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US Serviceman Suspected of Assaulting Japanese Boy

Posted November 2nd, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese police are investigating claims a U.S. serviceman assaulted a boy on the island of Okinawa, where opposition to the U.S. military presence runs high. Authorities say the serviceman allegedly broke into an apartment Friday and hit the 13-year-old boy in the face before jumping out a third floor window and suffering injuries. Sources say […]

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Japan Spending Reconstruction Funds on Unrelated Projects: Audit

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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A recent audit conducted for the Japanese government has found that about a quarter of the funds meant for reconstruction following last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami has been spent on unrelated causes. Japan’s Board of Audit, a constitutionally mandated but independent agency, says parts of the $148 billion reconstruction budget went to projects such […]

Japan Approves Emergency Spending Package

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s cabinet has approved a $5.3 billion stimulus package in an effort to stave off a recession. Friday’s emergency spending package includes more than $3 billion for regions hit hard by last year’s quake-tsunami disasters and nuclear crisis, with most of it going to aid small and medium-sized businesses. Another stimulus package is expected next […]

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Radiation Levels in Fukushima Fish Not Dropping

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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New research indicates that radioactive cesium levels in many kinds of fish caught off the coast of Fukushima have not declined in the year following Japan’s nuclear disaster. Ken Buesseler, a marine chemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts released the data in an article published Thursday in the Journal of Science. Buesseler, […]

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Chinese Ships Seen Near Disputed Tokyo-Controlled Islands

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Japan says four Chinese government ships entered waters near contested Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea, as a territorial dispute between the two Asian giants drags on. Japan’s Coast Guard said the Chinese surveillance vessels spent several hours within a 22-kilometer zone surrounding the islands Thursday. It said this is the first time in […]

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Tokyo’s Fiery Governor Quits to Form New Party

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, whose outspoken nationalism has often angered neighboring China, says he is resigning to form a new political party ahead of a general election. Ishihara told a news conference Thursday he plans to run for parliament in the elections, which must be called by August. He was a parliamentarian for the Liberal […]

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Japan Nobel Laureate Gets New Washing Machine

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese cabinet ministers are pooling their money to purchase a new washing machine for Shinya Yamanaka, who was recently awarded the $1.2 million Nobel prize for medicine along with a colleague. Yamanaka had joked that he was fixing his washing machine when Oslo called to say he had won the prize for his stem cell […]

U.S. Imposes Curfew on All American Troops in Japan

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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The commander of U.S. forces in Japan has imposed an nationwide curfew for all military personnel in Japan after the arrest of two American sailors for the alleged rape of an Okinawan woman. Lieutenant-General Salvatore Angelella said Friday that the immediate 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will apply to all American service members, whether […]

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Tokyo: Seven Chinese Navy Ships Near Japanese Island

Posted October 16th, 2012 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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Japan says it has spotted seven Chinese naval ships near one of its islands, as tensions between the two Asian powers remain high over a territorial dispute in the East China Sea. Japan’s Defense Ministry says the Chinese ships were spotted early Tuesday by Japanese aircraft about 50 kilometers outside Yonaguni Island, Japan’s westernmost island. […]

China’s Central Banker Pulls Out of IMF Meeting in Tokyo

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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China has decided not to send its most senior finance officials to this week’s meeting of the International Monetary Fund in Tokyo, as a territorial dispute continues to strain diplomatic relations between the two Asian powers. The IMF said Wednesday that People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan is canceling his appearance due to what […]

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