on the abduction issue. Suga is also the minister in charge of this issue.

Suga: Japan Still Seeking Summit With N.korea

Suga: Japan still seeking summit with N.Korea

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary says the government will continue to seek a summit with North Korea despite the firing of a ballistic missile by Pyongyang last week.

Yoshihide Suga was speaking at a Lower House committee meeting on Monday.

Suga Calls For End To Mutual Distrust With N.korea

Suga calls for end to mutual distrust with N.Korea

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has called for an end to the mutual distrust between Japan and North Korea, and urged the countries to start afresh.

Suga was speaking at a symposium hosted by the Japanese government in New York to boost international awareness about the abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea.

Suga Explains Pm's Remarks On Meeting Kim Jong Un

Suga explains PM's remarks on meeting Kim Jong Un

Japan's top government spokesperson has sought to clarify Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's remarks that he aims to meet North Korea's leader "without preconditions."

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga spoke to reporters on Tuesday, a day after Abe said he hopes to arrange talks with Kim Jong Un in order to resolve the issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals.

Suga: Japan Will Protect Firms Over S.korea Suits

Suga: Japan will protect firms over S.Korea suits

Japan's chief cabinet secretary says the government will protect the interests of Japanese firms in connection with wartime labor suits in South Korea.

Yoshihide Suga made the comment on a TV program on Wednesday. His remark comes after South Korean plaintiffs started the process of selling off shares seized from two Japanese businesses in lieu of damages.

Suga To Make Rare Trip Abroad In May

Suga to make rare trip abroad in May

Sources say Japan's top government spokesperson is planning to meet with US Vice President Mike Pence in the United States next month.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who is also a minister in charge of the abduction issue, will also visit the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Suga To Announce New Era Name, Abe To Comment

Suga to announce new era name, Abe to comment

The Japanese government plans to have its top spokesperson announce the name for the era of the nation's new emperor next Monday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is to make the announcement after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet endorses the new era name. This will be followed by comments from Abe.

Suga: Namer Of New Era Will Not Be Revealed

Suga: Namer of new era will not be revealed

Japan's top government spokesperson has expressed reservations about disclosing who will come up with the name for the country's new era, which begins when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes Emperor.

The government plans to announce the name of the era on April 1, one month before the Crown Prince ascends to the throne. Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate the day before, bringing an end to the Heisei era.

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.