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.

Suga: Govt. Steadfast In Relocating Okinawa Base

Suga: Govt. steadfast in relocating Okinawa base

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government's plan to relocate a US military base in Okinawa to another location within the prefecture will not be affected by the results of the gubernatorial election on September 30th.

Suga was speaking to reporters on Thursday as official campaigning in the race to pick the successor of the late governor Takeshi Onaga kicked off.

Suga: Northern Territories Issue A Priority

Suga: Northern Territories issue a priority

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has said he is aware of Russian President Vladimir Putin's remarks, but declined to comment on his intentions.

Suga said at a news conference on Wednesday that Putin did not make such remarks during Monday's summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, although the 2 leaders had frank discussions.

Suga: All-out Rescue Effort Underway In Hokkaido

Suga: All-out rescue effort underway in Hokkaido

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says an all-out around-the-clock effort will be made to find and rescue the missing in the aftermath of Thursday's earthquake in the northern island of Hokkaido.

Suga told reporters on Friday that 26 people are still reported missing.

Suga Regrets Un Report On 'comfort Women'

Suga regrets UN report on 'comfort women'

Japan's top government spokesperson has expressed extreme regret over a UN committee's report that criticizes the Japanese efforts to resolve the issue of those referred to as comfort women.

The 18-member UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination issued the results of its periodic review of Japan's human rights situation on Thursday.

Suga On Reported Japan, N.korea Contact

Suga on reported Japan, N.Korea contact

Japan's top government spokesman has declined to comment on a US newspaper report that Japan and North Korea met secretly in Vietnam last month.

The Washington Post reported in its electronic version on Tuesday that a top Japanese intelligence official, Shigeru Kitamura, met a senior North Korean official in charge of reunification, Kim Song Hye. They reportedly discussed the North's abductions of Japanese nationals.

Suga: Okinawa Base Relocation Plan Will Not Change

Suga: Okinawa base relocation plan will not change

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government has not changed its policy of advancing a plan to relocate a US military base within Okinawa Prefecture.

Suga was speaking to reporters on Thursday, one day after Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga died of pancreatic cancer. The top government spokesman said he was shocked by Onaga's death and offered his condolences.

Suga: Video Is Likely Of Missing Journalist

Suga: Video is likely of missing journalist

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says he considers that the man appearing in an online video is a missing Japanese journalist.

The video was posted on the internet on Monday. It shows a man in an orange robe, with 2 armed militants wearing masks standing behind him. The purported detainee was speaking in Japanese for about 20 seconds.

Abe, Suga Update On Govt.'s Relief Efforts

Abe, Suga update on govt.'s relief efforts

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will expand the scope of people who can be assigned to temporary housing after being affected by the recent floods and landslides.

Abe was speaking on Tuesday at a meeting of the government's emergency task force on the rain-triggered disasters that affected mainly western Japan.