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TOKYO, Oct. 11 Kyodo

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Iran's Rouhani warns U.S. against pulling out of nuclear deal

TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday warned
the United States not to scrap the Iran nuclear deal and said
blacklisting the country's powerful security service would be a
"fatal mistake."
Iran would interpret any move toward pulling out of the landmark
2015 deal as a "betrayal" and against the interests of the Middle
East, Rouhani told a weekly Cabinet session broadcast on state-run
television.
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Kobe Steel data falsification expands to iron powder

TOKYO - Kobe Steel Ltd. said Wednesday it falsified inspection
data for iron powder in addition to aluminum and copper, broadening
the scope of a scandal that has rocked Japan's manufacturing industry.
Japan's third largest steelmaker said an internal probe revealed
that at least 140 tons of iron powder shipped in fiscal 2016 did not
meet customer specifications. It also said subsidiary Kobelco
Research Institute had fabricated data on a material used in the
production of liquid crystal displays and DVDs called sputtering
target material.
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Myanmar driving Rohingya out, preventing return: U.N. panel

GENEVA - Myanmar's military operations in strife-torn Rakhine
State aim not only to drive the Rohingya Muslims out of the country
but prevent their return, according to a U.N. report released
Wednesday.
The report compiled by a human rights team reinforces the
assertion made in September by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the U.N. high
commissioner for human rights, that the military operations against
the Rohingya appeared to be "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing."
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CCTV footage of deadly attack on Kim Jong Nam replayed in court

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - A Malaysian court was on Wednesday shown
airport security camera footage that captured Kim Jong Nam's final
moments after two women allegedly attacked him with the nerve agent
VX.
The court was also shown silent clips taken at the airport two
days before the murder in which Doan Thi Huong, one of the two
accused, was seen "practicing" the planned attack on a random
bystander.
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Nobel Peace Prize winner raps Japan over nuclear weapon treaty

TOKYO - A key member of an international organization that won
this year's Nobel Peace Prize criticized Wednesday the Japanese
government for effectively ignoring a landmark U.N. treaty that
outlaws nuclear weapons.
"This extraordinary silence on this treaty by the Japanese
government is very, very disappointing and frustrating," Akira
Kawasaki of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
said at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.
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U.S. military chopper bursts into flames on landing in Okinawa

TOKYO - A U.S. CH-53 transport helicopter burst into flames when
it landed around a military training area in Okinawa on Wednesday,
the Japanese Defense Ministry said.
The helicopter's crew was not injured in the incident that
occurred in the Northern Training Area on Okinawa's main island,
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters.
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H.K. leader Lam sets out priorities in maiden policy address

HONG KONG - Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam outlined an
ambitious plan to boost the territory's economy, relieve the housing
crunch and tackle social welfare issues in her maiden policy address
Wednesday.
In the speech at the Legislative Council, Lam, who took office
on July 1, skirted around the issue of restarting Hong Kong's
political reform process, which has been stalled since a major
pro-democracy demonstration in 2014.
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China's Communist Party opens high-ranking meeting ahead of congress

BEIJING - China's Communist Party opened Wednesday a meeting of
senior members to make final arrangements for its twice-a-decade
congress due to start next week.
The plenary session of the Central Committee is expected to run
for around four days, during which high-ranking members are expected
to endorse a draft amendment to the party's constitution that will
help leader Xi Jinping further consolidate his power.
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Japanese beef brings increasing business to Taiwan restaurant chain

TAIPEI - A restaurant chain in Taiwan has seen its business jump
by at least 50 percent since it began importing Japanese beef after a
ban on such beef was conditionally lifted less than a month ago.
The Kanpai Group, the first importer of Japanese beef since the
ban was lifted on Sept. 18, has so far received two shipments from an
exporter in Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan.
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4 killed as Indian commandos, militants clash in Kashmir

