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Koike vows to reform Tokyo govt.

September 28, 2016 - 07:50
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has vowed increased transparency, less wasteful spending and other reforms in her first policy speech. (NHK)
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Democratic Party leader Renho makes sparring debut with Abe

September 28, 2016 - 07:44
Democratic Party leader Renho slammed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic and social policies Wednesday in her first opportunity as leader to directly go up against the premier in a question-and-answer session in the House of Councillors. (Japan Today)
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Opposition party seeks to ban lawmakers with dual nationality

September 27, 2016 - 22:16
Opposition party Nippon Ishin no Kai on Tuesday submitted to the Diet revisions to an election law, seeking to ban lawmakers with dual nationality from taking office, in the wake of the furor caused by the new leader of Japan's main opposition party. (Kyodo)
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Japan PM Abe fixates on trade deal, economy as Diet session opens

September 26, 2016 - 12:57
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Monday at the start of a 66-day extraordinary Diet session to swiftly ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact and find new avenues for economic growth. (Kyodo)
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8 Chinese military planes fly off Okinawa

September 26, 2016 - 00:39
Japanese defense officials say 8 Chinese military planes flew off Okinawa, southern Japan, on Sunday, going back and forth between the East China Sea and the Pacific. (NHK)
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Japan rolls out first F-35A

September 23, 2016 - 23:54
Lockheed Martin rolled out the first 42 F-35As ordered by the Japan Air Self Defence Forces to replace a nearly 80-strong fleet of McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms. (
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US fighter jet crashes off Okinawa

September 22, 2016 - 21:56
A US fighter jet crashed into the sea off Okinawa, southwestern Japan, on Thursday afternoon. The pilot has reportedly been rescued by US forces. (NHK)
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Abe arrives in Cuba to meet Castro

September 22, 2016 - 21:53
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Cuba to meet President Raul Castro. Abe is the first Japanese leader to visit the Caribbean nation. (NHK)
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Abe, Clinton discuss TPP, North Korea on UN General Assembly sidelines

September 20, 2016 - 06:27
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reiterated their contrasting positions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement Monday in a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. (Nikkei)
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China says Japan trying to 'confuse' South China Sea situation

September 19, 2016 - 23:19
China on Monday accused Japan of trying to "confuse" the situation in the South China Sea, after its neighbor said it would step up activity in the contested waters, through joint training patrols with the United States. (Reuters)
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Minister in charge of Okinawa, Northern Territories issues fined for speeding

September 17, 2016 - 01:01
The Tokyo Summary Court on Friday ordered Yosuke Tsuruho, state minister in charge of issues related to Okinawa and the Northern Territories, to pay a fine of 60,000 yen for speeding on a highway in Osaka Prefecture in July. (Japan Today)
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Abe to announce plans for panel to discuss Emperor's abdication

September 15, 2016 - 22:34
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce plans for a panel to discuss Emperor Akihito's abdication when he delivers a policy speech for the extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Sept. 26, a government source said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Japan's main opposition party elects female leader

September 15, 2016 - 22:21
Japan's largest opposition Democratic Party has chosen its acting president Renho as its new leader. (NHK)
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80% of Japanese fear military clash around Senkakus, poll finds

September 14, 2016 - 23:05
Will the waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands see a Sino-Japanese conflict? Eighty percent of Japanese think so. (Japan Times)
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U.S. bombers conduct training with ASDF jets

September 13, 2016 - 22:03
Two U.S. B-1B strategic bombers on Tuesday conducted training with Japan Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets just before flying over the Korean Peninsula with South Korean aircraft in response to North Korea's nuclear test Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Renho acknowledges that she has yet to renounce her Taiwanese citizenship

September 13, 2016 - 06:31
Flip-flopping from earlier remarks, Democratic Party deputy head Renho acknowledged Tuesday that she has yet to renounce her Taiwanese citizenship, a revelation that potentially affects her bid for a leadership election of Japan's biggest opposition party, slated for Thursday. (Japan Times)
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JSDF to airlift machinery to US Okinawa facility

September 12, 2016 - 22:53
NHK has learned that Japan's Defense Ministry on Monday ordered a Self-Defense Force unit to use its transport helicopters to airlift heavy machinery to the construction site of a US military facility in Okinawa. (NHK)
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Japan panel proposes tougher penalties for sex offenders

September 12, 2016 - 22:49
A Japanese government panel called for tougher penalties for sex offenders, in an outline of its recommendations for a revision to the nation's criminal code, which was submitted to Justice Minister Katsutoshi Kaneda on Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan to seek China, Russia support for tougher N. Korea sanctions

September 12, 2016 - 22:47
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday Japan is aiming to coordinate with China and Russia in seeking a fresh U.N. Security Council resolution strengthening sanctions on North Korea following its fifth nuclear test last week. (Kyodo)
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LDP politician rebuked for piggyback ride over puddle

September 12, 2016 - 07:48
The government's top spokesman said Monday he has cautioned a parliamentary vice minister for being piggybacked over a puddle left at the site of deadly flooding in the wake of Typhoon Lionrock. (Japan Today)
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