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Ex-Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi urges zero nuclear power

TOKYO, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Japan's former prime minister has urged the government to abandon plans to restart nuclear power.
Toyota still king; tops GM in sales

Toyota still king; tops GM in sales

With its redesigned Corolla compact and RAV 4 crossover utility vehicle drawing generally favorable reviews, Toyota is on pace to repeat as the world's best selling auto brand.

Japan begins military drills as China ends its exercises

TOKYO, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Japan began live-fire military drills Friday that include operations to defend a group of islands under dispute between Japan and China, officials said.

Japan FM to visit Iran next month

TOKYO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will make a two-day visit to Iran next month to discuss that country's nuclear program, the government said Tuesday.
Eurosclerosis comes to America

Eurosclerosis comes to America

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama with unprincipled pragmatism is undermining the United States' most cherished values, economy and liberties.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator

Japan core CPI up 0.7 percent in September

TOKYO, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Japan's inflation as measured by core consumer prices rose 0.7 percent in September in line with efforts to end years of deflation, the government said Friday.

Japan September trade deficit hits $9.5 billion

TOKYO, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Japan Monday reported a trade deficit of 932.14 billion yen ($9.5 billion) for September, largely due to a weaker yen, which drives up import costs.
Japanese minister's visit to war shrine angers China

Japanese minister's visit to war shrine angers China

TOKYO, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A Japanese government minister stirred a diplomatic hornet's nest Friday after he visited a shrine tied to the country's past wars, officials say.
John Kerry: U.S. commitment to Asia strong despite Obama's absence

John Kerry: U.S. commitment to Asia strong despite Obama's absence

BALI, Indonesia, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. commitment to Asia is strong despite President Obama's missing several summits because of the U.S. government shutdown, Secretary of State John Kerry said.
Pump to cool damaged reactor at Fukushima plant stops

Pump to cool damaged reactor at Fukushima plant stops

TOKYO, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A pump used to cool one of the damaged reactors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, has stopped, the plant's operator said Monday.

PM: Japan sales tax to go from 5 percent to 8 percent

TOKYO, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Japan's sales tax will go up to 8 percent starting April from 5 percent now as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government prepares to check the soaring public debt.

Japan arrests Chinese seaman over fatal collision

TOKYO, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Japan's coastguard has arrested a Chinese crew member of a Sierra Leone-registered vessel over a deadly collision with a Japanese ship last week.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan's economy on upswing

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a visit to New York, argued for a more active military role for Japan and said Japan's economy is poised for a comeback.

Japan August inflation up 0.8 percent, a five-year high

TOKYO, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Japan's core consumer prices in August rose 0.8 percent year-on-year, data showed Friday as the country makes progress in the fight to end years of deflation.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 23, 2013.
By United Press International
Japanese PM visits Fukushima plant amid contamination concern

Japanese PM visits Fukushima plant amid contamination concern

TOKYO, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he has asked for the decommission of the last two reactors at the struggling Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Japan's only operating nuclear reactor shut down for maintenance

TOKYO, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Japan was without any nuclear power supply Monday after its only operating reactor was closed for routine maintenance.
Tepco official: Fukushima contamination 'not under control'

Tepco official: Fukushima contamination 'not under control'

TOKYO, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A Tokyo Electric Power Co. official said Friday the situation at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant is "not under control."

Japan protests French publication's Fukushima cartoons

TOKYO, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Japan's Embassy in France will protest to a French newspaper over cartoons depicting the potential impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.
By United Press International

Report: Abe plans to raise sales tax to 8 percent in April

TOKYO, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to keep to next April for raising the sales tax to 8 percent from 5 percent now, a source told Kyodo News Thursday.

Japan hangs death row inmate

TOKYO, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A 73-year-old man sentenced to death in the 2004 shooting death of a restaurant owner in Yokohama was hanged Thursday, Japan's Justice Ministry said.

Japan's April-June GDP growth rate revised upward

TOKYO, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The Japanese government upwardly revised the country's April-June economic growth rate to an annualized 3.8 percent, the Cabinet Office reported.

Japan's Abe talks to Asian leaders at G-20

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Shinzo Abe talked with his Chinese and South Korean counterparts at the G-20 summit, his first in-person chat with them as Japanese prime minister.

The trade deal that can't afford to be derailed

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Time is running out for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would be the world's biggest trade deal, to be clinched on time.
SHIHOKO GOTO, UPI Outside View Commentator
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