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Thousands rally in Nippon Budokan Hall for constitutional change

November 10, 2015 - 22:10
Thousands of people packed Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo on Tuesday in support of revising the pacifist Constitution while pledging to collect 10 million signatures favoring their cause. (Japan Times)
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Campaigning for Osaka mayoral election begins

November 8, 2015 - 21:26
Official campaigning for the Osaka mayoral election began Sunday with four candidates vying to succeed departing Mayor Toru Hashimoto who has set up a new political party. (Kyodo)
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Japan weighs course of action in disputed South China Sea

November 7, 2015 - 00:01
As tension mounts in the South China Sea over the U.S. military's recent patrol challenging China's territorial claims there, speculation has centered on what action Japan may take in the region. (Japan Times)
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UNESCO mulls memory register reform

November 6, 2015 - 23:20
UNESCO is considering reforming its Memory of the World Register program as requested by Japan, Irina Bokova, director-general of the U.N. body, said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, U.S. to boost gray zone security

November 3, 2015 - 21:46
Japan and the United States on Tuesday agreed to set up and immediately start the operation of permanent joint consultative panels to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation in order to effectively respond to so-called gray-zone contingencies amid China's accelerating maritime expansion. (The Japan News)
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Japan-led nuke abolition motion fails to attain backing of key powers

November 3, 2015 - 07:54
A Japanese draft resolution calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons that for the first time refers to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings received overwhelming approval Monday from a U.N. General Assembly committee but failed to secure endorsement from the United States and other key powers. (Japan Times)
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Japan, U.S. push for mention of South China Sea in defense forum statement

November 3, 2015 - 07:53
The United States and Japan are pushing to get concerns about the South China Sea included in a statement to be issued after regional defense talks this week in Malaysia, despite Chinese objections to any mention of the disputed waterway, officials said. (Japan Times)
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Abe, Park hold first summit talks

November 2, 2015 - 21:21
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye have held their first-ever summit in Seoul. (NHK)
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Japan, China and South Korea hold summit

November 1, 2015 - 22:16
The leaders of Japan, China and South Korea have taken a step toward mending their strained ties. They sat down together for the first time in 3-and-a-half years. And they agreed to resume holding such summits on a regular basis, with next year's in Japan. (NHK)
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South Korea to hold summits with Japan and China to calm troubled waters of South China Sea and avert all-out war

October 30, 2015 - 23:50
The leaders of the three major Northeast Asian countries, often at odds with each other, face what may be mission impossible this weekend - putting off conflict in the South China Sea between the US and China while reining in North Korea's nuclear ambitions. (
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Suga asks US to accelerate Marine transfer to Guam

October 30, 2015 - 07:10
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has asked for an early implementation of the planned partial transfer of US Marines from the southern prefecture of Okinawa to the Pacific island of Guam. (NHK)
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4 Japanese held on spy charges, China says

October 29, 2015 - 23:05
The press attache of the Chinese Embassy in Japan has revealed that Chinese authorities have detained four Japanese nationals on suspicion of spying. (The Japan News)
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Govt. restarts landfill work in Okinawa

October 29, 2015 - 22:40
The Okinawan bureau of Japan's Defense Ministry has restarted work to reclaim land for a new US military base in the prefecture, despite strong opposition from the governor and residents. (NHK)
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Suga asks for US help to reduce burden on Okinawa

October 29, 2015 - 22:38
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary has appealed for US help to reduce the burden on Okinawan communities hosting US military facilities. (NHK)
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Govt. moves ahead with base relocation work

October 28, 2015 - 22:00
Japan's government is moving ahead with plans to relocate the US Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture. (NHK)
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Statues honoring Korean, Chinese 'comfort women' erected in Seoul

October 28, 2015 - 21:52
Civic organizations from South Korea and China on Wednesday erected two statues in a park in northern Seoul to memorialize Korean and Chinese "comfort women" recruited to work in frontline brothels run by the Japanese military during wartime. (Kyodo)
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US destroyer sails near China built islands

October 27, 2015 - 08:16
The United States has sent a Navy vessel to within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea. (NHK)
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9 injured in clashes outside Turkish Embassy in Tokyo

October 25, 2015 - 22:06
Nine people were injured after clashes apparently between Turks and ethnic Kurds broke out outside the Turkish embassy in Tokyo Sunday morning, police said. (Jiji Press)
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Japan offers 12 bil. yen in development assistance to Uzbekistan

October 25, 2015 - 22:05
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday agreed with Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov to extend some 12.7 billion yen ($105 million) in financial assistance to the Central Asian country to build power facilities and enhance medical-related equipment. (Kyodo)
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Boeing tanker chosen as new SDF refueling plane

October 23, 2015 - 23:47
Japan's Defense Ministry has chosen US aircraft firm Boeing as the supplier of a new mid-air refueling plane for the Self-Defense Forces. (NHK)
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