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Police raid crying ex-assemblyman's home

July 19, 2014 - 00:12
Police in Japan have searched the home of a former local politician who became an international sensation on the Internet for crying during a news conference. (NHK)
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Abe calls for international probe of downing

July 18, 2014 - 06:29
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for an international investigation into the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine. (NHK)
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Japan pushing ahead with casino plan ahead of 2020 Olympics

July 18, 2014 - 06:26
Japan plans to set up a new unit to look at setting up integrated resort facilities featuring casinos in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the top government spokesman said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Shizuoka chief public prosecutor to be dismissed over sexual harassment

July 17, 2014 - 23:56
The Ministry of Justice said it will dismiss the chief public prosecutor in Shizuoka Prefecture after he was accused of inappropriate and unsolicited sexual behavior by a female staff member. (Japan Today)
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Japan vows support for new Ukraine government

July 17, 2014 - 23:18
Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday that Tokyo will actively support the new Kiev government's efforts to stabilize the country. (Jiji Press)
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Japan outlines rules on using secrecy law

July 17, 2014 - 12:59
Government secrets will be kept to a minimum and disclosed as quickly as possible, the Abe administration vowed Thursday in an outline of new rules for designating and disclosing "special secrets" under the controversial secrecy law. (Japan Times)
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Japan builds amphibious force modeled on U.S. Marines

July 17, 2014 - 12:55
SASEBO, Japan-At a training course here, 80 young soldiers are learning to swim, row, dive and jump into the ocean from a helicopter in flight. (Wall Street Journal)
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15 of 20 assembly members arrested in vote-buying scandal in Aomori

July 17, 2014 - 10:58
Even in a region notorious for political corruption, a vote-buying scandal that has led to the arrests of 75 percent of the city assembly has officials and residents scratching their heads in disbelief. (Asahi)
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Japan and Britain to launch joint research into fighter jet missile technology

July 17, 2014 - 06:47
Japan and Britain are to jointly develop missile technology for fighter jets, while Tokyo may also start exporting Japanese-made parts for US surface-to-air missiles, a report said on Thursday. (
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Tokyo assemblyman quits after tweeting 'Drop dead'

July 16, 2014 - 23:16
A local councillor in Tokyo has quit after writing "Drop dead!" during an angry exchange on Twitter, in another gaffe by local Japanese politicians in recent weeks. (Japan Today)
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Abe, residents near Sendai Plant comment

July 16, 2014 - 08:57
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says regulatory approval of a draft safety plan to restart nuclear reactors at the Sendai power plant is one step forward. (NHK)
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U.S. Marines' Osprey arrives near Tokyo

July 15, 2014 - 10:10
An MV-22 Osprey from a U.S. Marine base in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, arrived at the U.S. military's Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, Tuesday, marking the U.S. tilt-rotor aircraft's first flight to eastern Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Japan mulls permanent law to legalize SDF dispatch: Abe

July 15, 2014 - 06:10
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he will consider creating a permanent law to dispatch Japan's armed troops overseas, after Tokyo reinterpreted the pacifist Constitution to expand their role. (Kyodo)
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Govt. delays lifting evacuation order

July 14, 2014 - 23:32
The Japanese government has put off plans to lift the evacuation order for a village near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, after strong opposition from residents who say the area is still not safe. (NHK)
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Minesweeping possible in M. East under collective self-defense: Abe

July 14, 2014 - 23:00
Japan can send troops to the Middle East for minesweeping without a cease-fire, as a reinterpretation of the Constitution will expand their overseas role in a major security policy shift, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Ex-DPJ lawmaker elected Shiga governor

July 13, 2014 - 20:25
An independent and former lawmaker of the major opposition Democratic Party of Japan won the Shiga gubernatorial election Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan says Pacific trade talks agree broadly on labor, health issues

July 13, 2014 - 09:11
Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labor issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan's chief negotiator said on Saturday. (Reuters)
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North Korea appears to have fired more missiles

July 13, 2014 - 01:49
The Japanese government says North Korea apparently fired 2 ballistic missiles from the southwest of the country toward the Sea of Japan early Sunday morning. (NHK)
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Japan, US agree on changes to defense guidelines

July 12, 2014 - 07:29
The defense chiefs of Japan and the United States have agreed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reinterpretation of Japan's Constitution regarding the right to collective self-defense should be reflected in a review of the bilateral defense cooperation guidelines. (NHK)
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NHK apologizes for asking tough questions

July 11, 2014 - 23:44
The cabinet office lodged a complaint with NHK over tough questions asked during a television interview with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, according to weekly magazine Friday. (
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