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Japan, Russia aim to hold peace treaty talks soon

April 15, 2016 - 22:43
Japan and Russia have agreed to hold talks between high-ranking officials on signing a peace treaty at the earliest timing possible, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's summit with President Vladimir Putin next month. (NHK)
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Former ASDF chief arrested

April 14, 2016 - 23:47
Former Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff Toshio Tamogami, 67, who lost in the February 2014 Tokyo gubernatorial election, was arrested Thursday for allegedly giving cash to campaign staff members at the time of the election, in violation of the public offices election law. (
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SDF deployed in quake-hit area

April 14, 2016 - 23:21
The Defense Ministry has sent about 1,600 Self-Defense Force personnel to Kumamoto Prefecture following Thursday's earthquake. (NHK)
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Putin's close aide mulling a visit to Hiroshima

April 13, 2016 - 08:21
A source familiar with Japan-Russia relations says a close aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Hiroshima to pay tribute to the victims of the 1945 US atomic bombing. (NHK)
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G-7 ministers adopt Hiroshima Declaration hoping to add momentum to nonproliferation movement

April 11, 2016 - 23:13
The Group of Seven foreign ministers concluded a historic two-day meeting in Hiroshima on Monday that saw them discuss the goal of global nuclear disarmament in the first city destroyed by an atomic bomb. (Japan Times)
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Kerry becomes 1st U.S. sec'y of state to visit Hiroshima A-bomb park

April 11, 2016 - 06:45
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday visited a peace park marking the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing in the western Japan city of Hiroshima, the first U.S. state secretary to do so. (Kyodo)
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Security tight for Hiroshima ministers' meeting

April 10, 2016 - 01:22
About 4,300 police officers have been deployed in the city of Hiroshima, where foreign ministers from the Group of Seven nations will gather on Sunday. (NHK)
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N. Korea says it succeeded in test of new ICBM engine

April 10, 2016 - 01:13
North Korea claimed Saturday to have successfully tested a new type of engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile, in its latest episode of saber-rattling ahead of a rare party congress scheduled for early next month. (Kyodo)
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Tight schedule poses challenge

April 10, 2016 - 01:10
In addition to the Ise-Shima Group of Seven summit meeting, eight of the 10 ministerial meetings to be held around the country are concentrated in a six-week period starting on Sunday. (
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Locations raided in ex-Japanese minister fund scandal probe

April 9, 2016 - 00:25
Tokyo public prosecutors raided several locations on Friday as part of an investigation into a money scandal involving former Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari. (Jiji Press)
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Abe to work to resolve Ukraine issue

April 6, 2016 - 22:46
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko that he will lead discussions on peacefully resolving the situation in Ukraine at the Group of 7 nations' summit in May. (NHK)
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Japan passes law to allow voters to cast ballots at biz facilities

April 6, 2016 - 13:57
Japan's Diet enacted Wednesday a bill to revise the public offices election law to allow voters to cast ballots for national and local elections at train stations, shopping centers and other facilities. (Jiji Press)
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Abe defends Japan-U.S. security ties, TPP, slams 'naked nationalism' in WSJ interview

April 6, 2016 - 00:11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strongly defended the Japan-U.S. alliance in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Tuesday on its website. (Japan Times)
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Diet debate on Pacific trade deal commences

April 5, 2016 - 09:45
The Diet started deliberations Tuesday on a Pacific Rim free trade deal, with the ruling parties looking to have it ratified and related legislation enacted during the current session ending June 1. (Kyodo)
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Poll: 65% want consumption tax hike postponed

April 4, 2016 - 22:55
Sixty-five percent of respondents in a recent Yomiuri Shimbun survey said the planned hike in the consumption tax rate from the current 8 percent to 10 percent in April 2017 should be postponed. (
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Japan defense vessels make port call in Philippines

April 3, 2016 - 23:07
Three vessels including a submarine belonging to Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force on Sunday made a port call at Subic Bay in the Philippines' main island of Luzon. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo police establish cybersecurity task force

April 2, 2016 - 02:48
Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department set up a task force on Friday to strengthen cybersecurity measures in response to frequent crimes in cyberspace. (Jiji Press)
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Okinawan novelist arrested for entering restricted area near U.S. base is freed

April 2, 2016 - 02:43
Prize-winning Okinawan novelist Shun Medoruma was released by the authorities Saturday, a day after his arrest for allegedly trespassing in a restricted area near a U.S. military base in Okinawa during a protest. (Japan Times)
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Abe, Obama, Park agree on North Korea

April 2, 2016 - 02:21
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed with his U.S. and South Korean counterparts Thursday that the three countries would unite to respond to provocative actions by North Korea and that their nations will enter into discussions for strengthening cooperation in the field of security. (
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Trump's remarks about Asia cause bewilderment, unease in Japan

March 30, 2016 - 07:39
Donald Trump's calls to overhaul the Japan-U.S. security alliance have agitated Japanese government officials, and one local leader is now urging debate on the Republican Party front-runner's suggestion that Japan arm itself with nuclear weapons. (Asahi)
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