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Japan Times
Jul 4, 2017
Widodo upholds Indonesia as a model of moderate Islam despite extremist undercurrents
Indonesia's president said on Monday his country remains a model of moderate Islam, countering critics who point to mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy as evidence its reputation is crumbling.
Japan Times
Jul 3, 2017
Moon says North Korea has 'last chance' at talks as Obama visits South
North Korea has a last chance to engage in dialogue with the outside world, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday during a meeting with former U.S. leader Barack Obama, Moon's office said.
WORLD / Politics
Jun 27, 2017
Trump slams Obama over probes into Russia's election meddling, alleges he colluded
U.S. President Donald Trump stepped up his criticism on Monday of former Democratic President Barack Obama's handling of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, accusing his predecessor of collusion and demanding an apology from investigators.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 15, 2017
Cuba calls for municipal polls as it begins process leading to Castro handover
Communist-run Cuba said on Wednesday it was calling for municipal elections on Oct. 22, kicking off the electoral procedure that should lead to the handover of power from Raul Castro to the next president.
Jun 1, 2017
Environmentalists vow fight as EPA halts methane rule for oil and gas industry
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday halted methane emission standards for oil and gas companies in its latest move to unwind Obama administration climate change rules, amid reports that the United States will withdraw from a global climate change agreement.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
May 30, 2017
Trump administration's policy review on Cuba near completion, sources say
The Trump administration is nearing completion of a policy review to determine how far it goes in rolling back former President Barack Obama's engagement with Cuba and could make an announcement next month, according to current and former U.S. officials and people familiar with the discussions.
Japan Times
May 12, 2017
Tight schedule to keep Obama from visiting Nagasaki for August peace conference
Former U.S. President Barack Obama will not travel to Nagasaki in August to attend a peace conference there, officials of the organizer said Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
May 9, 2017
Abe may send letter to Trump urging him to remain in Paris climate pact
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering sending a letter asking the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump not to depart from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, a government source said Monday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
May 9, 2017
Obama warned Trump in November not to tap Flynn as national security adviser: ex-aide
Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned then-President-elect Donald Trump not to give the post of national security adviser in his administration to Michael Flynn, who was eventually fired in a controversy about ties to Russia, a former Obama aide said.
May 3, 2017
NSA collected Americans' phone records despite change in law
The National Security Agency collected more than 151 million records of Americans' phone calls last year, even after Congress limited its ability to collect bulk phone records, according to an annual report issued on Tuesday by the top U.S. intelligence officer.
Apr 17, 2017
Why Trump is so hated by liberals
Pick a Trump outrage that's got liberals in a tizzy and you can find a similar policy they had no problem with when it was authored by Obama.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 9, 2017
G-7 nuclear abolition resolution could be challenged by Trump
Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven major developed countries plan next week to uphold their goal of achieving a world without nuclear weapons, according to a Japanese source, but the move could be challenged by the United States.
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WORLD / Politics
Apr 6, 2017
Trump says Obama adviser Rice may have committed crime, vows to explain 'at the right time'
U.S. President Donald Trump, declining requests for evidence, said on Wednesday he thinks Susan Rice, a former top adviser to President Barack Obama, committed a crime by seeking the identities of Trump associates mentioned in intercepted communications, the New York Times reported.
Japan Times
Apr 3, 2017
Hiroshima A-bomb museum sees record visitors in fiscal year following Obama visit, popular film
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum attracted a record 1.74 million visitors in the fiscal year that ended in March, apparently boosted by former U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the city last May.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Mar 22, 2017
9/11 victims' kin sue Saudi Arabia in Manhattan court over attacks
Hundreds of relatives of individuals killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have sued Saudi Arabia in U.S. court, seeking to take advantage of a law passed by Congress last year that allows victims of such attacks on U.S. soil to sue state sponsors.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Mar 20, 2017
Pressure builds on Trump to dump wiretap claim as allies try to shift focus to 'crime' of leaking Flynn's name
U.S. lawmakers from both parties said on Sunday they had seen no proof to support the claim by Republican President Donald Trump that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had wiretapped him last year, adding pressure on Trump to explain or back off his repeated assertion.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 16, 2017
Trump administration opposes Japan's participation in U.N. talks on banning nukes
The U.S. administration of President Donald Trump has taken a hard line on Japan's possible participation in U.N. talks later this month on a treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons, sources close to bilateral ties said Wednesday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Mar 5, 2017
Offering no evidence, Trump claims Obama wiretapped him during campaign
U.S. President Donald Trump accused predecessor Barack Obama on Saturday of wiretapping him during the late stages of the 2016 election campaign, but offered no evidence for an allegation which an Obama spokesman said was "simply false."
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 14, 2017
Abe says Trump encouraged him to boost ties, dialogue with Putin
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he has earned U.S. President Donald Trump's backing in seeking closer ties with Russia in a bid to resolve a long-standing territorial row over islands off Hokkaido that Japan wants returned.
Japan Times
Jan 25, 2017
Books on Trump prove tough sell in Japan — so far
Dozens of books bearing U.S. President Donald Trump’s face on their covers have been piling up at bookstores across the nation since his stunning victory in November.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals