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N.Korea offers no detailed info on abductees

October 30, 2014 - 22:13
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says North Korea pledged to investigate the abduction of Japanese nationals without regard to the outcome of previous probes. But Pyongyang failed to provide detailed information on abductees. (NHK)
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Four launch campaigns to become Okinawa governor

October 30, 2014 - 07:45
Four candidates have launched their campaigns to become the next governor of Okinawa. They're expected to focus on the debate over a US base relocation plan in Japan's southernmost prefecture. (NHK)
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Prosecutors search home of ex-aide to Obuchi

October 30, 2014 - 05:04
Tokyo prosecutors are searching the house of a former aide to Lower House member Yuko Obuchi over the recent political funds scandal. The scandal drove Obuchi from her post as Economy, Trade and Industry Minister. (NHK)
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Japan's ex-PM Fukuda holds 'nice meeting' with Chinese Pres. Xi

October 29, 2014 - 21:30
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said Wednesday he had a "nice meeting" with Chinese President Xi Jinping, less than two weeks ahead of a gathering of Asia-Pacific leaders in Beijing where there is a window of opportunity for the two countries to thaw icy relations. (Kyodo)
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Obuchi's ex-aide questioned by prosecutors over scandal

October 29, 2014 - 21:27
Prosecutors have questioned a former secretary to House of Representatives lawmaker Yuko Obuchi over a political funds scandal involving Obuchi, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan to create cabinet post for Tokyo Olympics

October 28, 2014 - 23:47
Japan is planning to create a new cabinet post to oversee the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the education minister said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Japan, N. Korea end 1st-day abduction talks

October 28, 2014 - 23:11
The Japanese and North Korean governments ended the first-day session Tuesday of their two-day talks in Pyongyang on North Korea's investigation into Japanese nationals abducted by the reclusive communist state. (Jiji Press)
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Abe orders Cabinet to take Ebola steps

October 28, 2014 - 23:08
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed Cabinet ministers on Tuesday to take thorough measures against the Ebola virus. (The Japan News)
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Environment Minister Mochizuki unveils incorrect funding report entry

October 27, 2014 - 22:54
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki said Tuesday his support group incorrectly recorded expenditures totaling around 6.6 million yen in its funding report as spending for New Year's events in 2008 and 2009 that were not sponsored by the group. (Kyodo)
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Health minister apologizes to asbestos victims

October 27, 2014 - 15:07
Health Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki has apologized to plaintiffs in asbestos-related lawsuits for failing to take steps to prevent them from suffering health problems due to exposure to the carcinogen. (NHK)
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Uchibori wins Fukushima governor race

October 27, 2014 - 00:32
Former Deputy Gov. Masao Uchibori won the Fukushima gubernatorial election Sunday. It was the first governor election to be held since the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fuskushima No. 1 nuclear power plant following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. (The Japan News)
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Japan, S. Korea lawmakers vow efforts over comfort women issue

October 25, 2014 - 23:13
Japanese and South Korean lawmakers pledged their mutual efforts Saturday to resolve the issue of so-called "comfort women" at an early date. (Jiji Press)
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Japan could deploy minesweepers off S. Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says

October 25, 2014 - 09:07
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to let Japan's military fight overseas could open the way for the country to deploy minesweepers in South Korean waters in the event of a war with North Korea, a senior U.S. admiral said on Friday. (Reuters)
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Japan's Aso calls on China for bilateral summit

October 22, 2014 - 23:25
Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso told Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Wednesday of Japan's wish to have a bilateral summit on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit in November in Beijing. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, Chinese vice premiers make contact amid soured ties

October 22, 2014 - 07:26
Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Wednesday had a chat with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli as the two countries are trying to mend relations badly strained by territorial and wartime historical issues, sources familiar with the matter said. (Kyodo)
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Japan govt agrees to settlement of asbestos suit

October 21, 2014 - 22:56
The Japanese government said Tuesday it will settle a damages lawsuit with former workers at factories using asbestos in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, that was sent back by the Supreme Court after their defeat at a lower court. (Jiji Press)
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New ministers pledge no interruption to nuclear policy, female empowerment

October 21, 2014 - 09:33
On his first day in his new job, industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa said Tuesday he will soon be ready to visit communities near nuclear power plants, apparently pledging to maintain the momentum for reactor restarts. (Japan Times)
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Cabinet resignations cast dark cloud over Abe, Abenomics

October 20, 2014 - 23:56
The resignation of two scandal-scarred ministers could rapidly erode public support for a cabinet that faces a host of tough decisions, including a consumption tax hike, the restart of nuclear reactors and diplomatic bargaining with distrustful neighbors. (Nikkei)
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Japan, U.S. agree on base-related environment pact

October 20, 2014 - 23:41
The Japanese and U.S. governments said Monday that they have agreed to conclude a pact that allow environmental surveys in U.S. base sites in Japan before they are returned to Japan. (Jiji Press)
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LDP's Miyazawa, Kamikawa to succeed 2 departed ministers

October 20, 2014 - 23:32
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided Monday to name Yoichi Miyazawa and Yoko Kamikawa, both lawmakers of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, to replace two cabinet members who resigned the same day over scandals, aiming to quickly revive his government after the double setback. (Jiji Press)
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