The Japan News (Japan)

​WASHINGTON (The Japan News/ANN) - Foreign Minister Taro Kono agreed with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to maintain pressure and sanctions on North Korea to urge Pyongyang to take specific steps toward complete denuclearization. The two came to the common understanding during their talks at the White House in Washington on Friday afternoon.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to abolish barriers separating communication operations such as those using the internet and broadcast operations involving television and radio stations, in his plan to review the broadcasting business, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

​TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Rika Yajima feared that many Japanese people were living their lives “without encountering Japan,” so she decided to provide an outlet to develop and promote Japanese traditions. 

​TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Peach Aviation Ltd. and Vanilla Air Inc., two low-cost carriers under the ANA Holdings Inc. umbrella, have entered into the final phase of negotiations to integrate, according to sources.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A plan under consideration by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to review the broadcasting business includes a number of measures such as abolishing a provision in the Broadcast Law requiring political fairness, in a manner that would be damaging to the impartiality and public interest of broadcasting. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Sixty-three percent of respondents to a recent Yomiuri Shimbun survey think the nation’s preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are not going smoothly.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A Japanese system for plea bargaining will be introduced on June 1, in line with an ordinance adopted by the government at a Cabinet meeting Friday.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Yokozuna Kakuryu pushed his winning streak since the opening day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament to six, while No. 6 maegashira Kaisei matched him with a victory in Osaka on Friday.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Five power companies, including Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc., and the government plan to set up a council for jointly building and operating TEPCO’s Higashidori nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - In the first ruling of its kind in Japan, the Supreme Court has decided that refusing to return a child despite an order based on the Hague Convention (see below) is “tantamount to illegal confinement” of that child.