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Prime minister is proposing to rename the Self Defence Force in move that could give forces new role.
Former finance minister must reassure a Japanese public that has now seen six prime ministers in five years.
One dead and five missing as heavy rains burst rivers and dykes in Niigata and tsunami-hit Fukushima prefectures.
Government says cooling efforts at quake-hit Fukushima complex showing improvement, but situation remains uncertain.

Japan's failure to learn the lessons of attacks over the last three years have left the country wide open to the sort of mayhem perpetrated in recent weeks in southern Russia and Jakarta, according to a leading military analyst in Tokyo.

Julian Ryall in Tokyo
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Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
 
 
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