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July, 26, 2016

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Japan's election campaign kicks off; PM Abe pushes economic policies
Campaigning for Japan's parliamentary election kicked off Wednesday, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party seeking a mandate for his economic policies amid opposition criticism that the lives of ordinary people are not improving.
 
Japan election campaign kicks off, voting age lowered to 18
Japan's parliamentary election campaign kicked off Wednesday in the first nationwide balloting after the voting age was lowered to 18 from 20.
 
At least three dead in Japan landslides, floods
At least three people have died and three are missing after landslides and floods hit a region in southern Japan that was recently battered by major earthquakes, officials said Tuesday.
 
TOKYO - A man was arrested in northern Japan on Tuesday after stabbing one woman to death and injuring three others at a shopping mall, a rare random attack for the law-abiding nation.
 
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."
 
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