Japan Headlines

Fri, Oct 24 2014

U.S. House panel to meet with safety regulators about Takata air bags next week

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WASHINGTON/DETROIT - The U.S. House committee looking into the defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp will hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10 automakers, a committee aide said on Friday.

U.S., Japan, Politics 24 Oct 2014

Japan's party animals closer to dancing the night away

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TOKYO - Japan's cabinet approved changes on Friday to a 66-year-old law that bans late-night dancing in clubs, a decision that will help businesses cash in on an expected influx of tourists ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

24 Oct 2014

Japan could deploy minesweepers off S. Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says

TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to let Japan's military fight overseas could open the way for the country to deploy minesweepers in South Korean waters in the event of a war with North Korea, a senior U.S. admiral said on Friday.

Former Japan PM Fukuda to meet China's Xi next week: source

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TOKYO - Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping next Wednesday in Beijing, a source familiar with the matter said, setting the stage for a possible meeting between the leaders of Japan and China in November.

World, Japan 24 Oct 2014

Japan prosecutors delay ruling on possible Fukushima indictments

TOKYO - Japanese prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, an official with a special panel that requested an indictment said on Friday.

World, Japan, Nuclear Power 24 Oct 2014

Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

TOKYO - Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km (40 miles) from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit.

Thu, Oct 23 2014

Japan's Suga: See no problem with trade minister holding Tepco shares

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TOKYO - Japan's top government spokesman said on Friday he does not see any problem with the trade minister holding shares of Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant.

World, Japan 23 Oct 2014

Honda executives take pay cut after fifth Fit hybrid recall

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TOKYO - Honda Motor Co said on Thursday its president and 12 other executives would take an unprecedented, quality-related pay cut after the Japanese automaker announced the fifth recall in a year of its new Fit hybrid model.

'Big Hero 6' to the rescue at new-look Tokyo film festival

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TOKYO - Hello Kitty and Doraemon anime characters strutted their stuff on the red carpet on Thursday, as Disney's "Big Hero 6" kicked off a new-look Tokyo film festival that taps into Japan's love of animation. | Video

Film, Entertainment, Japan 23 Oct 2014

China criticizes U.S. missile defense radar in Japan

BEIJING - The United States is damaging stability in the Asia-Pacific region by positioning a missile defense radar in Japan, China said on Thursday.

World, China, Japan 23 Oct 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.