Forestry Minister Vows Support To Rebuild Castle

Forestry minister vows support to rebuild castle

Japan's forestry minister has pledged full support for efforts to rebuild Shuri Castle, whose main structures burned down in late October.

Taku Eto inspected the site in the southwestern prefecture of Okinawa on Saturday.

Abe Vows To Amend The Constitution

Abe vows to amend the Constitution

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed a strong determination to carry out constitutional amendments.

Speaking to reporters after the extraordinary session of the Diet was adjourned on Monday, Abe acknowledged the road will be rocky, but he is determined to get it done himself.

Abe Vows To Fight Prejudice Against Leprosy

Abe vows to fight prejudice against leprosy

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 Vows Cleaner Seawater For 2020 Games

Tokyo vows cleaner seawater for 2020 Games

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 Vows To Maintain Export Controls

Japan vows to maintain export controls

Japan's Trade Minister has stressed that Tokyo has no plans to withdraw the export controls.

Hiroshige Seko said on Tuesday, "The measure is a necessary domestic procedure in Japan for the purpose of properly controlling exports. It's not up for negotiation, and won't be withdrawn."

Suga Vows To Increase G20 Security

Suga vows to increase G20 security

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.

Zarif Vows Iran Won't Escalate Tensions

Zarif vows Iran won't escalate tensions

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran won't be responsible for escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf.

Zarif spoke to reporters in Tokyo on Thursday after meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

Abe Vows To Seek Wto Reforms At G20 Osaka Summit

Abe vows to seek WTO reforms at G20 Osaka summit

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will raise the issue of reforming the World Trade Organization at the Group of 20 nations summit in Osaka in June.

Abe made the remarks during a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after their meeting in Ottawa on Sunday.

Kono Vows Cooperation For Saudi Arabia's Reform

Kono vows cooperation for Saudi Arabia's reform

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono paid a courtesy call on Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh on Sunday and pledged Japan's continued cooperation for the kingdom's economic reform.

This is Kono's second visit to Saudi Arabia since assuming the post of foreign minister in August 2017.

Ghosn's Lawyer Vows To Fight For Acquittal

Ghosn's lawyer vows to fight for acquittal

The lawyer for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn says he will continue to fully dispute the accusations against his client.

Junichiro Hironaka told reporters on Monday that the latest indictment was expected.

Abe Vows Independent Probe Of Data Scandal

Abe vows independent probe of data scandal

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to conduct a thorough investigation into the flawed labor statistics compiled by the labor ministry.

Abe was responding to questions by Kazuya Shimba of the opposition Democratic Party For the People at an Upper House plenary session on Thursday.

Geisha, 'maiko' Make New Year's Vows In Gion To Hone Their Art

Geisha, 'maiko' make New Year's vows in Gion to hone their art

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.

Abe Vows To Prepare For Foreign Workers

Abe vows to prepare for foreign workers

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.