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Japan mulling designating date for imperial accession as holiday

December 6, 2017 - 22:26
The Japanese government is considering designating May 1, 2019, the planned date for Crown Prince Naruhito's rise to the throne, as a national holiday, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Japan eyes budget for long-range cruise missiles

December 5, 2017 - 22:14
The Japanese government is weighing a plan to equip fighter jets with long-range cruise missiles amid the North Korean nuclear and missile threat, starting with earmarking research costs in its fiscal 2018 budget plan, government sources said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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U.N. adopts Japan's nuke abolition motion, but support down

December 5, 2017 - 02:05
The U.N. General Assembly on Monday endorsed a Japanese antinuclear resolution by a wide margin, although fewer countries backed it than in previous years amid perceptions of backpedaling on disarmament. (Kyodo)
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28 wooden boats found on or near Japanese shores

December 4, 2017 - 22:20
The Japan Coast Guard says as many as 28 wooden boats believed to be from the Korean Peninsula were spotted drifting off the Japanese coast or had run aground in November. It is the largest monthly figure since recordkeeping began 4 years ago. (NHK)
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Enthronement ceremonies for new Japan emperor eyed for Autumn 2019

December 2, 2017 - 21:30
The "sokui no rei" enthronement ceremonies for Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito are expected to take place in autumn 2019, about a half year after Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30 and the Crown Prince accedes to the throne the following day, government sources said Saturday. (Jiji)
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Emperor's abdication set for April 30, 2019

December 1, 2017 - 07:34
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the Imperial House Council has chosen April 30th, 2019, as the date for Emperor Akihito's abdication, and picked the next day, May first, for Crown Prince Naruhito's accession. (NHK)
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North Korea fires ballistic missile; range may exceed 10,000km

November 28, 2017 - 22:18
North Korea launched what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile early Wednesday morning, reaching a higher altitude than previous tests and suggesting one of the longest ranges in the country's arsenal. (Nikkei)
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LDP at odds on allowing same-sex partners of state guests the right to attend Imperial banquets

November 24, 2017 - 21:52
Senior members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are in disagreement over whether same-sex partners of state guests should be invited to banquets hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. (Japan Times)
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Newsweek causes stir by reporting 'Japan wants war' with North Korea

November 24, 2017 - 21:45
A Newsweek story that apparently misinterpreted the results of an opinion poll carried out by a Japanese news agency last week is creating a public stir. (Japan Times)
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8 men found in Akita claim to be N.Koreans

November 24, 2017 - 02:17
Police in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Akita say they have found 8 men of undetermined nationality and a wooden boat washed ashore. Police say the men claim to have come from North Korea. (NHK)
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Osaka to cut sister city ties with San Francisco

November 23, 2017 - 20:38
Osaka City, western Japan, is to cut its sister city ties with San Francisco, following the US city's decision to accept the donation of a statue symbolizing those referred to as comfort women. (NHK)
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Audit finds no grounds for massive discount in Osaka land sale involving Abe-linked school operator

November 22, 2017 - 20:43
The government sold land in Osaka to school operator Moritomo Gakuen for a highly discounted price based on faulty data estimating the cost of removing industrial waste left in the plot, a government watchdog on spending concluded in a much-awaited report released Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Eight rescued after U.S. Navy aircraft carrying 11 crashes into sea 150 km off Okinawa

November 22, 2017 - 09:56
In the latest incident involving the American military in Okinawa, a U.S. Navy C-2 transport aircraft carrying 11 crew members and passengers crashed into the ocean 150 km northwest of Okinotorishima on Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Meeting set to discuss abdication date

November 22, 2017 - 03:43
NHK has learned Japan is getting closer to finding out a date for the Emperor's abdication. (NHK)
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US military in Japan bans drinking

November 20, 2017 - 10:55
The US military in Japan has banned all its service members from drinking both on and off base following a fatal car accident in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. (NHK)
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Japan likely to tolerate smoking at restaurants after LDP's resistance

November 16, 2017 - 22:15
Japan's health ministry has drastically relaxed its planned regulations on indoor smoking at restaurants after a plan to tolerate smoking only at small eateries and bars met with opposition from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, government sources said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Abe and US commander reaffirm bilateral alliance

November 16, 2017 - 18:12
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told the head of the US Pacific Command that Japan wants to closely work with the United States to enhance deterrence and response capabilities of the bilateral alliance. (NHK)
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Son of Tokyo assemblyman accused of molesting woman in Chofu

November 15, 2017 - 21:55
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested the eldest son of Tokyo assemblyman Masatoshi Ibi, 54, over the alleged molestation of a woman in Chofu City last month, reports Nippon News Network (
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Abe urges Myanmar to work on Rohingya issue

November 15, 2017 - 00:06
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to work toward the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh. (NHK)
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Kake vet school opening officially approved

November 14, 2017 - 09:05
Japan's Education Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi has officially approved a controversial plan to open a veterinary school in April of next year. (NHK)
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