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China arrests fourth Japanese over spying, government confirms

February 1, 2016 - 16:18
The government denied Monday that Japan carries out espionage activities abroad as it announced that Chinese authorities have formally arrested a fourth Japanese citizen on suspicion of spying. (Japan Times)
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Ruling, opposition blocs agree to end deadlock

February 1, 2016 - 11:19
Japan's governing and opposition parties have agreed to start budget deliberations that have been stalled over the resignation of a key Cabinet minister. (NHK)
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Japan denies forced sex slavery WWII to UN, despite signing landmark deal with S. Korea

February 1, 2016 - 03:50
Japan has officially stated to the UN that it did not force Asian women to become sex slaves during World War II. This comes despite the Japanese government signing a landmark deal with South Korea, settling the issue of "comfort women" a month ago. (rt.com)
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Additional F15 fighter jets deployed in Okinawa

January 31, 2016 - 22:31
Japan's Air Self-Defense Force has deployed more than 10 additional F15 fighter jets at its base in Okinawa to strengthen its air defense capabilities around the Nansei Islands. (NHK)
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Clinton e-mail: U.S. asked Japan to talk with China before buying Senkakus

January 31, 2016 - 22:17
In a private e-mail forwarded to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a high-ranking U.S. official asked Japan to consult with China before the Japanese government put the Senkaku Islands under state ownership in September 2012. (Asahi)
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Clinton e-mail: U.S. asked Japan to talk with China before buying Senkakus

January 31, 2016 - 22:12
In a private e-mail forwarded to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a high-ranking U.S. official asked Japan to consult with China before the Japanese government put the Senkaku Islands under state ownership in September 2012. (Asahi)
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Osaka's move on hate speech should be just the first step

January 31, 2016 - 22:10
On Jan. 15 the Osaka Prefectural Assembly passed the first local ordinance against hate speech in Japan. JBC sees this as a step in the right direction. (Japan Times)
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Stealth jet program opens door to broader horizons

January 31, 2016 - 21:57
Japan's attempt to build its first indigenous stealth fighter jet could provide domestic defense contractors with a much-needed opportunity to take their business global. (Nikkei)
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SDF ramps up defenses to stop N. Korea missile

January 30, 2016 - 20:24
The Air Self-Defense Force is deploying ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) surface-to-air guided missile units nationwide to prepare for North Korea's possible launch of a long-range ballistic missile. (the-japan-news.com)
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Osaka court avoids constitutional judgment over Abe's Yasukuni visit

January 28, 2016 - 20:18
Osaka District Court skirted a constitutional judgment Thursday over a claim that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo in December 2013 violates the separation of religion and politics and the people's right to live in peace. (Jiji Press)
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Amari quits over scandal / Ishihara to step in as TPP signing nears

January 28, 2016 - 20:09
Economic revitalization minister Akira Amari, who has been embroiled in a money-for-favors scandal, announced Thursday that he will resign. (the-japan-news.com)
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US fighter jets temporarily deployed in Okinawa

January 27, 2016 - 20:48
US fighter jets and stealth fighter jets have been deployed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, since Monday. Local residents strongly oppose their presence because of the noise. (NHK)
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Russia invites Japan to fish around disputed islands

January 25, 2016 - 19:23
Russia is inviting foreign partners to help it develop fisheries around Pacific islands where Moscow and Tokyo have rival territorial claims and says it will give Tokyo priority; but if it doesn't jump at the chance, other investors will. (Reuters)
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Court takes steps to bring 'crying politician' to trial

January 25, 2016 - 18:41
The Kobe District Court took steps Monday to force a former lawmaker famous for weeping hysterically at a news conference in 2014 to show up for his trial for swindling political funds. (Japan Times)
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Ginowan mayor wins second term in Sunday poll

January 25, 2016 - 18:37
The incumbent mayor of Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture, has won a second term in Sunday's election. (NHK)
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Barring the unforeseen, Kyoto's dwindling voters look set to keep kimono-clad mayor

January 24, 2016 - 15:54
Given Kyoto's prosperous domestic and international tourism industry, the mayoral election on Feb. 7 is widely expected to be an easy win for incumbent Daisaku Kadokawa, 65, who is backed by the Liberal Democratic Party, Komeito and the Democratic Party of Japan. (Japan Times)
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Japan granted asylum to only 27 people in 2015 amid record-high requests

January 23, 2016 - 07:59
Japan received applications for refugee status from a record 7,586 people in 2015 but ultimately granted asylum to 27 people, a mere 0.4 percent of applicants, according to preliminary figures released Saturday by the Justice Ministry. (Kyodo)
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Abe vows to lead G-7 summit; seeks 'equal pay for equal work'

January 22, 2016 - 09:53
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Friday to take the leadership in addressing regional and global challenges such as North Korea's nuclear ambitions as Japan hosts a summit of the world's seven major democracies and a trilateral summit with China and South Korea this year. (Japan Today)
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Japan's economic minister hit with bribery allegations, vows response

January 21, 2016 - 04:36
Economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari vowed on Wednesday night to answer accusations of graft leveled against him by a weekly tabloid. (Japan Times)
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Japan Diet enacts FY 2015 extra budget

January 20, 2016 - 09:40
The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted Wednesday the government's supplementary budget for fiscal 2015 through March that mainly finances measures to support low-income earners and to improve the country's agricultural productivity. (Jiji Press)
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