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Oct 21, 2014

Ministry advised to add moral education to official curriculum

The Central Council for Education has advised education minister Hakubun Shimomura to add moral education to the official curriculum of elementary and junior high schools, as urged by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The panel also recommended to Shimomura on Tuesday that the ministry introduce ...

Oct 21, 2014

S. Korea calls for 'transparency' in Japan's defense revision

South Korea’s top security official told his Japanese counterpart Tuesday that Japan’s ongoing revision of defense cooperation guidelines with the United States “should reflect neighboring countries’ concerns and be carried out in a transparent way,” the South Korean presidential office said. Kim Kwan-jin, chief ...

Oct 21, 2014

Cabinet extends SDF mission in South Sudan

The Cabinet decided Tuesday to extend the Self-Defense Forces deployment in South Sudan by four months to the end of February. The decision came after the U.N. Security Council extended the operation of the U.N. mission in South Sudan, which the SDF personnel are ...

Oct 21, 2014

Abduction mission to N. Korea may leave Monday

Japan has sounded out North Korea about sending a delegation next Monday to check its investigation into the fate of people abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, government sources said Tuesday. The delegation, to be led by Junichi Ihara, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s ...

Oct 21, 2014

Japan nominates three regions for agricultural heritage status

The farm ministry on Tuesday nominated three areas in Gifu, Wakayama and Miyazaki prefectures for addition to the world list of agricultural heritage. Their candidacy will be considered next year at an international conference on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems. Wakayama was put forward ...