The Group of Seven major economies showed a united front on fighting terrorist financing and tax evasion in talks that ended Saturday, but shied away from coordinated action on policies to revive stalling growth.
Japan's defense minister traveled to Okinawa to lodge a formal protest with the commander of the U.S. military base there on Saturday after the arrest of a base employee linked to the suspicious death of a local woman.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday expressed "outrage" after the arrest of a U.S. military base employee linked to the suspicious death of a woman on Okinawa, a week before a high-profile visit to Japan by President Barack Obama.
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, center, speaks next to Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, left, during a meeting of finance ministers and heads of central banks of the Group of Seven in in Sendai, northern Japan, Friday, May 20.
Japan's economy grew at a better than expected 1.7 percent annual pace in the first quarter of this year, as solid consumer demand and higher government spending offset relatively weak business investment and sluggish exports.
Japan vowed to cooperate with a French probe into US$2 million allegedly paid to help Tokyo secure the 2020 Olympics on Monday, as the son of ex-world athletics chief Lamine Diack denied receiving the money.
Japan's Olympic chief insisted US$2 million in payments were "legitimate" on Friday after French prosecutors launched a probe, suspecting they were aimed at winning support for Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Games.
The governor of Tokyo has triggered public outrage for flying first-class and staying at up to US$1,800-a-night suites in Europe and America during official trips.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker under investigation for lying about fuel economy data for some models, said Wednesday such tampering is suspected in all of its vehicles sold in Japan.
Japanese are welcoming President Barack Obama's decision to visit the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima, and those interviewed Wednesday said they aren't seeking an apology.