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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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Japan, Australia agree to boost security ties

December 18, 2015 - 23:50
The leaders of Japan and Australia have agreed that their nations will strengthen trilateral security cooperation with the United States. (NHK)
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Osaka Mayor Hashimoto bows out of politics

December 18, 2015 - 11:58
Maverick Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto ended his eight-year career as a politician Friday, keeping his promise to do so made when his pet project to promote decentralization of power was rejected in a local referendum in May. (Japan Today)
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Sankei ruling draws praise, but tough part lies ahead for Japan-S. Korea relations

December 18, 2015 - 07:49
Japanese leaders welcomed a South Korean court's acquittal of the former Seoul bureau chief for the Sankei Shimbun, saying the verdict removes a barrier in efforts to resolve the more difficult "comfort women" issue. (Asahi)
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Japan executes inmate sentenced in lay judge trial for 1st time

December 18, 2015 - 07:43
Japan on Friday carried out the first execution of an inmate sentenced to death in a lay judge trial following the country's introduction of the judicial system in 2009, Justice Minister Mitsuhide Iwaki said. (Kyodo)
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Production of first Japan-built F-35A commences

December 17, 2015 - 21:25
Mitsubishi Heavy Industry has started work on the first Lockheed Martin F-35A to be assembled in Japan. (flightglobal.com)
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Japanese journalist acquitted

December 17, 2015 - 09:36
A South Korean court has acquitted a Japanese journalist charged with defaming President Park Geun-hye. (NHK)
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US aircraft carrier focus of radiation leak drill

December 16, 2015 - 11:12
Japan and the United States have held a disaster drill focusing on a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at a US naval base in the city of Yokosuka, near Tokyo. (NHK)
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NHK poll: 70% think Japan unprepared for terrorism

December 15, 2015 - 11:23
An NHK poll has found that more than 70 percent of Japanese think the country is unprepared for major acts of terrorism, such as the attacks in Paris last month. (NHK)
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Abe's tax compromise raises odds of twin summer polls

December 14, 2015 - 08:53
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's tax concession to his junior coalition partner raises the odds that he will call a rare double election this summer. (Japan Times)
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