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Japan vows to fully support Myanmar's democratization

May 3, 2016 - 22:58
Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday his country will fully support Myanmar's democratization and economic development. (Jiji Press)
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Diet enacts law to double benefits for those who have more children

May 3, 2016 - 00:44
The Diet enacted a law Monday to boost benefits for second and later children in low-income households headed by single parents by up to double the current levels. (Japan Times)
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Abe holds talks with Hollande in Paris

May 3, 2016 - 00:28
The leaders of Japan and France have agreed to announce a counterterrorism action plan during the upcoming G7 summit. (NHK)
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Abe to set upper house election for July 10

May 1, 2016 - 23:59
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering setting this summer's House of Councillors election for July 10 and the announcement of the poll for June 22, when the official campaign period starts, government sources said Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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Kishida conveys concerns over maritime issues to China's Wang

May 1, 2016 - 00:20
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida conveyed Tokyo's concerns over the situations in the East China Sea and the South China Sea to his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, during their meeting in Beijing on Saturday. (Jiji Press)
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N.Korea ferry spotted during suspected SLBM launch

April 29, 2016 - 05:04
NHK has learned a North Korean cargo-passenger vessel was operating in the same waters as a submarine when the North fired what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile, or SLBM, last weekend. (NHK)
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Taiwan's Ma says Okinotorishima not an island

April 28, 2016 - 06:33
Japan has lodged a protest with Taiwan over a statement made by its president challenging Tokyo's claim to waters in the Pacific. Ma Ying-jeou described Japan's southernmost island as a rock around which it cannot claim an exclusive economic zone. (NHK)
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Kishida hopes to advance ties with China

April 27, 2016 - 22:04
Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is hoping to advance ties with China when he visits Beijing this weekend. (NHK)
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Japan fails to win Australia submarine contract

April 26, 2016 - 00:34
NHK has learned that Japan has failed to win a contract to develop and build submarines jointly with Australia. (NHK)
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Prosecutors seek 3 years in prison for bawling ex-lawmaker Nonomura over fraud

April 26, 2016 - 00:31
Prosecutors on Monday sought a three-year prison sentence for ex-lawmaker Ryutaro Nonomura, 49, on charges of misusing taxpayers' money. Nonomura, a former Hyogo prefectural assemblyman, became globally famous when he was filmed at a news conference in 2014, bawling over the accusation. He was subsequently indicted for fraud. (Japan Today)
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Japan's ruling camp buoyed by by-election win

April 25, 2016 - 12:33
The win by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's candidate in the House of Representatives by-election in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Sunday has bolstered hopes among officials of the governing bloc for victory by the coalition in the House of Councillors election this summer. (Jiji Press)
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LDP candidate wins Hokkaido by-election

April 24, 2016 - 20:01
A candidate endorsed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has won a Lower House by-election in Hokkaido, northern Japan. (NHK)
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Scrambles against Chinese aircraft hit a record

April 24, 2016 - 19:57
Japan's Air Self-Defense Force fighters made a record number of scrambles against Chinese aircraft over the last fiscal year through March 2016. (NHK)
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S.Korea: North missile launch from submarine fails

April 24, 2016 - 01:37
The South Korean military has suggested that North Korea's apparent launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine ended in failure. (NHK)
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Lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine

April 22, 2016 - 23:57
A non-partisan group of 92 Japanese lawmakers visited Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Friday morning for the spring festival. (NHK)
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Chinese man given 7 years over spying related to Senkakus

April 21, 2016 - 22:37
A Chinese court has sentenced a Chinese man to seven years in prison for spying related to the Senkaku Islands in the southern Japan prefecture of Okinawa, according to state-run China Central Television. (Jiji Press)
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Obama plans to visit Hiroshima on G-7 trip

April 21, 2016 - 22:25
The U.S. government is coordinating with the Japanese government on the final details for a planned visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park next month, according to sources. (
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Australia may not pick Japan to build its subs

April 21, 2016 - 22:19
Japan has likely been eliminated from the competition for an Australian government contract to jointly develop the nation's next-generation submarine, Australia's ABC News has reported. (
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Use of Ospreys for Japan disaster relief draws mixed reaction

April 19, 2016 - 22:09
The unprecedented use of U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft for disaster relief operations drew a mixed response from people in quake-hit Kyushu amid concern over the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft. (Japan Times)
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After quakes, Japan Diet seen delaying TPP approval

April 19, 2016 - 21:45
The Diet is expected to defer ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact until after its ongoing ordinary session, as the government is giving top priority to responding to a series of powerful earthquakes in the Kyushu southwestern region, mainly Kumamoto Prefecture, since last week, it was learned Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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