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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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Veteran senator, ex-U.S. envoy to Japan Baker dies at 88

June 27, 2014 - 02:38
Howard Baker, a former ranking U.S. senator who served as ambassador to Japan and worked on forging close bilateral cooperation following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, died Thursday, a law firm related to him said. He was 88. (Kyodo)
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Ishihara's new party decides its name

June 26, 2014 - 23:22
Japan Restoration Party co-leader Shintaro Ishihara says his new political party will be called "Jisedai-no-to," or party for the next generation. (NHK)
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Japanese arrive in Pyongyang to visit family graves

June 26, 2014 - 22:54
Nine Japanese nationals arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday to visit the graves of family members who died on the Korean Peninsula around the end of World War II. (Jiji Press)
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Japan hangs 1 in 5th round of executions under Abe gov't

June 26, 2014 - 03:07
Japan hanged a death row inmate Thursday in the fifth round of executions since the launch in December 2012 of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, a source close to the matter said. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo assembly adopts resolution against sexist abuse

June 25, 2014 - 12:24
The Tokyo metropolitan assembly adopted a resolution Wednesday to take preventive measures after an outcry over what is seen as sexist abuse aimed at assemblywoman and Your Party member Ayaka Shiomura. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's youngest mayor arrested on bribery charges

June 24, 2014 - 14:04
Police in Japan have arrested the country's youngest mayor on bribery charges. (NHK)
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Japan, Philippine Leaders Reject Intimidation at Sea

June 24, 2014 - 14:02
Japanese and Philippine leaders agreed Tuesday that they will not tolerate intimidation in neighboring seas and will seek peaceful solutions, based on the rule of law, to maritime disputes. (Jiji Press)
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Jeered Tokyo assemblywoman talks to foreign media

June 24, 2014 - 14:01
A female member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly who was subjected to sexist jeers has told foreign media that Japanese politics is based on the male point of view. (NHK)
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Abe apologizes for LDP member's sexist jeering

June 24, 2014 - 05:22
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe broke a nearly week-long silence Tuesday and apologized for sexist taunts shouted by a party member at a young Tokyo assemblywoman, reports said. (Japan Today)
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S. Korea's prime minister nominee withdraws over pro-Japanese remarks

June 24, 2014 - 05:18
South Korea's prime minister-nominee has withdrawn from consideration following mounting criticism over alleged pro-Japanese remarks he made. (salon.com)
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Abe looks to put his stamp on foreign aid

June 23, 2014 - 23:38
Next up for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe? Figuring out how to put official development assistance (ODA) to "strategic" use so the international aid program can help Japan make a more "proactive contribution" to world peace, one of Abe's pet policy goals. (Japan Times)
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Minister apologizes for remark on Fukushima nuclear soil storage

June 23, 2014 - 12:40
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara apologized Monday for a remark suggesting the issue of where to store contaminated soil from the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was a matter of money. (Kyodo)
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