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'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso

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China on Wednesday asked Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso to drink treated radioactive water accumulated at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, after he said it is safe to drink it. "A Japanese official said it is okay if we drink this water, so then please drink it,"… Read

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S Korea aims to fight Japan's Fukushima decision at world tribunal

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South Korea's president ordered officials on Wednesday to explore petitioning an international court over Japan's decision to release contaminated water from its wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, amid protests by fisheries and environmental groups. According to plans unveiled by Japan on Tuesday, the release of more than 1… Read

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Japan, Germany to expand military cooperation

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Japan and Germany agreed in security talks Tuesday to expand their military cooperation as the two nations shared concern about China’s increasing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region. At the so-called “two-plus-two” talks held online, the Japanese and German foreign ministers and defense ministers agreed to step up their cooperation in… Read

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Japan's neighbors react strongly to Fukushima water release decision

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China, South Korea and Taiwan on Tuesday expressed opposition to Japan's decision to release into the Pacific treated radioactive water that has accumulated at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in two years' time, with Beijing calling the move "extremely irresponsible." But Japanese government officials pointed out some other… Read

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Suga to leave Japan on Thursday for talks with Biden

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will leave Japan for the United States on Thursday on a four-day trip to meet U.S. President Joe Biden, Japan's top government spokesman said Tuesday. The Japanese and U.S. leaders are scheduled to hold talks on Friday in Washington, in Biden's first in-person meeting with a… Read

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60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll

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Just over 60 percent of people in Japan are dissatisfied with the progress of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout that is trailing many developed countries, a Kyodo News poll showed Monday, with a little more than 100 days to go before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. The figure of 60.3… Read

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China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea

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China and South Korea on Monday voiced deep concern over a Japanese plan to release treated radioactive water that has accumulated at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, saying discharging it into the sea would have a negative impact on its neighbors. The Japanese government is expected to hold a meeting… Read

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Campaigning for Nagoya mayoral race starts

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Official campaigning for the Nagoya mayoral election started Sunday, with incumbent Takashi Kawamura facing a challenger backed by both ruling and opposition parties as well as two other candidates. The April 25 contest will effectively be a fight between Kawamura and Toshiaki Yokoi, a former city assembly member supported by… Read

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Japan, U.S. trade ministers agree to bolster chip supply chains

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Japan's trade minister Hiroshi Kajiyama and his U.S. counterpart Gina Raimondo have agreed to work closely to bolster semiconductor supply chains in the face of a global shortage. The details of cooperation between the two countries are expected to be discussed at the summit of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga… Read

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Uighur community calls for Japanese firms to take action on forced labor

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An association of Uighurs in Japan on Thursday urged major Japanese companies to investigate whether their operations in China are connected to factories allegedly benefiting from forced labor of the Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region, and if so to suspend such transactions. In a joint statement, the Japan Uighur… Read

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