NEW DELHI - Two Indian commandos and two militants were killed
Wednesday in a clash in the Indian-administered part of divided
Kashmir, local media reported.
According to the Press Trust of India, the Lashkar-e-Taiba
militants opened fire on the security forces, triggering the gun
battle, in the Bandipora district.
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96 Japanese visit disputed S. Korea-controlled islets since 2005

SEOUL - A total of 96 Japanese people have visited a pair of
South Korea-controlled, Japan-claimed islets in the Sea of Japan over
the last dozen years, a Seoul daily reported Wednesday.
The Japanese visitors are among some 1.94 million people who
travelled to the islets, known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in
Japanese, over the 12-year period from 2005, the JoongAng Ilbo
reported, citing data released by the local management office for the
islets in Ulleung County, South Gyeongsang Province.
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Dollar stays in lower 112 yen, underpinned by buoyant equities

TOKYO - The U.S. dollar stayed firm in the lower 112 yen zone
Wednesday in Tokyo as the buoyant equity markets at home and abroad
helped boost traders' risk appetite.
At 5 p.m., the dollar fetched 112.28-30 yen compared with
112.40-50 yen in New York and 112.55-56 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m.
Tuesday. It moved between 112.23 yen and 112.58 yen during the day,
changing hands most frequently at 112.33 yen.


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96 Japanese visit disputed S. Korea-controlled islets since 2005+

SEOUL, Oct. 11 Kyodo - A total of 96 Japanese people have
visited a pair of South Korea-controlled, Japan-claimed islets in the
Sea of Japan over the last dozen years, a Seoul daily reported
Wednesday.
The Japanese visitors are among some 1.94 million people who
travelled to the islets, known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in
Japanese, over the 12-year period from 2005, the JoongAng Ilbo
reported, citing data released by the local management office for the
islets in Ulleung County, South Gyeongsang Province.
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Tokyo Stock Exchange to remove Toshiba shares from watch list

TOKYO - The Tokyo Stock Exchange said Wednesday it will remove
Toshiba Corp. shares from its watch list, confirming the company's
internal controls have improved following an accounting scandal.
The decision by the bourse, effective Thursday, means the
technology giant lessens its risk of delisting. But it still needs to
address financial challenges by next March, and if it fails the stock
will be removed from the exchange.
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Japan's key bond yield rises on Nikkei's 21-year high+

TOKYO, Oct. 11 Kyodo - The yield on the benchmark 10-year
Japanese government bond ended higher Wednesday as investors sold the
safe-haven debt as the Nikkei stock index ended at a roughly 21-year
high.
The yield on the No. 348, 0.1 percent issue, the main yardstick
of long-term interest rates, ended interdealer trading at 0.060
percent, up 0.005 percentage point from Tuesday's close.
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Volcano in southwestern Japan erupts for 1st time in 6 years

MIYAZAKI, Japan - A volcano on the southwestern main island of
Kyushu erupted early Wednesday for the first time in six years,
prompting the Japan Meteorological Agency to raise its volcanic alert
level.
Mt. Shinmoe, straddling the borders of Kagoshima and Miyazaki
prefectures, had been showing intensifying volcanic activity, such as
an increasing number of volcanic earthquakes, since late last month,
the agency said.
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Nikkei ends at near 21-yr high on hopes for global economic recovery

TOKYO - The Nikkei stock index ended Wednesday at its highest
level since December 1996, continuing a seven-day winning streak
supported by expectations for economic recovery at home and abroad.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 57.76 points, or
0.28 percent, from Tuesday at 20,881.27. The broader Topix index of
all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 1.67
points, or 0.10 percent, higher at 1,696.81.
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1st Japan food export fair opens in Chiba

TOKYO - A three-day trade show of Japanese food opened Wednesday
in Chiba, east of Tokyo, the first of its kind to help expand exports
of the country's farm and fisheries products as "washoku" gains
popularity among overseas health-conscious consumers.
More than 1,000 buyers from 66 countries and regions are
expected to attend the first government-backed "Japan's Food" Export
Fair at the Makuhari Messe convention center through Friday, at which
some 20,000 items including farmed tuna, sake and halal-certified
miso soybean paste from about 300 exhibitors will be displayed.
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Sickness prompts prisoner to repent, confesses past murder

