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Tabloid: Ex-LDP lawmaker Takaya Muto linked to male prostitute

August 27, 2015 - 04:49
A controversial former Lower House member is now being accused of engaging in sex acts with a male prostitute, according to a report in the September 3 issue of weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Ex-LDP lawmaker Takaya Muto involved in sex scandal: report

August 26, 2015 - 23:24
Takaya Muto, a Lower House member who quit the Liberal Democratic Party over an alleged money scandal last week, has engaged in sexual intercourse with a 19-year-old male prostitute repeatedly since last November, the website of weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun reported Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Watchdog faults Caroline Kennedy, U.S. diplomats in Japan for private email use

August 26, 2015 - 07:25
The State Department's inspector general is faulting U.S. diplomats in Japan - including U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy - for conducting official business on private email accounts. (
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Abe asks Obama to investigate alleged U.S. spying

August 26, 2015 - 04:25
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday to investigate alleged spying on high-level Japanese government and corporate officials, after anti-secrecy website. (Kyodo)
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Japan refuses to take part in China's 'Victory Day' event to mark end of war

August 24, 2015 - 09:58
The prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, will not attend Victory Day events in Beijing next month to mark the end of the second world war, partly in protest against China's military build-up in regional waters, Japanese media said. (
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GSDF holds drill to retake remote island

August 23, 2015 - 22:44
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force has staged a live-fire exercise in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, to simulate the retaking of a remote island. (NHK)
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Japan foreign minister protests Medvedev's visit to disputed island

August 23, 2015 - 00:37
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida lodged a protest Saturday over Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Etorofu, one of the four northwestern Pacific islands at the center of a territorial dispute between the two countries. (Jiji Press)
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S Korean dies nine days after self-immolation at anti-Japan protest

August 22, 2015 - 01:17
An elderly South Korean man died from his injuries Friday, nine days after setting himself on fire to protest Japan's forced recruitment of sex slaves for military brothels during World War II. (Japan Today)
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Lower house member Muto leaves ruling LDP over share scandal

August 19, 2015 - 22:50
Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Takaya Muto submitted a letter of resignation from the ruling Japanese party on Wednesday to take responsibility for causing public distrust in politics over a scandal related to unlisted shares. (Jiji Press)
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Panel queries national stadium original estimate

August 19, 2015 - 22:45
A panel appointed by Japan's sports ministry is investigating whether the original cost estimated to build the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was appropriate. (NHK)
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Howling ex-Hyogo assemblyman indicted for fraud

August 18, 2015 - 22:50
A former member of the prefectural assembly of Hyogo, western Japan, who caused a sensation by bursting into tears and howling at a press conference last year was indicted by public prosecutors on Tuesday on charges of swindling taxpayers' money. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese visit graves in N. Korea of kin who died at end of WWII

August 16, 2015 - 23:00
A Japanese group on Sunday visited the graves of relatives who died in what is now North Korea during the chaos at the end of World War II. (Kyodo)
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Japan emperor expresses 'deep remorse' on WW2 anniversary

August 15, 2015 - 06:35
Japanese Emperor Akihito marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two with an expression of "deep remorse" over the conflict on Saturday, a departure fr (Reuters)
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China shuns direct assessment of Abe's WWII statement

August 15, 2015 - 00:38
China on Friday stopped short of giving a direct assessment of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's remarks in a statement he issued to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. (Kyodo)
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Over 50% of assemblywomen in Japan have been sexually harassed, survey suggests

August 13, 2015 - 23:49
In yet another sign of deep-rooted sexism in Japan, more than 50 percent of local assemblywomen who responded to a recent survey said they had been sexually harassed while on duty. (Japan Times)
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Abe to issue statement

August 13, 2015 - 23:38
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is poised to continue a war anniversary tradition undertaken by some of his predecessors. He'll issue a statement regarding Japan's role in World War Two and its progress since then. (NHK)
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Voting with kids to be allowed

August 13, 2015 - 23:30
The government has decided to revise the Public Offices Election Law to allow voters to take children aged 17 or younger to polling stations in all cases, according to sources. (The Japan News)
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Okinawa anger fueled by latest U.S. helicopter accident

August 13, 2015 - 10:44
Following another U.S. military helicopter accident the previous day, the people of Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, expressed their renewed anger on Thursday, the 11th anniversary of a U.S. chopper crash in the grounds of a local university. (Jiji Press)
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Korean man still in critical condition after self-immolation at Japan protest

August 13, 2015 - 10:14
An 80-year-old South Korean man was in life-threatening condition on Thursday after setting himself on fire during an anti-Japan protest in Seoul, hospital officials said. (Japan Today)
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Abe apologizes for costly Olympics stadium fiasco, design rethink

August 11, 2015 - 01:57
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday apologized for squandering billions of yen in public funds on plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium. (Japan Times)
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