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S. Korean foreign minister says “comfort women” statue “undesirable”

January 13, 2017

SEOUL– South Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se on Friday weighed in on a bilateral spat with Japan over a controversial statue in front of the Japanese Consulate in Busan, saying the installation of an object in front of a foreign

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N. Korea’s ICBM threatens U.S., Asia remains priority: Mattis

January 13, 2017

WASHINGTON– U.S. Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis said Thursday North Korea’s plans to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile pose a “serious threat” to the United States, vowing to work closely with Japan and South Korea to counter Pyongyang’s weapons programs. Speaking at

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Honda to revive Civic in Japan after 6-year hiatus

January 13, 2017

TOKYO– Honda Motor Co. will revive the Civic compact line in Japan this summer after a roughly six-year hiatus, the automaker said Friday. The Japanese automaker, which plans to launch three Civic models including a sedan, aims to enhance its brand

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Japan gov’t “highly praises” outgoing U.S. envoy Kennedy’s work

January 13, 2017

TOKYO– The Japanese government “highly praises” the work done by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, who will leave the post before President-elect Donald Trump launches his new administration later this month, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday. He said the

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Kisenosato, Hakuho battle to keep share of lead at New Year meet

January 12, 2017

TOKYO– Ozeki Kisenosato and yokozuna Hakuho were forced to work hard for their wins Thursday to remain in a five-way lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. On the fifth day of the 15-day tourney, Kisenosato survived the powerful shoves

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Novelist Mishima’s unreleased 1970 voice recording found in Tokyo

January 12, 2017

TOKYO- An unreleased voice recording of Yukio Mishima has been found at a Tokyo broadcaster in which the late novelist talked about death and Japan’s pacifist Constitution nine months before his sensational suicide, the company said Thursday. The roughly 80-minute-long recording

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Tokyo governor inspects Tsukiji for 1st time after delaying relocation

January 12, 2017

TOKYO– Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike inspected the Tsukiji fish market Thursday for the first time since announcing in August postponement of the relocation planned for November. Koike is expected to decide by summer at the earliest whether to permit the move,

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Historical post-abdication title eyed for Emperor Akihito

January 12, 2017

TOKYO– The government is considering giving Emperor Akihito the historical title of “joko” assumed by many retired emperors should he abdicate, sources close to the matter said Thursday. To avoid powers being split between a retired emperor and his successor, an

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