Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he will closely monitor how the U.S. Congress will react to President Barack Obama's decision to ask it to support a military strike punishing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons.
"I took President Obama's announcement as the expression of his grave determination," Abe told reporters in Chiba Prefecture. "I will closely watch the process in the U.S. Congress."
Japan "will continue to closely cooperate with the United State and international community in collecting and analyzing information" on Syria, he also said. "We will work to ensure even a little improvement" in the situation.
Japan will impose additional sanctions on Russia for failing to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, where the recent downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet killed all 298 people aboard, the government said Monday. (Kyodo)
Grand champion Hakuho defeated his Mongolian compatriot, Harumafuji, on Sunday to win his 30th career title at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, edging closer to the all-time championship record in Japan's ancient sport.
Eleven people died, one person remains unconscious and two are missing after water-related accidents across Japan over the weekend, police and Fire and Disaster Management Agency officials said Monday. (Japan Today)
The results of a poll to pick the 16 singers who will perform on the next single by SNH48, the Shanghai-based sister group of the hugely popular all-female pop group AKB48, were released over the weekend at an event that drew more than 3,000 fans. (Japan Times)