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Japan proposal to lower age for charging youths as adults scrapped due to differences of opinion: sources

January 26, 2020 - 19:10
The government plans to abandon for now an amendment to the age cap under juvenile law that would lower the age when individuals can be tried as adults from 20 years old to 18, sources have said. (Japan Times)
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Japan and US make plans to evacuate citizens from Wuhan

January 26, 2020 - 18:50
Tokyo and Washington are making plans to evacuate Japanese and American citizens from Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak that has claimed more than 50 lives, while Honda Motor said Sunday it was evacuating about 30 employees and family members out of the area back to Japan. (Nikkei)
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Koizumi questions Japan financing of Vietnam plant

January 21, 2020 - 22:03
Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has called into question Japan's financing of a coal-fired power plant in Vietnam. (NHK)
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In policy speech, Abe vows to establish 'new era of Japanese diplomacy'

January 20, 2020 - 21:02
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday declared 2020 a “crucial year to establish a new era of Japanese diplomacy” in a speech before the Diet, vowing to tackle international issues head-on. (Japan Times)
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Rising political star Koizumi and celebrity wife Takigawa welcome baby boy

January 17, 2020 - 22:03
Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, a potential future prime minister according to some opinion polls, said he became the father of a baby boy on Friday. (Kyodo)
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Japan shrinks budget surplus forecast as it grapples with debt mountain

January 17, 2020 - 21:50
Japan kept unchanged its timing for balancing the primary budget on Friday, but expects to see a much smaller excess than previously thought when it hits a budget surplus, underlining the government’s struggle to rein in massive public debt. (Japan Times)
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Minister Koizumi will take paternity leave

January 15, 2020 - 21:09
Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi will take childcare leave after the upcoming birth of his first baby. (NHK)
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PM Abe meets Saudi King Salman

January 12, 2020 - 22:36
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz that Japan will make every diplomatic effort it can to stabilize the situation in the Middle East. (NHK)
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Kono to order SDF dispatch to Middle East

January 9, 2020 - 20:42
Japan's Defense Minister Taro Kono will order the dispatch of a Self-Defense Force mission to the Middle East on Friday amid heightened tensions in the region. (NHK)
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Japan to develop app that can detect if foreign nationals' residence cards are fake

January 7, 2020 - 21:42
The government will develop a smartphone app to easily identify if residence cards, which are issued to foreign nationals, have been forged in an attempt to crack down on visa law violations, government officials have said. (Japan Times)
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Former Japanese lawmaker Yukiko Miyake found dead in suspected suicide

January 6, 2020 - 23:02
Former lower house lawmaker Yukiko Miyake was found dead at a waterfront in Tokyo several days ago, with police suspecting she might have committed suicide, investigative sources said Monday. (Japan Today)
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Abe vows reforms and voices hope for successful Tokyo Olympics in 2020

January 1, 2020 - 21:11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday pledged to promote reforms in Japan, ranging from social security to the Constitution, while expressing his hope the country will successfully host the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics later this summer. (Japan Times)
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Japan Cabinet approves MSDF units' dispatch to Middle East

December 28, 2019 - 21:00
Japan's Cabinet approved on Friday the dispatch of Maritime Self-Defense Force units to the Middle East, for the first time since the country enacted security-related bills in 2015, which were aimed at easing requirements for dispatching the MSDF. (Nikkei)
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Death-row inmate hanged in 1st execution since August

December 26, 2019 - 21:47
Japan hanged a Chinese death-row inmate on Thursday convicted of killing four people in 2003, the Justice Ministry said, in the country's first execution since August. (Japan Today)
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Casino bribery arrest is blow for Abe's post-Tokyo Olympics growth strategy

December 26, 2019 - 21:45
The arrest Wednesday of a former state minister in charge of the government’s policy on integrated casino resorts has brought about another scandal for the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and dealt a blow to one of the key aspects of the ruling party’s economic growth strategy. (Japan Times)
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Akimoto suspected of taking bribe before election

December 26, 2019 - 21:18
NHK has learned that a Japanese lawmaker arrested for allegedly taking bribes from a Chinese company is suspected of having received cash worth about 27,000 dollars on the day the Diet was dissolved for a snap election in 2017. (NHK)
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Seoul, Tokyo agree to keep dialogue open

December 24, 2019 - 20:57
The South Korean government says President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Abe had differences on the wartime labor issue, but they agreed to keep communicating to resolve it. (NHK)
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Abe meets with Xi in Beijing

December 23, 2019 - 19:04
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday evening. (NHK)
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Japan reviews tighter export controls on S.Korea

December 20, 2019 - 22:42
Japan's industry ministry says it has reviewed its tightened controls on exports of one of three high-tech materials to South Korea. (NHK)
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Japan to earmark record Y102 trillion for 2020 budget as social security and defense costs rise

December 18, 2019 - 20:16
The government has decided to earmark a record ¥102.66 trillion ($938 billion) in the initial draft budget for fiscal 2020, to fund swelling social security and defense outlays, government sources said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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