The Democratic Party of Japan and two other opposition parties on Thursday submitted a motion demanding the resignation of a ruling party lawmaker over his apparent racist remarks about U.S. President Barack Obama.
The motion was submitted to the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, of which the lawmaker in question, Kazuya Maruyama, is a member.
During an Upper House committee meeting on Wednesday, Maruyama of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said: "In the United States, a black man has become its president. I mean, he is in a bloodline of black people, who were slaves."
The remarks drew harsh criticism from within the ruling camp as well. "He deserves expulsion from the party," former Home Affairs Minister Takeshi Noda of the LDP said.
The Kawasaki city government announced Tuesday that it will not permit the use of municipal parks for a planned demonstration in the city in June, characterizing the planned event as hate speech. (the-japan-news.com)
Police in Yashio, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 39-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted murder after she attacked her 14-year-old son following a dispute over changing the TV channel.
Two Japanese men were arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing money from an ATM as part of the coordinated nationwide heist that netted over a billion yen a little more than two weeks ago. (Japan Times)
The number of people who committed suicide in Japan in 2015 decreased 1,402 from the previous year to 24,025, staying below 30,000 for the fourth consecutive year, a government white paper said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
The head of Japan's Suzuki Motor has admitted that workers failed to follow government rules when calculating the mileage for 26 models. He says the error applies to more than 2 million vehicles. (NHK)