The plaintiffs are asking $900,000 each in damages, accusing Pyongyang of "deceiving plaintiffs by false advertising to relocate to North Korea", where "the enjoyment of human rights was generally impossible".
The new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he is seeking the public’s mandate for his policies after being elected premier by parliament only 10 days ago.
Fumio Kishida took the top job in the world’s third-largest economy on Monday, replacing Yoshihide Suga after his popularity took a nosedive over the pandemic.
It was one of the strongest temblors to rock Tokyo since the massive 9.0 earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011 that killed thousands.
Fumio Kishida was chosen last week to lead the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, beating three other contenders to take the post and ultimately, based on the party's majority in parliament, the premiership.
Several local train services near Tokyo were temporarily suspended as some flights and ferries connecting the city’s Haneda airport and outer islands have been cancelled.
Fumio Kishida's era as the new prime minister is set to begin. The power shift will also influence the domestic and foreign policy strategies in Japan.
Japan’s former top diplomat Fumio Kishida, a soft-spoken centrist, defeated popular vaccine chief Taro Kono in an unusually close race to succeed PM Yoshihide Suga.
US President Joe Biden has hosted the first in-person meeting with the Quad countries to reaffirm their shared goals in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and building infrastructure and technology.
Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama were born on Nov. 5, 1913, and they are 107 years and 320 days old today.
Nuclear envoys from Japan, South Korea and the US hold talks a day after Pyongyang tested a long-range missile.
The first such test of long-range missiles in months causes anxiety among South Korean and Japanese officials.
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