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Japan scrambling military jets at Cold War-level

April 15, 2015 - 22:45
Japan's Defense Ministry says the Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets to meet foreign aircraft as often last fiscal year as at any time during the Cold War. (NHK)
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Abe mulls visiting Milan Expo in July

April 15, 2015 - 22:40
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Italy to attend Japan Day events on July 11 at Expo Milano 2015, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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G-7 foreign ministers oppose assertion of maritime claims by force

April 15, 2015 - 22:38
The Group of Seven foreign ministers issued a joint statement Wednesday voicing strong opposition to "any attempt to assert territorial or maritime claims through the use of intimidation, coercion or force," in an apparent warning to China. (Jiji Press)
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AIIB founding members list set at 57 / Aso to state position at G-20 meeting 'if requested'

April 15, 2015 - 22:20
The Chinese Finance Ministry announced Wednesday that 57 nations have become founding members of the China-advocated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. (The Japan News)
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S. Korea lifts departure ban on Sankei reporter

April 14, 2015 - 12:56
The South Korean Justice Ministry on Tuesday lifted a departure ban on a former Seoul bureau chief of the major Japanese daily Sankei Shimbun, who has been accused of defaming South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Sankei officials and South Korean prosecutors said the same day. (Jiji Press)
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Turnout for regional polls hits all-time low but female victors up

April 13, 2015 - 03:38
Voter turnout for Sunday's quadrennial unified elections hit an all-time low, both in the 10 gubernatorial races and 41 prefectural assembly polls. (Japan Times)
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Incumbents sweep 10 races for governor

April 12, 2015 - 10:42
Incumbents supported by the Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner Komeito emerged victorious from all 10 gubernatorial elections held on Sunday as part of the first round of the nation's quadrennial unified local elections. (The Japan News)
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Enormous helicopter carrier displayed to public

April 11, 2015 - 22:43
The Izumo, the largest-ever Maritime Self-Defense Force vessel, was displayed to the public Saturday at the MSDF's Yokosuka Naval Base in Kanagawa Prefecture. (The Japan News)
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Diet enacts record 96.34 tril. yen budget for FY 2015

April 9, 2015 - 12:19
Japan's parliament enacted Thursday a record 96.34 trillion yen ($803.45 billion) budget for fiscal 2015 which started April 1, aiming to achieve economic recovery while pursuing fiscal rehabilitation. (Kyodo)
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Abe seeks acceptance of Futenma relocation

April 8, 2015 - 22:50
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has renewed his call for acceptance of the government plan to relocate the US Marines' Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture. (NHK)
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Japan to ease residency requirements for youths

April 7, 2015 - 23:29
As Japan moves to lower the voting age from 20 to 18, it will also update residency requirements that could keep many young people from casting ballots. (Nikkei)
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South Korea reacts angrily to textbooks

April 6, 2015 - 22:58
South Korea has reacted angrily to new Japanese junior high school textbooks which state that the disputed Takeshima islands are Japan's inherent territory. (NHK)
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Ishin no To to expel member for skipping Diet vote

April 5, 2015 - 22:54
Opposition party Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party) decided Saturday to expel a Lower House lawmaker who skipped a vote on the state budget to go dining that night and travel to Kyoto soon after, a senior member of the party said. (Japan Times)
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Former abductee calls for public support

April 5, 2015 - 22:51
A former Japanese abductee has called for continued public support to help the Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea to return home. (NHK)
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Suga, Onaga still apart over relocation

April 5, 2015 - 22:40
Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga restated his opposition to the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in Ginowan to the Henoko district of Nago in Okinawa Prefecture in a meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Sunday. (The Japan News)
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Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga arrives in Okinawa

April 4, 2015 - 22:46
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga arrived in Okinawa Prefecture Saturday on a two-day visit to the southern prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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Abe slams N. Korea claim on possible suspension of abduction talks

April 3, 2015 - 22:48
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday slammed North Korea's notification the previous day that it may suspend bilateral negotiations on the issue of Japanese nationals abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. (Kyodo)
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Parties opposing metropolis plan cooperate in Osaka elections

April 3, 2015 - 12:06
Major Japanese political parties opposed to a proposed realignment of administrative functions of the city of Osaka and Osaka Prefecture have joined forces to counter the local party that pushes for the reform. (Jiji Press)
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Anti-Japanese protestors execute puppet of Prime Minister Abe with ISIS-style beheading

April 3, 2015 - 12:00
This is no April Fool's joke: on April 1, a group of anti-Japanese protestors gathered outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul, Korea to rally against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressing the U.S. Congress later this month. (
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N. Korea tells Japan ongoing talks facing difficulties

April 2, 2015 - 23:26
North Korea told Japan on Thursday that official negotiations resumed one year ago are facing difficulties, criticizing Tokyo for playing an active role globally in condemning Pyongyang's human rights records. (Kyodo)
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