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Abe may dissolve lower house for Dec. election: sources

November 11, 2014 - 13:15
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering dissolving the lower house and calling a snap election by the end of this year as he faces a tough decision on a planned consumption tax hike, government and ruling party sources said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan to raise fines for foreign poaching to 30 mil. yen

November 11, 2014 - 06:55
The Japanese government and ruling parties are arranging to raise fines for poaching by foreigners in Japanese territorial waters and exclusive economic zones to up to 30 million yen, government and party sources said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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For China and Japan, a new effort to improve relations produces a chilly scene

November 11, 2014 - 06:41
The meeting lasted just 25 minutes, less than half the time usually given to formal encounters between heads of government. Their national flags, often the backdrop for such meetings, were conspicuously absent. Neither man so much as mentioned the tiny islands in the East China Sea that are a major point of friction between their countries. (
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Abe in Beijing for APEC with eye on Japan-China summit

November 9, 2014 - 22:33
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday arrived in Beijing, the first leg of his three-nation tour, to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit from Monday. (Kyodo)
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Abe denies plan to delay tax hike, dissolve Diet

November 9, 2014 - 22:27
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that he has no plans to dissolve the Lower House, brushing aside speculation that he may gamble on a snap election soon if he decides against a consumption tax hike next year. (Japan Times)
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Japan, Russia agree to prepare for Putin visit next year

November 9, 2014 - 21:58
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Sunday night to make preparations for a visit to Japan by Putin at an appropriate time next year. (Jiji Press)
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Coral poachers' numbers challenge JCG

November 8, 2014 - 22:13
The Japan Coast Guard is grappling with the challenge of how to respond to more than 200 fishing boats, thought to be Chinese, that have been poaching ornamental corals in wide ocean areas stretching from the Ogasawara Islands to the southern Izu Islands. (The Japan News)
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In a rare move, agreement precedes Japan-China summit

November 8, 2014 - 22:09
In an extremely rare diplomatic move, the Japanese and Chinese governments released a statement of agreement Friday, prior to a summit meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping that will be held on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit opening here on Monday. (The Japan News)
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Report: Japanese abductee Megumi Yokota died of drug overdose

November 7, 2014 - 21:41
Megumi Yokota, a Japanese national abducted by North Korean agents decades ago as a schoolgirl, died from an overdose of medication in 1994 and was buried in a pit with other corpses, a South Korean newspaper said on Nov. 7. (Asahi)
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Abe to meet with Xi on fringe of APEC in Beijing

November 7, 2014 - 21:24
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that he expects to be able to hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the fringe of a two-day summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing from Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan to provide new aid of up to $100 mil. to Ebola-hit W. Africa

November 7, 2014 - 08:54
Japan will provide up to $100 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Ebola-hit West Africa, the government said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Government presents drafts on regional revival

November 6, 2014 - 22:17
The Japanese government has come up with draft measures to revive the nation's regional communities with a focus on putting a stop to their declining populations. (NHK)
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Japan to set birthrate target at 1.8 per woman to curb population fall

November 6, 2014 - 22:12
The government specified its goal of raising Japan's total fertility rate to about 1.8 in an outline compiled Thursday of its long-term vision for curbing a decline in the nation's population. (Jiji Press)
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Coast Guard on alert over Chinese boats

November 5, 2014 - 22:28
Japan's Coast Guard is urging Chinese fishing boats near the Ogasawara Islands to stay away from the islands' ports. Chinese vessels have been suspected of poaching coral in Japanese waters. (NHK)
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SDF won't be mobilized for Chinese boats

November 4, 2014 - 22:02
Japan's Defense Minister Akinori Eto says he will not mobilize the Self-Defense Forces to deal with suspected Chinese poachers in the Pacific Ocean. (NHK)
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Coast Guard warns Chinese boats of typhoon

November 4, 2014 - 12:01
Japan's Coast Guard is urging Chinese fishing boats operating near Japanese islands in the Pacific to leave the area before a typhoon hits. (NHK)
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Wounded Abe grapples with tax jinx after BOJ easing move

November 3, 2014 - 22:38
Back in April when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raised the consumption tax, he was betting he could break a jinx that has doomed leaders who took similar action to losing their jobs. (Japan Times)
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Time may be running out on Japan's casino dream

November 3, 2014 - 22:26
With less than a month until the end of the current Diet session, the government may be forced to give up on passing legislation promoting casino resorts in light of other legislative priorities. (Nikkei)
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New industry minister Miyazawa visits Fukushima plant for 1st time

November 2, 2014 - 00:27
New industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa on Saturday visited the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for the first time since replacing Yuko Obuchi, who resigned in late October over a funding scandal. (Kyodo)
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Fujian poachers ravaging Japan's coral

October 31, 2014 - 22:08
Many of the Chinese fishing boats that poach scarce coral, dubbed "jewelry coral," in waters around the Ogasawara Islands in Tokyo cast off from Xiapu County in Fujian Province, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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