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Defense minister releases probe report and resigns, but many questions remain

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Defense minister releases probe report and resigns, but many questions remain

- The results of an internal Defense Ministry investigation into allegations that logs kept by Japanese peacekeepers were covered up, and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada's announcement that she is resigning from her post to take responsibility for the "disruption" the scandal has caused, leave many questions unanswered. The scandal started back in July of last year, when the Defense Ministry said it could not comply with an information disclosure request for activity logs kept by the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) on a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan on the grounds that the logs had been discarded
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Court rules gov't subsidy denial to pro-Pyongyang schools illegal

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Court rules gov't subsidy denial to pro-Pyongyang schools illegal

- OSAKA -- A court here ruled on July 28 that the government's decision to exclude pro-Pyongyang high schools in Japan from a program to make high school tuition free is illegal and invalid. "The government excluded Osaka Korean High School in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, from the program for diplomatic and political reasons, which are irrelevant to guaranteeing equal opportunity in education
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Japan, Russia have different visions for N. territories

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Japan, Russia have different visions for N. territories

- By Shogo Hara / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer Japan and Russia apparently have drawn different visions of the future for the northern territories as proposed joint economic activities there have become more of a real possibility. While Japan hopes the joint economic activities will pave the way for the return of the northern territories, Russia intends to revitalize the economy there
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Sharp returns to Q1 profit on Foxconn's cost-cut drive, beats estimates

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Sharp returns to Q1 profit on Foxconn's cost-cut drive, beats estimates

- TOKYO: Japan's Sharp Corp reported its third consecutive quarter of net profit on Friday, staying on track to achieve its first annual profit in four years following a cost-cutting drive under Taiwanese owner Foxconn. With a profit recovery firmly underway, Sharp is preparing to take the offensive to regain lost presence in electronics markets. It is expanding a sales drive of television sets in China and re-entering the Americas TV market with a high-end brand, as it aims to double global TV sales to over 10 million sets in the business year beginning April 2018
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Dentsu aims to reduce working hours by 20% by fiscal 2019

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Dentsu aims to reduce working hours by 20% by fiscal 2019

- Advertising giant Dentsu Inc. announced on July 27 that it will reduce employee working hours by 20 percent, in response to the overwork-induced suicide of one of its workers in December 2015. The planned reduction in working hours is part of Dentsu's new "Working Environment Reform Plan," which was revealed at a press conference on the same day. During the press conference, the firm's president and CEO, Toshihiro Yamamoto, referred to the Tokyo Summary Court's decision to put Dentsu on formal trial regarding employee Matsuri Takahashi's illegal overtime, which led to her death, stating, "It is very serious that Dentsu, as a company, has been indicted
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Japan's scandal-hit defence chief announces resignation

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Japan's scandal-hit defence chief announces resignation

- TOKYO: Japan’s hawkish defence minister on Friday said she had resigned over a long-brewing scandal involving the handling of military documents, in a political blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe, who has seen his popularity plummet in recent weeks over a series of controversies, immediately apologised to the nation over the saga. “I decided to resign as defence minister,” Tomomi Inada told a press conference
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Questions raised over Abe's responsibility after defense chief Inada forced to resign

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Questions raised over Abe's responsibility after defense chief Inada forced to resign

- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to practically force Defense Minister Tomomi Inada out over allegations of a cover-up involving peacekeepers' logs will inevitably call into question the prime minister's responsibility for appointing her. Inada handed Abe her resignation letter on July 28 and is set to step down before the prime minister reshuffles his Cabinet, which is expected on Aug
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Lottery eyed for Games expenses outside Tokyo

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Lottery eyed for Games expenses outside Tokyo

- The Yomiuri Shimbun The Tokyo metropolitan government is considering using sales from a special takarakuji lottery to cover the ¥35 billion in operating costs that need to be sorted out between Tokyo and non-Tokyo local governments that will host some events during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The ¥35 billion is part of the total ¥1
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Japan's scandal-hit defence chief announces resignation

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Japan's scandal-hit defence chief announces resignation

- TOKYO: Japan's hawkish defence minister on Friday (Jul 28) said she had resigned over a long-brewing scandal involving the handling of military documents, in a political blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe, who has seen his popularity plummet in recent weeks over a series of controversies, immediately apologised to the nation over the saga. "I decided to resign as defence minister," Tomomi Inada told a press conference
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Photo Journal: Purple patch

