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.
Central Japan Railway will in about four years introduce a new bullet train that will be lighter and consume 7% less electricity than the latest varieties in operation, the company announced Friday. (Nikkei)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday it would be difficult for the time being to revise the armament-renouncing article of Japan's pacifist constitution, an issue drawing attention as the July 10 upper house election approaches. (Reuters)
The first wave of "Brexit" damage has made a major hit: Japan. As the U.K. contemplated life after Europe on Friday morning, Japan's yen made its biggest surge against the U.S. dollar since the midst of the global financial crisis in 2008. (wsj.com)