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Japan weighs in on South China Sea dispute, adding to pressure on Beijing

January 22, 2021 - 03:44
Japan has joined a battle of diplomatic notes over the South China Sea dispute, adding to pressure on Beijing over its expansive claims in the strategically important waterway. (South China Morning Post)
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Japan court upholds ban on dual citizenship

January 22, 2021 - 03:36
A Japanese court upheld a ban on dual citizenship on Thursday, rejecting a suit that challenged the measure's constitutionality and sought damages for those affected. (AFP)
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High court denies government responsibility for Fukushima nuclear crisis

January 21, 2021 - 20:22
The Tokyo High Court on Thursday ordered the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to pay damages to evacuated residents, but it overturned a lower court ruling that had also acknowledged the central government's responsibility over the 2011 nuclear crisis. (Japan Times)
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Japan: Investing in Possibility: Inclusive Society

January 21, 2021 - 17:30
This film introduces Japan's efforts to achieve an inclusive society through the latest technology to promote social participation of people with disabilities. (外務省 / MOFA)
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Japan PM Suga congratulates Biden on becoming U.S. president

January 21, 2021 - 07:39
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday congratulated Joe Biden on his inauguration as U.S. president and expressed hope the Japan-U.S. alliance will strengthen further. (Kyodo)
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Japan's vaccine program chief denies reports of May rollout

January 21, 2021 - 02:56
The chief of Japan's COVID-19 vaccination program on Wednesday denied media reports that vaccinations for the general public may start in May, as the country battles a third wave that has brought record numbers of infections and serious cases. (Japan Times)
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Suga defends government's coronavirus policies

January 21, 2021 - 02:36
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide defended the government's policies against the coronavirus while answering questions about his recent policy speech in the Diet. (NHK)
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Japan's new COVID-19 vaccine czar Taro Kono commits to rapid yet safe rollout

January 20, 2021 - 03:53
Taro Kono, newly appointed as minister in charge of rolling out COVID-19 vaccines, said Tuesday he would tackle the challenge with a complicated logistics plan to deliver an effective blitz of vaccinations quickly. (Japan Times)
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Suga appoints Taro Kono as COVID vaccine minister

January 19, 2021 - 05:08
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday that a new ministerial position has been created to ensure the smooth rollout of Japan's vaccination program. (Nikkei)
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Taro Aso vows to revive virus-hit economy and promote structural reforms

January 18, 2021 - 19:08
Finance Minister Taro Aso pledged Monday to rejuvenate the economy, which has been badly hit by the spread of the coronavirus, and advance structural reforms for the future after the pandemic. (Japan Times)
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Suga renews resolve to fight coronavirus

January 18, 2021 - 19:03
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide has vowed that he will be on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus to overcome the difficulties. (NHK)
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Sapporo court rules defunct eugenics law unconstitutional but denies damages

January 16, 2021 - 14:48
A Sapporo court on Friday ruled as unconstitutional the now-defunct eugenics protection law that mandated the government stop people with disabilities from having children, but it rejected a claim for damages sought by a man in Sapporo. (Japan Times)
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Ex-farm minister indicted on bribery charge

January 16, 2021 - 02:28
Tokyo prosecutors on Friday indicted former agriculture minister Yoshikawa Takamori on a charge of receiving bribes from a major egg producer while in office. (NHK)
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Japan's new COVID-19 aid to cover inn, taxi operators

January 15, 2021 - 12:41
The government's new program to provide one-off cash benefits of up to Y400,000 to pandemic-affected small companies will cover not only suppliers for eating and drinking facilities but also ryokan Japanese-style inns and taxi operators, the industry ministry has said. (Japan Times)
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State of emergency expanded to seven more prefectures

January 13, 2021 - 19:19
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday expanded the country’s state of emergency to Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu, Tochigi and Fukuoka, making the order effective in 11 of Japan’s 47 prefectures. (Japan Times)
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Govt. mulls coronavirus 'preventive measures'

January 13, 2021 - 03:56
The Japanese government is considering giving greater legal authority to prefectural governors in an effort to respond to the spread of the coronavirus more effectively. (NHK)
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Suga says Japan will expand coronavirus emergency to Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo

January 12, 2021 - 16:46
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday the government will expand a state of emergency declared over the coronavirus pandemic to Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures. (Japan Times)
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South Korea court orders Japan to compensate former sex slaves

January 10, 2021 - 03:01
A South Korean court ordered Japan on Friday to compensate 12 women who were forced to work as sex slaves in wartime Japanese brothels, in a ruling that could rekindle diplomatic and history feuds between the two countries. (
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U.S. Army Japan administers Moderna Vaccine to troops stationed in Japan

January 9, 2021 - 02:18
U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Japan medical personnel administered the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at Camp Zama, Japan Ja. 6, 2021. (Defense Flash News)
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Osaka and Kyoto call for COVID-19 state of emergency

January 9, 2021 - 02:04
The governors of the greater Osaka area will urge Japan's national government to expand its coronavirus state of emergency to include their prefectures, as the localities set daily records for the spread of infections. (Nikkei)
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