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Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine for war dead on Thursday, the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, but refrained from visiting in person amid tense ties with South Korea. Past visits by Japanese leaders to Yasukuni have outraged South Korea… Read

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Recession signs worry Trump ahead of 2020

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President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation's strong growth and low unemployment rate. But privately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the economy won't look so good come Election Day.… Read

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A woman carries an Imperial Japanese flag as she visits Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Thursday, the 74th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II. Read

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Emperor expresses deep remorse over Japan's wartime actions

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Japan marked the 74th anniversary of its surrender in World War II on Thursday, with Emperor Naruhito mentioning "deep remorse" over the country's past actions in his first appearance as emperor at an annual ceremony to mourn the war dead. The 59-year-old, who ascended the throne in May, repeated the… Read

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Can Tokyo's efficient rail system handle Olympic strain?

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First, Tokyo Olympic fans will have to find scarce tickets and pay the price. Then there's the quandary of landing a hotel room with rates that are being inflated due to unprecedented demand. And the summer heat and humidity will be off-putting for some. Then there's one more hurdle: getting… Read

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Danish MPs ridicule idea of Trump buying Greenland

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Danish politicians on Friday poured scorn on the notion of selling Greenland to the United States following reports that President Donald Trump had privately discussed the idea of buying the world's biggest island with his advisers. Trump is due to visit Copenhagen in September and the Arctic will be on… Read

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Epstein suicide sparks fresh round of conspiracy theories

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Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide Saturday morning in a federal jail launched new conspiracy theories online in a saga that has provided fodder for them for years, fueled by Epstein's ties to princes, politicians and other famous and powerful people. Online theorists Saturday quickly offered unsubstantiated speculation — including some retweeted… Read

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Pompeo voiced support for Japan over wartime labor issue: sources

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U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo recently expressed his support for Japan's stance that the issue of compensation over wartime labor was settled by a 1965 agreement between Tokyo and Seoul, Japanese government sources said Wednesday. The compensation issue is at the heart of a bitter diplomatic feud between Japan and… Read

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Seoul businesspeople taking critical look at anti-Japan rallies

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Anti-Japan protests are intensifying in Seoul with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government taking a tough stance toward South Korea, but many businesspeople in the capital are taking a critical look at the move. Such citizens say they are still using Japan-made products while a boycott campaign of them is widespread… Read

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Moon offers olive branch to Japan to end trade dispute

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in offered an olive branch to Japan to end an ongoing trade dispute Thursday, saying Seoul will "gladly join hands" if Tokyo wants to talk. Moon in a nationally televised speech also downplayed the threat posed by North Korea's recent short-range ballistic launches and expressed hope… Read

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