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  • South Korea seeks deeper cooperation with Japan on China-led AIIB
    South Korea called on Saturday for deeper cooperation with Japan on a China-led development bank, while Japan remained cautious about the lender, which it and ally the United States have held back from joining. ...
    Yahoo.  Sat, 23 May 2015 18:15:03 GMT.
  • Japan’s Central Bank Slightly More Optimistic on Economy
    The Bank of Japan maintained its massive stimulus program and cited a modest rebound in consumption and exports.
    Reuters.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 22 May 2015 08:42:45 GMT.
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  • Mazda and Mitsubishi recall more cars
    Two more Japanese car giants - Mazda and Mitsubishi - are recalling 630,000 cars to replace faulty airbag inflators made by Takata.
    BBC News.  Fri, 22 May 2015 06:42:42 GMT.
  • Jeep leads Detroit's return to Tokyo Motor Show
    For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep -- the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan -- will return when doors open in October.  Fri, 22 May 2015 06:25:30 EST.  Subscription required.
  • Japanese PM’s Wife Visits Controversial Shrine
    Japan's first lady has visited the Yasukuni shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 22 May 2015 04:14:15 -0400.
  • Tourism exchange a chance for improving China-Japan ties
    A 3,000-member Japanese delegation arrived in Beijing Friday; an event observers hope will improve mutual understanding and trust.
    Xinhua.  2015-05-22.
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mahindra enter into Strategic Partnership in Agricultural Machinery
    TOKYO and MUMBAI, India, May 21, 2015 -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. ...
    PR Newswire.  Thu, 21 May 2015 19:09:00 EDT.
  • Tunisia to Become Major Non-NATO Ally, Obama Says
    The designation will bring a higher level of strategic cooperation akin to the relationship with Japan and Israel, and is meant to encourage Tunisia’s democratic transition.
    Peter Baker.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 21 May 2015 18:54:14 GMT.
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  • Dolphin-hunting Japanese town may start farming them on the side
    A Japanese town notorious for killing dolphins may set up a dolphin breeding farm after zoos and aquariums decided to stop buying their animals caught in the wild, but it has no plans to halt the controversial hunt, its mayor said on May 21.
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 21 May 2015 11:16:00 +0200.
  • Japan aquariums make dolphin pledge
    Aquariums in Japan agree to stop buying dolphins captured during the controversial annual hunt in the town of Taiji.
    BBC News.  Thu, 21 May 2015 00:50:39 GMT.
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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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