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Koike urged to take lead in raising women representation in politics

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Now that Yuriko Koike, the first female governor of Tokyo, has won re-election in a landslide, gender experts hope she will take the lead in better reflecting women's views in government and increasing female representation in Japan's male-dominated politics. Given that coronavirus and the postponed Olympics and Paralympics were the… Read

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Japan's ruling party calls for government to cancel Xi visit

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party adopted a resolution on Tuesday urging the government to cancel a visit to Japan by Chinese President Xi Jinping following Beijing's imposition of a new national security law for Hong Kong. "Under the current situation where grave concerns have been expressed from the… Read

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Koike, Abe say they'll cooperate on virus, Olympics

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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Monday to cooperate on handling the coronavirus outbreak to safely hold the Olympics next year. Koike met with Abe a day after she won her second term representing the Japanese capital in an overwhelming election victory buoyed by public support… Read

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Koike wins 2nd term as Tokyo governor

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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike has won a second term to head the Japanese capital, propelled to an election victory Sunday by public support for her handling of the coronavirus crisis despite a recent rise in infections that has raised concerns of a resurgence of the disease. In her victory speech,… Read

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Koike faces 21 challengers as Tokyo votes for governor amid pandemic

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The postponed Olympics and a worrying second surge in coronavirus cases will be the main issues as Tokyo voters Sunday elect a governor to run one of the world's most populous cities. Incumbent Yuriko Koike, a media-savvy veteran of the Japanese political scene, who ran against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe… Read

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Koike looks set to be re-elected Tokyo governor even as coronavirus cases rise

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Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike looks set cruise to victory in her bid for re-election on Sunday, buoyed by approval of her handling of the novel coronavirus even as a recent rise in infections triggers new concerns in the Japanese capital. Koike, 67, often floated as a potential prime minister, won… Read

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Japan extends $464 mil loan for Philippines COVID-19 response

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Japan will extend a 50 billion yen ($464 million) loan to the Philippine government to help its emergency measures to fight its coronavirus outbreak, its embassy said on Wednesday, in the first loan of its kind for Japan. With 37,514 cases of the coronavirus and 1,266 deaths, the Philippines has… Read

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U.S. tells Japan it hopes for in-person G7 summit in late August

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The United States has told Japan that it wants to organize an in-person Group of Seven leaders' summit in late August, two Japanese government sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. Japan told the United States in response that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would be… Read

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Japan and Britain aim for trade deal by end of July, Tokyo negotiator says

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Japan and Britain aim to clinch a trade deal by the end of July and Tokyo wants to secure at least the same automobile tariffs as it has in its existing European Union trade pact, Tokyo's chief negotiator said. Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and British trade minister Liz Truss… Read

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Japan calls China's reported move on Hong Kong 'regrettable'

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Japan's top government officials said on Tuesday China's move to pass national security legislation for Hong Kong was "regrettable" and undermined credibility in the 'one country, two systems' formula of governance. China's parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes… Read

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