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Japan to put off foreign minister's visit to Russia

April 17, 2014 - 23:15
Japan's government on Thursday announced the postponement of Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida's visit to Russia, planned for later this month, amid mounting tensions in Ukraine. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, S. Korea remain apart over comfort woman issue

April 16, 2014 - 23:35
Senior Japanese and South Korean diplomats on Wednesday held discussions on so-called comfort women, a key thorny issue between the two Asian countries, but failed to narrow their differences. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's indigenous stealth jet prototype 'to fly this year'

April 16, 2014 - 00:45
Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has reaffirmed the nation's plan for a 2014 first flight of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X) fighter: a prototype for a future fighter to replace the Japan Air Self-Defence Force's Mitsubishi F-2. (
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Abe said to have met former Chinese leader's son

April 15, 2014 - 07:54
Government sources have revealed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met the eldest son of late Chinese president Hu Yaobang last week. (NHK)
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Japan, S. Korea to Discuss Comfort Women Wed.

April 13, 2014 - 19:05
Japan and South Korea will hold bureau chief-level talks in Seoul on Wednesday on the issue of so-called comfort women, the two governments said Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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Anti-whaling ruling saves face for Japan

April 13, 2014 - 00:07
The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out. (AP)
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Japan minister visits controversial war shrine

April 12, 2014 - 23:43
A Japanese cabinet minister visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo on Saturday, in a move that sparked rebukes from South Korea and China, both of whom view it as a symbol of Japan's past militarism. (The West)
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G20 eyeing fallout from Ukraine; pushes U.S. on IMF reforms

April 12, 2014 - 23:41
The world's top economies are monitoring the economic situation in Ukraine for any fallout that may pose risks to economic and financial stability, the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers said on Friday in a final communique. (
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G-20 warns Ukraine crisis will thwart economic growth goal

April 11, 2014 - 23:29
Group of 20 finance chiefs acknowledged Friday the tottering economic situation in Ukraine threatened by Russia's intervention and any fallout of it as a risk that could hamper their efforts to achieve the economic growth target they set just two months ago. (Kyodo)
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Japan decides new energy policy that supports use of nuclear power

April 11, 2014 - 05:53
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided on a national energy policy Friday that supports the use of nuclear power now and in the future, retracting a nuclear phase-out goal introduced by its predecessor after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster. (Kyodo)
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Asao to run in Your Party leader race, certain to win

April 10, 2014 - 22:46
Keiichiro Asao, secretary-general of Japanese opposition Your Party, is likely to win the party's leadership election as he announced his intention Wednesday to run in the race. (Jiji Press)
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Ex-Chinese leader's son urges better ties

April 8, 2014 - 22:15
The eldest son of the late Chinese leader Hu Yaobang has urged China and Japan to mend their strained ties. (NHK)
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Japan, US, S.Korea discuss N.Korea

April 8, 2014 - 09:16
Senior officials of Japan, the United States and South Korea have jointly warned North Korea to stop provocative acts. They also reaffirmed stepping up sanctions on the North if it conducts another nuclear test. (NHK)
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Japan reported to have asked Ukraine to return environment funds

April 8, 2014 - 02:04
Japan has requested that Ukraine reimburse funds for environmental projects linked to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change because they have not been used properly, a Ukrainian minister was quoted as saying by Russia's Interfax news agency, a claim refuted by Japanese diplomats. (Kyodo)
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Your Party leader quits over unreported loans for election

April 7, 2014 - 22:53
Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe said Monday he will quit as head of the small opposition party amid a scandal over unreported loans from a corporate executive, possibly dealing a blow to the party's survival. (Kyodo)
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U.S. to deploy 2 more Aegis ships in Japan

April 6, 2014 - 12:51
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled the country's plan on Sunday to deploy two more Aegis destroyers with ballistic missile defense capabilities in Japan by 2017, following North Korea's medium-range missile launches in late March. (Jiji Press)
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Japan ordered SDF to destroy any N. Korean missiles launched

April 5, 2014 - 23:31
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Thursday ordered the nation's Self-Defense Forces to destroy North Korean ballistic missiles if any are launched and threaten to fall within Japanese territory, a government source said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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Robust Japan-U.S. alliance remains unchanged: Abe tells Hagel

April 5, 2014 - 23:26
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at the start of talks Saturday with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that he will send a strong message that the robust Japan-U.S. alliance remains unchanged. (Kyodo)
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Japan's Your Party leader faces money scandal

April 4, 2014 - 23:14
The leader of a small opposition party in Japan is embroiled in a deepening loan scandal. (NHK)
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Lower House passes nuclear pacts with Turkey, UAE

April 4, 2014 - 23:12
Japan's Lower House approved bills on civilian nuclear cooperation agreements with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. (NHK)
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