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2 elderly women jump to their deaths on rail tracks

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Two elderly women were hit and killed by a train at a station in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, with surveillance camera footage showing the two jumping on the tracks holding each other's hands, police said Monday. The police said the women -- one in her 70s and the other… Read

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95 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends offering

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Dozens of Japanese lawmakers, including one cabinet minister, visited a shrine to Japan's war dead on Friday, in a move that could spark protests elsewhere in Asia where the shrine is regarded as a symbol of Japan's past militarism. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine… Read

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Anger, confusion as Japan revives militaristic edict

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Japan's century-old imperial proclamation urging people to be willing to die for the emperor was consigned to history books until video surfaced showing children in an Osaka kindergarten enthusiastically reciting it. A cabinet decision allowing schools to teach the long-banished edict, which was used to promote militarism in the 1930s… Read

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Macron appears set for Elysee in runoff with Le Pen

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Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step towards the French presidency on Sunday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Though Macron, 39, is a comparative political novice who has never held elected office, new opinion polls… Read

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U.S. carrier group heads for Korean waters; Trump talks with Abe, Xi

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Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint on Monday in a call with U.S. President Donald Trump, as a nervous South Korea and Japan sought to join drills with a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group headed for Korean waters. Reclusive North Korea said at the weekend… Read

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Protective clothing no longer needed to walk near Fukushima plant

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In the facility on the blue Pacific Coast, people wearing casual clothes and no dust masks walk under cherry trees in full bloom. All hot meals made with local ingredients are served at 380 yen at a cafeteria. Cold drinks, snacks, sweets, and other amenities are available at a convenience… Read

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Princess Kako to study at University of Leeds from Sept

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Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will study at the University of Leeds in Britain from September this year to June next year as an exchange student, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday. The 22-year-old princess, the second daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, has not yet decided… Read

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SDF trying to stop members from going AWOL

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A male member of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in northern Japan was dismissed from service in March after not showing up for work 89 days without notice, the latest in a series of cases where SDF personnel have gone absent while on duty. Behind the behavior of such personnel is… Read

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Abe vows to resolve N Korea abduction issue

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday reiterated his determination to resolve the issue of North Korea's past abductions of Japanese nationals, with concerns lingering over the safety of the abductees amid tension on the Korean Peninsula. "My mission will not end until the day comes when the abductees and their… Read

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