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50-year-old New Komeito drops 'New' from its English name

September 27, 2014 - 00:19
Junior ruling coalition partner New Komeito changed its English name back to the original "Komeito" to mark the 50th anniversary of the party's formation in 1964. (Asahi)
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Japans SDF holds joint drill with NATO forces

September 26, 2014 - 23:51
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has joined NATO units for their first joint exercise in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia. (NHK)
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China positive about lawmaker exchanges with Japan

September 26, 2014 - 23:43
China is positive about a resumption of exchanges between ruling-party lawmakers with Japan, Liberal Democratic Party sources said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan pledges nearly 10-fold boost in aid for Ebola fight to $45 mil.

September 25, 2014 - 22:36
Japan will increase its aid to help West African countries fight the Ebola outbreak nearly tenfold to $45 million while also providing more protective equipment, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Abe pledges $50 mil. in humanitarian aid to stem Islamic State crisis

September 25, 2014 - 22:34
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $50 million in emergency aid for the Islamic State-induced humanitarian crisis in the Middle East in his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Japan announces extra sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

September 24, 2014 - 14:19
Japan announced additional sanctions against Russia on Wednesday over the crisis in Ukraine, urging Moscow to take concrete steps to resolve the issue peacefully. (Kyodo)
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U.S. airstrikes in Syria understandable: Kishida

September 24, 2014 - 05:46
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed the view Tuesday that the U.S. forces' launch of an air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria is an understandable move. (Jiji Press)
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Crying Hyogo Assembly member sparks allowance cuts

September 24, 2014 - 02:00
The Hyogo Prefectural Assembly, which briefly became famous worldwide when a lawmaker was filmed sobbing over his alleged misuse of public funds, cut politicians' allowances Monday by 10 percent. (Japan Times)
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Demonstrators rally against Sendai plant restart

September 23, 2014 - 23:19
People rallied in Tokyo on Tuesday, a national holiday, against government moves to restart a nuclear plant in southwestern Japan. (NHK)
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Abe to vow at U.N. Japan's more active role in Africa peacekeeping

September 23, 2014 - 23:02
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to vow in a speech at the United Nations on Friday that Japan will take a more active role in U.N.-led peacekeeping operations in Africa and support U.S. President Barack Obama's initiative to quickly deploy peacekeepers in the region, a draft of the speech showed Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Sapporo assemblyman urged to quit over Ainu remark

September 22, 2014 - 23:08
The Sapporo City Assembly in Hokkaido, northern Japan, has adopted a resolution calling for a member to resign over his controversial remarks about the region's indigenous Ainu people. (NHK)
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Abe drops plan for Putin's Japan visit, eyes summit on APEC fringes

September 22, 2014 - 22:49
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has given up hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Japan this fall, but hopes to hold talks with him during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum's summit in Beijing in November, Japanese government sources said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Abe leaves for New York

September 22, 2014 - 08:06
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on his way to New York to attend the UN General Assembly. He will discuss with national leaders how to deal with the Islamic State militant group and other issues. (NHK)
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Abe: Japan to study possibility of Putin visit

September 21, 2014 - 22:01
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants to continue constructive dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin and study the possibility of his visit to Japan. (NHK)
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Yamaguchi Confirmed as New Komeito Head for 4th Term

September 21, 2014 - 21:46
New Komeito, the junior member of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition, confirmed Natsuo Yamaguchi, 62, as its head for a fourth term at a party convention held in Tokyo on Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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2 opposition parties merge to form Japan's 3rd-largest party

September 21, 2014 - 21:43
Two of Japan's small opposition parties merged and launched a new political party Sunday, the country's third largest, in a bid to stir political realignment. (Kyodo)
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Abe uses letter to ask Park for summit request

September 20, 2014 - 00:11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye for a summit meeting in a letter handed over on Friday, seeking a breakthrough in bilateral ties frozen by disagreements over Japan's wartime past, including the "comfort women" issue. (Japan Times)
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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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