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Ruling camp rams security bills through lower house panel

July 15, 2015 - 22:59
Japan's ruling coalition pushed controversial security bills through a House of Representatives panel Wednesday, paving the way for passage by the lower house Thursday amid strong objections by opposition parties and rising concerns among the public. (Kyodo)
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New stadium puts govt on defensive / Cost of Olympic venue questioned by LDP members

July 15, 2015 - 22:56
The government is making an all-out effort to calm the tense situation surrounding the construction plans for the new National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (The Japan News)
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Japan's mulls new summit with China

July 15, 2015 - 22:49
Japan said Wednesday its top security diplomat will tour China and Mongolia in a trip seen as a potential precursor to another summit between Tokyo and Beijing. (
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Security committee in final stage; Wed. vote sought

July 13, 2015 - 22:42
A special House of Representatives committee on security-related legislation heard testimony on the proposed laws Monday morning from five experts. (The Japan News)
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Abe visits temporary medical clinic in Miyagi

July 12, 2015 - 00:52
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has revisited areas hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and pledged to support survivors with increased healthcare. (NHK)
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Japan panel calls for tougher penalties for sex crimes

July 11, 2015 - 00:10
A Japanese Justice Ministry panel has drafted a report calling for toughening penalties for sex crimes and allowing prosecutions for them with or without petitions from victims, it was learned on Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's Abe calls for early vote on national security bills

July 11, 2015 - 00:09
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday called for putting national security bills being discussed at a House of Representatives special committee to the vote at an early date. (Jiji Press)
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War-ending speech to be reissued as digitally restored recording

July 9, 2015 - 23:28
The Imperial Household Agency has decided for the first time to release photos and master recordings of five discs on which Emperor Showa can be heard reading out the Imperial Rescript on the Termination of the War in 1945. (The Japan News)
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Japan interested in joining NATO missile consortium

July 9, 2015 - 23:27
Japan is interested in joining a NATO missile building consortium that would give Tokyo its first taste of a multinational defense project, a move the U.S. Navy is encouraging because it could pave the way for Japan to lead similar partnerships in Asia, sources said. (Reuters)
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Japan's Lower House passes drone control bill

July 9, 2015 - 08:06
Japan's Lower House has passed a bill that would ban the flight of small, unmanned aircraft, known as drones, over key facilities. (NHK)
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Gov't to lift evacuation order on Fukushima town on Sept 5

July 7, 2015 - 23:44
The central government has notified Naraha, a Fukushima town, that on Sept 5, it will lift the evacuation order that has been in place since the 2011 disaster. (Japan Today)
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China kicks off anniversary campaign for war victory over Japan

July 7, 2015 - 23:31
China hosted a ceremony in a suburb of Beijing on Tuesday to mark the 78th anniversary of the so-called 1937 Marco Polo Bridge incident, which led to a full-scale war between China and Japan. (Jiji Press)
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World Heritage decision put off to Sunday

July 4, 2015 - 23:46
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee is expected to put off to Sunday its decision on whether to add sites related to Japan's Meiji era industrial revolution to the World Heritage list, government sources said Saturday. (The Japan News)
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Japan pledges $6.1bn aid to 'Mekong Five'

July 4, 2015 - 23:33
Japan on Saturday pledged $6.1 billion in financial aid to the "Mekong Five" countries as it pushes infrastructure exports and courts influence in a region where rival China has an increasing presence. (
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Diet hearing on national security bills set for July 13

July 3, 2015 - 23:31
A special committee of Japan's House of Representatives decided Friday to hold a Diet hearing on a set of government-sponsored national security bills, a prerequisite for putting them to the vote, on July 13. (Jiji Press)
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Abe: Japan to press N.Korea further on probe

July 3, 2015 - 06:26
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he has instructed his ministers to further press North Korea to swiftly act for the return of Japanese abductees. (NHK)
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Editors protest remarks by LDP lawmakers

June 29, 2015 - 23:33
A group of Japanese media representatives has issued a statement of protest against recent remarks by lawmakers. (NHK)
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LDP division chief suspended over media-suppressing remarks

June 28, 2015 - 00:41
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Saturday that it has dismissed its Youth Division chief, Minoru Kihara, and banned him from holding party posts for one year amid controversy over media-suppressing remarks by some at a meeting of a party group headed by him. (Jiji Press)
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G-7 foreign ministers to meet in Hiroshima

June 26, 2015 - 23:06
Hiroshima will be a venue for the Group of Seven foreign ministers' conference related to the G-7 Ise-Shima summit next year, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference Friday. (The Japan News)
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Abe regrets LDP lawmakers' anti-media criticism of security bills

June 26, 2015 - 09:48
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his regret Friday for remarks made by younger lawmakers from his Liberal Democratic Party, which blamed negative media reports for the low public popularity of bills that would expand overseas operations of the Self-Defense Forces. (Kyodo)
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