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Legislation that would allow Japan's military to fight in defense of allies is unconstitutional, legal experts said Monday, as opposition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pet project grows.

Thousands of Japanese rallied Sunday in protest at plans by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bolster the role and scope of the pacifist nation's military.

The tiny Pacific nation of Palau, fighting a rising tide of illegal fishing in its waters, has set fire to four boats of Vietnamese caught poaching sea cucumbers and other marine life in its waters.
Palau burns Vietnamese boats found fishing illegally


Japan's government approved Friday a revised 30- to 40-year roadmap to clean up the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, but many questions remain.

Researchers are launching tests aimed at setting up a huge floating barrier off the Japanese coast, a project that could eventually help remove some of the 5.25 trillion pieces of rubbish polluting the world's oceans, officials said Thursday.

A solar-powered plane that got stuck in Japan during an attempt to fly around the world is fixed and ready to go -- as soon as the weather gets better, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Japanese search teams returned to the peak of a volcano Wednesday for the first time in eight months to look for the bodies of six climbers still missing after an eruption that killed dozens.

Japan must face up to the truth over its wartime system of sex slavery if it is to purge the stain of its past wrongs, the man who issued a landmark apology said Tuesday.
Denying 'comfort women' stains Japan honor: Kono


Japanese academics Monday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to renew apologies for the country's imperialist past and offer to compensate victims of its wartime brothel system, in the latest intervention from educationalists.

Japan posted stronger-than-expected growth in the first quarter as a pickup in capital spending powered the world's number three economy, but some economists warned that the recovery could be short-lived.

An estimated 430,000 people will not be able to receive necessary nursing care services in 2025, when people born in the first postwar baby boom will all be 75 or older, according to a trial calculation by a private expert panel.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed during an historic first visit to Ukraine on Saturday to spearhead a global drive to resolve the crisis threatening to splinter the ex-Soviet state.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Friday he wants to start talks to allow Japanese troops into his Southeast Asian country, as both nations try to build up their defenses at a time of tense territorial disputes with China.

A Japanese domestic flight was forced to make an emergency landing on the island of Okinawa Friday after white haze was seen in the Boeing's cockpit, carrier All Nippon Airways said.
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