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G7 backs Abe, stops short of naming China in statement

June 5, 2014 - 23:23
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won support from leaders of other Group of Seven nations on Wednesday for the freedoms of navigation and overflight, as well as the importance of the rule of law. (
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Japan, EU to cooperate for Ukraine stability

June 4, 2014 - 22:55
The leaders of Japan and the European Union have confirmed they will cooperate to help bring about political and economic stability in Ukraine in line with decisions of the EU and Group of Seven nations. (NHK)
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Japan Diet ratifies fingerprint data sharing pact with U.S.

June 4, 2014 - 11:45
Japan's Diet, or parliament, on Wednesday approved a treaty with the United States to allow the two countries to refer to each other's database on fingerprints of suspects for serious crimes such as terrorism and murder. (Jiji Press)
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Abe arrives in Brussels to attend G7 summit

June 3, 2014 - 23:05
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has flown to Belgium to attend a Group of Seven summit. (NHK)
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SDF begins drills to prepare for Nankai trough quake

June 3, 2014 - 22:46
Japan's Self-Defense Forces began a nine-day disaster drills involving the U.S. military on Tuesday across the country to prepare for a massive earthquake in the Nankai Trough, which stretches off the central to southwestern Pacific coast of the archipelago. (Jiji Press)
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Japan halts fresh loans for Vietnam on alleged corruption

June 3, 2014 - 02:48
The Japanese government said on Monday that it will suspend extending fresh yen loans to Vietnam, after a new bribery scandal involving a Japanese consulting firm and the Southeast Asian country's railroad authority came to light. (Jiji Press)
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Govt to take aim at falling population

June 1, 2014 - 22:59
The nation's declining population is the next big challenge now that the government has put an end to deflation and revived the economy, according to a draft report. (The Japan News)
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Rally by families of Japanese abducted by N.Korea

June 1, 2014 - 22:33
Families of Japanese abducted by North Korea have attended a rally following the North's announcement that it is reopening an investigation into the fate of the abductees. (NHK)
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Onodera on Japan minesweeping for sea lanes

May 31, 2014 - 22:24
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera says Japan should be able to join international minesweeping operations in sea lanes in the event of an armed attack. (NHK)
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Govt holds 1st meeting with residents on tainted soil storage

May 31, 2014 - 22:21
Japan's government on Saturday held a meeting in Fukushima Prefecture with local residents to explain the planned construction of facilities to temporarily store soil tainted with radiation following the March 2011 accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, S Korea, US to jointly tackle missile threats from N Korea

May 31, 2014 - 13:17
The defense chiefs of Japan, South Korea and the United States agreed on Saturday to jointly counter missile threats from North Korea, stressing the importance of sharing information within the three-party framework. (Nikkei)
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US forces unveil Global Hawks in Japan

May 30, 2014 - 23:50
The US military has unveiled unmanned reconnaissance planes deployed for the first time in Japan. (NHK)
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Abe throws support behind ASEAN in maritime security, slams China

May 30, 2014 - 23:46
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Friday to support efforts by Vietnam and the Philippines to resolve their territorial disputes with China, making a veiled criticism of the Asian powerhouse. (Kyodo)
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