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Abe Cabinet support rate rises to 51%

August 12, 2014 - 02:11
A survey by NHK shows support for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has bounced back to 51 percent. (NHK)
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Kishida has informal exchange with N. Korean foreign minister

August 11, 2014 - 02:04
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday he had an informal exchange with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong and suggested that he urged Pyongyang to conduct a thorough investigation into the abduction issue and to exercise restraint with regard to further missile launches. (Kyodo)
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China and Japan talk in Myanmar on easing political tensions

August 10, 2014 - 10:05
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Japan to "make practical efforts to overcome existing political obstacles between the two sides" during an informal meeting with his Japanese counterpart during an ASEAN summit in Myanmar. (Reuters)
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Sankei reporter summoned over report 'defaming' Park

August 10, 2014 - 03:13
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office has requested Tatsuya Kato, head of the Seoul bureau of the Sankei Shimbun, to present himself on Tuesday, over his article about South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the major Japanese daily said Saturday. (The Japan News)
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Japan, S. Korea agree to continue talks to improve ties

August 10, 2014 - 02:27
Japan and South Korea agreed Saturday to continue dialogue at various levels, including the foreign ministerial level, as part of efforts to improve relations strained by a territorial dispute and differing perceptions of wartime history.


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Kishida meets Kerry, eying N. Korea, Iraq and Ukraine

August 9, 2014 - 10:21
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida began talks Saturday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, focusing on Japan's recent engagement with North Korea, the crisis in Ukraine and U.S. airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq on Friday. (Kyodo)
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Japan: Russian retaliation 'regrettable'

August 7, 2014 - 22:38
Japan's top government spokesman says Russia should take steps to peacefully resolve the crisis in Ukraine rather than retaliate against sanctions by Western countries. (NHK)
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Japan SDF aircraft attempt to approach Chinese planes: China

August 7, 2014 - 22:34
Japanese Air Self-Defense Force aircraft made attempts to close in on Chinese planes over the East China Sea on Wednesday, China's air force said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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South Korea slams Japan's 'ludicrous' island claim

August 5, 2014 - 22:45
South Korea on Tuesday slammed Japan's "ludicrous" reassertion of its claim to a set of disputed islets in a new defence white paper, warning it would further strain relations. (Japan Today)
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Asahi Shimbun admits errors in past 'comfort women' stories

August 5, 2014 - 12:11
The Asahi Shimbun admitted Tuesday to serious errors in many articles on the "comfort women" issue, retracting all stories going back decades that quoted a Japanese man who claimed he kidnapped about 200 Korean women and forced them to work at wartime Japanese military brothels. (Japan Times)
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Ceremony held on 70th anniversary of Cowra breakout

August 5, 2014 - 11:55
A ceremony was held on Tuesday for the victims of the 1944 breakout of Japanese prisoners of war from a detention camp in Cowra, southeastern Australia. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's shift to allow collective self-defense historic: white paper

August 5, 2014 - 06:59
Japan's recent reinterpretation of its Constitution to enable it to engage in collective self-defense has historic significance as the country seeks to bolster its security role and deter emerging threats, a white paper on defense said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan imposes additional sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

August 5, 2014 - 06:52
Japan imposed additional sanctions Tuesday on Russia for its ongoing infringement of Ukrainian sovereignty through continued support of pro-Russian separatists following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet last month. (Kyodo)
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New Jersey City unveils 'comfort women' monument

August 5, 2014 - 03:24
Union City of New Jersey on Monday unveiled a monument dedicated to so-called "comfort women," who were forced to serve as prostitutes for Japanese soldiers in the wartime. (Jiji Press)
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Nippon Ishin, Yui move back merger date

August 3, 2014 - 22:41
Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) and Yui no To (Unity Party) agreed Sunday to put off the two parties' merger till Sept. 21. (Jiji Press)
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Japan names 158 remote islands

August 1, 2014 - 23:15
The Japanese government has announced the official names of 158 uninhabited remote islands to govern them more properly, including 5 of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (NHK)
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Abe to reshuffle Cabinet, LDP leadership in early September

July 31, 2014 - 23:15
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that he plans to reshuffle his Cabinet and Liberal Democratic Party leadership in the first week of September. (Kyodo)
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Japan practices amphibious landing in Hawaii

July 31, 2014 - 04:28
Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month. The amphibious landing exercises, which are relatively new to Japan's military, come as Tokyo tries to boost its ability to defend small islands it controls but China claims as its own. (
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Russia criticizes Japan for imposing new sanctions

July 29, 2014 - 14:21
Russia criticized Japan on Tuesday for imposing new sanctions against Moscow over the recent shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine. (Jiji Press)
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Abe hopes to replace LDP Secretary-General Ishiba

July 29, 2014 - 07:46
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes to replace Shigeru Ishiba, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, when his cabinet and the LDP leadership team are reshuffled in early September, informed sources said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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