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Abe calls for immediate U.N. Security Council reform

March 16, 2015 - 22:52
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called for immediate reform of the U.N. Security Council, saying that now is "the time to produce concrete results, rather than just spending time on talks." (Jiji Press)
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Lawmakers tee off on NHK head Momii over limo use for golf outing

March 16, 2015 - 22:26
The Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) chief again found himself in the rough, this time for having the public broadcaster cover the costs of limousine services for a private round of golf. (Asahi)
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Chinese map had Japanese name for Senkaku Islands

March 16, 2015 - 22:04
Japan's Foreign Ministry says a Chinese government map, published dozens of years ago, uses Japanese names for the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, instead of Chinese names. (NHK)
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Japan, China agree to promote dialogue

March 15, 2015 - 12:29
Japanese Disaster Management Minister Eriko Yamatani and her Chinese counterpart, Li Liguo, Sunday agreed to promote dialogue to enhance antidisaster cooperation between the two countries. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, France sign defense equipment pact

March 14, 2015 - 01:25
The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and France have signed an agreement to promote cooperation in developing defense equipment. (NHK)
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North Korea fires missiles into sea again, South says

March 13, 2015 - 11:56
North Korea has test fired seven short-range missiles into the sea, South Korean officials said March 13, in the latest such tests launched during ongoing South Korea-U.S. military drills. (Asahi)
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Japan lawmakers ponder powering up casino bill via obscure parliamentary panel

March 11, 2015 - 23:36
Die-hard proponents of legalized casinos in Japan are considering a last-ditch effort to get their bill passed - by the obscure route of a parliamentary committee that handles matters like the removal of power poles. (Reuters)
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Hatoyama praises 'happy life' in Crimea; slams Tokyo's stance

March 11, 2015 - 23:20
A controversial former Japanese prime minister on Wednesday praised life in Crimea as "happy" as he slammed Tokyo's position on the seizure of the peninsula by Russia during a contentious visit. (Japan Today)
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Japan, China among about 20 countries which NZ spied on: report

March 11, 2015 - 06:04
New Zealand has spied on about 20 countries, including trading partners Japan and China, as part of cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, The New Zealand Herald reported in its Wednesday edition. (Kyodo)
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Japan, Germany to work on Ukraine, UN reform

March 10, 2015 - 00:14
The leaders of Japan and Germany have agreed to work closely on a variety of issues, including the Ukrainian crisis and reform of the UN Security Council. (NHK)
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Japan eyes MI6-style spy agency

March 8, 2015 - 23:03
Japan is looking into creating an overseas intelligence agency possibly modeled on Britain's MI6 spy service, ruling party lawmakers say, 70 years after Allied victors dismantled Japan's fearsome military intelligence apparatus following World War Two. (Japan Today)
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Abe pledges to win elections at LDP meet

March 8, 2015 - 22:29
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged members of his Liberal Democratic Party during its annual party convention on Sunday to enhance their solidarity for victory in the unified local elections scheduled in April. (The Japan News)
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Farm vice minister says sorry for smooching fellow lawmaker

March 6, 2015 - 07:25
The agriculture parliamentary vice minister and a married lawmaker apologized after a weekly magazine published a photo of them kissing in public after a party in Tokyo's Roppongi entertainment district. (Asahi)
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Japan ministry amends website wording of S.Korea

March 5, 2015 - 22:41
Japan's Foreign Ministry has deleted language from its website describing South Korea as a country that shares basic values, in a move that has prompted concern in Seoul. (NHK)
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18-year-olds to be granted right to vote

March 5, 2015 - 22:35
A total of six ruling and opposition parties resubmitted to the House of Representatives a bill to revise the Public Offices Election Law and to lower the voting age to 18 or older from the current 20 or older. The bill is highly likely to pass at the current Diet session. (The Japan News)
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Nation's youngest mayor acquitted of bribery in Gifu

March 5, 2015 - 22:16
The nation's youngest mayor was acquitted of bribery charges on Thursday amid doubts about his accuser's claims. (Japan Times)
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Japan condemns attack on US envoy in S.Korea

March 5, 2015 - 07:52
The Japanese government has condemned the attack on the US ambassador in South Korea, calling it an unforgivable act. (NHK)
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China hiked military spending by 10% as Japan moves towards militarization

March 4, 2015 - 22:29
China has announced it will enhance defense spending by around 10 percent this year. The announcement signals competitive defense spending as it comes at a time when hitherto pacifist Japan has declared a record 2.8 per cent in military expenditure. (
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U.S. First Lady to visit Japan March 18-20

March 3, 2015 - 20:15
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Japan for three days from March 18, as part of her campaign to promote education for women and volunteer activities in developing countries, the White House announced Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Abe, DPJ's Okada now tied to dubious political contributions issue

March 3, 2015 - 09:02
In the latest allegations of questionable political donations now aimed at top party leaders, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the main opposition party president are linked to contributions from companies after ministries awarded them subsidies, it was learned March 3. (Asahi)
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