U.N. panel urges Japan to ban hate speech against Koreans
GENEVA - The U.N. Human Rights Committee urged Japan on Thursday to ban activities that support hate speech directed against Korean residents of the country and fuel discrimination.
It also urged Japan in its report to ensure that allegations of wartime sexual slavery or other human rights violations are "effectively, independently and impartially investigated and that perpetrators are prosecuted and, if found guilty, punished."
IMF raises Japan's 2014 growth forecast by 0.3 point to 1.6%
WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund on Thursday raised its economic growth estimate for Japan in 2014, saying the economy grew at a faster-than-expected pace earlier this year before the 3-percentage-point consumption tax hike to 8 percent from April 1.
But the IMF lowered its estimate of global economic growth in 2014 by 0.3 percentage point, to 3.4 percent, due to slowing growth in the United States and emerging nations including China.
Japanese gov't eyes additional sanctions against Russia: source
TOKYO - The Japanese government decided Thursday to consider imposing additional sanctions against Russia following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane in an area of Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists, a government source said.
The move was endorsed at a National Security Council meeting attended by top officials including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the source said.
Japan to express concern about French warship sale to Russia
TOKYO - Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera plans to tell his French counterpart that Japan has strong concerns about France's planned sale of two helicopter carriers to Russia, according to a Japanese government source.
In a move meant to show support for the United States' stance, Onodera will tell French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who will visit Japan next week, that the sale of amphibious assault ships to Russia "would not be appropriate in view of the international situation" following the recent downing of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, the source said.