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At the least, I should have said, ‘I will refrain from answering the question,’ which I often did in past news conferences.

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Foreign Minister Taro Kono, apologizing in his blog for repeatedly ignoring reporters’ questions, by just saying "Next question" frequently. Read

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I cried when I saw the children evacuating. There is no point in holding classes if students have to evacuate twice during the class period.

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Osamu Tobaru, principal at an elementary school in Ginowan Okinawa Prefecture. Students at the school have taken shelter from their schoolyard nearly 700 times to avoid approaching U.S. military aircraft since a U.S. helicopter window fell onto the yard a year ago, including five times during a gym class. Read

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Even when looking just at the elite athletes, it seems half of them haven’t secured the number of guide runners they need.

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An official of the Japan Blind Marathon Association (JBMA), saying there is a lack of qualified guide runners to help visually impaired marathon runners prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Read

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The LDP is being saved largely because the opposition parties are not united.

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Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, criticizing his former protege, current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for having terrible judgment in his plan to revise the nation’s Constitution. He says Abe is trying to do "undoable" things while not working on doable things. Read

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My income will be decreased by one-third because of the break, but my living expenses, including house rent, will remain unchanged.

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A non-regular female employee in her 50s, who works in the manufacturing industry, expressing reservations about the extended 10-day holiday break around the imperial succession in Golden Week next year. Read

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There are no parts of a tree that can be thrown away. We can use fallen trees as energy sources without wasting any parts.

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Tatsuo Kobayashi, an official at the Hobetsu processing center of the Tomakomai wide-area forestry cooperative in Mukawa, Hokkaido. Three months after an earthquake devastated parts of Hokkaido, the Hokkaido government, local forestry cooperatives and paper-manufacturing companies plan to cooperate with each other to use fallen trees in making the shift… Read

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Japan treats its foreign workers like Kleenex. They have a use-it, toss-it mentality.

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Jeff Kingston, a Japanese studies professor at Temple University. Read

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The aim of the law is to strengthen control over the flow of information, and it is a system to hide the inner workings of the administration.

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Yukiko Miki, head of the nonprofit organization Access-Info Clearinghouse Japan, referring to the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets, a law introduced to level heavy punishment on the leaking of important government security information in order to protect such material. The state secrecy law is still vague, five… Read

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Is he that busy, or does he not want to meet with me? Listening to someone who has a different viewpoint from his own is what it takes to be a real leader, doesn't it?

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Atomic bomb survivor and anti-nuclear activist Setsuko Thurlow, saying she will return home to Canada frustrated after being turned down for a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe whom she has been trying to see for months. Read

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The powers given to police and prosecutors to incarcerate suspects during an investigation without charging them are unique in the developed world

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The Japan Federation of Bar Associations, citing former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's continued detention as an example. Read

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