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Timeline for December 2015

The government endorses exemptions for food in the country’s upcoming consumption tax hike, the Supreme Court upholds a law requiring married couples to have the same last name, and Japan and Korea reach a potentially ground-breaking agreement on the "comfort women" issue. Here are the top Japan-related stories for December 2015.

Japan’s Space Program Comes of Age

This is a busy time for Japan’s space program. The Japanese astronaut Yui Kimiya arrived at the International Space Station on July 23 for a scheduled stay of about five months; Japan’s space agency is preparing to launch an unmanned transfer craft to carry supplies to the ISS this month; and the nation has recently adopted a basic plan that provides for greatly expanded activity in space. Nippon.com takes a look at these and other Japanese happenings beyond Earth.

Timeline for July 2015

The House of Representatives approves new security legislation, plans for the new National Stadium are scrapped, and Nadeshiko Japan reaches the final of the Women’s World Cup. Look back on the major Japan-related stories of July 2015.

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