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Shrinking Kochi village explores direct democracy

Facing a shortage of new assembly members, a mountain village in Kochi Prefecture is exploring direct democracy and possibly offering a glimpse into the future ...
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Catalonia rejects Madrid’s Thursday deadline for renouncing symbolic declaration of independence
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:35:49 +0200
Catalonia refused on Tuesday to bow to the Spanish government’s demand that it renounce a symbolic declaration of independence, setting it on a collision course ...
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Osaka, Japan’s gritty second city, suddenly a destination amid Asian tourist boom
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:30:39 +0200
Amid the gloom and struggle that Osaka has gone through in recent years, a tourism boom has been an unexpected boon for Japan’s gritty second ...
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Malta’s top investigative reporter, who revealed Panama Papers, fought corruption, is killed by car bomb
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:50:57 +0200
Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s best-known investigative journalist, was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car, police said, in a case that ...
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Japan ex-defense chief Tokuichiro Tamazawa counsels patience on Taiwan independence
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:42:42 +0200
Former Japanese defense chief Tokuichiro Tamazawa said Taiwan enjoys de facto independence and its best policy for now is to maintain the status quo.“Taiwan is ...
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MSDF drills with U.S. aircraft carrier amid North Korea tensions
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:59:54 +0200
The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier was conducting joint exercises with a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer in the waters near Okinawa on Wednesday, the two ...
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Yanmar-Konica Minolta venture pushes automation of nation’s agriculture
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:11:54 +0200
Farm equipment manufacturer Yanmar Co. and precision equipment maker Konica Minolta Inc. are pushing the automation of Japan’s agriculture amid an aging and decreasing farming ...
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Japan nuclear panel plans reduction in plutonium stockpile, but details remain unclear
Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:16:55 +0200
A government nuclear panel said Tuesday it expects Japan to reduce its plutonium stockpile in the long term amid international concerns over the nation’s rising ...
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North Korea calm sees dollar rise to end Tokyo trading at ¥112.51
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:46:46 +0200
The dollar rose to around ¥112.50 in late trading in Tokyo on Wednesday as traders were relieved to see geopolitical risks related to North Korea ...
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Nissan admits improper safety inspections continued after president’s public apology
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:29:31 +0200
Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday that improper safety inspections performed by unauthorized staff continued at one of its assembly plants even after the scandal came ...
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Survey finds fewer Japanese now see United States in favorable light
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:14:36 +0200
Support for the United States in Japan has dropped to the lowest level in nine years as only a quarter of Japanese say they have ...
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Japan’s nuclear watchdog to require new cooling system for boiling water reactors
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:13:13 +0200
Japan’s nuclear watchdog decided Wednesday to require operators of boiling water reactors — the same type as those at the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear ...
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Toyota targets 1,000-km driving range with fuel cell concept car
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:13:00 +0200
Toyota Motor Corp. is set to unveil a fuel cell concept car that aims to offer 50 percent more driving range than its current hydrogen-powered ...
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Abe’s LDP-led bloc likely to prevail in Sunday’s election as Koike’s camp struggles for second place: Kyodo poll
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:11:22 +0200
The Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, are poised to retain a two-thirds majority in the Lower House in Sunday’s election, a Kyodo ...
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Xi lays out road map to make China leading global power by 2050
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:09:43 +0200
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned of “severe” challenges while laying out a road map to turn the country into a leading global power by 2050 ...
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U.S. looking to Japan for help in boosting LNG exports to Asia
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:26:36 +0200
The United States is keen to work with Japan in expanding exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas in Asia, and hopes for more Japanese investment ...
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