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Japan builds amphibious force modeled on U.S. Marines

July 17, 2014 - 12:55
SASEBO, Japan-At a training course here, 80 young soldiers are learning to swim, row, dive and jump into the ocean from a helicopter in flight. (Wall Street Journal)
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15 of 20 assembly members arrested in vote-buying scandal in Aomori

July 17, 2014 - 10:58
Even in a region notorious for political corruption, a vote-buying scandal that has led to the arrests of 75 percent of the city assembly has officials and residents scratching their heads in disbelief. (Asahi)
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Japan and Britain to launch joint research into fighter jet missile technology

July 17, 2014 - 06:47
Japan and Britain are to jointly develop missile technology for fighter jets, while Tokyo may also start exporting Japanese-made parts for US surface-to-air missiles, a report said on Thursday. (
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Tokyo assemblyman quits after tweeting 'Drop dead'

July 16, 2014 - 23:16
A local councillor in Tokyo has quit after writing "Drop dead!" during an angry exchange on Twitter, in another gaffe by local Japanese politicians in recent weeks. (Japan Today)
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Abe, residents near Sendai Plant comment

July 16, 2014 - 08:57
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says regulatory approval of a draft safety plan to restart nuclear reactors at the Sendai power plant is one step forward. (NHK)
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U.S. Marines' Osprey arrives near Tokyo

July 15, 2014 - 10:10
An MV-22 Osprey from a U.S. Marine base in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, arrived at the U.S. military's Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, Tuesday, marking the U.S. tilt-rotor aircraft's first flight to eastern Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Japan mulls permanent law to legalize SDF dispatch: Abe

July 15, 2014 - 06:10
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he will consider creating a permanent law to dispatch Japan's armed troops overseas, after Tokyo reinterpreted the pacifist Constitution to expand their role. (Kyodo)
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Govt. delays lifting evacuation order

July 14, 2014 - 23:32
The Japanese government has put off plans to lift the evacuation order for a village near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, after strong opposition from residents who say the area is still not safe. (NHK)
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Minesweeping possible in M. East under collective self-defense: Abe

July 14, 2014 - 23:00
Japan can send troops to the Middle East for minesweeping without a cease-fire, as a reinterpretation of the Constitution will expand their overseas role in a major security policy shift, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Ex-DPJ lawmaker elected Shiga governor

July 13, 2014 - 20:25
An independent and former lawmaker of the major opposition Democratic Party of Japan won the Shiga gubernatorial election Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan says Pacific trade talks agree broadly on labor, health issues

July 13, 2014 - 09:11
Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labor issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan's chief negotiator said on Saturday. (Reuters)
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North Korea appears to have fired more missiles

July 13, 2014 - 01:49
The Japanese government says North Korea apparently fired 2 ballistic missiles from the southwest of the country toward the Sea of Japan early Sunday morning. (NHK)
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Japan, US agree on changes to defense guidelines

July 12, 2014 - 07:29
The defense chiefs of Japan and the United States have agreed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reinterpretation of Japan's Constitution regarding the right to collective self-defense should be reflected in a review of the bilateral defense cooperation guidelines. (NHK)
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NHK apologizes for asking tough questions

July 11, 2014 - 23:44
The cabinet office lodged a complaint with NHK over tough questions asked during a television interview with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, according to weekly magazine Friday. (
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Defense Ministry seeks funds to buy GSDF's 1st Ospreys

July 11, 2014 - 23:01
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, visiting the United States, said Thursday that his ministry plans to request for the first time funds to buy the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft under the fiscal 2015 state budget. (The Japan News)
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Crying assemblyman resigns over shady use of taxpayer money

July 11, 2014 - 06:53
A Hyogo prefectural assemblyman resigned July 11 after capturing global attention for screaming and wailing at a news conference that was held to explain his dubious expenditures. (Asahi)
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Hotel in Seoul refuses to hold party by Japanese embassy for SDF

July 11, 2014 - 06:50
In the latest sign of tension between South Korea and Japan, the luxury Lotte Hotel in Seoul has refused to hold a reception by the Japanese embassy to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Japan Self-Defense Forces. (Japan Today)
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Australian PM ribbed over 'cringe-worthy' photo with Abe

July 10, 2014 - 23:48
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was taken to task on social media Thursday for tweeting a "cringe-worthy" photo of himself with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe posing by a giant tire. (Japan Today)
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Abe pledges 20 billion yen ODA for Papua New Guinea

July 10, 2014 - 23:04
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday Japan will provide 20 billion yen in official development assistance to Papua New Guinea over the next three years. (Jiji Press)
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Japan fighters scramble record number of times

July 9, 2014 - 11:44
Japan scrambled fighter jets a record number of times between April and June amid increased activity of Russian and Chinese aircraft, the Defense Ministry said on July 9, and as tension in the East China Sea remains high. (Asahi)
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