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 Tokyo District Court ordered a former chief of yakuza crime syndicate Kyokuto-kai and two others, including a deaf member of the gang, to pay a total of some ¥197 million in damages to 27 hearing-impaired people for extorting money from them. (the-japan-news.com)
Japan is considering a possible bid to host the 2025 world exposition in Osaka Prefecture in order to buoy the economy after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Overseas investors sold 5.99 trillion yen ($59 billion) more in Japanese shares than they bought from Jan. 1 to Sept. 23, with that figure poised to overtake the record set during the run-up to Black Monday nearly three decades ago. (Nikkei)
David Beckham handed out signed soccer balls Thursday to the players of an under-16 select team from Kumamoto Prefecture, which was hit by two huge earthquakes in April that took the lives of 50 people. (Japan Times)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration may seek legislation by submission of bipartisan bills to enable 82-year-old Emperor Akihito to retire, rather than bills sponsored by the government, lawmakers in the administration said Thursday. (Kyodo)