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Japan's 1st ordinance to deter hate speech comes into force

June 30, 2016 - 22:56
Japan's first ordinance to deter racist propaganda recognized as hate speech came into effect Friday, enabling the city of Osaka to publicly disclose the names of groups engaged in such activity. (Japan Today)
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Japan's political parties target internet generation with innovative campaign videos

June 30, 2016 - 09:48
As Japan's newly enfranchised teen voters make up their minds ahead of the July 10 House of Councillors election, the country's political parties are taking their online campaign videos beyond the mundane to appeal to the youth vote. (Japan Today)
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Ex-defense minister Koike to run for Tokyo governor

June 29, 2016 - 06:53
Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike said Wednesday she has decided to run in the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial race after Yoichi Masuzoe stepped down amid a political funds scandal. (Kyodo)
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U.S. Navy removes off-base drinking ban on personnel in Japan

June 28, 2016 - 11:51
The U.S. Navy ended Tuesday an off-base alcohol ban it had placed on all its personnel in Japan in response to a sailor's arrest on suspicion of drunk driving in Okinawa earlier in the month. (Japan Today)
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Farm minister admits taking Y200,000 from poultry lobbyist

June 28, 2016 - 11:31
Agriculture minister Hiroshi Moriyama admitted Tuesday receiving ¥200,000 in cash last year from the head of an industry body while holding a key position in the Liberal Democratic Party on negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership but before he joined the Cabinet. (Japan Times)
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Abe holds crisis Brexit meet

June 27, 2016 - 20:18
In response to the issue of Britain's decision to leave the European Union, the Japanese government and the Bank of Japan held an urgent meeting on Monday morning at the Prime Minister's Office to discuss how to stabilize Japan's financial markets. (
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Japan asks Britain to ensure stable business environment after vote

June 27, 2016 - 07:11
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida asked British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens on Monday to help ensure a stable business environment for Japanese companies in Britain in the wake of the country's historic vote to leave the European Union. (Japan Times)
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Japan's election offers little choice

June 27, 2016 - 00:35
The campaign for Japan's Upper House election on July 10 is shaping up to be one of the dullest in recent memory. (
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Okada says he will not run for party chief if hometown candidate loses

June 26, 2016 - 23:32
The main opposition Democratic Party's leader Katsuya Okada said Sunday he will not run for his party's leadership in September if the party's candidate in his hometown in central Japan loses in the upper house election. (Japan Today)
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Japan PM: Hard for now to revise arms-renouncing article of constitution

June 25, 2016 - 00:42
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday it would be difficult for the time being to revise the armament-renouncing article of Japan's pacifist constitution, an issue drawing attention as the July 10 upper house election approaches. (Reuters)
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US forces in Okinawa extend off-base drinking ban

June 24, 2016 - 22:09
The US military in Okinawa, southwestern Japan, says it will extend a ban on off-base drinking by all its personnel for another 4 days until next Tuesday. (NHK)
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Okinawa marks 71st anniversary of final battle

June 22, 2016 - 22:59
People in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa will observe the 71st anniversary of the end of a fierce ground battle in the closing days of World War Two. (NHK)
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Tokyo protests after North Korean midrange missiles fall into Sea of Japan

June 22, 2016 - 04:59
Missiles from North Korea's two latest missile launches flew over the Sea of Japan where they both fell, according to initial information, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday in Washington. (Japan Times)
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S.Korea: North's 2nd missile flew 400 km

June 21, 2016 - 22:25
The South Korean military says North Korea launched what appeared to be 2 Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday. (NHK)
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Japan panel seeks greater inheritance rights for spouses

June 21, 2016 - 22:21
A subgroup of the Legislative Council of Japan's Justice Ministry on Tuesday released an interim proposal for revising the country's civil code, calling for giving greater inheritance rights to spouses. (Jiji Press)
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SDF on alert for possible North Korean ballistic missile launch

June 21, 2016 - 10:06
Japan's military was on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, a government source said on Tuesday, with media reporting its navy and anti-missile Patriot batteries have been told to shoot down any projectile heading for Japan. (Japan Today)
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Thousands protest at US bases on Okinawa after Japanese woman's murder

June 19, 2016 - 23:00
Tens of thousands of people on the Japanese island of Okinawa have taken part in one of the biggest protests against US military bases in recent years, weeks after the arrest of an American base worker in connection with the murder of a 20-year-old local woman. (
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Japan's voting age lowered

June 19, 2016 - 07:01
Revisions to Japan's election law that lower Japan's voting age from 20 to 18 took effect on Sunday. It's the first time the country's voting age has been reduced in about 70 years. (NHK)
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Chinese navy vessel enters Japan's waters

June 15, 2016 - 06:29
Japan's Defense Ministry says a Chinese navy vessel temporarily entered Japanese territorial waters west of Kuchinoerabu Island in southwestern Japan on Wednesday. (NHK)
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Masuzoe submits letter of resignation

June 15, 2016 - 06:06
The embattled governor of Tokyo has submitted a letter of resignation. Yoichi Masuzoe has been fighting allegations for weeks that he misused political funds for private purposes. (NHK)
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