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Panel to discuss stricter punishments for sex crimes

10 hours 7 min ago
The Justice Ministry will set up a panel to discuss measures to impose tougher penalties for sex crimes, including revisions of laws that make robbery a more heinous crime than rape. (Asahi)
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Lawyer wants Sankei reporter to be allowed to leave S. Korea

10 hours 16 min ago
The lawyer for Tatsuya Kato, a Sankei Shimbun reporter investigated by Seoul prosecutors for alleged defamation of South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, has submitted a written request for an immediate lifting of a ban on his departure from the country, the Japanese daily reported Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Sentence confirmed for Ozawa's ex-aide

10 hours 18 min ago
Japan's Supreme Court has confirmed the 2-year prison sentence of a former secretary of opposition leader Ichiro Ozawa in connection with a political funding scandal. (NHK)
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Japan plans to send officials to N. Korea for abduction details

September 30, 2014 - 22:21
Japan is planning to send government officials to North Korea to learn about details of its investigations into the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang, government sources said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Koizumi points to Mt. Ontakesan eruption as another reason to end nuclear dependence

September 30, 2014 - 08:04
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi used the deadly Sept. 27 eruption of Mount Ontakesan in central Japan to renew his call to move the nation away from its dependence on nuclear energy. (Asahi)
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Asahi corrects article on 'comfort women'

September 29, 2014 - 23:35
The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun has issued a correction for a recent feature that retracted past articles on the issue of so-called comfort women. (NHK)
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Japan gets no promise from N. Korea over abduction probe findings

September 29, 2014 - 23:28
Japan was unable to find out Monday when North Korea will report its initial findings of a special investigation committee into the fates of at least 12 Japanese nationals abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. (Kyodo)
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Japan's Diet convenes for new session

September 29, 2014 - 06:52
Japanese lawmakers convened for a new session of the Diet on Monday. (NHK)
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Former SDP chief Doi dies at 85

September 28, 2014 - 22:03
Takako Doi, a former House of Representatives speaker and former chief of the Social Democratic Party, died of pneumonia on Sept. 20, the SDP said Sunday. She was 85. (Kyodo)
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SDF to play more significant role in U.N. peacekeeping missions, says Abe

September 27, 2014 - 10:25
Japan intends to dispatch more Self-Defense Forces officers to important roles in U.N. peacekeeping activities, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said here Sept. 26. (Asahi)
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50-year-old New Komeito drops 'New' from its English name

September 27, 2014 - 00:19
Junior ruling coalition partner New Komeito changed its English name back to the original "Komeito" to mark the 50th anniversary of the party's formation in 1964. (Asahi)
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Japans SDF holds joint drill with NATO forces

September 26, 2014 - 23:51
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has joined NATO units for their first joint exercise in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia. (NHK)
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China positive about lawmaker exchanges with Japan

September 26, 2014 - 23:43
China is positive about a resumption of exchanges between ruling-party lawmakers with Japan, Liberal Democratic Party sources said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan pledges nearly 10-fold boost in aid for Ebola fight to $45 mil.

September 25, 2014 - 22:36
Japan will increase its aid to help West African countries fight the Ebola outbreak nearly tenfold to $45 million while also providing more protective equipment, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Abe pledges $50 mil. in humanitarian aid to stem Islamic State crisis

September 25, 2014 - 22:34
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $50 million in emergency aid for the Islamic State-induced humanitarian crisis in the Middle East in his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Japan announces extra sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

September 24, 2014 - 14:19
Japan announced additional sanctions against Russia on Wednesday over the crisis in Ukraine, urging Moscow to take concrete steps to resolve the issue peacefully. (Kyodo)
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U.S. airstrikes in Syria understandable: Kishida

September 24, 2014 - 05:46
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed the view Tuesday that the U.S. forces' launch of an air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria is an understandable move. (Jiji Press)
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Crying Hyogo Assembly member sparks allowance cuts

September 24, 2014 - 02:00
The Hyogo Prefectural Assembly, which briefly became famous worldwide when a lawmaker was filmed sobbing over his alleged misuse of public funds, cut politicians' allowances Monday by 10 percent. (Japan Times)
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Demonstrators rally against Sendai plant restart

September 23, 2014 - 23:19
People rallied in Tokyo on Tuesday, a national holiday, against government moves to restart a nuclear plant in southwestern Japan. (NHK)
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Abe to vow at U.N. Japan's more active role in Africa peacekeeping

September 23, 2014 - 23:02
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to vow in a speech at the United Nations on Friday that Japan will take a more active role in U.N.-led peacekeeping operations in Africa and support U.S. President Barack Obama's initiative to quickly deploy peacekeepers in the region, a draft of the speech showed Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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