Us Diplomat Wants Talks To 'adjust' Japan Alliance

US diplomat wants talks to 'adjust' Japan alliance

A senior US State Department official for East Asia has expressed readiness to hold wide-ranging discussions on security cooperation with Japan.

David Stilwell is visiting Japan for the first time since becoming assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs last month. Stilwell spoke to NHK on Friday.

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Princess Mako Visits Clinic, Museum In Peru

Princess Mako visits clinic, museum in Peru

Japan's Princess Mako has visited a medical clinic near the Peruvian capital of Lima. She is currently making an official trip to the country to mark the 120th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese immigrants.

Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince and Princess Akishino, visited the facility on Friday. It was founded by a second-generation Japanese-Peruvian priest nearly 30 years ago.

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Japan Explains Intent Of Export Curbs To S.korea

Japan explains intent of export curbs to S.Korea

As tensions continue over Japan's stricter export curbs against South Korea, officials from both governments have held talks for the first time since the measures were imposed on July 4.

The closed-door meeting was held at Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry on Friday.

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Japan, S.korea Meet Over Trade Curbs

Japan, S.Korea meet over trade curbs

Japanese and South Korean government officials have wrapped up several hours of discussions on Japan's stricter export restrictions.

The meeting in Tokyo on Friday lasted more than five hours.

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Japan Govt. Issues Statement On Leprosy Policy

Japan govt. issues statement on leprosy policy

The Japanese government has adopted a statement by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe related to a policy over Hansen's disease, following a court ruling that families had suffered damage from discrimination.

Last month, a court in southwestern Japan ordered the government to pay damages to about 500 plaintiffs whose family members were sent to isolation facilities for leprosy patients. Abe decided earlier this week that the government won't appeal the ruling.

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Govt. To Discuss Compensating Patients' Families

Govt. to discuss compensating patients' families

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government will immediately start discussions on how to compensate the families of former leprosy patients.

Suga was speaking to reporters on Friday about the government's recent decision not to appeal a court ruling that ordered it to pay damages to the families.

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Japan, S.korea To Hold Talks On Trade Spat

Japan, S.Korea to hold talks on trade spat

Japan and South Korea will hold talks in Tokyo on Friday to discuss Japan's tightened curbs on exports of some materials to South Korea.

It will be the first meeting between the countries since Japan implemented the measure last week.

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Jaxa: Hayabusa2 Has Landed On Ryugu

JAXA: Hayabusa2 has landed on Ryugu

Japan's space agency has announced its space probe Hayabusa2 has successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu. The probe is on an unprecedented mission to collect underground rock samples.

Hayabusa2 began its descent from an altitude of 20,000 meters on Wednesday morning, Japan time.

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Jaxa: Data Indicates Hayabusa2 Has Landed On Ryugu

JAXA: Data indicates Hayabusa2 has landed on Ryugu

Japan's space agency says it has received data suggesting its space probe Hayabusa2 has landed on the asteroid Ryugu. The probe is on an unprecedented mission to collect underground rock samples.

Hayabusa2 began its descent from an altitude of 20,000 meters on Wednesday morning, Japan time.

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Princess Mako Attends Immigrants' Event In Lima

Princess Mako attends immigrants' event in Lima

Japan's Princess Mako has attended a ceremony in Peru's capital Lima to mark the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the country.

Japanese immigration to Peru began in 1899, when a group of 790 men moved there. The country is now said to have about 100,000 Japanese-Peruvians. That's the world's third largest group of people of Japanese ancestry.

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Hayabusa2 Probe Set To Land On Ryugu Asteroid

Hayabusa2 probe set to land on Ryugu asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe is descending toward the asteroid Ryugu for an unprecedented mission collecting underground rock samples. The landing is scheduled to take place Thursday morning Japan time.

Hayabusa2 began its descent from an altitude of 20,000 meters shortly before 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, at a speed of 40 centimeters per second.

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Hayabusa2 Probe Descending To Asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa2 probe descending to asteroid Ryugu

Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe is descending toward the asteroid Ryugu for an unprecedented touchdown for collecting rock samples inside the asteroid. The landing is scheduled to take place Thursday morning Japan time.

The Hayabusa2 began its descent from its home position altitude of 20,000 meters before 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, at the speed of 40 centimeters per second.

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Mt. Fuji Trails Open In Shizuoka Pref. Side

Mt. Fuji trails open in Shizuoka Pref. side

Three major trails on Mount Fuji that start in Shizuoka Prefecture have opened to trekkers for the summer climbing season.

The opening of the Fujinomiya-guchi, Gotenba-guchi and Subashiri-guchi trails followed those of other routes in Yamanashi Prefecture this month. Mount Fuji straddles the two prefectures.

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