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Govt. OKs bill to recognize Ainu as indigenous

February 15, 2019 - 08:38
The Japanese government has mapped out a bill to officially recognize the Ainu ethnic minority as an indigenous people of Japan. (NHK)
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Two positive kanji, easy to write and read: Japan to follow precedent in selecting new era name

February 8, 2019 - 18:09
The government confirmed Friday that it will follow the procedures taken to pick the current era name of Heisei in choosing a name for the new era. (Japan Times)
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Abe stresses resolve for peace treaty with Russia

February 7, 2019 - 22:28
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he's determined to settle the country's territorial issue with Russia and conclude a peace treaty. (NHK)
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Japanese minister apologises for comment on Japan's shrinking population

February 5, 2019 - 23:56
Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso has reluctantly apologised for saying childless people are to blame for the country's rising social security costs and its aging and declining population. (smh.com.au)
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Japanese journalist ordered to hand over passport

February 5, 2019 - 19:38
Japan's Foreign Ministry has ordered freelance journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka to hand over his passport as he attempted to travel to Yemen. (NHK)
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Japan cancels Izumo's port call in Busan

February 5, 2019 - 19:31
Japan's Defense Ministry has canceled a port call of a Self-Defense Forces vessel in Busan, South Korea, amid soured relations. (NHK)
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Raging Japan mayor calls city official idiot, suggests burning down building

January 29, 2019 - 21:24
A mayor in the western Japanese prefecture of Hyogo is in hot water for calling a senior city official "stupid" and suggesting the official "burn down" a local building that stood in the way of the construction of a new road. (Kyodo)
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In annual policy speech, Abe omits passage on ties with South Korea

January 28, 2019 - 21:42
Breaking with precedent, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday removed from his annual policy speech a paragraph outlining his vision for Japan’s ties with South Korea, in a possible reflection of the neighbors’ increasingly tumultuous relationship. (Japan Times)
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Defense Ministry: Plane kept proper altitude

January 23, 2019 - 18:26
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force says the patrol plane in question is a P3C from Kanoya Air Base in Kagoshima Prefecture. (NHK)
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Putin quashes Japanese hopes of end to island dispute

January 23, 2019 - 18:20
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Tuesday dashed Japanese hopes of a settlement any time soon to a territorial dispute that has festered since 1945, declaring after a meeting with the visiting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan that there was still much “painstaking work” ahead. (nytimes.com)
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Abe makes no progress with Putin in talks on Russia-held islands, postwar peace treaty

January 22, 2019 - 18:53
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to seek progress on a decadeslong territorial dispute over a group of islands that have remained under Russian control since the end of World War II. (Japan Times)
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Kei Komuro: All financial problems resolved

January 22, 2019 - 18:50
Kei Komuro, whose engagement to Japan's Princess Mako is planned, says he understands that all of his mother's financial problems have been resolved. (NHK)
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Abe, Putin on collision course over islands

January 20, 2019 - 23:04
The leaders of Japan and Russia hold crunch summit talks on Tuesday, with the two countries locked in an undiplomatic war of words over a set of disputed islands. (Japan Today)
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Female imperial family members to be barred from key succession rite

January 17, 2019 - 22:59
The government decided Thursday only male adult imperial family members will attend one of the key ceremonies to mark Crown Prince Naruhito's ascension to the throne on May 1, following the example set by Emperor Akihito's enthronement in 1989. (Japan Today)
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S.Korea seeking talks over radar incident

January 7, 2019 - 20:38
A South Korean Defense Ministry spokesperson says both Japan and South Korea feel the need for talks over last month's radar incident. (NHK)
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Abe orders steps against S Korean seizure of Nippon Steel assets

January 6, 2019 - 22:13
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has directed ministries to look into countermeasures after plaintiffs in South Korea took legal steps to seize the local assets of a Japanese steelmaker that has refused to comply with a court order to pay compensation for wartime forced labor. (Japan Today)
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Japanese lawmaker under fire for LGBT comment

January 5, 2019 - 22:54
A Japanese legislator is drawing criticism for his comment that "a nation would collapse" if everyone became LGBT. (Japan Today)
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Japan to step up research on high-output military laser

January 3, 2019 - 21:20
The Defense Ministry will crank into high gear its research to develop a high-output military laser that can intercept mortar rounds and enemy drones flying at low altitudes. (Japan Times)
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Abe starts year with a game of golf, 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

January 2, 2019 - 22:22
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he was able to "tee off to a good start" as he played his first round of golf in 2019. (Japan Today)
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Emperor and Empress receive New Year greetings

January 1, 2019 - 21:33
In Tokyo, members of the Imperial family and state dignitaries have presented their New Year's greetings to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. (NHK)
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