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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.

Okinawa's governor said Monday that he was preparing to revoke approval for work needed to relocate a U.S. military air base from one area of the southern Japanese island to another, just days after the work was restarted.
Okinawa leader says may revoke approval to move US base


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday visited a disaster-struck city north of Tokyo in the aftermath of massive flooding that killed at least four people, as rescuers raced against time to find more than a dozen still missing.
Japanese prime minister visits flood-hit town


Happiness is relative -- floods may destroy your family's livelihood and fill your house with mud, but at least it's standing and you're alive.
Shocked city assesses flood damage in Japan; 22 missing


Japanese fishermen on Friday killed the first dolphins of the season in a controversial annual hunt that attracted global attention after it was featured in the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary "The Cove."
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