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Government OKs Inoki's first visit to North since easing of sanctions

Jul 7, 2014

Government OKs Inoki's first visit to North since easing of sanctions

The Abe administration sees no problem with the possibility of Upper House lawmaker Antonio Inoki making another visit to North Korea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday after sanctions were partially lifted last week in return for progress on Pyongyang’s second investigation into ...

Jul 7, 2014

Taiwan think tank backs Japan's defense policy shift

A pro-independence Taiwanese think tank threw its backing Monday behind Japan’s decision last week to allow the use of collective self-defense. Liu Shih-chung, president of the Taiwan Brain Trust, voiced regret that the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou was unclear about its position on ...

Jul 7, 2014

Miyagi couple admit killing woman's ex-lover

An unemployed couple in their 40s pleaded guilty Monday to murdering and robbing the woman’s 67-year-old former lover. Sanae Ito, 44, of Marumori, Miyagi Prefecture, admitted to the Saitama District Court that they killed Minoru Hakuda, 67, an electrical engineer, in November 2012. She ...

Jul 7, 2014

LDP's Okinawa chapter to back governor if he seeks third term

The Liberal Democratic Party’s Okinawa chapter affirmed its intention Monday to field incumbent Hirokazu Nakaima in November’s gubernatorial election in defiance of the party leadership, the chapter leader said. Nakaima, who decided last December to allow landfill work necessary for relocating U.S. Marine Corps ...

Jul 7, 2014

Man guns down wife in Tokyo cafe

A man fatally shot his wife Sunday night in a cafe in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo, apparently in a fit of anger during a quarrel. The suspect, whom police believe is a 54-year-old Chinese resident of Itabashi Ward, was collared on the street ...

Jul 7, 2014

Dinosaur tooth fragments 81 million years old found in Nagasaki

Three fossilized dinosaur tooth fragments have been discovered in a layer of earth 81 million years old in Nagasaki Prefecture, researchers said Monday. One of the three is from an ankylosaur, a bony-plated herbivore from the Upper Cretaceous period, estimated to be 5 to ...