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Parties opposing metropolis plan cooperate in Osaka elections

April 3, 2015 - 12:06
Major Japanese political parties opposed to a proposed realignment of administrative functions of the city of Osaka and Osaka Prefecture have joined forces to counter the local party that pushes for the reform. (Jiji Press)
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Anti-Japanese protestors execute puppet of Prime Minister Abe with ISIS-style beheading

April 3, 2015 - 12:00
This is no April Fool's joke: on April 1, a group of anti-Japanese protestors gathered outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul, Korea to rally against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressing the U.S. Congress later this month. (rocketnews24.com)
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N. Korea tells Japan ongoing talks facing difficulties

April 2, 2015 - 23:26
North Korea told Japan on Thursday that official negotiations resumed one year ago are facing difficulties, criticizing Tokyo for playing an active role globally in condemning Pyongyang's human rights records. (Kyodo)
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UFOs haven't invaded Japan, defense minister tells Diet

April 2, 2015 - 09:34
Alien spaceships have never entered Japanese airspace, the country's defense minister has told parliamentarians, after being questioned about a possible aerial invasion by little green men. (Japan Today)
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Casino legalisation bill delayed again

March 31, 2015 - 22:59
Prospects for legalising casino gambling in Japan have suffered another blow as proponents said they would delay a bill allowing "integrated resorts", as the ruling coalition remains divided on the controversial measure. (Japan Today)
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Sanctions against N.Korea extended by 2 years

March 31, 2015 - 22:47
Japan's government has decided to extend sanctions on North Korea by 2 years. They were originally set to expire on April 13th. (NHK)
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Tokyo's Shibuya Ward adopts ordinance to recognize same-sex unions

March 31, 2015 - 10:19
Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, became on Tuesday the nation's first municipality to adopt an ordinance allowing it to issue certificates recognizing same-sex relationships as being "equivalent to marriage." (Japan Times)
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Japan, India agree to continue talks on potential US-2 exports

March 31, 2015 - 00:32
The defense chiefs of Japan and India agreed Monday to continue talks over potential exports of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force's US-2 amphibious aircraft to the South Asian country. (Kyodo)
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Abe asks Park to arrange trilateral summit with China

March 30, 2015 - 04:34
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he had spoken with South Korean President Park Geun Hye in Singapore and requested that South Korea arrange a trilateral summit with China at an early date. (Kyodo)
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South Korean Embassy in Tokyo hit by suspected arson

March 26, 2015 - 23:34
The Korean Cultural Center, a facility of the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo, was hit by a suspected arson attack Wednesday night, sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo's Shibuya Ward to recognize same-sex couples

March 26, 2015 - 21:50
The assembly of Tokyo's Shibuya Ward is expected to pass an ordinance next week acknowledging same-sex partnerships as equivalent to marriage, after a bill for the ordinance was approved at a committee meeting Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Campaigns for 10 gubernatorial elections begin

March 26, 2015 - 04:50
Candidates in 10 gubernatorial elections across Japan have launched campaigns in a series of contests that are expected to hinge on measures to boost the economy and revive dwindling regional communities. (NHK)
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High Court rules 2014 poll unconstitutional for 1st time

March 25, 2015 - 22:03
The Fukuoka High Court ruled Wednesday that the December 2014 general election was unconstitutional due to a disparity in the weight of votes between districts, making it the first such judgment in a series of similar lawsuits filed with high courts nationwide. (Kyodo)
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Japan's largest helicopter destroyer Izumo goes into service

March 25, 2015 - 04:39
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force commissioned its largest ever helicopter-carrying destroyer Izumo on Wednesday, as it strengthens its maritime defense around the nation's southwestern remote islands. (Kyodo)
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Two more high courts question validity of 2014 Lower House election

March 24, 2015 - 22:35
The Hiroshima High Court and the Sendai High Court's Akita branch ruled Tuesday that last December's Lower House election was "in a state of unconstitutionality" due to the disparity in the weight of votes between districts. (Japan Times)
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Abe preparing to attend Lee's state funeral

March 24, 2015 - 22:16
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to attend the state funeral of Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew. (NHK)
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Court doubles penalty to state for refusing to open Isahaya Bay dike

March 24, 2015 - 08:30
The Saga District Court on Tuesday doubled the monetary penalty imposed on the state for refusing to open the floodgates of the Isahaya Bay dike in southwestern Japan as ordered by an earlier ruling. (Kyodo)
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Abe to visit U.S. April 26-May 3

March 23, 2015 - 22:42
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the United States between April 26 and May 3, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, Indonesia to launch high-level forum on maritime security

March 23, 2015 - 22:40
Japan and Indonesia agreed Monday to launch a high-level bilateral "maritime forum" to expand their cooperation in ensuring security at sea and to increase Japan's assistance in building Indonesia's port infrastructure and coast guard capabilities. (Kyodo)
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Okinawa orders suspension of operations at base relocation site

March 23, 2015 - 22:38
The Okinawa prefectural government has instructed the Defense Ministry to suspend underwater work at the planned relocation site for a key U.S. military base in a coastal area of Nago in the island prefecture, the governor said Monday. (Kyodo)
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