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Female Japan politician resigns after attacking male aide

12 hours 17 min ago
A female Japanese politician has resigned after an audio tape emerged of her violently attacking a male secretary, and reportedly threatening to crush his head with a lead pipe. (AFP)
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Japan begins running public service announcements on missile attacks

June 23, 2017 - 23:23
The government began broadcasting a public service announcement Friday suggesting how civilians should protect themselves in the event of a missile attack. (Japan Times)
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Japan-US ballistic missile intercept test fails

June 23, 2017 - 05:54
The US Missile Defense Agency says its new interceptor missile failed to hit its target in its 2nd test, off the coast of Hawaii. The missile is being developed in cooperation with Japan's Defense Ministry. (NHK)
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Weekly: LDP lawmaker abused secretary

June 22, 2017 - 23:08
A weekly magazine says a lawmaker of Japan's main governing party repeatedly abused her secretary verbally and physically. (NHK)
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PAC3 drills opened to public

June 21, 2017 - 06:25
Japan's Air Self-Defense Force invited the public to view a drill for deploying ground-based PAC3 interceptor missiles. (NHK)
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Govt to limit maximum number of casino visits

June 21, 2017 - 00:35
The government plans to limit the number of times Japanese visitors and others can enter casinos by requiring them to show their My Number identification cards at entrances to the gambling halls, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (
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Koike announces Tsukiji fish market’s relocation, with possible return in five years

June 20, 2017 - 09:53
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Tuesday that the metropolitan government will relocate the famous Tsukiji fish market as planned but redevelop the original site in the future. (Japan Times)
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Prosecutors raid Moritomo over fraud

June 19, 2017 - 22:37
Prosecutors in western Japan have begun raiding the premises of school operator Moritomo Gakuen on suspicion it unlawfully claimed subsidies from the state and the Osaka prefectural government. (NHK)
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Abe's approval rating plunges amid lingering school scandal

June 18, 2017 - 22:03
Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has dropped below 50% for the first time in more than a year as respondents expressed dissatisfaction with his response to allegations of preferential treatment toward a conservative educator. (Nikkei)
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Japan prepares for arrival of 248th era

June 17, 2017 - 23:02
Now that Japan's parliament has cleared the way for Emperor Akihito to step down, the government is starting to dig into the details of the process. (Nikkei)
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Ex-Moritomo Gakuen boss to be investigated for alleged fraud

June 16, 2017 - 22:51
Prosecutors are set to search sites this weekend linked to the nationalist school operator at the center of a scandal tied to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, for evidence of fraud related to subsidies for its preschool, investigative sources said Friday. (Japan Times)
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U.S., Japan conclude joint drills in disputed South China Sea

June 16, 2017 - 22:45
The Defense Ministry announced Friday that the Maritime Self-Defense Force's largest warship, the Izumo helicopter carrier, wrapped up three days of joint drills with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the disputed South China Sea. (Japan Times)
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Japan Diet enacts bill to toughen penalties for sex crimes

June 16, 2017 - 22:26
The House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted on Friday a bill to revise the Penal Code to toughen penalties for sex crimes. (Jiji)
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Japan refuses to attend AIIB meeting

June 16, 2017 - 22:25
Japan has declined an invitation to attend the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank's annual meeting, informed sources said Friday. (Jiji)
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27 suspected illegal job-brokering cases found at Japan govt agencies

June 15, 2017 - 22:53
An investigation has found 27 cases in which high-ranking bureaucrats secured cushy jobs after retirement, apparently violating Japan's national public service law, Kozo Yamamoto, minister for civil service systems, said Thursday. (Jiji)
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Anti-terror bill enacted

June 14, 2017 - 23:39
Japan's Diet has enacted a bill criminalizing the act of plotting terror attacks and other organized crimes. (NHK)
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U.N. expert worried over govt pressure on media

June 13, 2017 - 21:55
A U.N. human rights expert on Monday expressed concern over the Japanese government's possible pressure on media organizations. (
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Japan govt aims to limit casino floor space

June 13, 2017 - 21:44
The Japanese government proposed Tuesday to limit floor space of casinos that would be created as part of so-called integrated resorts under a law that took effect late last year. (Jiji)
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Japan plans PAC3 drills in view of N.Korea threat

June 13, 2017 - 21:30
Japan's government will begin drills on Thursday for deploying ground-based PAC3 interceptors in view of North Korea's recent missile launches. (NHK)
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Indoor smoking ban shelved due to LDP opposition

June 11, 2017 - 23:32
A proposed ban on indoor smoking is likely to be postponed, as the health ministry and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party could not work out their differences in time to submit a bill in the current Diet session. (NHK)
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