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Abe celebrates Trump's inauguration as U.S. President

January 20, 2017 - 22:43
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent Donald Trump a message celebrating his inauguration as new president of the United States in Washington on Friday. (Jiji)
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Abe hails Japan-U.S. ties in Diet speech ahead of Trump inauguration

January 20, 2017 - 08:31
The position of the Japan-U.S. alliance as the linchpin of Japanese foreign policy and security is an "unchanging principle," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a policy speech Friday hours before the inauguration of the next U.S. president. (Kyodo)
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Asian Games organizer asks Japan hotelier for steps on book

January 20, 2017 - 08:23
The organizing committee of the 2017 Asian Winter Games to be held in Hokkaido, northern Japan, next month has asked a Japanese hotel chain to take appropriate measures amid criticism for its owner's denial of the 1937 Nanjing incident. (Jiji)
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Abe orders probe of all ministries

January 20, 2017 - 08:16
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered all of the country's ministries and agencies to check whether their officials helped colleagues secure post-retirement jobs. (NHK)
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First batch of US F-35s arrives in Japan

January 18, 2017 - 21:53
The first batch of the US military's F-35 state-of-the-art stealth aircraft has arrived in Japan. It's the first deployment of the fighter jet outside the US mainland. (NHK)
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Caroline Kennedy leaves Japan after 3 years as U.S. ambassador

January 18, 2017 - 09:17
Caroline Kennedy stepped down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa. (Japan Today)
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New emperor's ascension on Jan. 1 "difficult" due to events: agency

January 17, 2017 - 11:12
It would be "difficult" for Crown Prince Naruhito to begin his reign as new emperor on Jan. 1, 2019, as has been recently reported by Japanese media, due to key events held every year on New Year's Day, a senior Imperial Household Agency official said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan, Indonesia to work more closely on South China Sea

January 15, 2017 - 22:46
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indonesian President Joko Widodo reaffirmed Sunday that their countries will strengthen cooperation in dealing with issues in the South China Sea, where China has stepped up military activities. (Jiji)
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Abe arrives in Jakarta

January 15, 2017 - 06:30
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has landed in Indonesia on the third leg of his Asia and Oceania tour. He will hold a summit with Indonesian President Joko Widodo later on Sunday in Jakarta. (NHK)
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Japan, Russia to form energy cooperation schedule

January 12, 2017 - 23:57
Japanese and Russian ministers have agreed to draw up a work schedule around the end of March to implement energy deals signed during President Vladimir Putin's visit to Japan last month. (NHK)
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Abe offers trillion-yen aid to Philippines

January 12, 2017 - 23:54
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a trillion-yen aid package for the Philippines, spread over 5 years, to help with the country's infrastructure projects. (NHK)
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F-35B stealth fighters head to Japan for first overseas mission

January 12, 2017 - 03:49
A squadron of F-35B Lightning II fighters is headed for Japan to begin the jet's first overseas mission in the Pacific. (
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Tillerson vows to defend 'durable' ally Japan over Senkakus but notes Tokyo also has 'obligations'

January 12, 2017 - 03:38
U.S. Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson on Wednesday affirmed Washington's commitment to the defense of Japan in the event that China attempts to seize the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (Japan Times)
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Japan may revive historical post-abdication title for Akihito

January 12, 2017 - 00:37
Emperor Akihito might receive the title joko should he step down, remaining a member of the Imperial family but without a claim to the throne, as the debate led by the Japanese government over his potential abdication continues. (Nikkei)
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Idea floated of crown prince ascending throne on Jan 1, 2019

January 11, 2017 - 01:22
The government has been considering the possibility of arranging for Crown Prince Naruhito to ascend the throne on Jan 1, 2019, with Emperor Akihito having expressed his desire to abdicate, a government source said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Abe's aide meets with Trump's security advisor

January 8, 2017 - 01:13
An aide to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the incoming national security advisor to US President-elect Donald Trump have agreed the 2 leaders should have summit talks at an early date. (NHK)
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US forces to resume Osprey refueling drills

January 6, 2017 - 09:12
The US military in Japan will resume mid-air refueling training exercises with its Osprey transport aircraft as early as Friday. (NHK)
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Japan to temporarily recall envoy to South Korea over girl's statue

January 6, 2017 - 09:02
Japan will temporarily recall its ambassador to South Korea, Nagamine Yasumasa, in protest at the installation of a girl's statue symbolizing Korean comfort women in front of the Japanese consulate-general in Busan, southern South Korea, Japan's top government spokesman said Friday. (Jiji)
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Abe says his cabinet looks beyond 2020

December 31, 2016 - 23:43
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his cabinet will work toward a better future for the country beyond 2020. (NHK)
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Comfort Women Statue Set Up outside Japan Consulate in Busan

December 31, 2016 - 04:54
A civic group set up a statue of a girl symbolizing the issue of so-called wartime comfort women in front of the Japanese consulate-general in Busan, southern South Korea, on Friday. (Jiji)
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