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Polish president's shogun joke shock in Japan

March 2, 2015 - 22:54
Polish president, Bronisław Komorowski caused consternation of his Japanese hosts and domestic observers with some off-colour jokes during an official visit. (
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Japan's youth stand to gain stronger voice

March 2, 2015 - 22:51
Ryoma Matsubayashi says he is still stung by a memory of a politician handing out campaign fliers who declined to give him one. (Wall Street journal)
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Japan protests N. Korea's missile launch

March 2, 2015 - 07:02
Japan lodged a strong protest on Monday against North Korea's launch of short-range missiles through a diplomatic channel in Beijing, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. (Jiji Press)
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N. Korea fires 2 missiles toward Sea of Japan: S. Korea

March 2, 2015 - 02:26
North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles toward the Sea of Japan on Monday morning, the South Korean Defense Ministry said. (Kyodo)
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Nakatani wants law on rescuing citizens overseas

March 1, 2015 - 21:54
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani has called for legislation that would enable Japan's Self-Defense Forces to go to the rescue of Japanese nationals outside the country. (NHK)
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Park wants Japan, S. Korea to be future-oriented partners

March 1, 2015 - 21:52
Japan and South Korea need to become more mature partners over the next 50 years and work together to write a new history, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said in a speech on Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's GSDF, US Marines conduct landing drill

February 26, 2015 - 23:04
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force and the US Marine Corps have carried out a large-scale landing drill that included a rescue operation using an Osprey aircraft. (NHK)
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Okinawa checks reefs for damage from US base work

February 26, 2015 - 22:57
Local government officials in Okinawa Prefecture, southwestern Japan, are surveying coral reefs to assess the impact of preparations to build an air base for the US Marines. Prefectural government officials say giant concrete weights set on the seabed may have damaged the reefs. (NHK)
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Embattled Nishikawa received 10 milliony en from 2 firms

February 26, 2015 - 22:52
Japan's House of Representatives Budget Committee on Thursday found that embattled former Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Koya Nishikawa has received a total of 10 million yen from two companies. (Jiji Press)
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NRA chief slams TEPCO for data reporting delay

February 26, 2015 - 22:42
Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka criticized Tokyo Electric Power Co. for not disclosing information immediately after rainwater contaminated with high-level radioactive materials leaked from its ruined Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant through a trench into the sea. (The Japan News)
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Communist Party paper criticises Japanese's warm toilet seats

February 26, 2015 - 07:53
A Communist Party tabloid has slammed Chinese shoppers for splashing out millions of pounds for the privilege of warming their buttocks on Japanese toilet seats, in an unusual sign of worsening ties between the two countries. (
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Japan education minister denies illegal funds report

February 26, 2015 - 04:39
Japan's education minister denied on Thursday a report by a weekly magazine that he illegally received political funds, just days after the farm minister resigned over similar allegations. (Reuters)
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Japan troop deployment near Taiwan clears major hurdle

February 25, 2015 - 23:42
Yonaguni, the only town on Yonagunijima - an island under the jurisdiction of Okinawa Prefecture - held a referendum on February 22 regarding the central government's plan to deploy a Self-Defense Forces unit to the island. (The Diplomat)
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Japan veering away from global human rights standards, says Amnesty International

February 25, 2015 - 23:06
Amnesty International has slammed Japan for its handling of ethnic minorities, for levels of violence against women, and for curbing transparency through a recently imposed secrecy law. (Japan Times)
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Japanese media self-censorship grows in PM Abe's reign

February 25, 2015 - 08:58
Worries are growing in Japan about a trend of media self-censorship as journalists and experts say news organizations are toning down criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government for fear of sparking ire and losing access to sources. (Reuters)
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Former Ginza 'Hitsudan Hostess' to enter politics

February 25, 2015 - 08:48
A former bar hostess who had once gained fame in Tokyo's Ginza entertainment district for overcoming a hearing impairment will enter the world of politics, reports Nikkan Sports. (Tokyo Reporter)
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N. Korea's 4th nuclear test forecast to be more powerful: Yonhap

February 25, 2015 - 08:46
North Korea's fourth nuclear test, if carried out, is forecast to be much more powerful both in scale and yield than previous ones, Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday, citing a South Korean intelligence official. (Kyodo)
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Senior LDP lawmaker urges Abe to stick to past war statements

February 25, 2015 - 08:27
A senior lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday to adhere to previous statements by Japanese leaders, as the premier prepares to issue his own for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. (Kyodo)
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Japan FY 2015 budget enactment unlikely before the year starts

February 24, 2015 - 11:58
The Japanese government is now unlikely to have its fiscal 2015 budget enacted before the year starts in April as political wrangling over the agricultural minister, who resigned Monday, has delayed parliamentary deliberations on the budget. (Jiji Press)
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Shinzo Abe's vision for a more proactive Japan

February 24, 2015 - 08:39
Far from tarnishing his image of tough leadership, ISIL's brutal murder of two Japanese hostages (Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa) has reinforced the popularity and resolve of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has vowed to increase Japan's contribution to battling extremism in the Middle East. (
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