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Abe leaves for New York

September 22, 2014 - 08:06
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on his way to New York to attend the UN General Assembly. He will discuss with national leaders how to deal with the Islamic State militant group and other issues. (NHK)
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Abe: Japan to study possibility of Putin visit

September 21, 2014 - 22:01
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants to continue constructive dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin and study the possibility of his visit to Japan. (NHK)
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Yamaguchi Confirmed as New Komeito Head for 4th Term

September 21, 2014 - 21:46
New Komeito, the junior member of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition, confirmed Natsuo Yamaguchi, 62, as its head for a fourth term at a party convention held in Tokyo on Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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2 opposition parties merge to form Japan's 3rd-largest party

September 21, 2014 - 21:43
Two of Japan's small opposition parties merged and launched a new political party Sunday, the country's third largest, in a bid to stir political realignment. (Kyodo)
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Abe uses letter to ask Park for summit request

September 20, 2014 - 00:11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye for a summit meeting in a letter handed over on Friday, seeking a breakthrough in bilateral ties frozen by disagreements over Japan's wartime past, including the "comfort women" issue. (Japan Times)
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Ex-assemblyman: funds not used for politics

September 18, 2014 - 23:00
The media has learned from police that a former Japanese local politician, who became famous for his sobbing news conference, has apparently admitted to misusing public funds. (NHK)
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Japan mulls new sanctions against Russia

September 18, 2014 - 22:49
Japan is considering new sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, Japanese government officials said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's plutonium stockpile jumps to 47 tons in 2013

September 17, 2014 - 03:52
Japan possessed about 47.1 tons of plutonium in and outside the country as of the end of 2013, up some 2.9 tons from the year before, the Cabinet Office said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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No progress in bid to free Japanese man held by Islamic State

September 17, 2014 - 03:43
A month has passed since a Japanese man was captured in northern Syria by the extremist Islamic State militant group, but no progress is in sight for his release. (Japan Times)
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DPJ launches new leadership team

September 17, 2014 - 00:10
The major opposition Democratic Party of Japan on Tuesday named key officials of its new leadership team headed by its president, Banri Kaieda, in a bid to shore up the party's decreasing presence ahead of an upcoming extraordinary session of the Diet, or parliament, and a series of local elections next spring. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese families arrive at Pyongyang for grave visit

September 15, 2014 - 22:48
Five Japanese citizens arrived at Pyongyang Monday to visit graves of their family members who have died in what is now North Korea around the end of World War II. (Jiji Press)
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S. Korean Foreign Minister Yun meets Japan envoy for 1st time

September 14, 2014 - 22:37
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se and Japanese Ambassador to Seoul Koro Bessho held talks Sunday at a cultural exchange event in Seoul as the two countries struggle to mend strained relations. (Kyodo)
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Govt. releases interviews about nuclear accident

September 11, 2014 - 22:44
Japan's government has released transcripts of interviews about the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. (NHK)
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Putin meets former Japanese Prime Minister Mori, gets Abe's letter

September 11, 2014 - 02:35
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and handed him a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Chinese ships temporarily enter Japanese waters

September 11, 2014 - 02:33
Four Chinese Coast Guard ships temporarily intruded into Japan's territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Wednesday. (NHK)
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Naha mayor to run for Okinawa governor on anti-base relocation platform

September 10, 2014 - 23:14
Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga said Wednesday he will run in the Okinawa gubernatorial election in November, on a platform of opposition to the planned relocation of a U.S. military base within the prefecture. (Japan Times)
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Japan revises draft standards for applying state secrets law

September 10, 2014 - 07:17
The Japanese government has made 27 revisions to its draft standards for the application of the designated state secrets protection law, based on comments from the public, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Before Pearl Harbor, Emperor Hirohito warned against war

September 9, 2014 - 23:48
Before Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Emperor Hirohito criticized plans to go to war with the United States as "self-destructive" and opposed an alliance with Nazi Germany, though he did little to stop the war that Japan waged in his name, according to the long-awaited official history of his reign released on Tuesday. (
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Tokyo to send protective gear to Ebola-hit areas

September 9, 2014 - 23:39
The Tokyo Metropolitan government will send 100,000 sets of protective gear to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa. The region is facing a serious shortage of medical workers and equipment. (NHK)
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Japan to expand continental shelf

September 9, 2014 - 23:33
The government has decided to extend the limits of the continental shelf to which Japan maintains sovereign rights. (NHK)
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