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Japan to extend $6 mil. in emergency aid for Syrian refugees

February 24, 2015 - 05:14
Japan will extend $6 million in emergency aid for people displaced by war in Syria, including those seeking refuge in neighboring countries, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan, China argue over Security Council reform

February 24, 2015 - 04:55
Japan and China engaged in a battle of words in an open debate at the United Nations Security Council. (NHK)
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Nishikawa resigns as minister over funds

February 23, 2015 - 17:56
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Koya Nishikawa submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday following revelations of political donations, saying he wanted to avoid an adverse impact on the current Diet deliberations. (The Japan News)
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Protest against US base relocation plan

February 22, 2015 - 22:26
Thousands of people rallied in Japan's southern Okinawa Prefecture against a plan to construct a US base in a coastal area. (NHK)
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S. Korea protests Japanese isle ceremony as 'provocation'

February 22, 2015 - 22:12
South Korea on Sunday protested the Japanese government's sending of a high-level official to represent it at an annual ceremony held in western Japan to press Tokyo's claim to a pair of South Korean-controlled islets, issuing a statement condemning the move as a "provocation" and calling it "extremely deplorable." (Kyodo)
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'Takeshima Day' ceremony held, attended by central gov't rep

February 22, 2015 - 22:09
A central government representative pledged efforts to find a peaceful solution to a dispute with Seoul over a group of South Korean-administered islets as the Shimane prefectural government held its 10th annual "Takeshima Day" ceremony on Sunday. (Kyodo)
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Another Japanese national temporarily held by Kurds in northern Iraq

February 22, 2015 - 00:32
Japan's Foreign Ministry said Saturday another Japanese national has been temporarily detained as a suspicious person by authorities in the Kurdish autonomous zone in northern Iraq earlier this month. (Kyodo)
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Abe defends playing golf during hostage crisis

February 22, 2015 - 00:22
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to criticism in the Diet on Friday about his playing golf and attending concerts in late December after he had been informed that two Japanese were being held hostage by Islamic State extremists. (Japan Today)
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Govt plans to make Diet approval mandatory for SDF deployment overseas

February 19, 2015 - 21:56
A proposal put forward by the Japanese government Thursday calls for making parliamentary approval mandatory for the overseas dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces. (Jiji Press)
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Chinese ships found poaching in Japan hit record high

February 19, 2015 - 00:16
The number of Chinese ships found carrying out poaching and other crimes in Japanese waters in 2014 hit a record high of 16 since the survey launch in 1977, the Japan Coast Guard said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan prepared to lower voting age to 18 next year

February 17, 2015 - 23:21
The voting age for national elections will likely be lowered to 18 from the current 20, starting with the next upper house election in the summer of 2016, as both ruling and opposition parties are set to submit to parliament as early as next week a bill for that purpose, lawmakers said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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SDF holds drill for Japanese in Thailand

February 15, 2015 - 22:08
Japanese Self-Defense Forces personnel have conducted an evacuation drill for Japanese nationals in eastern Thailand. (NHK)
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S. Africa Ambassador raps Sankei Shimbun article

February 15, 2015 - 21:55
South African Ambassador to Japan Mohau Pheko has lodged a protest with the Sankei Shimbun against a column which she saw as hailing apartheid, the major Japanese daily revealed Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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Indonesia to ink defense agreement with Japan

February 15, 2015 - 00:20
The Defense Ministry confirmed on Friday that it would soon sign a defense cooperation treaty with Japan. (
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Abe visits areas hit by 2011 disaster

February 14, 2015 - 23:52
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has paid his first visit of the year to areas in northeastern Japan hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (NHK)
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Authorities in Iraq temporarily detained Japanese

February 14, 2015 - 23:49
Japan's foreign ministry officials say authorities in Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region detained a Japanese man for several days earlier this month. (NHK)
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Japan's Nikai, S. Korea's Park agree on comfort women issue

February 13, 2015 - 23:19
Japanese ruling party executive Toshihiro Nikai and South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Friday agreed on the need to resolve the thorny bilateral issue of so-called comfort women. (Jiji Press)
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U.N. Security Council moves to cut funding to degrade Islamic State

February 13, 2015 - 03:45
The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution designed to cut off financing to so-called Islamic State and other terrorist groups and individuals, threatening to impose sanctions on those who trade smuggled oil that is believed to have become an important source of revenue for them. (Kyodo)
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Islamic State magazine says hostage crisis meant to 'humiliate' Japan

February 13, 2015 - 03:43
The Islamic State militant group said in its English-language magazine published Thursday that the recent hostage crisis involving two Japanese men was aimed at shaming Japan after the country pledged aid for countries fighting the group. (Kyodo)
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Abe issues message on National Foundation Day

February 11, 2015 - 11:21
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has delivered a message for Japan's National Foundation Day in which he pledged to press on with reforms that will preserve the country's way of life for future generations. (NHK)
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