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(CNN) - U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy stirred up controversy after expressing her "concern" over the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.
Now, the Japanese government is firing back.
"Dolphin fishing is one of the traditional fishing forms of our country and is carried out appropriately in accordance with the law," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
Kennedy took to Twitter last week, saying she was "deeply concerned by the inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing."
"We have fishermen in our community and they are exercising their fishing rights. We feel that we need to protect our residents against the criticisms," said Taiji Mayor Kazutaka Sangen.
Could Ambassador Kennedy's comment complicate relations between two vital allies?
Associate director of Temple University's institute of contemporary Asian studies Kyle Cleveland joined CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.
(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie didn't mention the allegations swirling around his administration when he gave his second inaugural address Tuesday is snow-covered Trenton, New Jersey. But that doesn't mean the unanswered questions aren't blanketing the national conversation about Christie and his future ambitions.
The question: Can he weather the storm?
Politico reporter Katie Glueck, Politicker NJ reporter Matt Arco, and CNN political commentator and The New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza discuss.
(CNN) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did not directly mention any of the current controversies dogging his administration during his inaugural speech Tuesday.
The latest allegation comes form Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who says Christie directly ordered the withholding of Superstorm Sandy recovery funds unless she backed a redevelopment plan he favored.
"When Dawn Zimmer, who I think is a very credible person, is saying that, you know, the governor's office is trying to link a development project to Sandy aid, I think that's really bad, deplorable, and probably illegal," Rep. Frank Pallone, D-New Jersey, said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
(CNN) - It was not just New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's strong relationship with Republicans that led to his landslide re-election last year, but also the swell of support from New Jersey Democrats. Longbranch Mayor Adam Schneider, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long, and Union City Mayor Brian Stack were among the many vocal backers of Christie during his second run for office.
(CNN) - On the first day of his second term, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faces brewing storms - literally and figuratively.
A scandal over alleged political retribution by his administration has already cost a top aide and campaign strategist their jobs, and now Christie faces multiple investigations that could harm the presidential ambitions of the early Republican front-runner for 2016.
Even the weather was against him, as a snow storm forced cancellation of his gala celebration on Ellis Island after Tuesday's second-term inaugural address.