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Norihisa Satake re-elected as Akita governor

/ Apr 9, 2017

Norihisa Satake re-elected as Akita governor

Akita Gov. Norihisa Satake was re-elected Sunday, beating two challengers. Satake, a 69-year-old former mayor of the city of Akita, is an independent who was backed in the election by Komeito, the Liberal Democratic Party’s local chapter and the Social Democratic Party. The campaign ...

Debate on latest conspiracy bill kicks off in Lower House

/ Apr 6, 2017

Debate on latest conspiracy bill kicks off in Lower House

The Lower House began formal debate Thursday on a contentious conspiracy bill that would punish the planning of certain crimes, ostensibly in the name of counterterrorism. The government says the bill revamps three previous conspiracy bills that flopped amid concerns they could lead to ...

/ Apr 6, 2017

Trump's hawkish stance on North to test antsy Abe's diplomacy

The U.S. government’s stance of keeping all options, including military action, “on the table” to deal with North Korea is testing the nerves of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration. North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test Wednesday prompted questions about what Tokyo intends ...