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Japan suspends sale of Canadian wheat after GMO variety found in Alberta

“We are suspending the tender and sale of Canadian wheat until we confirm that the Canadian wheat that Japan buys contains no GMO,” an official at the Japanese farm ministry said.

US F-15 fighter jet crashes into sea off Okinawa: Japanese media

The safety of the pilot, who ejected from the jet, was unclear. The jet was from the Kadena airbase in Okinawa, Kyodo reported, citing several government sources.

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In this very rapidly changing world, we need a real and trusted friend. And that’s India for us: Kenji Hiramatsu

Japanese ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu said, “We have provided generous soft room for the high-speed railway project. This is not free unfortunately… but it is rare we provide this generous term to an infrastructure project.”

Japan says it has detected apparent Chinese ship breaking N.Korea sanctions

Japan says it has detected apparent Chinese ship breaking North Korea sanctions

In April, the UN Security Council blacklisted dozens of ships and shipping companies over oil and coal smuggling by North Korea, including five based in China.

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Get your dream ticket to ride on this Hello Kitty-themed bullet train in Japan

According to news reports, the interior and seats of the 500 series shinkansen, which will run daily between Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka Prefecture and Hakata in Fukuoka Prefecture will be inspired from none other than Sanrio Co.’s Hello Kitty character.

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Japan, China, South Korea finance leaders warn of rising trade protectionism

The three countries welcomed a declaration between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea to denuclearise the Korean peninsula in a statement after their meeting.

Japan's Shinzo Abe sticks to denials as scandal doubts keep swirling

Japan’s Shinzo Abe sticks to denials as scandal doubts keep swirling

Abe’s ratings have taken a hit because of several scandals over suspected cronyism and cover-ups, with a steady stream of new allegations raising doubts about how long he can stay in power.

Overnight landslide leaves 6 missing in southern Japan

Overnight landslide leaves 6 missing in southern Japan

The landslide, which occurred around 3:50 am, damaged four homes in Oita prefecture on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands.

Japan, Cambodia sign $90 mln aid agreement

Japan, Cambodia sign $90 million aid agreement

Japan signed a grant and loan agreement with Cambodia despite concerns from the international community over Cambodia PM’s crackdown on government critics ahead of a July general election.

Soldiers of Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF)'s Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, Japan's first marine unit since World War Two, attend a ceremony activating the brigade at JGSDF's Camp Ainoura in Sasebo, on the southwest island of Kyushu, Japan on Saturday. (Reuters)

Japan activates first marines since WW2 to bolster defenses against China

The activation of the 2,100 strong ARDB takes Japan a step closer to creating a force similar to a US Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) able to plan and execute operations at sea far from its home base.

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Japan PM Shinzo Abe apologises amid scandal, vows to revise constitution

Abe pledged a thorough clarification of the facts and the prevention of a recurrence by pulling the government together, but offered no sign of stepping down.

Japan says G20 communique to reflect concern over protectionism

Japan told its G20 counterparts that protectionism benefits no country and was among key risks to the global economy as it would shrink trade, Kihara told reporters on Monday after attending the first day of the two-day gathering.

Shinzo Abe takes blame for loss of trust over scandal

Japan PM wife’s name removed from documents in suspected cronyism scandal-media

The name of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife was removed from documents regarding a suspected cronyism scandal, media said.

Japan PM, finance minister under fire over suspected cronyism scandal

Abe has repeatedly denied he or his wife did favours for school operator Moritomo Gakuen, which bought the land, and has said he would resign if evidence were found that they had.

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Japan sees transfer at sea that may violate North Korea sanctions

The UN has toughened sanctions on North Korea to pressure it to give up its nuclear weapons development. Japan and the US have said the sanctions must be enforced strictly to be effective, and asked China in particular to tighten enforcement.