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Fukui man arrested for landing drone on roof of Abe's office

April 24, 2015 - 23:51
Police in Obama, Fukui Prefecture, have arrested a man who admitted to landing a drone with low-level radioactive sand on the roof of the prime minister's office to protest the government's nuclear energy policy, officials said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Lawmakers work to restrict where drones are allowed to be flown

April 24, 2015 - 23:48
The government and ruling parties on Friday began considering a plan to submit to the current Diet session a lawmaker-initiated bill for regulating drone flights, a move that comes in response to the discovery of a drone on the rooftop heliport of the Prime Minister's Office earlier this week. (The Japan News)
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Right-wing candidate’s nude campaign poster skirts election law

April 24, 2015 - 00:35
Campaigning for Sunday’s second wave of quadrennial unified local elections has highlighted a legal loophole that allows candidates to go to extremes - including nudity - to gain votes. (Japan Times)
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Japan to hurriedly regulate drones

April 22, 2015 - 22:54
After a drone was found on the roof of the prime minister's office in Tokyo Wednesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga underscored the importance of making regulations as soon as possible to prevent such unmanned aerial vehicles from being used for terror attacks. (Jiji Press)
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Rainwater in drone found at PM's office

April 22, 2015 - 22:51
Investigators say what appears to be rainwater was in the drone found on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office. (NHK)
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Abe, Xi agree to promote Japan-China strategic partnership

April 22, 2015 - 22:48
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Wednesday to strengthen their countries' mutually beneficial strategic partnership and help promote regional stability and prosperity. (Jiji Press)
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Abe assures Xi of upholding past gov't apologies over WWII

April 22, 2015 - 22:45
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday that he will uphold past government apologies over World War II including a 1995 statement that offers a "heartfelt apology" to the people of Asian nations affected by Japan's "colonial rule and aggression" during and before the war, a senior Japanese official said. (Kyodo)
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Abe pledges to contribute to peace and prosperity

April 22, 2015 - 07:34
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has delivered a speech at the Asian-African Summit in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. He pledged to contribute to peace and prosperity in Asia and Africa based on remorse for Japan's actions during World War Two. (NHK)
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Drone with 'minuscule' quantity of radiation lands on Japan PM's office

April 22, 2015 - 07:27
A drone marked with a radioactive sign landed on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office on Wednesday and tested positive for a "minuscule" amount of radiation, media reported. (Reuters)
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More than 100 lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine

April 22, 2015 - 02:47
More than 100 Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday paid homage at Yasukuni shrine, risking fresh anger from Asian neighbors that fell victim to Tokyo's aggression last century. (Japan Today)
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Abe visits Jakarta for Asian-African summit

April 21, 2015 - 23:01
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Indonesia. He'll attend the Asian-African Summit opening in the country's capital Jakarta on Wednesday. (NHK)
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Abe sends ritual offering to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine

April 21, 2015 - 05:34
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Tuesday to Tokyo's war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, which has been a source of diplomatic friction between Japan and several of its Asian neighbors. (Kyodo)
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Abe not concerned about whether key war anniv. phrases are repeated

April 20, 2015 - 22:22
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested Monday that as he plans to issue a statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, he is not concerned about whether key phrases from previous statements will be repeated in it. (Kyodo)
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Lower house speaker announces resignation for health reasons

April 20, 2015 - 11:25
House of Representatives Speaker Nobutaka Machimura announced Monday he will step down after recently suffering a light stroke and will be hospitalized for a complete checkup. (Kyodo)
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Haruki Murakami: Japan must apologize for WWII until it is forgiven

April 19, 2015 - 22:18
Japan must repeatedly say sorry to China, Korea and the other countries it invaded in the 20th century until its former victims have heard enough, says novelist Haruki Murakami. (shanghaiist.com)
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LDP panel questions TV Asahi, NHK execs over news shows

April 17, 2015 - 13:03
A Liberal Democratic Party panel on Friday questioned executives of TV Asahi Corp. and Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK, about popular news shows. (Jiji Press)
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Abe, Okinawa governor remain apart over Futenma relocation

April 17, 2015 - 08:06
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga on Friday remained apart over the planned relocation of a U.S. air base within the island prefecture. (Kyodo)
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Critic Koga assails 'lynching' LDP, urges media to stand up for truth

April 16, 2015 - 12:02
The former trade ministry bureaucrat who took on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration on one of the country's most popular TV news programs called out Japan's pliant media executives on Thursday for increasingly giving in to government pressure. (Japan Times)
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Japan scrambling military jets at Cold War-level

April 15, 2015 - 22:45
Japan's Defense Ministry says the Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets to meet foreign aircraft as often last fiscal year as at any time during the Cold War. (NHK)
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Abe mulls visiting Milan Expo in July

April 15, 2015 - 22:40
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Italy to attend Japan Day events on July 11 at Expo Milano 2015, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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