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2 Chinese captains arrested for coral poaching

November 17, 2014 - 22:00
Japan's Coast Guard officials have arrested the Chinese captains of 2 fishing ships on suspicion of illegally collecting coral in Japanese territorial waters. (NHK)
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Japanese politicians alarmed by weak data

November 17, 2014 - 09:41
Surprisingly weak economic data Monday sent an alarm bell to ruling and opposition lawmakers in Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Japan confirms $1.5 billion commitment for U.N. climate fund

November 16, 2014 - 22:38
Japan on Sunday confirmed plans to contribute up to $1.5 billion to the U.N.-backed Green Climate Fund, joining a U.S. pledge of $3 billion to mitigate the impact of global warming on developing nations. (Japan Times)
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Onaga wins Okinawa gubernatorial election

November 16, 2014 - 21:43
Voters in Okinawa have chosen a new governor who opposes the central government's plan to build a new US military facility in the prefecture. (NHK)
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Japan, Caribbean nations to cooperate in UN reform

November 15, 2014 - 21:36
Foreign ministers from Japan and 14 Caribbean nations have agreed to step up cooperation in efforts to reform the UN Security Council. (NHK)
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Abe highlights effects of 'three-arrow' policy at G-20

November 15, 2014 - 21:33
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at a two-day Group of 20 summit that began here Saturday, stressed that the nation's economy is restoring growth momentum as his "three-arrow" policy, dubbed Abenomics, is helping create a virtuous cycle. (Jiji Press)
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Abe likely to reveal plan Tues. to dissolve lower house for election

November 14, 2014 - 21:51
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to announce Tuesday his plan to dissolve the lower house soon and call a general election in December, senior ruling party lawmakers said Friday. (Kyodo)
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US, Australia and Japan to talk defence at G20

November 14, 2014 - 08:38
US President Barack Obama plans three-way talks with Japan and Australia on the sidelines of the G20 this weekend, looking to shore up defence ties with key Asia-Pacific allies in a move sure to rile Beijing. (AFP)
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East Asia Summit divided over South China Sea

November 13, 2014 - 21:39
Leaders participating in the East Asia Summit are divided over sovereignty issues in the South China Sea. (NHK)
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Abe wants trilateral summit with China, S. Korea

November 13, 2014 - 21:37
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed hopes Thursday that he will hold a trilateral summit meeting with Chinese and South Korean leaders. (Jiji Press)
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ASEAN vows to promote integration even beyond 2015

November 12, 2014 - 23:13
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed Wednesday to advance integration for further development even after establishing a more integrated ASEAN Community next year, with ASEAN chair Myanmar calling for a "rules-based and norm-based ASEAN." (Kyodo)
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Japanese parties preparing for possible snap poll

November 12, 2014 - 05:43
Japan's governing and opposition parties are rapidly preparing for a possible general election amid growing speculation that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will dissolve the Lower House soon. (NHK)
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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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