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Topic - Kyodo News
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts this weekend to coordinate policies on North Korea, as Pyongyang appears to have stepped back from its recent provocations and bellicose rhetoric in favor of a more conciliatory stance.
The diplomatically isolated democratic island of Taiwan won a major international victory this week as the country's president and first lady took part in the papal investiture at the Vatican.
Japan braced for more heavy rain and floods Monday as the death toll from the worst typhoon to hit the country in seven years climbed to 34. Rescuers searched for 55 others who remained missing, and tens of thousands of families struggled without power or telephone service.
The cancellation of soccer games in Japan was extended into early April because of the devastation from the earthquake, tsunami and radiation leaks.
TOKYO — Japan's defense minister yesterday said the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States during World War II was an inevitable way to end the war, drawing criticism from atomic bomb survivors.