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North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into sea near Japan

North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s northwest coast early on Monday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, days after the reclusive state promised retaliation over U.S.-South Korea military drills it sees as a preparation for war. South Korea’s military said the missiles were unlikely to …

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Japan’s Abe to propose new cabinet level talks with United States: government official

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose new cabinet level U.S.-Japan talks on trade, security and macroeconomic issues, including currencies, when he meets U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, a Japanese government official involved in planning the summit said. Abe heads to Washington later on Thursday hoping promises to help …

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Japan’s Sharp may begin construction on $7 bln U.S. plant before June 30: source

Japanese display maker Sharp Corp may start building a $7 billion plant in the United States before June 30, taking the lead on a project initially considered by its Taiwanese parent Foxconn, a person with knowledge of the plan said. The decision by Foxconn, formally Hon Hai Precision Industry Co …

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United States grounds Osprey aircraft in Japan after Okinawa crash

The United States military grounded its tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey aircraft in Japan on Wednesday after Tokyo called for a halt to flights following a crash southwest of Okinawa island, the first accident involving the aircraft in Japan. A U.S.-operated Osprey crashed into the sea on Tuesday, injuring its crew of …

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Japan’s Abe says after meeting with Trump he is confident of building trust

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Donald Trump on Thursday seeking clarity on campaign statements by the president-elect that rattled the Tokyo government, later telling reporters he was confident Trump was a “trustworthy leader.” After the hastily arranged 90-minute meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan, Abe told reporters: “The …

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Trump aims to ease Asian allies’ qualms when he meets Japan’s Abe

Donald Trump is expected to use his first meeting with a foreign leader as U.S. president-elect this week to try to reassure Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other Asian allies rattled by his campaign rhetoric, advisers to Trump said. Abe, a political blue blood and veteran lawmaker, and Trump, …

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Japan factory output flat in July, weak demand clouds outlook

Growth in Japan’s industrial output ground to a halt in July after June’s gains, underscoring the fragility of factory activity and the continuing challenge to policymakers grappling with a stalling economy. The flat reading compared with economists’ median estimate in a Reuters poll of a 0.8 percent increase, following a …

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U.S., South Korea, Japan officials: North Korea missile launches ‘provocative acts’

U.S., South Korean and Japanese defense officials on Thursday condemned North Korea’s recent missile launches as “provocative acts” that posed “a serious threat to peace and stability.” The statement was issued by the Pentagon after a videoconference meeting of the defense officials from the three countries. On Wednesday, North Korea …

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Pokemon Go creator wants more tie ups like McDonald’s Japan

The creator of mobile gaming phenomenon Pokemon Go is exploring more sponsorships by companies that want to attract character-hunting players to their businesses, the chief executive of developer Niantic Labs said on Tuesday. Niantic is talking with several companies interested in partnerships similar to the deal that turned nearly 3,000 …

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Latest North Korea missile launch lands near Japan waters, alarms Tokyo

North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions. The main body of the missile landed in Japan’s economic exclusion zone, …

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