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Japan considers withholding tax system on casino winnings by foreigners

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The government is considering a plan to withhold taxes on winnings by nonresident foreigners at casino resorts to be introduced under Japan's newly-liberalized gambling laws, sources close to the matter said Sunday. The government is studying such a tax system as once foreigners leave the country, tax investigations will prove… Read

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Japan, S Korea lawmakers to cancel meeting over emperor remark

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Japanese and South Korean lawmakers will cancel their annual meeting aimed at deepening bilateral ties this year following a controversial remark by a Korean lawmaker on Japan's emperor, a source close to the matter said Sunday. The meeting was scheduled to be held in Japan this year but Japanese lawmakers… Read

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Trump conveys condolences over death of Nakasone

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday offered "deepest condolences" over the death earlier this week of former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, saying he laid the foundation for the U.S.-Japan partnership. "On behalf of the American people, Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the people of Japan and… Read

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India, Japan hold inaugural security talks

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India said Saturday that ties with Japan are key to stability in the Indo-Pacific region as the two countries held their inaugural foreign and defense ministerial dialogue in New Delhi with an aim to further bolster their strategic partnership. The security talks focused on cooperation in building a free and… Read

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Gorbachev sends condolences over death of Nakasone

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Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev offered his condolences on the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, saying the latter had been determined to improve Japan-Soviet relations. Gorbachev, 88, said he became acquainted with Nakasone in 1985 and their friendship continued after the two leaders left office. Nakasone… Read

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N Korean media call Abe 'imbecile and political dwarf'

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North Korea's state media on Saturday lashed out at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as an "imbecile and political dwarf" for calling Pyongyang's latest test of a large multiple-rocket launcher a ballistic missile launch and warned he may see a real one in the near future. North Korea fired two… Read

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U.S. enactment of Hong Kong law may dim chance of Xi's Japan visit

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U.S. President Donald Trump's approval of a bill in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters may force Japan to reconsider whether it will really invite Chinese President Xi Jinping as a state guest next spring. As political unrest in Hong Kong has continued unabated and China has shown no sign… Read

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Industry donations to LDP hit ¥2.46 bil; up for 7th straight year

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party raised 2.46 billion yen ($22.5 million) last year from industry groups and large companies, government data showed Friday, the seventh straight year the amount donated has increased. Industry bodies' contributions in 2018 to the funding body of the ruling party rose 2.7 percent… Read

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Abe eyes visit to India's Imphal, fierce WWII battlefield, in December

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is arranging to make a mid-December visit to the northeastern Indian city of Imphal, once a fierce battlefield between Japan and the Allied forces during World War II, and pray for peace, according to sources familiar with bilateral relations. If realized as part of his Dec… Read

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U.N. declined Abe's request to speak at Sept climate summit: sources

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The United Nations rejected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's request to speak at its climate summit in September, Japanese government sources said Thursday, apparently due to the government's promotion of coal-fired power plants. Abe had wanted to brief participants at the U.N. Climate Action Summit on the outcome of the Group… Read

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