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New documentary gives rare inside look at Japanese nationalists (Jan. 14, 2014)

Contractors in Fukushima exploit down-and-out workers (Oct. 29, 2013)

Japanese bath house can’t tell difference between Maori woman and yakuza gangster (Sept. 23, 2013)

Can TEPCO stanch radiation leaks? (Aug. 26, 2013)

Japanese vice foreign minister goes to China to exchange views (July 30, 2013)

Abenomics: two percent inflation and consuming possibly tainted Fukushima rice (July 15, 2013)

Tokyo ‘cannot accept’ Chinese drill rig near disputed gas field (July 9, 2013)

Dozens protest MOX shipment from France (June 27, 2013)

Osaka mayor defiant in face of international criticism of sex-slave remarks (June 21, 2013)

Japan to set up national security council (June 13, 2013)

Sayonara (March 11, 2012)

IMF Recommends Japan Triple Consumption Tax (Feb. 8, 2012)

Why is Suicide Rampant in Japan? (Jan. 22, 2012)

Noda Retracts Assurance to Cut Iranian Oil (Jan. 14, 2012)

Japan indicts Chinese fisherman in latest string of Chinese-Japanese tensions (Dec. 31, 2011)

Japan Using Quake Budget for Whaling (Dec. 9, 2011)

3rd-party panel calls Olympus management ‘rotten’ (Dec. 8, 2011)

Year in Review (Dec. 1, 2011)

Japan Concerned over Chinese Aircraft Carrier (Nov. 29, 2011)

Japan to loan Iraq $750 million (Nov. 23, 2011)

TPP pact controversial in US and Japan (Nov. 9, 2011)

Japan to Welcome Thai Workers… For a Time (Oct. 29, 2011)

More lessons from firing of Olympus CEO (Oct. 25, 2011)

What does the firing of Olympus’ CEO teach us about Japan? (Oct. 18, 2011)

Japan: The Strange Country (Oct. 15, 2011)

10,000 foreigners to get free trip to Japan (Oct. 13, 2011)

Japan Scrambles to Fix Economy (Oct. 1, 2011)

Obama, Noda meet at UN (Sept. 24, 2011)

Int’l child abduction may be worse than official numbers let on (Sept. 21, 2011)

S Korea to Propose Talks With Japan Over ‘Comfort Women’ (Sept. 16, 2011)

9 North Korean refugees given shelter in Japan (Sept. 14, 2011)

Industry minister resigns after Fukushima remark (Sept. 12, 2011)

Russian military conducted drills ‘unusually close’ to Japanese airspace (Sept. 9, 2011)

PM Noda Announces Priorities (Sept. 3, 2011)

Japan’s Jobless Rate Climbs to 4.7% (Aug. 31, 2011)

Yoshihiko Noda Becomes Japan’s New Prime Minister (Aug. 29, 2011)

Prime Minister Kan Resigns (Aug. 26, 2011)

Moody’s Cuts Japan’s Debt Rating (Aug. 24, 2011)

Biden visits Japan (Aug. 23, 2011)

Ex-Envoy Says Nobody in Japanese Government Took Charge in Nuke Crisis (Aug. 19, 2011)

Tokyo Gov Calls PM “Not Japanese” (Aug. 17, 2011)

50 Conservative Politicians Visit Yasukuni Shrine (Aug. 15, 2011)

Japanese TV show: Become a Good Speaker by Imitating Hitler (Aug. 12, 2011)

Japan Ignored Own Radiation Forecasts (Aug. 11, 2011)

Tokyo Governor Says Japan Should Conduct Simulated Nuke Tests (Aug. 9, 2011)

Three Nuclear Policy Officials Fired (Aug. 8, 2011)

Kan Speaks on Nuclear Power at Hiroshima Memorial (Aug. 6, 2011)

Beef From Four Prefectures Banned (Aug. 3, 2011)

Japanese Lawmakers Denied Entry to South Korea (Aug. 1, 2011)

U.S. Won’t Tolerate Loopholes in Child Abduction Treaty with Japan (July 30, 2011)

Tokyo boycotts Korean Air (July 20, 2011)

First Phase to Contain Nuke Reactor Complete (July 17, 2011)

Japan Walks Out of Whaling Talks (July 16, 2011)

Japan Poverty Rate at a Record High (July 14, 2011)

Japan Clashes with Anti-Whaling Nations at Whaling Talk (July 13, 2011)

Japan to Send Teachers to US for Training (July 12, 2011)

Reconstruction Minister Resigns (July 11, 2011)

Kan creates 2 new cabinet posts in prep to step down (June 28, 2011)

Japan to tap foreign aid funds (June 26, 2011)

Relocation of US air station delayed until 2014 (June 23, 2011)

Japan postponed decision on free trade accord (June 18, 2011)

DPJ suspends Ozawa’s membership (June 13, 2011)

Visa system for skilled foreigners (June 12, 2011)

Business lobby pushes for coalition (June 6, 2011)

