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Japan: Coast Guard assert territorial waters

Japan called on North Korea on Saturday to take actions toward denuclearization by complying with U.N. sanctions over its nuclear and missile development, a two-day summit meeting in northeastern Japan.   In the joint declaration released after the gathering in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and leaders from 14 Pacific island nations

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May 21, 2018

Japan’s sexual crime victims didn’t receive compensation

Approximately 95% of sexual crime victims and their families haven’t received compensation from their assailants or public financial assistance due to lack of awareness on the consultation services available.   The National Police Agency analyzed and processed 917 respondents who said they were victims in an online survey conducted between January 19 through 28 that

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May 18, 2018

WeToo replaces MeToo in Japan’s victim-blaming society

A college student, Monica Fukuhara, was working at a restaurant when something happened to her. As she was saying goodbye to a customer, he grabbed her chest. The man was a valued regular and she was a part-time waitress. The manager simply shrugged.   She said that Japanese society makes it difficult for sexual harassment

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May 16, 2018

NoKor wants all to watch it destroy its Punggye-ri nuclear test site

The country has announced that it will hold a ceremony between May 23 and 25 and even invited foreign journalists to witness what would be a transparent event.   Skeptics say Pyongyang may have ulterior motives for its announcement late Saturday, pointing to previous demonstrations where it carried out similar shows but commitment to deals

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May 14, 2018

Moon’s presidency one year later: Is he a pragmatic leader?

Thursday marked the anniversary since South Korean President Moon Jae-in was sworn into office. This comes after a sudden about-face from North Korea on its nuclear weapons and missile program, which could stop tensions about the nuclear crisis it had created and stage a reconciliation with the South.   Throughout the crisis, Japanese experts and

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May 11, 2018

SDF officer reprimanded for insulting lawmaker

The Japanese Ministry of Defense sanctioned a senior Self-Defense Forces officer for insulting a Diet member on a street on Tuesday while he was off duty. A report concluded that his act degraded the dignity an SDF member, let alone officer, should maintain.   The incident raised doubts about civilian control of the SDF being

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May 9, 2018

Japan’s SDF dispatch to U.S. Okinawa base hits rock bottom

Japan’s plan to send SDF forces to a U.S.M.C. base in Okinawa after a U.S. helicopter accident earlier this year was inconvenienced due to U.S. reluctance.   The move to send SDF forces to U.S.M.C. Air Station Futenma was intended to allay safety concerns instigated by a torrent of emergency landings involving U.S. military helicopters

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May 7, 2018

Japan’s Constitution revision sits far as scandals take away support

Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, reiterated his push for a revision of the Constitution to formalize the legal status of the Self-Defense Forces on Thursday.   Despite his dream to revise the charter, increased activity of a string of recent scandals have paralyzed the Diet and has now dominated domestic headlines.     Abe’s message

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May 4, 2018

Trump talked out of pulling U.S. troops from South Korea

John Kelly, the Chief of Staff at the White House, persuaded U.S. President Donald Trump to not withdraw U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula ahead of the February Winter Olympics in South Korea. This was announced mere weeks ahead of a planned summit with Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump sometime in June.   NBC

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May 2, 2018

Kim Jong-Un to Abe: We need to talk

North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, said he was ready to hold dialogue with Japan at any time during the inter-Korean summit that Pyongyang and Seoulsaid on Sunday (April 29).   Mr Kim Eui Kyeom, spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae In, said that Mr Moon had a 45 minute phone call with Japanese

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April 30, 2018