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Protesters rally across Japan against controversial security bills

August 30, 2015 - 22:35
Students, mothers and other protesters staged rallies at more than 200 locations across Japan on Sunday, calling for the scrapping of controversial security legislation that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to enact to strengthen the role of Japanese forces abroad. (Kyodo)
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Osaka mayor to create new party, could spark opposition realignment

August 29, 2015 - 23:21
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said Saturday he plans to establish a new political party possibly within the year, deepening the strife within Japan's second-largest opposition party. (Kyodo)
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Japan slams Xinhua's demand for apology as being rude to emperor

August 28, 2015 - 06:33
Japan criticized China's official Xinhua News Agency on Friday for having demanded an apology from Emperor Akihito over Japan's wartime acts, saying such a claim was "extremely discourteous to His Majesty the Emperor." (Kyodo)
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Abe likely to be reelected LDP leader on Sept. 8

August 27, 2015 - 23:19
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to be reelected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party as early as Sept. 8, as no one apparently plans to challenge him, it was learned Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan land ministry seeks 6,679 billion yen as FY 2016 budget

August 27, 2015 - 23:10
Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said Thursday it wants 6,679.1 billion yen in its general-account budget for fiscal 2016, up 15.4 pct from the amount allocated in the government's fiscal 2015 initial budget. (Jiji Press)
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Mayor Hashimoto, Governor Matsui to bolt from Japan Innovation Party

August 27, 2015 - 06:49
Fed up with the spread of "Nagatacho disease" among their colleagues, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui said they were leaving the opposition Japan Innovation Party. (Asahi)
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Tabloid: Ex-LDP lawmaker Takaya Muto linked to male prostitute

August 27, 2015 - 04:49
A controversial former Lower House member is now being accused of engaging in sex acts with a male prostitute, according to a report in the September 3 issue of weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Ex-LDP lawmaker Takaya Muto involved in sex scandal: report

August 26, 2015 - 23:24
Takaya Muto, a Lower House member who quit the Liberal Democratic Party over an alleged money scandal last week, has engaged in sexual intercourse with a 19-year-old male prostitute repeatedly since last November, the website of weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun reported Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Watchdog faults Caroline Kennedy, U.S. diplomats in Japan for private email use

August 26, 2015 - 07:25
The State Department's inspector general is faulting U.S. diplomats in Japan - including U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy - for conducting official business on private email accounts. (
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Abe asks Obama to investigate alleged U.S. spying

August 26, 2015 - 04:25
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday to investigate alleged spying on high-level Japanese government and corporate officials, after anti-secrecy website. (Kyodo)
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Japan refuses to take part in China's 'Victory Day' event to mark end of war

August 24, 2015 - 09:58
The prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, will not attend Victory Day events in Beijing next month to mark the end of the second world war, partly in protest against China's military build-up in regional waters, Japanese media said. (
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GSDF holds drill to retake remote island

August 23, 2015 - 22:44
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force has staged a live-fire exercise in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, to simulate the retaking of a remote island. (NHK)
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Japan foreign minister protests Medvedev's visit to disputed island

August 23, 2015 - 00:37
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida lodged a protest Saturday over Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Etorofu, one of the four northwestern Pacific islands at the center of a territorial dispute between the two countries. (Jiji Press)
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S Korean dies nine days after self-immolation at anti-Japan protest

August 22, 2015 - 01:17
An elderly South Korean man died from his injuries Friday, nine days after setting himself on fire to protest Japan's forced recruitment of sex slaves for military brothels during World War II. (Japan Today)
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Lower house member Muto leaves ruling LDP over share scandal

August 19, 2015 - 22:50
Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Takaya Muto submitted a letter of resignation from the ruling Japanese party on Wednesday to take responsibility for causing public distrust in politics over a scandal related to unlisted shares. (Jiji Press)
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Panel queries national stadium original estimate

August 19, 2015 - 22:45
A panel appointed by Japan's sports ministry is investigating whether the original cost estimated to build the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was appropriate. (NHK)
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Howling ex-Hyogo assemblyman indicted for fraud

August 18, 2015 - 22:50
A former member of the prefectural assembly of Hyogo, western Japan, who caused a sensation by bursting into tears and howling at a press conference last year was indicted by public prosecutors on Tuesday on charges of swindling taxpayers' money. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese visit graves in N. Korea of kin who died at end of WWII

August 16, 2015 - 23:00
A Japanese group on Sunday visited the graves of relatives who died in what is now North Korea during the chaos at the end of World War II. (Kyodo)
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Japan emperor expresses 'deep remorse' on WW2 anniversary

August 15, 2015 - 06:35
Japanese Emperor Akihito marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two with an expression of "deep remorse" over the conflict on Saturday, a departure fr (Reuters)
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China shuns direct assessment of Abe's WWII statement

August 15, 2015 - 00:38
China on Friday stopped short of giving a direct assessment of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's remarks in a statement he issued to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. (Kyodo)
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