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Japan presents outline of new residence status for foreign workers

October 12, 2018 - 22:58
The Japanese government presented Friday an outline for a planned residence status program for foreign workers, which it aims to introduce in April next year. (Jiji)
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Yasukuni Shrine's chief priest forced to quit after criticizing Emperor for not visiting war-linked shrine

October 11, 2018 - 21:32
In one of the most shocking scandals to hit Tokyo’s 149-year-old war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, the shrine’s top priest has been forced to resign after admitting his reported remarks harshly criticizing Emperor Akihito were genuine. (Japan Times)
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Japan, Mekong countries agree to cooperate on Indo-Pacific strategy

October 9, 2018 - 20:57
Leaders of Japan and five Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong River agreed Tuesday to work together for realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific strategy proposed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Jiji)
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Number of foreign nationals deported from Japan up 16% in first half of 2018

October 7, 2018 - 22:28
The number of foreign nationals who were deported in the January-June period for immigration violations rose 16.5 percent from a year before to 7,892, the Justice Ministry has announced. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo adopts ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT community

October 5, 2018 - 23:15
In a bid to curtail hate speech ahead of the 2020 Games, Tokyo on Friday adopted a non-discrimination ordinance protecting the LGBT community. (Japan Times)
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Japan to be absent from fleet review in S. Korea over flag issue

October 5, 2018 - 20:55
Japan will not send any Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels to an international fleet review to be held in South Korea on Thursday, due to a South Korean request not to display the MSDF's rising sun flag during the event, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Friday. (Jiji)
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Osaka severs sister-city ties with San Francisco over statue

October 2, 2018 - 21:25
The city government of Osaka said Tuesday that it has sent a document to officially end its 61-year-old sister-city ties with San Francisco over a statue in the U.S. city symbolizing the issue of "comfort women" for Japanese soldiers during World War II. (Jiji)
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Abe's new cabinet lineup announced

October 2, 2018 - 21:12
Japan's prime minister has reshuffled his Cabinet. Shinzo Abe appointed a dozen first-time ministers, while keeping several central roles unchanged. It follows his re-election as Liberal Democratic Party leader last month, where he won a third and final term despite recent scandals. (NHK)
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Tamaki wins Okinawa governor poll

September 30, 2018 - 22:09
Voters in Okinawa have chosen Denny Tamaki as their next governor. The former Lower House lawmaker has won Sunday's election. (NHK)
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Japan, U.S. hold joint air drill over East China Sea

September 28, 2018 - 22:04
Japan's Air Self-Defense Force and the U.S. military held a joint drill over the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan on Thursday, the Defense Ministry's Air Staff Office said Friday. (Jiji)
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Supersonic glider bombs under development in Japan

September 24, 2018 - 23:13
Japan's Defense Ministry is developing supersonic glide bombs to strengthen the defense of remote islands, including the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. (Jiji)
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Trump congratulates Abe on re-election

September 21, 2018 - 00:43
US President Donald Trump has congratulated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his re-election as the leader of the main governing party. (NHK)
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Challenges awaiting abe after party election win

September 21, 2018 - 00:40
Many challenges are awaiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he won a third consecutive term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in an election on Thursday. (Jiji)
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Abe reelected LDP leader to stay in power

September 21, 2018 - 00:37
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reelected president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday, securing the continuation of his government for up to three more years. (Jiji)
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Abe poised to win third term as LDP leader

September 18, 2018 - 23:00
Shinzo Abe is poised to win a third term as head of his political party on Thursday, putting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister and realize his dream of reforming the constitution. (Japan Today)
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MSDF submarine conduct drill in S. China Sea

September 17, 2018 - 21:57
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force says one of its submarines took part in a drill in the South China Sea. (NHK)
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Abe, Xi agree to improve relationship

September 12, 2018 - 23:16
Japan's prime minister and China's president say they'll work to improve relations. As part of that, Shinzo Abe told reporters he'll push ahead with plans to visit China next month. The two leaders met on the sidelines of an economic forum in eastern Russia. (NHK)
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Kremlin ready for talks on Putin's proposal

September 12, 2018 - 22:55
The Russian government has expressed readiness to open talks with Japan on President Vladimir Putin's proposal to sign a peace treaty by the end of the year without any preconditions. (NHK)
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Mayor in Gunma tenders resignation amid sexual harassment allegations

September 11, 2018 - 01:05
The mayor of the eastern Japan town of Minakami tendered his resignation Monday after sexual harassment allegations against him have made the passage of a no-confidence motion in the local assembly almost inevitable. (Japan Today)
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Abe, Ishiba file candidacies for LDP leadership race

September 7, 2018 - 22:03
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Shigeru Ishiba, former secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, filed their candidacies for the party's presidential election on Friday, at the start of its official campaign period. (Jiji)
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