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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. (staradvertiser.com)
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Japan protests against North Korea's missile firing

March 26, 2014 - 08:36
The Japanese government lodged a protest against North Korea's firing of two middle-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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N. Korea launches mid-range ballistic missiles: report

March 25, 2014 - 22:05
North Korea launched Wednesday two Rodong medium-range ballistic missiles from north of its capital Pyongyang toward the east, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported, citing the South Korean military's Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Kyodo)
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Japan foreign minister likely to postpone Russia visit

March 25, 2014 - 21:36
Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is likely to postpone a visit to Russia planned for April, the Japanese Jiji news agency said on Tuesday, citing government sources. Tokyo's ties with Moscow grow have grown chilly after Russia's seizure of Crimea. (voanews.com)
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G-7 leaders to skip G-8 summit in Russia over Ukraine

March 25, 2014 - 04:02
Leaders of the Group of Seven major industrial countries said Monday that they will boycott a planned Group of Eight summit in Sochi, Russia, in June because of Russia's involvement in the Ukraine crisis. (Jiji Press)
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Ex-Tokyo Governor Inose to face criminal charges

March 25, 2014 - 04:00
Prosecutors are considering filing criminal charges against former Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose over his receipts of 50 million yen from a medical group, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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China, S. Korea leaders hail memorial for assassin of ex-Japan prime minister

March 24, 2014 - 22:27
In a joint move likely to provoke a backlash from Japan, the Chinese and South Korean presidents on Sunday welcomed the establishment of a memorial hall for a South Korean who assassinated Hirobumi Ito, Japan's first prime minister, about a century ago. (Jiji Press)
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China, S. Korea leaders hail memorial for assassin of ex-Japan prime minister

March 24, 2014 - 22:27
In a joint move likely to provoke a backlash from Japan, the Chinese and South Korean presidents on Sunday welcomed the establishment of a memorial hall for a South Korean who assassinated Hirobumi Ito, Japan's first prime minister, about a century ago. (Jiji Press)
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Japan firm pays $780k to win $41m Vietnam ODA project in Vietnam: paper

March 24, 2014 - 22:13
The president of a Japanese railway consulting firm has confessed that it had paid over US$780,000 in kickbacks in Vietnam to win an order for a project funded by Japanese official development assistance (ODA) worth more than $41 million, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported. (tuoitrenews.vn)
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