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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's Crown Princess Masako attends first banquet in more than a decade after stress-related illness

    Posted Oct 30th 2014, 02:53am by AP

    ... husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, to an imperial banquet for visiting King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Palace officials said it was her first appearance at an imperial ... official duties. In a sign of her recovery, the royals last year attended the king's inauguration in the Netherlands, where they have close ties. The princess, in a silky white formal dress ...

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    Volcano erupts in central Japan, injuries reported and 250 left stranded

    Posted Sep 27th 2014, 02:52pm by AP

    ... on the slopes of an erupting Japanese volcano that reportedly killed one person and seriously injured more than 30. Ash, rocks and steam continued to spew from Mount Ontake more than nine hours after it sprang to life as around 250 people were trying to scale its peak. Four people were buried by the ash, with one having been dug out, Kyodo News reported. "I first thought it was thunder ...

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    Japanese families want war criminal names dropped from Yasukuni Shrine

    Posted Oct 29th 2014, 09:18pm by AFP

    ... Shinzo Abe, argue that Yasukuni is no different from other countries' war memorials. But the secret addition of 14 second world war leaders- including army general and prime minister Hideki ...

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    US Osprey planes in tsunami drill despite Japanese protests

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:10am by AFP

    ... The aircraft was deployed in such a drill at the US Yokota air base in Tokyo last August, media reports said. The two aircraft flew from the US Marine base at Iwakuni in western Japan to the coastal ... in Wakayama prefecture, media reports said. "We asked everybody, even the US forces, to join us because we need to save the lives of as many people as possible," Wakayama governor Yoshinobu ...

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    Tokyo defends underfire industry minister as he admits breaking funding rules

    Posted Oct 27th 2014, 10:46pm by AP

    ... parlours, a pinball-type game played around the country where winners can take their prizes offsite to exchange for cash, skirting anti-gambling laws. The latest episode marked the third blow ...

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    Japanese PM Abe’s public support slumps in wake of resignations

    Posted Oct 26th 2014, 11:39am by Reuters

    ... of Hiroshima, which it recorded as an entertainment expense, according to local press reports. Abe’s first stint as prime minister in 2006-2007 was marred by scandals among his ministers- several quit ...

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    Japan minister in sadomasochism bar scandal hit by fresh allegations

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 02:42pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... nuclear reactors. They were switched off in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster. “Keeping them means I’m supporting Tepco as the minister in charge,” he told reporters on Friday. Tokyo brushed ... tenure as industry minister. Miyazawa reportedly bought the vast majority of the stock before the atomic crisis, for which the company was severely criticised. “I don’t think there is any problem ...

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    Scandal hits new Japan industry minister after staff visit sadomasochism bar

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 03:50pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... tied up with ropes and whipped. “I came to know of that through a media report, and it was true,” Miyazawa told reporters in Tokyo on Thursday. “It is also true that I myself was not there,” he ...

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    China 'seriously concerned' after Japan PM sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 10:35am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... – seen by critics at home and abroad as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism – on Friday, the start of the country’s autumn festival, a witness said. There was no sign of cabinet ministers ... not to glorify war, but to honour those who fought and died for their country. But since visiting in person in December last year, he has stayed away and instead sent an offering on key dates, seeking ...

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    Shinzo Abe seeks to move on from cabinet scandals but foes scent blood

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 04:02am by JULIA RYALL

    ... Shiozaki have already publicly faced questions over alleged influence peddling, improper donations or problems in reporting political funds. All three have denied wrongdoing. But the opposition, ... reporting by Reuters ...




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