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Aug 18, 2014

Japan checking whether citizen captured by Islamic State in Syria

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is investigating information that one of its citizens has been captured in northern Syria by the Islamic State militant group, the foreign ministry said, as evidence emerged that the captured man appeared to be a self-styled security contractor.

A video clip posted on YouTube showed a T-shirt clad man lying on the ground being questioned by unidentified persons and responding that he was Japanese and that his name was Haruna Yukawa. He also said he was part-journalist, part doctor.

Aug 18, 2014

Japan has information one of its nationals is being held by Islamic State in Syria

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan has received information that one of its citizens has been captured in northern Syria by the Islamic State militant group, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

A video clip posted on YouTube showed a T-shirt clad man lying on the ground being questioned by unidentified persons and responding that he was Japanese and his name was Haruna Yukawa. He also said he was part-journalist, part-doctor.

Aug 14, 2014

Aged Japan veterans voice concerns about military policy shift

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokuro Inokuma, a former Imperial Japanese Army soldier, got his first taste of the horrors of war in 1945 when he scrambled to gather up the scattered limbs of his fellow servicemen, blown apart by a U.S. air raid in Japan. He was 16.

One of a dwindling number of World War Two veterans, Inokuma now finds troubling echoes in Tokyo’s policy shift away from the pacifist ideals adhered to after 1945.

Aug 5, 2014

Japan’s security fears grow as neighbors build up arms

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan finds itself surrounded by a worsening security environment as North Korea pushes forward with missile development and China and Russia step up military activity in the region, Japan’s Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

The ministry’s annual white paper comes after intermittent testing by North Korea of ballistic missiles in defiance of a U.N. ban, and a record number of scrambles by Japanese fighter jets in April-June due to increased flights by Chinese and Russian planes close to Japan’s air space.

Jul 3, 2014

Japan lifts some North Korea sanctions amid report of surviving abductees

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan decided on Thursday to ease some sanctions on North Korea in return for its reopening of a probe into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by the reclusive state decades ago, as a fresh report emerged that some of them were alive.

“This is just a start,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has made the fate of the abductees a focus of his political career, told reporters. “We will make every effort to achieve a complete resolution of this issue.”

Jul 1, 2014

Japan takes historic step from post-war pacifism, OKs fighting for allies

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan took a historic step away from its post-war pacifism on Tuesday by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since 1945 – a victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe but a move that has riled China and worries many Japanese voters.

The change, the most dramatic shift in defense policy since Japan set up its post-war armed forces exactly 60 years ago, will significantly widen Japan’s military options by ending the ban on exercising “collective self-defense”, or aiding a friendly country under attack.

Jun 30, 2014

Japan poised to ease constitution’s limits on military in landmark shift

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s cabinet is expected on Tuesday to end a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since World War Two, a major shift away from post-war pacifism and a political victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who has pursued the change despite some public opposition.

The move, seen by some as the biggest shift in defense policy since Japan set up its post-war armed forces in 1954, would end a ban on exercising “collective self-defense”, or aiding a friendly country under attack.

Jun 20, 2014

South Korea says regrets Japanese review of ‘comfort women’ apology

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese panel tasked with reviewing a landmark apology issued over two decades ago to women, many Korean, who worked in Japan’s wartime military brothels, said South Korea had helped with the sensitive wording of the original document.

South Korea expressed deep regret over Tokyo pushing for the review, saying the results gloss over the facts, and disputed the finding that Seoul was directly involved in the formulation of the formal apology in 1993.

Jun 20, 2014

Japan says had S.Korean input on “comfort women” apology

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan got input from South Korea on the sensitive wording of a landmark apology in 1993 to women, many Korean, who worked in Japan’s wartime military brothels, an expert panel said after reviewing evidence that led to the statement.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihida Suga, commenting on the report, repeated that Japan would not revise the statement on the “comfort women”, as they are euphemistically known in Japan.

Jun 20, 2014

Japan says had South Korean input on ‘comfort women’ apology

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan got input from South Korea on the sensitive wording of a landmark apology in 1993 to women, many Korean, who worked in Japan’s wartime military brothels, an expert panel said after reviewing evidence that led to the statement.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihida Suga, commenting on the report, repeated that Japan would not revise the statement on the “comfort women”, as they are euphemistically known in Japan.