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As a child, filmmaker Jan Thompson wondered why her father would not talk about his experiences as a World War II veteran. She was angry when she finally learned about his suffering as a prisoner of war of Japan, and then started to speak up for him and his comrades.
Filmmaker explores Japan reconciliation


The governor of Okinawa Tuesday revoked approval for work on a U.S. air base on the southern Japanese island, in the latest setback to the controversial plan.

Two more Japanese nationals have been detained in mainland China on suspicion of spying, bringing the number of Japanese held by the mainland Chinese authorities for espionage to four, news reports said Sunday.

A former wrestler and a television anchorwoman joined Japan's cabinet on Wednesday, as part of a reshuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes will refocus the national political agenda on the economy.

The American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan docked at its new home in Japan's Yokosuka naval port Thursday just as Tokyo tries to deepen defense ties with the U.S. under new security laws that expand the role of Japan's military.
Nuclear-powered carrier USS Ronald Reagan docks in Japan


Japan's sports minister said Friday he had tendered his resignation over abandoned plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics main stadium after the venue's US$2 billion price tag sparked a public backlash.
Japan sports minister says resigning over stadium row


Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, fresh from a bruising battle over unpopular military legislation, announced on Thursday an updated plan for reviving the world's third-largest economy, setting a GDP target of 600 trillion yen (US$5 trillion).

The Japanese National Diet, or parliament, passed contentious security bills into law early Saturday, in a move that could see Japanese troops fight abroad for the first time in 70 years.
Japan Diet passes controversial security bills


They filed frivolous no-confidence motions. They made long-winded speeches to explain them. One employed the "cow walk," moving slowly like a cow to the podium to vote on a motion.
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Japan opposition makes last effort to block security bills


Japanese lawmakers late Thursday started what is set to be a marathon debate over controversial security bills after scuffles broke out in parliament and protesters railed against the measures.
Japan upper house begins marathon debate over controversial security bill


Opposition lawmakers and thousands of protesters were making a last-ditch effort Wednesday to block a vote on security bills that would expand Japan's military role but that have divided the nation.
Japan Diet panel set to vote on security bills amid protests


Japan has lodged a protest with Russia after scrambling four jet fighters to intercept a foreign aircraft -- believed to be Russian -- which briefly violated its airspace, officials said Wednesday.

Mount Aso, a volcano on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, has erupted, sending huge plumes of black and then white smoke 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) into the air.
Volcano in Japan erupts, sending smoke into air


The operator of Japan's Fukushima on Monday began releasing previously radioactive groundwater from the crippled nuclear plant into the sea, saying a filtration process had made the discharge safe.
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