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JAPAN | Abe may use Australia speech to outline defense program

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may use an address to Australia’s parliament this week to outline plans for expanding his nation’s military role to collective ... Full story

Judy Ongg signs on as Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradication

Renowned Taiwanese artist based in Japan, Judy Ongg has joined “the growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary’s ‘This Close’ public awareness ... Full story

Japan to lift some sanctions on North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a tentative step toward improved relations with North Korea yesterday by announcing his government will lift some of its ... Full story

MYANMAR: Buddhist-Muslim violence leaves 2 dead

Buddhist mobs on motorbikes drove through Myanmar's historic city of Mandalay in a second night of attacks on minority Muslims that left two people dead, 14 ... Full story

KOREA: With Seoul visit, Xi Jinping sends message north

Xi Jinping's first visit to the Korean Peninsula as China's president is to Seoul, not Pyongyang, meaning that North Korea's best friend has snubbed it ... Full story

North Korean ship symbolizes hopes for Japan ties

The barbecues are all fired up along the jetty and the beach is dotted with sunbathers. Divers plunge into the water in search of clams, ... Full story

ANALYSIS: What Tokyo’s military shift means

The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a major new interpretation of the security provisions of the country's 1947 constitution, permitting its ... Full story

SOUTH CHINA SEA: China calls for boosting economic ties with Manila

China's ambassador to the Philippines says economic ties between the two countries are at disappointing levels and both must work to advance their common prosperity.Southeast ... Full story

INDONESIA: Ex- top judge gets life for corruption

An anti-graft court has sentenced Indonesia’s former top judge to life imprisonment for corruption and money laundering.Akil Mochtar was chief of the Constitutional Court when the ... Full story

JAPAN: Government approves larger military role

Japan took a step away yesterday from an American-drafted constitution that has long kept its military shackled, approving a plan to allow greater use of a ... Full story

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