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Japan urges China to play bigger role in restraining N Korea

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's top security adviser has urged China to play a bigger role in restraining North Korea's nuclear and missile development programmes, Japan's foreign ministry said in a statement. National security adviser Shotaro Yachi made the remarks in a meeting near Tokyo with China's top diplomat, State… Read

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Abe denies seeking to influence gov't decision over university dept

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday denied allegations that he tried to influence a ministry decision on a plan for his friend's educational institution to open a new university department in Ehime, western Japan. Abe told a parliamentary session that he had "never exerted pressure" to enable Kake Educational Institution… Read

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Upper house begins deliberations on 'conspiracy bill'

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Debate on a bill to penalize the planning of serious crimes began in the House of Councillors on Monday after it passed the lower house last week amid protests by opposition parties and civil groups that fear the envisioned legislation could lead to abuses of power by law enforcement authorities.… Read

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Japanese public split on idea to cite military in constitution

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Poll results released Monday show that about half of Japan's population supports a constitutional revision that would clarify the legality of the country's military, a new approach Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is proposing as his party struggles to gain public support for a change. Abe proposed recently that Japan in… Read

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N Korea fires ballistic missile that falls into Japan's EEZ

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North Korea fired a ballistic missile Monday that is believed to have fallen into Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, in the latest in a series of weapons tests in defiance of the international community, the Japanese government said. Pyongyang's missile launch comes days after the Group… Read

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Philippines' Duterte plans to cancel Japan trip in June

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plans to cancel his trip to Japan next month due to the ongoing crisis in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao, now under martial law, government sources said Sunday. "(President) Duterte doesn't want to travel unless the situation in the country is stable," one of the… Read

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LDP leads Koike's party ahead of Tokyo assembly election: poll

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The Liberal Democratic Party is leading Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike's political group ahead of the upcoming Tokyo assembly election on July 2, according to a Kyodo News poll released Sunday, though nearly half of those surveyed remain undecided. Seventeen percent of Tokyo residents responding to the telephone survey over the… Read

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Japan, U.S. defense, foreign chiefs to meet in July

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Japan and the United States are planning to hold in mid-July their first meeting of foreign and defense ministers since U.S. President Donald Trump took office to discuss how to strengthen their response to North Korea's missile development, according to officials of the two governments. In the so-called two-plus-two talks,… Read

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Abe, Malta's PM affirm importance of rule of law at sea

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Maltese counterpart Joseph Muscat affirmed on Saturday the importance of the rule of law at sea in a meeting in Malta amid concerns about the situation in the East and South China seas. The affirmation in their talks held during the first visit by… Read

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Abe becomes Japan's 3rd longest-serving postwar prime minister

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday became the third longest-serving Japanese leader in the postwar era with 1,981 days in office, surpassing the tenure of his predecessor Junichiro Koizumi, who was in office between 2001 and 2006. The figure combines Abe's first stint in power from 2006 to 2007, when… Read

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