YOKOHAMA - A man serving a 10-year jail term for attempted
murder has confessed to murdering another woman in 2006, saying he
"has changed his mind to repent after falling sick," investigative
sources said Wednesday.
Hirokazu Suzuki, 37, who is suffering from a cerebral
infarction, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stabbing Yuri
Kuronuma, 27, in Kawasaki, near Tokyo in September 2006.
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Gov't ordered to pay damages over noise problem at U.S. Yokota base

TOKYO - A Japanese court on Wednesday ordered the government to
pay damages to residents around the U.S. Yokota Air Base in the
suburbs of Tokyo over aircraft noise while dismissing the plaintiffs'
calls to halt some flights.
The Tachikawa branch of the Tokyo District Court ordered the
government to pay a total of about 610 million yen ($5.4 million) for
past noise in the suit filed by around 1,000 residents near the
Yokota base shared by Japan's Air Self-Defense Force. The ruling,
however, nixed the demand for a halt to nighttime and early morning
flights of U.S. and SDF aircraft.
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1st Japan food export fair opens in Chiba

TOKYO - A three-day trade show of Japanese food opened Wednesday
in Chiba, east of Tokyo, the first of its kind to help expand exports
of the country's farm and fisheries products as "washoku" gains
popularity among overseas health-conscious consumers.
More than 1,000 buyers from 66 countries and regions are
expected to attend the first government-backed "Japan's Food" Export
Fair at the Makuhari Messe convention center through Friday, at which
some 20,000 items including farmed tuna, sake and halal-certified
miso soybean paste from about 300 exhibitors will be displayed.
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Sickness prompts prisoner to repent, confesses past murder

YOKOHAMA - A man serving a 10-year jail term for attempted
murder has confessed to murdering another woman in 2006, saying he
"has changed his mind to repent after falling sick," investigative
sources said Wednesday.
Hirokazu Suzuki, 37, who is suffering from a cerebral
infarction, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stabbing Yuri
Kuronuma, 27, in Kawasaki, near Tokyo in September 2006.
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Gov't ordered to pay damages over noise problem at U.S. Yokota base

TOKYO - A Japanese court on Wednesday ordered the government to
pay damages to residents around the U.S. Yokota Air Base in the
suburbs of Tokyo over aircraft noise while dismissing the plaintiffs'
calls to halt some flights.
The Tachikawa branch of the Tokyo District Court ordered the
government to pay a total of about 610 million yen ($5.4 million) for
past noise in the suit filed by around 1,000 residents near the
Yokota base shared by Japan's Air Self-Defense Force. The ruling,
however, nixed the demand for a halt to nighttime and early morning
flights of U.S. and SDF aircraft.
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Giant panda cub turns 4 months old, may be shown to public from Dec.

TOKYO - A female giant panda cub born at a Tokyo zoo turned 4
months old Wednesday and may be put on display to meet visitors from
around December, the zoo operator said.
Xiang Xiang, born June 12, is growing healthily, weighing 7.7
kilograms and measuring 69.8 centimeters as of Tuesday, the Ueno
Zoological Gardens said.
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U.S. B-1B bombers conduct joint drills with Japan, S. Korea fighters

TOKYO/SEOUL - Japan's Air Self-Defense Force said Wednesday a
pair of U.S. B-1B strategic bombers conducted joint drills with two
ASDF F-15 fighters Tuesday night before holding similar nighttime
drills with South Korean fighters.
The first nighttime exercises involving B-1B bombers from the
U.S. Pacific Command and fighters from Japan and South Korea were
apparently aimed at displaying to North Korea that the United States
and its Asian allies are prepared to deal with any military
provocation.
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Politically savvy teen casts 1st early vote in lower house election

