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TOKYO, Aug. 7 Kyodo

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Japan, S. Korea foreign ministers discuss "comfort women," N. Korea

MANILA - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his South
Korean counterpart Kang Kyung Wha held their first talks Monday, with
attention focused on whether Seoul will call for a bilateral deal on
the matter of "comfort women" to be renegotiated.
Kang, South Korea's first female foreign minister, has been
eager to review the 2015 pact under which the two nations agreed that
the issue of Korean women who were forced to work in Japan's wartime
military brothels was "resolved finally and irreversibly."
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PM Abe pledges continued support for Cambodia

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to
continue providing support for Cambodia in such fields as
infrastructure development and human resources.
After a meeting between Abe and his Cambodian counterpart Hun
Sen in Tokyo, the Japanese government announced a fresh concessional
loan worth 23.5 billion yen ($212 million) for a new container
terminal in the country's southwestern seaport province of
Sihanoukville as well as aid for a flood protection and drainage
system in Phnom Penh amounting to 4 billion yen.
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Iranian parliamentarians come under fire for selfies with EU envoy

TEHRAN - Iranian reformist parliamentarians have come under
harsh criticism in local media and social networks over a "selfie
scandal" involving European Union's top diplomat Federica Mogherini.
Mogherini, high representative of the European Union for foreign
affairs and security policy, was in Iran to attend the inauguration
ceremony of President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday when she found
herself swarmed by male members of parliament taking close-ups and
selfies with their mobile phones.
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Japan's Kono asks China to learn "how to behave as big power"

MANILA - Japan's new Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday
brushed aside a provocative remark by his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi
during their first talks since Kono assumed his post last week,
saying he wants Beijing to "learn how to behave as a big power."
At the bilateral meeting in Manila earlier in the day, the
outset of which was open to the media, Wang told Kono, "Frankly
speaking, we were disappointed to hear your comments" in the East
Asia Summit foreign ministers' meeting.
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Japan extends more aid to Philippines to help address Marawi crisis

MANILA - Japan has pledged to provide the Philippines "equipment
and other assistance" for its counterterrorism efforts related to the
ongoing siege in the southern city of Marawi, the Philippine
Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.
In a statement, the department said Japanese Foreign Minister
Taro Kono conveyed the offer, on top of earlier grant aid of $2
million for the people displaced by the crisis, when he met with his
Philippine counterpart Alan Peter Cayetano on Sunday evening.
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N. Korea slams new U.N. sanctions, vows "action of justice"

MANILA - North Korea denounced Monday the latest U.N. sanctions
imposed after its tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last
month and pledged to take "resolute action of justice."
In its first official reaction to the sanctions, approved over
the weekend by the Security Council, North Korea said the U.S.-led
punitive action constitutes a "flagrant infringement upon its
sovereignty and an open challenge to it," adding the resolution will
be categorically rejected.
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Man arrested for kicking woman using smartphone while walking

TOKYO - A man was arrested after allegedly kicking a woman who
was listening to music on her smartphone while walking on a street in
the suburbs of Tokyo, police said Monday.
Shoichi Nagai, 55, was arrested Friday for alleged violent
behavior, which he has denied, the police said.
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Kono asks Tillerson to ensure no recurrence of Osprey incident

MANILA - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono asked U.S.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday to ensure the safe
operation of U.S. Marine Corps Ospreys in Japan after one of the
controversial tilt-rotor aircraft crashed off the coast of Australia.
Kono asked the United States to fully investigate the crash,
provide Japan with information and prevent further Osprey-related
incidents, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said after their
brief meeting on the fringes of a series of regional foreign
ministerial gatherings in Manila.
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Japan, S. Korea agree to raise heat on N. Korea after ICBM launches

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean
President Moon Jae In agreed Monday to increase pressure on North
Korea after its second launch of an intercontinental ballistic
missile late last month, a Japanese government spokesman said.
Noting that the threat from North Korea has increased, the prime
minister told Moon that dialogue for dialogue's sake is meaningless
and "now is the phase to apply pressure" on Pyongyang, Deputy Chief
Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami told a press conference.
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Australia military says missing Osprey aircraft found underwater

