Abe has been traveling Europe since Sunday to coordinate with leaders from the Group of Seven industrialized countries. The meetings have focused on dealing with uncertainties over the global economy, which is expected to be high on the agenda at the G-7 summit that Japan will host on May 26 and 27.
As he did in talks with other European leaders, Abe highlighted the need to stimulate the global economy through flexible government spending, such as by increasing public work projects.
Evacuees from a series of earthquakes in Japan’s southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto will start moving into public housing on Friday, around 3 weeks after the first quake hit. (NHK)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and British counterpart David Cameron agreed Thursday in London on the need to promote increased government spending and other economic measures to bolster the flagging global economy, while vowing to work together in fighting terrorism. (Kyodo)
East Japan Railway Co. said Thursday it has resolved a computer malfunction that caused all electronic signboards for shinkansen bullet trains to shut down the previous day, causing confusion for travelers during the Golden Week holiday period. (Japan Times)
An 18-year-old girl was killed after the car she was riding in was hit by a falling boulder on a mountain road in Onan, Shimane Prefecture. (Japan Today)
A glider crashed into a mountainous area in Fukushima Prefecture Thursday, killing the pilot, police and firefighters said. (Japan Today)
U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Japan to drastically increase its financial contribution to maintain the American military facilities it hosts under a 1960 security treaty. (Japan Times)
A growing number of people in Southeast Asia are migrating within the region in search of jobs and better living conditions. In stark contrast, Japan’s labor market remains closed to the outside world as it pursues a policy of isolation, at least in the eyes of many people in the rest of Asia. (Nikkei)
About 1,000 people participated in a jogging event held at Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, on Thursday to mark Children’s Day. (Japan Times)
The popular black bear character Kumamon resumed activities as the official mascot of Kumamoto on Thursday, three weeks after the southwestern Japanese prefecture was devastated by the first of two major earthquakes. (Japan Today)
Kyoto Tango Railway’s gourmet sightseeing train Kuro-Matsu, which runs through the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture, has begun a new service, in which chefs cook local foods in front of the passengers. (the-japan-news.com)