New PostJapan and the Okinawa Military Base

The Japanese government on Wednesday took countermeasures against Okinawa over its recent move to block landfill work for a key U.S. military base transfer within the small southern island prefecture.   The central government requested the land ministry to review and invalidate the Okinawa government’s decision that has suspended work for the controversial relocation of

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October 19, 2018

New PostJapan will raise taxes for 2019 and no one can stop it

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday the Japanese government will raise the consumption tax to 10 percent from the current 8 percent in October next year as planned, after postponing the increase twice due to concerns it would dampen consumer spending and hurt the economy.   Confirming that the schedule remains unchanged in an extraordinary

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October 17, 2018

New PostJapan’s Military and Women In Uniform

A growing number of women in Japan’s Self-Defense Forces are entering formerly male-dominated fields, with one recently becoming the country’s first-ever female fighter jet pilot.   Misa Matsushima, 1st Lt. of the Air Self-Defense Force, told reporters in late August that she wants to inspire women to join after a ceremony at a base in

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October 15, 2018

NoKor receives more sanctions from Japan and Australia

Japan and Australia agreed to put more pressure on North Korea to denuclearize through strict enforcement of U.N. regulations on Pyongyang, despite easing tensions over its arms development program.   Defense ministers of Japan and Australia acknowledged the need to strengthen defense ties. This includes increasing joint exercises between their armed forces, amid a rapidly

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October 12, 2018

USA and NoKor will hold second summit

Kim Jong Un and Mike Pompeo agreed on their two countries holding working-level talks immediately to arrange a second summit meeting between Kim and Trump.   Pompeo said that the United States and North Korea are getting very close to signing an agreement on a second summit. He added that Trump and Kim are likely

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October 10, 2018

Hong Kong to independence activists: Access Denied

The Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong has reworked it’s visa renewal applications to certain people in the wake of the club’s hosting of a speech by an independence advocate that drew fierce criticism from Beijing.   Victor Mallet, the first vice president of the FCC and the news editor for the Financial Times in

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October 8, 2018

Combined Task Force: Japan and USA need one

A bipartisan group of U.S. policy experts recommended Wednesday that Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military create a combined joint task force to better cope with possible contingencies with China over Taiwan, as well as the South and East China seas, as part of an effort to strengthen the bilateral alliance.   Aside from

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October 5, 2018

Typhoon hits Japan…. Again

The Japanese archipelago was hit by another typhoon that left at four people dead and 200 others injured while disrupting traffic in wide areas including Tokyo during morning rush hours.   The typhoon, named Trami, travelled northeast towards the biggest of the main islands of Honshu when it made landfall in western Japan the previous

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October 3, 2018

Japan will use the Olympics for it’s own Tokyo Olympics

Japanese authorities were very busy for fourteen days while they observed operations in Indonesia and the Asian Games to learn lessons that could help in Tokyo’s effort to put on a successful Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.   Focusing primarily on during the games, which run for sixteen days in Jakarta and Palembang, their priorities

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October 1, 2018

Japanese magazine firm cautions against LGBTQI discrimination

Shinchosha Publishing Co. and one of its magazines will be removed for showing articles that its president said contained outrageous prejudice against the LGBTcommunity.   This vetting process led to the publication of the articles slammed by President as full of prejudice against LGBT individuals.   The latest decision means that one of it’s writers and even the

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September 28, 2018