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.

Suga Urges S.korea To Correct Intl. Law Violation

Suga urges S.Korea to correct intl. law violation

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.

Suga: Govt. Working To Avoid Iran Sanctions Impact

Suga: Govt. working to avoid Iran sanctions impact

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has refused to give details about communications between Japan and the United States on the new US sanctions against Iran.

The sanctions on Iranian oil exports come with temporary waivers for 8 of Iran's top oil buyers, including Japan, China and India.

Suga On Measures To Accept More Foreigners

Suga on measures to accept more foreigners

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.

Suga: Govt. Yet To Identify Yasuda

Suga: Govt. yet to identify Yasuda

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.

Suga: Missing Journalist Likely Freed

Suga: Missing journalist likely freed

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.

Suga Arranging To Meet New Okinawa Head

Suga arranging to meet new Okinawa head

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is set to meet Okinawa's new governor Denny Tamaki in Tokyo this week.

Suga told reporters on Wednesday that Tamaki asked to visit the prime minister's office on Friday to formally report that he has been inaugurated as Okinawa governor.

Suga: Pompeo To Visit Japan On His Way To N. Korea

Suga: Pompeo to visit Japan on his way to N. Korea

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.

Abe Set To Retain Aso, Suga In New Cabinet

Abe set to retain Aso, Suga in new Cabinet

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.

Suga: Japan Respects Inter-korean Agreement

Suga: Japan respects inter-Korean agreement

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has expressed hope that the inter-Korean summit agreement will lead to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

He also said Japan respects the 2 leaders' efforts to reach the agreement.