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U.S., Japan unveil new defense guidelines for global Japanese role

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NEW YORK - Japan and the United States unveiled new guidelines for defense cooperation on Monday, reflecting Japan's willingness to take on a more robust international role at a time of growing Chinese power and rising concerns about nuclear-armed North Korea.

World, Japan 4:49am EDT

Kerry renews U.S. pledge to Japan security, including East China Sea islets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Japanese leaders on Monday that Washington's treaty commitments to Japan's security remain "iron-clad" and cover all territories under Tokyo's administration, including tiny islands in the East China Sea that China also claims.

World, Japan, East China Sea 4:49am EDT

Japanese government wants nuclear to be 20-22 pct of power mix

TOKYO - Japan should aim to make nuclear energy account for between 20 and 22 percent of the country's electricity mix by 2030, with renewable energy making up slightly more, the industry ministry said on Tuesday.

World, Japan, Nuclear Power 4:49am EDT

Japan's Abe seeks to showcase close U.S. ties on landmark visit

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for White House talks on Tuesday to showcase newly strengthened defense ties and advance a long-delayed Pacific trade deal as the two allies seek to counter China‚Äôs rising influence in Asia. | Video

World, Japan 3:47am EDT

Japan's Amari plays down expectations on U.S. trade deal progress

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TOKYO - Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari played down the prospect of substantial progress in trade talks being announced after a summit meeting between Japan and the United States on Tuesday.

Japan, Deals 1:28am EDT

Japan PM won't attend Russian WW2 ceremony: govt spokesman

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TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not attend an official ceremony in Moscow on May 9 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two because of a schedule conflict, the nation's top government spokesman said on Tuesday.

World, Japan 12:21am EDT

Mon, Apr 27 2015

U.S. POW wants Japan leader to accept responsibility for wartime past

WASHINGTON - Lester Tenney, a 94-year-old American survivor of the 1942 Bataan Death March, said he hoped to deliver a simple message about wartime responsibility to Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe if the two meet in Washington this week.

World, Japan 27 Apr 2015

U.S., Japan unveil new defense guidelines for global Japanese role

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NEW YORK - Japan and the United States unveiled new guidelines for defense cooperation on Monday, reflecting Japan's willingness to take on a more robust international role at a time of growing Chinese power and rising concerns about nuclear-armed North Korea.

World, Japan 27 Apr 2015

Kerry renews U.S. pledge to Japan security, including East China Sea islets

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry told Japanese leaders on Monday that Washington's treaty commitments to Japan's security remain "iron-clad" and cover all territories under Tokyo's administration, including tiny islands in the East China Sea that China also claims.

World, Japan, East China Sea 27 Apr 2015

Next-generation nuclear reactors may not be safer: French watchdog

PARIS - The next generation of nuclear reactors being developed in countries such as France, Russia, China and Japan may not be safer than those being built today, French nuclear safety watchdog IRSN said on Monday.

World, China, Russia, France, Japan 27 Apr 2015
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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.