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Japanese fighter jet catches fire before takeoff

October 19, 2017 - 00:05
A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-4 fighter jet caught fire as it approached a runway for takeoff for a training flight at an air base in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, on Wednesday, the ASDF said. (Jiji)
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Japan, US, S.Korea agree on 'maximum pressure'

October 18, 2017 - 23:58
Senior officials from Japan, the United States, and South Korea have agreed that the 3 countries will put maximum pressure on North Korea for its repeated ballistic missile and nuclear tests. (NHK)
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Aso, Pence conclude talks on trade, N.Korea

October 17, 2017 - 06:42
Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday confirmed that the 2 countries will coordinate to increase pressure on North Korea. (NHK)
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Trump to make first Japan visit from Nov. 5

October 17, 2017 - 00:52
U.S. President Donald Trump will make from Nov. 5 his first visit to Japan since taking office in January on the first leg of his five-nation Asian tour, the White House announced on Monday. (Jiji)
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'Flares' from fighter jets alarm residents

October 16, 2017 - 14:20
The prefectural government of Hiroshima is asking the US military to clarify if some of its fighter jets conducted aerial training maneuvers that released flares above part of the prefecture, alarming local residents. (NHK)
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Tokyo's famed Tsukiji fish market to be moved between next September and October

October 16, 2017 - 14:18
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has set the time for relocating the operations of the Tsukiji fish market to the nearby Toyosu waterfront area at September to October next year. (Japan Times)
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2 Japanese arrested in China on spying allegations

October 14, 2017 - 00:10
Japan's Foreign Ministry has revealed that 2 Japanese men being held in China were formally arrested last month. (NHK)
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Koike's party alarmed by initial election forecasts

October 12, 2017 - 23:16
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike's new political party, the Party of Hope, is alarmed by initial forecasts for the Oct. 22 general election published by major newspapers on Thursday, while the ruling coalition is eager to keep its guard up, despite its estimated lead. (Jiji)
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U.S. to suspend flights of CH-53 helicopters in Japan

October 12, 2017 - 13:25
The U.S. military will suspend flights of CH-53 large transport helicopters in Japan, following the previous day's crash of one such aircraft in the village of Higashi in Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday. (Jiji)
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US helicopter on fire in Okinawa

October 11, 2017 - 12:30
Japanese Defense Ministry officials say they've been notified by the US military that a CH-53 helicopter caught fire after it landed near the US military's Northern Training Area on Okinawa island late Wednesday afternoon. (NHK)
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B-1B bombers fly over Korean Peninsula alongside Japanese, South Korean fighters

October 11, 2017 - 07:53
Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show-of-force exercise as tensions with a nuclear-armed North Korea continue to escalate. (
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Campaigning for Lower House election begins

October 10, 2017 - 10:36
Political candidates and party officials across Japan are filing paperwork and launching their campaigns for the Lower House election scheduled for October 22nd. (NHK)
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Japan Foreign Ministry notes shared goal with ICAN

October 9, 2017 - 11:24
Japanese Foreign Ministry Press Secretary Norio Maruyama on Sunday issued a statement noting the country's shared objective with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize. (Jiji)
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Japanese parties flirt with risky economic populism

October 7, 2017 - 00:46
As Japan moves within striking distance of beating the deflation that has plagued the nation for so many years, the leading parties in the Oct. 22 general election have laid out platforms that lean worryingly close to populism rather than offer ways to parlay this progress into stable economic growth. (Nikkei)
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Koike unveils party platform, vowing to freeze sales tax hike, end nuclear power

October 6, 2017 - 04:54
A new party led by Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike has unveiled policies it dubs "Yurinomics" that aim to revitalise the economy and cut reliance on fiscal spending and monetary easing, seeking to distance itself from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's more aggressive stimulus measures. (Japan Today)
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Japan accepts 3 refugees in first half of 2017, despite record number of applications

October 4, 2017 - 10:25
Japan accepted just three refugees in the first half of 2017 despite receiving a record 8,561 fresh asylum applications, the government said on Tuesday, highlighting the nation's reluctance to accept foreigners. (Japan Today)
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Hope and Nippon Ishin to cooperate in election

September 30, 2017 - 23:25
The governors of Tokyo and Osaka have agreed to cooperate in the upcoming Lower House election. (NHK)
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Japan set for largest party realignment in 15 years

September 28, 2017 - 06:57
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's new party has issued a direct challenge to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, receiving a show of support from Japan's leading opposition Democratic Party, whose chief Seiji Maehara said that he will pursue a de facto merger with Koike in the upcoming snap election. (Nikkei)
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Husband of communications minister Seiko Noda is ex-yakuza: report

September 27, 2017 - 06:24
The husband of lawmaker Seiko Noda, the newly appointed Internal Affairs and Communications Minister, is a former member of a criminal syndicate based in Kyoto, claims a weekly magazine. (
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Tokyo governor comes out swinging as Abe caught flat-footed

September 25, 2017 - 23:35
Popular Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's decision to stake out ground opposite the ruling party ahead of next month's lower house election has come as an unpleasant surprise to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who hoped to find common ground with an ideological ally. (Nikkei)
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