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Abe visits areas hit by 2011 disaster

February 14, 2015 - 23:52
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has paid his first visit of the year to areas in northeastern Japan hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (NHK)
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Authorities in Iraq temporarily detained Japanese

February 14, 2015 - 23:49
Japan's foreign ministry officials say authorities in Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region detained a Japanese man for several days earlier this month. (NHK)
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Japan's Nikai, S. Korea's Park agree on comfort women issue

February 13, 2015 - 23:19
Japanese ruling party executive Toshihiro Nikai and South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Friday agreed on the need to resolve the thorny bilateral issue of so-called comfort women. (Jiji Press)
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U.N. Security Council moves to cut funding to degrade Islamic State

February 13, 2015 - 03:45
The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution designed to cut off financing to so-called Islamic State and other terrorist groups and individuals, threatening to impose sanctions on those who trade smuggled oil that is believed to have become an important source of revenue for them. (Kyodo)
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Islamic State magazine says hostage crisis meant to 'humiliate' Japan

February 13, 2015 - 03:43
The Islamic State militant group said in its English-language magazine published Thursday that the recent hostage crisis involving two Japanese men was aimed at shaming Japan after the country pledged aid for countries fighting the group. (Kyodo)
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Abe issues message on National Foundation Day

February 11, 2015 - 11:21
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has delivered a message for Japan's National Foundation Day in which he pledged to press on with reforms that will preserve the country's way of life for future generations. (NHK)
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Japan Conditionally Permits Aid for Foreign Military Activities

February 10, 2015 - 23:37
The Japanese government adopted at a cabinet meeting Tuesday new guidelines on Japan's official development assistance that, albeit conditionally, permit for the first time Japan's support for activities undertaken by foreign militaries. (Jiji Press)
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Govt. panel convenes on Japanese hostage killings

February 10, 2015 - 08:32
A Japanese government panel met for the first time on Tuesday to assess its response to the apparent killing of 2 Japanese hostages by Islamic State militants. (NHK)
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Japan's foreign aid shifts focus

February 10, 2015 - 03:34
The Japanese government is shifting the focus of its overseas aid to securing national interests. The Cabinet approved a new charter for official development assistance on Tuesday. (NHK)
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SDF new amphibious vehicle shown to media

February 9, 2015 - 23:01
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force has demonstrated a US-made amphibious vehicle to be used for defense of remote islands. (NHK)
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Japan, Thailand to cooperate in fight against terrorism

February 9, 2015 - 22:48
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha condemned on Monday the recent killings of two Japanese men taken hostage by Islamic State militants and agreed to cooperate in the fight against terrorism. (Kyodo)
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Japan defends confiscation of passport over Syria trip plan

February 9, 2015 - 08:46
Japan's top government spokesman on Monday defended its decision to confiscate the passport of a freelance photographer who had planned to travel to Syria, part of which is under the control of Islamic State militants, saying the government has a responsibility to ensure the safety of Japanese citizens traveling abroad. (Kyodo)
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Report released on MSDF vessel's collision

February 9, 2015 - 08:37
Investigators say a Self-Defense Force ship's collision with a pleasure boat that killed 2 people was likely caused when the boat veered toward the defense vessel. (NHK)
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G-20 seen discussing measures against terrorist financing

February 8, 2015 - 22:07
Top finance officials of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies are seen discussing measures against terrorist financing, as well as economic challenges such as falling crude oil prices and a slump of the European economy, at their two-day discussions in Istanbul, Turkey, from Monday. (Jiji Press)
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N. Korea fires 5 missiles toward Sea of Japan: S. Korea military

February 8, 2015 - 22:06
North Korea fired what appear to be five short-range missiles toward the Sea of Japan on Sunday afternoon, the South Korean military's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. (Kyodo)
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Japan gets man planning Syria travel to return passport

February 7, 2015 - 23:26
The Foreign Ministry has blocked a Japanese man from traveling to Syria by effectively forcing him to surrender his passport, in order to protect his life after the purported killings of two Japanese nationals by Islamic State militants. (Jiji Press)
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Move to lower voting age from 20 to 18 now a done deal

February 7, 2015 - 09:22
The voting age in Japan is set to be lowered from 20 to 18 in the current Diet session, the first such revision to the election law in 70 years. (Asahi)
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