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LDP to propose maximum presidential term of 9 years

October 25, 2016 - 21:45
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party plans to propose extending the maximum tenure of office for party president to three consecutive three-year terms for a total of nine years, officials said Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Kishida meets with Duterte over dinner

October 25, 2016 - 21:42
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has begun a 3-day visit to Japan. Duterte held talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for 2 hours over dinner on Tuesday evening. (NHK)
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US Osprey aircraft come to SDF base in Kisarazu

October 24, 2016 - 22:37
Japanese defense officials have measured noise levels from US Osprey aircraft at a Self-Defense Forces base in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo. This is the first time for the aircraft to fly over the Chiba base. (NHK)
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Media invited new SDF peacekeeping duties drill

October 24, 2016 - 22:34
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force has invited the media to a drill of new duties the government is considering for its peacekeeping unit in South Sudan. (NHK)
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LDP-aligned candidates win 2 by-elections

October 23, 2016 - 20:35
Candidates aligned with Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party have won 2 Lower House by-elections held on Sunday. (NHK)
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Abe instructs SDF to prepare for new tasks

October 23, 2016 - 20:34
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed the Self-Defense Forces to fully prepare for their expected new tasks under new national security laws that took effect earlier this year. (NHK)
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Abe to offer 5 bil. yen in loans in talks with Philippine president

October 22, 2016 - 21:45
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is looking to offer 5 billion yen ($48.2 million) in loans when he meets with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte next week, bilateral diplomatic sources said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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SDF to use helmet cams on missions

October 22, 2016 - 21:43
Following the enactment of the security-related laws that authorize Self-Defense Force members to carry out new duties such as rescue missions in South Sudan, the Defense Ministry plans to record images of the members' activities as they conduct the new missions, according to sources. (
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LDP may lose next election if nuclear exit becomes main issue: ex-PM

October 21, 2016 - 21:30
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said the pro-nuclear ruling party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could lose the next Lower House election if nuclear power becomes the main election issue. (Japan Times)
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85 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine

October 18, 2016 - 21:58
A group of 85 Japanese lawmakers visited Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday for its autumn festival. (NHK)
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Panel on Emperor's abdication convenes

October 17, 2016 - 11:31
The Japanese government opened its first session of a panel on Monday to discuss Emperor Akihito's apparent wish to abdicate. (NHK)
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Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead

October 17, 2016 - 03:16
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Monday to mark the annual autumn festival of the shrine, Kyodo News said. The shrine is seen in China and the two Koreas as a symbol of Japan's past militarism. (Japan Today)
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Renho admits she started process to get Japanese nationality only this month

October 16, 2016 - 18:11
Democratic Party President Renho revealed that she only made her official declaration to choose Japanese nationality over Taiwanese this month, an admission that she has still failed to take the legally obliged steps to end her dual citizenship status. (Japan Times)
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Inada: Failed launch no effect on security

October 16, 2016 - 17:59
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada says North Korea's attempt to launch a ballistic missile on Saturday will not immediately affect the security of her country. (NHK)
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Antinuclear candidate wins Niigata gubernatorial race

October 16, 2016 - 17:51
Opposition-backed rookie candidate Ryuichi Yoneyama, who opposes an early restart of a local nuclear power plant, won the gubernatorial election in Niigata Prefecture, central Japan, on Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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U.S. military detects failed North Korean missile launch

October 16, 2016 - 00:40
The U.S. military said Saturday it had detected an unsuccessful launch by North Korea of a powerful medium-range missile capable of hitting American bases as far away as Guam. (Japan Times)
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Koike to replace officials over Toyosu fish market scandal

October 15, 2016 - 08:12
Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike will replace several ranking officials involved in the relocation of the Tsukiji wholesale market to a site lacking a sufficient soil barrier underneath the main structures to protect them from toxic contaminants. (Japan Today)
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Japan withholding payments to UNESCO

October 14, 2016 - 23:29
Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says the country has not yet made its financial contribution for this year to the UN cultural agency UNESCO. (NHK)
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Diet begins deliberating whether to ratify TPP trade pact

October 14, 2016 - 23:20
Japan's Diet began Friday to deliberate whether to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, with the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe racing to get the deal approved before the current extraordinary session ends on Nov 30. (Japan Today)
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ASDF scrambled against Chinese aircraft over 400 times from April to September

October 14, 2016 - 23:18
The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets against Chinese aircraft approaching Japanese airspace a record 407 times in the first half of fiscal 2016. (Japan Times)
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