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2 cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni shrine

August 14, 2014 - 23:35
Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo Friday in a move likely to anger China and South Korea, which see it as a symbol of Japan's militarist past. (Japan Today)
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Buoys off Okinawa coast limit boat entry

August 14, 2014 - 10:08
Buoys are being placed to make clear that the waters within the boundaries are a temporary no-entry zone ahead of a drilling survey. (NHK)
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Pyongyang fires short-range rockets into sea

August 14, 2014 - 07:14
Seoul says North Korea has fired three short-range rockets into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula as South Korea and the US prepare for a joint military drill. (
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Japan protests Russia's military drills on disputed islands

August 13, 2014 - 15:55
Japan lodged a protest Wednesday with Russia over its military exercises on an islet chain off Hokkaido at the heart of a territorial dispute, government officials said. (Kyodo)
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Boeing 777 picked as new 'Japanese Air Force One'

August 13, 2014 - 01:37
Japan picked the Boeing 777 aircraft on Tuesday as its new government aircraft for overseas trips by the prime minister and members of the imperial family. (Nikkei)
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Japan to test first homegrown stealth fighter jet

August 12, 2014 - 08:04
A group of major Japanese firms are planning a test flight next year for the nation's first homegrown stealth fighter jet, a report said today. (zeenews)
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Abe Cabinet support rate rises to 51%

August 12, 2014 - 02:11
A survey by NHK shows support for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has bounced back to 51 percent. (NHK)
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Kishida has informal exchange with N. Korean foreign minister

August 11, 2014 - 02:04
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday he had an informal exchange with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong and suggested that he urged Pyongyang to conduct a thorough investigation into the abduction issue and to exercise restraint with regard to further missile launches. (Kyodo)
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China and Japan talk in Myanmar on easing political tensions

August 10, 2014 - 10:05
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Japan to "make practical efforts to overcome existing political obstacles between the two sides" during an informal meeting with his Japanese counterpart during an ASEAN summit in Myanmar. (Reuters)
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Sankei reporter summoned over report 'defaming' Park

August 10, 2014 - 03:13
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office has requested Tatsuya Kato, head of the Seoul bureau of the Sankei Shimbun, to present himself on Tuesday, over his article about South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the major Japanese daily said Saturday. (The Japan News)
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Japan, S. Korea agree to continue talks to improve ties

August 10, 2014 - 02:27
Japan and South Korea agreed Saturday to continue dialogue at various levels, including the foreign ministerial level, as part of efforts to improve relations strained by a territorial dispute and differing perceptions of wartime history.


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Kishida meets Kerry, eying N. Korea, Iraq and Ukraine

August 9, 2014 - 10:21
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida began talks Saturday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, focusing on Japan's recent engagement with North Korea, the crisis in Ukraine and U.S. airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq on Friday. (Kyodo)
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Japan: Russian retaliation 'regrettable'

August 7, 2014 - 22:38
Japan's top government spokesman says Russia should take steps to peacefully resolve the crisis in Ukraine rather than retaliate against sanctions by Western countries. (NHK)
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Japan SDF aircraft attempt to approach Chinese planes: China

August 7, 2014 - 22:34
Japanese Air Self-Defense Force aircraft made attempts to close in on Chinese planes over the East China Sea on Wednesday, China's air force said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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