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Journalists protest anti-terror bill

April 28, 2017 - 00:03
More than a dozen journalists in Japan have protested a government-sponsored anti-terrorism bill. They say the law could suppress freedom of thought. (NHK)
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Japan, Russia to sign 29 economic deals

April 27, 2017 - 23:45
Japan and Russia have agreed to sign 29 deals to move forward on an economic cooperation plan proposed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last year. (NHK)
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Special abdication bill to mention emperor's 'thoughts'

April 27, 2017 - 01:14
A special Imperial abdication bill planned by the Japanese government will mention Emperor Akihito's "thoughts" on stepping down from the throne, as a product of compromise with opposition parties, a draft outline of the bill showed on Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Abe mentions 'looseness' in his cabinet after gaffe by Imamura

April 27, 2017 - 01:12
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mentioned the "looseness" of his cabinet on Wednesday as he effectively sacked Masahiro Imamura from the post of postdisaster reconstruction minister the same day over his latest gaffe. (Jiji)
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Japan-US jet fighter drill cancelled

April 27, 2017 - 01:10
A joint drill of Japanese and US fighter jets scheduled for Wednesday over the Pacific has been cancelled due to bad weather. (NHK)
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Japan, U.S. on high alert over N. Korea

April 25, 2017 - 22:36
The United States, Japan and other countries surrounding North Korea are on high alert over the nation's provocative actions, including the possibility it would conduct its sixth nuclear test, as Tuesday marked the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People's Army. (
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Abe appoints new reconstruction minister

April 25, 2017 - 22:31
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to appoint Masayoshi Yoshino, a former State Minister of the Environment, as the new minister in charge of rebuilding areas hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (NHK)
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Japan to start Henoko landfill work for U.S. base Tues.

April 24, 2017 - 22:27
The Japanese government has decided to start landfill work at the Henoko coastal area in the city of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Tuesday for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air base, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji)
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Snowden leaks include Japan's security information

April 24, 2017 - 22:21
It has been revealed that information related to Japan's national security was included in the confidential documents disclosed by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. (NHK)
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Osaka cops: City councillor brought knife to broadcaster in suicide bid

April 24, 2017 - 09:42
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a city councillor for allegedly bringing a knife to the office of Asahi Broadcasting to take his life in lodging a protest, reports the NHK (
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GSDF brigade shows off armor in rare parade in Shikoku

April 24, 2017 - 09:23
The Ground Self-Defense Force's 14th Brigade rumbled through the city of Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture, on Sunday during a rare parade replete with combat vehicles. (Japan Times)
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Abe, Trump hold telephone talks on N.Korea

April 24, 2017 - 09:17
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump have discussed the North Korean situation over the telephone amid heightened tensions surrounding the country. (NHK)
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Abe vows to resolve N Korea abduction issue

April 23, 2017 - 22:38
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday reiterated his determination to resolve the issue of North Korea's past abductions of Japanese nationals, with concerns lingering over the safety of the abductees amid tension on the Korean Peninsula. (Japan Today)
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2 MSDF destroyers depart for possible exercise with USS Carl Vinson

April 22, 2017 - 01:31
Two Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers on Friday left the Sasebo base in Nagasaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, for a possible joint exercise with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, government sources said. (Jiji)
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China, S.Korea hit Japan over Yasukuni

April 22, 2017 - 01:28
China and South Korea have criticized Japanese government leaders and parliament members for their actions relating to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine. (NHK)
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Koike one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People, along with Trump, Kim

April 21, 2017 - 00:16
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike was named one of the world's 100 Most Influential People of 2017 by Time Magazine on Thursday along with U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Japan Times)
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Japan, Australia '2+2' discuss N.Korea threat

April 21, 2017 - 00:01
The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Australia have agreed to boost their cooperation with the United States due to their region's worsening security environment. (NHK)
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Japanese peacekeepers to S.Sudan return to Japan

April 19, 2017 - 23:11
The first batch of Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel withdrawing from a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan have returned to Japan. (NHK)
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Japan SDF to open almost all positions to women

April 19, 2017 - 00:23
Japan's Defense Ministry said Tuesday it will open almost all Self-Defense Forces positions to women, aiming to double the proportion of female members in the SDF. (Jiji)
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Japanese media shown burial site in N.Korea

April 19, 2017 - 00:18
Japanese reporters have visited a site in North Korea where the remains of Japanese who died around the end of World War Two are said to have been buried. (NHK)
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