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Photo Journal: Purple patch

- Tourists take pictures amongst a carpet of lavender at Farm Tomita in Nakafurano, Hokkaido. The area is known for growing lavender, a summer staple, and is said to be one of the most famous tourist spots in Japan among Chinese visitors after photos of the flowers were shared on social media. The peak blooming season for lavender is expected to continue until the end of July
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Japan's scandal-hit defence chief announces resignation

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Japan's scandal-hit defence chief announces resignation

- Japan's hawkish defence minister on Friday said she had resigned over a long-brewing scandal involving the handling of military documents, in a political blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe, who has seen his popularity plummet in recent weeks over a series of controversies, immediately apologised to the nation over the saga. "I decided to resign as defence minister," Tomomi Inada told a press conference
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Japan's Denso shares jump on strong results, outlook

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Japan's Denso shares jump on strong results, outlook

- TOKYO: Shares in Japanese auto parts maker Denso Corp jumped 4 percent on Friday after the company announced stronger-than-expected quarterly results and raised its full-year outlook. Denso said it now expects an operating profit of 353 billion yen (US$3.18 billion) in the full year through next March, up from a previous forecast of 327 billion yen. Its quarterly operating profit for the April-June quarter rose 39 percent from the same period a year earlier to 93
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Japan PM Abe apologies to nation over resignation of Cabinet Minister

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Japan PM Abe apologies to nation over resignation of Cabinet Minister

- TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday apologized to the nation over the resignation of Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, saying he bore full responsibility for appointing her to the post. Speaking to reporters, Abe said Foreign Minister Fumiko Kishida would take additional charge of the defence portfolio. Earlier, embattled Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada said she was resigning, after a series of gaffes, missteps and a cover-up at her ministry that have contributed to a sharp plunge in public support for Abe
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Female lawmakers in Japan still disparaged over pregnancy, maternity leave

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Female lawmakers in Japan still disparaged over pregnancy, maternity leave

- Female lawmakers from the national to local level continue to receive harsh criticism in Japan for becoming pregnant or taking maternity leave -- a fact that may prompt some to ask, "Don't lawmakers have a basic human right to have children?" On July 12, independent House of Representatives lawmaker Takako Suzuki, 31, announced on her public blog that she was pregnant with her first child
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Japan defence minister says resigning amid plunging PM ratings

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Japan defence minister says resigning amid plunging PM ratings

- TOKYO: Embattled Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada said on Friday she was resigning, after a series of gaffes, missteps and a cover-up at her ministry that have contributed to a sharp plunge in public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Inada, an Abe protege who had been seen as a possible future premier, was expected to be replaced in a cabinet reshuffle next week that Abe hopes will repair his ratings
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113 hurt, clashes erupt as thousands of Muslims surge into Jerusalem mosque after Israel lifts security measures

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113 hurt, clashes erupt as thousands of Muslims surge into Jerusalem mosque after Israel lifts security measures

- JERUSALEM – Thousands of Muslim worshippers surged into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday and at least 113 were hurt in scuffles with police after Israel lifted security measures imposed at the sacred site in the face of days of violent protests. Chaotic scenes unfolded as Israeli police used stun grenades to try to control crowds charging forward when the last gate Muslims use to enter Al-Aqsa was opened after a stand-off lasting several hours
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My Japanology / Step into classroom opened eyes to the nation of Sen no Rikyu

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My Japanology / Step into classroom opened eyes to the nation of Sen no Rikyu

- The Japan NewsJapan’s ties with the United States continue to be close, robust and multi-layered. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in frequent contact with U.S. President Donald Trump over regional security threats. Joint drills between the Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military are repeatedly held, and an economic dialogue framework was created between the two governments to seek new frontiers of cooperation
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Official docs support disabled woman's claim about 1972 forced sterilization

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Official docs support disabled woman's claim about 1972 forced sterilization

- SENDAI -- A woman with an intellectual disability is thought to have undergone forced sterilization surgery in Miyagi Prefecture in 1972, according to recently released official documents. The revelation is significant because it is the first time that testimony concerning forced sterilization of a disabled person has been backed up by official documentation. At a press conference in the prefecture on July 26, the woman's sister-in-law said, "Many people have been hurt, both mentally and physically, as a result of this sterilization surgery
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  • Japan household spending jumps most since 2015 in sign of sustainable growth
    Japan household spending jumps most since 2015 in sign of sustainable growth

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    Japanese household spending in June jumped the most since 2015 as job availability improved to a fresh 43-year high, in a sign the tightening labor market is helping push up wages and consumer spending — albeit gradually. Underscoring stubbornly low inflation despite the tightening job market, core consumer prices rose just 0.4 percent in June from a year earlier, unchanged from the previous month and still far below the Bank of Japan's ambitious 2 percent target
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Politics & Government

