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Abe to meet 50 foreign guests during enthronement ceremony

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold separate talks with about 50 foreign dignitaries when they attend a ceremony proclaiming the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito later this month, government sources said Wednesday. Abe will meet the guests over four days from Oct 21, with the exception of the day of the… Read

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Head of anti-NHK party to run in Saitama upper house by-election

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The head of a minor opposition party critical of public broadcaster NHK says he is planning to run in an upper house by-election in Saitama Prefecture later this month. Takashi Tachibana, known for his controversial remarks, most recently suggesting genocide is the solution to overpopulation, will give up his current… Read

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Abe asks Cruz to boost bilateral parliamentary exchanges

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday called for increased parliamentary exchanges to help strengthen the broader Japan-U.S. alliance further in a meeting with Republican Sen Ted Cruz. "At the government level between our two nations, President (Donald) Trump and I have built a robust relationship of trust. I hope that… Read

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Aichi exhibition closed over Korean 'comfort woman' statue reopens

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A Japanese exhibition of censored art works reopened Tuesday two months after it was forced to close following threats over a controversial South Korean statue of a wartime sex slave. The Aichi Triennale 2019 show, featuring the statue of a girl in traditional Korean clothes sitting on a chair, was… Read

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U.S., Japan sign limited deal on agriculture, digital trade

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The United States and Japan signed a limited trade agreement Monday, a deal that would win back benefits American farmers lost when President Donald Trump pulled out of a broader Asia-Pacific pact his first week in office. U.S. farmers have been operating at a disadvantage in Japan since Trump withdrew… Read

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Where U.S.-Japan trade deal falls short of TPP pact

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U.S. President Donald Trump has called his new trade deal with Japan a "phenomenal" victory for U.S. farmers. But don't expect America's Land O'Lakes butter to knock New Zealand's Anchor or France's President brands off store shelves in Japan, the world's third largest economy. Butter is one of several U.S.… Read

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Venezuelan ambassador to Japan says bank account is frozen

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The Venezuelan ambassador to Japan says his bank account has become inaccessible in Japan in what he said was apparently a consequence of President Donald Trump's decision to freeze Venezuelan assets in the United States. Ambassador Seiko Luis Ishikawa told The Associated Press that the accounts of two other Venezuelan… Read

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Kono, U.S. forces commander to enhance cooperation over N Korea

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Defense Minister Taro Kono agreed with the commander of U.S. forces in Japan on Monday to beef up bilateral cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile development. Kono and Lt Gen Kevin Schneider exchanged views following North Korea's test-firing on Wednesday of what Pyongyang calls a new type of submarine-launched… Read

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Over 70% worried about economic outlook after consumption tax hike: survey

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More than 70 percent of voters are concerned about a possible negative impact on the economy from the consumption tax hike on Oct 1, even as nearly 75% have not reduced their spending after the first tax increase in five years, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday. In the nationwide… Read

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Taiwan's lifting food import ban key to economic deals: Japan business group

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Lifting the ban on food imports from five Japanese prefectures imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster is key for Taiwan to join any economic deals with Japan or other countries in the region, the Japanese business community in Taipei said. In its annual white paper, the… Read

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