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N. territories designated special zone by Russia

August 23, 2017 - 23:38
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday signed a decision to designate four northwestern Pacific islands at the center of a longstanding territorial issue with Japan as a special economic zone. (
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Defense ministry eyes record budget for FY2018

August 22, 2017 - 01:20
Japan's Defense Ministry plans to request a record budget for the next fiscal year as North Korea continues its nuclear and missile programs. (NHK)
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Ospreys make 1st night flights in Hokkaido

August 22, 2017 - 01:15
The U.S. Marine Corps' MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft made its first night flights in the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido on Monday as part of an ongoing joint military exercise. (Jiji)
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Kagoike couple indicted on fraud charges

August 21, 2017 - 14:15
Prosecutors in Osaka have indicted the former head of a school operator and his wife on fraud charges. The couple is at the center of a controversial deal to acquire state land. (NHK)
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Key U.S. warship to Hiroshima A-bombing found deep in sea

August 21, 2017 - 00:41
A team led by Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft Corp., said Saturday it has found part of a U.S. World War II ship that was sunk by a Japanese submarine after delivering components of an atomic bomb. (Jiji)
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Abe and new US ambassador to strengthen ties

August 18, 2017 - 20:40
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and new US Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty have agreed to strengthen ties amid rising tensions with North Korea. (NHK)
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Japan tests alert system in likely flight path of N Korean missiles

August 18, 2017 - 13:19
The Japanese government carried out Friday a drill for its emergency alert system in areas in and around the likely flight path of ballistic missiles North Korea has recently threatened to launch toward Guam.

(Japan Today)

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Shelter confirmed for Japanese in ROK

August 18, 2017 - 00:50
The Japanese government has confirmed that all of its citizens in South Korea can be admitted to shelters designated by the South Korean government, should North Korea launch an attack on the South. (
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Japan to introduce new missile defense system

August 17, 2017 - 11:08
Japan's Defense Ministry has decided to consider introducing a new US-made missile defense system known as "Aegis Ashore" in light of progress in North Korea's missile development. (NHK)
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Japan-US joint exercise opened to media

August 16, 2017 - 23:44
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force and US Marines have opened their joint exercises in Hokkaido, northern Japan, to the media. (NHK)
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Japan protests comfort woman statues on bus

August 15, 2017 - 23:07
A high-level Japanese government official denounced a Korean bus company Tuesday for putting "comfort woman" statues on its five buses running in Seoul, urging the Korean government to take "appropriate measures." (
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Abe makes ritual offering to Yasukuni

August 15, 2017 - 22:49
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a tamagushi ritual offering at his own expense to Yasukuni Shrine on Tuesday, the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War II. (
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Abe, Trump agree to prevent N. Korea's missile launches

August 15, 2017 - 22:47
In telephone talks held Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed their cooperation to deal with a possible North Korean missile launch that might travel over Japan toward waters off Guam. (
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Anti-smoking bill leaves details of size of restaurants exempted from ban undecided

August 13, 2017 - 22:38
The government has drafted legislation for regulating passive smoking that will ban smoking basically at all frequently used public spaces, but left undecided how small restaurants should be for the exception to the rule, sources close to the matter said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Japan to deploy missile interceptor units

August 12, 2017 - 00:39
Japan is deploying missile interceptor units in western parts of the country in response to North Korea's plans to fire missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam. (NHK)
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Japan approves U.S. Marine flights of Ospreys after crash

August 11, 2017 - 11:46
Japan on Friday said it would allow Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to continue to operate in the country, accepting U.S. assurances that the flights are safe following a fatal crash off Australia. (Japan Today)
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Latest Jiji poll finds Ishiba more popular than Abe as next prime minister pick

August 11, 2017 - 00:22
Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba is the most popular pick among the public as a politician deemed preferable to become Japan's next prime minister, a Jiji Press poll has found. (Japan Times)
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N. Korea mulls firing of 4 missiles to fly over Japan to around Guam

August 10, 2017 - 06:14
North Korea is considering a plan to simultaneously fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles to areas around Guam through the sky above western Japan, state-run Korean Central News Agency reported on Thursday, quoting a senior military commander. (Jiji)
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Japan on alert after report of N Korea's nuclear-tipped missile threat

August 9, 2017 - 23:58
The Japanese government was on high alert on Wednesday after an overnight news report that North Korea can now arm its missiles with miniaturized nuclear warheads. (Japan Today)
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Japan ministry wrongly emails request to save power

August 9, 2017 - 23:44
Japan's industry ministry on Wednesday sent an email by mistake to at least two million mobile phone users in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido asking them to conserve electricity due to power shortages. (Jiji)
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