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North Korea accuses Japan of espionage

March 23, 2017 - 21:32
North Korea accused Japan of espionage on Thursday, nearly a week after Tokyo placed a reconnaissance satellite into orbit. (UPI)
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Japan PM Shinzo Abe embroiled in land-sale scandal

March 23, 2017 - 21:23
An educator accused of using his clout to curry favor with Japanese politicians, including the first family, told lawmakers under oath Thursday that he believes political intervention helped him secure a deal to purchase land from the government. (CNN)
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Kagoike: Abe wife donated 1-million yen

March 23, 2017 - 11:27
The head of a scandal-hit school operator has told the Diet that he received a donation of one million yen, or about 9,000 dollars, from the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (NHK)
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Japan's 2nd big helicopter carrier enters service

March 22, 2017 - 22:12
Japan's second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, entered service on Wednesday, giving the nation's military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores as it pushes back against China's growing influence in Asia. (Japan Today)
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Court approves seizure of Moritomo kindergarten

March 22, 2017 - 10:41
An Osaka court has approved the temporary seizure of real estate owned by Moritomo Gakuen, at the request of a contractor the private school operator had hired to build an elementary school. (NHK)
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Sapporo to become 1st major city to recognize LGBT couples in June

March 21, 2017 - 22:33
The municipal government of Sapporo in Hokkaido said Tuesday it plans to officially recognize same-sex partnerships between gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples from June, becoming the first major city in Japan to do so. (Kyodo)
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Japan protests Russia's missile deployment to Northern Territories

March 20, 2017 - 21:41
Japan lodged on Monday a protest against Russia's deployment of land-to-ship missiles and troops on the Russian-occupied four northwestern Pacific islands, called Northern Territories in Japan. (Jiji)
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Japan, Russia's 2 plus 2 meetings held in Tokyo

March 20, 2017 - 21:35
The foreign ministers of Japan and Russia have confirmed plans for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit Russia in late April for talks with President Vladimir Putin. (NHK)
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Japan becomes the first country in the world to appoint a transgender to public office

March 19, 2017 - 22:20
Japan has become the first nation in the world to appoint a transgender politician. 25-year-old Tomoya Hosoda was elected Councillor to the city of Iruma, Kanto after winning 21 out of 22 seats in the elections. (
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Governor briefed on Tokyo Gas deal: ex-official

March 19, 2017 - 21:48
Then Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara received a briefing on a 2011 agreement not to seek additional payments from Tokyo Gas Co. for dealing with soil contamination at a site to host a new wholesale food market, a former metropolitan government official said Saturday. (Jiji)
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N.Korea declares success of engine combustion test

March 19, 2017 - 21:45
North Korea says it has successfully tested a powerful new engine developed for ballistic missiles. (NHK)
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Toxic chemicals found again in Toyosu groundwater

March 19, 2017 - 21:37
An additional survey at the proposed site of Tokyo's new wholesale market has once again found higher-than-permitted amounts of toxic chemicals in groundwater. (NHK)
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Abe, Tillerson agree to share strategic goals on N. Korea

March 16, 2017 - 22:14
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson agreed Thursday that their countries will closely coordinate strategic goals as the U.S. side is reviewing its policy on North Korea. (Jiji)
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GSDF head informed of existence of records

March 16, 2017 - 21:47
Senior officials of the Defense Ministry have exclusively told NHK that the head of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force had been informed that the GSDF possesses daily reports from peace-keepers stationed in South Sudan. The ministry earlier said the reports had been discarded. (NHK)
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Moritomo Gakuen chairman says he received donation from PM Abe

March 16, 2017 - 11:24
The chairman of an educational body embroiled in a scandal involving a land deal for a private elementary school told the Diet on Thursday that he received a donation from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, reports Sankei Sports. (
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Japan, Mozambique agree on maritime security cooperation

March 15, 2017 - 21:47
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi agreed Wednesday cooperation between their countries on maritime security and other fields. (Jiji)
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Inada admits backing Moritomo Gakuen in court

March 14, 2017 - 22:18
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada admitted Tuesday that, as a lawyer, she had represented Moritomo Gakuen, a nationalist school operator under fire over a shady state land deal, in court in 2004. (Jiji)
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Inada may have represented scandal-hit Moritomo

March 14, 2017 - 05:17
Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada says she may have served as legal counsel for scandal-hit school operator Moritomo Gakuen in a civil lawsuit 13 years ago. (NHK)
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Japan sending largest warship for biggest show of force since WWII in S. China Sea

March 13, 2017 - 22:33
Japan is planning to dispatch its largest warship to the disputed South China Sea for a three-month tour, multiple sources told Reuters. The move would be Tokyo's biggest show of naval force since World War II. (
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Renho gets chilly reception from DP / Election key to remaining party leader

March 13, 2017 - 22:13
Democratic Party President Renho expressed her intention to draw up new draft legislation to review the nation's nuclear energy policy at a party convention Sunday, but she did not elaborate on the details. (
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