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August, 28, 2016

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Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito may be heir to one of the world's oldest monarchies, but he is not shy about knocking the institution he represents or his country's warring past.
 
Japan warms up to emperor's possible abdication
Japanese will tune in to Emperor Akihito's rare video message Monday following reports that he would abdicate in the next few years, which initially came as shock but was welcomed by many as a deserved rest for the 82-year-old beloved monarch.
 
Japan marks Hiroshima anniversary
Japan on Saturday marked 71 years since the city of Hiroshima was destroyed by a U.S. atomic bomb, as its mayor urged the world to unite in abolishing nuclear weapons.
 
Japan summoned Chinese diplomats Saturday to protest after six Chinese coast guard vessels approached disputed East China Sea islands accompanying a fleet of hundreds of Chinese fishing boats.
 
Japan's new defense head warns on N. Korea, China
Japan's hawkish new defense minister singled out North Korean provocations and Chinese use of "force" in territorial disputes on Thursday as she reviewed troops on her first day in the job.
 
Japan's troubled 2020 Olympics will be a success, Tokyo's new governor insisted Thursday, after she and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe put aside political differences for the good of the Games.
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday picked a close confidante with staunchly nationalist views as the new defense minister, a move likely to raise concerns in mainland China and South Korea.
 
Gov't seeks to speed up Olympic preparations in Japan
The Japanese government aims to speed up 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics preparations.
 
Don't freak out
People show an erroneous alert for a mega-earthquake, with a magnitude of 9.1 and an intensity of 7 out of 7 on the Japanese scale, for Tokyo Bay on Monday, Aug. 1. The false warning of a megaquake about to strike Tokyo was issued by Japan's weather agency and quickly canceled Monday, but not before frightening smartphone users who received it.
 
Tokyo's new governor Yuriko Koike on Monday credited her landslide victory to having stood up to the powers that be in Japan's ruling party who didn't want her to run.
 
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