Japan, U.S. agree on base-related environment pact

Japan Politics News - October 20, 2014 - 23:41
The Japanese and U.S. governments said Monday that they have agreed to conclude a pact that allow environmental surveys in U.S. base sites in Japan before they are returned to Japan. (Jiji Press)
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N. American tuna imports rise in Japan despite weak yen

Japan Business News - October 20, 2014 - 23:39
Imports of bluefin tuna caught in the Atlantic Ocean off the North American coast are rising in Japan, although many other fishery products from overseas have been hit by the yen's recent sharp depreciation. (Jiji Press)
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LDP's Miyazawa, Kamikawa to succeed 2 departed ministers

Japan Politics News - October 20, 2014 - 23:32
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided Monday to name Yoichi Miyazawa and Yoko Kamikawa, both lawmakers of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, to replace two cabinet members who resigned the same day over scandals, aiming to quickly revive his government after the double setback. (Jiji Press)
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Osaka mayor engages in shouting match with head of anti-Korean group

Japan Politics News - October 20, 2014 - 23:30
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto met with the head of an anti-Korean group on Monday as he considers cracking down on hate speech rallies in the western Japan city, but they ended up having a shouting match in which they more or less just insulted each other. (Kyodo)
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Red Army member Shirosaki to be deported to Japan

Japan Society News - October 20, 2014 - 23:27
Tsutomu Shirosaki, a member of the now-defunct Japanese Red Army, will be deported to Japan once he is released from a U.S. prison early next year, informed sources said Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Science Olympiad results now factor in college admissions

Japan Education News - October 20, 2014 - 23:24
Students' performances at International Science Olympiads (ISO), a series of worldwide science competitions for students not yet in higher education, are now being considered as important information for university entrance decisions. (The Japan News)
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Osaka cops bust dumpers of 200 kg of porn

Japan Society News - October 20, 2014 - 09:14
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested two male suspects for allegedly dumping a large quantity of adult video (AV) material inside a park in Nishinari Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Abe accepts Obuchi's resignation

Japan Politics News - October 20, 2014 - 09:11
Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi has resigned, taking responsibility for a scandal involving her political funding organizations. (NHK)
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Man gets 2 years for making guns with 3D printer

Japan Society News - October 20, 2014 - 09:09
A Japanese court has sentenced a former college employee to 2 years in prison for using a 3D printer to make handguns. (NHK)
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Abe says tax hike "meaningless" if too much damage on economy: FT

Japan Economy News - October 20, 2014 - 09:06
Japan's planned consumption tax hike would be "meaningless" should it give too much damage on the country's economy, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said in an interview with the major British daily Financial Times. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo: Shares soar 3.98% to biggest one-day gain in over a year

Japan Economy News - October 20, 2014 - 09:00
Tokyo stocks jumped 3.98 per cent on Monday, notching up their biggest one-day points gain in over a year following a sharp rise on Wall Street and as a weaker yen boosted exporters. (businesstimes)
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Empress Michiko celebrates 80th birthday

Japan Society News - October 20, 2014 - 08:57
Empress Michiko celebrated her 80th birthday on Monday. In a statement distributed to media by the Imperial Household Agency, the empress said she hoped the world could find peace ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year. (Japan Today)
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Tigers advance to Japan Series for first time since 2005

Japan Sports News - October 19, 2014 - 22:36
Check the locks on all the Colonel Sanders statues in Osaka, because the Hanshin Tigers are headed back to the Japan Series and it was a big home run from a bearded foreign star that helped get them there. (Japan Times)
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In Japan, two female cabinet ministers resign

Japan Politics News - October 19, 2014 - 22:34
The resignation Monday of Yuko Obuchi, Japan's industry minister, was a heavy blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the cabinet he named last month. And there are concerns in the government and ruling parties that Obuchi is only the first in a string of coming cabinet resignations. (Nikkei)
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2 Japanese climbers among 39 dead on Nepal hiking route

Japan Society News - October 19, 2014 - 21:57
The bodies of a Japanese man and woman have been found on a popular Nepal hiking route that was engulfed by a blizzard last Wednesday. The death toll is now 39. (Japan Today)
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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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