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October, 22, 2016

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An influential political lobby in Japan will do its utmost to capitalize on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's election victory and push for the constitution to be revised to allow a more active military, the group's chairman said Wednesday.
Japan's ancient monarchy was in tumult Thursday, with the imperial household insisting its ageing emperor had no plans to abdicate after reports he wanted to step aside.
Emperor Akihito of Japan expresses intent to retire: report
Japan's Emperor Akihito has expressed his intention to retire and relinquish his title in the next few years, the country's public television said Wednesday.
Emboldened after win, Abe calls for debate on constitution
An emboldened Shinzo Abe called Monday for debate on Japan's pacifist constitution, which he said it was his "duty" to revise after scoring a strong win in weekend elections.
Japan's ruling bloc appears headed for clear win in parliamentary election
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition was on track for a decisive victory in parliamentary elections on Sunday, media projections showed, despite lukewarm public support for its policies.
A human body found inside a suitcase floating in a Tokyo canal last month has been identified as that of a mainland Chinese woman missing for over two years, police said Thursday.
A Japanese politician who became an internet sensation for crying like a baby when he was accused of misusing public funds was handed a suspended sentence on Wednesday for corruption.
A U.S. military contractor charged with raping and killing a 20-year-old woman in Japan has asked that his trial be moved outside Okinawa, saying he may not receive a fair trial on the southern island where the case has received massive media coverage and opposition to U.S. bases is high, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Japanese victims of Dhaka siege arrive home
The bodies of seven Japanese nationals killed in a bloody restaurant attack in Dhaka were returned home early Tuesday on a government plane.
Some U.S. civilians working on military bases in Japan are likely to lose their protected legal status under planned changes announced Tuesday, as anger rages over the rape and murder of a local woman.
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