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Diet passes bill to pay Y3.2 million each to victims forcibly sterilized under Japan's eugenics law

April 24, 2019 - 23:58
The Diet enacted legislation Wednesday to pay ¥3.2 million in state compensation to each person who underwent forced sterilization under the nation’s now-defunct eugenics law. (Japan Times)
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Law recognizing indigenous Ainu enacted

April 19, 2019 - 22:45
A law recognizing the Ainu ethnic minority as an indigenous people of Japan has been enacted. (NHK)
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Japan, U.S. struggle to find crashed stealth fighter jet and its 'secrets'

April 16, 2019 - 22:26
One week after an F-35A stealth fighter jet crashed off the northeastern coast of Japan, U.S. and Japanese military vessels are struggling to find the wreckage and protect its valuable "secrets." (Japan Today)
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Banknote image of Umeko Tsuda possibly reversed

April 16, 2019 - 22:21
The Japanese government plans to proceed with printing new banknotes matching the sample designs it released, even though some people have pointed out that one of the portraits used is different from the probable source photo. (NHK)
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SDF scrambles in FY2018 2nd highest on record

April 12, 2019 - 23:42
Japan's Defense Ministry says the number of times Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets were scrambled in fiscal 2018 was the second-highest on record. (NHK)
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Olympic minister resigns over 2011 disaster remarks

April 10, 2019 - 22:15
Japan's Olympic minister resigned Wednesday after making remarks deemed offensive to the people affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a gaffe that had questioned his credentials. (Japan Today)
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Japan F-35A pilot called a stop to mission before crash

April 10, 2019 - 21:54
The pilot of a Lockheed Martin F-35A stealth fighter jet that crashed into the Pacific Ocean called an end to his training exercise just before the plane went down, it was learned Wednesday. (Nikkei)
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ASDF fighter jet goes missing while training

April 9, 2019 - 22:34
Japanese defense officials are searching for a fighter jet off the coast of Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan. They lost contact while it was on a training mission. (NHK)
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Japan extends sanctions on North Korea by two years over abductions and nuclear weapons

April 9, 2019 - 05:14
Japan decided Tuesday to extend its sanctions against North Korea for two years, maintaining pressure on Pyongyang to denuclearize and resolve its past abductions of Japanese nationals. (Japan Times)
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Emperor's last meeting with foreign dignitaries

April 4, 2019 - 21:46
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have met with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela and his wife at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Japan assures world that Reiwa is all about 'beautiful harmony' and has nothing to do with 'command'

April 3, 2019 - 21:37
The Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday the name for Japan’s forthcoming new Imperial era, Reiwa, means “beautiful harmony” in English. (Japan Times)
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Japan OKs plan to send SDF officers to peacekeeping mission in Sinai

April 2, 2019 - 19:09
The Japanese government on Tuesday approved sending two Self-Defense Forces officers to a multinational peacekeeping force in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula later this month, in what would be the first dispatch of SDF personnel to an overseas mission not under the command of the United Nations. (Kyodo)
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Government announces new era name: 'reiwa'

April 1, 2019 - 03:11
'Reiwa' -- tentative spelling -- is a name that will be on the lips of most Japanese today and it will be for years to come. (NHK)
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New era name to be announced 11:30 on Monday

March 29, 2019 - 21:13
Japanese people now have a time for the unveiling of the name of the country's new era, which will start when the new Emperor takes the throne on May 1. The Chief Cabinet Secretary says the long-awaited announcement will be made at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday. (NHK)
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Japan's Diet passes record ¥101 trillion budget with spending hikes for defense and social security

March 27, 2019 - 22:43
The Diet on Wednesday enacted a record ¥101.46 trillion ($920 billion) budget for fiscal 2019 that will boost spending on social security and defense and include stimulus measures to buoy the economy after a planned consumption tax hike. (Japan Times)
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Suga to announce new era name, Abe to comment

March 27, 2019 - 22:20
The Japanese government plans to have its top spokesperson announce the name for the era of the nation's new emperor next Monday. (NHK)
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Ceremony held to mark switch of government planes

March 24, 2019 - 22:09
The Japanese government aircraft will be taken out of service at the end of this month. A ceremony was held on Sunday to mark the switch to the new planes. (NHK)
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Official campaigning for Osaka mayoral election starts

March 24, 2019 - 22:07
Official campaigning for the Osaka mayoral election began Sunday, with Osaka Prefecture’s former governor, Ichiro Matsui, facing off against a ruling Liberal Democratic Party-backed challenger opposed to the controversial idea of restructuring the city into a metropolis. (Japan Times)
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JOC chief Takeda steps down

March 19, 2019 - 21:33
The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee has announced he will step down when his term expires in June. (NHK)
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Japan to start discussions soon on Imperial succession system

March 18, 2019 - 22:26
The government will soon start discussing how to achieve a stable Imperial succession, including the creation of female branches of the royal family. (Japan Times)
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