The Japan News (Japan)

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Defense Ministry has compiled a design concept of new fighter jets that will replace the Air Self-Defense Forces’ F-2 fighter jets, planning for the succeeding jets to be able to carry and launch drones to detect distant enemy planes and also to share radar information with the drones, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

WASHINGTON (The Japan News/ANN) - The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump remains unchanged in its policy to press North Korea to achieve “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation,” despite Pyongyang’s announcement to suspend its nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches.

SEOUL (The Japan News/ANN) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s announcement on Friday that he will suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launches was likely a move to ensure his upcoming talks with U.S. President Donald Trump are a success and demonstrate that he can be seen as having taken a step toward denuclearisation. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Leading Japanese cosmetics manufacturer Shiseido Co. is improving its performance by meeting demand in China and other parts of Asia. In this installment of The Leaders, a column featuring corporate management and senior executives, The Yomiuri Shimbun asked President and Chief Executive Officer Masahiko Uotani about Shiseido’s strategy and challenges.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday stressed that Japan will pay close attention to whether North Korea’s latest decision will eventually lead to Pyongyang completely abandoning its nuclear and missile programmes. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - An automatic notification system designed to expedite emergency services’ responses to traffic accidents has been launched this fiscal year, and while it is expected to lower the road death toll, only a fraction of vehicles have the necessary equipment.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The female mayor of Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, presented a petition to the Japan Sumo Association on Thursday, requesting it discuss revisions to a policy prohibiting women from entering the dohyo ring.

PALM BEACH, USA (The Japan News/ANN) - An expansion of Ameri- can-made exports including automobiles and agricultural products will likely be on the agenda of a new framework for discussing trade issues between Japan and the United States that was agreed upon during recent bilateral talks.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - On the morning of March 20, 1995, the Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult released the highly toxic nerve gas sarin in five train cars on three lines of Tokyo’s Eidan subway (now Tokyo Metro) passing through Kasumigaseki Station. Thirteen people were killed and more than 6,000 sickened. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The move is to prepare for terrorist attacks and other unexpected incidents that may occur during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.