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Nov 22, 2014

Magnitude 6.8 quake hits central Japan; no tsunami warning: NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) – An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted central Japan on Saturday evening, trapping at least five people when their homes collapsed, public broadcaster NHK said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said no tsunami warning was issued after the quake, which was felt in the capital Tokyo 180 km (110 miles) away.

Nov 21, 2014

Japan PM seeks verdict on ‘Abenomics’ in snap election

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament’s lower house on Friday for a snap election on Dec. 14, seeking a fresh mandate for his struggling “Abenomics” revival strategy just two years after he returned to power promising that “Japan is Back”.

Abe had vowed to revive the economy with a mix of hyper-easy monetary policy, government spending and reforms, while moving ahead with plans to rein in Japan’s massive public debt.

Nov 21, 2014

Japan PM seeks referendum on ‘Abenomics’ in snap election

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament’s lower house on Friday for a snap election expected on Dec. 14, seeking a fresh mandate for his struggling “Abenomics” revival strategy just two years after he returned to power promising that “Japan is Back”.

Abe had vowed to revive the economy with a mix of hyper-easy monetary policy, government spending and reforms, while moving ahead with plans to rein in Japan’s massive public debt.

Nov 21, 2014

Japan PM dissolves parliament lower house for snap election

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament’s lower house on Friday for a snap election expected on Dec. 14, seeking a fresh mandate for his struggling “Abenomics” revival strategy just two years after he returned to power promising that “Japan is Back”.

Abe had vowed to revive the economy with a mix of hyper-easy monetary policy, government spending and reforms, while moving ahead with plans to rein in Japan’s massive public debt.

Nov 19, 2014

IOC suggests more venues outside Tokyo for 2020 Games

TOKYO (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates has urged Tokyo to consider moving more events to venues outside the capital, including one hundreds of kilometers away, in a bid to rein in spending for the 2020 Summer Games.

Rising labor and construction costs have forced Tokyo to rethink its plans for 10 venues it intended to build for the Games, contravening its promise that virtually all events would take place within 8 km (5 miles) of the Olympic village – one of the key points in its successful hosting bid.

Nov 19, 2014

Olympics-IOC suggests more venues outside Tokyo for 2020 Games

TOKYO, Nov 19 (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates has urged Tokyo to consider moving more events to venues outside the capital, including one hundreds of kilometres away, in a bid to rein in spending for the 2020 Summer Games.

Rising labour and construction costs have forced Tokyo to rethink its plans for 10 venues it intended to build for the Games, contravening its promise that virtually all events would take place within 8 km (5 miles) of the Olympic village – one of the key points in its successful hosting bid.

Nov 16, 2014

Japan ruling party candidate loses Okinawa poll, setback for U.S. base move

TOKYO (Reuters) – A candidate backed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party was soundly defeated in a key local election on Sunday, Kyodo news agency reported, in a blow to plans to relocate a controversial U.S. air base on Okinawa island, home to the bulk of U.S. military forces in Japan.

Delays in relocating the U.S. Marines’ Futenma air base in Okinawa have long been an irritant in U.S.-Japan relations. Abe is keen to make progress on the project as he seeks tighter ties with Washington in the face of an assertive China.

Oct 22, 2014

Japan team heading to North Korea to pressure it on abductees, PM says

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is sending officials to reclusive North Korea to keep up pressure for an investigation into the fate of its citizens kidnapped decades ago to train spies, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

Japan eased some sanctions on North Korea in July in return for the North reopening its probe into the status of the abduction victims and had expected an initial report by now.

Oct 17, 2014

Japan’s volcanoes made more jittery by 2011 quake, expert says

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s massive 2011 earthquake may trigger more, and larger, volcanic eruptions over the next few decades, perhaps even that of Mount Fuji – but predicting them remains close to impossible, a volcano expert said on Friday.

The nation last month suffered its worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years when Mount Ontake, its second tallest active volcano at 3,067 meters (10,062 feet), suddenly erupted, raining down ash and stone on hikers crowding the summit.

Oct 15, 2014

U.S. encouraged by progress with Japan on Pacific trade pact, but ‘tough’ issues remain

TOKYO (Reuters) – Progress in U.S. talks with Japan towards a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact is encouraging, but difficult issues remain, the acting deputy U.S. trade representative said on Wednesday.

Hopes of sealing the deal this year took a blow last month, when talks between the two nations seen as key to concluding the ambitious 12-nation trade pact hit a snag, with each side blaming the other for a stalemate over farm exports.