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Abe unveils $500 mil. aid for Pacific islands

May 23, 2015 - 12:24
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged an aid package worth about 500 million dollars to help Pacific Island nations tackle natural disasters and the effects of climate change. (NHK)
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China unhappy with Yasukuni visit by Japan's First Lady

May 23, 2015 - 00:33
China expressed displeasure on Friday with a visit to war-related Yasukuni Shrine by Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Jiji Press)
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'Weapons-ban treaty' deleted from N-draft / NPT draft also leaves out call for Japan visits

May 23, 2015 - 00:30
The words "a nuclear-weapons-ban treaty" have been deleted from the president's draft text on nuclear disarmament scheduled to be adopted at the ongoing review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. (The Japan News)
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Chinese bombers fly between southern Japan islands

May 21, 2015 - 23:06
The Japanese Defense Ministry said Thursday that two Chinese bombers flew over open seas between Okinawa Prefecture's main island and the island of Miyakojima, prompting the Air Self-Defense Force to scramble fighter jets. (Jiji Press)
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Ward assembly introducing system for deaf member

May 20, 2015 - 22:57
A Tokyo ward will introduce a system in its assembly to allow a member who is deaf to join debates. (The Japan News)
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Opposition Innovation Party elects Matsuno as new leader

May 19, 2015 - 12:28
The opposition Japan Innovation Party elected Yorihisa Matsuno as its new leader Tuesday following the resignation of his predecessor over a failed bid by a local party group to reorganize the Osaka city administration. (Kyodo)
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U.S. Kerry calls for Japan-S. Korea reconciliation

May 18, 2015 - 22:31
Visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Japan and South Korea Monday to resolve historical issues, particularly the "comfort women" issue, in a way that can "promote healing and reconciliation." (Jiji Press)
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US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier leaves Japan

May 18, 2015 - 09:57
The American aircraft carrier USS George Washington is returning to the United States after being stationed in Japan for many years. (NHK)
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Okinawa people alarmed by Osprey mishap

May 18, 2015 - 09:56
People in Okinawa expressed anxiety over Sunday's crash-landing of a US Marine Corps Osprey aircraft in Hawaii. (NHK)
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Osaka Referendum Result Seen Affecting National Politics

May 18, 2015 - 09:54
Osaka citizens' rejection of a drastic administrative reform plan for the western Japan city and Osaka Prefecture in a closely watched referendum on Sunday and subsequent confusion within Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party) could shake the office of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which has supported Toru Hashimoto, the outspoken mayor of the city and sponsor of the plan. (Jiji Press)
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Osaka's 'win-win' merger may leave the people lost

May 17, 2015 - 01:24
In a historic first, Osaka municipal voters go to the polls today to vote on a referendum that, if approved, will divide the city into five semi-autonomous wards. (Japan Times)
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Osaka to hold referendum on Hashimoto's merger plan

May 17, 2015 - 01:20
The people of Osaka vote Sunday on a plan to streamline Japan's second city in the mold of global metropolises like London, New York and Tokyo, as the one-time commercial capital seeks to recapture its glory days. (Japan Today)
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Over 1,000 people sue Japan gov't to halt involvement in TPP

May 16, 2015 - 00:08
More than 1,000 people filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government Friday seeking to halt its involvement in the 12-country talks for a Pacific Rim free trade agreement as "unconstitutional." (Kyodo)
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Japan recognizes Niue as state in bid to boost diplomacy in Pacific

May 15, 2015 - 05:52
Japan on Friday recognized Niue, a self-governing Pacific island in free association with New Zealand, as a state, as the world's third-largest economy seeks to boost its diplomacy in the Pacific. (Kyodo)
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Taiwan restricts imports of Japanese food over Tokyo's objection

May 14, 2015 - 23:32
Taiwan will impose stiffer regulations on imports of Japanese food Friday amid growing safety worries after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, despite firm opposition from Tokyo. (Nikkei)
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S. Korea raises no objetion to Japan's security legislation

May 14, 2015 - 23:00
A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman indicated Thursday that Seoul basically accepts the Japanese cabinet's approval the same day of national security bills aimed at allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense. (Jiji Press)
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Protesters rally in Tokyo against security bills

May 14, 2015 - 22:59
Hundreds of protesters rallied in Tokyo on Thursday against national security bills adopted by the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to allow the country to use force to help allies under attack. (Jiji Press)
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China says no to Japan's bid to add industrial sites on UNESCO list

May 14, 2015 - 22:57
China on Thursday came out against Japan's attempt to list some facilities seen as representing its industrialization in the late 19th to early 20th centuries as World Heritage sites, citing the issue of wartime forced labor involving Koreans and other Asians. (Kyodo)
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Abe Cabinet OKs bills to relax limits on SDF operations abroad

May 14, 2015 - 10:45
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet adopted two security bills on Thursday that would, if passed by the Diet, greatly expand the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' joint operations with foreign forces overseas. (Japan Times)
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U.S. announces plan to station Osprey aircraft at Tokyo base

May 12, 2015 - 06:41
The U.S. military will deploy CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft at Yokota Air Base in a Tokyo suburb beginning in 2017, the Defense Department said Monday. (Kyodo)
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