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Little progress made in talks to free Japanese

August 22, 2014 - 02:22
A member of an armed group in Syria says it has made little progress in an effort to free a Japanese man from Islamic extremists. (NHK)
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Annals of late Japanese Emperor Hirohito completed

August 21, 2014 - 12:41
The annals of Emperor Hirohito of Japan, posthumously called Emperor Showa, has been completed 24 years after the start of compilation work. (Jiji Press)
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Abe criticized for playing golf after disaster report

August 20, 2014 - 22:41
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been criticized for playing golf after he received on Wednesday morning the first report of mudslides in the western city of Hiroshima, where the death toll later exceeded 30. (Jiji Press)
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Warnings over landslides in Hiroshima came too late

August 20, 2014 - 22:07
The Hiroshima city government's response to the deadly rain-triggered landslides that left scores dead or missing will likely be questioned because it issued evacuation notices to residents after the disaster had already occurred. (The Japan News)
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Abe cancels vacation to deal with disaster

August 20, 2014 - 07:50
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cancelled his summer vacation to deal with rain-triggered disasters that killed at least 18 people in Hiroshima city. (NHK)
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Akie Abe wants a society where 'women shine'

August 19, 2014 - 23:06
Akie Abe, the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is active not only in her capacity as first lady, but also in practicing pesticide-free agriculture and running an izakaya restaurant. (The Japan News)
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Japanese believed held in Syria said he planned to support rebels

August 19, 2014 - 22:56
A Japanese man believed to have been captured in northern Syria by Islamic State militants said he came to the conflict-ravaged country in preparation for his plan to supply rebels fighting the ruling Assad regime, a rebel leader said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Islamic State claims responsibility for detaining Japanese man

August 19, 2014 - 03:52
The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for detaining a Japanese man in Syria in a post on the Internet, Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Sankei Seoul bureau chief grilled over Park article

August 18, 2014 - 23:09
The Seoul bureau chief of the daily Sankei Shimbun appeared Monday at the Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office after being summoned over the alleged defamation of President Park Geun-hye. (Japan Times)
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Gov't begins seabed survey for U.S. Futenma base transfer

August 18, 2014 - 00:45
The Defense Ministry on Sunday started a seabed survey for landfill work off the coast of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, at the planned relocation site for the U.S. Futenma airbase, amid protests from local residents opposed to the base transfer. (Kyodo)
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China orders 'patriotic' TV series targeting Japan

August 16, 2014 - 01:28
China has ordered the country's television broadcasters to air "patriotic" or anti-fascist series for two months from September, reports said, stepping up its propaganda efforts amid disputes with Japan and ahead of national holidays. (Japan Today)
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LDP team to start probe on Asahi's 'comfort women' articles

August 16, 2014 - 01:24
A group of Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers on history education on Friday decided to look at facts linked to the Asahi Shimbun's recent withdrawal of articles on "comfort women" that it published decades ago. (Jiji Press)
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Japan commemorates the end of World War Two

August 15, 2014 - 09:28
People in Japan are commemorating the end of World War Two. About 6,000 people attended a government-sponsored memorial ceremony in Tokyo on Friday to mourn the souls of the more than 3 million war dead. (NHK)
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2 cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni shrine

August 14, 2014 - 23:35
Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo Friday in a move likely to anger China and South Korea, which see it as a symbol of Japan's militarist past. (Japan Today)
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Buoys off Okinawa coast limit boat entry

August 14, 2014 - 10:08
Buoys are being placed to make clear that the waters within the boundaries are a temporary no-entry zone ahead of a drilling survey. (NHK)
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Pyongyang fires short-range rockets into sea

August 14, 2014 - 07:14
Seoul says North Korea has fired three short-range rockets into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula as South Korea and the US prepare for a joint military drill. (
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Japan protests Russia's military drills on disputed islands

August 13, 2014 - 15:55
Japan lodged a protest Wednesday with Russia over its military exercises on an islet chain off Hokkaido at the heart of a territorial dispute, government officials said. (Kyodo)
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Boeing 777 picked as new 'Japanese Air Force One'

August 13, 2014 - 01:37
Japan picked the Boeing 777 aircraft on Tuesday as its new government aircraft for overseas trips by the prime minister and members of the imperial family. (Nikkei)
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Japan to test first homegrown stealth fighter jet

August 12, 2014 - 08:04
A group of major Japanese firms are planning a test flight next year for the nation's first homegrown stealth fighter jet, a report said today. (zeenews)
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Abe Cabinet support rate rises to 51%

August 12, 2014 - 02:11
A survey by NHK shows support for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has bounced back to 51 percent. (NHK)
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