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Prosecutors question ex-Your Party leader Watanabe

December 20, 2014 - 23:56
Public prosecutors questioned former Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe over his massive borrowings, informed sources have said. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, U.S. announce delay in revising defense guidelines

December 19, 2014 - 09:13
Japan and the United States said Friday they will put off until the first half of 2015 a planned revision of their defense cooperation guidelines, keeping in step with Tokyo's efforts to legislate the use of the right to collective self-defense. (Kyodo)
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US chooses Japan as F35 maintenance site

December 18, 2014 - 23:16
The US Defense Department has chosen Japan and Australia to provide maintenance for F-35 joint strike fighter jets in the Asia-Pacific region. (NHK)
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Abe welcomes US-Cuba move to restore ties

December 18, 2014 - 23:11
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has welcomed the agreement between the United States and Cuba to hold negotiations toward normalizing bilateral ties. (NHK)
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Controversial to the end, Shintaro Ishihara bows out of politics

December 16, 2014 - 11:56
Hawkish former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, the supreme adviser to Jisedai no To (Party for Future Generations), on Tuesday officially put an end to his nearly 50-year political career after losing his Diet seat in Sunday's Lower House election. (Japan Times)
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130 arrested for election law violations

December 15, 2014 - 22:59
The National Police Agency said Monday that 130 people were arrested nationwide for 70 cases of violating the Public Office Election Law. (Japan Today)
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Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

December 15, 2014 - 22:34
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday vowed he would try to persuade a skeptical public of the need to revise Japan's pacifist constitution, the day after scoring a thumping election victory. (Japan Today)
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Abe focuses on economic measures, keeps coalition

December 15, 2014 - 22:32
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got down to work on Monday to launch his third Cabinet, following the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito's resounding victory in Sunday's House of Representatives election. (The Japan News)
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Unseated Japan opposition leader steps down

December 15, 2014 - 22:29
The leader of Japan's largest opposition party stepped down Monday after losing his seat in a weekend election drubbing. (AFP)
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Voter turnout falls to record postwar low for lower house poll

December 15, 2014 - 08:03
Voter turnout in Sunday's lower house election fell to a postwar record low, standing at 52.66 percent for single-seat constituencies and 52.65 percent for the proportional representation section, the government said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Fallen LDP angels Obuchi and Matsushima cling to Lower House seats

December 14, 2014 - 22:45
Scandal-tainted former trade minister Yuko Obuchi and former Justice Minister Midori Matsushima retained their Lower House seats in Sunday's snap general election, after focusing their campaigns on regaining voter trust. (Japan Times)
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DPJ Kan defeated in Tokyo No.18 district

December 14, 2014 - 22:37
Former prime minister Naoto Kan of the Democratic Party of Japan failed to win a single-seat electoral district in Tokyo. He is waiting for a chance to gain a Lower House seat under the proportional representation system for the Tokyo bloc. (NHK)
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Kaieda intends to resign as DPJ leader after losing seat in election

December 14, 2014 - 22:32
Main opposition Democratic Party of Japan leader Banri Kaieda intends to resign as party president after losing his seat in the House of Representatives in Sunday's election, sources close to the matter said early Monday. (Kyodo)
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Voting begins in Japan's general election

December 13, 2014 - 22:40
Voting has started throughout Japan in the Lower House election. 1191 candidates are vying for 475 seats. (NHK)
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U.S. Senate OKs defense bill tied to Marine Corps transfer

December 13, 2014 - 08:52
The U.S. Senate on Friday passed the National Defense Authorization Act that will put an end to a freeze on the realignments of Marine Corps in the Asia-Pacific region, including the transfer of some Marines to Guam from Japan's Okinawa Prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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China's Xi deplores Nanjing denials as obstacle to improved relations

December 13, 2014 - 08:49
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday deplored denials in Japan of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in marking the first national observance of the tragedy, saying that acknowledgment of the two countries' troubled past is crucial to improving relations. (Kyodo)
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Voter turnout may sink to new record low Sunday

December 13, 2014 - 01:35
The turnout for Sunday's election may plunge to a record low, likely benefitting parties with strong support bases, including the conservative Liberal Democratic Party. (Japan Times)
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Japan PM Abe's base aims to restore past religious, patriotic values

December 12, 2014 - 04:43
As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promises voters a bright future for Japan's economy, key parts of his conservative base want him to steer the nation back toward a traditional ethos mixing Shinto myth, patriotism and pride in an ancient imperial line. (Reuters)
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EU Commissioner presses Japan to quickly submit emission cut target

December 10, 2014 - 23:35
Miguel Arias Canete, European Union commissioner for climate and energy, pressed Japan on Tuesday to quickly submit its target on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for 2020 and beyond. (Jiji Press)
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US military eases drinking restrictions in Okinawa

December 10, 2014 - 23:20
The US military in Japan on Tuesday eased restrictions on off-base drinking by service members stationed in Okinawa Prefecture. (NHK)
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