Abe Hints At Reviewing Cherry Blossom Party

Abe hints at reviewing cherry blossom party

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated the possibility of downsizing an annual cherry blossom viewing party now under scrutiny. He expressed regret that the event grew so big, citing ambiguousness in selecting guests.

Opposition parties have been accusing Abe of using the publicly funded event to entertain supporters from his constituency.

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Abe Becomes Japan's Longest - Serving Prime Minister

Abe becomes Japan's longest-serving prime minister

Shinzo Abe has become Japan's longest-serving prime minister, breaking a record set over a century ago. Prime Minister Abe's total tenure reached 2,887 days on Wednesday.

Abe told reporters on Wednesday morning, "Each and every day I have done my best to carry out the policies I promised the Japanese people I would. I believe I was able to reach this day through those efforts."

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Abe Becomes Japan's Longest - Serving Pm

Abe becomes Japan's longest-serving PM

Shinzo Abe has become Japan's longest-serving prime minister after breaking a record set more than a century ago.

Abe's total tenure reached 2,887 days on Wednesday. Abe first became prime minister in 2006 but resigned a year later over health issues. Since returning to the top post in December 2012, he has worked to revive the economy, promote work-style reforms and provide childcare support.

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Former Minister Suggested Private - Sector Exams

Former minister suggested private-sector exams

Voice recordings acquired by NHK have revealed that a former education minister called for the introduction of private-sector English exams for admission to a top state university.

The University of Tokyo decided to introduce the exams in April of last year, just two weeks after a ruling Liberal Democratic Party meeting in which the recordings were made. Until then, the university had been taking a cautious stance on private-sector exams.

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Japan, China To Fight African Swine Fever Together

Japan, China to fight African swine fever together

Japan is stepping up measures to prevent African swine fever from entering the country with help from China.

Outbreaks of the disease have been reported in China and other parts of Asia, but no cases have been confirmed in Japan.

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Govt. To Review Quota For Recommended Guests

Govt. to review quota for recommended guests

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has indicated that the government will review the quota set aside for lawmakers to invite guests to the prime minister's cherry blossom viewing party.

Critics say Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used taxpayer money for the annual event to entertain supporters from his constituency.

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Transport Ministry May Release Pm's Party List

Transport ministry may release PM's party list

Land and transport minister Kazuyoshi Akaba says his ministry may release its nominated guest list for the annual cherry blossom viewing party hosted by the prime minister.

Akaba told reporters on Tuesday that the ministry has kept its nominated guest lists from the past 10 years. He said it plans to release them if requested, although personal information must be handled carefully.

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Harassment Recognized As Cause Of Worker Suicide

Harassment recognized as cause of worker suicide

Japan's labor officials have recognized power harassment as the cause of a Toyota Motor employee's suicide.

Lawyers for the family say the man joined the car manufacturer four years ago and started working at the head office in the vehicle design section.

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Japan, S.korea To Hold Second Round Of Wto Talks

Japan, S.Korea to hold second round of WTO talks

Officials from Japan and South Korea are to hold their second round of trade talks as part of the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement process.

Japanese trade ministry official Junichiro Kuroda and his South Korean counterpart Chung Hae-kwan are due to meet on Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Japan - Assisted Tech Univ. Opens Campus In Egypt

Japan-assisted tech univ. opens campus in Egypt

An Egyptian science and technology university established with assistance from Japan held a ceremony on Monday to mark the opening of a new campus.

Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, or E-JUST, was founded nine years ago, with the goal of nurturing studies in science, engineering and international business. It now has more than 500 graduate and undergraduate students.

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Japanese Man Arrested By Hong Kong Police

Japanese man arrested by Hong Kong police

Diplomatic sources say a Japanese tourist was arrested by police in Hong Kong near the site of violent clashes between protesters and police.

A Japanese man in his 20s was reportedly detained on Sunday evening close to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus, which was besieged by the police.

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Abe Ties As Japan's Longest Serving Pm

Abe ties as Japan's longest serving PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's total tenure has tied the country's record for the longest-serving prime minister, set more than a century ago by Taro Katsura.

Abe achieved the milestone on Tuesday, with a total of 2,886 days in office.

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Police: Sawajiri Cooperating In Drug Probe

Police: Sawajiri cooperating in drug probe

Tokyo police say actress Erika Sawajiri is cooperating with an investigation into her alleged possession of illegal drugs.

The 33-year-old was arrested for possessing the synthetic drug MDMA at her apartment in Tokyo.

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Pope Releases Message Ahead Of Japan Visit

Pope releases message ahead of Japan visit

Pope Francis has expressed his wish for a nuclear-free world in a video message for the people of Japan. It comes ahead of his four-day visit to the country starting Saturday.

On Sunday, the Pope is expected to call for the abolition of nuclear weapons during visits to the atomic-bombed cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

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