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Ex-DPJ lawmaker elected Shiga governor

July 13, 2014 - 20:25
An independent and former lawmaker of the major opposition Democratic Party of Japan won the Shiga gubernatorial election Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan says Pacific trade talks agree broadly on labor, health issues

July 13, 2014 - 09:11
Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labor issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan's chief negotiator said on Saturday. (Reuters)
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North Korea appears to have fired more missiles

July 13, 2014 - 01:49
The Japanese government says North Korea apparently fired 2 ballistic missiles from the southwest of the country toward the Sea of Japan early Sunday morning. (NHK)
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Japan, US agree on changes to defense guidelines

July 12, 2014 - 07:29
The defense chiefs of Japan and the United States have agreed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reinterpretation of Japan's Constitution regarding the right to collective self-defense should be reflected in a review of the bilateral defense cooperation guidelines. (NHK)
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NHK apologizes for asking tough questions

July 11, 2014 - 23:44
The cabinet office lodged a complaint with NHK over tough questions asked during a television interview with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, according to weekly magazine Friday. (
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Defense Ministry seeks funds to buy GSDF's 1st Ospreys

July 11, 2014 - 23:01
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, visiting the United States, said Thursday that his ministry plans to request for the first time funds to buy the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft under the fiscal 2015 state budget. (The Japan News)
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Crying assemblyman resigns over shady use of taxpayer money

July 11, 2014 - 06:53
A Hyogo prefectural assemblyman resigned July 11 after capturing global attention for screaming and wailing at a news conference that was held to explain his dubious expenditures. (Asahi)
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Hotel in Seoul refuses to hold party by Japanese embassy for SDF

July 11, 2014 - 06:50
In the latest sign of tension between South Korea and Japan, the luxury Lotte Hotel in Seoul has refused to hold a reception by the Japanese embassy to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Japan Self-Defense Forces. (Japan Today)
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Australian PM ribbed over 'cringe-worthy' photo with Abe

July 10, 2014 - 23:48
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was taken to task on social media Thursday for tweeting a "cringe-worthy" photo of himself with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe posing by a giant tire. (Japan Today)
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Abe pledges 20 billion yen ODA for Papua New Guinea

July 10, 2014 - 23:04
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday Japan will provide 20 billion yen in official development assistance to Papua New Guinea over the next three years. (Jiji Press)
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Japan fighters scramble record number of times

July 9, 2014 - 11:44
Japan scrambled fighter jets a record number of times between April and June amid increased activity of Russian and Chinese aircraft, the Defense Ministry said on July 9, and as tension in the East China Sea remains high. (Asahi)
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Chinese newspaper prints map of Japan with mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki

July 8, 2014 - 22:34
Japan on Tuesday vowed to make a stern protest to China after a regional Chinese newspaper printed a map of the country with mushroom clouds hovering over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and accused the Japanese of wanting war again. (
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Japan, Australia sign accords on defense equipment, free trade

July 8, 2014 - 08:29
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott signed bilateral accords on Tuesday to boost cooperation on defense equipment and technology and free trade after they held summit talks in Canberra to bolster bilateral ties. (Kyodo)
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Japan's prime minister addresses Australian Parliament

July 8, 2014 - 03:16
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has called for Japan and Australia to walk forward with "no limit," likening the countries' new economic and military agreements to taking part in a rugby scrum together. (
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Ex-PM Koizumi criticizes nuclear plants restart

July 7, 2014 - 22:53
Former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi has again criticized the Japanese government's plan to restart nuclear power plants. (NHK)
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Sobbing prefectural assemblyman hints he'll resign

July 7, 2014 - 15:19
An assemblyman in western Japan under fire for alleged misuse of public funds and spotlighted for sobbing during a news conference has hinted he may resign his seat. (NHK)
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Whaling dominates Japan PM's New Zealand trip

July 6, 2014 - 23:27
The thorny issue of whaling dominated Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe's whistlestop trip to New Zealand Monday, with Prime Minister John Key saying they had agreed to disagree on the matter. (Sun Daily)
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Abe leaves for 3-nation trip to Oceania

July 6, 2014 - 05:36
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Sunday for a three-nation tour of New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea. (Kyodo)
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Abe plans creation of new ministerial post for security

July 6, 2014 - 05:35
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he plans to create a new ministerial post for security to revise and introduce relevant laws necessary to exercise the right to collective self-defense. (Kyodo)
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Japan to formally extend continental shelf

July 5, 2014 - 23:35
The Japanese government will enact legislation to formally extend the limits of its continental shelf and expand its exclusive rights to marine resources. (NHK)
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