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Abe skips Yasukuni shrine visit but sends offering

August 15, 2019 - 22:21
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has skipped a visit to the controversial Yasukuni shrine for war dead, but sent a ritual offering on the 74th anniversary of Japan's World War II surrender, a gesture likely to be criticised by Asian neighbours. (
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Japan's emperor Naruhito speaks of 'deep remorse' on World War II anniversary

August 15, 2019 - 22:17
Japan's new emperor spoke Thursday (Aug 15) of "deep remorse" over the country's wartime past, in his first speech to commemorate the end of World War II since his enthronement in May. (
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S.Korea to remove Japan from its trade whitelist

August 12, 2019 - 08:04
South Korea says it plans to remove Japan from its top-tier list of countries subject to preferential export procedures. (NHK)
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ASDF concludes crashed F-35A pilot was disoriented

August 9, 2019 - 23:33
Japan's Air Self-Defense Force concludes that a fighter pilot who crashed off northern Japan in April failed to detect the jet's rapid descent because he was disoriented. (NHK)
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Japan gives 1st approval under new export controls

August 8, 2019 - 23:11
Japan has approved the shipment of a hi-tech material to South Korea for the first time since enforcing stricter export controls. (NHK)
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Rising Japan political star Shinjiro Koizumi and Christel 'omotenashi' Takigawa to marry, with baby on way

August 7, 2019 - 22:12
Wedding preparations are underway for Lower House member Shinjiro Koizumi, 38, a prominent politician who is widely seen as a potential future prime minister, and TV personality Christel Takigawa, 41. (Japan Times)
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S.Korea condemns Abe's remarks

August 6, 2019 - 23:02
South Korea has condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for remarks that echoed his country's stance of urging Seoul to follow through on a post-war bilateral agreement. (NHK)
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Report: N.Korea fires 2 unidentified projectiles

August 5, 2019 - 23:02
South Korea's Joint Chief of Staff says North Korea has fired two projectiles early on Tuesday morning. (NHK)
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Tensions mount in Japan-S.Korea trade dispute

August 3, 2019 - 22:50
Tensions between two Asian neighbors are increasing following Japan's decision to remove South Korea from its list of trading partners eligible for preferential export procedures. (NHK)
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Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking

August 1, 2019 - 23:09
With two months to go before the consumption tax hike, the government released a document Thursday spelling out cases regarding food and drinks purchased at theme parks, saying they will be taxed at 10 percent if consumed at tables, but 8 percent if consumed while walking. (Japan Today)
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Actor-turned-politician Taro Yamamoto aims for real-life starring role as future Japan PM

July 31, 2019 - 22:25
Actor-turned-politician Taro Yamamoto is angling for a new real-life role in which he leads his novice party and allies to victory, ousts long-ruling conservatives and takes over as prime minister within the next few years. (Japan Times)
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Upper House begins renovations to accommodate newly elected disabled lawmakers

July 28, 2019 - 19:24
The Upper House on Sunday started renovation work for two newly elected lawmakers with severe physical disabilities. (Japan Times)
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S.Korea: New type of missile fired by North

July 24, 2019 - 23:00
South Korea's National Security Council on Thursday concluded that the two projectiles fired earlier in the day from the North were short-range ballistic missiles of a new type. (NHK)
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Japan to explain position on export curbs at WTO

July 23, 2019 - 21:28
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Japan will explain its reasons for placing tighter exports controls on South Korea at a meeting of the World Trade Organization's General Council. (NHK)
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South Korea detains 6 for illegally entering Japan consulate

July 22, 2019 - 23:21
Police on Monday detained six South Koreans for allegedly illegally entering a Japanese diplomatic facility in South Korea and staging an anti-Tokyo demonstration there. (Japan Today)
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Muneo Suzuki rebounds from cancer, 2010 bribes conviction to win seat in Upper House

July 22, 2019 - 23:20
Muneo Suzuki, a veteran politician with close ties to Russia, won a seat in Sunday’s House of Councilors election, returning to the Diet for the first time since being forced out by a conviction in 2010. (Japan Times)
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Female voters remain dubious despite record number of women winning seats

July 22, 2019 - 23:15
Despite a record number of women winning seats in Sunday's House of Councillors election, some female voters have cast doubt over the government's pledge to help empower women. (Japan Today)
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Two severely-disabled candidates win seats in Japan upper house vote

July 21, 2019 - 21:43
Two wheelchair-bound candidates won seats in Japan’s upper house vote on Sunday, media projections showed, a sign of changing attitudes towards disabled people in a country where they have long been encouraged to stay in the shadow. (Reuters)
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In wake of election, a host of foreign policy challenges await Abe

July 21, 2019 - 21:36
After Sunday’s election, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party — along with its coalition partner Komeito — remains firmly in the saddle with a strong majority in both the Upper and Lower Houses of the Diet. (Japan Times)
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Pro-amendment camp loses 2/3 majority

July 21, 2019 - 21:33
Japan's ruling coalition is set to maintain control of the Upper House following Sunday's election. But it fell short of maintaining a key threshold. The coalition and lawmakers in favor of amending the Constitution will not hold a two-thirds majority of the chamber. (NHK)
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