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Japan lower house dissolved ahead of election
Japan's lower parliamentary chamber was dissolved Friday in readiness for a mid-December general election, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe moves to consolidate his grip on power and reinvigorate a faltering economic growth drive.
 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Japan's parliament Friday, forcing a snap election in an apparent bid to shore up support for his scandal-plagued government so that he can pursue his policy goals.
Japan's lower house dissolved for snap election

 

Of all the overfished fish in the seas, luscious, fatty bluefin tuna are among the most threatened. Marine scientist Goro Yamazaki, who is known in this seaside community as “Young Mr. Fish,” is working to ensure the species survives.
Surrogate sushi: Japanese biotech to preserve bluefin tuna

 

A 67-year-old millionaire was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide as it emerged six former partners had already died, in Japan's latest apparent “black widow” case.
 

Japan's government on Wednesday hit back against charges of profligacy over the US$500 million cost of a general election Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called, more than two years ahead of schedule.
 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he was calling a snap election and delaying an expected sales tax rise after figures showed Japan was in recession.
Abe calls snap Japan poll, delays expected tax hike

 

Japan said Tuesday it has cut its Antarctic whale-catch quota by two-thirds in a move it hopes will convince international opponents it is conducting real science, not hiding a commercial hunt behind a veneer of research.
 

Sales of “dangerous drugs” — synthetic drugs with narcotic-like effects that are not banned outright under Japan's current laws — are going underground or moving online despite police efforts to crack down on the substances.
 

Residents of Japan's Okinawa Sunday elected a governor who opposes plans to relocate a U.S. military base within the island chain, a fresh setback in efforts to resolve a thorny issue in military relations.
 

Okinawa's voters will deliver their verdict Sunday on a decision to press ahead with the long-stalled relocation of a U.S. military base, in an election Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs to win.
South Japan vote over US base tests Abe

 
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