OSAKA - An 18-year-old high school student cast Wednesday the
first early vote in Japan's House of Representatives election, which
was open to those aged 18 and 19 for the first time.
Natsuki Nakagawa was at the head of the queue outside a polling
station in Mino, Osaka Prefecture when it opened at 6:30 a.m., the
earliest to do so in the country.
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Japanese firms eye aging Thai population with products for elderly

BANGKOK - A leading wheelchair maker and hospital operator from
Japan are seeking to expand in Thailand with an eye on products and
services for the elderly as the country's population rapidly ages.
Matsunaga Manufactory Co., based in the central Japan prefecture
of Gifu, expects to double sales of its premium wheelchair model in
Southeast Asia this year from 40 million baht ($1.2 million) in 2016,
with Thailand constituting half the revenue.
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Companies from central Japan's Toyama seek partners in Myanmar

YANGON - Manufacturers from the central Japan prefecture of
Toyama are seeking partners in Myanmar, eyeing the growing business
potential of the Southeast Asian country.
A total of 13 Toyama firms, from sectors such as
pharmaceuticals, industrial equipment and construction, met Monday
with their local counterparts during a business seminar held in
Myanmar's commercial capital, Yangon.

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Companies from central Japan's Toyama seek partners in Myanmar

YANGON - Manufacturers from the central Japan prefecture of
Toyama are seeking partners in Myanmar, eyeing the growing business
potential of the Southeast Asian country.
A total of 13 Toyama firms, from sectors such as
pharmaceuticals, industrial equipment and construction, met Monday
with their local counterparts during a business seminar held in
Myanmar's commercial capital, Yangon.
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Tokyo stocks gain on Wall St. rises, strong machinery orders

TOKYO - Tokyo stocks gained Wednesday morning, with the Nikkei
index on track to hit a 21-year intraday high, as Wall Street shares
rose overnight and upbeat machinery orders in Japan helped improve
sentiment.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 46.73 points, or 0.22
percent, from Tuesday to 20,870.24. The broader Topix index of all
First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 0.89 point,
or 0.05 percent, to 1,696.03.
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Japan's key bond yield rises ahead of 30-year debt auction

TOKYO - The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese government
bond rose Wednesday morning as investors sold the debt to adjust
their holdings ahead of a 30-year bond auction.
The yield on the No. 348, 0.1 percent issue, the main barometer
of long-term interest rates, ended morning interdealer trading at
0.060 percent, up 0.005 percentage point from Tuesday's close.
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83-year-old man drives car on train track for 1.2 km

SAPPORO - An 83-year-old man drove a car on a railway track for
about 1.2 kilometers before becoming stuck at a crossing in northern
Japan, but no trains were passing at the time and he was not injured,
police said Wednesday.
The man apparently entered the railway track at another crossing
on the JR Muroran Line in Hokkaido around 10 p.m. Tuesday and
continued to drive the vehicle after passing Shiraoi Station,
according to the police.
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2 U.S. B-1B bombers conduct joint drills with S. Korea fighters

SEOUL - A pair of U.S. B-1B strategic bombers conducted joint
drills with two South Korean F-15K fighter jets over and near the
Korean Peninsula on Tuesday night, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of
Staff said Wednesday.
The joint drills involving the bombers based in the U.S. Pacific
territory of Guam appeared to be aimed at deterring further North
Korean nuclear or missile tests as Pyongyang celebrated the founding
anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea on Tuesday.
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Gov't ordered to pay damages over noise problem at U.S. Yokota base

TOKYO - A Japanese court on Wednesday ordered the government to
pay damages to residents around the U.S. Yokota Air Base in the
suburbs of Tokyo over aircraft noise while dismissing the plaintiffs'
calls to halt some flights.
The Tachikawa branch of the Tokyo District Court ordered the
government to pay a total of about 610 million yen ($5.4 million) for
past noise to around 1,000 residents near the Yokota base, which also
hosts facilities of Japan's Air Self-Defense Force, but nixed the
demand for a halt to nighttime and early morning flights of U.S. and
SDF aircraft.
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S. Korea, U.S., Japan vice foreign ministers to meet in Seoul

