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Nov 26, 2014

Opposing Japan’s whaling programme is “eco-imperialism”

TOKYO (Reuters) – Opposition to Japan’s whaling programme is a kind of “eco-imperialism” that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science – much the way killing elephants is now opposed, Japan’s top whaling official said on Wednesday.

Tokyo last week unveiled plans to resume whale hunting in the Southern Ocean in 2015-2015 despite an international court ruling that previous hunts were illegal, although it also slashed the quota for the so-called scientific whaling programme.

Nov 26, 2014

Opposing Japan’s whaling program is ‘eco-imperialism’: official

TOKYO (Reuters) – Opposition to Japan’s whaling program is a kind of “eco-imperialism” that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science – much the way killing elephants is now opposed, Japan’s top whaling official said on Wednesday.

Tokyo last week unveiled plans to resume whale hunting in the Southern Ocean in 2015-2015 despite an international court ruling that previous hunts were illegal, although it also slashed the quota for the so-called scientific whaling program.

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.