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TOKYO - Japan's prime minister defended his economic policy Tuesday ahead of parliamentary elections next month amid calls for a change of course in the world's number three economy.
 
The utility that ran the Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Tuesday its delayed disclosure of the meltdowns at three reactors was tantamount to a cover-up and apologized for it.
 
Japan: Mitsubishi cheated on mileage by up to 16 pct
The Japanese government said Tuesday that Mitsubishi Motors Corp. overstated mileage on its vehicles by up to 16 percent, but stopped short of slapping further penalties on the company.
 
Huge protest in Okinawa challenges US military after local woman killed
Tens of thousands of people on Okinawa protested Sunday against the presence of U.S. military bases on the Japanese island, many wearing black to mourn the rape and killing of a local woman in which an American contractor is a suspect.
 
Okinawa protesters scuffle with police at US base
Angry Japanese protesters scuffled with police outside a U.S. Marine base on Okinawa Friday ahead of a major weekend rally against the heavy American military presence on the southern island.
 
A Japanese opposition leader who was a senior official during the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant crisis denied Friday that he or the prime minister at the time pressured the president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. not to use the term "meltdown."
 
An association of Japanese atomic bomb survivors has criticized U.S. President Barack Obama's speech last month during a historic visit to Hiroshima, saying he failed to mention U.S. responsibility for the bombing.
 
An outside investigation team appointed by the operator of Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday that an instruction from then-company president to avoid mentioning "meltdown" delayed disclosure of the status of three reactors.
 
Tokyo governor resigns over spending scandal
The governor of Tokyo resigned Wednesday over spending public money on lavish hotels and spa trips, the latest setback on the mega-city's troubled road to hosting the 2020 Olympics.
 
Chinese spy ship entered Japan waters: Tokyo
A Chinese spy ship entered Japan's territorial waters on Wednesday as Tokyo conducted a joint exercise with the United States and India, Japanese officials said.
 
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