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Japan, Indonesia to launch high-level forum on maritime security

March 23, 2015 - 22:40
Japan and Indonesia agreed Monday to launch a high-level bilateral "maritime forum" to expand their cooperation in ensuring security at sea and to increase Japan's assistance in building Indonesia's port infrastructure and coast guard capabilities. (Kyodo)
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Okinawa orders suspension of operations at base relocation site

March 23, 2015 - 22:38
The Okinawa prefectural government has instructed the Defense Ministry to suspend underwater work at the planned relocation site for a key U.S. military base in a coastal area of Nago in the island prefecture, the governor said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Hyogo Pref. to require bicycle riders to buy insurance

March 23, 2015 - 22:28
The Hyogo Prefectural Assembly has adopted an ordinance requiring bicycle riders to buy liability insurance so compensation can be provided for injuries and deaths resulting from their bicycle rides. (The Japan News)
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Leaders pay tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

March 23, 2015 - 08:39
World leaders are paying tribute to the late Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters on Monday that Lee was Singapore's founding father and a great leader who established the foundation for the country's prosperity today. (NHK)
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Japan, China, South Korea agree to realize early summit

March 21, 2015 - 22:44
The Japanese, Chinese and South Korean foreign ministers agreed on realizing a summit meeting of the three countries' top leaders at an early date during their first trilateral talks in about three years in Seoul on Saturday. (The Japan News)
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70 years on, Japan, U.S. remember epic Iwo Jima battle

March 20, 2015 - 22:27
When Yoshitaka Shindo was a boy, he did not hear much from his family about his grandfather Tadamichi Kuribayashi, commander of the Japanese troops who fought and died in the bloody battle of Iwo Jima. (Japan Today)
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Court rules 2014 election 'unconstitutional state'

March 20, 2015 - 22:17
A court in central Japan has ruled that last December's general election was held in a state of unconstitutionality due to the disparity in the value of votes between densely and sparsely populated areas. (NHK)
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Japan Ruling Parties Agree on Policy for Security Bills

March 20, 2015 - 22:03
Japan's ruling parties on Friday agreed on a basic policy for planned security legislation that would significantly expand the scope of Self-Defense Forces operations overseas. (Jiji Press)
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China calls on Japan to address history issues at ministers' meeting

March 20, 2015 - 21:59
China on Friday called on Japan to take a trilateral meeting in Seoul as an opportunity to address history issues that have impeded relations with its Asian neighbors. (Kyodo)
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Japan celebrates JFK's legacy with former President Bill Clinton

March 19, 2015 - 11:40
Japanese snack company Calbee has long since perfected the perfect marriage of both chips and crisps -- their crispy “Jagarico” potato chips. (Nikkei)
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Hyogo to make bicycle liability insurance compulsory

March 18, 2015 - 13:50
The Hyogo prefectural assembly on Wednesday adopted an ordinance that will make it compulsory for cyclists to buy liability insurance, the first such local regulation in Japan. (Jiji Press)
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U.S. Ambassador Kennedy gets several death threats by phone

March 17, 2015 - 23:50
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy received several death threats by phone in February, Japanese media reported Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Syrians file suit seeking refugee status in Japan

March 17, 2015 - 23:21
4 Syrians who took part in a pro-democracy movement in their civil war-torn country have filed a lawsuit seeking refugee status in Japan. (NHK)
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Abe calls for immediate U.N. Security Council reform

March 16, 2015 - 22:52
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called for immediate reform of the U.N. Security Council, saying that now is "the time to produce concrete results, rather than just spending time on talks." (Jiji Press)
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Lawmakers tee off on NHK head Momii over limo use for golf outing

March 16, 2015 - 22:26
The Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) chief again found himself in the rough, this time for having the public broadcaster cover the costs of limousine services for a private round of golf. (Asahi)
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Chinese map had Japanese name for Senkaku Islands

March 16, 2015 - 22:04
Japan's Foreign Ministry says a Chinese government map, published dozens of years ago, uses Japanese names for the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, instead of Chinese names. (NHK)
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Japan, China agree to promote dialogue

March 15, 2015 - 12:29
Japanese Disaster Management Minister Eriko Yamatani and her Chinese counterpart, Li Liguo, Sunday agreed to promote dialogue to enhance antidisaster cooperation between the two countries. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, France sign defense equipment pact

March 14, 2015 - 01:25
The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and France have signed an agreement to promote cooperation in developing defense equipment. (NHK)
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North Korea fires missiles into sea again, South says

March 13, 2015 - 11:56
North Korea has test fired seven short-range missiles into the sea, South Korean officials said March 13, in the latest such tests launched during ongoing South Korea-U.S. military drills. (Asahi)
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Japan lawmakers ponder powering up casino bill via obscure parliamentary panel

March 11, 2015 - 23:36
Die-hard proponents of legalized casinos in Japan are considering a last-ditch effort to get their bill passed - by the obscure route of a parliamentary committee that handles matters like the removal of power poles. (Reuters)
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