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Japanese Foreign Ministry Boycotts KAL in Island Dispute

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s foreign ministry has ordered a one-month boycott of Korean Air to protest a demonstration flight by the airline that passed over islands claimed by both countries. Officials said Thursday that Japanese diplomats have been ordered not to use the Korean airline for the next 30 days. In addition, KAL officials will not be invited […]

Japanese Poverty Rate Reaches New High

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Japanese government says the nation’s poverty rate rose to a record 16 percent in 2009. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry says the figure is the highest since the government began to compile the data in 1985. The 2009 rate is 0.3 percentage points higher than the last previous survey in 2006. Japan’s poverty […]

Kan Says Japan Should Become Nuclear-Free Society

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan says Japan should begin working to build a society that can function without nuclear power. Mr. Kan proposed a wide-ranging review of Japan’s energy policies at a news conference Wednesday. He said a long-awaited bill to boost the use of renewable energy sources will be introduced to parliament on Thursday. […]

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Kan to Propose Cuts in Japan’s Nuclear Power Use

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese media say Prime Minister Naoto Kan will call for a sharp reduction in the nation’s reliance on nuclear power at a news conference Wednesday evening . The reports say Mr. Kan will also propose a wide-ranging review of the country’s energy policies, with a view to boosting its use of renewable energy resources. The […]

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Polls Show Sinking Approval for Japanese Government

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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New opinion polls show support for Japan’s government has sunk to its lowest level since Prime Minister Naoto Kan came to power a year ago. In surveys released Tuesday by NHK television and the Asahi newspaper, approval of the Democratic Party of Japan cabinet stood at about 15 percent, down from the low- to mid-20s […]

North Korean Olympic Officials Visit Japan Despite Ban

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Three North Koreans are in Tokyo for a meeting of the Olympic Council of Asia. They are the first North Korean officials admitted to Japan in five years. Japanese officials granted special visas to the three on Monday, granting an exception to a ban imposed on North Korean nationals in October 2006. Two more members […]

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Polls Show Sinking Approval for Japanese Government

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 1:16 am (UTC-5)
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New opinion polls show support for Japan’s government has sunk to its lowest level since Prime Minister Naoto Kan came to power two years ago. In surveys released Tuesday by NHK television and the Asahi newspaper, approval of the Democratic Party of Japan cabinet stood at about 15 percent, down from the low to mid-20s […]

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Japan: Idled Nuclear Plants to Resume Operation Only After Passing ‘Stress Test’

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials said Monday the country’s idled nuclear plants will be allowed to resume operations only after passing new two-stage “stress tests” designed to evaluate their resilience to major catastrophes. The officials said the full safety assessment is part of government efforts to restore public confidence in atomic energy after the March 11 earthquake and […]

Japanese Mourn Disaster Victims Four Months After Tsunami

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Friends and relatives mourned victims of Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami on Monday, four months after the twin disasters that devastated the nation’s northeastern coast. The latest figures from the National Police Agency show about 15,500 people are now confirmed dead in the disasters while more than 5,300 others still are missing. Officials are […]

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Small Tsunami Reaches Japan, No Damage Reported

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan’s Meteorological Agency says a small tsunami reached the Pacific coast of northern Japan Sunday after a strong earthquake hit the region that was heavily damaged by a huge quake and tsunami in March. The agency said the port town of Ofunato in Iwate prefecture saw a 10-centimeter tsunami before a warning was lifted. The […]

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