SEOUL - Vice foreign ministers from South Korea, the United
States and Japan will meet in Seoul on Oct. 18 to discuss trilateral
cooperation amid the North Korean threat, South Korea's Foreign
Ministry said Wednesday.
The meeting will bring together South Korean Vice Foreign
Minister Lim Sung Nam, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan
and Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama.
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Volcano in southwestern Japan erupts for 1st time in 6 years

MIYAZAKI, Japan - A volcano on the southwestern main island of
Kyushu erupted early Wednesday for the first time in six years, the
Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Mt. Shinmoe, straddling the borders of Kagoshima and Miyazaki
prefectures, had been showing intensifying volcanic activity, such as
an increasing number of volcanic earthquakes, since late last month.


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FOCUS: Odds may now favor Abe on Constitution change as rival shares
views

TOKYO - For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a new party led by Tokyo
Gov. Yuriko Koike has emerged as one of the main challengers to his
grip on power in the upcoming election. But in the context of
achieving his goal of realizing the first-ever amendment of Japan's
postwar Constitution, he may have gained a strong partner.
In its campaign pledges, Koike's Party of Hope has vowed to push
for discussions to revise the supreme law, including the
war-renouncing Article 9, leaving room to work with Abe's Liberal
Democratic Party, which shares the same view on the issue, after the
Oct. 22 election.
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Japan's August machinery orders up 3.4% on month

TOKYO - Japan's core private-sector machinery orders rose 3.4
percent in August from the previous month to 882.4 billion yen, the
government said Wednesday.
The orders, which exclude those for ships and from utilities
because of their volatility, are widely viewed as an indicator of
future capital spending by companies.
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SoftBank to invest in 2 U.S. IT start-ups

NEW YORK - Japan's SoftBank Group Corp. is poised to invest in
two U.S. information technology start-ups, the two firms said Tuesday.
The move comes after the Japanese company and Saudi Arabia's
sovereign wealth fund launched a nearly $100 billion fund in May
along with Apple Inc. and others to invest in technology venture
companies.
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At least 15 dead from wildfires in Northern California

LOS ANGELES - Fierce wildfires in Northern California have
killed at least 15 people and left some 200 others missing, U.S.
media reported Tuesday.
President Donald Trump said the federal government will be there
for the people of California as the wildfires rage through the
state's famed wine country.
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Catalan leader delays independence

MADRID - Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday
delayed a formal declaration of independence from Spain to explore
the possibility of holding dialogue with Madrid.
He made the remark in a speech at the Catalan parliament in
Barcelona after the central government denounced the region's Oct. 1
independence referendum as illegal.
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Hino to build truck plant in Russia

MOSCOW - Japan's Hino Motors Ltd. said Tuesday it will build a
truck plant near Moscow with an investment of about 1.89 billion yen
($16.78 million).
Hino will start construction of the 2,000-trucks-a-year factory
in Khimki in the spring of 2018 with production of medium-duty trucks
to be launched in 2019 and that of light-duty trucks in 2020.
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Police arrest woman for graffiti at temple in central Japan

NAGANO, Japan - Police arrested a woman on Tuesday for alleged
vandalism at a temple in central Japan, while also looking into her
potential connection with graffiti at a nearby historic temple.
The 47-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion that she made
x-marks on columns and other parts of a temple in the city of Nagano
at around 11 a.m. Sunday, the police said.
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IMF raises Japan's growth forecast to 1.5% on broad-based global
recovery

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday forecast
Japan's economy will grow 1.5 percent this year, up 0.2 percentage
point from its estimate in July, as the "broad-based" global recovery
has gathered steam.
In its latest World Economic Outlook, the IMF raised its global
growth projection by 0.1 point to 3.6 percent in 2017 and by 0.1
point to 3.7 percent in 2018.