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New Cabinet aims to create 'dynamic society for all'

October 7, 2015 - 22:06
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reshuffled Cabinet was launched Wednesday, with key ministers including Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso as well as Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga retaining their posts. (The Japan News)
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My Number law now in effect and notifications are set to be sent out

October 5, 2015 - 06:40
With the My Number law taking effect Monday, the government kicks off the controversial personal identification system to unify the administration of every resident's state services and records, and will start sending numbers out to tens of thousands of households. (Japan Times)
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Bangladesh rejects IS claim of killing Japanese man

October 4, 2015 - 22:11
For the second time in a week, Bangladesh's government on Sunday rejected a claim by the Islamic State group that it was responsible for gunning down a foreigner in the South Asian country. (Japan Today)
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Japanese man shot dead in Bangladesh

October 4, 2015 - 00:57
Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed a Japanese man in northern Bangladesh on Saturday, police said, the second foreigner in a week to be gunned down in the South Asian country. (Japan Today)
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Japan's dental lobby desperate to hike prices set by government

October 2, 2015 - 23:34
The Japan Dental Federation's political donation scandal is a clear reminder, observers say, of lobbying by a group known for its persistent efforts to push up the prices of medical services. (Japan Times)
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My Number system raises red flags ahead of notice release

October 2, 2015 - 23:24
Despite being trumpeted as ushering in a more efficient, egalitarian society, the government's controversial My Number system that starts with identification numbers being sent out to residents of Japan next week is raising serious qualms about invasion of privacy and leakage of personal information. (Japan Today)
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Indonesia defends rail project after Japan expresses anger

October 1, 2015 - 23:53
Indonesia defended Thursday the chaotic bidding process for its first high-speed railway after months of mixed messages ended with China being chosen over a furious Japan for the $5-billion project. (Japan Today)
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Osaka Mayor Hashimoto announces new party launch

October 1, 2015 - 23:24
Outgoing Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto announced on Thursday a plan to launch a new political party called Osaka Ishin no Kai on Oct. 24 to revive his signature Osaka metropolis administrative reform plan. (Jiji Press)
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Drinking, smoking age still controversial / Debate on change arose after voting age lowered

October 1, 2015 - 23:20
With the lowering of the voting age to 18, discussions are taking place within the Liberal Democratic Party about lowering the legal age for drinking and smoking to 18 as well. (The Japan News)
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Sports agency launched, My Number to come

October 1, 2015 - 23:18
This month, the government launches new national systems and organizations, including the My Number system and the Japan Sports Agency. (The Japan News)
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