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National Dec 19, 2010

Meet calls for new ways to raise development aid

Participants at a two-day international meeting in Tokyo on "solidarity levies" such as taxes on air ticket purchases and currency transactions to pay for global development have called for new ways of mobilizing funds to meet the world's needs. The 56 countries that joined the ...

National Dec 18, 2010

Defense focus shifts from Russia to China

by Masami Ito

The administration endorsed a new defense guideline Friday that focuses on China's growing military activities instead of former Cold War foe Russia and paints North Korea as a regional security threat. The revised National Defense Program Guideline outlines defense policy for the next 10 years ...

National Dec 18, 2010

Akatsuki orbit failure laid to broken engine nozzle

The Akatsuki space probe may have failed in its attempt to enter orbit around Venus earlier this month because much of its engine nozzle was damaged and fell off, sources at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Friday. The nozzle might have broken after being ...

National Dec 18, 2010

Kan visits Okinawa over Futenma

Prime Minister Naoto Kan went Friday to Okinawa to try to ease tensions with local authorities over the Futenma military base. Securing Okinawa's acceptance of relocating the U.S. airfield within the prefecture, which Tokyo and Washington agreed to earlier this year, is one of the ...

Ozawa sets up showdown with Kan

National Dec 18, 2010

Ozawa sets up showdown with Kan

Ichiro Ozawa, one of the country's most powerful lawmakers, rejected a request Friday to testify before a Diet ethics panel over his alleged role in falsifying a political funding report, setting up a possible showdown with Prime Minister Naoto Kan next week, ruling party ...

National | CHUBU CONNECTION Dec 18, 2010

University to fund those seeking study abroad

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in the city of Nisshin, Aichi Prefecture, plans to start a new program from next fall that subsidizes all the costs necessary for its students to study abroad. Its objective is to alter the prevailing mood among Japanese students who ...

National Dec 18, 2010

SDP playing hardball on Futenma

Social Democratic Party chief Mizuho Fukushima said Friday her party is opposed to the Democratic Party of Japan's plan to include in next year's budget money for an environmental impact statement on the relocation site for the Futenma base in Okinawa Prefecture. Fukushima said the ...

Man with knife wounds five aboard two buses

National Dec 18, 2010

Man with knife wounds five aboard two buses

A man slashed five people with a knife Friday morning and struck others inside two commuter buses packed with students near JR Toride Station in Ibaraki Prefecture, leaving 14 people with minor injuries, police and city officials said. The man, identified as Yuta Saito, 27, ...

National Dec 18, 2010

Manila deports pardoned pot-runner

The Philippines deported a Japanese man Friday who had been given a presidential pardon earlier this year after spending more than 16 years behind bars for drug-trafficking. Hideshi Suzuki, 54, was flown out on a Philippine Airlines flight to Nagoya a day after the Bureau ...

National Dec 18, 2010

GSDF coastal unit to monitor islands

The government will establish a Ground Self-Defense Force coastal monitoring unit with early warning radar and surface-to-ship missiles in the remote Nansei Islands in line with a new five-year midterm defense buildup plan from fiscal 2011 adopted Friday. While the plan doesn't specify the number ...

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