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Typhoon response dominates diet debate

October 15, 2019 - 22:36
The government's response to Typhoon Hagibis dominated Tuesday's debate in the Diet. (NHK)
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Japan scraps first fleet review including China over typhoon

October 13, 2019 - 20:52
Japan has canceled its first fleet review of the new Reiwa era as the Self-Defense Forces support areas of the country battered by Typhoon Hagibis. (Nikkei)
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Controversial art exhibition featuring 'comfort woman' statue reopens in Nagoya

October 8, 2019 - 22:21
An art exhibition that sparked controversy for featuring a statue symbolizing “comfort women” reopened Tuesday in Nagoya, with organizers placing tighter security and limiting the number of visitors after it was abruptly closed two months ago following threats. (Japan Times)
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EU to ease restrictions on Japanese food imports

October 5, 2019 - 21:46
The European Union has informed the Japanese government that it will likely ease import restrictions on Japanese food products before the end of the year. (NHK)
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Tokyo ready to share info on North Korea missile with Seoul despite row

October 3, 2019 - 21:11
Japan is ready to share, as requested by South Korea, information related to the launch a day earlier of what North Korea claims to have been a submarine-launched ballistic missile, government sources said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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N.Korea succeeds in test-firing SLBM

October 2, 2019 - 22:35
North Korea's state-run media reports that the country has succeeded in test-firing a submarine-launched ballistic missile, or SLBM. (NHK)
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Abe promotes merits of Japan-U.S. trade pact, vows steps for farmers

October 1, 2019 - 22:23
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday Japan's national interests are protected under a trade agreement with the United States but he vowed to prepare measures to address the concerns of farmers in the country before the pact takes effect. (Kyodo)
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S.Korean fighter jet flies over Takeshima Islands

October 1, 2019 - 22:06
A South Korean F-15 fighter jet has flown over the Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan as part of an Armed Forces Day ceremony. The islands are controlled by South Korea but claimed by Japan. (NHK)
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Ex-town official kept KEPCO cash and gift list

September 30, 2019 - 23:29
NHK has learned that a deceased deputy town mayor in Fukui Prefecture kept a detailed list of cash and gifts he gave to officials of Kansai Electric Power Company, which runs a nuclear power plant in the town. (NHK)
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Japan consumption tax rises to 10%

September 30, 2019 - 23:23
In Japan, the consumption tax rose from 8 to 10 percent on Tuesday. The government says the increase was needed to help cover ballooning social security costs and pay down massive public debt. (NHK)
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US-Japan trade deal is victory for Abe, not Trump

September 29, 2019 - 23:51
Donald Trump may be famous -- among other things -- for his book "The Art of the Deal." But last week Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe schooled the obsessively transactional U.S. president on how a real deal is done. (Nikkei)
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Anti-NHK party head suggests genocide to solve overpopulation

September 27, 2019 - 22:17
The head of a minor opposition party, whose primary goal is to "crush" Japan's public broadcaster NHK, makes a remark hinting that genocide is the solution to overpopulation in a video uploaded to YouTube on Friday. (Kyodo)
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Japan escapes auto tariffs, but Trump is not done with trade deal

September 26, 2019 - 23:27
During a signing ceremony for the U.S.-Japan trade agreement on Wednesday, President Donald Trump invited in members of farming organizations to the room at the InterContinental New York Barclay to witness his accomplishment. (Nikkei)
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Shinjiro Koizumi is poised to lead Japan’s clean-energy revolution

September 25, 2019 - 23:30
Rarely has a single politician so embodied the aspirations, fears and cynicism of a nation as Japan’s Shinjiro Koizumi. (Nikkei)
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Japan, US ink trade deal

September 25, 2019 - 22:55
Japan and the US have struck a final agreement in their bilateral trade negotiations. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump signed a joint statement after confirming the accord. (NHK)
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Koizumi's 'sexy' words on climate change ring hollow for some in Japan

September 24, 2019 - 22:29
Japanese environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi's call to make climate change "cool" and "sexy" rang false to some Japanese activists on Tuesday, who said he needed to lay down some clear policy. (Japan Today)
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Japan fails to track N Korean missiles in recent string of launches

September 23, 2019 - 22:35
Japan has failed to track the trajectory of some of North Korea's new types of short-range missiles in a recent series of launches, raising concerns over Tokyo's defense capabilities, sources close to the matter said. (Japan Today)
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Abe vows to improve Japan's social welfare as population grays

September 20, 2019 - 21:53
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Friday to step up efforts to reform social security as Japan faces a multitude of challenges stemming from its rapidly graying population and low birthrate. (Japan Times)
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New Japan Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi holds firm that Seoul must end wartime labor row

September 18, 2019 - 22:07
Newly appointed Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Wednesday that Tokyo urgently demands Seoul eliminate “violations of international law” regarding wartime Korean labor issues, adding that it is a top priority for Japan in handling the bilateral relationship. (Japan Times)
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Japan to nominate Asakawa for ADB chief

September 17, 2019 - 20:42
Japan's government is expected to nominate former vice finance minister Masatsugu Asakawa to head the Asian Development Bank. (NHK)
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