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Japan, Australia broadly agree on defense gear development pact

June 11, 2014 - 22:39
Japan and Australia broadly agreed on a proposed bilateral pact on the joint development of defense equipment at a meeting of their foreign and defense ministers in Tokyo on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan Diet enacts bill on easier residency requirements for foreign experts

June 11, 2014 - 12:07
The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted a bill on Wednesday to ease permanent residency requirements for highly skilled foreign workers. (Jiji Press)
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Chinese fighter jets fly close to SDF planes above E. China Sea

June 11, 2014 - 12:01
Two Chinese fighter jets flew unusually close to two Japanese Self-Defense Forces planes on Wednesday above the East China Sea where the two countries' air defense identification zones overlap, Japan's Defense Ministry said. (Kyodo)
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Deadline looms for floodgate opening in Nagasaki

June 11, 2014 - 08:00
The Japanese government faces a deadline on Wednesday of opening the floodgates in a controversial dam project at a bay in Nagasaki Prefecture. (NHK)
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Japan to set up body to deal with China on PM2.5

June 11, 2014 - 02:58
The Japanese government plans to set up a new organization to strengthen coordination with Chinese municipalities over an airborne pollutant known as PM2.5. (NHK)
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China asks UNESCO to list Nanjing Massacre, "comfort women" documents

June 10, 2014 - 22:43
China said Tuesday it has applied to list materials related to atrocities committed by the Japanese military before and during World War II on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. (Kyodo)
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Japan shrugs off embarrassing court loss, vows resumption of Antarctic whaling

June 10, 2014 - 13:43
An embarrassing court ruling that halted Japan's Antarctic whaling will actually help Tokyo take whales in the name of science, a top whaling official said just a day after the prime minister vowed to press for commercial whaling. (Reuters)
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Abe calls for coalition deal on collective defense before Diet ends

June 10, 2014 - 13:31
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday stepped up pressure on the Liberal Democratic Party to reach an agreement with its ruling coalition partner so he can secure Cabinet approval for exercising the right to collective self-defense before the Diet ends on June 22. (Kyodo)
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Hillary Clinton says meeting Japan's empress an 'honor' in memoir

June 10, 2014 - 03:20
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton describes meeting the Japanese empress as a "rare honor," while also praising Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statements on women's empowerment, in a memoir to be published Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Gov't vows to drastically expand budget to tackle low birthrate

June 9, 2014 - 22:24
The government pledged Monday to drastically expand the budget to tackle the low birthrate and keep Japan's population at around 100 million in 50 years' time, according to the outline of its new economic and fiscal policy blueprint unveiled Monday. (Kyodo)
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LDP farm-linked lawmakers agree on drastic JA-Zenchu reform

June 9, 2014 - 06:04
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party's senior lawmakers associated with Japan's farm industry have agreed to drastically reform the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, or JA-Zenchu, into a new organization. (Jiji Press)
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Japan makes list of abductees allegedly held as hostages by N Korea

June 8, 2014 - 23:05
Japan has made a list of some 470 citizens who are believed to have been abducted by the North Korean security services and filed it to Pyongyang, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported Sunday, citing Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. (
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Japan media staffer released in China

June 8, 2014 - 00:41
A Chinese staffer at a Japanese newspaper has been released in China after spending about 3 weeks in detention. (NHK)
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China uses D-Day anniversary to praise Germany, slam Japan

June 7, 2014 - 01:24
China used the 70th anniversary of World War Two's D-Day landings on Friday to praise Germany for its contrition over its wartime past and slam Japan for what Beijing views as Tokyo's continued denial of its brutal history. (Japan Today)
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Abe meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

June 7, 2014 - 00:47
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has met Pope Francis at the Vatican. Abe arrived in Italy late Thursday after attending a Group of Seven summit meeting in Belgium. He traveled to the Vatican on Friday for a half hour meeting with the pontiff. (NHK)
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