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.
Having witnessed the massive influx of young people to the area around Shibuya Station in Tokyo on Halloween last year and the year before, the Metropolitan Police Department this year is planning to make the streets in the area partially vehicle-free. (the-japan-news.com)
Allegations of software-assisted cheating led the Japan Shogi Association to suspend top-ranked player Hiroyuki Miura from competition earlier this month, but a lack of hard evidence and a dubious investigation process has left more questions than answers about the controversial decision. (Japan Today)
Japanese defense officials have measured noise levels from US Osprey aircraft at a Self-Defense Forces base in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo. This is the first time for the aircraft to fly over the Chiba base. (NHK)