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Asia-Pacific Nations Agree on Close Cooperation with United States: Abe (News)

Hanoi, Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)—Wrapping up his tour to four Asia-Pacific countries, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Monday that he has agreed with the leaders there to continue their close cooperation with the United States for peace and security in the region. Ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration as US president on Friday, Abe expressed his willingness to hold talks with the new president…

Outgoing US Ambassador Kennedy Thanks Okinawa People (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)—Outgoing US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy expressed her gratitude on Monday to the people of Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, as part of a farewell video message. "I'm grateful to the people of Okinawa for helping me to better understand their struggle and our shared history," Kennedy said in the message released the same day. "I hope we continue to …

First Movie Collaboration Between Japan and India in Preparation (News)

New Delhi, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)—Japanese and Indian film production companies have started preparations to make a film together, marking the first movie collaboration between the two countries. With an Indian man and a Japanese woman in the leading roles, the companies will begin shooting the film, "Love in Tokyo," in Japan as early as this year. As bilateral economic and security ties are r…

Japan Fails in Launch of Satellite-Carrying Small Rocket (News)

Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Pref., Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)—The launch of Japan's SS-520-4, one of the world's smallest satellite-carrying rockets, ended in failure on Sunday due to problems with data communication, in a setback for a project to develop a low-cost commercial space business. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, launched the rocket from its Uchinoura Space Center in the town of …

Benzene 79 Times Above Limit Found in Toyosu Groundwater (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)—The Tokyo metropolitan government said Saturday the ninth round of its survey on groundwater in the capital's new Toyosu wholesale food market has found levels of benzene and other toxic substances far exceeding the national environmental standards. According to the survey results, presented at a meeting of a related panel of external experts, benzene was detected at…

Nearly Half of Japanese Expect No Change in Japan–South Korea Ties (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)—Nearly half of Japanese people think Japan–South Korea relations will remain unchanged following the installation of a girl's statue symbolizing the issue of so-called wartime comfort women in Busan, a Jiji Press poll showed Friday. Asked about the future outlook for bilateral relations in a monthly public opinion poll, 46.9% of respondents, the largest proportion, …

Trump’s Defense Pick Intends to Keep Military Posture in Asia-Pacific (News)

Washington, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)—Retired Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's defense chief pick, underscored on Thursday the need to maintain the US military posture in the Asia-Pacific region. "As this is a primarily maritime theater, our naval forces, supported by other elements of the military, should be the centerpiece of the Department of Defense's integrated strategy for th…

Abe, Duterte Reaffirm Cooperation on South China Sea (News)

Manila, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte agreed Thursday that the two countries will continue to work together to ensure stability in the South China Sea, where Manila has a territorial dispute with Beijing. The two leaders, meeting at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, also agreed that Japan will provide high-speed small boats to he…

On Unearthed Tape, Mishima Talked Death Nine Months before Suicide (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)—In an audiotape recently unearthed in a Tokyo television station, Japanese author Mishima Yukio (1925–1970), made an ominous remark about death nine months before committing seppuku ritual suicide, it was learned Thursday. Mishima Yukio gives a speech from the second-floor balcony of the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Eastern Corps Headquarters in Ichigaya, Tokyo, shor…

To Truly Confirm Safety of Toyosu Market: Tokyo Head Koike (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko pledged Thursday to "truly confirm" the safety of the Toyosu wholesale food market through expert examination before making a decision on the issue of relocating functions of the current Tsukiji market, the biggest fish market in Japan, to the newly built market. Koike made the promise when she met with industry group leaders at the Tsukij…

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