LDP exec apologizes for calling typhoon damage 'so-so'


One of the most senior lawmakers of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday walked back remarks he made that damage to Japan caused by Typhoon Hagibis was "so-so." Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the party, apologized and told reporters that the comment "was inappropriate if I caused… Read


Japan dismisses N Korea's compensation demand for boat collision


Japan dismissed on Tuesday North Korea's demand for compensation over the sinking of a fishing boat that was in collision with a Japanese patrol vessel last week. "North Korea's announcement was totally unacceptable," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference, as Tokyo lodged a protest against Pyongyang… Read


Abe to skip Yasukuni visit during autumn festival: sources


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not visit Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, viewed as a symbol of Japan's wartime militarism by neighboring countries, during its annual autumn festival, government and ruling party sources said Tuesday. But he is expected to send a ritual offering to the Shinto shrine through an official… Read


China to send vice president to emperor's enthronement ceremony


Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan will travel to Japan to attend Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony next week, the Foreign Ministry said Monday. "During his friendly visit to Japan, (Wang) will meet with Japanese leaders and people from all walks of life," spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing,… Read


S Korean PM to attend emperor's enthronement ceremony


South Korea's prime minister plans to visit Japan next week in what would be the highest-level trip since Japan imposed export curbs in a deepening trade and diplomatic row, officials said on Sunday. Lee Nak-yon, whose trip is scheduled for Oct 22-24, will attend Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony, Lee's… Read


N Korea demands Japan pay compensation for sinking fishing boat


North Korea's foreign ministry "strongly demanded" on Saturday that Japan pay compensation for a fishing boat that sank when it collided with a Japanese patrol boat earlier this week, North Korean state media reported. The collision on Monday was deliberate and "a gangster act" by Japan, which should take steps… Read


RCEP trade ministers meet in Bangkok


Ministers from 16 countries negotiating for an Asia-wide trade pact met Saturday in Bangkok for another round of talks, with host Thailand characterizing the meeting as "very tough and serious." A senior Thai trade official said that Singapore was critical of India, which has been accused of stalling progress in… Read


Japan considering release of video showing N Korean fishing boat collision


Japan is weighing the release of video footage showing a collision earlier this week between a North Korean fishing vessel and a Japanese patrol ship, the top government spokesman said Friday. "We are considering when and how to release (the video)," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press… Read


S Korea, Japan to hold talks over trade dispute on Friday


South Korea and Japan will hold bilateral consultations in Geneva on Friday, following Seoul's filing of a complaint with the World Trade Organization last month over Tokyo's tightening of export controls, the trade ministries of the two countries said Thursday. The talks are part of a dispute settlement process stipulated… Read


Japanese tour to disputed islets put off at Russia's request


Japan and Russia are rescheduling a trial tour by Japanese visitors of Moscow-held, Tokyo-claimed islands in late October at the earliest, after it was postponed at Moscow's request, sources from both governments said. The tour of two disputed islands off Hokkaido in northern Japan may come between late October and… Read

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