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Editors protest remarks by LDP lawmakers

June 29, 2015 - 23:33
A group of Japanese media representatives has issued a statement of protest against recent remarks by lawmakers. (NHK)
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LDP division chief suspended over media-suppressing remarks

June 28, 2015 - 00:41
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Saturday that it has dismissed its Youth Division chief, Minoru Kihara, and banned him from holding party posts for one year amid controversy over media-suppressing remarks by some at a meeting of a party group headed by him. (Jiji Press)
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G-7 foreign ministers to meet in Hiroshima

June 26, 2015 - 23:06
Hiroshima will be a venue for the Group of Seven foreign ministers' conference related to the G-7 Ise-Shima summit next year, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference Friday. (The Japan News)
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Abe regrets LDP lawmakers' anti-media criticism of security bills

June 26, 2015 - 09:48
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his regret Friday for remarks made by younger lawmakers from his Liberal Democratic Party, which blamed negative media reports for the low public popularity of bills that would expand overseas operations of the Self-Defense Forces. (Kyodo)
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Hearing-impaired politician debuts at assembly

June 25, 2015 - 22:50
A hearing-impaired Japanese politician used text-to-speech software on her computer to pose questions during her debut at a local assembly. (NHK)
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Japan, China to ink accord on maritime communication system in July

June 25, 2015 - 22:40
The Japanese and Chinese governments are making arrangements to sign next month at the earliest an agreement on setting up a maritime communication mechanism in a bid to avert accidental clashes in nearby waters, sources close to bilateral ties said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Girl group's anti-LDP lyrics cause Yamato city to pull support of event

June 25, 2015 - 06:48
An all-girl pop group's lyrics criticizing the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have hit a sour note with the Yamato municipal government. (Asahi)
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Abe, Putin agree to continue dialogue

June 24, 2015 - 22:27
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in telephone talks on Wednesday that their countries will continue dialogue for the president's possible visit to Japan by the end of this year. (Jiji Press)
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Abe heckled at ceremony in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle

June 23, 2015 - 13:12
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was heckled Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, as anger flared over the U.S. military's continuing presence. (Japan Today)
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Okinawa marks 70th anniversary of final battles

June 22, 2015 - 23:22
People in Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa are marking the 70th anniversary of the end of a fierce battle in the final stage of World War Two. (NHK)
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Hurdles remain high for Japan-S. Korea fence-mending

June 21, 2015 - 22:51
The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo on Sunday, the day before the two countries mark the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic normalization, in a bid to demonstrate their resolve to improve the bilateral relationship, which has been marred by history and territorial issues. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, S.Korea attempt to settle World heritage row

June 21, 2015 - 01:29
Japanese officials are working to narrow differences with South Korea over Tokyo's bid to win UNESCO World Heritage listing for a number of historic sites. (NHK)
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Hashimoto tolerates Diet submission of Ishin's security bills

June 21, 2015 - 01:21
Toru Hashimoto, supreme adviser at Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party), showed his tolerance Saturday of the major opposition party's submission of its counterproposals to government-sponsored national security bills to the Diet. (Jiji Press)
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15,000 women surround Diet building in Tokyo to protest security bills

June 21, 2015 - 01:11
Some 15,000 women gathered Saturday in Tokyo to protest security bills that would expand the scope of overseas operations by Japan's Self-Defense Forces. (Kyodo)
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Japan unveils $3.5 mil. emergency grant aid for Rohingya migrants

June 20, 2015 - 07:33
Japan announced Saturday it will provide $3.5 million (432 million yen) in emergency grant aid to support mainly Rohingya migrants from Myanmar left adrift at sea, as the plight of the thousands of "boat people" draws international attention. (Kyodo)
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Scholars defend security bills as constitutional

June 19, 2015 - 23:20
Two legal scholars have defended as constitutional government-proposed security bills to allow Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense. (NHK)
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Govt proposes lifting evacuation order for Fukushima town

June 17, 2015 - 23:08
The Japanese government offered the idea Wednesday of lifting its evacuation order before the country's "bon" summer holiday period for the town of Naraha, most of which falls within 20 kilometers of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501> disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. (Jiji Press)
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Diet passes bill to split electricity operations

June 17, 2015 - 22:58
The Diet enacted Wednesday a bill to require major power utilities to separate electricity generation and transmission operations in April 2020, a step aimed at promoting competition in the power industry. (The Japan News)
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Official 'Cool Japan' ambassadors to be named

June 17, 2015 - 22:53
So-called Japan connoisseurs overseas will be included on the Cabinet Secretariat's list of those to be named official goodwill ambassadors as a way to help disseminate Japanese culture to the world under the new "Cool Japan" strategy plan. (The Japan News)
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Diet OKs legislation lowering voting age to 18

June 17, 2015 - 06:39
The Diet on Wednesday passed legislation to lower the voting age to 18 from its current 20, allowing teenagers into polling booths for the first time. (Japan Today)
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