Tokyo Welcomes International Film Festival

Tokyo Welcomes International Film Festival

October 26, 2017 – The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival opened last night, with award-winning U.S. actor and filmmaker Tommy Lee Jones among a host of celebrities taking a stroll down the red carpet amid the cold and intermittent rain ...

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Okinawa US Military Crash Due To Aircraft Fault

Okinawa US Military Crash Due To Aircraft Fault

October 25, 2017 – The U.S. military informed Japan’s Ministry of Defense that the recent crash-landing of a U.S. Marine helicopter in Okinawa was caused by an engine fault specific to that aircraft, and does not affect the operation of ...

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6 Dead As Typhoon Lan Batters Kishiwada

6 Dead As Typhoon Lan Batters Kishiwada

October 24 2017 – Powerful Typhoon Lan battered a wide area of Japan with heavy rain and strong winds, causing at least six deaths, injuring many others and disrupting vote counting for Sunday’s general election, authorities said today. The typhoon ...

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Shinzo Abe To Launch Cabinet Following Election Win

Shinzo Abe To Launch Cabinet Following Election Win

October 23, 2017 – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said today he will waste no time in reappointing his Cabinet and key members of his Liberal Democratic Party following the ruling coalition’s big win in the House of Representatives election the ...

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Empress Michiko Celebrates 83rd Birthday

Empress Michiko Celebrates 83rd Birthday

October 20, 2017 – On the occasion of her 83rd birthday today, Empress Michiko welcomed the award this year of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons as a meaningful development in efforts to eliminate ...

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Japan, South Korea & US Vow To Resolve North Korea Issue

Japan, South Korea & US Vow To Resolve North Korea Issue

October 19, 2017 – Senior officials of South Korea, Japan and the United States last night agreed to make concerted diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats. The agreement was reached at a ...

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Fuji TV Apologizes Over Comedy Show Mocking Gay Men

Fuji TV Apologizes Over Comedy Show Mocking Gay Men

October 17, 2017 – Fuji TV network apologized today for making viewers “feel unpleasant” over a comedy program that revived a 30-year-old stereotype character depicting a gay man. The character called “Homo-oda Homo-o,” a name incorporating “homo” — a derogatory ...

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Okinawa Files Fresh Lawsuit To Halt US Base Relocation

Okinawa Files Fresh Lawsuit To Halt US Base Relocation

July 24, 2017 – The Okinawa prefectural government filed a fresh lawsuit against the central government today, seeking a halt in the ongoing construction work for the relocation of a U.S. air base within the southern island prefecture. The latest ...

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Anti-Conspiracy Law To Take Effect July 11 Despite Concerns

Anti-Conspiracy Law To Take Effect July 11 Despite Concerns

July 10, 2017 – The revised Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Crime Proceeds, which criminalizes preparation for terrorism and other crimes by changing the conditions that constitute conspiracy, will come into effect on July 11. Police ...

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