  • Renho forced to resign as DP lawmakers turned their backs against her
    Renho forced to resign as DP lawmakers turned their backs against her

    , mainichi.jp

    Largest opposition Democratic Party (DP) chief Renho on July 27 announced her decision to step down from her post, effectively taking responsibility for the party's devastating loss in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election. With her trusted colleague, DP Secretary-General Yoshihiko Noda, having revealed in the wake of the election that he would be leaving his post, Renho became increasingly isolated within the party, leading to her decision to give up the party presidency less than a year after she won it
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Sports

  • Swimming: Hagino claims 200 IM silver, Seto 5th at worlds
    Swimming: Hagino claims 200 IM silver, Seto 5th at worlds

    , mainichi.jp

    BUDAPEST (Kyodo) -- Four-time Olympic medalist Kosuke Hagino won silver in the men's 200-meter individual medley on Thursday, with Rio Olympic bronze medalist Daiya Seto placing fifth in the same race at the world swimming championships. By touching the wall 0.45 second behind American Chase Kalisz who posted a winning time of 1 minute, 55.56 seconds, Hagino picked up Japan's third medal at the Dunabe Arena following Yui Ohashi's silver in the women's 200 individual medley and Seto's bronze in the men's 200 butterfly
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Business

  • Sharp returns to Q1 profit on Foxconn's cost-cut drive, beats estimates
    Sharp returns to Q1 profit on Foxconn's cost-cut drive, beats estimates

    , channelnewsasia.com

    TOKYO: Japan's Sharp Corp reported its third consecutive quarter of net profit on Friday, staying on track to achieve its first annual profit in four years following a cost-cutting drive under Taiwanese owner Foxconn. With a profit recovery firmly underway, Sharp is preparing to take the offensive to regain lost presence in electronics markets. It is expanding a sales drive of television sets in China and re-entering the Americas TV market with a high-end brand, as it aims to double global TV sales to over 10 million sets in the business year beginning April 2018
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Technology

  • RoboCup2017 Nagoya puts robot AI to the test
    RoboCup2017 Nagoya puts robot AI to the test

    , mainichi.jp

    RoboCup2017 Nagoya Japan, a competition to test robots equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) that allows them to think and move on their own, kicked off on July 27 in Nagoya's Minato Ward. A total of roughly 3,000 participants mainly from companies and universities from about 40 countries and regions attended the four-day competition.
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Health

  • Kin speak out against physical restraint of mentally ill in Japan after death of NZ man
    Kin speak out against physical restraint of mentally ill in Japan after death of NZ man

    , mainichi.jp

    The family of a New Zealand man who died after being strapped to a bed for 10 days at a hospital in Japan held a news conference in Tokyo on July 19, saying the rights of patients were being grossly violated through such treatment. Kelly Savage, 27, died after being restrained at a psychiatric hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture, where he was compulsorily hospitalized in April
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Family & Parenting

  • Female lawmakers in Japan still disparaged over pregnancy, maternity leave
    Female lawmakers in Japan still disparaged over pregnancy, maternity leave

    , mainichi.jp

    Female lawmakers from the national to local level continue to receive harsh criticism in Japan for becoming pregnant or taking maternity leave -- a fact that may prompt some to ask, "Don't lawmakers have a basic human right to have children?" On July 12, independent House of Representatives lawmaker Takako Suzuki, 31, announced on her public blog that she was pregnant with her first child
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Society & Culture

  • 113 hurt, clashes erupt as thousands of Muslims surge into Jerusalem mosque after Israel lifts security measures
    113 hurt, clashes erupt as thousands of Muslims surge into Jerusalem mosque after Israel lifts security measures

    , japantimes.co.jp

    JERUSALEM – Thousands of Muslim worshippers surged into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday and at least 113 were hurt in scuffles with police after Israel lifted security measures imposed at the sacred site in the face of days of violent protests. Chaotic scenes unfolded as Israeli police used stun grenades to try to control crowds charging forward when the last gate Muslims use to enter Al-Aqsa was opened after a stand-off lasting several hours
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Religion & Spirituality

  • 113 hurt, clashes erupt as thousands of Muslims surge into Jerusalem mosque after Israel lifts security measures
    113 hurt, clashes erupt as thousands of Muslims surge into Jerusalem mosque after Israel lifts security measures

    , japantimes.co.jp

    JERUSALEM – Thousands of Muslim worshippers surged into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday and at least 113 were hurt in scuffles with police after Israel lifted security measures imposed at the sacred site in the face of days of violent protests. Chaotic scenes unfolded as Israeli police used stun grenades to try to control crowds charging forward when the last gate Muslims use to enter Al-Aqsa was opened after a stand-off lasting several hours
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Entertainment & Arts

