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Japan Coast Guard to buy 3 large patrol vessels

August 24, 2016 - 23:23
Japan's Coast Guard has requested a budget that covers the partial cost of 3 new patrol vessels to boost security around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Chinese government ships have repeatedly entered Japanese waters there. (NHK)
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Abe denounces N. Korea's latest missile launch

August 24, 2016 - 03:03
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has condemned North Korea's latest missile launch, calling it an unforgivable act. (NHK)
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Osaka Ishin to be renamed Nippon Ishin no Kai

August 23, 2016 - 22:44
Major Japanese opposition party Osaka Ishin no Kai decided Tuesday to rename itself "Nippon Ishin no Kai" in a bid to gain wider voter support nationwide. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's first lady makes first visit to Pearl Harbor

August 22, 2016 - 23:11
Japan's first lady Akie Abe made an unofficial visit to Pearl Harbor on Sunday where she paid tribute to Americans killed in Japan's surprise attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. (Reuters)
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Japan's Prime Minister came out of a pipe dressed as Mario at Rio's closing ceremony!

August 22, 2016 - 06:54
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stunned the world at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony with a cosplay performance dressed as Mario. (
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Japanese man stopped by Russian authorities on disputed island

August 21, 2016 - 23:42
A Japanese man has been stopped by the Russian border guard while on a visa-free trip to Kunashiri, one of the four Russian-held northwestern Pacific islands claimed by Japan, informed sources said Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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Anti-nuclear activists' tents forcibly removed from economy ministry premises after yearslong battle

August 21, 2016 - 07:54
Tokyo District Court officials on Sunday removed activists' tents on the economy ministry's premises nearly five years after they were erected by anti-nuclear campaigners protesting the government's handling of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. (Japan Times)
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Special law eyed for Japan Emperor's abdication

August 20, 2016 - 01:05
The Japanese government is primarily considering a special law as a means to realize Emperor Akihito's hope of handing over the Imperial throne to Crown Prince Naruhito in the near future, informed sources said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Bureaucrat's rap video pitching Akita city goes viral

August 17, 2016 - 00:50
An elite central government bureaucrat on loan to the municipal government of Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, is generating a buzz by appearing in the city's PR video dressed like a rapper. (Japan Times)
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Japan govt to submit bill to lower legal adult age to 18

August 15, 2016 - 21:56
The Japanese government has begun work to submit a bill to lower the adult age under the Civil Code to 18 from the current 20 during next year's ordinary Diet session, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Abe sends ritual offering, 2 Cabinet ministers visit war-linked shrine

August 15, 2016 - 21:48
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Monday to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo while two Cabinet ministers visited there on the 71st anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II, immediately drawing criticism from South Korea, one of the Asian neighbors that suffered from Japanese wartime aggression. (Kyodo)
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Agreement reached on 'comfort women' support

August 12, 2016 - 13:22
Japan and South Korea have reached a basic agreement on activities that Japan will fund to support those referred to as wartime comfort women. (NHK)
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Japan, Philippines agree to work closely against China

August 11, 2016 - 22:05
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte agreed Thursday that their countries will continue to work closely in order to stop China's forceful maritime expansion. (Jiji Press)
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China fishing boat sinks after colliding with freighter near Senkakus

August 11, 2016 - 06:00
A Chinese fishing boat sank shortly after colliding with a Greek cargo ship on the high seas near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea early Thursday, the Japan Coast Guard said, following increased activities in recent days by Chinese ships in waters close to the Japan-controlled, China-claimed territory. (Kyodo)
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Govt. vows to try to meet Okinawa budget request

August 10, 2016 - 22:12
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has expressed the central government's readiness to make efforts in meeting a budget request from the Okinawa Prefecture for promoting its development. (NHK)
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China ships continue intrusions despite Kishida's protest

August 9, 2016 - 22:10
Chinese government ships continued to enter Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday, even after Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida lodged a strong protest to China the same day. (Jiji Press)
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Abdication would pose legal challenges for imperial system

August 9, 2016 - 00:28
The video message from Japan's 82-year-old Emperor Akihito released Monday, indicating his desire to abdicate, raises a host of legal issues, including how the Constitution defines the emperor and how to revise the Imperial House Law. (Japan Today)
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Japan issues permanent order to intercept N. Korean missiles

August 9, 2016 - 00:14
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada issued an order on Monday for the Self-Defense Forces to be ready anytime to shoot down possible missiles from North Korea. (Jiji Press)
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Defiant wife of Japanese PM Abe visits US Okinawa base construction protest

August 8, 2016 - 23:59
Japan's first lady Akie Abe says she is "ready to face criticism" after attending an anti-government rally, protesting the construction of new helipads at the US-operated military in Okinawa. (
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Japan protests to China over radar on gas rig

August 7, 2016 - 23:39
The Japanese government has confirmed that China has installed radar equipment on one of the 16 gas drilling platforms it unilaterally built in the East China Sea. (NHK)
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