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23 more missing persons named possible abductees

September 2, 2014 - 05:48
Japanese police have added 23 missing persons to a list of those who may have been abducted by North Korea. (NHK)
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Nuclear vow at Japan-India talks

September 1, 2014 - 22:35
Indian PM Narendra Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe have agreed at a summit in Tokyo to accelerate talks on a nuclear energy pact. (BBC)
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Fukushima No. 1 chief feared nuclear doom for eastern Japan

August 31, 2014 - 22:37
The chief of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant said in testimony before his death that he feared the core meltdowns he was trying to contain in March 2011 would cause catastrophic damage to eastern Japan, government documents show. (Japan Times)
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Indian PM Modi visits famous Kyoto temple with Abe

August 31, 2014 - 22:18
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the famous Toji Temple in Kyoto on Sunday, the second day of his five-day official visit to Japan aimed at bolstering the two countries' security and economic ties. (Kyodo)
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Abe has informal dinner meeting with India PM

August 31, 2014 - 00:26
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi began a 5-day tour of Japan on Saturday with an informal dinner in Kyoto with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (NHK)
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Ishiba willing to join Cabinet if asked

August 29, 2014 - 22:38
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba expressed his willingness Friday to join the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe if he is invited to do so, sources said. (The Japan News)
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Abe never real reformer: FT

August 29, 2014 - 07:55
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "was never a real reformer," a Financial Times commentary said Thursday, criticizing him as a backward-looking leader with interest in military revival. (Jiji Press)
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Japan hangs 2 inmates, 10th, 11th executions under 2nd Abe gov't

August 29, 2014 - 02:39
Japan hanged two death row inmates Friday in the 10th and 11th executions since the December 2012 launch of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's current government, a source close to the matter said. (Kyodo)
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LDP eyes rules for demonstrations around parliament

August 28, 2014 - 23:19
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party will discuss regulating noisy demonstrations and campaigns held on streets around the parliament building as well as those with racist rhetoric anywhere in the country, according to its project team which held its first meeting Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Kishida, new S. Korean ambassador agree to improve bilateral ties

August 28, 2014 - 22:38
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and new South Korean Ambassador to Japan Yoo Heung-soo agreed Thursday to work together to build a stable and future-oriented relationship between their countries. (Jiji Press)
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Budget requests to top record 100 tril. yen

August 27, 2014 - 13:26
Officials with Japan's government ministries are set to demand more than 100-trillion-yen, or over 960 billion dollars, for the 2015 fiscal budget. (NHK)
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Health ministry requests Y1.1 bil budget to deal with 'dangerous drugs'

August 27, 2014 - 07:46
In an effort to strengthen its anti-drug programs and campaigns, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has submitted a budgetary appropriations request for next year amounting to 1.1 billion yen which is nearly 10 times higher than the amount requested for 2014. (Japan Today)
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Japanese whaling survey ship released in Russia

August 26, 2014 - 12:24
A Japanese whaling survey ship has left Russia's Far East after being released following more than a week of inspections by Russian authorities. (NHK)
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Number of women in cabinet, LDP execs to remain same

August 26, 2014 - 12:20
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely keep the number of women ministers and Liberal Democratic Party executives at four in an upcoming reshuffle, a senior government official said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Suga: Putin's visit undecided

August 26, 2014 - 07:53
Japan will consider various factors including the situation in Ukraine before deciding whether to go ahead with Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to the country this autumn. (NHK)
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Japanese assemblyman on trial in China

August 26, 2014 - 07:52
A Japanese assemblyman has pleaded not guilty to transporting stimulants at a trial in southern China. (NHK)
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Abe visits Hiroshima to view landslide damage

August 25, 2014 - 06:24
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged full support for victims of last week's massive landslides in Hiroshima, as he made his first visit since the disaster to the city. (Japan Today)
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GSDF holds annual drills to protect remote islands

August 24, 2014 - 10:26
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force has shown reporters its annual live-fire drills at the foot of Mt Fuji. (NHK)
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Japan and India to sign 'two-plus-two' dialogue mechanism

August 24, 2014 - 01:40
According to the Japan Times, government sources indicated on Thursday that India and Japan are currently finishing negotiations to create a formal bilateral framework between their foreign and defense ministers, or a "two-plus-two" dialogue mechanism. (thediplomat.com)
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Former Japanese PM Naoto Kan urges Australia to wean world off uranium, focus on renewables

August 24, 2014 - 01:35
Japan's prime minister during the Fukushima disaster says Australia should be trying to wean other countries away from nuclear power, not increase exports of uranium. (abc.net.au)
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