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(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TOKYO, March 15 -- (Kyodo) _ ---------- Japan Coast Guard shows footage of patrol vessel near Senkakus
NAHA, Japan - The Japan Coast Guard on Friday released video footage for the first time of one of its vessels patrolling the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands that are at the center of a territorial row with China.
The coast guard released the 35-minute footage recorded between Dec. 28 and Jan. 5, with Tokyo and Beijing at loggerheads over the islands claimed by China, which it calls Diaoyu.
---------- N. Korea fires 2 short-range missiles into Sea of Japan: Yonhap
SEOUL - North Korea fired off two short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan on Friday amid heightened tension following its February nuclear test, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing a military source in Seoul.
"A North Korean military unit on drill test-fired two shots of short-range missiles, presumed to be KN-02 missiles, into the East Sea," the source said, using the Korean-preferred name for that body of water.
---------- Japan raises estimate of debris amount reaching N. America
TOKYO - Japan said Friday it has substantially raised its estimate of the amount of debris from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami reaching the western coast of North America by October this year to 221,000 tons.
The accumulated amount of quake debris that will reach the North American coast is likely to be 30,000 tons by April, 105,000 tons by June and 173,000 tons by August, according to an estimate by the Environment Ministry.
---------- TPP talks welcomed by business lobbies, opposed by farmers
TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's announcement Friday that Japan intends to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations was welcomed by major business lobbies while farmers and medical groups remained opposed to the move.
"The swift decision to join the TPP negotiations is the fruit of the premier's strong leadership and negotiating power, and we evaluate it highly," said Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, which represents Japanese automakers, electronics manufacturers and the nation's other largest companies.
---------- Indonesia executes Nigerian drug smuggler
JAKARTA - Indonesia on Friday executed a Nigerian man who was convicted of smuggling heroin into the country, a government official said.
A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said Adami Wilson, 48, who also carried a Malawi passport, was shot to death by a firing squad on an island off Jakarta in the predawn hours.
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