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Scholars defend security bills as constitutional

June 19, 2015 - 23:20
Two legal scholars have defended as constitutional government-proposed security bills to allow Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense. (NHK)
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Govt proposes lifting evacuation order for Fukushima town

June 17, 2015 - 23:08
The Japanese government offered the idea Wednesday of lifting its evacuation order before the country's "bon" summer holiday period for the town of Naraha, most of which falls within 20 kilometers of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501> disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. (Jiji Press)
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Diet passes bill to split electricity operations

June 17, 2015 - 22:58
The Diet enacted Wednesday a bill to require major power utilities to separate electricity generation and transmission operations in April 2020, a step aimed at promoting competition in the power industry. (The Japan News)
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Official 'Cool Japan' ambassadors to be named

June 17, 2015 - 22:53
So-called Japan connoisseurs overseas will be included on the Cabinet Secretariat's list of those to be named official goodwill ambassadors as a way to help disseminate Japanese culture to the world under the new "Cool Japan" strategy plan. (The Japan News)
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Diet OKs legislation lowering voting age to 18

June 17, 2015 - 06:39
The Diet on Wednesday passed legislation to lower the voting age to 18 from its current 20, allowing teenagers into polling booths for the first time. (Japan Today)
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Diet to approve lowering voting age to 18

June 15, 2015 - 23:22
Japan's Diet is set to approve lowering the voting age from 20 to 18 later this week. (NHK)
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U.S. National Park Chief says to convey Hiroshima, Nagasaki

June 15, 2015 - 09:57
U.S. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said Sunday that a planned national park on the Manhattan Project, in which scientists developed the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, must convey what happened in the two Japanese cities. (Jiji Press)
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Thousands rally in Tokyo against Abe's security bills

June 14, 2015 - 22:51
Thousands of Japanese rallied Sunday in protest at plans by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bolster the role and scope of the pacifist nation's military. (Japan Today)
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First swindling reported after pension data leak

June 12, 2015 - 22:58
An elderly woman has been swindled out of money in the first case following massive leaks of personal data from Japan's pension system. (NHK)
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Tougher dementia checks for elderly drivers enacted in Japan

June 11, 2015 - 23:36
The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted legislation on Thursday to strengthen tests for drivers aged 75 or older for signs of dementia. (Jiji Press)
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Drones to be banned from flying over crowded urban areas, nighttime

June 11, 2015 - 23:32
The government has worked out a draft bill to ban drones from flying over crowded urban areas as well as during nighttime, sources close to the matter said Thursday, a move taken in response to concerns that the unmanned aircraft could be used for terrorist attacks. (Kyodo)
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Diet OKs amendment removing ministry bureaucrats' control over SDF

June 10, 2015 - 08:58
Parliament passed a bill on Wednesday that removes the control Defense Ministry bureaucrats have had over the uniformed personnel of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, amid criticism that the change will weaken the nation's civilian control over the defense apparatus. (Kyodo)
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Sea Shepherd to pay damages to Japanese whalers

June 9, 2015 - 22:32
Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd has agreed to pay damages to Japanese whalers for violating a US court injunction and continuing to disturb their research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. (NHK)
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G7 leaders oppose unilateral changes of status quo

June 8, 2015 - 06:21
The leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations say they strongly oppose changes to the status quo in the world's oceans, including the South China Sea, where China is reclaiming land from reefs. (NHK)
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Yokota family urges Tokyo to do more for abductees

June 6, 2015 - 23:30
Parents of a Japanese woman abducted by agents for North Korea nearly 40 years ago have called on leaders in Tokyo to do more to bring their daughter and other victims home. (NHK)
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Abe tells Ukraine leader Japan will work for peace

June 6, 2015 - 23:29
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that Japan will actively contribute to help Ukraine resolve its conflict. (NHK)
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Gov't may delay linking pension data to My Number system

June 6, 2015 - 01:51
The government is likely to delay using pension data with the My Number system following a massive data leak involving the Japan Pension Service last week in which staff computers were improperly accessed by an external email virus, allowing the leak of some 1.25 million cases of personal data. (Japan Today)
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Japan to hold 2016 G-7 Summit in Shima

June 6, 2015 - 01:39
Japan will hold the 2016 summit of the Group of Seven major countries in Shima in Mie Prefecture, western Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Ex-lower house speaker Machimura's funeral held in Tokyo

June 5, 2015 - 08:39
Some 1,800 people attended a funeral for former House of Representatives Speaker Nobutaka Machimura held in central Tokyo Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Lower house OKs bill to lower voting age to 18 next year

June 4, 2015 - 06:15
Japan's lower house unanimously approved Thursday a bill to lower the voting age for national elections to 18 from the current 20, in a step towards first such amendment to the electoral law in 70 years. (Kyodo)
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