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US and Indonesia Perform Joint Military Exercises as Tensions With China Heighten
On Aug. 3, the U.S. and Indonesia held their annual joint military exercises on the island of Sumatra alongside other countries as tensions with Beijing rose.  Since 2009, the U.S. and Indonesia have held an...
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Evacuations Ordered After Japan’s Sakurajima Volcano Erupts
On Sunday, July 24, Japan’s Sakurajima volcano, located on the island of Kyushu on the southern tip of Japan, erupted, prompting authorities to issue an evacuation order for the region.  According to the Japan Meteorological...
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Chinese Reporter in Japan Attempts Suicide After Being Heaped With Online Abuse for Shedding Tears at Abe’s Death
Zeng Ying, a 32-year-old Chinese reporter based out of Japan, was set upon by online Chinese nationalists after she was seen giving an emotional response to the news of Shinzo Abe’s assassination in Nara, Japan...
Japan’s Ruling Party Wins Big in Polls Following Abe’s Death
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's governing party and its coalition partner scored a major victory in a parliamentary election on July 10 imbued with new meaning after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe amid...
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Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Shot Dead During Campaign Speech
NARA, Japan (AP) — Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated Friday, July 8, on a street in western Japan by a gunman who opened fire on him from behind as he delivered a campaign...
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In Japan, Insulting Someone Online Could Now Land You in Jail for a Year
On Monday, June 13, the Japanese parliament passed legislation that would make online insults punishable by up to one year in prison.  The new legislation, which amends the country’s penal code, is poised to come...
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United Nations Warns of ‘Hellstorm on Earth’ Amidst Compounding Crises Driving Global Food Scarcity
The executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, David Beasly, on the sidelines of this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland said compounding crises are resulting in a “hellstorm on...
Beijing Accuses Japan of Diplomatic Hostility and a ‘Narrow Geopolitical Vision’
While addressing Japanese entrepreneurs on April 26, Chinese ambassador Kong Xuanyou warned Tokyo over a so-called “Cold War mentality”  Kong expressed frustration over the administration of current Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for his country’s...
Japan Joins Australia and New Zealand in Protest Over China-Solomon Islands’ Security Pact
Following the Solomon Islands’ confirmation that they had signed a security agreement with China, Japan announced the dispatch of a foreign vice-minister to the South Pacific island on April 25 The meeting comes amid concerns...
7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Coast of Japan Prompting Tsunami Warning
Japanese officials have issued a tsunami advisory today (March 16) after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook off the coast of Japan near Fukushima on Wednesday evening. The quake occurred near the site of a nuclear...
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Japanese Senator Draws Scrutiny for Hiring Chinese Woman as Secretary: Report
Shinpei Matsushita, a Japanese senator of the country’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), has drawn attention due to an investigative report claiming that he hired a Chinese national as his secretary — possibly in contravention...
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Japan Expresses Concern About Xinjiang Abuses Ahead of Beijing Olympics
On Feb. 1, Japan’s lower house of parliament adopted a resolution that expressed concern about the Chinese communist regime’s human rights abuses against the Uyghur ethnic group in Xinjiang. The resolution was adopted just days...