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New NHK boss says Japan's World War Two policy of forcing conquered women into brothels was "common in every country".
Big win a major boost for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party ahead of a July national vote.
Japan diplomat faces calls for resignation after video shows him telling delegates at a UN meeting to "shut up".
Osaka official's claim that sex slaves during Second World War were military necessity is slammed by defence minister.
Toru Hashimoto had urged visits by US troops to legal adult entertainment businesses as a way to reduce sex crimes.
Two South Korean women, who had been used as 'comfort women' in the war, say they "don't need to be trampled on again".
State Department says comments by mayor that sex slaves were "necessary" during World War II were "outrageous".
Toru Hashimoto's remarks that soldiers needed prostitutes to "maintain discipline" during World War II spark anger.
Polls suggest Liberal Democratic Party of ex-prime minister Shinzo Abe would take the lead in Sunday's elections.
Mainstream parties in Japan are losing the trust of the people as renegade politicians gain support.
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UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
 
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