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Kishida’s son in hot seat over shopping during official trips overseas

January 31, 2023 - 18:43
Shotaro Kishida, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s eldest son and his executive secretary, is in the hot seat over media reports that he went shopping and sightseeing in Europe, Canada and the U.S. using official vehicles when he accompanied the prime minister to those places in January. (Japan Times)
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'I didn't want to choose the option of fighting': Japan ex-soldier sues government over sex assault

January 31, 2023 - 02:18
A Japanese former soldier who was sexually assaulted by her colleagues said on Monday she is suing the government and the perpetrators over the "superficial" apologies and mistreatment she received. (
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Japan's demographic time bomb: Labour shortage opens doors to foreign workers

January 29, 2023 - 05:09
Japan faces an existential threat with its birth rate at an all time low, yet the island nation has still to fully embrace immigration as a solution to the population decline. To tackle the problem, the government has slowly turned to bringing in foreign workers. (FRANCE 24 English)
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Japan to count COVID cases using method for seasonal flu

January 28, 2023 - 06:37
Japanese health authorities say they will start counting coronavirus infections using the same method they do for cases of seasonal influenza. (NHK)
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Japan plans to downgrade COVID-19 classification on May 8

January 27, 2023 - 03:17
The Japanese government is planning to downgrade COVID-19 on May 8 to the same category of infectious diseases as seasonal influenza. (NHK)
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Japan PM Kishida cautious about same-sex marriage

January 26, 2023 - 19:05
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday struck a cautious tone about legally recognizing same-sex marriage in line with other Group of Seven countries that have already adopted the practice. (Kyodo)
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Japan aide gets told off by his mother... for putting his hands in his pockets during televised press conference in the US

January 24, 2023 - 13:47
It should have been one of the proudest moments of his political career. But one Japanese aide will remember his visit to the US President for the wrong reasons – after he got a dressing down from his mum for putting his hands in his pockets. (
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Japan warns Unification Church over murky child adoption practice

January 24, 2023 - 00:09
The Japanese government on Monday issued an administrative guidance to the Unification Church demanding it comply with the law amid allegations that it has arranged for child adoption between believers' families without authorization. (Kyodo)
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Japanese PM Kishida says addressing falling birthrate top priority

January 24, 2023 - 00:00
Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio says addressing the country's falling birthrate will be a top priority for the government. (NHK)
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Japan to lower COVID-19 to flu status in spring

January 20, 2023 - 21:06
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday announced plans to downgrade the legal status of COVID-19 to the equivalent of seasonal influenza in the spring, a move that would further relax mask wearing and other preventive measures as the country seeks to return to normalcy. (Japan Today)
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Japan court acquits utility executives in Fukushima disaster

January 19, 2023 - 06:30
A Japanese court on Wednesday found three former utility company executives not guilty of negligence over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster and the subsequent deaths of more than 40 elderly residents during their forced evacuation. (
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Japan to decide whether to downgrade COVID-19 on Friday

January 19, 2023 - 06:21
The Japanese government is set to decide Friday on whether to drop COVID-19 to its least serious category of infectious diseases this spring, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
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Medvedev says Japanese PM should disembowel himself

January 15, 2023 - 03:32
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accused Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday of shameful subservience to the United States and suggested he should ritually disembowel himself. (Reuters)
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Japan, US and Europe must act together on China, PM Kishida says

January 14, 2023 - 15:33
Japan, the United States and Europe must act in unison on China, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in Washington, DC, during a visit aimed at enhancing Tokyo’s alliance with the US in the face of growing challenges from Beijing. (Al Jazeera)
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Tokyo police search offices linked to YouTuber lawmaker accused of defamation

January 13, 2023 - 19:43
Investigative sources say Tokyo police have searched several locations linked to a Diet member over allegations that he defamed and intimidated prominent figures on his YouTube channel. (NHK)
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Tetsuya Yamagami charged with murder of Japan's ex-PM Shinzo Abe

January 13, 2023 - 19:38
A man has been charged with murder by Japanese prosecutors after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a court said on Friday. (
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Japan suspends plan to pipe Fukushima’s radioactive water into the sea

January 13, 2023 - 19:37
Japan has put on hold the release to the sea of treated but still radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant after factoring in the progress of a single-purpose tunnel and the need to gain public support. (The Daily News)
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Britain and Japan sign pact to allow two-way military deployments

January 13, 2023 - 03:50
The UK and Japan will allow military forces to be deployed to one another’s territory, as Tokyo expands bilateral cooperation with other US allies amid concerns about China’s rise. (
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US vows to defend space with Japan if attacked

January 13, 2023 - 03:45
The United States said Thursday that attacks in space would invoke its defense treaty with Japan and announced the deployment of a more agile Marine unit on its ally's soil as alarm grows over China. (
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Destroyer runs aground, leaks oil in waters off west Japan

January 11, 2023 - 00:24
A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) destroyer ran aground in waters off the western prefecture of Yamaguchi on Tuesday, local media cited the Coast Guard and the Ministry of Defence as saying. (
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