SYDNEY - The Australian navy has recovered the submerged remains
of a U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft that crashed off the eastern
coast of Australia over the weekend, the defense minister said Monday.
Marise Payne said in a statement that survey ship HMAS Melville
located the MV-22 Osprey aircraft shortly after commencing survey
operations on Sunday night. Three Marines remain missing in the
incident involving the tilt-rotor aircraft, which can take off and
land like helicopters but cruise like fixed-wing airplanes.
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SoftBank chief says will make decision on Sprint expansion soon

TOKYO - SoftBank Group Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer Masayoshi Son said Monday his company is likely to make a
decision "in the near future" on how to expand its U.S. mobile
communications unit Sprint Corp.
"We are considering several options" for Sprint, Son said at a
press conference for the company's quarterly earnings announcement,
adding, "Negotiations are making gradual progress."
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Japan, Russia agree to advance joint activities on disputed isles

MANILA - Japan's new Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Russian
counterpart Sergey Lavrov agreed Monday to craft specific projects
for joint economic activities on Russian-held, Japanese-claimed
islands off Hokkaido, a government official said.
During their first bilateral talks in Manila, Kono and Lavrov
also confirmed that the two countries will hold a vice foreign
ministerial meeting on Aug. 17 in Moscow to discuss such activities,
the Japanese official said.


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SoftBank's group net profit falls 97.8% in April-June

TOKYO - SoftBank Group Corp. said Monday its group net profit in
the April to June period fell 97.8 percent from a year earlier to
5.52 billion yen ($49 million), following a one-time gain last year
from the sale of shares in an affiliate.
The Japanese telecommunications and internet services giant said
its group operating profit grew 50.1 percent to 479.27 billion yen on
improving profitability at U.S. mobile carrier subsidiary Sprint
Corp. Sales rose 2.8 percent to 2.19 trillion yen.
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Dollar firm in upper 110 yen range after strong U.S. jobs data

TOKYO - The U.S. dollar traded in the upper 110 yen range Monday
in Tokyo, maintaining gains from last week as stronger-than-expected
U.S. employment data raised hopes for another interest rate hike by
the Federal Reserve this year.
At 5 p.m., the dollar fetched 110.78-79 yen compared with
110.61-71 yen in New York and 110.08-09 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m.
Friday. It moved between 110.65 yen and 110.85 yen during the day,
changing hands most frequently at 110.75 yen.
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N. Korea slams new U.N. sanctions, pledges "righteous" action

MANILA - North Korea denounced Monday the latest U.N. sanctions
imposed after its tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last
month and pledged to take "righteous action."
In its first official reaction to the sanctions, approved over
the weekend by the Security Council, North Korea said the U.S.-led
additional measures are "a violent infringement of our sovereignty"
and that they will be categorically rejected.
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Japan's key bond yield inches up ahead of 30-year debt auction

TOKYO - The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese government
bond ended higher Monday as selling took the upper hand ahead of a
30-year debt auction the following day.
The yield on the No. 347, 0.1 percent issue, the main barometer
of long-term interest rates, ended interdealer trading at 0.065
percent, up 0.005 percentage point from Friday's close.
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N. Korea, S. Korea foreign ministers chat briefly in Manila

MANILA - The foreign ministers of North and South Korea held a
rare but very brief meeting over the weekend on the sidelines of
regional talks in Manila, a government source said Monday, amid
strained inter-Korean relations.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, however, said on
Sunday that Seoul's recent offer to resume dialogue between the two
countries "lacks sincerity," according to the South Korean government
source.
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Japan, S. Korea leaders hold phone talks over N. Korean missile

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean
President Moon Jae In talked over the phone Monday about North
Korea's second launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile late
last month, the Japanese government said.
The conversation took place after the U.N. Security Council
imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang to ban its exports of coal, iron,
iron ore, and seafood, which would slash the North's $3 billion
annual export revenue by a third.
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Japan, U.S., S. Korea vow to step up pressure on N. Korea

MANILA - The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and
South Korea agreed Monday to ramp up international pressure on North
Korea so as to compel the country to abandon its nuclear and
ballistic missile programs.
They affirmed it is vital that the international community as a
whole "steadily enforce" U.N. sanctions on North Korea, including the
latest package adopted Saturday in response to Pyongyang's
test-launches of two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month,
a Japanese official told reporters after a trilateral meeting in
Manila.
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Japan's new foreign minister to hold talks with S. Korea counterpart

