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May 20, 2015

Governor of Japan’s Okinawa to press U.S. for removal of base

TOKYO (Reuters) – The governor of the Japanese island of Okinawa said on Wednesday he will travel to the United States next week to press his demand that a U.S. military base be removed from his island to lighten the burden of a people weary of hosting U.S. troops.

Residents of the southern island have long resented the fact that they not only suffered a devastating land battle during World War Two but also host tens of thousands of U.S. troops and U.S. military facilities on 18 percent of their island’s area.

May 18, 2015

Japan’s Asada resumes training after year off

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese figure skater Mao Asada says she cannot live without skating and has resumed training after a one-year break with the aim of returning to competition.

The 24-year-old silver medalist from the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver said last May she was taking a year off after the Sochi Games to consider her future, adding that she was exhausted and retirement was a 50-50 possibility.

May 18, 2015

Figure skating-Japan’s Asada resumes training after year off

TOKYO, May 18 (Reuters) – Japanese figure skater Mao Asada says she cannot live without skating and has resumed training after a one-year break with the aim of returning to competition.

The 24-year-old silver medallist from the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver said last May she was taking a year off after the Sochi Games to consider her future, adding that she was exhausted and retirement was a 50-50 possibility.

May 14, 2015

Asada set to announce future after one-year break

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Mao Asada, a triple world champion and Olympic silver medalist, is expected to announce next week whether she intends to hang up her skates or resume her competitive career after a one-year hiatus.

The 24-year-old silver medalist from the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver said last May that she was taking a year off after last year’s Sochi Games to consider her future, adding that she was exhausted and retirement was a 50-50 possibility.

May 14, 2015

Figure skating-Asada set to announce future after one-year break

TOKYO, May 14 (Reuters) – Japan’s Mao Asada, a triple world champion and Olympic silver medalist, is expected to announce next week whether she intends to hang up her skates or resume her competitive career after a one-year hiatus.

The 24-year-old silver medalist from the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver said last May that she was taking a year off after last year’s Sochi Games to consider her future, adding that she was exhausted and retirement was a 50-50 possibility.

Apr 24, 2015

Korean wartime sex slave calls on Japan PM to apologize on U.S. trip

TOKYO (Reuters) – An 88-year-old South Korean woman forced to become a sex slave in Japanese military brothels during World War Two on Friday called on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to apologize and restore her “honor” when he visits Washington next week.

The issue of “comfort women”, as those forced to work in the brothels are known, has long been a flash point in Japan’s ties with Asia and is gaining renewed attention ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two later this year.

Apr 22, 2015

Japan says PM Abe will meet China’s Xi in Indonesia

TOKYO (Reuters) – Final arrangements are being made for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of an Asia-Africa summit in Indonesia on Wednesday, Japan’s top government spokesman said.

Sino-Japanese ties have chilled in recent years due to feuds over the two neighbours’ wartime past as well as territorial rows and regional rivalry. A meeting on Wednesday between the two leaders could promote a cautious rapprochement that began when Abe and Xi met at a summit in Beijing late last year.

Apr 22, 2015

Japan says PM Abe hopes to meet China’s Xi in Indonesia

TOKYO (Reuters) – Final arrangements are being made for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of an Asia-Africa summit in Indonesia on Wednesday, Japan’s top government spokesman said.

Sino-Japanese ties have chilled in recent years due to feuds over the two neighbours’ wartime past as well as territorial rows and regional rivalry. A meeting on Wednesday between the two leaders could promote a cautious rapprochement that began when Abe and Xi met at a summit in Beijing late last year.

Apr 21, 2015

Japanese PM Abe makes ritual offering at Yasukuni shrine

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Tuesday to a controversial Tokyo shrine for war dead, a senior spokesman said, a day before he hopes to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a leaders’ summit in Jakarta.

Abe sent an evergreen shrub in honor of Japan’s war dead, a gesture likely to anger China, though the timing of the offering – a day before it is traditionally made – was seen as an attempt to avoid a diplomatic embarrassment at Wednesday’s summit.

Apr 13, 2015

Japan hopes to resume whale hunt this year, despite opposition by expert panel

TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) – Japan on Monday said it hoped to resume its Antarctic whale hunt around the end of this year, after providing further information to win over an international panel that says its whaling plan does not prove the need for killing the animals.

Last year, the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s decades-old whale hunt in the Southern Ocean should stop, prompting Tokyo to cancel the bulk of its whaling for the 2014/2015 season and submit a scaled-down plan for future hunts.