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Japan sees little chance of oil slick from sunk tanker reaching its coast

Japan sees little chance of oil slick from sunk tanker reaching its coastBy Yuka Obayashi TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation’s environment ministry said on Tuesday. “Oil spills in general can have a big environmental impact if they reach the coast, but we think that there is little chance of that happening on Japanese seashores for now,” the official who helps oversee the marine environment for the ministry told Reuters by telephone. The tanker had been adrift and ablaze after crashing into the freighter CF Crystal (IMO:9497050) on Jan. 6.



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US military chopper makes emergency landing on Japan beach

US military chopper makes emergency landing on Japan beachAn American military helicopter made an emergency landing on a beach in Okinawa Saturday, an official said, the latest in a series of accidents which have fuelled local opposition to US forces on the Japanese island. There were no immediate reports of injuries from the landing in Uruma, a local fire department official said. Immediate comment from the US military was not available.



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Situation Report: Russia Slams U.S. Missile Defense Sale to Japan

Situation Report: Russia Slams U.S. Missile Defense Sale to JapanSaudi blockade of Yemen taking a toll, Turkey buys Russian military kit



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N. Korean boat skipper 'charged over Japan theft'

N. Korean boat skipper 'charged over Japan theft'Japanese prosecutors reportedly charged a North Korean fishing boat captain for theft on Thursday, accusing him of making off with items ranging from home appliances to solar panels. The 45-year-old was among 10 North Korean “fishermen” spotted aboard a tiny wooden boat struggling in bad weather off the northern island of Hokkaido in late November. Some of them admitted to “taking out” some electronic products from a remote Japanese island where they landed briefly to take refuge.



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Japan FM discusses Jerusalem in Jordan

Japan FM discusses Jerusalem in JordanJapan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Tuesday held talks with his Jordanian counterpart, who said Jerusalem’s fate should be decided in talks after Washington recognised the city as Israel’s capital. The status of the city should be decided “through direct negotiations and according to the relevant international resolutions”, Ayman Safadi was reported by the Petra state news agency as saying. US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has triggered Palestinian protests and was rejected in a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution.



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Japan company says to close two large ageing nuclear reactors

Japan company says to close two large ageing nuclear reactorsA Japanese company said Friday it would decommission two ageing nuclear reactors due to difficulty in ensuring safety, as the public remains wary about atomic energy after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Kansai Electric Power’s reactors No.1 and No.2 of the Oi plant in central Japan will be decommissioned, the largest reactors to be closed down aside from those at Tokyo Electric’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, the company said in a statement.



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SitRep: U.S. Navy Looks to Move in Pacific, Japan Beefs Up Defenses

SitRep: U.S. Navy Looks to Move in Pacific, Japan Beefs Up DefensesWar in Ukraine gets worse, Saudi opens port in Yemen



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North Korean 'ghost ship' washes up on shores of Japan as problem grows

North Korean 'ghost ship' washes up on shores of Japan as problem growsA new unmanned ship from North Korea washed Japanese shores this week with at least one dead body.



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Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army Deserter Who Fled to North Korea, Has Died in Japan

Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army Deserter Who Fled to North Korea, Has Died in JapanCharles Jenkins, a U.S. Army deserter to North Korea who married a Japanese abductee and lived in Japan after their release, has died. He was 77.



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Ex-US base worker gets life in jail for murdering Japan woman: media

Ex-US base worker gets life in jail for murdering Japan woman: mediaA former US military base employee was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for the rape and murder of a local woman on the southern island of Okinawa, according to local media. The case has intensified longstanding local opposition to the American military presence on the strategic island, which reluctantly hosts nearly 75 percent of land allotted for US bases in Japan even though it accounts for just a fraction of the country’s total area. Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a 33-year-old former US Marine employed at the US Air Force’s sprawling Kadena Air Base, was arrested last year for disposing of the body of the victim and was later charged for murder and sexual assault leading to death.



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