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Japan PM Abe won't apologise at Pearl Harbor: government
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will honour war dead but won't apologise when he becomes the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor this month, a top government spokesman said Tuesday.
 
Abe to visit Pearl Harbor this month
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor, announcing Monday a trip to Hawaii this month for talks with U.S. President Barack Obama.
 
Japan navy veteran recalls Pearl Harbor
Navy aircraft mechanic Kuniyoshi Takimoto watched as Japanese planes roared off the aircraft carrier Hiryu to attack Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
 
The government minister responsible for the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea during the 1970s and '80s says he believes growing international pressure will eventually lead to a return of the abductees or their remains.
 
IOC will not sign off on Tokyo's US$20 bil. budget for 2020 games
Calling Tokyo's proposed US$20 billion budget unacceptable, IOC Vice President John Coates urged Japanese organizers on Friday to find ways to make the 2020 Olympics more affordable.
 
230,000 chickens killed
Soldiers of the Ground Self-Defense Force remove chickens from cages at a chicken farm in Sekikawa, Niigata prefecture on Thursday, Dec. 1. Japan mobilized its military to help with a second mass cull of 230,000 chickens amid an outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu.
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Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom
The sun is setting on Japan's clean-energy boom, despite projects like a massive floating solar farm near Tokyo, as the government cuts subsidies and bets on nuclear and coal-fired power, critics say.
 
Avian flu in Japan
Health officials gather to investigate a chicken farm in Aomori city, Aomori prefecture, northern Japan, Tuesday, Nov. 29, after a highly contagious avian flu strain in poultry was detected.
 
Tokyo residents woke up Thursday to the first November snowfall in more than 50 years. And the Japan Meteorological Agency said it was the first time fallen snow on the ground was observed in November since such records started to be taken in 1875.
 
Tokyo gets November snow for first time in 54 years
Tokyo woke up Thursday to its first November snowfall in more than half a century, leaving commuters to grapple with train disruptions and slick streets.
 
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