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LDP vice chief negative about revising Article 9

Jul 26, 2016

LDP vice chief negative about revising Article 9

Masahiko Komura, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, expressed a negative view about revising Article 9 of the Constitution, which bans the country from having armed forces. A majority of LDP members believe Article 9 needs to be revised, Komura told a ...

Japan may disburse money for Korean 'comfort women' in August

Jul 26, 2016

Japan may disburse money for Korean 'comfort women' in August

The government plans to provide ¥1 billion to South Korea to implement the landmark “comfort women” pact without waiting for a controversial statue to be removed from near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, according to sources. Japan has changed its initial position that its ...

Jul 26, 2016

Japan to offer Thailand ¥170 billion in loans for railway project

Japan plans to provide Thailand with ¥167 billion ($1.6 billion) in loans for a railway project, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told his Thai counterpart, Don Pramudwinai. Kishida said he hopes the project will ease traffic jams and reduce air pollution in Bangkok during their ...

Jul 26, 2016

Anti-terrorism squad to be deployed at Tokyo fireworks display

A police anti-terrorism squad will be deployed at the annual Sumida River fireworks festival in Tokyo this weekend amid heightened security concerns in the wake of terrorist attacks overseas, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. The festival, scheduled for Saturday, usually draws over 900,000 ...