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Japan is set to approve its first arms export following relaxation of its self-imposed ban, as the nation aims to boost its global military and economic presence, a report said Sunday.
 

A group of protesters marched around Tokyo's National Stadium on Saturday, demonstrating against plans to destroy the 56-year-old facility and replace it with a colossal, futuristic structure for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
 

A YouTube video showing people in disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture dancing joyously to American singer Pharrell Williams' hit song “Happy” has been extremely popular, having been played on the Internet over 439,000 times since its release about a month ago.
Pharrell song spreads happiness in Fukushima

 

Japan took a tentative step toward improved relations with North Korea on Friday by agreeing to lift some of its sanctions in response to the North's decision to re-open a probe into the fate of at least a dozen Japanese believed to have been abducted by North Korean agents decades ago.
 

A Japanese city on Thursday sought a court injunction to prevent a nuclear plant from being built, in a country that remains deeply suspicious of the technology three years after Fukushima.
 

dreds of cuddly mascots were facing the chop Thursday after Japan's finance ministry ordered local authorities nationwide to cut back in their use, saying many of them are a waste of public money.
 

Japan's prime minister has likened the relaxation of strict rules on the country's military to the seismic shift of the Meiji Restoration — a moment widely understood as the birth of the modern nation — a report said.
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Japan prime minister says military shift of historic significance

 

Japan on Tuesday loosened the bonds on its powerful military, proclaiming the right to go into battle in defense of allies, in a highly controversial shift in the nation's pacifist stance.
Historic shift as Japan redefines military's role

 

The Japanese government will Tuesday proclaim the right to send its soldiers into battle even when the country is not under direct attack, in the most significant recasting of military policy since the pacifist constitution was written.
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Japan to proclaim right to 'collective self defence'

 

Pacifist Japan is pressing ahead with divisive plans to loosen restrictions on its military, a top government spokesman said Monday, despite widespread public anger and a protester's horrific suicide bid.
 
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