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  • What's Japan's Guiltiest Secret?: (Hint) It's Not The Comfort Women
    While the American press focuses on the comfort women scandal and other "war legacy" controversies of modern Japan, it misses hugely economically sensitive issues that the Tokyo establishment sincerely wants to sweep under the rug.
    By Eamonn Fingleton.  Forbes.  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:48:00 GMT.
  • Chinese court detains Japanese boat over unpaid damages
    A maritime court in Shanghai detained a Japanese ship on Saturday following a court verdict that ordered the ship's owner to pay delayed rent and losses to a Chinese firm, the court said on Sunday.
    Xinhua.  2014-04-20.
  • Japan to base troops near islands
    Japan begins building a military radar station near the Senkaku islands, focus of a bitter territorial row with China, which calls them the Diaoyus.
    BBC News.  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:15 GMT.
  • Cuban Star Frederich Cepeda To Play In Japan
    One of the premiere hitters in Cuba will play in Japan this year. ...
    Ben Badler.  Baseball America.  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:33:44 +0000.
  • Man pleads guilty in Alaska flight diversion case
    A 38-year-old man arrested after what was described as unruly behavior that caused a Tokyo to New York flight to be diverted to Anchorage has pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight crew.
    Miami Herald.  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:13 EDT.
  • Japan to launch Pacific whale hunt
    Japan says it will catch fewer whales in the Pacific this year after a court banned its whaling off Antarctica.
    BBC News.  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:32:09 GMT.
  • How Hollywood Pirates Anime
    Transcendence’s tale about cybernetic potentiality is ingenious, but it was also done 16 years ago. Hollywood has been borrowing liberally from Japan’s anime and manga past.
    Yahoo.  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:45:00 -0400.
  • Live Nation Entertainment Assumes Sole Ownership Of Live Nation Japan
    LOS ANGELES, April 17, 2014 -- Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV) today announced that it has acquired Creativeman's minority stake in Live Nation Japan, resulting in Live Nation Entertainment assuming full ownership. ...
    PR Newswire.  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:00:00 EDT.
  • Obama to Reassure Asian Allies
    President Barack Obama begins a weeklong trip to Asia next Tuesday, in a bid to reassure allies in the region. Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:01:54 -0400.
  • Bridgestone executives indicted for auto parts price fixing
    One current Bridgestone executive and two who formerly worked for the Japanese tire company have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland for allegedly conspiring to fix automotive-part prices.  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:27:04 EST.  Subscription required.
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Facts About Japan

Japan, an island state off the east coast of Asia, is governed as a constitutional monarchy.  Its capital city is Tokyo; its second largest city is Osaka.  Japan's national currency is the Yen.  In 2007, Japan's estimated population was 127,433,000, and Japanese is the primary language spoken in Japan.

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