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Although the government claims the bill would have nothing to do with ordinary citizens, it looks similar to the now-defunct public peace preservation law that allowed authorities to arrest critics of the government during World War II..

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Soichiro Tahara, one of 14 journalists issuing a statement opposing the legislation the government claims is necessary to deal with organized crime. They say the law could suppress freedom of thought. Read

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Most of the Yamanashi Maglev is in a tunnel, so you only have a few seconds to see the outside. I think you'll be amazed by the speed.

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Tomoaki Seki, manager of the Central Japan Railway Company, which is conducting tests on the new train that uses powerful magnets and ground coil to reach speeds topping 500 kph on a 40-km test track in Yamanashi Prefecture. Several times a day, crowds gather atop an observation deck built specifically… Read

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Media organizations record everything, and after one slip of the tongue they call for you to be fired.

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Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, criticizing the media in reference to reports of the recent resignation of disaster reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura over a gaffe. Read

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Places such as fast-food chains and family restaurants have been banning smoking and that’s happening voluntarily, not by force. We have to provide a variety of places so that customers can pick places that suit them.

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Shigeru Ishii, head of operations at the Japan Food Service Association, which opposes a proposed bill to ban the use of cigarettes in indoor public spaces Read

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Just a few years of overfishing will leave Pacific bluefin tuna vulnerable to devastating population reductions. That will threaten not just the fish but also the fishermen who depend on them.

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Amanda Nickson, the director of global tuna conservation at Pew Charitable Trusts. Conservation groups have called on Japan to abide by international agreements to curb catches of Pacific bluefin tuna after reports said the country was poised to exceed an annual quota two months early Read

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I was moved to tears by the U.S. armed forces’ support during Operation Tomodachi (after the March 11, 2011 disaster). They did so much to help Japan in its time of need.

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Shumi Kaufman, 37, who says she is doing her bit to repay a debt she feels Japan owes the U.S. armed forces, by working at the U.S. Misawa Air Base as a cross-cultural program coordinator of the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Read

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I tried very hard by lobbying the Japanese government: ‘Why don’t we have a regulatory sandbox to bring some innovative ideas? But the country’s too big and very slow to move. But here (Singapore), even the regulators are innovation-minded.

Japanese billionaire Taizo Son, who built his fortune on hit smartphone game Puzzle & Dragons, on why he has relocated to Singapore from Tokyo and plans to invest $100 million in Southeast Asia within five years. Read

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No one is interested in the issue of past abductions of foreigners by North Korean agents.

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Song Il Ho, North Korean ambassador in charge of diplomatic normalization with Japan. Read

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