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  • Japan considers pulling UNESCO funding over Nanjing row
    Japan warned Oct. 12 that it might pull funding for UNESCO to protest last week's decision to inscribe documents related to the Nanjing massacre in its Memory of the World register.
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:51:00 +0200.
  • Beijing Likely on Agenda as S. Korean President Visits DC
    This week South Korean President Park Geun-hye visits Washington for talks with President Barack Obama on containing the North Korean nuclear threat and U.S. concerns over South Korean friction with Japan. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:15:00 -0400.
  • Japan Joins India-US Naval Exercises
    The United States and India annually hold naval drills to sharpen skills, but this year the fleet of aircraft carriers, destroyers and frigates conducting war games near the port of Chennai included a warship from Japan. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:35:59 -0400.
  • Okinawa Governor Revokes Permission for Construction of U.S. Base
    The decision is the latest setback for a 20-year effort by Japanese and American military planners to move the base from its current location.
    Jonathan Soble.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:13:23 GMT.
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  • Okinawa revokes permit for US base move
    The governor of Japan's southern Okinawa prefecture has tried to halt the controversial government-approved relocation of a US military base by revoking a permit.
    BBC News.  Tue, 13 Oct 2015 04:11:44 GMT.
  • Chinese state councilor meets Japan's national security advisor
    Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Head of the Japanese national security council Yachi Shotaro co-chaired the second China-Japan high-level political dialogue in Tokyo on Tuesday.
    Xinhua.  2015-10-13.
  • Your pictures: Japan
    Readers' photographs on the theme of Japan.
    BBC News.  Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:15:46 GMT.
  • Could the BOJ introduce negative interest rates?
    Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, explains whether or not he has considered introducing a negative interest rate similar to the European Central Bank.
    Yahoo.  Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:50:09 GMT.
  • The Chinese Yuan Beats The Japanese Yen. Is The Dollar Next?
    The Chinese yuan is rising. And rising fast, beating the Japanese yen in the process.
    By Panos Mourdoukoutas.  Forbes.  Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:08:00 GMT.
  • U.S. Raises Concerns With Japan-Russia Talks Amid Sanctions
    The United States expressed concerns about peace and trade talks between Japan and Russia in recent months, pointing to western sanctions against Moscow which Tokyo has honored.
    Radio Liberty.  Sat, 10 Oct 2015 01:16:10 +0000.
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Japan, an island state off the east coast of Asia, is governed as a constitutional monarchy.  Its capital city is Tokyo; its second largest city is Osaka.  Japan's national currency is the Yen.  In 2007, Japan's estimated population was 127,433,000, and Japanese is the primary language spoken in Japan.

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