Kan to step down in August (June 5, 2011)

If Kan stays, Ozawa goes (June 2, 2011)

UN expert: Gov’t discriminates against foreign students (June 1, 2011)

LDP, Komeito to submit no-confidence motion (May 31, 2011)

Stress overload in evacuee shelters (May 30, 2011)

Telecom co. to build solar power plants (May 26, 2011)

Japanese economy: Down for the count? (May 25, 2011)

Gov’t urges public to nark on ‘illegal stay foreigner’ (May 23, 2011)

Japan, China, S Korea hold annual summit (May 22, 2011)

PM calls for independence of nuke regulators (May 18, 2011)

Greenpeace members guilty of whale meat theft (May 18, 2011)

Should Japan discontinue nuke power? (May 17, 2011)

Japan’s demographic crisis (May 16, 2011)

Japanese celeb commits suicide (May 14, 2011)

Consuming foreign: A paradox in modern Japan (May 12, 2011)

S. Korea city withdraws quake donations over territorial dispute (May 9, 2011)

Relocation of Marine base unfeasible: Ex-Obama aide (May 9, 2011)

Japanese woman to receive death penalty in Malaysia (May 7, 2011)

US warned Japan about foreign policy (May 5, 2011)

Birthrate plummets for 30th straight year (May 3, 2011)

Cool biz begins, lengthened (May 1, 2011)

Japan to enact $49 billion supplementary budget (May 1, 2011)

Japan to reflect on nuclear safety (April 29, 2011)

Japan to join Hague convention on child abduction (April 27, 2011)

Authorities limit volunteers to quake relief centers (April 27, 2011)

TEPCO cuts salaries, cancels jobs (April 26, 2011)

DPJ struggles in election (April 25, 2011)

Gov’t may help TEPCO pay damages (April 24, 2011)

Economic diplomacy for reconstruction (April 21, 2011)

Gov’t may hike consumption tax for reconstruction (April 20, 2011)

Gov’t may halt building new nuke plants (April 19, 2011)

Nuclear crisis: End in sight? (April 18, 2011)

Japan’s Road to Recovery and Rebirth (April 17, 2011)

32 Aum Shinrikyo cult facilities inspected in 2010 (April 16, 2011)

Japan reflects on society post-disaster (April 14, 2011)

Fukushima crisis level 7 disaster (April 12, 2011)

UN official: Japan’s ┬ápreparedness saved lives (April 12, 2011)

Ishihara exploited disaster to win re-election (April 11, 2011)

SMBC Nikko Securities employee defrauded investors (April 10, 2011)

Whether to evacuate: Balancing media coverage (April 9, 2011)

7.4 quake hits near Miyagi (April 8, 2011)

Dumping radioactive water and semantics (April 7, 2011)

Radiation leak staunched, seafood contaminated (April 6, 2011)

Tokyo governor discourages cherry blossom viewing (April 4, 2011)

How to spend $1.37 billion donations (April 4, 2011)

Cherry blossom viewing (April 3, 2011)

Japan works to prevent import restrictions (April 2, 2011)

Gov’t cuts eco-points amidst power shortages (April 1, 2011)

S. Korea protests Japanese textbook claiming islets (March 31, 2011)

Ordinance bans explicit comic sales to children (March 30, 2011)

Common sense may have averted crisis (March 29, 2011)

Radiation in U.S. from Japan (March 28, 2011)

Gov’t urges transparency from nuke co. (March 27, 2011)

Album for Japan aid (March 26, 2011)

Death sentence for Akihabara stabber (March 25, 2011)

Economic cost of quake $300 billion, mobsters help victims (March 24, 2011)

English teacher is first confirmed American tsunami victim (March 23, 2011)

Japan and energy (March 22, 2011)

Somali pirates brought to Japan (March 21, 2011)

Radiation detected in food, water (March 20, 2011)

Osaka prosecutor pleads guilty to tampering with evidence (March 19, 2011)

Making sense 1 week later (March 18, 2011)

U.S. fears meltdown imminent, Emperor addresses nation (March 17, 2011)

Japan’s disaster affects U.S. policy, economy (March 16, 2011)

Fukushima meltdown: 3 Mile Island or Chernobyl? (March 15, 2011)

Death toll rises to 10,000, no end in sight (March 14, 2011)

after the quake (March 13, 2011)

More than 200 confirmed dead, 1000 missing in earthquake (March 12, 2011)

Magnitude-8.8 earthquake hits off the coast of Japan (March 11, 2011)

Dispute over Liancourt Rocks flares up (again) (March 10, 2011)

Bureaucratic revolving door undermines foreign policy (March 9, 2011)

Japan ‘a haven for international child abduction’ (March 8, 2011)

How Japan drives academic cheating (March 7, 2011)

Antigroping measures on Japanese trains ineffective (March 6, 2011)

J-Pop group apologizes for wearing Nazi uniforms (March 5, 2011)

Is Japan still relevant? (March 3, 2011)