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Suspected Japanese Anime Studio Arsonist Said His Book Was Plagiarized, Police Say

The man suspected of setting the deadly anime studio fire in Kyoto, Japan Thursday may have done it because his book had been plagiarized, police say. Shinji Aoba, 41, was identified by authorities as the suspect who started the fire that killed 33 and injured 35 people working for Kyoto Animation Studio, the New York Port reported. Aoba, who is ...

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Watch: President Trump Attends a Reception with Japanese Business Leaders

President Trump attends a reception with Japanese business leaders Saturday that kicks-off a 3-day State visit during which he will be the first foreign leader to meet the new emperor of Japan, the first U.S. president in modern times to set foot on a Japanese warship, golf and dine with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and take in some Sumo wrestling. ...

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Future of the Japanese Throne Unknown as New Emperor Takes Power

By Tim Nerozzi Today, Naruhito, son of former Emperor of Japan Akihito, made a series of public appearances outside the royal palace. The speeches he delivered were for the benefit of Japanese citizens and tourists wishing to catch a glimpse of the elusive Imperial Family. His ascension to the throne has thrown the perilous position of the Imperial Household’s future ...

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Emperor Akihito Abdicates Japanese Throne After 30-Year Reign

85-year-old Emperor Akihito abdicated the Japanese throne after reigning for 30 years and stepped down to let his son take his place Tuesday. Akihito announced his abdication in a short speech over television, standing next to his wife, the Empress Michiko, in the Imperial Palace’s Pine Chamber according to WaPo. He is the first Japenese emperor to abdicate the throne ...

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Japan To Support Restrictions On Developing Real Life Terminators

Japan’s government will publicly back restrictions on developing robots that can kill without human intervention at an upcoming U.N. conference, departing from their usual policy. The Japanese government already opposed the creation of lethal autonomous weapons systems, or LAWS, which are robots empowered with artificial intelligence that equips them to kill human beings without the direction of another human. Japan ...

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Pence: U.S. will unveil tough and aggressive new sanctions on North Korea

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Vice President Mike Pence completed his first day in Japan where he met with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, participated in a bilateral meeting and a joint press conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to the United States-Japan alliance. The Vice President’s day began with a visit to the Japanese Ministry of Defense. ...

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White House releases “Trump Visits Japan” highlight video

President Donald Trump visits Japan - White House highlight video

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are set to leave Japan Tuesday morning after a successful 2-day visit with America’s closest ally in the region. This morning, the White House released a highlight video showing clips of the first couple as they arrived, attended a troop event at Yokota Air Base, participated in a welcoming ceremony, official meetings, dinners ...

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Trump: We Want Free and Reciprocal Trade with Japan [Video and Transcript]

Donald Trump and William Haggerty Japan 11-6-17

President Donald Trump, speaking to a group of Japanese and American business leaders Monday, pointed out the $70 billion trade deficit the U.S. has with its pacific rim ally and said that they are working to create a better trade deal. “We want free and reciprocal trade, but right now our trade with Japan is not free and it’s not ...

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President Donald Trump’s Schedule for Monday, November 6, 2017

Donald Trump Melania Trump Shinzo Abe Akie Abe 2017 Japan trip - 2

President Donald Trump will deliver remarks to U.S. and Japanese business leaders then the president and First Lady Melania Trump will participate in an embassy meet and greet. The president and first lady will then participate in a welcoming ceremony and state call with Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan then participate in the honor guard ceremony. ...

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Watch Live: President Trump and the First Lady Participate in Yokota Air Base Troop Event

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a troop event at the Yokota Air Base in Japan. The first couple will attend the event Saturday EDT, Sunday Japan time, at the base that is home to the 374th Airlift Wing and its support units. Transcript of the President’s Remarks PRESIDENT TRUMP: I like this better. (Applause.) You ...

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Trump begins 12-Day Marathon Foreign Diplomacy Trip

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President Donald Trump starts on Friday his 12-day marathon foreign diplomacy trip through the Pacific Rim, China and Southeast Asia beginning in Hawaii. The trip includes stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the ending in the Philippines on Nov. 13. “The president’s travel will underscore his commitment to longstanding United States alliances and partnerships, and reaffirm United States leadership ...

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China Orders Its Banks to Cease All Business with North Korea

Donald Trump North Korea sanctions announcement 9-21-17

China’s central bank issued an order Thursday requiring all banks in the country to cease any and all business with North Korea, a surprising and significant move against the rogue nation. The move comes on the same day as President Donald Trump’s announcement that he signed an executive order instructing the Secretary of the Treasury to cease all transactions with ...

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North Korea Shoots Missile Over Japan [again]

North Korea fired a missile over Japan Thursday causing the Japanese government to warn its citizens to take shelter. The missile passed over Hokkaido but neither the Japanese nor American forces in the area attempted to shoot it down. Instead, the Japanese government issued a nationwide alert telling residents to take shelter. South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials are analyzing ...

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Domino’s Pizza to Use Reindeer in Japan to Deliver Pizzas. Really!

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Citing heavy snowfall, Japan’s Domino’s Pizza stores are looking to reindeer for help in getting pies to customers on time. Weather forecasters are expecting snowy conditions in Japan’s northern areas and the pizza chain has begun testing with reindeer as delivery … um .. vehicles? As you’ll see, they have some difficulties to overcome. Apparently, this reindeer never wanted the ...

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