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Experienced defense hand Nakatani joins Cabinet

Dec 24, 2014

Experienced defense hand Nakatani joins Cabinet

Gen Nakatani, picked Wednesday as defense minister, is a former Self-Defense Forces officer well-versed in defense and security policy, and an advocate of expanding the range of roles Japan can play in security overseas. He was an instructor for an elite ranger unit before ...

Miyazaki governor re-elected to second term

Dec 22, 2014

Miyazaki governor re-elected to second term

Miyazaki Gov. Shunji Kono was re-elected Sunday, beating a former Lower House member and another challenger. Kono, 50, ran as an independent but with recommendations from major parties, including the Liberal Democratic Party, Komeito and the Democratic Party of Japan. He was challenged by ...