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Japan Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya apologizes over errors in Aegis deployment survey

June 17, 2019 - 21:10
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya apologized Monday to Akita Gov. Norihisa Satake for errors in the ministry’s geographical survey that was used to select the northeastern prefecture as a candidate for hosting a U.S.-developed missile defense system. (Japan Times)
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Japan demands more proof from U.S. that Iran attacked tankers

June 17, 2019 - 00:07
The Japanese government has been requesting the United States for concrete evidence to back its assertion that Iran is to blame for the attacks on two tankers near the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, government sources said Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message

June 15, 2019 - 01:12
Iran's supreme leader told Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday that it was pointless to reply to a message he had brought to Tehran from U.S. President Donald Trump, as a peacemaking visit was overshadowed by attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. (Japan Today)
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2 tankers with Japan-related cargo attacked in Strait of Hormuz as Abe visits Iran

June 13, 2019 - 23:01
Japanese trade minister Hiroshige Seko said Thursday that two tankers carrying "Japan-related" cargo were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz. (Japan Today)
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Uproar over $185,000 shortfall puts Japan pension reform on hold

June 12, 2019 - 23:14
A public uproar has forced the government to retract a controversial report claiming that retired couples reliant on public pensions also need sizable savings, but this backpedaling could further delay Japan's much needed reckoning with the overburdened program. (Nikkei)
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Abe urges Rouhani to avoid escalation of Iran-U.S. tensions

June 12, 2019 - 23:09
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday to avoid a further escalation of tensions and an unintended military conflict in the Middle East, as he sought to nudge Tehran toward dialogue as a mediator with the United States. (Kyodo)
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Chinese carrier passes between Okinawan islands

June 11, 2019 - 22:44
Japan's Defense Ministry has confirmed that a Chinese aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, navigated between two islands that are part of Okinawa Prefecture. (NHK)
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Aso refuses to accept report on retirement assets

June 11, 2019 - 22:36
Japan's Financial Services Minister Taro Aso says he will not accept a controversial report that says elderly couples need 20-million yen for retirement. He says this is not the government's stance. (NHK)
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Japan says vertigo probable cause of F-35A crash

June 10, 2019 - 23:22
Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Monday the crash of an Air Self-Defense Force F-35A stealth fighter into the Pacific Ocean two months ago was likely caused by "spatial disorientation" of the pilot, rather than technical problems with the aircraft. (Kyodo)
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Japan seeks unified message in G20 trade talks

June 8, 2019 - 23:48
Ministers in charge of trade and digital economy from G20 countries will discuss trade issues on Sunday, the second day of their meeting in Tsukuba, north of Tokyo. (NHK)
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Abe to visit Iran from June 12

June 6, 2019 - 21:59
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to visit Iran next week amid rising tensions between the Middle Eastern country and the United States. (NHK)
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Japan's Lower House denounces 'war' gaffe lawmaker

June 6, 2019 - 21:37
The Lower House of Japan's Diet has unanimously adopted a resolution urging a lawmaker to decide whether to give up his seat over a controversial remark about four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan. (NHK)
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Government to raise consumption tax as planned

June 5, 2019 - 22:39
NHK has learned Japan's government will go ahead with a planned increase in the consumption tax in October. (NHK)
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Rubber part falls from chopper onto school in Okinawa: U.S. Marines

June 5, 2019 - 22:36
The U.S. Marines in Okinawa said Wednesday that a piece of rubber tape attached to a wing blade of a U.S. military helicopter fell onto the grounds of a junior high school in Okinawa the previous day. (Japan Today)
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Japan preparing to resume F-35 flights

June 4, 2019 - 22:24
NHK has learned that the Defense Ministry plans to end a major search operation for an F-35 fighter jet that crashed off northern Japan, and prepare to resume flights of the same model. (NHK)
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Japan's pension system inadequate in aging society, council warns

June 3, 2019 - 22:19
The public pension system is not enough to sustain people’s livelihoods anymore in a rapidly aging society, according to a government report. (Japan Times)
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Japan, US, S.Korea discuss N.Korea

June 2, 2019 - 22:11
The defense ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea have held talks in Singapore. They are believed to have reaffirmed their countries' close cooperation on the denuclearization of North Korea. (NHK)
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Japan, Russia split over security issues

May 30, 2019 - 19:26
The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Russia remain at odds over some security issues, including the Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan. (NHK)
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Trump posts video of trip to Japan on Twitter

May 29, 2019 - 22:06
US President Donald Trump has posted a video clip of his four-day trip to Japan on Twitter, and touted the success of his visit. (NHK)
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Court dismisses sterilization compensation claim

May 28, 2019 - 22:46
A Japanese court has dismissed claims for state compensation filed by two women who were forcibly sterilized decades ago under the now-defunct Eugenic Protection Law. But it declared that the law was unconstitutional. (NHK)
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