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US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier leaves Japan

May 18, 2015 - 09:57
The American aircraft carrier USS George Washington is returning to the United States after being stationed in Japan for many years. (NHK)
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Okinawa people alarmed by Osprey mishap

May 18, 2015 - 09:56
People in Okinawa expressed anxiety over Sunday's crash-landing of a US Marine Corps Osprey aircraft in Hawaii. (NHK)
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Osaka Referendum Result Seen Affecting National Politics

May 18, 2015 - 09:54
Osaka citizens' rejection of a drastic administrative reform plan for the western Japan city and Osaka Prefecture in a closely watched referendum on Sunday and subsequent confusion within Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party) could shake the office of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which has supported Toru Hashimoto, the outspoken mayor of the city and sponsor of the plan. (Jiji Press)
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Osaka's 'win-win' merger may leave the people lost

May 17, 2015 - 01:24
In a historic first, Osaka municipal voters go to the polls today to vote on a referendum that, if approved, will divide the city into five semi-autonomous wards. (Japan Times)
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Osaka to hold referendum on Hashimoto's merger plan

May 17, 2015 - 01:20
The people of Osaka vote Sunday on a plan to streamline Japan's second city in the mold of global metropolises like London, New York and Tokyo, as the one-time commercial capital seeks to recapture its glory days. (Japan Today)
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Over 1,000 people sue Japan gov't to halt involvement in TPP

May 16, 2015 - 00:08
More than 1,000 people filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government Friday seeking to halt its involvement in the 12-country talks for a Pacific Rim free trade agreement as "unconstitutional." (Kyodo)
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Japan recognizes Niue as state in bid to boost diplomacy in Pacific

May 15, 2015 - 05:52
Japan on Friday recognized Niue, a self-governing Pacific island in free association with New Zealand, as a state, as the world's third-largest economy seeks to boost its diplomacy in the Pacific. (Kyodo)
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Taiwan restricts imports of Japanese food over Tokyo's objection

May 14, 2015 - 23:32
Taiwan will impose stiffer regulations on imports of Japanese food Friday amid growing safety worries after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, despite firm opposition from Tokyo. (Nikkei)
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S. Korea raises no objetion to Japan's security legislation

May 14, 2015 - 23:00
A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman indicated Thursday that Seoul basically accepts the Japanese cabinet's approval the same day of national security bills aimed at allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense. (Jiji Press)
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Protesters rally in Tokyo against security bills

May 14, 2015 - 22:59
Hundreds of protesters rallied in Tokyo on Thursday against national security bills adopted by the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to allow the country to use force to help allies under attack. (Jiji Press)
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China says no to Japan's bid to add industrial sites on UNESCO list

May 14, 2015 - 22:57
China on Thursday came out against Japan's attempt to list some facilities seen as representing its industrialization in the late 19th to early 20th centuries as World Heritage sites, citing the issue of wartime forced labor involving Koreans and other Asians. (Kyodo)
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Abe Cabinet OKs bills to relax limits on SDF operations abroad

May 14, 2015 - 10:45
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet adopted two security bills on Thursday that would, if passed by the Diet, greatly expand the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' joint operations with foreign forces overseas. (Japan Times)
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U.S. announces plan to station Osprey aircraft at Tokyo base

May 12, 2015 - 06:41
The U.S. military will deploy CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft at Yokota Air Base in a Tokyo suburb beginning in 2017, the Defense Department said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Japan to require license for flying high-spec drones

May 11, 2015 - 22:58
Japan plans to require a national license as a radio operator for the flying of high-specification drones that can travel at least 5 kilometers, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Govt, ruling coalition set to raise tax on chuhai

May 11, 2015 - 22:48
The government and ruling coalition parties are planning to raise taxes for shochu-based drinks, popularly known as chuhai, in the tax system revisions set for fiscal 2016, according to government sources. (The Japan News)
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LDP produces manga to make case for constitutional revision

May 11, 2015 - 11:22
The Liberal Democratic Party has published a new manga targeted at younger voters that argues the pacifist Constitution should be revised because it was hastily written in just eight days - by foreigners. (Japan Times)
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Japan lawmaker asks S. Korea not to politicize UNESCO listing

May 11, 2015 - 10:56
Former Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said Monday he asked South Korea not to politicize Japan's proposed UNESCO World Heritage listing of industrial sites during his talks with South Korean lawmakers in Seoul. (Kyodo)
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Japan's ruling bloc formally approves new security legislation

May 11, 2015 - 10:54
Japan's ruling coalition gave formal approval Monday to a series of security-linked bills that will expand the scope of operations by the Self-Defense Forces, setting the stage for Cabinet approval and submission of the bills to parliament. (Kyodo)
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