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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.

Japan core inflation up 1.2 percent in November

TOKYO, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Japan Friday crossed another hurdle in the fight against deflation with data showing core consumer prices rose 1.2 percent year-on-year in November.

U.S. Embassy in Tokyo 'disappointed' in PM's visit to shrine

TOKYO, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said it is "disappointed" Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine, drawing ire from China and South Korea.

Japan Cabinet approves $922 billion budget for next fiscal year

TOKYO, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The Japanese Cabinet Tuesday approved a 95.9 trillion yen ($922 billion) budget for next fiscal year, calling for higher spending for defense and public works.
Japan considers a boost in military purchases

Japan considers a boost in military purchases

TOKYO, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Japan's Cabinet has approved a national security strategy that would boost spending on military equipment and which could start the exportation of weapons.

Bank of Japan maintains monetary policy

TOKYO, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Japan's central bank, maintaining its earlier economic assessment of moderate recovery, Friday made no change in its 9-month-old liberal monetary easing policy.
Fukushima's last two reactors to be decommissioned

Fukushima's last two reactors to be decommissioned

TOKYO, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Tokyo Electric Power Company, operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, will decommission the facility's two remaining reactors, Units 5 and 6.

Japan unveils new defense strategy amid Chinese military expansion

TOKYO, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet adopted a new defense strategy calling for sharply higher spending as China expands its military.

Japan announces air defense spending increase

TOKYO, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Japanese officials announced a new national security strategy that includes a large increase on military spending as tensions escalate with China.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
By United Press International

Japanese government plans to approve $53B in supplementary budget

TOKYO, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The Japanese government Thursday prepared to approve a $53 billion supplementary budget ahead of a sales tax hike, sources told Kyodo News.

Japan to increase security as response to China

Dec. 11 (UPI) --Japan plans to give the go ahead for a new amphibious military unit and deploy surveillance drones as part of a new defense plan to counter China's growing military power.
Justin Salhani

Japanese lawmakers mull secrecy bill

TOKYO, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Japan's ruling bloc was expected to vote on a secrecy bill while the opposition threatened to submit a no-confidence motion against the prime minister.
Biden tells Xi U.S. 'deeply concerned' by air defense zone

Biden tells Xi U.S. 'deeply concerned' by air defense zone

BEIJING, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden told Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday the United States has "deep concerns" about China's air defense zone over disputed waters.
VP Biden meets with Chinese president in Beijing

VP Biden meets with Chinese president in Beijing

Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden met with Chinese President Xi Jingping in Beijing today as part of his diplomatic mission to Asia.
JC Finley
Biden, Abe condemn China's air defense zone

Biden, Abe condemn China's air defense zone

TOKYO, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden slammed China's creation of an air defense zone over disputed waters, saying the United States has an interest in easing tensions.
VP Biden 'deeply concerned' by China airspace claim

VP Biden 'deeply concerned' by China airspace claim

Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden announced Tuesday from Tokyo that he is "deeply concerned" by Chinese actions to control airspace that is contested by Japan.
JC Finley

Biden heads to Asia for talks with Japan, China, South Korea

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden headed to Asia Sunday for talks with Japanese, Chinese and South Korean leaders on regional and global issues.

Japan inflation up 0.9 percent in October

TOKYO, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Japan's core consumer prices, its inflation index, jumped 0.9 percent in October, pointing to further strengthening of the economy after years of deflation.
Envoy Caroline Kennedy says China's defense zone undercuts security

Envoy Caroline Kennedy says China's defense zone undercuts security

BEIJING, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, criticized China's establishing an air defense zone that included disputed islands in the East China Sea.
China responds to B-52 flyover

China responds to B-52 flyover

Nov. 27 (UPI) -- China acknowledged it had monitored the flight of two U.S. B-52 bombers that crossed into airspace China recently claimed as its own, but said it had decided not to take action.
Gabrielle Levy
Caroline Kennedy, Japanese vice foreign minister meet

Caroline Kennedy, Japanese vice foreign minister meet

TOKYO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- After arriving to assume her new post as U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy met with Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki, the ministry said.

Japanese PM should reign in security agenda: junior coalition partner

(UPI) --A junior coalition partner to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the leader should focus on the economy and step back from his military agenda.
Justin Salhani

Japan, Laos seek security dialogue framework

VIENTIANE, Laos, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Japan and Laos will try to develop a framework for their foreign and defense officials to discuss security issues, the countries' prime ministers said Sunday.
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