  • First trailer for Charlie Sheen's '9/11' movie is ... well, you decide
    First trailer for Charlie Sheen's '9/11' movie is ... well, you decide

    , latimes.com

    The curious story of the movie “9/11” has gotten a little more clarity. When a promotional poster first appeared earlier this month it raised more than a few eyebrows for more than a few reasons. A drama about the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, starring Charlie Sheen? A Japanese trailer for the movie has now appeared online, providing the first glimpses of the movie
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Education

  • Court rules gov't subsidy denial to pro-Pyongyang schools illegal
    Court rules gov't subsidy denial to pro-Pyongyang schools illegal

    , mainichi.jp

    OSAKA -- A court here ruled on July 28 that the government's decision to exclude pro-Pyongyang high schools in Japan from a program to make high school tuition free is illegal and invalid. "The government excluded Osaka Korean High School in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, from the program for diplomatic and political reasons, which are irrelevant to guaranteeing equal opportunity in education
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Travel & Recreation

  • Olympic torch may travel to Tokyo's outlying islands: Gov. Koike
    Olympic torch may travel to Tokyo's outlying islands: Gov. Koike

    , mainichi.jp

    The Olympic torch may travel through all 62 wards, cities, towns, and villages in Tokyo -- including the offshore islands, Gov. Yuriko Koike disclosed in a Mainichi Shimbun interview on July 25. "Cooperation from The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is needed, but on behalf of the host city, I would like to see it happen," Koike said
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Law & Crime

  • China releases four of six detained Japanese
    China releases four of six detained Japanese

    , shanghaidaily.com

    FOUR of six Japanese citizens detained in China since March on suspicion of illegal activities have been released, Japan’s top government spokesman said on Thursday. “Four out of six Japanese nationals detained in Shandong Province and Hainan Province in March have returned to Japan,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference. China’s foreign ministry said the six Japanese citizens were being held on suspicion of illegal activities
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Motoring

  • Daimler seeks to stave off crisis with voluntary recall of 3 million diesel cars
    Daimler seeks to stave off crisis with voluntary recall of 3 million diesel cars

    , japantimes.co.jp

    MUNICH, GERMANY – Daimler AG aims to head off a growing crisis over potential emissions cheating by voluntarily recalling more than 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe. The company will extend an ongoing upgrade of about 250,000 compact cars and vans to nearly every modern Mercedes diesel on the road. The plan, which involves a software patch and avoids complex component fixes, will cost the automaker about €220 million (about ¥28 billion), the Stuttgart, Germany-based company said in a statement on Tuesday
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Science & Nature

  • Thousands ordered to evacuate as heavy rains hit northeast Japan
    Thousands ordered to evacuate as heavy rains hit northeast Japan

    , standardmedia.co.ke

    Tens of thousands of people in northeast Japan were told to evacuate their homes on Sunday as heavy rain caused major flooding and cut some rail links, authorities said. The storm follows freak rains in southwestern Japan earlier this month that left at least 25 people dead. Almost 25,000 people in Akita prefecture were ordered to evacuate and around 65,000 more people were advised to leave or told to prepare to leave the area, an official at Akita prefecture told Reuters
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Life & Style

  • Akie Abe, Japan’s first lady, may have let Donald Trump think she doesn’t speak English
    Akie Abe, Japan’s first lady, may have let Donald Trump think she doesn’t speak English

    , globalnews.ca

    Donald Trump sat with Japanese First Lady Akie Abe for a dinner at the G20 summit that lasted as long as an hour and 45 minutes, and came away thinking that she doesn’t speak English. But she does. And people now think she just pretended not to so that she could avoid conversing with the U.S. president. In an interview with The New York Times, Trump told reporter Maggie Haberman that he sat with Abe at a post-opera dinner, but noted that she “doesn’t speak English
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Media & Information

  • Temporary radio station in disaster-hit Asakura begins broadcasts to help restore city
    Temporary radio station in disaster-hit Asakura begins broadcasts to help restore city

    , mainichi.jp

    ASAKURA, Fukuoka -- Temporary emergency radio station Asakura Saigai FM (Asakura disaster FM) began broadcasting here on the evening on July 21, bringing necessary information to the Haki district and other areas heavily hit by torrential rains earlier this month. The station received permission from the Kyushu Bureau of Telecommunications to temporarily broadcast information more detailed than announcements on the internet and bulletin boards in evacuation centers, to help residents return to their daily lives
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