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The first time NoKor celebrates Kim Il-Sung’s birthday without US intervention

North Korea on Saturday marked the birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il with no outward provocation against the United States, in the run-up to a second summit between the two countries later this month.   Flags and placards have been placed along all highways and main roads of Pyongyang in celebration of the father
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Trump, Border Wall and National Emergencies. What’s going on?

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to secure funds for a wall on the border with Mexico without congressional approval, a controversial move that appears certain to draw a court challenge from Democrats.   With the declaration, Trump is seeking to divert about $6.5 billion in funds from the military and
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SDF recruitment in each prefecture discovered to be uncooperative

The Defense Ministry corrected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s remark that prefectural governments were not cooperating in the recruitment of Self-Defense Forces members, but even the ministry’s explanation was inaccurate.   Two days later, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya corrected Abe’s remark and said cooperation was not forthcoming from municipal governments, rather than prefectural governments.   According
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LGBT couples want to be heard despite legal barriers on Saint Valentine’s Day

Choosing Valentine’s Day to make a heartfelt statement, gay couples will file the first- ever lawsuits in Japan challenging the constitutionality of not recognizing same-sex marriages.   The plaintiffs in the group suits are 13 same-sex couples who reside in Tokyo and seven other prefectures and range in age from their 20s to 50s. The
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Japanese LGBTQI: It’s difficult to go to college

photo credit to: https://www.scmp.com   More than 40 percent of respondents who identify with being sexual minorities said they were harassed or felt discomfort as college students sitting for job interviews.   The finding was among the results of an online survey by ReBit, a nonprofit organization established to raise greater awareness of lesbian, gay,
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Child abuse cases awakens a sleeping dragon

The government, responding to growing interest in the death of a 10-year-old girl who was apparently terrorized by her father, called on child consultation centers and schools nationwide to immediately examine all suspected cases of child abuse.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chaired a meeting of Cabinet ministers involved in the issue on Feb. 8
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China to restructure trades in talks

Photo credit to: https://www.rappler.com China already presented plans to increase imports in 12 fields, including energy, agricultural products and industrial goods, at working-level trade talks held on Jan. 7-9 in Beijing, a source familiar with the negotiations said.   In Washington, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will meet with Robert Lighthizer and Steven Mnuchin. Liu is also expected

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January 31, 2019

Sumo wrestler advances with new tournament titles

Sekiwake Tamawashi became the second oldest wrestler in sumo’s current format to secure his maiden championship, winning the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, the tourney’s 15th and final day.   The Mongolian wrapped up his triumph with his 13th victory, beating No. 9 maegashira Endo (10-5) for the 10th time in 16th career bouts. Tamawashi entered

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January 30, 2019

Nissan and Renault might get one CEO

photo credit to: https://www.breakingnews.ie   French President Emmanuel Macron told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that it would be appropriate for Renault SA’s new chairman to also be chairman of Nissan Motor Co., according to Fuji News Network.   Macron floated the idea to Abe during a phone call on Friday, the network reported, citing a

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January 28, 2019

Japan’s baseball culture in crisis

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is hoping to go to the major leagues next year, but his focus Friday was on a perceived crisis in his homeland’s youth baseball culture.   In a press conference at Tokyo’s Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, the DeNA BayStars captain and cleanup hitter said Japanese youth baseball prioritizes winning competitions at the

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January 28, 2019

Japan having difficulty with data leak

Tokyo is reeling from a scandal involving skewed data that has upended official readings of the economy and cast doubt on a pillar of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic program.   The labor ministry is required to collect data from all companies with 500 or more employees for its Monthly Labor Survey. But from 2004

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January 28, 2019

China’s political scandals are growing

A Supreme People’s Court judge involved in the court case revealed that he had heard that his boss, Supreme People’s Court President Zhou, order that the case be sent back to a lower court, so as to help the Shaanxi provincial government get off the hook.   The judge appeared in a video posted on

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January 25, 2019

4 men who use women’s emotions for online fraud get arrested

A group of three Nigerians and a Cameroonian were arrested Tuesday for allegedly scamming several people in Japan out of large amounts of money by feigning romantic interest in them online, police said.   The men are also suspected of sending messages saying they wanted to meet their female victims and needed financial support, such

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January 24, 2019

Japan and Russia to accelerate talks of peace but challenges may arise

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Tuesday to accelerate talks on a postwar peace treaty that has not been concluded due to a territorial dispute, while suggesting the process will not be easy.   The summit in Moscow was held after the two agreed in November to step up their

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January 24, 2019

France Requests Talk With Nissan- Renault Merger

France has asked Japan to hold a ministerial meeting to discuss the future of the alliance between Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. following the arrest of Carlos Ghosn, but Tokyo is likely to refuse the request, sources close to the matter said Monday.   While the French government is apparently aiming to retain its

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January 23, 2019

Japan claims SoKor radar lock is baseless

The Defense Ministry concluded Monday that South Korea’s denial of an alleged radar lock on a Japanese patrol plane is “baseless” saying it cannot continue bilateral defense talks on the incident.   As the two nations have clashed over whether the said fire-control radar was directed by a South Korean Navy destroyer at a Japanese

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January 23, 2019