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In U-turn, Asahi agrees to print journalist's 'comfort women' commentary

September 4, 2014 - 23:35
The Asahi Shimbun newspaper said Wednesday that it will publish a column by journalist Akira Ikegami about the major daily's recent extensive review of its past "comfort women" reports - reversing its earlier rejection of the article. (Japan Times)
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Approval for Abe Cabinet rises to 54.9% after reshuffle: Kyodo poll

September 4, 2014 - 23:12
The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet has risen to 54.9 percent following Wednesday's reshuffle, a Kyodo News survey found, up from 49.8 percent in the previous poll in early August. (Kyodo)
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Putin hails Soviet victory over Japan in courting Mongolia

September 4, 2014 - 05:42
Russian President Vladimir Putin cited a 1939 Soviet victory over the Japanese army as a foundation of relations with Mongolia during a visit to Ulan Bator on Wednesday, despite a risk of upsetting Tokyo. (Reuters)
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Japan's First Lady speaks out ahead of sales tax decision

September 4, 2014 - 05:17
Japanese First Lady Akie Abe said on Thursday the country should consider cutting wasteful spending and boosting the economy before going ahead with a rise in the sales tax to 10 percent, as her husband wrestles with just that decision. (Reuters)
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Kishida vows to enhance dialogue with China, S. Korea

September 4, 2014 - 05:06
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida vowed Wednesday to promote dialogue between Japan and its two Asian neighbors of China and South Korea. (Jiji Press)
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Asahi rejected columnist's take on sex slave retraction

September 3, 2014 - 23:14
Journalist Akira Ikegami said Wednesday the Asahi Shimbun has rejected his column about the major newspaper's recent extensive review of its own past "comfort women" reports, and he has therefore asked the publisher to terminate his serialized commentaries. (Japan Times)
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China's Xi delivers no speech on victory over Japan day

September 3, 2014 - 23:08
Chinese President Xi Jinping did not deliver a speech at a large-scale memorial ceremony held in the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in a suburb of Beijing on Wednesday, which is recognized as the day of China's victory over Japan in the last war. (Jiji Press)
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App showed location, other flight data on 'Japanese Air Force One'

September 3, 2014 - 10:36
An app for tablet computers and smartphones allowed users to see the location and other pieces of flight data about the so-called "Japanese Air Force One," government aircraft used by members of the imperial family and the prime minister when they visit foreign countries, Defense Ministry officials said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Abe reshuffling Cabinet lineup

September 3, 2014 - 04:37
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reshuffling his Cabinet on Wednesday for the first time in his 2nd term as prime minister. (NHK)
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Indian PM Modi meets with Japanese emperor in Tokyo

September 2, 2014 - 23:31
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an audience with Japanese Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday, as part of his five-day trip to Japan to strengthen bilateral ties amid the military rise of China. (Kyodo)
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Australia leans toward buying Japanese subs to upgrade fleet

September 2, 2014 - 23:23
Japan and Australia are leaning towards a multibillion-dollar sale by Tokyo of a fleet of stealth submarines to Canberra's military in a move that could rile an increasingly assertive China, people familiar with the talks said. (Japan Today)
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23 more missing persons named possible abductees

September 2, 2014 - 05:48
Japanese police have added 23 missing persons to a list of those who may have been abducted by North Korea. (NHK)
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Nuclear vow at Japan-India talks

September 1, 2014 - 22:35
Indian PM Narendra Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe have agreed at a summit in Tokyo to accelerate talks on a nuclear energy pact. (BBC)
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Fukushima No. 1 chief feared nuclear doom for eastern Japan

August 31, 2014 - 22:37
The chief of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant said in testimony before his death that he feared the core meltdowns he was trying to contain in March 2011 would cause catastrophic damage to eastern Japan, government documents show. (Japan Times)
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Indian PM Modi visits famous Kyoto temple with Abe

August 31, 2014 - 22:18
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the famous Toji Temple in Kyoto on Sunday, the second day of his five-day official visit to Japan aimed at bolstering the two countries' security and economic ties. (Kyodo)
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Abe has informal dinner meeting with India PM

August 31, 2014 - 00:26
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi began a 5-day tour of Japan on Saturday with an informal dinner in Kyoto with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (NHK)
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Ishiba willing to join Cabinet if asked

August 29, 2014 - 22:38
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba expressed his willingness Friday to join the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe if he is invited to do so, sources said. (The Japan News)
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Abe never real reformer: FT

August 29, 2014 - 07:55
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "was never a real reformer," a Financial Times commentary said Thursday, criticizing him as a backward-looking leader with interest in military revival. (Jiji Press)
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Japan hangs 2 inmates, 10th, 11th executions under 2nd Abe gov't

August 29, 2014 - 02:39
Japan hanged two death row inmates Friday in the 10th and 11th executions since the December 2012 launch of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's current government, a source close to the matter said. (Kyodo)
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LDP eyes rules for demonstrations around parliament

August 28, 2014 - 23:19
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party will discuss regulating noisy demonstrations and campaigns held on streets around the parliament building as well as those with racist rhetoric anywhere in the country, according to its project team which held its first meeting Thursday. (Kyodo)
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