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Okinawa governor revokes landfill permit

October 13, 2015 - 11:32
The governor of Okinawa in southern Japan has revoked a permit to reclaim coastal land in the prefecture for the relocation of a US military base. (NHK)
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Japan may stop financial contributions to UNESCO: gov't spokesman

October 12, 2015 - 22:05
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday the Japanese government will consider stopping financial contributions to UNESCO or reducing the amount, given the U.N. body's decision to add Chinese documents on the Nanjing Massacre to the "Memory of the World" program. (Kyodo)
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Japan planning to toughen rape penalties

October 10, 2015 - 00:16
Justice Minister Mitsuhide Iwaki asked his advisory panel Friday to review measures proposed by experts to toughen rape penalties. (Kyodo)
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New Cabinet aims to create 'dynamic society for all'

October 7, 2015 - 22:06
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reshuffled Cabinet was launched Wednesday, with key ministers including Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso as well as Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga retaining their posts. (The Japan News)
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My Number law now in effect and notifications are set to be sent out

October 5, 2015 - 06:40
With the My Number law taking effect Monday, the government kicks off the controversial personal identification system to unify the administration of every resident's state services and records, and will start sending numbers out to tens of thousands of households. (Japan Times)
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Bangladesh rejects IS claim of killing Japanese man

October 4, 2015 - 22:11
For the second time in a week, Bangladesh's government on Sunday rejected a claim by the Islamic State group that it was responsible for gunning down a foreigner in the South Asian country. (Japan Today)
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Japanese man shot dead in Bangladesh

October 4, 2015 - 00:57
Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed a Japanese man in northern Bangladesh on Saturday, police said, the second foreigner in a week to be gunned down in the South Asian country. (Japan Today)
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Japan's dental lobby desperate to hike prices set by government

October 2, 2015 - 23:34
The Japan Dental Federation's political donation scandal is a clear reminder, observers say, of lobbying by a group known for its persistent efforts to push up the prices of medical services. (Japan Times)
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My Number system raises red flags ahead of notice release

October 2, 2015 - 23:24
Despite being trumpeted as ushering in a more efficient, egalitarian society, the government's controversial My Number system that starts with identification numbers being sent out to residents of Japan next week is raising serious qualms about invasion of privacy and leakage of personal information. (Japan Today)
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Indonesia defends rail project after Japan expresses anger

October 1, 2015 - 23:53
Indonesia defended Thursday the chaotic bidding process for its first high-speed railway after months of mixed messages ended with China being chosen over a furious Japan for the $5-billion project. (Japan Today)
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Osaka Mayor Hashimoto announces new party launch

October 1, 2015 - 23:24
Outgoing Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto announced on Thursday a plan to launch a new political party called Osaka Ishin no Kai on Oct. 24 to revive his signature Osaka metropolis administrative reform plan. (Jiji Press)
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Drinking, smoking age still controversial / Debate on change arose after voting age lowered

October 1, 2015 - 23:20
With the lowering of the voting age to 18, discussions are taking place within the Liberal Democratic Party about lowering the legal age for drinking and smoking to 18 as well. (The Japan News)
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Sports agency launched, My Number to come

October 1, 2015 - 23:18
This month, the government launches new national systems and organizations, including the My Number system and the Japan Sports Agency. (The Japan News)
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USS Ronald Reagan arrives in Yokosuka

October 1, 2015 - 09:05
The USS Ronald Reagan has arrived for deployment in Yokosuka, near Tokyo. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier replaces the USS George Washington. (NHK)
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Japan Dental Federation raided over funding scandal

October 1, 2015 - 09:00
Tokyo prosecutors searched the office of the Japan Dental Federation on Thursday in connection with its suspected donations above the annual legal ceiling to another political group. (Jiji Press)
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2 Japanese men detained in China for alleged spying

September 30, 2015 - 23:27
Two Japanese men have been detained in China for their alleged involvement in spying, a Chinese official said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan pledges $810 mil. to support refugees

September 29, 2015 - 23:23
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged that Japan will provide approximately 810 million dollars this year in assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons from Syria and Iraq. (NHK)
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China chosen over Japan for Indonesian rail project

September 29, 2015 - 23:21
The Indonesian government has chosen China over Japan in a fiercely contested race to build a high-speed railway on the island of Java, officials said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Municipalities work to ensure delivery of My Number cards

September 29, 2015 - 23:16
As the Oct. 5 rollout of the My Number system approaches, some municipalities are preparing to deal with situations in which notification cards are not successfully delivered to residents. (The Japan News)
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SEALDs founding member undeterred following death threat

September 29, 2015 - 10:24
A founding member of the student protest group SEALDs has received a death threat against him and his family. (Japan Times)
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