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Japan to register uninhabited islands as national properties

19 hours 50 min ago
The Japanese government is strengthening management of remote islands within national boundaries as part of an effort to protect territorial waters and impose a check on repeated Chinese provocations near them. (Nikkei)
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Lower House committee approves casino bill

December 2, 2016 - 09:15
A Lower House committee has approved a bill to legalize casino gambling in Japan. Proponents tout the economic benefits of casinos, while opponents say they may fuel gambling addiction. (NHK)
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Japan to toughen sanctions against N.Korea

December 2, 2016 - 04:32
The Japanese government has decided to toughen its unilateral sanctions against North Korea, following the adoption of a new resolution by the UN Security Council on the North's nuclear and missile development. (NHK)
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Kishida to meet Putin on Friday

December 1, 2016 - 22:24
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on Friday ahead of a summit between the 2 countries' leaders. (NHK)
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X-Japan singer Yoshiki promises his support for Cool Japan

December 1, 2016 - 22:17
X Japan musician Yoshiki has promised his support for Cool Japan campaigns by the government. (Japan Today)
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Japan receives first F-35

December 1, 2016 - 08:41
Japan has received its first Lockheed Martin F-35A, marking the first delivery of a Joint Strike Fighter acquired via the foreign military sale (FMS) route. (
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Lawmakers aim to enact bill to legalize casinos by Dec. 14

November 30, 2016 - 10:49
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party resumed on Wednesday Lower House committee deliberations on a long-stalled bill to legalize casinos, with key LDP executives saying the party will try to enact the controversial legislation by Dec. 14. (Japan Times)
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Japan lower house approves pension system reform

November 29, 2016 - 22:41
The House of Representatives, the powerful lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, passed a controversial pension system reform bill on Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Kishida urges S.Korea to act on bilateral accord

November 29, 2016 - 22:38
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says he will continue to work toward Japan's hosting of 3-way meeting of the leaders of Japan, China and South Korea by the end of this year. (NHK)
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Not-guilty verdict overturned for central Japan city mayor

November 28, 2016 - 22:24
Overturning a lower court decision, Nagoya High Court ruled on Monday the mayor of Minokamo in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan, guilty of receiving a total of 300,000 yen in bribes linked to the city's project to introduce a rainwater cleanup system. (Jiji)
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Abe expresses condolences on Castro's death

November 26, 2016 - 23:26
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a message of condolence to Cuban leader Raul Castro on the death of Fidel Castro. (NHK)
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Panel approves pension reform bill

November 25, 2016 - 22:59
A Lower House committee has approved, by a majority vote, a bill to reform Japan's public pension system. (NHK)
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Moscow says missile deployment on disputed isles should not hurt Russia-Japan peace talks

November 23, 2016 - 22:26
The deployment of Russian missile systems on the Kuril Islands should not influence efforts to settle the long-running territorial dispute between Moscow and Tokyo over the islands, the Kremlin said on Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Russia reportedly deploys missiles on Japan-claimed isles

November 22, 2016 - 22:53
Russia has deployed cutting-edge ground-to-ship missiles on northwestern Pacific islands at the center of the longstanding territorial row with Japan, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. (Jiji)
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SDF advance party arrives in South Sudan

November 21, 2016 - 21:05
An advance party of a Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force unit has arrived in South Sudan for a peacekeeping mission after being given expanded duties. (NHK)
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Abe, Xi to keep working on bilateral ties

November 21, 2016 - 20:54
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the two countries should make continued efforts to improve bilateral relations, bearing in mind that next year marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China and other events. (
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Putin maintains staunch stance on Japan-Russia island row

November 21, 2016 - 20:51
Russian President Vladimir Putin showed no sign Sunday of softening his position on bilateral negotiations over concluding a peace treaty with Japan, while also broaching a proposed joint economic project on disputed islands already rejected by Tokyo. (Kyodo)
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Japan, Russia leaders talk ahead of Dec. summit

November 20, 2016 - 21:20
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin have held talks ahead of their summit in December. Abe later told reporters he wants to make steady progress in peace treaty negotiations with Russia. (NHK)
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Inada sends off SDF unit bound for South Sudan

November 19, 2016 - 22:57
Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada has given a farewell address to a Self-Defense Force unit that will leave on Sunday for South Sudan for a UN peacekeeping mission. (NHK)
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Govt to purchase Mageshima island for U.S. military aircraft practice facility

November 19, 2016 - 00:22
The government has decided to purchase Mageshima island in Nishinoomote, Kagoshima Prefecture, one of the sites being considered for the relocation of a U.S. field carrier landing practice (FCLP) facility, according to several government sources. (
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