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150 citizens sue gov't over My Number system

December 1, 2015 - 22:02
Around 150 citizens filed lawsuits Tuesday with five regional courts in Japan demanding the government suspend the use of identification numbers under the new My Number social security and tax number system due to be launched in 2016. (Kyodo)
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Nakatani: Laser pointed at US aircraft at Futenma

December 1, 2015 - 21:59
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani says a laser beam was pointed at a US aircraft at the US Marines' Futenma Air Station in Okinawa in October. (NHK)
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City assembly member in hot water over discriminatory tweets about same-sex marriage

November 30, 2015 - 22:11
Municipal assembly leaders in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, issued a warning Monday to Masumi Tsurusashi, a 71-year-old assemblyman, over discriminatory remarks he made on his Twitter account about gay marriage. (Japan Times)
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Sea Shepherd warns Japan against resuming whaling

November 29, 2015 - 22:40
Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd on Sunday warned Japan against resuming "research whaling" in the Antarctic while calling on the Australian government to intervene. (Japan Times)
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Chinese patrol ships enter Japan's waters

November 29, 2015 - 22:32
Japanese Coast Guard officials say 3 Chinese patrol ships entered Japanese territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (NHK)
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Abe arrives in Paris for COP21 conference

November 29, 2015 - 21:53
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Paris for the United Nations climate meeting. The COP 21 conference is due to open later on Monday. (NHK)
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Japan LDP marks 60 years since establishment

November 29, 2015 - 21:45
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday held a ceremony to mark 60 years since its establishment in November 1955. (Jiji Press)
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My Number notices to be delayed into December

November 27, 2015 - 22:31
The delivery of mail enclosing cards informing residents in Japan of their respective 12-digit numbers for the My Number identification system will be delayed into December in 40 of the country's 47 prefectures, Japan Post Co. has said. (The Japan News)
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Japan ups climate aid to Y1.3 trillion

November 26, 2015 - 22:20
Japan plans to boost financial aid to developing countries to help them tackle climate change by providing about ¥1.3 trillion (about $10.6 billion) a year by 2020, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Japan to deploy 500 GSDF troops on Ishigaki island

November 26, 2015 - 22:14
The Japanese government will deploy some 500 Ground Self-Defense Force troops in the island city of Ishigaki to strengthen the defense of southwestern Japan remote islands, a government source said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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11 boats drifted to Japan in 2 months

November 25, 2015 - 21:55
The coast guard and police say 11 wooden boats have been found washed ashore or drifting off the coast of northwest Japan over the past 2 months. They say 25 bodies have been discovered. (NHK)
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Court rules 'state of unconstitutionality'

November 25, 2015 - 21:12
Japan's Supreme Court has ruled that disparity in the values of votes in a Lower House election last year was in a state of unconstitutionality. (NHK)
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Hyogo assembly member who suffered news conference breakdown doesn't show up for fraud trial

November 24, 2015 - 22:01
A former member of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly who gained Internet notoriety when he suffered a breakdown during a news conference failed to show up Tuesday for the start of his fraud trial. (Japan Times)
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Defense chief: SDF to adopt Ospreys as planned

November 24, 2015 - 11:06
Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani says the country's Ground Self-Defense Force will introduce Osprey transport aircraft as planned. (NHK)
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Administrative reform candidates win Osaka governor, mayor elections

November 22, 2015 - 22:12
Two candidates fielded by the Osaka Restoration Association won gubernatorial and mayoral elections in Osaka on Sunday on the platform of a renewed bid to reorganize the Osaka city administration, after voters rejected the plan earlier this year, Kyodo News projections showed. (Kyodo)
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Abe says good ties with China, S. Korea boon for ASEAN

November 20, 2015 - 22:59
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday raised expectations that a recent improvement in Tokyo's relations with China and South Korea will serve as a major boon for other parts of Asia. (Kyodo)
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Japan could risk Chinese anger by joining US sea patrols

November 20, 2015 - 22:50
Japan is considering joining naval patrols in the South China Sea in a move that is likely to anger Beijing. (
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Japan, Malaysia Agree to Reject China's Unilateral Actions

November 20, 2015 - 22:27
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Malaysian counterpart, Najib Razak, agreed Friday that they will not tolerate unilateral actions by China such as its construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea. (Jiji Press)
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Suga: Launch of anti-terrorism unit moved up

November 19, 2015 - 10:28
Japan's top spokesman says the government will launch a unit to gather information on international terrorism sooner than planned. (NHK)
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APEC declaration condemns terrorism

November 19, 2015 - 10:26
The leaders of 21 Pacific-Rim economies meeting in the Philippines have issued a joint statement, condemning terrorism in any form or shape. (NHK)
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