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Japan lawmaker asks S. Korea not to politicize UNESCO listing

May 11, 2015 - 10:56
Former Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said Monday he asked South Korea not to politicize Japan's proposed UNESCO World Heritage listing of industrial sites during his talks with South Korean lawmakers in Seoul. (Kyodo)
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Japan's ruling bloc formally approves new security legislation

May 11, 2015 - 10:54
Japan's ruling coalition gave formal approval Monday to a series of security-linked bills that will expand the scope of operations by the Self-Defense Forces, setting the stage for Cabinet approval and submission of the bills to parliament. (Kyodo)
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N. Korea fires short-range missiles in Sea of Japan

May 9, 2015 - 23:14
North Korea fired three short-range missiles in the Sea of Japan on Saturday, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Jiji Press)
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Ospreys set for Yokota Air Base

May 9, 2015 - 22:59
The U.S. government intends to deploy CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft to its military's Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, sources familiar with Japan-U.S. relations said Friday. (The Japan News)
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Japan, S. Korea to hold talks on World Heritage sites on May 22

May 9, 2015 - 00:29
Japan and South Korea will hold talks in Tokyo on May 22 on sites related to Japan's industrial revolution in the Meiji era that have been recommended to be put on UNESCO's World Heritage list, a South Korean official said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan withdraws plan to disclose draft TPP clauses

May 9, 2015 - 00:25
The Japanese government withdrew a plan Thursday to disclose draft clauses of a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade agreement to Japanese lawmakers. (Jiji Press)
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Abe sends congratulations to British PM

May 9, 2015 - 00:15
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has congratulated his British counterpart David Cameron after his ruling Conservative Party won a victory in Thursday's general election. (NHK)
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Japan to bid for Australian submarine project

May 7, 2015 - 23:46
The Japanese government will make a formal decision at a National Security Council meeting Wednesday to participate in the international race to win an Australian order for the construction of new submarines, sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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US to sell 17 Ospreys to Japan's SDF

May 7, 2015 - 23:44
The US government has decided to sell 17 Osprey transport aircraft to Japan's Self-Defense Forces for an estimated cost of 3 billion dollars. (NHK)
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Diet panel begins debate on revising Constitution

May 7, 2015 - 10:45
A Diet panel created to discuss possible amendments to the Constitution has begun substantive deliberations on what topics it should focus on. (NHK)
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Australia wants Japan to build new submarine fleet

May 6, 2015 - 13:21
Australia wants Japan to help it develop a new fleet of submarines. Australian Defense Minister Kevin Andrews asked his Japanese counterpart Wednesday to join the $20 billion project in a 15-minute phone call that took place at the request of Australia, according to the Japan Times. (
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Japan turns to UN to pressure North Korea on abductees

May 5, 2015 - 23:51
Japan launched a major push at the United Nations on Tuesday to rally support for its drive to settle lingering questions over the decades-old abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea. (zeenews)
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Japan lawmakers, China's No. 3 leader agree bilateral ties improving

May 5, 2015 - 23:28
A cross-party group of Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday agreed with a senior Chinese political leader that once frosty relations between the two countries have started thawing following a series of recent exchanges. (Kyodo)
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Japan marks 68th Constitution anniv., LDP eyes referendum

May 3, 2015 - 23:08
As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party prepares the way to hold a referendum in 2017 on amending its pacifist Constitution, Japan on Sunday marked the 68th anniversary of the supreme law coming into force. (Kyodo)
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Japan to boost aid to Cuba in medical field

May 3, 2015 - 01:00
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday that his country will expand financial assistance to Cuba in the medical field. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, China, S. Korea to work closely over air pollution

April 30, 2015 - 23:37
Environment ministers from Japan, China and South Korea ended their two-day meeting in Shanghai Thursday by agreeing to strengthen three-way cooperation to fight air pollution. (Jiji Press)
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Prosecutors search dental federation office

April 30, 2015 - 23:02
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's special investigation squad conducted a search of the Japan Dental Federation office in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on Thursday to gather evidence related to an alleged scheme in which false statements were made in political funds reports. (The Japan News)
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State dinner for Japan's prime minister forgoes the glitz

April 29, 2015 - 07:02
Despite the twinkling pink lights scattered across the ceiling, showy floral centerpieces and curtains of crystals dressing up the windows, the Obamas' eighth state dinner, in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was a somewhat subdued affair. Light on the glitz and heavy on the government. (
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To tourists' surprise, Obama takes Abe on an impromptu tour of Lincoln Memorial

April 28, 2015 - 23:24
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sprung a surprise on tourists in Washington Monday with an unannounced trip to the Lincoln Memorial. (Japan Times)
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Japan's LDP, other parties submit casino bill

April 28, 2015 - 23:07
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and two opposition parties on Tuesday submitted a bill to lift Japan's ban on casinos to the House of Representatives. (Jiji Press)
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