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Japan Increases Surveillance of East China Sea Islands

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japan has increased surveillance around disputed East China Sea islands, after Chinese ships made a rare prolonged visit to the waters around them. Tokyo controls the islands and refers to them as Senkaku, while Beijing considers them to be Chinese territory and calls them Diaoyu. Japan said four Chinese surveillance ships entered the waters around […]

Japan Summons Chinese Ambassador over Island Dispute

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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Japan has summoned the Chinese ambassador to protest the presence of government ships near contested islands, as a simmering territorial dispute continues to hamper relations between the two Asian powers. Tokyo’s foreign ministry lodged a “strong protest” against China on Tuesday during a meeting between senior diplomatic officials, and demanded that Beijing stop sending vessels […]

South Korea, Japan Hold Diplomatic Talks

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s president-elect has met with an envoy of Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a bid to start a process to mend bitter disputes. President-elect Park Geun-hye met Friday in the South Korean capital of Seoul with former Japanese finance minister Fukushiro Nukaga. Ms. Park said she hopes that as new governments take […]

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China Says Japan Releases Detained Chinese Fishermen

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s state news agency says Japan has released a Chinese fishing crew detained on Saturday for poaching in Japanese waters. Xinhua said Japanese authorities released the captain and his crew on Monday, after detaining them in waters off the southern city of Kagoshima. A Chinese foreign ministry official said Beijing sent a diplomat to a […]

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Japan’s New Prime Minister Signals Change in Nuclear Policy

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s new prime minister says the clean-up of the Fukushima power plant, where three reactors melted down after an earthquake and tsunami last year, is “an unprecedented challenge in human history.” Wearing a protective suit and facemask, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe toured the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s facility on Saturday and thanked workers for the […]

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Japan’s Abe Names Cabinet Tasked with Reviving Economy

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s new conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has named a Cabinet dominated by close allies as he returns to office pledging to revive a sluggish economy and get tough on territorial challenges from neighboring powers. Mr. Abe and his Cabinet were sworn in by Emperor Akihito on Wednesday, shortly after winning votes of confidence in […]

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Shinzo Abe Officially Approved as New Japanese Prime Minister

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Shinzo Abe has been confirmed as Japan’s next prime minister, marking a return to power for the veteran politician and his Liberal Democratic Party. Japan’s lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved Mr. Abe to form a new government Wednesday, ten days after the conservative LDP trounced the Democratic Party of Japan in parliamentary elections. The […]

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Shinzo Abe Officially Approved as New Japanese Prime Minister

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Shinzo Abe has been confirmed as Japan’s next prime minister, marking a return to power for the veteran politician and his Liberal Democratic Party. Japan’s lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved Mr. Abe to form a new government Wednesday, ten days after the conservative LDP trounced the Democratic Party of Japan in parliamentary elections. The […]

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Japan’s Next PM Ramps Up Pressure on Bank of Japan

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Incoming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has renewed his pledge to pressure the Bank of Japan to ease monetary policy after leading his conservative party to a sweeping election victory. Speaking to a packed news conference Monday, Mr. Abe said the central bank should heed the election result when it meets later this week to […]

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Japan’s Conservative LDP Sweeps Back to Power

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party will return to power after a landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, after being the opposition for three years. Japanese broadcaster NHK says the LDP, led by former prime minister Shinzo Abe, won 293 seats and its coalition partner New Komeito 31 in the 480-member House of Representatives. That would secure […]

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