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Japan's Constitution turns 70 this year

January 4, 2016 - 01:38
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of Japan's Constitution. Publishing companies are planning to release new books on the topic. (NHK)
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Abe to face upper house election in bad luck cycle

January 4, 2016 - 01:33
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to be keeping a firm grip on power in the run-up to the triennial election for the House of Councillors next summer. (Jiji Press)
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Japan begins serving as UNSC non-permanent member

January 2, 2016 - 02:26
Japan began serving as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council on Friday, the first day of 2016. (NHK)
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Government to set up expert panel to deal with decrease in female Imperial family members

January 1, 2016 - 01:01
The government will set up a panel of experts to deal with an expected further decrease in the number of female members of the Imperial family, informed sources have told Jiji Press. (Japan Times)
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Public smoking bill to hit Diet next week, will not include penalties for infraction

December 31, 2015 - 02:20
Ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers have compiled an outline for a bill detailing where people can and cannot smoke in public places to deal with the issue of passive smoke. (Japan Times)
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S. Koreans rally against comfort women accord with Japan

December 31, 2015 - 02:04
South Koreans held a rally in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on Wednesday, demanding the withdrawal of an agreement the two countries reached earlier this week to settle the issue of Korean women who were forced into prostitution for Japanese troops during wartime. (Jiji Press)
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Abe held firm to attain 'comfort women' deal

December 30, 2015 - 05:44
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played a leading role behind a deal the Japanese and South Korean governments reached Monday regarding so-called comfort women, aided by his insistence on not deviating from what he saw as the correct path and his realization that results would not come without compromise. (the-japan-news.com)
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S Korea, Japan reach deal on wartime sex slaves, including Y1 bil aid fund

December 28, 2015 - 09:26
The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan on Monday reached a deal meant to resolve a decades-long impasse over Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II, an important breakthrough for the Northeast Asian powers. (Japan Today)
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China arrests third Japanese; detains another for spying

December 27, 2015 - 03:21
Japan has confirmed Chinese authorities have arrested a third Japanese citizen and detained another on suspicion of spying. (Japan Today)
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Residents file suit calling for shutdown of Monju reactor

December 27, 2015 - 03:16
Residents from 12 prefectures went to court Dec. 25 to seek the decommissioning of the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture. (Asahi)
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South Korean court declines to rule on Japanese forced labor agreement

December 23, 2015 - 09:16
A South Korean court on Wednesday refused to issue a judgment on the constitutionality of the 1965 Korea-Japan agreement that Japan uses to deny individual compensation to victims of forced labor during Japan's colonial rule of Korea. (Japan Times)
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97 Anonymous hacking cases in Japan since Sept

December 20, 2015 - 06:25
Japanese police say the international hacking group Anonymous has attacked at least 97 websites in Japan since September. (NHK)
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Another bureaucrat implicated in My Number bribery scandal

December 19, 2015 - 22:22
Another welfare ministry official is suspected of receiving cash in a high-profile bribery case involving Japan's new national identification system for social security and taxation, informed sources said Saturday. (Jiji Press)
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Abe meets ex-Osaka Mayor Hashimoto on heels of resignation

December 19, 2015 - 22:17
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with former Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on Saturday night at a Tokyo hotel, only a day after the populist mayor left office declaring he was retiring from politics. (Kyodo)
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