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A Russian tall ship recognized as the world's biggest sail ship arrived in Nagasaki on Monday during its first round-the-world voyage since its construction in 1921.

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ADB president Kuroda downplays speculation over central bank role

Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda voices support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's financial policies but keeps mum about speculation he may become the next Bank of Japan governor.

Senior LDP lawmaker urges a swift decision on fate of offline reactors

A senior lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party says it is necessary for the government to determine whether to resume nuclear plant operations at an early date.

National Foundation Day holiday inspires Constitution-related events

Many groups in Japan organize political events Monday, the National Foundation Day holiday, on themes of celebration of the country's establishment and a possible revision of the Constitution.

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