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LDP race: Kono leads Kishida 46% to 17% in Nikkei poll

8 hours 55 min ago
Taro Kono is the favorite to become the next leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and effectively the next prime minister, a poll by Nikkei and TV Tokyo shows. (Nikkei)
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Japan eyes lifting state of emergency as planned

September 25, 2021 - 02:38
As the daily tally of new coronavirus infections continues to fall, the Japanese government appears ready to lift its state of emergency for at least some prefectures at the end of this month. (NHK)
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Candidates answer questions in LDP online debate

September 25, 2021 - 02:37
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party's presidential election appears to be turning into a closely contested race. Four candidates are campaigning hard to win supporters. They participated in an online policy debate. (NHK)
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Quad leaders to confirm cooperation at summit

September 25, 2021 - 02:35
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide is set to attend a four-way meeting with the leaders of the United States, Australia and India at the White House on Friday. It will be the first in-person summit of the Quad framework. (NHK)
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Japan must avoid yen fall from lost of trust over its finances - Kono

September 24, 2021 - 02:41
Japan's government and central bank must work closely together to avoid a fall in the yen, Taro Kono, a contender in the ruling party leadership race, said on Thursday. (
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Komeito proposes Y100,000 handout for residents under 19

September 23, 2021 - 03:20
Komeito, a member of Japan’s ruling coalition, Tuesday released its first set of policy pledges for the upcoming general election, including a Y100,000 cash handout for those under age 19. (Japan Times)
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China’s military expansion could threaten Japan’s peace and prosperity, PM Yoshihide Suga warns

September 22, 2021 - 19:54
China’s rapidly growing military influence and unilateral changing of the status quo could present a risk to Japan, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday ahead of the first Quad summit. (South China Morning Post)
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Japan eyes at least partly lifting of COVID-19 emergency at end of month

September 22, 2021 - 05:49
The central government is leaning toward at least partially lifting the COVID-19 state of emergency covering 19 prefectures, including Tokyo, at the end of the month as scheduled, government and ruling party sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Japan trails in easing travel restrictions for vaccinated

September 19, 2021 - 05:01
Japan so far has refused to relax its 14-day quarantine request for travelers from overseas even as other major economies move to waive such requirements for the vaccinated. (Nikkei)
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Majority believe Japan needs a lockdown law

September 18, 2021 - 06:33
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a majority of people in Japan believe it is necessary to create legislation to make a lockdown possible in the country, a recent opinion poll suggested Friday. (Japan Times)
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Campaigning for Japanese ruling party's leadership race starts

September 18, 2021 - 06:15
Campaigning for the leadership race of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to choose Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's successor officially began on Friday, with four veteran lawmakers competing for the top position. (
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Former women's empowerment minister to run for Japan PM post

September 17, 2021 - 06:31
Japan's former women's empowerment minister Seiko Noda has announced a last-minute run for leadership of the ruling party. (CNA)
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Japan immigration footage shows mistreatment of detained foreigner

September 16, 2021 - 05:05
A Japanese-Peruvian man seeking state compensation for mistreatment at the Osaka immigration bureau in 2017 was shown being held face down by a number of officers in security camera footage submitted Wednesday at trial, a lawyer in charge of his case said. (Kyodok)
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S.Korea announces its first successful SLBM test

September 16, 2021 - 05:03
South Korea has announced its first successful test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile. (NHK)
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Japan ground troops begin nationwide drills for 1st time in 30 years

September 15, 2021 - 17:47
The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force on Wednesday started nationwide exercises involving all units for the first time in about 30 years in an attempt to boost deterrence and strengthen its capabilities amid China's ramped-up regional assertiveness. (Kyodo)
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Japan embassy confirms its gov’t received info on possible terror attack in Philippines

September 15, 2021 - 17:36
Japan's embassy in Manila on Tuesday confirmed that its government has received information on possible terror attacks in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines. (GMA News)
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Candidates gearing up for LDP leadership

September 15, 2021 - 05:39
An election to choose the next leader of Japan's ruling party is getting candidates worked up. The term of current Liberal Democratic Party chief and Prime Minister, Suga Yoshihide, ends this month. (NHK)
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Koizumi endorses Kono as Japan's next ruling party chief

September 15, 2021 - 05:36
Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi said Tuesday that he will back vaccine point man Taro Kono to become the next leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. (Nikkei)
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North Korea tests new cruise missiles that put Japan in striking distance

September 14, 2021 - 05:37
North Korea has developed yet another weapon that can put most of Japan within striking distance, this one potentially capable of evading missile defenses and delivering a nuclear bomb to a large chunk of the archipelago. (Japan Times)
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Japan's coronavirus state of emergency extended

September 13, 2021 - 04:07
Japan's coronavirus state of emergency has been extended in many parts of the country, including Tokyo and Osaka, through the end of this month. (NHK)
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