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Campaigns for 10 gubernatorial elections begin

March 26, 2015 - 04:50
Candidates in 10 gubernatorial elections across Japan have launched campaigns in a series of contests that are expected to hinge on measures to boost the economy and revive dwindling regional communities. (NHK)
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High Court rules 2014 poll unconstitutional for 1st time

March 25, 2015 - 22:03
The Fukuoka High Court ruled Wednesday that the December 2014 general election was unconstitutional due to a disparity in the weight of votes between districts, making it the first such judgment in a series of similar lawsuits filed with high courts nationwide. (Kyodo)
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Japan's largest helicopter destroyer Izumo goes into service

March 25, 2015 - 04:39
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force commissioned its largest ever helicopter-carrying destroyer Izumo on Wednesday, as it strengthens its maritime defense around the nation's southwestern remote islands. (Kyodo)
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Two more high courts question validity of 2014 Lower House election

March 24, 2015 - 22:35
The Hiroshima High Court and the Sendai High Court's Akita branch ruled Tuesday that last December's Lower House election was "in a state of unconstitutionality" due to the disparity in the weight of votes between districts. (Japan Times)
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Abe preparing to attend Lee's state funeral

March 24, 2015 - 22:16
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to attend the state funeral of Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew. (NHK)
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Court doubles penalty to state for refusing to open Isahaya Bay dike

March 24, 2015 - 08:30
The Saga District Court on Tuesday doubled the monetary penalty imposed on the state for refusing to open the floodgates of the Isahaya Bay dike in southwestern Japan as ordered by an earlier ruling. (Kyodo)
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Abe to visit U.S. April 26-May 3

March 23, 2015 - 22:42
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the United States between April 26 and May 3, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, Indonesia to launch high-level forum on maritime security

March 23, 2015 - 22:40
Japan and Indonesia agreed Monday to launch a high-level bilateral "maritime forum" to expand their cooperation in ensuring security at sea and to increase Japan's assistance in building Indonesia's port infrastructure and coast guard capabilities. (Kyodo)
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Okinawa orders suspension of operations at base relocation site

March 23, 2015 - 22:38
The Okinawa prefectural government has instructed the Defense Ministry to suspend underwater work at the planned relocation site for a key U.S. military base in a coastal area of Nago in the island prefecture, the governor said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Hyogo Pref. to require bicycle riders to buy insurance

March 23, 2015 - 22:28
The Hyogo Prefectural Assembly has adopted an ordinance requiring bicycle riders to buy liability insurance so compensation can be provided for injuries and deaths resulting from their bicycle rides. (The Japan News)
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Leaders pay tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

March 23, 2015 - 08:39
World leaders are paying tribute to the late Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters on Monday that Lee was Singapore's founding father and a great leader who established the foundation for the country's prosperity today. (NHK)
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Japan, China, South Korea agree to realize early summit

March 21, 2015 - 22:44
The Japanese, Chinese and South Korean foreign ministers agreed on realizing a summit meeting of the three countries' top leaders at an early date during their first trilateral talks in about three years in Seoul on Saturday. (The Japan News)
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70 years on, Japan, U.S. remember epic Iwo Jima battle

March 20, 2015 - 22:27
When Yoshitaka Shindo was a boy, he did not hear much from his family about his grandfather Tadamichi Kuribayashi, commander of the Japanese troops who fought and died in the bloody battle of Iwo Jima. (Japan Today)
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Court rules 2014 election 'unconstitutional state'

March 20, 2015 - 22:17
A court in central Japan has ruled that last December's general election was held in a state of unconstitutionality due to the disparity in the value of votes between densely and sparsely populated areas. (NHK)
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Japan Ruling Parties Agree on Policy for Security Bills

March 20, 2015 - 22:03
Japan's ruling parties on Friday agreed on a basic policy for planned security legislation that would significantly expand the scope of Self-Defense Forces operations overseas. (Jiji Press)
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China calls on Japan to address history issues at ministers' meeting

March 20, 2015 - 21:59
China on Friday called on Japan to take a trilateral meeting in Seoul as an opportunity to address history issues that have impeded relations with its Asian neighbors. (Kyodo)
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Japan celebrates JFK's legacy with former President Bill Clinton

March 19, 2015 - 11:40
Japanese snack company Calbee has long since perfected the perfect marriage of both chips and crisps -- their crispy “Jagarico” potato chips. (Nikkei)
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Hyogo to make bicycle liability insurance compulsory

March 18, 2015 - 13:50
The Hyogo prefectural assembly on Wednesday adopted an ordinance that will make it compulsory for cyclists to buy liability insurance, the first such local regulation in Japan. (Jiji Press)
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U.S. Ambassador Kennedy gets several death threats by phone

March 17, 2015 - 23:50
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy received several death threats by phone in February, Japanese media reported Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Syrians file suit seeking refugee status in Japan

March 17, 2015 - 23:21
4 Syrians who took part in a pro-democracy movement in their civil war-torn country have filed a lawsuit seeking refugee status in Japan. (NHK)
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