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    Minutes of a recent governing board meeting of Japan's public broadcaster NHK seem to back up suspicions that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, despite his denials, is trying to use Japan's news giant to promote his nationalist agenda.

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    Japan NHK boss under fire for comfort women remark

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    9-foot giant squid captured on video in ocean depths

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  • A boy slips his grandmother's vote into a ballot box at a polling station in Tokyo on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

    Conservative LDP party wins in landslide in Japan

    Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party returned to power in a landslide election victory Sunday after three years in opposition, exit polls showed, signaling a rightward shift in the government that could further heighten tensions with rival China.

  • Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will get a second chance to lead the nation after a stint in 2006 and 2007. (Associated Press)

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    Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party returned to power in a landslide election victory Sunday after three years in opposition, exit polls showed, signaling a rightward shift in the government that could further heighten tensions with rival China.

  • Flames rise from houses and debris half submerged in tsunami in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture (state) after Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

    Hundreds killed in tsunami after 8.9 Japan quake

    A ferocious tsunami unleashed by Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it carried away ships, cars and homes, and triggered widespread fires that burned out of control.

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