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Environment Minister Mochizuki unveils incorrect funding report entry

October 27, 2014 - 22:54
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki said Tuesday his support group incorrectly recorded expenditures totaling around 6.6 million yen in its funding report as spending for New Year's events in 2008 and 2009 that were not sponsored by the group. (Kyodo)
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Health minister apologizes to asbestos victims

October 27, 2014 - 15:07
Health Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki has apologized to plaintiffs in asbestos-related lawsuits for failing to take steps to prevent them from suffering health problems due to exposure to the carcinogen. (NHK)
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Uchibori wins Fukushima governor race

October 27, 2014 - 00:32
Former Deputy Gov. Masao Uchibori won the Fukushima gubernatorial election Sunday. It was the first governor election to be held since the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fuskushima No. 1 nuclear power plant following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. (The Japan News)
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Japan, S. Korea lawmakers vow efforts over comfort women issue

October 25, 2014 - 23:13
Japanese and South Korean lawmakers pledged their mutual efforts Saturday to resolve the issue of so-called "comfort women" at an early date. (Jiji Press)
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Japan could deploy minesweepers off S. Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says

October 25, 2014 - 09:07
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to let Japan's military fight overseas could open the way for the country to deploy minesweepers in South Korean waters in the event of a war with North Korea, a senior U.S. admiral said on Friday. (Reuters)
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Japan's Aso calls on China for bilateral summit

October 22, 2014 - 23:25
Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso told Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Wednesday of Japan's wish to have a bilateral summit on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit in November in Beijing. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, Chinese vice premiers make contact amid soured ties

October 22, 2014 - 07:26
Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Wednesday had a chat with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli as the two countries are trying to mend relations badly strained by territorial and wartime historical issues, sources familiar with the matter said. (Kyodo)
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Japan govt agrees to settlement of asbestos suit

October 21, 2014 - 22:56
The Japanese government said Tuesday it will settle a damages lawsuit with former workers at factories using asbestos in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, that was sent back by the Supreme Court after their defeat at a lower court. (Jiji Press)
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New ministers pledge no interruption to nuclear policy, female empowerment

October 21, 2014 - 09:33
On his first day in his new job, industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa said Tuesday he will soon be ready to visit communities near nuclear power plants, apparently pledging to maintain the momentum for reactor restarts. (Japan Times)
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Cabinet resignations cast dark cloud over Abe, Abenomics

October 20, 2014 - 23:56
The resignation of two scandal-scarred ministers could rapidly erode public support for a cabinet that faces a host of tough decisions, including a consumption tax hike, the restart of nuclear reactors and diplomatic bargaining with distrustful neighbors. (Nikkei)
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Japan, U.S. agree on base-related environment pact

October 20, 2014 - 23:41
The Japanese and U.S. governments said Monday that they have agreed to conclude a pact that allow environmental surveys in U.S. base sites in Japan before they are returned to Japan. (Jiji Press)
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LDP's Miyazawa, Kamikawa to succeed 2 departed ministers

October 20, 2014 - 23:32
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided Monday to name Yoichi Miyazawa and Yoko Kamikawa, both lawmakers of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, to replace two cabinet members who resigned the same day over scandals, aiming to quickly revive his government after the double setback. (Jiji Press)
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Osaka mayor engages in shouting match with head of anti-Korean group

October 20, 2014 - 23:30
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto met with the head of an anti-Korean group on Monday as he considers cracking down on hate speech rallies in the western Japan city, but they ended up having a shouting match in which they more or less just insulted each other. (Kyodo)
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Abe accepts Obuchi's resignation

October 20, 2014 - 09:11
Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi has resigned, taking responsibility for a scandal involving her political funding organizations. (NHK)
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In Japan, two female cabinet ministers resign

October 19, 2014 - 22:34
The resignation Monday of Yuko Obuchi, Japan's industry minister, was a heavy blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the cabinet he named last month. And there are concerns in the government and ruling parties that Obuchi is only the first in a string of coming cabinet resignations. (Nikkei)
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Obuchi under pressure to resign over fund scandal

October 18, 2014 - 07:29
Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yuko Obuchi is increasingly under pressure from government and ruling bloc officials to step down over a fund scandal that erupted recently. (Jiji Press)
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Hoping for summit, Abe plays nice with China at ASEM meet

October 18, 2014 - 07:25
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played up the improvement in bilateral ties with China at the Asia-Europe Meeting here this week by greeting the Chinese premier and refraining from directly criticizing China's maritime expansionism. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo-Nagoya maglev train project OK'd

October 18, 2014 - 01:48
The government on Friday approved Central Japan Railway Co.'s plan to construct the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line, paving the way for the 2027 start of magnetic levitation train service connecting Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes. (The Japan News)
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Abe, Putin agree to continue bilateral dialogue

October 18, 2014 - 01:44
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin at their meeting in Milan, Italy, on Friday agreed to continue dialogue between their countries. (The Japan News)
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Abe makes symbolic offering to Yasukuni, likely to forgo autumn festival visit

October 17, 2014 - 07:46
Intent on holding his first summit with his Chinese counterpart in November, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will apparently not visit the war-related Yasukuni Shrine during the autumn festival. (Asahi)
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