Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged that his government will fight to eradicate discrimination and prejudice against former leprosy patients and their families.
Abe met family members of former patients at the prime minister's office on Tuesday following the recent enactment of a law that offers them relief payments of up to about 16,500 dollars.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has pledged to clean up the waters at the city's beaches following the cancelation of a triathlon test event for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics last week.
The swimming portion of the event, scheduled for August 17 at Odaiba Marine Park, was canceled due to poor water quality.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has pledged to step up security measures ahead of the Group of 20 summit next week, following an alleged attack on a police officer in Osaka in which his loaded gun was stolen.
Suga said on Monday that the serious incident has created fear among both residents of the area and others. He added that investigators are working to determine the motive and background of the crime.
KYOTO--Geisha and their apprentices, called "maiko," pledged to practice and work hard this year to improve their performances at their New Year's business opening ceremonies here on Jan. 7.
The ceremonies were held in four quarters out of five major "kagai" (entertainment streets) in the city: Gion Kobu, Miyagawacho, Pontocho and Gion Higashi.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to do all he can to ensure the smooth operation of a new program that will bring more foreign workers to the country.
Abe held a news conference on Monday evening at the close of an extraordinary Diet session. The Diet last week enacted into law a controversial bill to revise Japan's immigration control law that created 2 new categories of visas for foreign workers.