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Japan, US, S.Korea discuss N.Korea

April 8, 2014 - 09:16
Senior officials of Japan, the United States and South Korea have jointly warned North Korea to stop provocative acts. They also reaffirmed stepping up sanctions on the North if it conducts another nuclear test. (NHK)
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Japan reported to have asked Ukraine to return environment funds

April 8, 2014 - 02:04
Japan has requested that Ukraine reimburse funds for environmental projects linked to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change because they have not been used properly, a Ukrainian minister was quoted as saying by Russia's Interfax news agency, a claim refuted by Japanese diplomats. (Kyodo)
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Your Party leader quits over unreported loans for election

April 7, 2014 - 22:53
Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe said Monday he will quit as head of the small opposition party amid a scandal over unreported loans from a corporate executive, possibly dealing a blow to the party's survival. (Kyodo)
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U.S. to deploy 2 more Aegis ships in Japan

April 6, 2014 - 12:51
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled the country's plan on Sunday to deploy two more Aegis destroyers with ballistic missile defense capabilities in Japan by 2017, following North Korea's medium-range missile launches in late March. (Jiji Press)
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Japan ordered SDF to destroy any N. Korean missiles launched

April 5, 2014 - 23:31
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Thursday ordered the nation's Self-Defense Forces to destroy North Korean ballistic missiles if any are launched and threaten to fall within Japanese territory, a government source said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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Robust Japan-U.S. alliance remains unchanged: Abe tells Hagel

April 5, 2014 - 23:26
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at the start of talks Saturday with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that he will send a strong message that the robust Japan-U.S. alliance remains unchanged. (Kyodo)
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Japan's Your Party leader faces money scandal

April 4, 2014 - 23:14
The leader of a small opposition party in Japan is embroiled in a deepening loan scandal. (NHK)
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Lower House passes nuclear pacts with Turkey, UAE

April 4, 2014 - 23:12
Japan's Lower House approved bills on civilian nuclear cooperation agreements with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. (NHK)
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Japan decides to invite Obama as state guest April 24-25

April 4, 2014 - 07:02
The Japanese government decided at a cabinet meeting Friday to invite U.S. President Barack Obama to Japan as a state guest on April 24-25. (Jiji Press)
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Japan ruling bloc OKs new energy plan

April 3, 2014 - 20:48
Japan's ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito approved Thursday a government-drafted basic energy plan for the nation that calls for accelerating efforts to promote renewable energy. (Jiji Press)
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Hakodate city files suit to suspend MOX reactor construction

April 3, 2014 - 20:36
The city of Hakodate in Hokkaido filed a lawsuit Thursday against the state and a power company seeking suspension of a plan to build the world's first plutonium-uranium mixed oxide fuel reactor due to safety concerns. (Kyodo)
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Virginia's dual-name bill on Sea of Japan enacted

April 3, 2014 - 06:35
A bill that requires public school textbooks in Virginia to refer to the Sea of Japan also as the East Sea has become law as Terry McAuliffe, governor of the U.S. state, signed it, officials of the secretariat for the Virginia state assembly said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo police tightening security ahead of Obama's visit

April 1, 2014 - 22:38
Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department is tightening security ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's scheduled visit to Japan late this month. (Jiji Press)
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Japan-N.Korea talks to enter 2nd day

March 30, 2014 - 21:44
Negotiators from Japan and North Korea will begin their second day of talks in Beijing on Monday. It is the first such bilateral meeting since November 2012. (NHK)
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Japan to revise ODA guidelines for strategic use

March 28, 2014 - 23:25
Japan plans to revise its guidelines for dispersing over $10 billion in official development assistance, the first overhaul in 11 years, to make the assistance provided to developing nations more strategically effective and reflective of changing world realities, the government said Friday. (Kyodo)
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U.N. Security Council raps North Korea's ballistic missile launch

March 28, 2014 - 06:46
The U.N. Security Council on Thursday issued a press statement condemning North Korea's medium-range ballistic missile launches earlier this week and agreed to discuss further steps against the country. (Jiji Press)
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Prosecutors demand fine for ex-Tokyo governor

March 28, 2014 - 06:39
Tokyo prosecutors have demanded that former Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose pay a fine for violating the public offices election law. (NHK)
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Lawmaker Watanabe describes huge loans as personal

March 27, 2014 - 12:01
Yoshimi Watanabe, leader of small opposition Your Party, said Thursday a large amount of money he borrowed from a businessman was personal loans and denied any law violations. (Jiji Press)
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Japan Defense Ministry launches cyber defense unit

March 26, 2014 - 22:30
Japan's Defense Ministry has launched a unit to defend its computer systems against cyberattacks. (NHK)
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Obama brings together leaders of Japan, S. Korea

March 26, 2014 - 22:02
President Barack Obama scored a small but significant diplomatic coup Tuesday by bringing together the leaders of key Asian allies Japan and South Korea for their first face-to-face meeting since they both took office more than a year ago. (
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