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  • Obama to Reassure Asian Allies
    President Barack Obama begins a weeklong trip to Asia next Tuesday, in a bid to reassure allies in the region. Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:01:54 -0400.
  • Bridgestone executives indicted for auto parts price fixing
    One current Bridgestone executive and two who formerly worked for the Japanese tire company have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland for allegedly conspiring to fix automotive-part prices.  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:27:04 EST.  Subscription required.
  • Coast Guard searches for man overboard off Oahu
    The Coast Guard says a search has been launched for a Japanese crew member of a container ship who was reported overboard northeast of Oahu.
    Miami Herald.  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:07 EDT.
  • Only 1 in 7 Japanese scientists are women: study
    Just a seventh of scientists in Japan are female, government figures show -- a record high rate for the country, despite being the lowest rate of any developed nation.
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:53:00 +0200.
  • Chinese vice premier urges Japanese business community to mend ties
    Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang met on Tuesday with a delegation from the Japanese Association for the Promotion of International Trade, headed by Yohei Kono, the association's head and former Speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives.
    Xinhua.  2014-04-15.
  • Japan Follows China's Coal Rush
    Japan says it wants to increase its use of coal, including producing more of it for the export markets.
    By Kenneth Rapoza.  Forbes.  Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:29:00 GMT.
  • Ukraine tensions land fresh blow on struggling stocks
    There was no let-up for bruised share markets on Monday as growing fears of a military conflict in Ukraine followed last week's heavy sell-off on Wall Street, Tokyo and major European exchanges. ...
    Yahoo.  Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:50:03 GMT.
  • China media: Territorial dispute
    Papers criticise a senior US commander for "siding with Japan" in islands row.
    BBC News.  Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:52:29 GMT.
  • Large Crowds Enjoy Washington's Cherry Blossom Season
    After a doggedly cold winter that lasted until a few short weeks ago, visitors and locals alike enjoyed idyllic spring weather for cherry blossom season. The trees were a gift from Japan 102 years ago.
    Voice of America.  Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:26:00 -0400.
  • Shrine visit irks Japan's neighbours
    China and South Korea express annoyance after Japan's internal affairs minister visits the Yasukuni shrine, which commemorates dead soldiers.
    BBC News.  Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:38:49 GMT.
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Facts About Japan

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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