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Historical documents show Japanese gov't role in providing sex slaves

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Japan's army during World War II asked the government to provide one sex slave for every 70 soldiers, according to historical documents reviewed by Kyodo News service that highlight the state role in the so-called “comfort women” system. The 23 documents were gathered by Japan's Cabinet Secretariat between April 2017… Read

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Japan not considering removal of export controls in talks with S Korea

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The removal of Japan's tightened export controls on South Korea will not be on the table in an upcoming meeting between senior trade officials from the countries, industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama said. "I don't think so," he said when asked at a press conference if a review of the measures… Read

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Abe expected to talk with Xi during visit to China in late December

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his planned visit to China later this month, Vice President Wang Qishan said Friday. The remark by Wang, known as a close aide to Xi, came during a meeting in Beijing with Shigeru Kitamura,… Read

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As scandal simmers, majority of Japanese firms want Abe to finish term

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A majority of Japanese firms want long-serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to finish his term to September 2021 but fewer than one in five say he should stay beyond then, a Reuters poll showed Friday, as allegations that he broke campaign laws erode public support. Opposition lawmakers allege Abe favored… Read

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Abe mulls Middle East trip in January to explain SDF dispatch

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may go to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in mid-January as part of his planned trip to the Middle East intended to explain Japan's plans to send its defense forces to the region, government sources said Thursday. The government is considering the dispatch of… Read

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Gov't compiles ¥26 tril stimulus package to prop up economy

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The Japanese government on Thursday compiled an economic stimulus package totaling 26 trillion yen ($239 billion) to prop up the domestic economy in the face of slowing global growth amid trade conflicts and a potential drop in consumption after the tax hike, sources close to the matter said. The first… Read

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Japan planning to send 270 MSDF personnel to Middle East to guard ships: report

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Japan is working on a plan to send about 270 seamen to the Middle East to guard ships supplying Japan under a law that allows military deployments for research and intelligence gathering, the Nikkei business daily said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a January visit to the Middle East,… Read

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Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled

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Japan erupted with online anger Wednesday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who won't reveal the names of guests at a controversial party due to "respect for privacy," told the Diet that the operator of a shredder that destroyed the guest list was disabled. Opposition lawmakers allege Abe favored supporters with… Read

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Diet approves U.S.-Japan trade deal

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The Diet on Wednesday approved a trade deal that was agreed upon by President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this year. The deal cutting tariffs between the countries takes effect at the beginning of next year. It cleared Japan’s upper house Wednesday after clearing the more… Read

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Trump says he asked Abe to pay more to host U.S. troops

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U.S. President Donald Trump said he has asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to pay more for the cost of stationing U.S. forces in the Asian country. "I've asked Japan. I said to Prime Minister Abe, a friend of mine, Shinzo. I said, 'You have to help us out here.… Read

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