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EU Commissioner presses Japan to quickly submit emission cut target

December 10, 2014 - 23:35
Miguel Arias Canete, European Union commissioner for climate and energy, pressed Japan on Tuesday to quickly submit its target on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for 2020 and beyond. (Jiji Press)
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US military eases drinking restrictions in Okinawa

December 10, 2014 - 23:20
The US military in Japan on Tuesday eased restrictions on off-base drinking by service members stationed in Okinawa Prefecture. (NHK)
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New Okinawa governor takes office

December 10, 2014 - 23:18
The new governor of Okinawa Prefecture has taken office. (NHK)
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Japan secrecy law takes effect amid protests

December 10, 2014 - 07:33
A strict new state-secrets law that critics charge will help conceal government misdeeds and limit press freedom has taken effect in Japan. (
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Obuchi makes 'apology tour' / Speaking 40 times a day

December 10, 2014 - 00:26
Yuko Obuchi, a candidate of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the upcoming House of Representatives election, bowed deeply and did not raise her head for a while. (The Japan News)
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Aso acknowledges his remarks on childless people inappropriate

December 9, 2014 - 04:18
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso acknowledged Tuesday that it was inappropriate for him to say during a campaign speech at the weekend that higher social security costs in Japan can be attributed to young people "not having children." (Kyodo)
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LDP may win more than 300 seats in lower house election

December 8, 2014 - 05:18
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party may capture more than 300 seats singlehandedly in the new 475-member House of Representatives in the closely watched election on Dec. 14, Jiji Press predicted Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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Opposition message changes, warns against huge ruling bloc

December 7, 2014 - 22:13
The opposition parties have revised their campaign strategy and begun stoking a sense of caution in voters against allowing the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito to win the election in a landslide, which would create a gigantic ruling coalition. (The Japan News)
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Cuddly mascots out in force encouraging citizens to vote in Lower House poll

December 6, 2014 - 04:30
In Okayama Prefecture's push to get voters to the polls, it has enlisted Uracchi, the prefecture's mascot in the image of a demon girl, to conjure up interest in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Asahi)
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Outgoing Okinawa governor OKs changes to base relocation work

December 6, 2014 - 03:35
Outgoing Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima approved Friday two of three applications to change construction methods relating to the planned relocation of a key U.S. base within the southernmost Japan prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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S. Korea refuses to remove "comfort women" statue in Seoul

December 2, 2014 - 23:53
A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Tuesday brushed aside Tokyo's persistent demand for the removal of a so-called "comfort women" statue standing in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul. (Jiji Press)
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Another low for Japan's gender gap, as only 15% of election candidates are female

December 2, 2014 - 23:19
So much for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's call to empower women. Only 15 percent of candidates running in this election from mainstream parties are female. (Japan Times)
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Official campaign period begins for Japan lower house poll

December 2, 2014 - 03:49
A 12-day official campaign period began on Tuesday for the Dec. 14 election for Japan's House of Representatives, with the focus on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Abenomics aggressive reflationary policy. (Jiji Press)
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Park says Japan still needs efforts to address historical issue

December 1, 2014 - 22:02
South Korean President Park Geun Hye said Monday in a meeting with Japanese and South Korean business leaders that Japan needs to make more efforts to address differing views of its wartime actions before the two countries hold a bilateral summit. (Kyodo)
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Japanese party leaders debate Abenomics before election

December 1, 2014 - 12:28
Leaders of major Japanese political parties held a debate on Monday ahead of the Dec. 14 House of Representatives election, chiefly focusing on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's deflation-busting economic policy package, or Abenomics. (Jiji Press)
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Japan to revise customs law on drug imports

November 30, 2014 - 22:09
The Finance Ministry has decided to revise the country's customs law to stop the illegal import of ingredients for so-called "dangerous drugs." (NHK)
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Foreign Ministry planning more embassies

November 30, 2014 - 22:00
Japan's Foreign Ministry is planning to increase its diplomatic missions worldwide. (NHK)
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Minister to order SDF to deliver aid to W.Africa

November 27, 2014 - 22:31
Japan will accelerate the transport of medical protective gear to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by using its Air Self-Defense Force aircraft. (NHK)
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Japanese reporter pleads not guilty of defaming S. Korean president

November 26, 2014 - 22:23
A Japanese reporter indicted on charges of defaming South Korean President Park Geun Hye in an article about her whereabouts during April's deadly ferry disaster pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing Thursday at the Seoul Central District Court. (Kyodo)
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Top court: Vote disparity 'unconstitutional state'

November 26, 2014 - 08:26
Japan's Supreme Court has ruled that last year's Upper House election was held in a state of unconstitutionality due to disparities in the value of individual votes. (NHK)
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