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/ Mar 19, 2017

Abe sets off on 4-day trip to Europe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Japan on Sunday for a four-day European trip that will see him make stops in Germany, France, the European Union headquarters in Brussels and Italy. According to government officials, Abe wants to help lay the groundwork for a successful ...

Japan, Russia open talks on isle development projects

/ Mar 18, 2017

Japan, Russia open talks on isle development projects

Senior Japanese and Russian officials held their first meeting Saturday to discuss ways of jointly developing four Russia-held islands off Hokkaido claimed by Japan. The focus is on how the two sides can agree on a special framework without adversely affecting their legal stances ...

/ Mar 17, 2017

Diet lawmakers send proposal on Emperor's abdication to Abe

The ruling and opposition parties on Friday adopted the Diet’s proposal over Emperor Akihito’s possible abdication, calling for the government to enact a special law applying only to him. The lawmakers’ consensus on the issue will pave the way for the 83-year-old Emperor to ...

Tillerson calls for new approach on North Korea

/ Mar 16, 2017

Tillerson calls for new approach on North Korea

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Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated Thursday in Tokyo that Washington is ready to toughen its diplomatic approach toward North Korea, noting the futility of trying to convince it to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. “It is important to ...