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Japan consumer prices rise 1.3 percent year-on-year in January

TOKYO, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Japan's core consumer price index rose 1.3 percent year-on-year in January in another indication of the economy coming out of deflation, data showed Friday.

Draft says Japan may allow arms exports to secure sea lanes

TOKYO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A Japanese government draft proposes allowing exports of arms and technology if they help enhance the country's security.

Nuclear important in Japan's latest draft energy policy

TOKYO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Japan's government on Tuesday released an energy policy document in which nuclear power is considered an important electricity source.
Japan's ruling party seeks to ease ban on arms exports

Japan's ruling party seeks to ease ban on arms exports

TOKYO, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Japan's ruling party is seeking approval for a security strategy that could ease a ban on arms exports, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported.

Japan's January trade deficit hits record $27.3 billion

TOKYO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Japan's trade deficit in January soared to a record 2.79 trillion yen ($27.3 billion) as import costs surged due to a weaker yen, the government said Thursday.
Japan's economy grows a disappointing 1% in last quarter

Japan's economy grows a disappointing 1% in last quarter

TOKYO, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Japan saw disappointing GDP growth in the last quarter, after the economy grew by only 1 percent, despite stronger capital spending and increased consumption.
Ananth Baliga

Is this a recovery yet?

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Despite the temporary disruptions of an unusually harsh winter, the world's two biggest economic blocks are helping rather than hindering the global economy.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Kerry: Obama visit to South Korea comes at important time

Kerry: Obama visit to South Korea comes at important time

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to South Korea comes at a time when there is "too much tension" in the region.

Tokyo election win a victory for nuclear power?

TOKYO, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The victory of Yoichi Masuzoe in Tokyo's gubernatorial election on Sunday could be a boost for Japan's return to nuclear power.
Putin says Russia-China ties getting 'better and better'

Putin says Russia-China ties getting 'better and better'

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said ties between his country and China "get better and better" and it may seem there is little room left for improvement.

China's official news agency attacks Aquino for his comments

BEIJING, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The president of the Philippines exposed his ignorance of history and reality when he compared China to Nazi Germany, China's official Xinhua News Agency said.

North Korean media attacks Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- North Korea's official media has attacked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government's policies, with its news agency likening him to Adolf Hitler.

Russia, Japan discuss how to resolve longstanding dispute over islands

TOKYO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Russian and Japanese officials Friday began discussing an end to a territorial dispute that has kept the two nations from signing a World War II peace treaty.

Japan consumer prices up 0.4 percent in 2013

TOKYO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Japan, battling years of deflation, recorded a year-on-year core consumer price increase of 0.4 percent in 2013, the first such since 2008, data showed Friday.

Canon to increase domestic production

TOKYO, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Japanese camera and office equipment giant Canon Inc. said it planned to increase domestic production to take advantage of a weaker yen.

Japan's fuel imports contribute to record trade deficit

TOKYO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Soaring fuel imports in the aftermath of Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, amid a weaker yen, have contributed to the country's record annual trade deficit, a government official said.

Abe's visit brings India, Japan closer together

NEW DELHI, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a close friend of India, ended his visit with several agreements including a navy drill to be joined by the United States.

Japan December trade deficit soars to $12.7 billion

TOKYO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Japan's December trade deficit hit 1.3 trillion yen ($12.7 billion), up 101.6 percent year-on-year, pushing the deficits for all of 2013 to record highs.

Seoul pushes back on Japan over disputed islands

TOKYO, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- South Korea chastised Japan Friday after Tokyo reiterated its claims on a string of contested islands.

Relocation of Marines' Okinawa base will go ahead

TOKYO, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Japanese government said the relocation of U.S. Marine base Futenma on Okinawa island to Nago city will go ahead despite opposition by the re-elected mayor of Nago.

Chinese diplomat criticizes Abe's visit to controversial war shrine

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a war shrine is an effort to rewrite the history of his country's role in World War II, a Chinese diplomat said.

China says no dialogue with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

BEIJING, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- China, unrelenting in its criticism of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to a war memorial shrine, ruled out any dialogue with him.

China blasts Japanese P.M. for visit to shrine to war dead

BEIJING, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "insulted" the people of China with a visit to a shrine honoring World War II criminals, a Chinese official said Saturday.
Okinawa governor's air base relocation decision sparks protests

Okinawa governor's air base relocation decision sparks protests

OKINAWA, Japan, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Okinawa governor's OK of landfill work to relocate the U.S. Futenma air base sparked protests against U.S. military presence within the Japanese prefecture.
Shrine visit by Japanese PM angers neighbors

Shrine visit by Japanese PM angers neighbors

TOKYO, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Japan Friday faced growing criticism from its neighbors regarding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visit to a shrine honoring Japanese war dead and war criminals.
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