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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hails election of pro-nuclear Tokyo governor

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday welcomed the election of a conservative governor of Tokyo in a result analysts say will help boost Abe's economic reform agenda and reinforce his drive to restart Japan's nuclear reactors. Backed by Abe's ruling coalition……

Japan’s stock market posts best shares in four decades in year’s last trading day

On the last trading day of the year, Japanese shares posted their best annual performance for more than four decades, leaving other major markets in the dust. Foreign investors piled into the long-laggard market in 2013 as the government and central bank unveiled measures aimed at stoking the world’s third-largest…

Thousands protest as Okinawa approves long-stalled relocation of ‘dangerous’ U.S. airbase

Japanese officials in Okinawa on Friday approved the long-stalled relocation of a controversial U.S. military base, a breakthrough that could remove a running sore in relations between Tokyo and Washington. More than 17 years after the two allies agreed to move the U.S. Marines’ Futenma Air Station from a densely…

Tokyo wins vote to host 2020 Olympics; PM Abe personally lobbied voters worried about Fukushima

Tokyo has won the race to host the 2020 Olympic Games after the Japanese prime minister flew in to personally reassure voters that radioactive leaks from the Fukushima power plant would not create a health risk. The intervention from Shinzo Abe helped the Japanese capital defeat Madrid and Istanbul in…

Japan calls on U.S. to suspend military chopper operations in Okinawa

Japan’s prime minister on Tuesday called on the US military to suspend helicopter operations in the country’s southern Okinawa island chain after a fatal crash. An American HH-60 helicopter with four personnel on board crashed at the Camp Hansen Marine base on Monday. Three of the crew were rescued. A…

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