Obuchi under pressure to resign over fund scandal

Japan Politics News - October 18, 2014 - 07:29
Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yuko Obuchi is increasingly under pressure from government and ruling bloc officials to step down over a fund scandal that erupted recently. (Jiji Press)
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Hoping for summit, Abe plays nice with China at ASEM meet

Japan Politics News - October 18, 2014 - 07:25
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played up the improvement in bilateral ties with China at the Asia-Europe Meeting here this week by greeting the Chinese premier and refraining from directly criticizing China's maritime expansionism. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo-Nagoya maglev train project OK'd

Japan Business News - October 18, 2014 - 01:48
The government on Friday approved Central Japan Railway Co.'s plan to construct the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line, paving the way for the 2027 start of magnetic levitation train service connecting Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo-Nagoya maglev train project OK'd

Japan Politics News - October 18, 2014 - 01:48
The government on Friday approved Central Japan Railway Co.'s plan to construct the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line, paving the way for the 2027 start of magnetic levitation train service connecting Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes. (The Japan News)
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Abe, Putin agree to continue bilateral dialogue

Japan Politics News - October 18, 2014 - 01:44
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin at their meeting in Milan, Italy, on Friday agreed to continue dialogue between their countries. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo stocks close down 1.40pc at five-month low

Japan Economy News - October 17, 2014 - 07:49
Tokyo stocks fell 1.40 percent to close at a five-month low on Friday, hit by a stronger yen and growing concerns about the global economy. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
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Abe makes symbolic offering to Yasukuni, likely to forgo autumn festival visit

Japan Politics News - October 17, 2014 - 07:46
Intent on holding his first summit with his Chinese counterpart in November, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will apparently not visit the war-related Yasukuni Shrine during the autumn festival. (Asahi)
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Lawmakers open to limits on casinos in push for bill's passage

Japan Politics News - October 16, 2014 - 22:20
Japan's pro-casino lawmakers have agreed to consider setting limits on Japanese nationals' entry to casinos, bowing to pressure from opponents who threatened to block a legalization bill unless it addressed issues such as gambling addiction. (Japan Today)
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Recruit makes strong debut on TSE

Japan Business News - October 16, 2014 - 22:18
Major information service firm and staffing agency Recruit Holdings Co. made a strong debut on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday in the biggest initial public offering in Japan this year. (The Japan News)
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Bullying at Japan elementary schools rises to record high

Japan Education News - October 16, 2014 - 22:11
Bullying at elementary schools in Japan increased to a record high of 118,805 cases in fiscal 2013, exceeding 100,000 for the second consecutive year, the education ministry said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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One year on, Oshima prays for victims

Japan Society News - October 16, 2014 - 22:10
A year has passed since a typhoon-triggered mudslide hit Tokyo's Izu Oshima island, killing at least 36 people, with three more yet to be found. (The Japan News)
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Passenger arrested in Hawaii-Japan flight assault

Japan Society News - October 16, 2014 - 22:09
A Japan Airlines flight had to return to Honolulu after a male passenger sexually assaulted a female passenger in the airplane's bathroom, the FBI said. (newsok.com)
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Leaders to strengthen ties between Asia, Europe at ASEM Summit

Japan Politics News - October 16, 2014 - 22:04
Leaders from members of the Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM, forum kicked off their two-day meeting in the northern Italian city of Milan Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan is scrambling jets more often as Russia tests nation's defenses

Japan Politics News - October 16, 2014 - 07:23
The number of times Japanese fighter jets scrambled to ward off Russian military aircraft more than doubled in the last six months, amid diplomatic tensions between the two countries which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is keen to ease. (Japan Times)
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Man arrested for shooting 2-year-old son with air gun

Japan Society News - October 16, 2014 - 07:22
Police in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested a 25-year-old man for inflicting serious injury on his 2-year-old son with an air gun. (Japan Today)
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Japan shares lead Asia lower, dollar index droops

Japan Economy News - October 16, 2014 - 07:17
Asian shares were off session lows but still nursed losses amid a selloff in global equities on Thursday, as heightened concerns about world economic growth sent U.S. Treasury yields down and Japanese stocks tumbling. (Reuters)
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Toyota to recall 1.67 million vehicles globally

Japan Business News - October 15, 2014 - 22:25
Toyota said Wednesday it would recall 1.67 million vehicles globally over brake problems and other glitches that pose a fire risk, the latest in a string of problems for the world's biggest automaker. (Japan Today)
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Internet addiction rising in Japan

Japan Education News - October 15, 2014 - 22:23
A panel of experts in Japan says more than 4.2 million people in the country are addicted to the internet. (NHK)
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Baseball: Tigers wipe out Giants' advantage with Game 1 win

Japan Sports News - October 15, 2014 - 22:21
The Hanshin Tigers were behind the Yomiuri Giants before even stepping on the field, but the Kansai club didn't waste any time getting even. (Japan Times)
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Poisonous red-back spiders feared to have started breeding in Tokyo

Japan Society News - October 15, 2014 - 22:16
With an increase in sightings of venomous spiders in Tokyo, experts warn that the elderly and infants are most in danger if bitten. (Asahi)
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