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Japan leads bid to cut off overseas remittances to Pyongyang

July 24, 2016 - 23:58
The government is stepping up efforts with the United States and South Korea to urge countries that accept workers from North Korea to stop in order to cut off financing to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development programs, sources close to the matter said. (Japan Times)
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LDP regains Upper House majority

July 23, 2016 - 23:15
Japan's main governing Liberal Democratic Party has regained a majority in the Upper House for the first time in 27 years. (NHK)
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Construction of U.S. helipads resumes in Okinawa amid protests

July 22, 2016 - 22:23
The Japanese government resumed the construction of helipads for the U.S. military in Okinawa on Friday despite local protests, in preparation for the return to Japan of part of a large training area in the island prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Dhaka attacker suspects include longtime resident of Japan

July 21, 2016 - 06:20
A longtime resident of Japan appears in a list of 10 high-value suspects issued by the Bangladeshi government in connection with the terror attack in Dhaka earlier this month, The New York Times reported online Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Hiroshima court rules denial of inmate's right to vote is constitutional

July 20, 2016 - 23:39
A Japanese court on Wednesday found constitutional an election law provision denying prison inmates the right to vote in a national election, in the latest ruling in a series of lawsuits filed over the controversial issue. (Japan Times)
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LDP in tug-of-war over upper house posts

July 20, 2016 - 22:39
A tug-of-war has been intensifying within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party over the selection of candidates for the next president of the House of Councillors. (
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North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles

July 19, 2016 - 06:51
North Korea fired three ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan Tuesday morning, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said. (Jiji Press)
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Abe supports Turkish govt over coup attempt

July 16, 2016 - 23:39
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his country's support for the Turkish government on Saturday following an attempted military coup there. (Jiji Press)
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South China Sea: Japan's Abe meets China's Li as maritime tensions flare

July 16, 2016 - 04:18
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met on the sidelines of an international meeting in Mongolia as Asia's two largest economies try to repair a relationship fractured after Japan sided with the West in the South China Sea dispute. (
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Amending Imperial House Law no easy task

July 15, 2016 - 20:19
If the Emperor is to abdicate, it will be necessary to amend the Imperial House Law, among other issues. (
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Gov't to draft outline of legal change for emperor abdication

July 15, 2016 - 00:02
The Japanese government has begun preparing to revise the law governing the imperial family system as early as during next year's regular Diet session in response to Emperor Akihito's desire to possibly abdicate, government sources said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Imperial Household Agency officials deny reports on Emperor's abdication intent

July 14, 2016 - 05:09
Senior officials of the Imperial Household Agency have categorically denied news reports that Japanese Emperor Akihito informed an agency-linked person of his intention to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne to Crown Prince Naruhito in a few years. (Jiji Press)
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Beijing blames Tokyo for South China Sea defeat

July 13, 2016 - 23:39
China is accusing Japan of manipulating the international tribunal that ruled against Beijing's claims in the South China Sea on Tuesday, a likely attempt to keep the public from blaming the country's leadership for losing the case. (Nikkei)
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Emperor mulls abdication while still alive

July 13, 2016 - 10:52
NHK has learned that Japanese Emperor Akihito has expressed his intention to abdicate while he is alive and hand over his position to Crown Prince Naruhito within several years. (NHK)
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18-year-old turnout tops 50 pct in Japan Upper House poll, lifted by voter education

July 13, 2016 - 10:46
In Sunday's election for Japan's House of Councillors, the first national election held with a wider voter base following a cut in the minimum voting age from 20 to 18, voter turnout among 18-year-olds came to 51.17 pct, according to a preliminary report by the internal affairs ministry. (Jiji Press)
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Japan to evacuate its citizens from South Sudan

July 11, 2016 - 22:29
The Japanese government on Monday dispatched three Air Self-Defense Force C-130 transport aircraft to support efforts to allow Japanese citizens in South Sudan to safely leave the African country amid growing security concerns there. (Jiji Press)
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Female candidates break Upper House election record with 28 seats

July 11, 2016 - 09:25
A record 28 women were elected to the Upper House on Sunday, winning 17 seats in electoral districts and 11 via proportional representation. (Japan Times)
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Okada rules out quitting DP helm over election drubbing; JCP says alliance just the first step

July 11, 2016 - 06:46
Katsuya Okada, president of the Democratic Party, said he will not resign immediately over the party's disappointing showing in the Upper House election and failure to prevent forces in favor of constitutional reform from securing a two-thirds majority. (Japan Times)
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Pop star Imai wins Upper House seat

July 10, 2016 - 22:53
Pop singer Eriko Imai, a member of J-pop girl band Speed, has won a seat in Sunday's Upper House election. (Japan Times)
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Abe reacts to N.Korea missile launch

July 9, 2016 - 23:57
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan has been closely cooperating with its allies and other concerned countries to collect and analyze intelligence on North Korea's missile program. (NHK)
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