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U.S. plans to move 4,000 Marines in Okinawa to Guam from 2024

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The United States plans to transfer the bulk of 4,000 out of 19,000 Marines stationed in Okinawa, southern Japan, to Guam in a period from 2024 to 2028, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command said Wednesday. Adm. Harry Harris told a congressional hearing that "the movement of the bulk… Read

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Japan, China diplomats affirm 'resolute' response to N Korea

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Senior diplomats from Japan and China agreed Wednesday in Tokyo to deal "resolutely" with further provocation by North Korea, but did not bridge the gulf between their stances on how to do so. The Japanese Foreign Ministry said Kenji Kanasugi, director general of the ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau,… Read

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Minister resigns after saying 'it was a good thing' 2011 quake happened where it did

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Japan's disaster reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura resigned Wednesday, a day after saying it was "a good thing" the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan rather than the Tokyo area. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked Masayoshi Yoshino, a House of Representatives member from Fukushima Prefecture and the chairman of… Read

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Abe to visit Russia Thursday for meeting with Putin

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia this week for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin and Tokyo said Tuesday, as the two sides look to make headway on a decades-old territorial dispute. The Kremlin said talks set for Thursday will focus on "the state and prospects… Read

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LDP heavyweight to attend China's New Silk Road summit

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The secretary-general of Japan's ruling party said on Tuesday he will attend China's New Silk Road summit in May, a sign Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to improve ties with Beijing amid tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. But an adviser to Abe said Tokyo remained cautious about… Read

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U.S. Navy conducting exercises with Japan, S Korea

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The U.S. 7th Fleet says two of its destroyers are conducting simultaneous maritime exercises with naval ships from Japan and South Korea. The exercises on Tuesday and Wednesday come amid heightened concerns over a possible nuclear or missile test by North Korea as it marks the 85th anniversary of its… Read

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Japan, U.S., S Korea to exert greater pressure on N Korea

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Senior diplomats from Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Tuesday to pile greater pressure on North Korea, urging it to abandon its nuclear and missile programs amid heightened regional tensions. They also agreed to closely coordinate moves in the event of further provocations by the reclusive state and… Read

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Trump's currency, trade pressure tolerance test for Japan

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U.S. President Donald Trump's recent warning against a strong dollar and his push for a bilateral trade deal could become a tolerance test as Japan seeks to strengthen the countries' alliance. Japan did not face fresh pressure on the occasion of meetings by financial chiefs from major economies over the… Read

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U.S. carrier group heads for Korean waters; Trump talks with Abe, Xi

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Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint on Monday in a call with U.S. President Donald Trump, as a nervous South Korea and Japan sought to join drills with a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group headed for Korean waters. Reclusive North Korea said at the weekend… Read

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Abe vows to resolve N Korea abduction issue

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday reiterated his determination to resolve the issue of North Korea's past abductions of Japanese nationals, with concerns lingering over the safety of the abductees amid tension on the Korean Peninsula. "My mission will not end until the day comes when the abductees and their… Read