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Japan lags in fact-checking initiatives, media watchers say

National Feb 16, 2018

Japan lags in fact-checking initiatives, media watchers say

by Sakura Murakami

Japan lags behind other countries in fact-checking initiatives and still has low awareness of their importance, according to FactCheck Initiative Japan (FIJ), a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization that encourages fact-verifying activities. Speaking at a news conference on Feb. 8 at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, ...

Japan and IAEA ink nuclear counterterrorism pact for 2020 Games

National / Politics Feb 16, 2018

Japan and IAEA ink nuclear counterterrorism pact for 2020 Games

The government and the International Atomic Energy Agency have signed an agreement to work together to keep the 2020 Olympics safe from nuclear terrorism. According to the Foreign Ministry, the agreement includes measures to support the participation of IAEA experts in related events, exchanges of ...

Business Feb 16, 2018

Mnuchin says Washington studying possible return to TPP through renegotiation

President Donald Trump's administration is actively discussing the possibility of rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal on condition that the United States renegotiate it to secure better terms, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday. Citing Trump's suggestion last month in Davos, Switzerland, that he ...

Over 3,400 civilians killed in Afghan conflict in 2017: U.N. report

World Feb 16, 2018

Over 3,400 civilians killed in Afghan conflict in 2017: U.N. report

At least 3,400 civilians died last year amid the war in Afghanistan, a slight decrease from the previous year, according to an annual U.N. report released Thursday. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said there was a decrease of 2.3 percent from the year ...

National Feb 16, 2018

Japan, U.S. to hold enhanced tabletop exercise on missile defense

Japan and the United States will hold a tabletop exercise for ballistic missile defense on a larger scale than before, in their latest show of unity against North Korea, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. The annual exercise, aimed at enhancing tactical skills for ballistic missile ...