Abe Pledges To Work For Regional Peace

Abe pledges to work for regional peaceJapan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to work for peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
He made the comment during a speech he gave in Hanoi, at the end of a tour to the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
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Snow, Frigid Temps Forecasted To Continue Across Japan

Snow, frigid temps forecasted to continue across JapanThere was no letup in Japan's snowy spell on Jan. 16 as frigid temperatures gripped the country, with the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) projecting continued snowfall until the winter pressure system weakens on the afternoon of Jan. 17.
The agency warned of damage to transportation systems and icy roads, and called on people to exercise caution when clearing snow.
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Ex - Foreign Ministry Official To Become Japan's Youngest Mayor At 28

Ex-Foreign Ministry official to become Japan's youngest mayor at 28A 28-year-old former Foreign Ministry official is set to become the youngest mayor in Japan after beating the 61-year-old incumbent in an election in Osaka Prefecture on Sunday.
Shuhei Azuma will assume office as mayor of Shijonawate in the western Japan prefecture on Friday, taking the title of the youngest municipal chief from Yonosuke Terui, 32, mayor of the town of Esashi in Hokkaido, according to the National Association of Towns and Villages as well as Japan Association of City Mayors.
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Japan Diet Heads Discuss How To Enact Emperor's Abdication Law

Japan Diet heads discuss how to enact emperor's abdication lawJapan's parliamentary heads began discussing Monday how to handle possible legislation to enable Emperor Akihito to abdicate, including how to iron out differing opinions among political parties.
The meeting of the heads and the deputy heads of the Diet's two chambers comes a week ahead of a government advisory panel's release of an interim report summarizing its three-month discussions on issues pertaining to the 83-year-old emperor's abdication. The report is likely to put emphasis on the advantages of special legislation applying only to him.
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Post - Fukushima Disaster Character's Popularity Grows In Thailand

Post-Fukushima disaster character's popularity grows in ThailandA Japanese hero character created in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami is growing in popularity in Thailand through a television program broadcast in the Southeast Asian nation.
The television show featuring the character named "Tohoku Gasshin Miraigar" (Miraigar God of Tohoku) has been broadcast in Thailand since November. It was initially launched in the disaster-struck northeastern Japan region in 2012 to entertain children suffering in the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, natural disasters and subsequent Fukushima nuclear accident.
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