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Japan pledges up to 150 bil. yen in aid to Ukraine

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday the country will provide an aid package worth up to 150 billion yen (about $1.5 billion) to help Ukraine out of its economic quagmire. Abe told reporters he revealed the plan to other leaders of Group of Seven major nations in a summit which convened in The Hague on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit to discuss Russia's annexation of Crimea in southern Ukraine.

Japan economic package lacks strengths, Japan ex-Premier Noda says

Japan's former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said in Hong Kong on Monday the economic stimulus package launched by the incumbent leader lacks strengths and he hopes a transpacific trade deal could be reached soon. A keynote speaker at the five-day Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference, Noda of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan told hundreds of participants the "three-arrow Abenomics" launched by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to lift Japan's economy from a decade-long slump needs to take bolder steps.

Japan to uphold apology for wartime sex slavery: spokesman

Japan will uphold its 1993 statement of apology for forcing women into sexual slavery during World War II, the top government spokesman reiterated Monday, rejecting a call by an aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to issue a new political statement. "We will verify (how the apology was made) but there is no way we will revise" it, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference in response to South Korea's protest over any move to alter the existing statement.

Japan, Russia hold investment forum amid Ukraine turmoil

Japan and Russia held an investment forum in Tokyo as scheduled Wednesday, with leaders of the two countries not referring to Moscow's move to absorb the Crimea region of Ukraine that has drawn international criticism. In their messages read at the event, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the momentum for boosting bilateral economic exchanges has been rising, while Russian President Vladimir Putin noted the bilateral economic relationship is expanding dynamically and he hopes business leaders will propose constructive projects.

Japan's ruling bloc agrees to set strict screening on arms exports

Japan's ruling parties agreed Tuesday to a rigorous approval process that would apply under envisioned changes to its rules governing arms exports, fueling fears that the country will undermine its pacifist status by loosening long-held restrictions on such trade.

S. Korea renews calls on Japan to take "specific actions" for summit

South Korea on Tuesday renewed calls on Japan to take "specific actions" to set a mood for a summit between their leaders. "To resolve issues, I stress Japan should take specific actions with sincerity," South Korea's Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Tai Young said at a press briefing. "Talks, not for the sake of talks but for yielding a productive outcome, should be held," Cho said.

China, N. Korea slam Japan over comfort women at U.N.

China and North Korea both took Japan to task on Monday, calling on the United Nations to press Tokyo to acknowledge its historical role and responsibility in recruiting women, mostly from Asia, as sexual slaves during World War II. "This organization should unite as one and urge the Japanese government to squarely face the historical facts and make official apologies to the victims," China's Deputy Ambassador Wang Min told delegates assembled for the annual Conference on the Status of Women.

S. Korea demands Japan take sincere steps to realize summit

SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has no reason to reject summit talks with Japan if the neighboring nation takes sincere steps on history issues to create the right conditions for such talks to produce substantial results, Seoul's presidential spokesman said Monday. Prospects for a summit between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have risen after Park reacted positively over the weekend to Abe's promise to honor Japan's past statements of apology for its 1910-45 colonial rule of Korea.

S. Korea demands Japan take sincere steps to realize summit

South Korea is open to a summit with Japan but demands Japan first take sincere steps on historical issues to create the right conditions for talks to produce substantial results, a spokesman for South Korean President Park Geun Hye said Monday.

S. Korea demands Japan take sincere steps to realize summit

South Korea is open to a summit with Japan but demands Japan first take sincere steps on historical issues to create the right conditions for talks to produce substantial results, a spokesman for South Korean President Park Geun Hye said Monday.
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