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Ex-assemblyman: funds not used for politics

September 18, 2014 - 23:00
The media has learned from police that a former Japanese local politician, who became famous for his sobbing news conference, has apparently admitted to misusing public funds. (NHK)
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Japan mulls new sanctions against Russia

September 18, 2014 - 22:49
Japan is considering new sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, Japanese government officials said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's plutonium stockpile jumps to 47 tons in 2013

September 17, 2014 - 03:52
Japan possessed about 47.1 tons of plutonium in and outside the country as of the end of 2013, up some 2.9 tons from the year before, the Cabinet Office said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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No progress in bid to free Japanese man held by Islamic State

September 17, 2014 - 03:43
A month has passed since a Japanese man was captured in northern Syria by the extremist Islamic State militant group, but no progress is in sight for his release. (Japan Times)
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DPJ launches new leadership team

September 17, 2014 - 00:10
The major opposition Democratic Party of Japan on Tuesday named key officials of its new leadership team headed by its president, Banri Kaieda, in a bid to shore up the party's decreasing presence ahead of an upcoming extraordinary session of the Diet, or parliament, and a series of local elections next spring. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese families arrive at Pyongyang for grave visit

September 15, 2014 - 22:48
Five Japanese citizens arrived at Pyongyang Monday to visit graves of their family members who have died in what is now North Korea around the end of World War II. (Jiji Press)
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S. Korean Foreign Minister Yun meets Japan envoy for 1st time

September 14, 2014 - 22:37
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se and Japanese Ambassador to Seoul Koro Bessho held talks Sunday at a cultural exchange event in Seoul as the two countries struggle to mend strained relations. (Kyodo)
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Govt. releases interviews about nuclear accident

September 11, 2014 - 22:44
Japan's government has released transcripts of interviews about the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. (NHK)
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Putin meets former Japanese Prime Minister Mori, gets Abe's letter

September 11, 2014 - 02:35
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and handed him a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Chinese ships temporarily enter Japanese waters

September 11, 2014 - 02:33
Four Chinese Coast Guard ships temporarily intruded into Japan's territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Wednesday. (NHK)
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Naha mayor to run for Okinawa governor on anti-base relocation platform

September 10, 2014 - 23:14
Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga said Wednesday he will run in the Okinawa gubernatorial election in November, on a platform of opposition to the planned relocation of a U.S. military base within the prefecture. (Japan Times)
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Japan revises draft standards for applying state secrets law

September 10, 2014 - 07:17
The Japanese government has made 27 revisions to its draft standards for the application of the designated state secrets protection law, based on comments from the public, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Before Pearl Harbor, Emperor Hirohito warned against war

September 9, 2014 - 23:48
Before Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Emperor Hirohito criticized plans to go to war with the United States as "self-destructive" and opposed an alliance with Nazi Germany, though he did little to stop the war that Japan waged in his name, according to the long-awaited official history of his reign released on Tuesday. (nytimes.com)
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Tokyo to send protective gear to Ebola-hit areas

September 9, 2014 - 23:39
The Tokyo Metropolitan government will send 100,000 sets of protective gear to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa. The region is facing a serious shortage of medical workers and equipment. (NHK)
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Japan to expand continental shelf

September 9, 2014 - 23:33
The government has decided to extend the limits of the continental shelf to which Japan maintains sovereign rights. (NHK)
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GSDF's Kisarazu camp may be offered as U.S. Osprey maintenance site

September 9, 2014 - 23:23
The Defense Ministry is reportedly considering offering the Ground Self-Defense Force's camp in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, as a maintenance base for the U.S. Marine Corps' MV-22 Ospreys currently deployed at the Futenma base in Okinawa Prefecture. (Japan Times)
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Criticism grows in Australia over possible Japan sub purchase

September 9, 2014 - 23:17
Opposition politicians and industry groups in Australia demanded clarity from the government Tuesday over reports that it could buy a new submarine fleet from Japan rather than build its own at home. (Japan Times)
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Abe cabinet support rate rises to 58%

September 8, 2014 - 23:52
An NHK poll shows the support rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet has risen 7 percentage points from August to 58 percent. The disapproval rate decreased 5 points to 28 percent. (NHK)
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Abductees' families meet new minister in charge

September 8, 2014 - 23:09
Families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents have asked the new minister in charge of the issue to do her best to help bring abductees home. (NHK)
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China likely conducting survey near Senkakus

September 8, 2014 - 23:07
A Chinese government ship has been observed carrying out what appears to be an unauthorized survey near the Senkaku Islands in Japan's exclusive economic zone. (NHK)
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