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Japan-N. Korea Red Cross talks set for next week

March 13, 2014 - 22:04
The Red Cross societies of Japan and North Korea will hold a meeting again in Shenyang, northeastern China, for two days from Wednesday, the Japanese side said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan seeks to ease arms export rules to bolster defence

March 12, 2014 - 22:42
Japan plans to ease self-imposed arms export curbs, ruling bloc lawmakers said on Wednesday, in the first potential overhaul of arms export policy in half a century likely to worry giant neighbour China. (Reuters)
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China thanks Japan for help with Malaysia jet search

March 12, 2014 - 22:30
China extended a rare gesture of goodwill towards Japan on Wednesday, offering thanks - albeit indirectly - for an offer of help to look for a Malaysia Airlines aircraft which went missing on a flight to Beijing over the weekend. (voanews.com)
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Tokuda's sister found guilty in election scandal

March 12, 2014 - 22:27
The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday found the eldest sister of former House of Representatives lawmaker Takeshi Tokuda guilty of violating the public offices election law in his campaign for the 2012 lower house poll. (The Japan News)
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G-7 says not to recognize outcome of Crimea referendum

March 12, 2014 - 22:24
The leaders of the Group of Seven major countries said Wednesday that they will not recognize any outcome of Sunday's referendum in Crimea on whether to leave Ukraine and join Russia. (Jiji Press)
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Japan to send mission to Malaysia over missing jet

March 11, 2014 - 22:04
The Japanese government decided on Tuesday to send a mission to Malaysia to cooperate in the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet under Japan's law on the dispatch of emergency missions abroad. (Jiji Press)
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Japan won't change 1993 apology on 'comfort women'

March 10, 2014 - 21:48
Japan says it won't change its 1993 apology over a system of forced prostitution for its military during World War II, but will continue to re-examine a 20-year-old study on which it was based. (indiatimes.com)
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Abe visits Fukushima ahead of March 11 anniversary

March 8, 2014 - 23:02
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday, 3 days before the 3rd anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. (NHK)
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Japan not considering sanctions on Russia

March 7, 2014 - 06:34
Japan's foreign minister says the government has no plan at the moment to impose sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. (NHK)
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Abe asks Iran to resolve nuclear issue quickly

March 6, 2014 - 02:06
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has encouraged Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to take positive moves to speedily resolve Iran's nuclear issue. (NHK)
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S. Korea slams Japan over comfort women at U.N. meeting

March 5, 2014 - 23:01
In his speech at a U.N. meeting Wednesday, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se criticized Japan over so-called comfort women, who were forced into prostitution for Japanese soldiers during the wartime, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said. (Jiji Press)
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Sister of ex-lawmaker Tokuda found guilty of poll violation

March 5, 2014 - 22:52
Tokyo District Court on Wednesday found a sister of former House of Representatives lawmaker Takeshi Tokuda guilty of violating the public offices election law in his campaign for the 2012 Lower House poll. (Jiji Press)
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Reconstruction plan for Fukushima village

March 5, 2014 - 22:49
Evacuees from a village near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have drafted a plan to start rebuilding with solar power and public housing. (NHK)
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China steps up appeal to West in Japan propaganda battle

March 5, 2014 - 22:11
China took reporters on Thursday on an unusual trip to a camp which housed Western prisoners of the Japanese in World War Two, a further sign of Beijing broadening efforts to drive a wedge between the West and Japan over its wartime past. (Reuters)
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China steps up pressure on Japan at opening of parliament session

March 5, 2014 - 10:34
China on Wednesday cranked up pressure on Japan over historical issues at a meeting of the country's top legislature and said it will raise national military spending by 12.2 percent this year to 808.23 billion yuan ($131.57 billion), continuing double-digit expansion for the fourth straight year. (Kyodo)
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China's defense spending 2.7 times more than Japan's

March 5, 2014 - 05:58
The Chinese government said Wednesday that its defense spending in 2014 will rise 12.2 pct from the previous year to 808.23 billion yuan, or about 13.44 trillion yen, with the growth set to exceed 10 pct for the fourth straight year. (Jiji Press)
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US F-15 makes emergency landing at Kadena

March 4, 2014 - 22:17
A US Air Force F-15 fighter jet on Tuesday made an emergency landing at the US Kadena Air Base in Okinawa. (NHK)
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N. Korea fires 7 projectiles from east coast

March 4, 2014 - 10:56
North Korea fired seven projectiles into waters off its eastern coast Tuesday, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing South Korea's Defense Ministry. (Kyodo)
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Japan's plutonium stocks no reason for concern - IAEA chief

March 3, 2014 - 22:24
There is no reason for concern that plutonium held by Japan could be diverted for nuclear arms purposes, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Monday, after objections raised by China in another dispute between the east Asian neighbours. (Reuters)
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Japan holds unofficial talks with N. Korea, raises abduction issue

March 3, 2014 - 22:03
Japan and North Korea held unofficial talks in Shenyang, China, on Monday on the sidelines of a meeting of the Red Cross societies of the two countries, with a Japanese source indicating Tokyo raised the abduction issue in the talks. (Jiji Press)
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