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B. 2017-05-17 Princess Mako to lose royal status by marrying commoner Japan
2016-08-08 Japan's Emperor Akihito hints at wish to abdicate Tokyo
3. 2016-06-14 Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe resigns over spending scandal Tokyo
4. 2016-02-11 Japan 'paternity leave' MP quits amid affair scandal Tokyo
F. 2015-01-24 Japan PM Abe condemns hostage 'death' video Tokyo
6. 2014-10-19 Two Japan ministers quit amid rows Tokyo
H. 2013-11-03 S Korea's Park rules out Japan talks South Korea
I. 2013-05-27 Japanese mayor apologizes for saying US troops should visit adult businesses Osaka, Japan

Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe resigns over spending scandal   The governor of Tokyo has said he is standing down amid a spending scandal, Japanese media report Japan 'paternity leave' MP quits amid affair scandal   Tokyo: Kensuke Miyazaki who sparked a national debate about paternity leave has quit after admitting to having an affair as his wife was due to give... PM Abe offers 'deep repentance' over war with US. U.S. Congress   Japan PM Abe condemns hostage 'death' video Map of Tokyo  Tokyo: Prime minister has condemned as 'outrageous and unacceptable' a video declaring the murder of hostage Haruna Yukawa by Islamic State Two Japan ministers quit amid rows   Tokyo: Justice Minister Midori Matsushima has resigned, hours after the resignation of Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi S Korea's Park rules out Japan talks. South Korea Japanese mayor apologizes for saying US troops should visit adult businesses   Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto apologizes for saying US troops should visit adult businesses to reduce rapes and other assaults   Japan's Shinzo Abe voted in as PM  Conservative former PM Shinzo Abe has been voted in as prime minister again by Japan's MPs, after his party's poll victory earlier this mont... Akihito heart surgery 'a success'   Tokyo: Japan's Emperor Akihito has undergone a successful heart bypass operation at a hospital in Tokyo, media reports say Japan's emperor has heart surgery. Tokyo Japan 'to sack gaffe ministers' Japan politician Ozawa on trial. Tokyo Trade minister Hachiro quits over gaffe Parliament elects new prime minister Yoshihiko Noda wins leadership race  Governing Democratic Party (DPJ) has chosen Finance Minister as its leader, lining him up to become the country's sixth prime minister in five year   Japan's Prime Minister Kan quits  Naoto Kan has resigned, clearing the way for Japan's sixth leader in five years. Kan was criticised for his handling of deadly earthquake Japan dismisses nuclear officials Minister Matsumoto quits over rebuilding   PM: Japan crisis 'worst since WWII'  Naoto Kan has said Japan is experiencing its greatest hardships since World War II as it tackles the aftermath of an earthquake, tsunami Japan PM admits foreign donations Japan foreign minister quits Japan minister quits over gaffe DPJ chooses Naoto Kan as leader
  Princess Mako to lose royal status by marrying commoner  The 25-year-old eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito will become engaged to law firm worker Kei Komuro, also 25 Japan's Emperor Akihito hints at wish to abdicate Map of Tokyo

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  Tokyo: 82-year-old Emperor Akihito has strongly indicated he wants to step down, saying he fears his age will make it difficult to fulfil his duties

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  Ruling party is making the outgoing finance minister almost certain to become prime minister after the resignation of the country's previous leader.    Kan, 63, will become Japan's fifth prime minister in 3 y...


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  Parliament has formally confirmed Yukio Hatoyama as the prime minister. His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory last month
 PM Yukio Hatoyama has promised economic revival and strong US ties, vowed to deliver a 'people-oriented society' His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory, ending 50 years of almost unbroken Liberal Democratic Party rule
Feb.16 Finance minister to resign  Shoichi Nakagawa come under fire after appearing intoxicated at a weekend news conference at the G-7 meeting in Rome

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Sep.1   Beleaguered PM Fukuda resigns
  Yasuo Fukuda popularity plummeted after the government introduced a much-criticized medical plan for the elderly

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Sep.22   Fukuda set to be new PM
  The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has chosen moderate lawmaker as its new leader and likely replacement for Shinzo Abe as PM Sep.12   Abe treated for exhaustion  Prime minister was treated at a hospital for exhaustion, a day after he announced he would quit Sep.11   PM Abe resigns
  Prime Minister's year-old government has suffered a string of damaging scandals and a humiliating electoral defeat.    Abe had faced growing calls to go since his Liberal Democrats lost the upper house, insisting he wanted to push th...
Jul.31 Scandal-hit farm minister resigns Apr.18 Nagasaki's mayor murdered  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has denounced the murder of Itcho Ito as unforgivable. Ito was shot while out campaigning for re-election

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Sep.25   Abe elected as new premier
  The parliament has elected conservative Shinzo Abe as the nation's new prime minister by 339 of 475 votes.    Abe guaranteed the position after winning leadership election for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Abe ,52, is Japan's youngest prime minister s...
Sep.20 Shinzo Abe chosen to lead LDP

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Apr.21 PM Koizumi apologises over war
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Apr.23 Koizumi bounds to front in PM race
Apr.5 Mori confirms plans to resign  Japan's unpopular Prime Minister told his cabinet that he intends to resign Mar.10 Prime minister to step down

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