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Voting begins in Japan's general election

December 13, 2014 - 22:40
Voting has started throughout Japan in the Lower House election. 1191 candidates are vying for 475 seats. (NHK)
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U.S. Senate OKs defense bill tied to Marine Corps transfer

December 13, 2014 - 08:52
The U.S. Senate on Friday passed the National Defense Authorization Act that will put an end to a freeze on the realignments of Marine Corps in the Asia-Pacific region, including the transfer of some Marines to Guam from Japan's Okinawa Prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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China's Xi deplores Nanjing denials as obstacle to improved relations

December 13, 2014 - 08:49
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday deplored denials in Japan of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in marking the first national observance of the tragedy, saying that acknowledgment of the two countries' troubled past is crucial to improving relations. (Kyodo)
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Voter turnout may sink to new record low Sunday

December 13, 2014 - 01:35
The turnout for Sunday's election may plunge to a record low, likely benefitting parties with strong support bases, including the conservative Liberal Democratic Party. (Japan Times)
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Japan PM Abe's base aims to restore past religious, patriotic values

December 12, 2014 - 04:43
As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promises voters a bright future for Japan's economy, key parts of his conservative base want him to steer the nation back toward a traditional ethos mixing Shinto myth, patriotism and pride in an ancient imperial line. (Reuters)
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EU Commissioner presses Japan to quickly submit emission cut target

December 10, 2014 - 23:35
Miguel Arias Canete, European Union commissioner for climate and energy, pressed Japan on Tuesday to quickly submit its target on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for 2020 and beyond. (Jiji Press)
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US military eases drinking restrictions in Okinawa

December 10, 2014 - 23:20
The US military in Japan on Tuesday eased restrictions on off-base drinking by service members stationed in Okinawa Prefecture. (NHK)
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New Okinawa governor takes office

December 10, 2014 - 23:18
The new governor of Okinawa Prefecture has taken office. (NHK)
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Japan secrecy law takes effect amid protests

December 10, 2014 - 07:33
A strict new state-secrets law that critics charge will help conceal government misdeeds and limit press freedom has taken effect in Japan. (aljazeera.com)
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Obuchi makes 'apology tour' / Speaking 40 times a day

December 10, 2014 - 00:26
Yuko Obuchi, a candidate of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the upcoming House of Representatives election, bowed deeply and did not raise her head for a while. (The Japan News)
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Aso acknowledges his remarks on childless people inappropriate

December 9, 2014 - 04:18
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso acknowledged Tuesday that it was inappropriate for him to say during a campaign speech at the weekend that higher social security costs in Japan can be attributed to young people "not having children." (Kyodo)
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LDP may win more than 300 seats in lower house election

December 8, 2014 - 05:18
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party may capture more than 300 seats singlehandedly in the new 475-member House of Representatives in the closely watched election on Dec. 14, Jiji Press predicted Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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Opposition message changes, warns against huge ruling bloc

December 7, 2014 - 22:13
The opposition parties have revised their campaign strategy and begun stoking a sense of caution in voters against allowing the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito to win the election in a landslide, which would create a gigantic ruling coalition. (The Japan News)
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Cuddly mascots out in force encouraging citizens to vote in Lower House poll

December 6, 2014 - 04:30
In Okayama Prefecture's push to get voters to the polls, it has enlisted Uracchi, the prefecture's mascot in the image of a demon girl, to conjure up interest in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Asahi)
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Outgoing Okinawa governor OKs changes to base relocation work

December 6, 2014 - 03:35
Outgoing Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima approved Friday two of three applications to change construction methods relating to the planned relocation of a key U.S. base within the southernmost Japan prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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S. Korea refuses to remove "comfort women" statue in Seoul

December 2, 2014 - 23:53
A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Tuesday brushed aside Tokyo's persistent demand for the removal of a so-called "comfort women" statue standing in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul. (Jiji Press)
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Another low for Japan's gender gap, as only 15% of election candidates are female

December 2, 2014 - 23:19
So much for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's call to empower women. Only 15 percent of candidates running in this election from mainstream parties are female. (Japan Times)
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