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Japanese officials may join talks between Jenkins, military lawyer

Japanese officials may join talks between Jenkins, military lawyer TOKYO, July 28 Kyodo Japanese officials may join a possible meeting between alleged U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins and a U.S. military defense lawyer if he or the U.S. side asks the Japanese government to do so, a top Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday. This not […]

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2ND LD: Koizumi sides with Bush’s drive against tyranny

2ND LD: Koizumi sides with Bush’s drive against tyranny TOKYO, Jan. 21 Kyodo (EDS: RECASTING WITH KOIZUMI’S QUOTES) Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi again made clear Friday he is an adamant supporter of U.S. President George W. Bush, who made a pitch to fight tyranny in his second four-year term. ”Since this is about the […]

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Japan to provide 5,991 mil. yen to Ghana for reforms

Japan to provide 5,991 mil. yen to Ghana for reforms TOKYO, Jan. 31 Kyodo The governmental Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) on Monday signed an agreement with Ghana to extend 5,991 million yen in loans to help economic reforms. The bank said the loans will be provided in conjunction with the World Bank and […]

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Suzuki to visit Middle East Jan. 26-31

Suzuki to visit Middle East Jan. 26-31 TOKYO, Dec. 24 Kyodo Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Muneo Suzuki will visit Egypt, Israel and Palestinian-administered territory on Jan. 26-31, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiromu Nonaka said Thursday. During his visit, Suzuki will attend a ceremony marking the start of the construction of a bridge, partly funded through Japanese […]

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Early voting for upper house poll starts on Kagoshima islands

Early voting for upper house poll starts on Kagoshima islands KAGOSHIMA, Japan, July 26 Kyodo Voting for the House of Councillors election started Thursday on 11 islands off Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, three days before the official election date in anticipation of rough weather which might suspend maritime traffic to transport ballots. The villages of […]

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MOF adopts new policy target eyeing fiscal consolidation

MOF adopts new policy target eyeing fiscal consolidation TOKYO, Sept. 26 Kyodo The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Wednesday it has changed its policy target to place more emphasis on fiscal consolidation in line with changes in the government’s policy priority. The new target calls for ”promoting fiscal consolidation” while designating the promotion of fiscal […]

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Court dismisses residence suit against Marshall Islands

Court dismisses residence suit against Marshall Islands TOKYO, Oct. 6 Kyodo The Tokyo District Court on Friday turned down a suit filed by a Japanese couple seeking to reclaim costs in their failed attempt to win permanent residence in the Marshall Islands, saying Japan has no jurisdiction in the case. The couple, from Ichihara, Chiba […]

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3RD LD: Koizumi visits Yasukuni Shrine

3RD LD: Koizumi visits Yasukuni Shrine TOKYO, Aug. 13 Kyodo (EDS: UPDATING WITH VISIT, GOV’T STATEMENT) Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid homage at Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine to the nation’s war dead Monday, avoiding the Aug. 15 anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II after coming under heavy pressure at home and abroad. Koizumi made […]

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2ND LD: Bush, Koizumi to have working lunch before G-8 summit

2ND LD: Bush, Koizumi to have working lunch before G-8 summit WASHINGTON, June 1 Kyodo (EDS: UPDATING) U.S. President George W. Bush will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Sea Island, Georgia, on June 8 before the start of the annual Group of Eight summit, Bush’s National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday. […]

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65% support cabinet, but over 70% doubt economic policy: poll TOKYO, Nov. 11 Kyodo The public support rate for the cabinet of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi stayed high at 65.1% in a Kyodo News poll released Monday, but over 70% of respondents said they lack faith in its economic policy. The telephone survey was conducted […]