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Koizumi cancels meetings due to flu

TOKYO, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi canceled all public engagements Monday, taking his first sick leave since assuming office, due to a bout of flu.

Japanese jittery over match with N.Korea

TOKYO, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The Japanese government has urged soccer fans not to harass the North Korean team when it plays Japan in the World Cup qualifying match Feb. 9 near Tokyo.

Japan opens its pursestrings for own aid

TOKYO, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Even the prime minister acknowledges that the Japanese economy isn't out of the woods just yet. But despite the uncertain growth prospects, Japan's lawmakers vo
SHIHOKO GOTO, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Japan sends troops to tsunami areas

TOKYO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Japan will send some 1,400 Self-Defense Forces personnel to tsunami-hit areas of Southeast Asia to deliver relief supplies, Asahi Shimbun reported Thursday.

Japan considers having woman on the throne

TOKYO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Japan has formed a panel to decide whether or not a woman could be allowed to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne in the absence of a male heir.

North Korea asks Japan to return ashes

TOKYO, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- North Korea has asked Japan to return ashes proved by DNA tests not to belong to an abducted Japanese citizen, Megumi Yokota.

Japan says China intruding in its waters

TOKYO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Japan has filed another protest with China over a Chinese maritime survey vessel Japan says was in its waters in the Pacific again.

Japan aims for flexible defense ability

TOKYO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Japan needs more flexible defense capabilities to deal with new threats such as terrorism, the Japanese government recommended Friday.

N.Korea caught in second lie about remains

TOKYO, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- For a second time, DNA testing showed that remains given to Japan by North Korea were not those of a kidnapped Japanese national, an official said Thursday.

Remains returned by N.Korea not Yokota's

TOKYO, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The human remains that North Korea gave to a Japanese delegation in November are not those of a Japanese woman abducted in 1977, according to a DNA analysis.

Japan's troops safe enough in Samawah

TOKYO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Japan's Defense Agency confirmed Tuesday that the southern Iraqi city of Samawah, where Japan's forces are stationed, is relatively safe.

Suspected Chinese sub enters Japan waters

TOKYO, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Japan's Defense Agency suspects that an unidentified submarine sighted in Japanese waters early Wednesday was a Chinese nuclear submarine, Kyodo News reports.

Japan asks U.S. to move troops

MATSUE, Japan, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda said Saturday the country has asked the United States to move some of its forces in Okinawa overseas.

Koizumi criticized for supporting Bush

TOKYO, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Japanese Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda Friday played down Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Thursday expression of support for President George W. Bush.

Ichiro refuses award from Japan

TOKYO, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Baseball player Ichiro Suzuki has declined the Japanese government's offer of a major award after he broke the Major League record for most hits in a season.

Koizumi names reform Cabinet

TOKYO, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Monday shuffled his Cabinet and created a new ministerial post to facilitate the privatization of the national postal service.

Japan considers resuming U.S. beef imports

TOKYO, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi may agree to resume American beef imports in a meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush to be held in New York on Sept. 21.

Pyongyang gives more info on abductees

TOKYO, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Japanese officials are hopeful North Korea will provide more information on 10 missing Japanese abductees in exchange for food.

U.S. Army deserter to arrive in Japan

TOKYO, July 16 (UPI) -- The former U.S. soldier who spent nearly 40 years in North Korea after defecting there will arrive in Japan Sunday, a senior Japanese official said Friday. Charles Jenkins, who is accused of deserting his troop in 1965 in order to avoid being drafted t

Japan may resume U.S. beef imports soon

TOKYO, July 13 (UPI) -- A top Japanese official said Tuesday blanket mad cow testing may end soon, a move widely seen as opening the door to resumption of U.S. beef imports.

Koizumi to meet President Roh in Korea

TOKYO, July 13 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will travel to South Korea to meet President Roh Moo-hyun on July 21-22, a Japanese official said Tuesday.

Abductee's family reunion set for Friday

TOKYO, July 5 (UPI) -- Plans are finalized for former kidnap victim Hitomi Soga to meet her American husband and two daughters in Jakarta on Friday, Japan's government said Monday.

Japan grants aid to Iraq, considers loans

TOKYO, June 29 (UPI) -- The Japanese government approved to provide $290 million in emergency grants for rebuilding power plants and other projects in Iraq, Tuesday.

Lawmaker apologizes for comment

TOKYO, June 5 (UPI) -- A lawmaker in Japan reportedly described an 11-year-old girl's fatal stabbing of a classmate as "an increase in the number of women brimming with energy."

Two journalists killed in Iraq

TOKYO, May 28 (UPI) -- Two Japanese journalists and their Iraqi interpreter were killed late Thursday in an attack by a rocket-propelled grenade south of Baghdad.
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