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Japan's Aso calls on China for bilateral summit

October 22, 2014 - 23:25
Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso told Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Wednesday of Japan's wish to have a bilateral summit on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit in November in Beijing. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, Chinese vice premiers make contact amid soured ties

October 22, 2014 - 07:26
Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Wednesday had a chat with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli as the two countries are trying to mend relations badly strained by territorial and wartime historical issues, sources familiar with the matter said. (Kyodo)
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Japan govt agrees to settlement of asbestos suit

October 21, 2014 - 22:56
The Japanese government said Tuesday it will settle a damages lawsuit with former workers at factories using asbestos in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, that was sent back by the Supreme Court after their defeat at a lower court. (Jiji Press)
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New ministers pledge no interruption to nuclear policy, female empowerment

October 21, 2014 - 09:33
On his first day in his new job, industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa said Tuesday he will soon be ready to visit communities near nuclear power plants, apparently pledging to maintain the momentum for reactor restarts. (Japan Times)
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Cabinet resignations cast dark cloud over Abe, Abenomics

October 20, 2014 - 23:56
The resignation of two scandal-scarred ministers could rapidly erode public support for a cabinet that faces a host of tough decisions, including a consumption tax hike, the restart of nuclear reactors and diplomatic bargaining with distrustful neighbors. (Nikkei)
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Japan, U.S. agree on base-related environment pact

October 20, 2014 - 23:41
The Japanese and U.S. governments said Monday that they have agreed to conclude a pact that allow environmental surveys in U.S. base sites in Japan before they are returned to Japan. (Jiji Press)
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LDP's Miyazawa, Kamikawa to succeed 2 departed ministers

October 20, 2014 - 23:32
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided Monday to name Yoichi Miyazawa and Yoko Kamikawa, both lawmakers of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, to replace two cabinet members who resigned the same day over scandals, aiming to quickly revive his government after the double setback. (Jiji Press)
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Osaka mayor engages in shouting match with head of anti-Korean group

October 20, 2014 - 23:30
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto met with the head of an anti-Korean group on Monday as he considers cracking down on hate speech rallies in the western Japan city, but they ended up having a shouting match in which they more or less just insulted each other. (Kyodo)
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Abe accepts Obuchi's resignation

October 20, 2014 - 09:11
Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi has resigned, taking responsibility for a scandal involving her political funding organizations. (NHK)
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In Japan, two female cabinet ministers resign

October 19, 2014 - 22:34
The resignation Monday of Yuko Obuchi, Japan's industry minister, was a heavy blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the cabinet he named last month. And there are concerns in the government and ruling parties that Obuchi is only the first in a string of coming cabinet resignations. (Nikkei)
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Obuchi under pressure to resign over fund scandal

October 18, 2014 - 07:29
Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yuko Obuchi is increasingly under pressure from government and ruling bloc officials to step down over a fund scandal that erupted recently. (Jiji Press)
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Hoping for summit, Abe plays nice with China at ASEM meet

October 18, 2014 - 07:25
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played up the improvement in bilateral ties with China at the Asia-Europe Meeting here this week by greeting the Chinese premier and refraining from directly criticizing China's maritime expansionism. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo-Nagoya maglev train project OK'd

October 18, 2014 - 01:48
The government on Friday approved Central Japan Railway Co.'s plan to construct the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line, paving the way for the 2027 start of magnetic levitation train service connecting Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes. (The Japan News)
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Abe, Putin agree to continue bilateral dialogue

October 18, 2014 - 01:44
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin at their meeting in Milan, Italy, on Friday agreed to continue dialogue between their countries. (The Japan News)
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Abe makes symbolic offering to Yasukuni, likely to forgo autumn festival visit

October 17, 2014 - 07:46
Intent on holding his first summit with his Chinese counterpart in November, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will apparently not visit the war-related Yasukuni Shrine during the autumn festival. (Asahi)
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Lawmakers open to limits on casinos in push for bill's passage

October 16, 2014 - 22:20
Japan's pro-casino lawmakers have agreed to consider setting limits on Japanese nationals' entry to casinos, bowing to pressure from opponents who threatened to block a legalization bill unless it addressed issues such as gambling addiction. (Japan Today)
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Leaders to strengthen ties between Asia, Europe at ASEM Summit

October 16, 2014 - 22:04
Leaders from members of the Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM, forum kicked off their two-day meeting in the northern Italian city of Milan Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan is scrambling jets more often as Russia tests nation's defenses

October 16, 2014 - 07:23
The number of times Japanese fighter jets scrambled to ward off Russian military aircraft more than doubled in the last six months, amid diplomatic tensions between the two countries which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is keen to ease. (Japan Times)
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Abe, Obama confirm cooperation in fight against ebola

October 15, 2014 - 07:56
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama, in telephone talks on Wednesday, confirmed their countries' cooperation in preventing the further spread of Ebola. (Jiji Press)
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S. Korea Raps Japan Govt over Sankei Reporter Indictment

October 14, 2014 - 22:15
South Korea criticized the Japanese government Tuesday for commenting on the indictment of Sankei Shimbun reporter Tatsuya Kato on charges of defaming South Korean President Park Geun-hye. (Jiji Press)
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