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Japan, Russia hold investment forum amid Ukraine turmoil

Japan and Russia held an investment forum in Tokyo as scheduled Wednesday, with leaders of the two countries not referring to Moscow's move to absorb the Crimea region of Ukraine that has drawn international criticism. In their messages read at the event, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the momentum for boosting bilateral economic exchanges has been rising, while Russian President Vladimir Putin noted the bilateral economic relationship is expanding dynamically and he hopes business leaders will propose constructive projects.

Japan not to revise "Kono statement" on wartime sex slavery: Suga

Japan will not revise its 1993 official apology over wartime sex slavery, known as the "Kono statement," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference Monday. The Japanese government has shown readiness to reexamine the testimonies of former Korean sex slaves who were forced to work at Japanese military brothels, which were the basis of the statement, named after then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, after a former senior official told parliament last month that the government at the time did not verify the victims' remarks.

Japan not to revise "Kono statement" on wartime sex slavery: Suga

Japan will not revise its 1993 official apology over wartime sex slavery, known as the "Kono statement," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference Monday. The Japanese government has shown readiness to reexamine the testimonies of former Korean sex slaves who were forced to work at Japanese military brothels, which were the basis of the statement, named after then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, after a former senior official told parliament last month that the government at the time did not verify the victims' remarks.

Ex-Japan Post president resigns as adviser amid criticism

Japan Post Holdings Co. said Wednesday that Atsuo Saka, former president of the state-owned company, has resigned as adviser. The move came after Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga criticized Saka on Wednesday for taking the post of adviser since he was forced to step down as president last June as part of a government-led management reshuffle. All of about 20 other advisers at the Japan Post group will also leave at the end of March.

Ex-Japan Post president resigns as adviser amid criticism

Japan Post Holdings Co. said Wednesday that Atsuo Saka, former president of the state-owned company, has resigned as adviser. The move came after Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga criticized Saka on Wednesday for taking the post of adviser since he was forced to step down as president last June as part of a government-led management reshuffle. All of about 20 other advisers at the Japan Post group will also leave at the end of March.

Japan concerned about lack of clarity in China's defense policy

TOKYO (Reuters) - China's lack of clarity in defence spending is a source of concern for the world and for Japan, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday. Suga also told a news conference that the jump in China's 2014 military budget, which China said earlier in the day would rise by 12.2 percent, is something that Japan is keeping an eye on and that Tokyo will stay in close contact with other nations. (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko and Elaine Lies; Editing by Dominic Lau)

Japan concerned about lack of clarity in China's defense policy

TOKYO (Reuters) - China's lack of clarity in defence spending is a source of concern for the world and for Japan, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday. Suga also told a news conference that the jump in China's 2014 military budget, which China said earlier in the day would rise by 12.2 percent, is something that Japan is keeping an eye on and that Tokyo will stay in close contact with other nations. (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko and Elaine Lies; Editing by Dominic Lau)

Japan deplores indiscriminate Chinese station attack

Japan's top spokesman on Monday deplored Saturday's indiscriminate mass killings at a railway station in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga offered condolences to the survivors and bereaved families a day after the attack by more than 10 knife-wielding assailants left at least 29 citizens dead and more than 140 injured. Police shot dead four of the assailants -- three men and a woman -- and detained another woman, according to Chinese media reports.

US mulls setting trans-Pacific trade deal without Japan as progress stymied by farm tariffs

TOKYO - Prospects for a comprehensive trans-Pacific trade pact appeared increasingly uncertain Tuesday as the U.S. and Japan struggle over Tokyo's commitment to keep tariffs on hundreds of farm products. Japan's top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said the two sides were still trying to bridge their differences at the last day of 12-nation talks underway in Singapore. "Regarding those unresolved issues, I am hoping that the officials who are gathered there will work to the very end," Suga told reporters in Tokyo.

Japan PM keen to cut corporate tax rate: Suga

By Linda Sieg and Yuko Yoshikawa TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is determined to cut Japan's corporate tax rate, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, a step experts say could boost firms' global competitiveness and make Japan more attractive to foreign investment.
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