Japan marks 2nd-biggest current account surplus in 2016
Kyodo -- Feb 09
Japan posted its second-biggest current account surplus on record in 2016, government data showed Wednesday, sparking fears that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might be urged by U.S. President Donald Trump to take steps to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with Japan.

The current account surplus, one of the widest gauges of international trade, rose to a nine-year high of 20.65 trillion yen ($183.66 billion) last year, up 25.8 percent from the previous year, the Finance Ministry said in a preliminary report.

The figures came before Abe holds a summit meeting Friday in Washington with Trump, who apparently has been dissatisfied with the huge U.S. trade deficit with China and Japan since he took office on Jan. 20.

News source: Kyodo
Feb 23
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito turned 58 on Friday. (NHK)
Feb 23
A World Trade Organization panel has ruled in Japan's favor in a dispute over South Korea's ban on seafood imports from 8 Japanese prefectures. (NHK)
Feb 23
Aomori Prefectural Police have arrested an 18-year-old girl for allegedly killing her 2-year-old son at a residence in Mutsu City on Tuesday, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
Feb 23
A senior Japanese official has criticized South Korea for what he calls the illegal occupation of the Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan. He made the remark on Thursday at a ceremony to commemorate Japan's incorporation of the islands more than a century ago. (NHK)
Feb 23
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 21-year-old Korean national for the alleged possession of marijuana after a pursuit ended in an accident in Shibuya Ward early Wednesday, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)
Feb 23
Prosecutors have announced the non-prosecution of a male socialite over the alleged threats of a partner in a sex business last year, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)
Feb 23
The health, labor and welfare division of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday broadly approved a diluted draft bill for strengthening measures against passive smoking in public places, including restaurants. (Jiji)
Feb 23
Japan's Self-Defense Force has begun surveying a lake in the northern prefecture of Aomori where a US fighter jet offloaded 2 external fuel tanks. (NHK)
Feb 23
Japanese automaker Honda has announced that its HondaJet won the most delivered jet title in its category last year. (NHK)
Feb 23
Osaka Prefectural Police have raided four so-called 'girl's bar' establishments in Osaka for licensing violations that are believed to have employed minors, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)