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Japan PM Abe: not considering calling snap election

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that he was "not considering at all" calling a general election now, while pledging to do the utmost to clarify facts over scandals including document alterations related to a controversial sale of public land.

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Japan to see warmer weather during May-July

TOKYO Japan will see warmer weather between May and July, the official forecaster said on Wednesday.

Environment, 5:26am EDT

Japan seeks role in French-German marine surveillance plane project: sources

TOKYO/BERLIN In a fresh bid to win its first major foreign arms deal since World War Two, Japan is proposing its P-1 submarine hunter for a French-German project to develop a marine surveillance aircraft, two Japanese government sources said.

World, 5:18am EDT

Unjust dessert? Japan demands Koreans wipe map off summit dinner mousse

TOKYO Japan has demanded that South Korea rethink a mango mousse dessert it plans to serve at a North-South summit dinner on Friday which features a map of the Korean peninsula, including islands disputed with Japan, a recurring irritant for Tokyo.

World, South Korea 2:15am EDT

SoftBank to move ride-hailing stakes worth $20 billion to Vision Fund: FT

Japan's SoftBank Group plans to shift more than $20 billion of its investments in top ride-hailing companies including Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], Ola, Grab and Didi Chuxing into its Saudi-backed Vision technology fund, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

1:23am EDT

Kobe Steel says under investigation over data tampering scandal

TOKYO Kobe Steel Ltd said on Wednesday that it is under investigation by Japanese authorities over its data tampering, widening a scandal that undermined faith in Japan's industrial sector last year.

12:54am EDT