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Govt. won't nationalize radioactive storage site

July 28, 2014 - 23:21
The government says it will allow landowners to keep their property rights for the land where it will build temporary storage facilities for radioactive debris in Fukushima Prefecture. It had originally planned to buy the land for the facilities. (NHK)
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Japan, Canada agree on need for MH-17 probe

July 28, 2014 - 23:13
Japan's top government spokesman says Japan wants to work with Canada and other Group of Seven nations to find out how Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine. (NHK)
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Japan to mull new aid system for small island nations

July 28, 2014 - 23:10
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his nation will consider a new system for financial assistance for small island countries at a meeting with his counterparts from member states of the Caribbean Community, or CARICOM. (Jiji Press)
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Japan announces additional sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

July 28, 2014 - 12:22
Japan will impose additional sanctions on Russia for failing to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, where the recent downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet killed all 298 people aboard, the government said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Abe meets PM of Trinidad and Tobago

July 28, 2014 - 08:07
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked the leader of Trinidad and Tobago to support Japan in next year's election to choose non-permanent members on the UN Security Council. (NHK)
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Abe tours ancient city with Mexican leader

July 27, 2014 - 09:27
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrapped up a two-day visit to Mexico Saturday, taking a break from sealing energy deals to tour pyramids with President Enrique Pena Nieto. (Japan Today)
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Japan lodges protest with N.Korea over missile

July 27, 2014 - 01:03
The Japanese government has lodged a protest with North Korea over Saturday's missile launch. (NHK)
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Park urges Japan to solve comfort women issue in talks with Masuzoe

July 26, 2014 - 01:13
South Korean President Park Geun-hye told visiting Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe on Friday that she wants the Japanese government to resolve the issue of so-called comfort women, mainly Asians, who were forced to serve as prostitutes for Japanese troops during wartime. (Jiji Press)
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Abe to carry out cabinet shakeup in early Sept.

July 26, 2014 - 00:22
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will carry out a cabinet shakeup and a portfolio change in his Liberal Democratic Party's leadership in the first week of September, informed sources said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Abe leaves for 5 Latin American countries

July 25, 2014 - 09:32
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has left for a five-nation tour of Latin America. (NHK)
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Foreign Ministry concluded passport not required for Emperor in 1971

July 24, 2014 - 06:30
Diplomatic records declassified on Thursday indicate that the Foreign Ministry concluded in 1971 that no passport would be needed for the Emperor should he decide to go abroad. (Japan Times)
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Japan assures S. Korea it upholds apology over wartime sexual slavery

July 23, 2014 - 15:05
The Japanese government assured South Korea on Wednesday that it will uphold an official apology over frontline brothels for Japanese soldiers during World War II that mainly recruited Asian women as prostitutes. (Kyodo)
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Japan's secrecy law seen as draconian

July 23, 2014 - 03:12
"Abe colour" is an expression occasionally used in Japan's domestic media. It means those government policies that reflect Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's personal views, and the term relates to his hawkish security policies. (
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2 Ospreys on display in Sapporo

July 21, 2014 - 22:30
Visitors flocked to the Ground Self-Defense Force's Okadama camp Sunday to view two U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey military transport aircraft, which were on display for the first time in Hokkaido. (The Japan News)
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Abe eyes replacing more than half of ministers in Cabinet reshuffle

July 20, 2014 - 23:32
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe envisions replacing more than half of his 18 ministers in a Cabinet reshuffle expected in early September, ruling coalition officials said Sunday. (Kyodo)
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Abe voices hope for continued dialogue with Russia's Putin

July 20, 2014 - 00:37
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his hope Saturday to continue dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite criticism toward Russia over a recent Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine. (Kyodo)
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Osprey aircraft fly over Tokyo for the first time

July 19, 2014 - 10:16
The US military's Osprey transport aircraft has flown over Tokyo for the first time. The tilt-rotor aircraft traveled to an air base in the capital on Saturday. (NHK)
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Police raid crying ex-assemblyman's home

July 19, 2014 - 00:12
Police in Japan have searched the home of a former local politician who became an international sensation on the Internet for crying during a news conference. (NHK)
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Abe calls for international probe of downing

July 18, 2014 - 06:29
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for an international investigation into the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine. (NHK)
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Japan pushing ahead with casino plan ahead of 2020 Olympics

July 18, 2014 - 06:26
Japan plans to set up a new unit to look at setting up integrated resort facilities featuring casinos in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the top government spokesman said Friday. (Kyodo)
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