TOKYO - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his South Korean
counterpart Kang Kyung Wha are scheduled to hold their first talks on
Monday, with attention focusing on whether Seoul will call for
renegotiating a bilateral deal on the matter of "comfort women."
Kang, South Korea's first female foreign minister, has been
eager to review the 2015 pact, under which the two nations agreed
that the issue of Korean women who were forced to work in Japan's
wartime military brothels was "resolved finally and irreversibly."
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Asia-Pacific foreign ministers to call for N. Korea's self-restraint

MANILA - Asia-Pacific foreign ministers are poised to urge North
Korea on Monday not to take any further action that threatens
regional peace when they meet for an annual security meeting.
This year's ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila gives them the first
opportunity to discuss concerns about North Korea in person about a
week after its second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile
in a month.
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Myanmar man arrested over stabbing of ex-girlfriend near Tokyo Station

TOKYO - A 28-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of
attempted murder after stabbing his 26-year-old former girlfriend on
a street in the Otemachi business district near JR Tokyo Station.
Both the victim, who temporarily fell unconscious, and the
suspect, Nyein Chang Aung, are students from Myanmar, the
Metropolitan Police Department said, adding the man has admitted to
the charge.
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Japan's Kono to ask China to do more to tackle N. Korea

MANILA - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is expected to call
on his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to do more to address threats from
North Korea at their first ministerial talks in Manila on Monday, a
Japanese source said.
Kono, who assumed his post last week, is also likely to urge
Beijing to steadily implement new U.N. sanctions and play a
constructive role in tackling North Korea's nuclear and ballistic
missile programs, the government source said.
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China urged by Japan not to send ships around Senkakus this summer

BEIJING - Japan has urged China not to send an inordinate number
of government and fishing vessels close to the Senkaku Islands, much
like what it did a year ago, through diplomatic channels numerous
times since this spring, a source familiar with bilateral ties said
Monday.
Japanese officials are concerned over a possible recurrence of
Chinese vessels' sailing near the uninhabited islets after this
summer's fishing suspension in nearby waters ends on Aug. 16 and its
potential negative impact on their slow but steady process of
improving bilateral ties.

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TOKYO, Aug. 7 Kyodo

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Tokyo stocks rise on strong Wall St., softer yen

TOKYO - Tokyo stocks rose Monday reflecting a strong performance
on Wall Street following upbeat U.S. jobs data while a softer yen
gave a lift to export-oriented shares.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended 103.56 points, or 0.52
percent, higher than Friday at 20,055.89. The broader Topix index of
all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 7.82
points, or 0.48 percent, higher at 1,639.27.
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SoftBank's group net profit falls 97.8% in April-June

TOKYO - SoftBank Group Corp. said Monday its group net profit in
the April to June period fell 97.8 percent from a year earlier to
5.52 billion yen ($49 million), following a one-time gain last year
from the sale of shares in a unit.
The Japanese telecommunications and internet services giant said
its group operating profit rose 50.1 percent to 479.27 billion yen on
sales of 2.19 trillion yen, up 2.8 percent.
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Yamanashi mayor arrested for fraud in city worker hiring process

TOKYO - Police said Monday they have arrested the mayor of
Yamanashi in central Japan for allegedly falsifying the results of a
recruitment test last year to aid an applicant for a public service
job.
Seiki Mochizuki, 70, the first-term mayor of the mountainous
city just outside Yamanashi Prefecture's capital Kofu, is suspected
of allegedly altering an official document to inflate the score of a
prospective city worker in the written part of a hiring examination.
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12-year prison term sought for Samsung Group's heir apparent

SEOUL - South Korean special prosecutors demanded a 12-year
prison term on Monday for Samsung Group heir-apparent Lee Jae Yong
over charges including bribery linked to the corruption and
influence-peddling scandal that brought down President Park Geun Hye.
The special prosecution team also sought a 10-year prison term
for three former Samsung executives and seven years for one other
former executive of the technology giant.
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ASEAN, Japan, China, S. Korea agree to bolster financial cooperation

MANILA - Foreign ministers from the 10 Association of Southeast
Asian Nations members plus Japan, China and South Korea agreed Monday
they will bolster financial cooperation to promote economic stability
in the region.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Asian financial
crisis which sent shockwaves through the region and rattled currency
and stock markets across the globe.
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Abe Cabinet approves vice ministers, aides after reshuffle

TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet approved a new
lineup of senior vice ministers and parliamentary vice ministers
Monday including a former chief of Japanese troops sent on a
reconstruction mission in Iraq.
The approval of 25 senior vice ministers and 27 parliamentary
vice ministers follows Friday's Cabinet reshuffle aimed at reviving
Abe's support ratings pulled down by a series of scandals linked to
former ministers and Abe himself.
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Japan, U.S., Australia rap China's military buildup in S. China Sea

MANILA - The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and
Australia on Monday lambasted China's military buildup in the South
China Sea and confirmed the importance of security cooperation in
dealing with a territorial dispute in the waters.
The three top envoys also "welcomed" the fresh sanctions on
North Korea that the U.N. Security Council adopted on Saturday in
response to Pyongyang's two long-range missile tests in July,
according to a joint statement released after their talks.
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Startup develops way to mass-produce platelets using iPS cells

KYOTO - Japanese medical startup Megakaryon Corp. said Monday it
has developed a way to mass-produce platelets, the component of blood
that clots to allow wounds to stop bleeding, using iPS cells.
The method will undergo clinical trials in the United States and
Japan over the next few years to judge if it can be safely used in
human blood transfusions, Megakaryon said. It hopes to obtain
government approval in Japan to bring its platelets to the market by
2020.
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Kyoto eyes introducing lodging tax amid increasing tourist numbers

KYOTO - The city of Kyoto aims to introduce a lodging tax in
2018 at the earliest to cope with issues stemming from a surge in the
number of tourists, based on a recommendation Monday from an advisory
panel.
"Based on the recommendation, we want to work out the system at
an early date so we can make a proposal to the city assembly in
September," Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa said after receiving a
report from the panel of experts.
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N. Korea, S. Korea foreign ministers chat briefly in Manila

MANILA - The foreign ministers of North and South Korea held a
rare but very brief meeting over the weekend on the sidelines of
regional talks in Manila, a government source said Monday, amid
strained inter-Korean relations.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, however, said on
Sunday that Seoul's recent offer to resume dialogue between the two
countries "lacks sincerity," according to the South Korean government
source.
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Kono asks Tillerson to ensure no recurrence of Osprey incident

MANILA - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono asked U.S.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday to ensure the safe
operation of U.S. Marine Corps Ospreys in Japan after one of the
controversial tilt-rotor aircraft crashed off the coast of Australia.
Kono asked the United States to fully investigate the crash,
provide Japan with information and prevent further Osprey-related
incidents, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said after their
brief meeting on the fringes of a series of regional foreign
ministerial gatherings in Manila.
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Opposition calls for sacking of new Okinawa minister after gaffe

TOKYO - Japan's main opposition party called Monday for the new
minister in charge of issues related to Okinawa to be sacked after he
made a gaffe just two days after being given the post in the latest
Cabinet reshuffle.
Tetsuma Esaki told reporters Saturday that he would "read aloud"
texts prepared by government officials so as not to make mistakes in
responding to questions in parliament, something ministers regularly
do but rarely admit to doing, especially in public.

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Tillerson says N. Korea must halt missile launches to talk: report

MANILA - North Korea must stop conducting missile tests if it
wants talks with the United States, U.S. Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson said Monday, according to a news report.
Tillerson was quoted by the Associated Press as saying in Manila
that halting missile launches would be the "first and strongest
signal" that Pyongyang could send to Washington for possible talks.
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Japan ruling party exec hails China's vote for N. Korea sanctions

TOKYO - The deputy head of Japan's ruling party on Monday hailed
China's voting in favor of a new U.N. Security Council sanctions
resolution on North Korea in response to its recent test-firing of
intercontinental ballistic missiles.
"I would like to express my respect for China taking a proactive
role," Liberal Democratic Party Vice President Masahiko Komura told
Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Communist Party
of China, as the two met at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo. The outset
of their talks was open to the media.
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Moon, Trump agree to put "maximum pressure," sanctions on N. Korea

SEOUL - South Korean President Moon Jae In and U.S. President
Donald Trump agreed in telephone talks Monday to apply "maximum
pressure" and implement sanctions imposed on North Korea to make it
abandon its nuclear and missile programs, Moon's spokesman said.
The leaders spoke by phone after the U.N. Security Council
imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday following
Pyongyang's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month,
the latest one on July 28, in defiance of past U.N. resolutions
banning its nuclear and ballistic missile activity.
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Japan's key bond yield rises on higher U.S. Treasury yields

