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NRA chief slams TEPCO for data reporting delay

February 26, 2015 - 22:42
Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka criticized Tokyo Electric Power Co. for not disclosing information immediately after rainwater contaminated with high-level radioactive materials leaked from its ruined Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant through a trench into the sea. (The Japan News)
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Communist Party paper criticises Japanese's warm toilet seats

February 26, 2015 - 07:53
A Communist Party tabloid has slammed Chinese shoppers for splashing out millions of pounds for the privilege of warming their buttocks on Japanese toilet seats, in an unusual sign of worsening ties between the two countries. (
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Japan education minister denies illegal funds report

February 26, 2015 - 04:39
Japan's education minister denied on Thursday a report by a weekly magazine that he illegally received political funds, just days after the farm minister resigned over similar allegations. (Reuters)
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Japan troop deployment near Taiwan clears major hurdle

February 25, 2015 - 23:42
Yonaguni, the only town on Yonagunijima - an island under the jurisdiction of Okinawa Prefecture - held a referendum on February 22 regarding the central government's plan to deploy a Self-Defense Forces unit to the island. (The Diplomat)
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Japan veering away from global human rights standards, says Amnesty International

February 25, 2015 - 23:06
Amnesty International has slammed Japan for its handling of ethnic minorities, for levels of violence against women, and for curbing transparency through a recently imposed secrecy law. (Japan Times)
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Japanese media self-censorship grows in PM Abe's reign

February 25, 2015 - 08:58
Worries are growing in Japan about a trend of media self-censorship as journalists and experts say news organizations are toning down criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government for fear of sparking ire and losing access to sources. (Reuters)
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Former Ginza 'Hitsudan Hostess' to enter politics

February 25, 2015 - 08:48
A former bar hostess who had once gained fame in Tokyo's Ginza entertainment district for overcoming a hearing impairment will enter the world of politics, reports Nikkan Sports. (Tokyo Reporter)
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N. Korea's 4th nuclear test forecast to be more powerful: Yonhap

February 25, 2015 - 08:46
North Korea's fourth nuclear test, if carried out, is forecast to be much more powerful both in scale and yield than previous ones, Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday, citing a South Korean intelligence official. (Kyodo)
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Senior LDP lawmaker urges Abe to stick to past war statements

February 25, 2015 - 08:27
A senior lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday to adhere to previous statements by Japanese leaders, as the premier prepares to issue his own for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. (Kyodo)
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Japan FY 2015 budget enactment unlikely before the year starts

February 24, 2015 - 11:58
The Japanese government is now unlikely to have its fiscal 2015 budget enacted before the year starts in April as political wrangling over the agricultural minister, who resigned Monday, has delayed parliamentary deliberations on the budget. (Jiji Press)
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Shinzo Abe's vision for a more proactive Japan

February 24, 2015 - 08:39
Far from tarnishing his image of tough leadership, ISIL's brutal murder of two Japanese hostages (Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa) has reinforced the popularity and resolve of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has vowed to increase Japan's contribution to battling extremism in the Middle East. (
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Japan to extend $6 mil. in emergency aid for Syrian refugees

February 24, 2015 - 05:14
Japan will extend $6 million in emergency aid for people displaced by war in Syria, including those seeking refuge in neighboring countries, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan, China argue over Security Council reform

February 24, 2015 - 04:55
Japan and China engaged in a battle of words in an open debate at the United Nations Security Council. (NHK)
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Nishikawa resigns as minister over funds

February 23, 2015 - 17:56
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Koya Nishikawa submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday following revelations of political donations, saying he wanted to avoid an adverse impact on the current Diet deliberations. (The Japan News)
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Protest against US base relocation plan

February 22, 2015 - 22:26
Thousands of people rallied in Japan's southern Okinawa Prefecture against a plan to construct a US base in a coastal area. (NHK)
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S. Korea protests Japanese isle ceremony as 'provocation'

February 22, 2015 - 22:12
South Korea on Sunday protested the Japanese government's sending of a high-level official to represent it at an annual ceremony held in western Japan to press Tokyo's claim to a pair of South Korean-controlled islets, issuing a statement condemning the move as a "provocation" and calling it "extremely deplorable." (Kyodo)
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'Takeshima Day' ceremony held, attended by central gov't rep

February 22, 2015 - 22:09
A central government representative pledged efforts to find a peaceful solution to a dispute with Seoul over a group of South Korean-administered islets as the Shimane prefectural government held its 10th annual "Takeshima Day" ceremony on Sunday. (Kyodo)
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