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New government plane delivered to Japan

August 17, 2018 - 23:24
The first of 2 new government planes has been delivered to Japan ahead of their debut next year. (NHK)
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China to overtake Japan as 2nd-largest contributor to U.N.

August 15, 2018 - 23:10
China is expected to surpass Japan as the second-largest contributor to the general United Nations budget starting in 2019, according to the latest U.N. report on contributions. (Japan Today)
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Emperor repeats phrase ‘deep remorse’ in his last official war-end anniversary speech

August 15, 2018 - 23:09
In his last official appearance at the annual ceremony commemorating the end of World War II, Emperor Akihito on Wednesday repeated his “deep remorse” over the conflict that led to the deaths of tens of millions of people in Asia and elsewhere. (Japan Times)
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Abe skips visit to Yasukuni Shrine on war anniversary

August 15, 2018 - 22:53
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe skipped a visit to Yasukuni Shrine on Wednesday, the 73rd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II. (Jiji)
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Abe indicates intention to run for 3rd term

August 12, 2018 - 22:40
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated his intention to run in next month's leadership race of the main governing Liberal Democratic Party and seek a third term. (NHK)
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Okinawa Governor Onaga dies

August 9, 2018 - 00:05
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has died. He was 67. (NHK)
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Age limit for SDF recruits to be raised to 32

August 7, 2018 - 23:14
Japan's Defense Ministry will raise the age limit of applicants for Self-Defense Forces members and cadets from the current 26 to 32 as early as October, ministry officials said Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Report: Fighter jets deployed on Etorofu for trial

August 4, 2018 - 22:59
A Russian media report says the country's air force has deployed fighter jets on a trial basis on one of the 4 Russian-held islands claimed by Japan. (NHK)
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Tokyo, Seoul reaffirm cooperation on N. Korea denuclearization

August 2, 2018 - 22:39
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, on Thursday reaffirmed cooperation between Tokyo and Seoul, as well as among them and Washington, toward denuclearizing North Korea. (Jiji)
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Japan mulling amnesty along with imperial succession

August 2, 2018 - 22:34
The Japanese government is considering granting pardons to coincide with the abdication of Emperor Akihito and the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito next year, government sources said on Thursday. (Jiji)
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Japan's massive health and labor ministry targeted for breakup

August 1, 2018 - 22:26
The Japanese government is considering splitting the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, concluding that the mammoth bureaucracy with an extensive portfolio is incapable of responding to the complex needs of an aging society. (Nikkei)
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Govt. sets up office for imperial succession

August 1, 2018 - 22:03
Japan's government has set up an office to handle next year's abdication of Emperor Akihito and the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito. (NHK)
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Tokyo governor declares Toyosu market site safe

July 31, 2018 - 22:09
The governor of Tokyo has declared that the new site for the city's main food market is safe. The declaration by Yuriko Koike paves the way for the planned opening of the Toyosu market in October. (NHK)
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Video purportedly shows missing journalist

July 31, 2018 - 21:59
A video showing a man believed to be a Japanese journalist detained by an armed group in Syria has emerged online. (NHK)
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Japan puts Aegis Ashore radar cost at 134 billion yen per unit

July 30, 2018 - 22:56
The Defense Ministry said Monday that planned Aegis Ashore radars to protect Japan from ballistic missiles will cost 134 billion yen per unit, up over 60 pct from the initial estimate. (Jiji)
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Defense Ministry withdrew PAC3 units

July 30, 2018 - 22:54
Japan's Defense Ministry has finished withdrawing missile interceptor units deployed around the country. (NHK)
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Second education ministry official arrested

July 26, 2018 - 23:12
A second senior official of Japan's education and science ministry has been arrested on bribery charges. Kazuaki Kawabata allegedly accepted gifts in exchange for giving a favor to a medical consulting firm in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Govt. puts off missile defense system field survey

July 24, 2018 - 22:58
Japan's Defense Ministry has decided to postpone a procedure to deploy a new missile defense system due to opposition from candidate host communities. (NHK)
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Japan sees cost for land-based missile defense doubling initial quote

July 23, 2018 - 23:28
The Defense Ministry has newly estimated that the price tag of two land-based missile batteries Japan aims to deploy could cost around ¥400 billion ($3.6 billion), double the initial quotation, according to a government source. (Japan Times)
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Japan's Diet enacts casino-related bill

July 20, 2018 - 23:12
Japan's Diet enacted a bill into law on integrated resorts, which include casinos, despite persistent objections from opposition parties. (NHK)
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