TOKYO - The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese government
bond rose Monday morning, mirroring the advance in U.S. Treasury
yields late last week.
The yield on the No. 347, 0.1 percent issue, the main barometer
of long-term interest rates, ended morning interdealer trading at
0.065 percent, up 0.005 percentage point from Friday's close.
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Myanmar man arrested in stabbing of woman near Tokyo Station

TOKYO - A man was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted
murder after stabbing a woman on a street in the Otemachi business
district near JR Tokyo Station.
Both the victim, who remains unconscious, and the suspect are
believed to be from Myanmar and to know each other, the police said,
adding the man has admitted to the charge.
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Dollar firm in upper 110 yen range after strong U.S. jobs data

TOKYO - The U.S. dollar traded in the upper 110 yen range Monday
morning in Tokyo, remaining firm following the release of
stronger-than-expected U.S. employment data before the weekend.
At noon, the dollar bought 110.72-73 yen compared with 110.61-71
yen in New York and 110.08-09 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Friday.
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Tokyo stocks rise in morning on strong Dow, softer yen

TOKYO - Tokyo stocks rose Monday morning as market sentiment was
bolstered by the yen's depreciation and the Dow Jones Industrial
Average's record high hit late last week on upbeat U.S. jobs data.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average climbed 125.79 points, or
0.63 percent, from Friday to 20,078.12. The broader Topix index of
all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 9.76
points, or 0.60 percent, to 1,641.21.
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Yamanashi mayor to be arrested for fraud in city worker hiring process

TOKYO - Tokyo police plan to arrest the mayor of Yamanashi city
in central Japan for allegedly falsifying tests results to aid an
applicant for a public service job, investigative sources said Monday.
Seiki Mochizuki, 70, the first-term mayor of Yamanashi's
prefectural capital city since 2014, is suspected of altering an
official document in connection with the case.
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ASEAN, Japan, China, S. Korea top diplomats to discuss N. Korea

MANILA - Foreign ministers from the 10 Association of Southeast
Asian Nations members plus Japan, China and South Korea began talks
Monday in Manila, where they are set to discuss how to address
threats from North Korea.
Japan's new foreign minister, Taro Kono, is expected to call for
collaboration to increase pressure on Pyongyang to curb its nuclear
and missile ambitions and resolve the issue of North Korea's past
abductions of Japanese nationals.
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Japan's Kono holds 1st bilateral talks with U.S. secretary of state

MANILA - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono held talks Monday
with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Manila, their first
meeting since Kono took up his post in a Cabinet reshuffle last week.
Kono and Tillerson are expected to agree to strengthen the
bilateral alliance in light of North Korea's progress in its missile
and nuclear weapons development and China's military buildup and
assertive territorial claims in regional waters.
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N. Korea, S. Korea foreign ministers met bilaterally Sun.: Yonhap

MANILA - The foreign ministers of North and South Korea met on
Sunday on the sidelines of a regional security meeting being held in
Manila, Yonhap News Agency reported Monday.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha asked her North
Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho to respond to South Korean President
Moon Jae In's offer of inter-Korean dialogue, the report said.
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ASEAN expands "non-militarization, self-restraint" plea to all states

MANILA - The foreign ministers of 10 Southeast Asian countries
stressed "the importance of non-militarization and self-restraint"
for all activities in the South China Sea by all countries, according
to a statement released Sunday summing up their meeting the previous
day.
"We emphasized the importance of non-militarization and
self-restraint in the conduct of all activities by claimants and all
other states, including those mentioned in the DOC that could further
complicate the situation and escalate tensions in the South China
Sea," the ASEAN joint communique said.

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Japan, U.S., Australia foreign ministers meet over South China Sea

MANILA - The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and
Australia began talks in Manila on Monday, at which they are likely
to confirm the importance of their security cooperation amid China's
military buildup in the contested waters of the South China Sea.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, U.S. Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop gathered on
the sidelines of a series of regional meetings hosted by the
10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
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Tokyo stocks open higher on softer yen, gains on Wall St.

