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Setagaya to recognize same-sex couples

July 30, 2015 - 22:59
Authorities in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward will begin to issue official documents to same-sex couples in November, following a similar move in the Japanese capital's Shibuya Ward, it was learned Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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Hadid's office offers to support stadium review

July 28, 2015 - 23:18
The office of London-based architect Zaha Hadid says it has offered to help Japan review the new stadium project for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Japan parliament passes upper house electoral reform

July 28, 2015 - 07:08
Japan's parliament enacted Tuesday a bill aimed at merging some constituencies for the first time in a bid to reduce vote-value disparities in the electoral system for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber. (Jiji Press)
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Abe promises better working conditions for women

July 26, 2015 - 23:14
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to reform working conditions in Japan to make it easier for women to actively participate in a variety of areas. (NHK)
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Japan to allow people to visit polls with children

July 26, 2015 - 23:10
The Japanese government plans to allow children to accompany their parents into polling stations in an effort to boost voter turnouts at national and local elections, officials said. (Jiji Press)
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Japan upper house OKs eectoral reform

July 24, 2015 - 09:38
The House of Councillors on Friday passed a bill to reduce vote-value disparities among constituencies that features the first mergers of prefectural constituencies in the history of Japan's constitutional politics. (Jiji Press)
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Drone went missing during test flight at Japan Defense Ministry

July 22, 2015 - 23:00
A drone went missing during its experimental flight conducted at the Japanese Defense Ministry in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Govt reveals map, photographs of China's structures in E. China Sea

July 22, 2015 - 22:46
The government released a map on Wednesday showing the locations of offshore structures constructed by China in the East China Sea as well as 14 aerial photos. (The Japan News)
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Mori denies role in failed stadium bid

July 22, 2015 - 10:57
Facing reporters at the Japan National Press Club, Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, head of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games' organizing committee, had much to say during a Wednesday news conference. (Japan Times)
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Billions to be lost over botched Olympic stadium design

July 22, 2015 - 10:38
Most of the 5.9 billion yen ($47.7 million) paid for the now-scrapped design of the new National Stadium for the Tokyo Olympics apparently won't be returned. (Asahi)
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Japan to release proof of China's gas field work

July 21, 2015 - 23:07
Japan is to disclose evidence that China is developing a natural gas field in the East China Sea in breach of a bilateral agreement. (NHK)
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White paper expresses concern about China

July 21, 2015 - 22:47
Japan's defense white paper for 2015 signals strong concern over China's maritime advances in the East and South China Seas, criticizing them as "coercive." (The Japan News)
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Abe to refer to 'remorse' in his WWII statement

July 21, 2015 - 22:44
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will incorporate "remorse" over World War II in the statement which he will issue in August to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the war's end, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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Japan scraps $2bn Olympic stadium plan amid rising cost

July 18, 2015 - 01:32
Japan has scrapped the design of the Olympic stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Games due to soaring costs and said it will reopen bidding for a new plan, leaving the 2019 Rugby World Cup without a main venue. (
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Japan's Lower House to vote on security bills

July 15, 2015 - 23:15
A plenary session of Japan's Lower House is to vote on a set of security bills on Thursday. The legislation would expand the role of the Self-Defense Forces and allow the country to exercise its right to collective self-defense. (NHK)
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S. Korea to return one stolen buddhist statue

July 15, 2015 - 23:05
South Korean prosecutors decided Wednesday on the return of one of two stolen Buddhist statues to a shrine on the island of Tsushima in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Nagasaki. (Jiji Press)
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Ruling camp rams security bills through lower house panel

July 15, 2015 - 22:59
Japan's ruling coalition pushed controversial security bills through a House of Representatives panel Wednesday, paving the way for passage by the lower house Thursday amid strong objections by opposition parties and rising concerns among the public. (Kyodo)
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New stadium puts govt on defensive / Cost of Olympic venue questioned by LDP members

July 15, 2015 - 22:56
The government is making an all-out effort to calm the tense situation surrounding the construction plans for the new National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (The Japan News)
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Japan's mulls new summit with China

July 15, 2015 - 22:49
Japan said Wednesday its top security diplomat will tour China and Mongolia in a trip seen as a potential precursor to another summit between Tokyo and Beijing. (
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Security committee in final stage; Wed. vote sought

July 13, 2015 - 22:42
A special House of Representatives committee on security-related legislation heard testimony on the proposed laws Monday morning from five experts. (The Japan News)
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