Trump Visit Involves Wide - Ranging Security Steps

Trump visit involves wide-ranging security steps

Japanese police are mobilizing about 25,000 officers to provide security for US President Donald Trump, who will visit the country as a state guest from Saturday.

The record number of officers for any visiting US president is being deployed because Trump's itinerary includes not just Tokyo but also the neighboring prefectures of Chiba and Kanagawa.

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Abe, Bolton Confirm Cooperation On N.korea

Abe, Bolton confirm cooperation on N.Korea

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US National Security Advisor John Bolton have agreed on the continued implementation of UN sanctions on North Korea.

Bolton is visiting Japan ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit to the country that begins on Saturday.

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Abe Considering Visiting Iran In Mid - June

Abe considering visiting Iran in mid-June

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Iran, apparently to ease tensions between the country and the United States. Such a visit would be the first by a Japanese prime minister since 1978.

Informed sources say Abe is thinking of making the visit in mid-June at the earliest, to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Abe is expected to make a final decision after meeting US President Donald Trump in Tokyo on Monday.

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Iwaya Plans To Deploy Us Osprey Aircraft In Chiba

Iwaya plans to deploy US Osprey aircraft in Chiba

Japan's defense minister says he wants to deploy on a temporary basis the US military's Osprey transport aircraft to a Self-Defense Force base in Kisarazu City, near Tokyo, in March of next year at the earliest.

The Defense Ministry plans to deploy a total of 17 Ospreys for use by the Ground Self-Defense Force by 2021.

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Hot Weather Continues In Japan

Hot weather continues in Japan

Unseasonably hot weather continued across Japan on Friday, with temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius in some areas before noon.

Weather officials are urging people to take precautions against heatstroke.

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Suga: Japan Seeks Panel On Wartime Labor Issue

Suga: Japan seeks panel on wartime labor issue

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government will keep on urging South Korea to agree on forming an arbitration panel to settle the bilateral issue over wartime labor.

Suga was speaking to reporters on Friday.

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Shogi Master Habu Ties With Holder Of Record Wins

Shogi master Habu ties with holder of record wins

Shogi professional player Yoshiharu Habu has tied with the holder of record number of wins in the game of Japanese chess.

The 48-year-old shogi master played on Thursday a league match to be qualified as the challenger for the Oi title series, one of the eight major shogi titles.

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Lawmaker Absent From Hearing Over 'war' Remarks

Lawmaker absent from hearing over 'war' remarks

A Japanese opposition lawmaker under fire over his remarks on four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan says he cannot attend a Lower House committee hearing on Friday, citing poor health.

Directors of the Lower House steering committee on Thursday decided to request that Hodaka Maruyama appear before them so that they can confirm facts.

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Kono: G20 To Discuss Liberal International Order

Kono: G20 to discuss liberal international order

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono says maintaining the liberal international order will be at the top of the agenda for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka next month.

Kono spoke in Paris on Thursday at a meeting of business leaders and government officials from OECD member nations.

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Japan Bans Drones At 10 Locations For Trump Visit

Japan bans drones at 10 locations for Trump visit

The Japanese government has designated 10 sites in and around Tokyo as no-fly zones for drones during the visit of US President Donald Trump.

Trump will arrive in Japan as a state guest on Saturday. He is due to play golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and watch a sumo tournament on Sunday. On Monday, Trump will meet Emperor Naruhito and hold a summit with Abe.

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Paralympic Minister Says He Will Work Harder

Paralympic minister says he will work harder

Japan's minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games says he will work harder to provide information about the event.

Shunichi Suzuki met International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons in Tokyo on Thursday. Parsons is in Japan for a meeting to check preparations for the game.

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Ghosn Attends Pre - Trial Procedure Talks

Ghosn attends pre-trial procedure talks

Former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn has attended pre-trial talks at the Tokyo District Court to prioritize issues of contention.

Ghosn has been indicted for allegedly understating his executive compensation in Nissan's securities reports. He has also been charged with aggravated breach of trust over the suspected misappropriation of company funds.

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Japan Asks Wto To Reform Dispute Settlement System

Japan asks WTO to reform dispute settlement system

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has asked the World Trade Organization to improve its dispute settlement system. This comes in the wake of a WTO ruling against Japan's claim opposing South Korea's import restrictions on Japanese fishery products.

In February last year, a WTO panel judged that South Korea's import ban on fishery products from several prefectures, including Fukushima, violated WTO agreements. The ban was introduced after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in 2011. But in April of this year, the WTO appellate body dismissed Japan's argument, saying deliberations by the panel were insufficient.

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