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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could call a snap election for next month, two years early, with a plan to boost his support by delaying another scheduled tax hike, reports said Wednesday.
 

Global growth is the buzzword for this weekend's summit of leaders from the 20 biggest industrialized and developing economies and there are high expectations the gathering will deliver an ambitious plan to boost the world's GDP by more than US$2 trillion.
Global growth leads agenda at G-20 summit

 

More than three years into Japan's massive cleanup of the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on the key tasks of dismantling the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods.
 

Australia unveiled its newest national park, Everlasting Swamp, on Wednesday as thousands of delegates gathered in Sydney for the start of the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress.
 

Myanmar welcomed Wednesday its biggest gathering of world leaders since shedding junta rule but concerns over the pace of democratic reforms are expected to surface at the two-day event featuring U.S. President Barack Obama.
Myanmar hosts biggest cast of world leaders since passage of major reforms

 

A man died after setting himself on fire in a Tokyo public park in apparent protest over Japan's military policies, media reports say.
 

More than 100 migrants thought to be from China's Uighur minority have escaped from shelters in Thailand, with authorities fearing they have fallen into the hands of a human trafficking ring, an official said Wednesday.
 

Japanese auto parts maker Takata is facing the biggest test in its 80-year history amid lawsuits, a possible criminal probe, and accusations of “deception and obfuscation” over an air bag defect linked to several U.S. deaths.
 

China and Japan “need each other,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday as he called for the testy Asian neighbors to step up tentative efforts to put deep hostility behind them.
 

A South Korean court on Tuesday handed a 36-year prison sentence to the captain of a sunken ferry, saying he was professionally negligent and abandoned his passengers during the disaster in April that killed more than 300 people.
South Korean ferry captain receives 36 years in prison

 
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