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Former Factory Worker Becomes Japan’s New Prime Minister

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Yoshihide Suga, a former cardboard factory worker and strawberry farmer’s son, has been elected as Japan’s new prime minister on Wednesday following the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Taking over: Suga, who previously worked under Abe’s rule as chief Cabinet secretary, was elected Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader on Monday with nearly 70% of the votes. But he still needed support from Japan’s national legislature, the Diet, according to CNN.

Japan May Make It Illegal to Spank Kids When Disciplining Them

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet members have recently submitted a bill that makes it illegal for parents to hit their children when disciplining them, as the number of child abuse cases in the country rises. 

According to NHK News, the bill was submitted by the Cabinet of Japan, which consists of many high-ranking ministers including the Japanese prime minister himself, on March 19. If passed, the bill would make it illegal for parents to enact corporal punishments on their children, which includes spanking children in broader interpretations.

Okinawans Call on Donald Trump to Stop Building Military Bases on Their Island

Despite strong opposition from locals, Japan’s central government initiated main reclamation work Friday at a United States military base relocation site on the southern island of Okinawa.

Earlier this month, the Fukuoka High Court rejected the Okinawa Prefectural Government’s demand to stop the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the island prefecture, Japan Times reports.

Celebrity Chef Serves Japan’s Prime Minister The Most Offensive Dessert Possible for a Japanese Person

When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe joined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara for dinner during their second official visit to Israel on Wednesday, they were treated to a dessert many found to be culturally offensive.

The group had just finished their gourmet meal at the Prime Minister’s Residence when the prime minister’s private chef, Moshe Segev, brought out a selection of chocolates served in an unusual container.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is Now on Instagram

For the first time ever since his first appointment as Japan’s prime minister in 2006 – and his second in 2012 – Shinzo Abe has finally announced he will start actively using Instagram in 2018.

The 57th Prime Minister of Japan first made the announcement on Friday when he made his first ever social media post with the caption that reads: “I will finally start doing Instagram in 2018,” accompanied by hashtags saying “first post” and “beginner,” according to Kyodo News via Japan Today.

Japanese Prime Minister Falls While Playing Golf With Donald Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly lost his balance and fell in a bunker sand during a round of golf with President Donald Trump on Monday.

Trump, during his first ever two-day trip to Japan as the U.S. president, had the opportunity to enjoy a round of golf with Prime Minister Abe and Japanese professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture.

Donald Trump Refuses to Eat Any Japanese Food During Trip to Japan

Donald Trump once said during a 1990 trip to Japan that he would not eat “f***ing raw fish” and opted for a McDonald’s hamburger. It appears that he’s sticking to that belief in his latest visit to Japan.

Although Japan has been praised for their great cuisine with many Michelin-starred restaurants, President Trump will not eat anything but an all-American diet, according to The Independent.

Japan is Getting Pikotaro to Meet With Donald Trump During Visit

Japan is pulling all the stops to give United States President Donald Trump a memorable time by having the outlandish Pikotaro entertain him during his upcoming trip to the country. Trump will be visiting Japan from November 5 to 7 on the first leg of his all-important 12-day trip to Asia, where he is set to discuss a number of pressing issues with leaders in the region.

According to The Washington Post, Pikotaro, known for his extremely popular song, “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen (PPAP)”, will be attending the dinner party to be hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the American leader on Monday.

Japan Calls For a World Without Nuclear Weapons on 72nd Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing

August 6th, 1945; a day that will forever live in infamy. The day that the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, obliterating approximately 146,000 people, destroying a once bustling metropolis, and changing the way warfare was waged.

Seventy-two years later, on August 6th, 2017, approximately 50,000 people, including representatives from 80 different nations, came together to attend an annual ceremony at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, according to NPR. During this time, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a global effort to put an end to the use of nuclear weapons.