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Mongolia protests to Japan over vulgar manga picture mocking Genghis Khan

February 23, 2018 - 21:45
Mongolia lodged a diplomatic protest with Japan on Friday after a monthly kid’s comic magazine included a picture of national hero Genghis Khan with a crude sketch of male genitalia across his forehead. (Japan Times)
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Shooting at building of pro-N.Korea group

February 23, 2018 - 21:22
Japanese police have arrested 2 men in connection with a shooting at the headquarters of a pro-North Korea organization in central Tokyo. (NHK)
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LDP oks diluted draft bill against passive smoking

February 22, 2018 - 21:52
The health, labor and welfare division of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday broadly approved a diluted draft bill for strengthening measures against passive smoking in public places, including restaurants. (Jiji)
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SDF checks lake after US fighter tank drop

February 22, 2018 - 21:48
Japan's Self-Defense Force has begun surveying a lake in the northern prefecture of Aomori where a US fighter jet offloaded 2 external fuel tanks. (NHK)
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Japan holds event for Takeshima Day

February 22, 2018 - 21:37
A senior Japanese official has criticized South Korea for what he calls the illegal occupation of the Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan. He made the remark on Thursday at a ceremony to commemorate Japan's incorporation of the islands more than a century ago. (NHK)
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Abdication ceremony to be held on April 30th, 2019

February 20, 2018 - 21:00
The Japanese government says Emperor Akihito's abdication ceremony will be held next year on April 30th, the day he steps down, as a state event. (NHK)
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US F16 dumps fuel tanks into lake

February 20, 2018 - 03:47
A fighter jet from the US Misawa Airbase in northern Japan developed an engine fire on Tuesday morning and offloaded fuel tanks into a lake. (NHK)
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Labor minister regrets wrong work-hour data

February 19, 2018 - 18:26
Japan's labor minister has apologized for having provided inaccurate figures to the prime minister in Diet debate on working system reform. (NHK)
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LDP mulls lowering minimum ages for holding public office

February 18, 2018 - 21:59
Members of the Liberal Democratic Party are proposing that the minimum ages for holding public office be lowered to a uniform 20, it was learned Sunday. (Japan Times)
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LDP OKs draft to change Constitution's article on election system

February 16, 2018 - 23:51
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party made progress Friday in its discussions to seek the first-ever amendments to Japan's postwar Constitution, agreeing on the wording of a draft for rewriting an existing article on electoral systems. (Japan Today)
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Demonstrators Call for Dismissal of Japan Tax Agency Chief

February 16, 2018 - 23:42
Demonstrators took to the streets in a dozen cities in Japan on Friday demanding the dismissal of National Tax Agency Commissioner Nobuhisa Sagawa, who is accused of giving false parliamentary testimony over a controversial sale of state land. (Jiji)
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Abe and Trump united in demanding nuclear-free North Korea

February 14, 2018 - 21:43
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed during a phone call Wednesday night to continue exerting maximum pressure on North Korea, while reaffirming that the reclusive state must agree to denuclearize before any dialogue can happen. (Nikkei)
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Japan saw record number of refugee applicants in 2017, Justice Ministry says

February 13, 2018 - 10:30
The number of people who applied for refugee status in Japan last year reached a record high of 19,628, up 80 percent from the previous year, the Justice Ministry announced Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Japan's new document management guidelines to go into force in April

February 12, 2018 - 21:10
The Japanese government is poised to put its new guidelines on the management of administrative documents into force in April, in the wake of scandals related to two private school operators. (Jiji)
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U.S. sailors investigated over alleged drug ring in Japan

February 11, 2018 - 18:57
The U.S. Navy is investigating an alleged drug ring involving a number of sailors based at the 7th Fleet’s headquarters in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, it confirmed Saturday. (Japan Times)
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Over 40 percent of Japanese support dual surnames

February 11, 2018 - 18:48
Over 40 pct of Japanese people support a proposed law change to allow married couples to use separate surnames, a Cabinet Office survey released Saturday showed. (Jiji)
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Cabinet's approval rating hits 51%, with majority backing pressure on North but not constitutional amendment under Abe: survey

February 11, 2018 - 18:42
The public approval rating for the Cabinet has inched up to 50.8 percent in the latest survey, with more than half of respondents backing its policy of pressuring North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development programs. (Japan Times)
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Abe meets N. Korea's second-highest-ranking official in Pyeongchang

February 9, 2018 - 23:19
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe briefly met with North Korea's second-highest-ranking official on Friday, during their visit to Pyeongchang, South Korea, to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, Japanese government sources said. (Jiji)
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Many LDP members seeking modest change to war-renouncing Article 9

February 7, 2018 - 23:10
Many ruling Liberal Democratic Party members called Wednesday for a relatively moderate amendment of the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution during a plenary meeting to discuss the issue. (Japan Today)
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Abe, Pence reaffirm need for pressure on N.Korea

February 7, 2018 - 22:58
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Vice President Mike Pence have reaffirmed the need to maximize pressure on North Korea, even as they welcomed inter-Korean dialogue ahead of the PyeongChang Olympics. (NHK)
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