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Abe leaves for Middle East

January 16, 2015 - 04:19
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Tokyo on Friday morning for the Middle East. Abe will meet the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories during his 6-day tour. (NHK)
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Kuwata says sorry for New Year's shows, denies political intent

January 16, 2015 - 00:50
Southern All Stars vocalist Keisuke Kuwata, leader of the legendary pop rock band, offered an apology Thursday for performances at the end of last year that were widely taken as a swipe at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Japan Times)
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U.S. had Sato revise 1965 Okinawa speech

January 15, 2015 - 12:51
Upon the U.S. government's request, a speech delivered by Prime Minister Eisaku Sato during his visit to Okinawa in 1965 was revised beforehand to stress the importance of the island in terms of security, according to diplomatic documents disclosed by the Foreign Ministry on Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Ex-Japan lawmaker Watanabe avoids indictment over funds scandal

January 14, 2015 - 23:19
Japanese public prosecutors Wednesday declined to indict veteran politician Yoshimi Watanabe, who failed to be reelected to the House of Representatives in a general election last month, over unreported loans. (Jiji Press)
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Suga: Govt. boosting counter-terrorism measures

January 14, 2015 - 13:40
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary says the government is enhancing measures to prepare for possible terrorist attacks. (NHK)
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Park says she is open to 'meaningful' summit with Abe

January 12, 2015 - 23:50
South Korean President Park Geun Hye said Monday she is open to a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe but that an environment should be created to make the summit "successful and meaningful." (Kyodo)
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Ruling bloc-backed candidate beaten in Saga governor election

January 11, 2015 - 19:49
A candidate supported by the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition was defeated in Sunday's closely contested gubernatorial election in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan, possibly dealing a blow to the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Jiji Press)
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5 Chinese weapons of war Japan should fear

January 10, 2015 - 02:02
American refusal to sell the F-22 Raptor overseas and the aging of the F-15J fighter is set to create a window of vulnerability. Even worse news for Japan, China is developing something that could push through Tokyo's airspace: the J-20 fighter. (
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Japan launches cyber-security task force

January 10, 2015 - 01:14
Japan's government has launched a cyber-security task force. Hacking attacks are a key concern as Tokyo prepares to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (NHK)
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Japan adopts new space policy focusing on security

January 9, 2015 - 07:38
The Japanese government approved Friday a new space development policy focusing on security, with an aim to boost the total value of the country's space industry to 5 trillion yen over the next decade. (Kyodo)
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Japan's opposition DPJ begins leadership race with 3 candidates

January 7, 2015 - 12:48
The main opposition Democratic Party of Japan kicked off its leadership race on Wednesday, with three senior lawmakers vying to lead a party still struggling to regain strength after being ousted from power over two years ago. (Kyodo)
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Plans being made for Abe to meet Obama in US

January 6, 2015 - 07:45
The governments of Japan and the United States are arranging for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit the US this spring. Abe wants to discuss with President Barack Obama a review of Japan-US defense cooperation guidelines. (NHK)
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Japan proposes joint work on Australian sub fleet

January 6, 2015 - 00:26
Japan is proposing jointly building Australia's new submarines, instead of exporting a new fleet, a report said Monday, after concerns in Canberra over the effect on the domestic ship-building industry. (Japan Today)
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WWII anniv. statement to clarify Japan's commitment to world peace: Abe

January 5, 2015 - 23:49
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that he will clarify Japan's commitment to making further contributions to the world peace, in a statement he will issue this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. (Jiji Press)
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All eyes on Abe for war's 70th anniversary

January 3, 2015 - 00:38
The world marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II this year, and at home Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is crafting a statement on the Japanese government's views on the war to be issued on Aug. 15, the day when Emperor Hirohito announced the nation's unconditional surrender in 1945. (Japan Times)
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Abe renews resolve on reforms in New Year's message

January 1, 2015 - 07:49
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a New Year's message on Thursday, underscored his determination to push ahead with reforms of the nation in 2015. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, China resume environmental forum

December 28, 2014 - 23:54
Japan and China held their environmental forum for the first time in two years, in Beijing on Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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Number of refugee applicants tops 4,000 for first time

December 26, 2014 - 00:01
The number of foreigners who applied for refugee status in Japan in 2014 exceeded 4,000 for the first time, even though the country provided asylum to only six applicants the previous year. (Asahi)
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Japan's new defense chief faces tall order

December 25, 2014 - 07:49
Gen Nakatani, the only new face in Shinzo Abe's post-election cabinet, has his work cut out for him as defense chief amid disagreement in the ruling coalition over the prime minister's vision for national security. (Nikkei)
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Abe reelected PM, forms 3rd Cabinet

December 24, 2014 - 23:18
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched his third Cabinet on Wednesday night after he was reelected as the nation's 97th prime minister in votes held in both chambers of the Diet earlier in the day. (The Japan News)
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