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Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names

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Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tuesday he plans to ask overseas media outlets to write Japanese names with the family name first, as is customary in the Japanese language. As an example, Kono said that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's name should be written as "Abe Shinzo," in line with other… Read

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Pelosi urges Trump family 'intervention' with him over his 'trantrum'

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House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she wished President Donald Trump's family or staff would conduct an "intervention" with him for the good of the United States after he threw what she called a temper tantrum at a meeting with Democratic congressional leaders a day earlier. Trump… Read

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U.S. judge deals blow to Trump's border wall plans

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A U.S. federal judge dealt a blow Friday to President Donald Trump's signature wall project, issuing a temporary injunction against using Defense Department funds to pay for barriers on the border with Mexico. Trump declared an emergency in a bid to bypass Congress to obtain money for border wall construction… Read

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Trump arrives in Tokyo; meets Japanese business leaders

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, landed in Japan on Saturday on a largely ceremonial visit meant to showcase strong ties with Tokyo even as trade tensions loom. After arriving at Haneda airport shortly after 5 p.m., Trump headed to the U.S. Embassy where he addressed Japanese business… Read

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Tearful British PM May says she will resign on June 7

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Fighting back tears, Theresa May said on Friday she would quit, setting up a contest that will install a new British prime minister who could pursue a cleaner break with the European Union. May's departure deepens the Brexit crisis as a new leader, who should be in place by the… Read

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Trump attends sumo; gives President's Cup to winner Asanoyama

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday presented a special trophy to the winner of the sumo tournament in Tokyo. Trump awarded the giant eagle-topped President's Cup to wrestler Asanoyama, who clinched the tournament on Saturday. Trump, who is the first sitting American president to attend a sumo tournament, read a… Read

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Trump tees up for golf with Abe

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Golf never seems to be far behind whenever U.S.President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe get together. So on Sunday, during a four-day state visit to Japan, the president jumped aboard the Marine One helicopter in Tokyo and flew south to the Mobara Country Club for a steamy… Read

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Indonesian man sues after being sent home for lack of Japanese skills

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An Indonesian man who was contracted to work in Japan under a government-sponsored internship program on Thursday filed a suit seeking compensation from a fisheries company and a cooperative after he was sent home for lacking Japanese language skills. Ricky Amrullah, 26, filed the suit with the Hiroshima District Court,… Read

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Former KAT-TUN singer admits to marijuana use

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Junnosuke Taguchi, a former member of Japanese all-male idol group KAT-TUN, has admitted since his recent arrest that he used marijuana, investigative sources said Thursday. Taguchi, 33, was taken into custody Wednesday with his partner Rena Komine, 38, a former actress, for allegedly having a few grams of marijuana at… Read

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Trump blasts Democrats as impeachment talk heats up

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Donald Trump erupted in fury on Wednesday at unrelenting probes into his links to Russia, as the top Democrat in Congress accused the president of a "cover-up" that could be an impeachable offense. A livid Trump abruptly shut down a White House meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck… Read

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