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Japan may consider further stimulus package for COVID-19-hit economy: Kono

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Japan could consider fresh economic stimulus, including a possible fourth extra budget, as the government expands a state of emergency amid a record surge in coronavirus infections, a prominent cabinet minister said. "Suddenly demand has gone, so I think the government, if it is necessary, will be willing to inject… Read

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Kono calls U.S. Capitol riot shocking; yearns for 'good old days'

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A high-profile Japanese cabinet minister said on Thursday he was shocked at last week's assault on the U.S. Capitol, urging Washington to resume its global role as a "champion of democratic values" and the rule of law. Speaking at the Reuters Next conference, Taro Kono, Japan's minister for administrative and… Read

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Japan welcomes Britain's plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia

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Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on Thursday welcomed Britain's plan to dispatch an aircraft carrier strike group to waters in the western Pacific amid China's growing maritime assertiveness. During a video conference with his British counterpart Ben Wallace, Kishi said Japan will work closely with the country for the dispatch… Read

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Japan considers various options against S Korea 'comfort women' ruling

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Japan is contemplating "various options" and will act resolutely in response to a recent South Korean court ruling ordering the Japanese government to pay damages to former "comfort women," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. "Japan urges South Korea to take appropriate action to correct this violation of international law,"… Read

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Obama-era veteran Kurt Campbell to lead Biden's Asia policy

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has picked an Obama-administration veteran, Kurt Campbell, to be his senior official for Asia policy, including the relationship with China, a spokeswoman for Biden's transition said on Wednesday. Campbell, the top U.S. diplomat for Asia under Democratic President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,… Read

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Japan pledges to support Senegal's response to coronavirus pandemic

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Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi vowed support for Senegal's health and medical systems in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic during his three-day trip to the West African country through Tuesday, according to Japanese officials. Motegi told Senegalese President Macky Sall and his counterpart Aissata Tall Sall in separate talks… Read

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S Korea to continue efforts to improve ties with Japan, says Moon

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South Korean President Moon Jae In said Monday he will continue efforts to build a "future-oriented" relationship with Japan as he delivered his New Year's speech. Moon made no reference to a recent South Korean court ruling ordering the Japanese government to pay compensation to women forced to work at… Read

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S Korea likely to confirm ex-comfort women's win next week

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A South Korean court, which has ruled that the Japanese government has to compensate former South Korean "comfort women," said Monday that it will confirm the plaintiffs' win unless Japan appeals within two weeks. Last Friday, the Seoul District Court ordered Japan to give each of the plaintiffs 100 million… Read

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Suga says a few days needed to judge whether to widen virus state of emergency

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Sunday the government will take "a few days" before judging whether to expand a state of emergency declared over the coronavirus pandemic to Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures. The comment on a television program came a day after the governors of the three prefectures asked… Read

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Japan calls S Korean court ruling on 'comfort women' regrettable, unacceptable

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Japan's chief government spokesman said on Friday that a South Korean court ruling ordering damages to be paid to 12 so-called "comfort women" was regrettable and unacceptable. The issue related to women recruited into wartime brothels had been settled by a 1965 treaty between the countries, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu… Read

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