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Japan easing of North Korea sanctions gets tacit U.S. nod

July 3, 2014 - 23:50
The United States offered a tacit approval Thursday to Tokyo's easing of some sanctions on North Korea, saying it can "understand" Japan's efforts to resolve abductions of its nationals. (Japan Times)
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Little mention of historical issue at summit

July 3, 2014 - 23:38
The leaders of China and South Korea have held their summit without directly mentioning historical issues between Japan and its neighbors. (NHK)
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Japan to revoke some North Korea sanctions amid report of surviving abductees

July 3, 2014 - 04:00
Japan will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea, the prime minister announced Thursday, after talks on the Cold War kidnapping of Japanese nationals. (SBS)
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Video of Hyogo assemblyman crying, pounding fists goes viral

July 3, 2014 - 03:08
A 47-year-old politician quickly became an Internet phenomenon Wednesday after crying like a toddler as he tried to explain his profligate use of public funds. (Japan Times)
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North Korea gives names of Japanese abuductees still alive

July 3, 2014 - 00:02
North Korea has handed Japan a list of at least 10 Japanese nationals who are said to be living in that country, including those believed to have been abducated by Pyongyang agents, The Nikkei learned Wednesday. (Nikkei)
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Cabinet approval rating falls after controversial shift on defense policy

July 2, 2014 - 23:42
The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet was down 4.3 points in a Kyodo News poll conducted after the government decided Tuesday to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense. (Japan Times)
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Japanese politician screams and cries at press conference as he defends expenses claims

July 2, 2014 - 12:23
A Japanese politician who claimed over 3 million yen (around US$30,000) in travel expenses without providing any supporting evidence has defended his actions in a dramatic and emotional display. (
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S. Korea president raps Japan's review of comfort women statement

July 2, 2014 - 12:17
South Korean President Park Geun Hye, in an interview broadcast Wednesday, strongly criticized Japan for reviewing the process that led to the 1993 milestone statement on the "comfort women" wartime prostitution system under the former Japanese military. (Jiji Press)
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N. Korea fires 2 short-range projectiles off east coast

July 2, 2014 - 05:19
North Korea on Wednesday fired two short-range projectiles off its east coast Wednesday, the timing of which comes a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to visit South Korea. (Kyodo)
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Japanese pacifists unnerved by lifting of ban on military intervention

July 1, 2014 - 17:48
On Tuesday, the conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and his cabinet agreed to lift the longstanding ban on Japan's troops engaging in combat overseas, a move some believes could drag the county into war. (The Guardian)
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Japan to allocate 14.2 billion yen for Futenma base transfer from reserves

July 1, 2014 - 17:34
The Japanese government decided Tuesday to allocate some 14.2 billion yen from reserves for fiscal 2014 for the year's work related to the planned transfer of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Ginowan in Okinawa Prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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U.S. welcomes Japan decision on collective self-defense

July 1, 2014 - 17:22
The U.S. government praised the Japanese Cabinet's reinterpretation of the Constitution on Tuesday paving the way for Japan to use its military forces to come to the aid of an ally. (Nikkei)
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Rocky start for Japan-North Korea talks on abductions

July 1, 2014 - 17:11
Senior Japanese and North Korean officials discussed specifics Tuesday of Pyongyang's promised establishment of a new body that will look into its past abductions of Japanese nationals. (Japan Times)
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Protesters rally outside PM's office

July 1, 2014 - 05:59
Citizens demonstrated outside the prime minister's office in central Tokyo on Tuesday morning. (NHK)
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Japan takes historic step from post-war pacifism, OKs fighting for allies

June 30, 2014 - 22:27
Japan took a historic step away from its post-war pacifism on Tuesday by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since 1945 - a victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe but a move that has riled China and worries many Japanese voters. (Reuters)
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Japan slams N Korea missile launch but talks to go on

June 29, 2014 - 23:41
Japan protested against North Korea's ballistic missile launch today but vowed to go ahead with rare government-level talks with Pyongyang this week as scheduled. (zeenews)
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N. Korea fires short-range missiles off east coast

June 29, 2014 - 02:45
North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its east coast Sunday toward the Sea of Japan off its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said, citing South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Nikkei)
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Japan wades carefully into opening ports to North Korean ships

June 28, 2014 - 00:55
The government will only partially lift a ban on North Korean ships entering Japan but may expand the privilege depending on the progress of a new probe by Pyongyang into the whereabouts of kidnapped Japanese. (Nikkei)
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RIMPAC naval exercise begins off Hawaii, involving Japan, China

June 28, 2014 - 00:52
A U.S.-led international naval exercise called RIMPAC started in waters off Hawaii on Thursday, involving mainly Pacific-rim nations including Japan and China. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's land minister meets Chinese vice premier

June 27, 2014 - 13:40
Japan's land minister Akihiro Ota has met Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong in Beijing. (NHK)
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