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Abe under scrutiny over cherry blossom party

November 11, 2019 - 20:48
An annual cherry blossom viewing party organized by the Japanese prime minister has come under scrutiny. (NHK)
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Abe apologizes for mess over private English test

November 8, 2019 - 23:28
The Japanese Prime Minister has apologized for the postponement of the planned introduction of private-sector English tests for university admission. (NHK)
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Ex-minister denies ties to English test business

November 7, 2019 - 19:30
Former education minister Hakubun Shimomura has flatly denied a media report that he is in a "cozy relationship" with a company that administers English tests. (NHK)
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US F-16 accidentally drops inert bomb in Aomori

November 7, 2019 - 19:01
A US military fighter jet accidentally dropped an inert bomb on private land outside training grounds in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, on Wednesday evening. (NHK)
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Abe tells Moon wartime labor issue settled

November 4, 2019 - 22:21
NHK has learned that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reiterated Japan's position on the wartime labor issue in a brief dialogue he had with his South Korean counterpart at an ASEAN summit in Thailand. (NHK)
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Mandatory charges for most plastic bags from July

November 1, 2019 - 22:37
Japan's government plans to require all retailers in the country to charge customers for plastic bags starting on July 1 next year. Environmentally-friendly bags will be exempt. (NHK)
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N.Korea: 'Super large rocket launcher' tested

October 31, 2019 - 22:38
State media in North Korea on Friday said the country successfully tested a "super-large rocket launcher " the day before. (NHK)
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Japan to delay mandatory charges for plastic bags

October 26, 2019 - 22:44
Japan's government has decided to delay the introduction of mandatory charges for plastic bags at supermarkets, convenience stores and all other retail outlets for three months to July next year. It cites the need for time to prepare for the change. (NHK)
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Industry minister Sugawara resigns

October 25, 2019 - 20:48
Japan's industry minister Isshu Sugawara has resigned over reports of a possible electoral law violation. (NHK)
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90% of homes flooded in typhoon ineligible for gov't support

October 23, 2019 - 19:24
Flooding at levels of less than 1 meter made up more than 90 percent of the approximately 68,000 homes damaged by the destructive Typhoon Hagibis, the government said Wednesday, making the homeowners unlikely to receive financial support under current law. (Kyodo)
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Emperor Naruhito's enthronement free of tensions that surrounded his father's ceremony

October 22, 2019 - 12:04
Emperor Naruhito officially declared his enthronement to world representatives on Tuesday in a ceremony that was conducted amid relative peace and calm. (Japan Times)
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Japan to pardon 550,000 convicts on occasion of imperial enthronement ceremony

October 20, 2019 - 18:58
The government on Friday approved granting pardons to roughly 550,000 petty criminals in light of Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony next Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Emperor's enthronement set to bring world to Japan

October 20, 2019 - 18:55
Political leaders and royal families from around the world will gather in Japan on Tuesday to witness the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, who will formally declare his accession. (Nikkei)
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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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