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Cabinet okays amendment to deal with Ebola

October 14, 2014 - 07:01
Japan's government has decided to amend a law to give officials more authority to prevent the spread of Ebola and other infectious diseases in the country. (NHK)
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Japan govt adopts rules on state secrecy law

October 14, 2014 - 06:56
The Japanese government adopted at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday an ordinance setting rules on the implementation of the law on the protection of designated state secrets. (Jiji Press)
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Abe commends Nobel Peace Prize winners

October 10, 2014 - 23:33
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has congratulated Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India on being co-winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. (NHK)
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Japan adopts policy package for promoting women

October 10, 2014 - 08:10
The Japanese government adopted Friday a package of comprehensive policy measures for promoting women's careers, which will be implemented by around spring next year. (Jiji Press)
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Six running for governor of Fukushima

October 9, 2014 - 22:02
Official campaigning started Thursday for the Oct. 26 gubernatorial election in Fukushima Prefecture, with the main focus on recovery from the 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. (Japan Times)
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LDP seeks law to ban 'revenge porn'

October 9, 2014 - 21:08
The Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday decided to submit a bill to the Diet to criminalize so-called revenge porn, the act of posting sexually explicit images of former partners online without their consent. (The Japan News)
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Japan hits out at S Korea over reporter's defamation charge

October 9, 2014 - 08:34
The Japanese government on Thursday criticized the indictment of a Japanese journalist in South Korea over a story about President Park Geun-Hye, saying the move raised serious concerns about press freedoms. (Japan Today)
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DPJ member admits heckling female minister with sexually suggestive comment

October 8, 2014 - 22:39
A Diet debate halted amid angry scenes when a member heckled a female lawmaker, insinuating a sexual relationship between her and racist anti-Korean activists. (Japan Times)
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Japan, US interim report on defense guidelines

October 8, 2014 - 22:01
Japan and the United States have compiled an interim report on revising their defense cooperation guidelines. (NHK)
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South Korean prosecutors indict Sankei reporter

October 8, 2014 - 21:54
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Wednesday indicted former chief of The Sankei Shimbun's Seoul Bureau on charges he defamed South Korean President Park Geun-hye. (The Japan News)
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Envelope addressed to Trade Minister Obuchi contained blade

October 6, 2014 - 22:36
An envelope addressed to Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yuko Obuchi and containing the blade of a box cutter has been sent to her ministry, it was learned Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Peace prize pundit bets on Article 9 guardians to win Nobel

October 6, 2014 - 22:32
A Nobel Peace Prize observer with a relatively unsuccessful betting record speculates that the Japanese people who uphold war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution are most likely to be chosen the winner of this year's award, which is to be announced this week. (Japan Times)
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Chinese captain arrested for coral poaching

October 6, 2014 - 21:54
Japan's Coast Guard officials have arrested the skipper of a Chinese fishing boat on suspicion of illegally collecting coral in Japanese territorial waters. (NHK)
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Abe says technology can solve society's problems

October 5, 2014 - 21:56
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his hope that Japan will use technological innovation to tackle the challenges it faces. (NHK)
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Japan parliament rocked by red scarf row

October 4, 2014 - 01:07
Japan's upper house of parliament, often called the chamber of wisdom, has been rocked by a dress code row after a minister appeared sporting a red scarf. (
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Abe blames Asahi for intl defamation

October 4, 2014 - 00:49
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a key Diet session Friday that the Asahi Shimbun's erroneous reports on so-called wartime comfort women led to the prevailing global misperception that Japan as a state was involved in making them sexual slaves. (The Japan News)
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Japan to extend $22 million for anti-Ebola measures

October 4, 2014 - 00:34
The government decided at a Cabinet meeting Friday to extend $22 million in emergency grant aid for combating the spread of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. (The Japan News)
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US will respond to attempts to seize Senkakus

October 2, 2014 - 00:44
A senior US official says his country will support Japan if there is an attempt to seize the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (NHK)
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Panel to discuss stricter punishments for sex crimes

October 1, 2014 - 12:11
The Justice Ministry will set up a panel to discuss measures to impose tougher penalties for sex crimes, including revisions of laws that make robbery a more heinous crime than rape. (Asahi)
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Lawyer wants Sankei reporter to be allowed to leave S. Korea

October 1, 2014 - 12:02
The lawyer for Tatsuya Kato, a Sankei Shimbun reporter investigated by Seoul prosecutors for alleged defamation of South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, has submitted a written request for an immediate lifting of a ban on his departure from the country, the Japanese daily reported Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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