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WORLD POLITICS: North Korea, US Clash at UN Forum Over Nuclear Weapons

WORLD POLITICS: North Korea, US Clash at UN Forum Over Nuclear Weapons

North Korea’s envoy told the same forum the North’s nuclear deterrent would never be up for negotiation, echoing Pyongyang’s regular denunciation of U.S. “aggression”.

“The measures taken by the DPRK to strengthen its nuclear deterrence and develop inter-continental rockets is justifiable and a legitimate option for self-defence in the face of such apparent and real threats,” diplomat Ju Yong Chol told the forum, referring to “constant nuclear threats” by the United States.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Nervous Japanese Hold Drill in Case North Korea Fires Missiles Over Them

JAPAN POLITICS: Nervous Japanese Hold Drill in Case North Korea Fires Missiles Over Them

“I’ve been concerned every day that something might fall or a missile could fall in an unexpected place due to North Korea’s missile capabilities,” said the coach, Akira Hamakawa, 38.

North Korea’s rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles has fuelled a surge in tension across the region.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Japan Gave US Official Consent to Bring Nuclear Weapons to Okinawa

JAPAN POLITICS: Japan Gave US Official Consent to Bring Nuclear Weapons to Okinawa

US document shows that talks between Tanaka and Kissinger took place several days after Prime Minister Eisuke Sato and US President Richard Nixon reached their secret deal to allow the introduction of nuclear arms to Okinawa, and just two days before the summit that led to Okinawa’s reversion.

“He, Tanaka, had talked with the Foreign Minister, and was given to understand that the Japanese have no disagreement with the US on matters of substance,” or the nuclear issue, according the declassified US document, which was obtained by Kyodo News at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in California.

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ASIA POLITICS: ‘Ready to Use Force’: US Supersonic Bombers, Japan, South Korea Fighters Fly Over Korean Peninsula

ASIA POLITICS: ‘Ready to Use Force’: US Supersonic Bombers, Japan, South Korea Fighters Fly Over Korean Peninsula

“North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,” Pacific Air Forces Commander General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy said, as cited by AP.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Shinzo Abe Party Suffers Defeat in Tokyo Election

JAPAN POLITICS: Shinzo Abe Party Suffers Defeat in Tokyo Election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party suffered an historic defeat in an election in the Japanese capital on Sunday, signalling trouble ahead for the premier, who has suffered from slumping support because of a favouritism scandal.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Century-Old Sex Crime Law Finally to be Amended

JAPAN POLITICS: Century-Old Sex Crime Law Finally to be Amended

“This is a chance to change the penal code after 100 years: a once in a century opportunity,” said an online petition by more than 30,000 people.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Fires New Ballistic Missile

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Fires New Ballistic Missile

“The U.S. mainland and the Pacific operational theater are within the strike range of the DPRK and the DPRK has all kinds of powerful means for annihilating retaliatory strike,” North Korea’s state KCNA news agency said in a commentary on Saturday.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Cabinet Approves Bill to Allow Emperor to Abdicate

JAPAN POLITICS: Cabinet Approves Bill to Allow Emperor to Abdicate

Japan’s cabinet approved bill to allow Emperor Akihito to step down, paving the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Yuriko Koike Biography And Profile

JAPAN POLITICS: Yuriko Koike Biography And Profile

KOIKE Yuriko was born on July 15 1952. Read Yuriko Koike Biography and Profile.

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JAPAN POLITICS: ‘North Korea Missile Could Strike Japan in 10 Minute’: Japanese Civil Security Website Warns

JAPAN POLITICS: ‘North Korea Missile Could Strike Japan in 10 Minute’: Japanese Civil Security Website Warns

Japanese civil security website says North Korean missile will reach Japan quickly, “missile could cover distance of 1,600km and reach Japan in 10 minutes.”

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USA POLITICS: Whistleblower Edward Snowden New Leaks Reveal Secret Deals Between Japan And NSA

USA POLITICS: Whistleblower Edward Snowden New Leaks Reveal Secret Deals Between Japan And NSA

New papers released by whistleblower Edward Snowden, and published by The Intercept, reveal that Japan made secret deals with the NSA.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang to US: ‘Don’t Mess With Us’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang to US: ‘Don’t Mess With Us’

North Korean state media warned the Americans of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” and said don’t “mess with us”.

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SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: UN Says Japanese Troops Start Withdrawing From South Sudan Mission

SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: UN Says Japanese Troops Start Withdrawing From South Sudan Mission

“The first group is leaving today,” Daniel Dickinson, spokesman for the U.N. peace keeping mission called UNMISS, told Reuters moments before the troops were due to board their flight at Juba International Airport.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Military to ‘Ruthlessly Ravage’ US If American Aircraft Carrier Takes Aggressive Action

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Military to ‘Ruthlessly Ravage’ US If American Aircraft Carrier Takes Aggressive Action

“Our toughest counteraction against the US and its vassal forces will be taken in such a merciless manner as not to allow the aggressors to survive,” a statement from the military said.

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WORLD POLITICS: World War II: The History

WORLD POLITICS: World War II: The History

The instability created in Europe by the First World War (1914-18) set the stage for another World War II. Continue reading World War II: The History.

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USA POLITICS: Rex Tillerson Faces Tough First Trip to Asia

USA POLITICS: Rex Tillerson Faces Tough First Trip to Asia

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press China to do more on perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting President Donald Trump.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Japan to Send Izumo Its Largest Warship to South China Sea

JAPAN POLITICS: Japan to Send Izumo Its Largest Warship to South China Sea

“The aim is to test the capability of the Izumo by sending it out on an extended mission,” said one of the sources who have knowledge of the plan.”

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JAPAN POLITICS: Akie Abe Grappling With US-Style ‘First Lady’ Role

JAPAN POLITICS: Akie Abe Grappling With US-Style ‘First Lady’ Role

“Somehow, the Abe cabinet had to compensate for the loss of women’s votes and Akie plays an important role,” said Mari Miura, a Sophia University professor.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: 4 Ballistic Missiles Fired By North Korea

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: 4 Ballistic Missiles Fired By North Korea

North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s northwest on Monday, angering South Korea and Japan, days after it promised retaliation over U.S.-South Korea military drills it sees as a preparation for war.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Akie Abe Land Deal Backfires

JAPAN POLITICS: Akie Abe Land Deal Backfires

Abe has said neither he nor his wife, Akie Abe, was involved in a murky deal for the purchase of state-owned land by Moritomo Gakuen, an educational body in the western city of Osaka that also runs a kindergarten promoting patriotism.

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