TOKYO - Tokyo stocks opened higher Monday, with buying prompted
by a softer yen and continued gains on Wall Street after upbeat U.S.
employment data.
In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock
Average rose 100.74 points, or 0.50 percent, from Friday to
20,053.07. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the
Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 8.24 points, or 0.51 percent, to 1,639.69.
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Dollar trades in upper 110 yen in early Tokyo deals

TOKYO - The U.S. dollar traded in the upper 110 yen range in
early Monday in Tokyo, up slightly from its levels in New York late
last week.
At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 110.79-81 yen compared with
110.61-71 yen in New York and 110.08-09 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Friday.
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FOCUS: S.E. Asia seeks Japan's regional role amid concern over Trump
Asia policy

MANILA - With President Donald Trump pulling the United States
out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and abandoning
predecessor Barack Obama's policy of a strategic rebalance, or
"pivot," to Asia, Southeast Asian scholars have urged Japan to play a
greater role in regional security.
They suggest that Japan, for example, should provide more patrol
vessels to the Philippines, Vietnam and other coastal states of the
South China Sea to boost their surveillance and law-enforcement
capabilities at a time when China is stepping up its assertive
territorial claims in the contested waterway.
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ASEAN expands "non-militarization, self-restraint" plea to all states

MANILA - The foreign ministers of 10 Southeast Asian countries
stressed "the importance of non-militarization and self-restraint"
for all activities in the South China Sea by all countries, according
to a statement released Sunday summing up their meeting the previous
day.
"We emphasized the importance of non-militarization and
self-restraint in the conduct of all activities by claimants and all
other states, including those mentioned in the DOC that could further
complicate the situation and escalate tensions in the South China
Sea," the ASEAN joint communique said.
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U.S., S. Korea, Japan to hold talks Mon. over N. Korea

MANILA - The foreign ministers of the United States, South Korea
and Japan will hold a meeting Monday in Manila to affirm their
coordination over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, South
Korea's Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
The meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, South
Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha and Japanese Foreign Minister
Taro Kono will take place two days after the U.N. Security Council
adopted fresh sanctions on North Korea in response to its
test-launches of two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.
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Japan's new foreign minister tackles N. Korea issue on int'l debut

MANILA - Japan's new Foreign Minister Taro Kono agreed Sunday
with his regional counterparts to put more pressure on North Korea to
abandon its nuclear and missile ambitions as he made his
international debut in Manila.
After arriving in the Philippine capital, Kono, who assumed his
post Thursday in a Cabinet reshuffle, met with the foreign chiefs of
the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations members, which all have
diplomatic relations with North Korea.
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Australia police release 2nd of 4 men detained over terror plot

SYDNEY - Australian police said Sunday that a second of four men
arrested over an alleged terrorist plot to bomb a plane has been
released from custody, after being charged with possession of a
prohibited weapon.
The 39-year-old man, identified by his lawyer as Khaled Merhi,
was detained along with the three others in police raids across
Sydney on July 29. He was released on bail and is to appear in court
on Aug. 24.
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N. Korea repeats stance on nuclear issue in talks with China

MANILA - North Korea's position on developing nuclear arms
remained unchanged Sunday after the U.N. Security Council imposed
tougher sanctions on it, described by U.S. President Donald Trump as
having a "big financial impact!"
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters that his North
Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho, in talks on the sidelines of a series
of regional meetings in Manila, reiterated Pyongyang's position on
the nuclear issue.
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Japan asks U.S. to refrain from flying Ospreys in Japan

TOKYO - Japan has asked the United States to refrain from flying
U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft in Japan after one of the
tilt-rotor planes crashed off Australia, Defense Minister Itsunori
Onodera said Sunday.
"We will continue to ask the United States (to refrain from
flying Ospreys) until we receive a solid explanation" about the
accident, Onodera told reporters after an Osprey crashed off the
coast of Queensland state Saturday, leaving three U.S. Marines
missing.
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Strong typhoon heading to Shikoku in western Japan

FUKUOKA - A strong, slow-moving typhoon may make landfall on
Japan's western main island of Shikoku early Monday after moving
along southwestern Japan, the weather agency said, with at least one
person dead and several injured.
As of 8 p.m., Typhoon Noru was roughly 130 kilometers
south-southwest of Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku island, moving
northeast at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour with an atmospheric
pressure of 975 hectopascals at its center and packing winds of up to
162 kph, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
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Japan's new foreign minister tackles N. Korea issue on int'l debut

MANILA - Japan's new Foreign Minister Taro Kono agreed Sunday
with his regional counterparts to put more pressure on North Korea to
abandon its nuclear and missile ambitions as he made his
international debut in Manila.
After arriving in the Philippine capital, Kono, who assumed his
post Thursday in a Cabinet reshuffle, met with the foreign chiefs of
the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He also held talks with
Lim Jock Seng, Brunei's second minister of foreign affairs and trade.