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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government will take a final decision on the planned increase of the consumption tax in October of this year.

Abe said this at a meeting of the Committee of the Upper House of the Japanese Parliament on Tuesday.

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Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan reiterated that the Japanese government would never negotiate with China to postpone a decision on the territorial dispute over the Senkaku group in the East China Sea.

Japan controls the islands, they claim, China and Taiwan.

Esihide Suga said this after Monday, one of his predecessors - Hiromu Nonaka - said in Beijing that Japan and China have agreed on the normalization of relations in 1972, set aside the decision of the dispute about the Senkaku Islands.

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South Korea's new ambassador to Japan has pledged to improve bilateral relations, which have deteriorated due to the differences in the interpretation of certain historical events.

Lee Byung Ki arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The ambassador told reporters that he is committed to the exchange of views with the people of Japan to convey their heartfelt wishes and thoughts to the citizens of South Korea, and vice versa.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on business leaders in the country to cooperate with the government to achieve economic growth.

The Prime Minister said this in his speech at the general meeting of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren.

Abe said that the government's strategy for growth is in the final stages of development. He said that the biggest difference from its previous plans to achieve growth is its incarnation.

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Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD, held in Yokohama from the first to the third of June. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan will provide assistance for the development of the continent's total cost of approximately $ 32 billion from government and private sources for five years.

In today's column LOOK we talk with a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Yoshifumi Okamura, who was responsible for organizing the conference, the results of completed activities and prospects for the future.

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The Bank of Japan announced that its monetary base - or the total amount of money that the bank issues the markets - has reached the end of May a new record high.

On Tuesday, the Bank of Japan announced that its monetary base amounted at the end of May, about 159 trillion 160 billion yen, or 1 trillion 590 billion dollars, which is 2.5% more than in April. This level is a record high for the third consecutive month.
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Japanese publisher plans to offer English translations of novels he published on the Internet in order to attract readers abroad.

Hayakawa Publishing said on Tuesday that this online campaign will begin in the fall.

Recently, the Japanese sci-fi novels are increasingly popular in the United States. For example, the popular actor Tom Cruise has recently signed a contract to build a new movie based on the Japanese sci-fi novel.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that now that Africa is lifted from poverty and instability, entering into a new era of growth, it's time to invest in the continent.

On Monday, the completion of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD Abe spoke to reporters in the city of Yokohama near the Japanese capital.

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The leaders of Japan and African countries have agreed to cooperate closely in order to expand and reform of the UN Security Council.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the leaders of 10 African countries have reached an agreement about the talks in Yokohama near Tokyo on Monday.

Abe said that the reform of the UN Security Council is an important challenge facing the international community. He added that Japan is willing to cooperate on this issue with African countries.

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Japan has asked the World Bank to support its investment companies in Africa.

On Monday in Tokyo met Finance Minister Taro Aso and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

Kim welcomed the leading role of Japan in the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development. As Kim said he expected that the conference will accelerate the Japanese private sector investments in Africa.

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Stock prices in Tokyo showed the third biggest drop this year, at a time when investors tried to avoid risks in a volatile market.

The Nikkei average fell 512 points, making at the close of trading on Monday, 13,261 point.

Exchange dealers say that investors sold shares generalists because of slowing the fall of the yen against other major currencies. The weakening of the yen led to an increase in profits of Japanese exporters.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe brushed aside concerns about the volatility of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

On Monday, Abe told reporters that he will continue to implement its policies to stimulate the economy.

Abe quoted the head of the Bank of Japan Haruhiko Kuroda said that the economy ... Read more »
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On July 21 the election of the upper house of the Japanese parliament after the official announcement of this 4th of July. At the time, the rating of the support cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party reaches a high level, the opposition parties have not yet offered any countermeasures.

Senior commentator NHK Yoshimasa Adachi share today in category LOOK your opinion about the highlights of the upcoming elections, a month before the start of the campaign.

According to Adachi, one of the main questions is whether the ruling coalition will be able to win a majo ... Read more »
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Japan's first model train on a magnetic cushion for commercial use was taken to the railroad tracks for the tests in the open air.

On Monday, representatives of the railway company, JR Tokai presented a model train LO in experimental ways in Yamanashi Prefecture in central Japan. The length of these paths is now increased to 43 kilometers, to allow full-scale test runs.

The composition of the five cars that are pulled to a locomotive, slowly moved along the path to check that adequate clearance between the bottom of the train and devices on the ground.
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Technical error detained on Monday to send data to the breeder nuclear reactor "Monju" in Fukui Prefecture in central Japan on government surveillance system for more than 4 hours.

Technicians discovered the problem early in the morning, when the warning beep signaled to stop the transmission of data on real-time, including the state of the reactor and radiation levels in the surrounding areas.

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, which is under the jurisdiction of the reactor, found that the server was disconnected computer systems.
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Began entering the names of the recently deceased victims of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945 in the city list replenished annually.

On Monday, Masahiro Tanigawa, who survived the atomic bomb, and the other surviving daughter of the victim - Takako Morita started the annual listing procedure at the city administration.

How Tanigawa said he was overwhelmed with emotions when added to the list of new names. Tanigawa said he is praying for peace in the world, to the death of the victims of the atomic bomb was not in vain.
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According to the Ministry of Health of Japan, about 4.6 million elderly people in the country have the symptoms of dementia. It's a half million more than the figure posted in the previous year.

The research team interviewed the Ministry of 5000 300 homes in eight cities across the country over the four-year period to March this year.

They found that approximately 15% of the respondents suffered from dementia, accounting for 4.62 million people out of 30.7 million people aged 65 years and older.

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