South Korea Willing To Hold Talks With North

South Korea willing to hold talks with NorthSouth Korea is willing to hold ministerial talks with and provide large-scale food aid to North Korea, even if Pyongyang does not apologize first over two deadly military attacks in 2010, South Korean Unification Minister Yu Woo Ik said.   "Bilateral dialogue would help ease tension" on the Korean Peninsula, Yu, 62, said in an exclusive interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun in Seoul.

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Jal Names Ueki To Replace Onishi As President

JAL names Ueki to replace Onishi as presidentJapan Airlines Co., currently undergoing a rehabilitation process, on Tuesday named Senior Managing Executive Officer Yoshiharu Ueki to succeed Masaru Onishi as president in February.

Onishi will be appointed as chairman and Chairman Kazuo Inamori as honorary chairman.

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Tanaka Clarifies Remark On Timeline For Futenma - Linked Construction

Tanaka clarifies remark on timeline for Futenma-linked constructionJapan's new Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka on Monday clarified his earlier comment touching on a specific timeline for the commencement of construction work related to the relocation of a key U.S. base in Okinawa Prefecture.   ''It's not about setting an exact time frame, goal or deadline,'' Tanaka said in a news conference after his remark on TV Sunday triggered protests from some opposition lawmakers.  

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Japan To Name 39 Remote Islands To Cement Economic Zone

Japan to name 39 remote islands to cement economic zoneThe government will name 39 uninhabited remote islands by the end of March to establish the basis of Japan's exclusive economic zone, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Monday.   The top government spokesman told a press conference the government has given top priority to naming such islands as the basis for defining Japan's EEZ, an area adjacent to the territorial sea where the country is accorded with rights to natural resources under international law.  

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Motorcycle Racer Hiromi Sakai Passed Away At 27

Motorcycle racer Hiromi Sakai passed away at 27Female motorcycle speedway racer Hiromi Sakai passed away on Jan. 15 after crashing during a practice run at the Funabashi Auto Race venue here, officials said. She was 27.   Sakai came off her motorcycle at about 4:20 p.m. on Jan. 15, and hit a fence. She passed away shortly afterward in a medical office at the venue. Officials said her cause of death was a fractured skull, and police are investigating the cause of the accident.  

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Japan Hopes To Boost Cooperative Ties With Taiwan

Japan hopes to boost cooperative ties with TaiwanJapanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba has expressed hope that his country and Taiwan will continue to steadily develop working-level cooperative ties.

Gemba issued a statement on Saturday that described Taiwan as an important region with a close economic relationship to Japan.

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Incumbent Ma Wins Taiwan Presidential Race

Incumbent Ma wins Taiwan presidential raceTaiwan's incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou was reelected for a second term and his Nationalist Party has maintained its majority in parliament.

Ma was up against Tsai Ing-wen of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party and James Soong of the People First Party, in the election held on Saturday.

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Ldp, New Komeito Prepare To Dig In

LDP, New Komeito prepare to dig inThe Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito are poised to take a confrontational stance against the administration led by the Democratic Party of Japan by refusing to participate in talks on the integrated reform of the social security and tax systems, according to sources close to the LDP.

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Noda Reshuffles Cabinet To Carry Through Key Policy Of Sales Tax Hike

Noda reshuffles Cabinet to carry through key policy of sales tax hikePrime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reshuffled his Cabinet on Friday, aiming to push forward talks with the opposition camp on his prized policy goal of raising the sales tax rate, as he has internationally promised to restore Japan's precarious fiscal heath.

To gain the public's understanding for the planned tax hike, Noda picked Katsuya Okada, a former Democratic Party of Japan leader known as a fiscal hawk, for the crucial post in charge of tax, social security and administrative reforms.

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Over 90% Of Japan's Reactors To Be Offline

Over 90% of Japan's reactors to be offlineThis week another nuclear reactor in Japan will be shut down for regular inspections. With this addition to the list, more than 90 percent of the reactors in the country will be out of service.

Shikoku Electric Power Company will start procedures on Friday to reduce the power output from the No.2 reactor at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan.

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New Year Poetry Reading Held At Imperial Palace

New Year poetry reading held at Imperial PalaceThe annual New Year's poetry reading took place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday. This year's theme for the 31-syllable "waka" poems was "kishi" a Japanese word meaning "shore".

With the Emperor, Empress and other members of the Imperial family present in a palace room, 10 poems selected from nearly 19,000 public entries were recited in traditional manner.

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