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Myanmar soccer player to apply for refugee status in Japan on Tuesday

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A Myanmar national soccer goalkeeper will apply for refugee status in Japan on Tuesday after expressing fear for his life for making a three-finger salute in protest at the military coup in his country during a recent World Cup qualifier near Tokyo, according to his lawyer. Pyae Lyan Aung, who… Read

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Top Japan diplomat Akiba to be appointed national security adviser

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The Japanese government plans to appoint Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba as the new national security adviser, government sources said Saturday, in a step that is likely to give the Foreign Ministry more say in diplomacy and security policies. Akiba, a close aide to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his… Read

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Japan to focus on greener society, digital for pandemic recovery

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Japan's cabinet approved Friday its annual economic policy guideline with the focus on promoting a greener society and digitalization to be the driving forces of a sustained post-coronavirus economic recovery. With the first policy blueprint under Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who took office in September, the government will "intensively promote… Read

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S Korean court rejects appeal from ex-comfort women on Japan assets

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A South Korean court on Friday dismissed an appeal from a group of former "comfort women" over a decision not to approve the seizure of Japanese government assets that was sought to pay legal costs for a damages lawsuit against the government over their treatment at Japanese military brothels during… Read

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Japan says China's military strategy unclear, of serious concern

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Japan said on Thursday China's military intentions are unclear and its armed forces' rapid expansion is of serious concern, circumstances that require Europe, the United States and other Asian nations to come together to stand up to Beijing. "China has been in beefing up its military capacity very rapidly and… Read

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S Korea, Japan, U.S. to hold meeting on Monday over N Korea issues

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South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Thursday that senior officials of South Korea, Japan and the United States will hold a meeting in South Korea on Monday to discuss issues on North Korea. The trilateral meeting will be attended by Noh Kyu Duk, South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace… Read

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Asia has wary welcome for G7's answer to Belt and Road

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A plan by the Group of Seven nations to counter Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative has been welcomed by countries in China's immediate orbit of influence but will need to overcome doubts about Western commitment to emerging market projects. The Build Back Better World initiative, or (B3W), was promoted at… Read

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Myanmar soccer player to seek asylum in Japan

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A goalkeeper from Myanmar's national soccer team who raised an anti-coup salute during a match outside Tokyo has refused to fly home and will seek asylum in Japan, his lawyer told AFP Thursday. Myanmar has been in turmoil since a February coup ousted Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government, sparking… Read

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Japan enacts law to tighten rules for land use near national security sites

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The Diet enacted a law Wednesday tightening regulations on the acquisition and use of land around infrastructure deemed vital to national security, such as Self-Defense Forces bases and nuclear plants. The House of Councillors passed a bill in the early hours of Wednesday despite strong resistance by some opposition parties… Read

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Diet ends session without extension over coronavirus response

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Japan's parliament wrapped up a 150-day ordinary session on Wednesday after the ruling coalition rejected calls from the opposition for a three-month extension to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic. A day earlier, the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party and three other parties submitted a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister… Read

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