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Japan eyes additional sanctions on Russia over Ukraine crisis: Abe

March 19, 2014 - 06:52
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated Wednesday that Japan could impose additional sanctions on Russia following Moscow's declaration that it would absorb the Crimea region of Ukraine despite a chorus of criticism from Western nations led by the United States. (Kyodo)
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Japan, Vietnam agree to boost cooperation for maritime patrolling

March 18, 2014 - 21:21
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang agreed in Tokyo Tuesday to cooperate more closely in boosting Vietnam's maritime surveillance capability, with China's increasing maritime presence in mind. (Jiji Press)
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Japan announces steps to punish Russia over Ukraine crisis

March 18, 2014 - 02:51
Japan announced Tuesday a set of measures to punish Russia for intervening in Ukraine over the independence of its Crimea region, including suspension of talks for easing visa issuance conditions. (Kyodo)
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Japan rejects Crimea referendum outcome

March 17, 2014 - 07:56
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday that Tokyo does not approve the result of Sunday's referendum in Crimea, in which residents voted overwhelmingly for the region to leave Ukraine and join Russia. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, N. Korea eye resuming formal talks soon

March 17, 2014 - 07:55
Japan and North Korea are considering resuming in the near future formal negotiations involving senior officials of the two countries, a Japanese government official said Monday. (Kyodo)
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North Korea fires 25 rockets into Sea of Japan

March 16, 2014 - 22:14
North Korea has test-fired 25 rockets into the sea, South Korea's defence ministry says, in the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from Seoul and Washington. (
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Japan protesters say no to nuclear power

March 15, 2014 - 23:44
Thousands of people in Tokyo have rallied against nuclear power as the government and utilities prepare to restart reactors in southern Japan. (
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Abe says won't alter 1993 apology on 'comfort women'

March 14, 2014 - 06:43
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that his government would not revise a landmark 1993 apology to women, many Korean, forced to serve in wartime military brothels, as Washington presses for better ties between its two Asian allies. (Reuters)
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Japan-N. Korea Red Cross talks set for next week

March 13, 2014 - 22:04
The Red Cross societies of Japan and North Korea will hold a meeting again in Shenyang, northeastern China, for two days from Wednesday, the Japanese side said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan seeks to ease arms export rules to bolster defence

March 12, 2014 - 22:42
Japan plans to ease self-imposed arms export curbs, ruling bloc lawmakers said on Wednesday, in the first potential overhaul of arms export policy in half a century likely to worry giant neighbour China. (Reuters)
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China thanks Japan for help with Malaysia jet search

March 12, 2014 - 22:30
China extended a rare gesture of goodwill towards Japan on Wednesday, offering thanks - albeit indirectly - for an offer of help to look for a Malaysia Airlines aircraft which went missing on a flight to Beijing over the weekend. (
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Tokuda's sister found guilty in election scandal

March 12, 2014 - 22:27
The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday found the eldest sister of former House of Representatives lawmaker Takeshi Tokuda guilty of violating the public offices election law in his campaign for the 2012 lower house poll. (The Japan News)
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G-7 says not to recognize outcome of Crimea referendum

March 12, 2014 - 22:24
The leaders of the Group of Seven major countries said Wednesday that they will not recognize any outcome of Sunday's referendum in Crimea on whether to leave Ukraine and join Russia. (Jiji Press)
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Japan to send mission to Malaysia over missing jet

March 11, 2014 - 22:04
The Japanese government decided on Tuesday to send a mission to Malaysia to cooperate in the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet under Japan's law on the dispatch of emergency missions abroad. (Jiji Press)
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Japan won't change 1993 apology on 'comfort women'

March 10, 2014 - 21:48
Japan says it won't change its 1993 apology over a system of forced prostitution for its military during World War II, but will continue to re-examine a 20-year-old study on which it was based. (
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Abe visits Fukushima ahead of March 11 anniversary

March 8, 2014 - 23:02
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday, 3 days before the 3rd anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. (NHK)
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Japan not considering sanctions on Russia

March 7, 2014 - 06:34
Japan's foreign minister says the government has no plan at the moment to impose sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. (NHK)
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Abe asks Iran to resolve nuclear issue quickly

March 6, 2014 - 02:06
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has encouraged Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to take positive moves to speedily resolve Iran's nuclear issue. (NHK)
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S. Korea slams Japan over comfort women at U.N. meeting

March 5, 2014 - 23:01
In his speech at a U.N. meeting Wednesday, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se criticized Japan over so-called comfort women, who were forced into prostitution for Japanese soldiers during the wartime, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said. (Jiji Press)
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Sister of ex-lawmaker Tokuda found guilty of poll violation

March 5, 2014 - 22:52
Tokyo District Court on Wednesday found a sister of former House of Representatives lawmaker Takeshi Tokuda guilty of violating the public offices election law in his campaign for the 2012 Lower House poll. (Jiji Press)
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