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Abe's wife quits honorary post at school in controversial land deal

February 24, 2017 - 03:11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that his wife Akie has resigned as honorary principal of a soon-to-open elementary school whose nationalist operator bought state-owned land at far below appraised value. (Kyodo)
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Russia plans to deploy new military division to Kuril Islands

February 23, 2017 - 22:12
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at a parliamentary meeting on Wednesday, revealed a plan to deploy a new military division to the Kuril Islands, including four islands at the center of a dispute with Japan, this year, according to Russia's Interfax news agency and other sources. (Jiji)
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S.Korean FM urges Busan to move statue

February 23, 2017 - 22:10
South Korea's Foreign Minister, Yun Byung-se, has urged the local government of Busan to work to relocate a statue symbolizing those referred to as comfort women. (NHK)
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Auditor to probe Osaka land deal

February 23, 2017 - 22:01
The head of Japan's Board of Audit says the agency will review the sale of state-owned land to a school operator for just 14 percent of the appraised value. (NHK)
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Japan protests S.Korea's 'East Sea' video

February 22, 2017 - 21:49
Japan's Foreign Ministry has protested to South Korea over a video clip that calls the body of water between the Japanese archipelago and the Korean Peninsula the "East Sea" instead of the "Sea of Japan". (NHK)
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Officials in Japan mark Takeshima Day

February 22, 2017 - 21:38
Japanese government officials have marked Takeshima Day in a ceremony held in western Japan's Shimane Prefecture. (NHK)
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Metro assembly plans new panel to probe Tsukiji move, may summon Ishihara

February 20, 2017 - 10:47
Four major parties in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly agreed Monday to set up a powerful committee to look into the issues dogging the Tsukiji fish market relocation plan and possibly summon former Gov. Shintaro Ishihara as a sworn witness. (Japan Times)
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Victims of Japan's 1942 bombing of Darwin remembered

February 19, 2017 - 22:57
More than 5,000 people attended a memorial ceremony in Darwin, northern Australia, on Sunday to remember the victims of Japan's World War II airstrike against the city 75 years ago. (Jiji)
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Trump: Abe thanked me for F-35 cost cut

February 19, 2017 - 22:46
US President Donald Trump has claimed his intervention helped reduce the cost of F-35 fighter jets. He said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe thanked him for lowering the price of the aircraft, which Japan also plans to buy. (NHK)
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Abe-linked school operator buys state-owned land at big discount

February 17, 2017 - 23:54
A Japanese private school operator linked to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bought state-owned land for 134 million yen, some 800 million yen lower than the appraised value, according to government statements during a parliamentary panel session Friday. (Jiji)
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Number of ASDF scrambles hits record high

February 15, 2017 - 22:10
Japanese Defense Ministry sources say Air Self-Defense Force jets have been scrambled a record number of times over the past 10 months. (NHK)
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70% of Japanese public satisfied with Abe-Trump talks, poll shows

February 13, 2017 - 21:34
Slightly more than 70 percent of Japanese people are satisfied with the recent talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a Kyodo News poll conducted Sunday and Monday. (Japan Times)
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LDP decides to support legislation allowing only Emperor Akihito's abdication

February 13, 2017 - 21:32
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has decided to support the creation of a legal mechanism to allow only Emperor Akihito to abdicate, rather than legislation that would enable him and all future monarchs to relinquish the throne. (Japan Times)
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N.Korea: Missile test successful

February 13, 2017 - 09:34
North Korea says it successfully test-fired an upgraded ballistic missile on Sunday. It says the test verified that its missile technology has improved. (NHK)
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Prime Minister Abe and President Donald Trump lock gazes in long, awkward handshake

February 13, 2017 - 06:24
Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe is currently in the United States for series of meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. On the agenda are discussions regarding the two nation's deep economic and security ties, but as is always the case when world leaders meet, the pair also made time for a photo session. (
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Abe, Trump play 27 holes of golf together

February 12, 2017 - 05:57
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played golf with U.S. President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, Saturday, in another round of diplomacy intended to build a personal relationship of trust following their first summit in Washington on Friday. (Jiji)
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North Korea fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan as Abe, Trump meet in U.S.

February 12, 2017 - 05:45
North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan early Sunday as U.S President Donald Trump met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida. The test was the first such launch since Trump was sworn into office on Jan. 20. (Japan Times)
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Rupert Murdoch-owned outlets get only US questions at Trump-Japan press event

February 10, 2017 - 23:12
President Trump only chose media outlets owned by conservative mogul Rupert Murdoch to ask questions during Friday's joint press conference with Japanese President Shinzo Abe. (
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Donald Trump says US-Japan bond 'very deep' after meeting with PM Shinzo Abe

February 10, 2017 - 23:07
President Donald Trump says the alliance between the United States and Japan is a cornerstone of regional peace and stability, edging away from campaign pledges to force Tokyo to pay more for the US security umbrella. (
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Japan took in 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications

February 9, 2017 - 22:37
Japan accepted just 28 refugees last year when a record number applied for asylum, a government document dated for release on Friday showed, throwing a spotlight on the nation's reluctance to accept foreigners. (Japan Today)
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