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Japan condemns North Korea’s ballistic missile launch as ‘outrageous’ and a ‘threat’ to the region

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here People watch a news program reporting on a parade marking the 73rd anniversary of the founding of North Korea held in Pyongyang, at a railway station in Seoul on September 9, 2021. Jung Yeon-je | AFP | Getty Images North......

Japan says suspected Chinese submarine seen near territorial waters

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Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon TOKYO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Japan’s defence ministry said on Sunday that a submarine believed to be from China was spotted in waters near its southern islands, as maritime tensions persist in the......

Japan’s vaccine chief leading in polls for next prime minister

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Sarah Polus Japan’s COVID-19 vaccine minister Taro Kono is leading in opinion polls as the country’s top pick for Prime Minister. According to a Kyodo News poll released Sunday, 31.9 percent of respondents favor Kono, who has held various ministerial......

Japan PM Suga to back vaccine minister Kono to succeed him

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TOKYO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Japan’s outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will back the popular minister in charge of the nation’s vaccination rollout, Taro Kono, to succeed him, Nippon News Network reported on Saturday. Political manoeuvring was heating up among potential candidates and ruling party grandees on Saturday, a day......

Japan considering easing some COVID-19 emergency restrictions – media

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Woman who does street surveys wears a mask and a face shield, during a state of emergency amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan August 29, 2021. REUTERS/Androniki Christodoulou TOKYO, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Japan’s government is considering easing restrictions on alcohol sales in restaurants and lengthening their opening......

Japan lays out growth strategy priorities ahead of elections

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Business buildings are pictured in Tokyo, Japan, December 7 , 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon TOKYO, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Japan announced on Thursday a list of initiatives it will focus on to promote green technology and digitalisation, as part of efforts to boost the economy’s long-term growth. The outline, drawn up......

U.S. climate envoy Kerry to visit China and Japan this week

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John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, delivers remarks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) – U.S. climate envoy John Kerry will travel to China and Japan this week “to engage with international counterparts on efforts......

Global watchdog urges Japan to boost fight against money-laundering

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The logo of the FATF (the Financial Action Task Force) is seen during a news conference after a plenary session at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, France, October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo TOKYO, Aug 30 (Reuters) – A global financial crimes watchdog urged Japan on Monday to improve cooperation......

Two die in Japan after shots from suspended Moderna vaccines – Japan govt

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Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo TOKYO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Two people died after receiving Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine......

Japan suspends 1.6 million Moderna vaccine doses over contamination concerns

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Moderna vaccines are prepared for application at a United States military vaccination centre at Camp Foster on April 28, 2021 in Ginowan, Japan. Carl Court | Getty Images Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare suspended the use of more......

Japan suspends 1.6 mln doses of Moderna shot days after contamination reports

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TOKYO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Japan suspended the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna Inc’s (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, more than a week after the domestic distributor received reports of contaminants in some vials. Both Japan and Moderna said that no safety or efficacy issues had been identified......

Iran urges Japan to release billions in blocked funds amid U.S. sanctions

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi ​bump elbows during a meeting in Tehran, Iran August 22, 2021. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS DUBAI, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi called on Japan to release Iranian funds frozen in the......

Biden Nominates Burns and Emanuel to Be His Ambassadors to China and Japan

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WASHINGTON — President Biden on Friday nominated R. Nicholas Burns, a veteran Foreign Service officer and a former ambassador to NATO, as ambassador to China and Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago and former President Barack Obama’s first chief of staff, as ambassador to Japan. Mr. Biden settled on......

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