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Japan adopts new defense guidelines

December 18, 2018 - 22:04
Japan has approved new defense guidelines, including a plan to upgrade an existing destroyer into a de-facto aircraft carrier. (NHK)
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Govt. starts landfill work in Okinawa

December 14, 2018 - 21:53
Japan's central government is pushing ahead with a controversial plan to relocate an American military base within the southern prefecture of Okinawa. They've started full-scale land reclamation work despite strong local opposition. (NHK)
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Japan seeks 1st aircraft carrier to deploy stealth fighters

December 11, 2018 - 22:30
Japan is seeking to possess its first aircraft carrier to allow for the deployment of U.S.-made stealth fighters as it seeks to bolster its arms capability under a new 10-year defense plan. (Japan Today)
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Beijing court sentences Japanese man to 12 years in prison over spying

December 11, 2018 - 22:27
A court in Beijing has sentenced a Japanese man in his 70s who was arrested in China in June 2015 to 12 years in prison for spying, sources well-informed about Sino-Japanese relations said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Abe vows to prepare for foreign workers

December 10, 2018 - 21:54
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to do all he can to ensure the smooth operation of a new program that will bring more foreign workers to the country. (NHK)
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Japan's Upper House approves free trade pact with EU by majority vote

December 8, 2018 - 23:08
The Diet on Saturday approved an economic partnership agreement with the European Union that’s set to create a free trade bloc accounting for 30 percent of world output. (Japan Times)
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Japanese woman gets 6-year jail term in China for espionage

December 8, 2018 - 23:03
A Chinese court has sentenced a Japanese woman to six years in prison for spying, a source privy to bilateral relations said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Govt. plans revising telecom equipment rules

December 7, 2018 - 21:44
The Japanese government plans to revise the rules for its procurement of telecommunications equipment to take into consideration the risks related to national security. (NHK)
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Japan's Diet enacts foreign workers bill

December 7, 2018 - 21:35
Japan's ruling coalition has pushed a controversial bill through the Diet with just a few days left before the current session ends. It will allow more foreign workers into the country. (NHK)
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Abe, Putin meet in Argentina

December 1, 2018 - 19:12
The leaders of Japan and Russia are holding talks in Argentina. They are expected to discuss a mechanism to speed up negotiations on a peace treaty. (NHK)
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Prince Akishino questions rite funding

November 30, 2018 - 19:52
Prince Akishino, the second son of Emperor Akihito, has raised the question about the use of public funds for a ritual following next year's Imperial succession. (NHK)
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Lower House passes foreign workers bill

November 27, 2018 - 23:20
The Lower House of the Diet has passed a bill to accept more foreign workers to help address Japan's serious labor shortages. ()
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Japan eyes change in defense spending calculation

November 26, 2018 - 23:43
Japan's government is considering tweaking its method for calculating defense spending, amid calls by the United States for allies to shoulder more of the burden. (NHK)
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Suga dismisses Putin's remarks on 2 islands

November 16, 2018 - 21:42
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin's remarks on the possible return of 2 of the 4 Russian-held islands at the center of a long-running territorial dispute. (NHK)
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Man in charge of cybersecurity for 2020 Olympics has never touched a computer

November 15, 2018 - 20:52
On 14 October, the Minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Yoshitaka Sakurada was questioned by opposition party members in the Japanese Diet. In one particular exchange with Constitutional Democratic Party member Masato Imai he made a surprising revelation. (
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Japan may accept 47,000 foreign workers next year

November 13, 2018 - 20:32
Japan's government has projected up to 47,000 foreign workers could come to the country in fiscal 2019 under proposed revisions to the immigration law. (NHK)
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Abe, Pence reaffirm cooperation on North Korea

November 13, 2018 - 20:31
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged greater cooperation with the United States on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. Abe met US Vice President Mike Pence in Tokyo on Tuesday. (NHK)
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Japan may not allow foreign delinquents to stay

November 9, 2018 - 20:13
Japan's justice minister says foreign workers who don't pay their social insurance premiums may be kicked out of the country. (NHK)
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In case you missed it: Trump's awkward response to a Japanese reporter

November 8, 2018 - 21:12
U.S. President Donald Trump’s combative relationship with the media was on full display Wednesday as he shouted and ranted at reporters in a news conference that led to the suspension of a CNN reporter. (Japan Times)
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US exempts Japan on Iranian oil import ban

November 3, 2018 - 23:50
Japanese government sources have told NHK the United States will allow Japan to temporarily continue importing crude oil from Iran, after the reinstatement of US sanctions. (NHK)
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