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The "Population Strategy Council," comprised of private sector experts, published a recommendation on Tuesday suggesting that Japan should aim to be a nation with a total population of 80 million by the year 2100.

Japan's prime minister Fumio Kishida has offered his condolences after five people died in a plane disaster. (The Independent)

The Japanese government has approved, in place of the prefectural government, ground improvement work as part of a project to relocate a US Marine base in Okinawa Prefecture. (NHK)

A move by Japan to provide Patriot air defence systems to Ukraine will have "grave consequences" for Russia-Japan ties, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday. (CNA)

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has begun sea trials of its helicopter carrier JS Kaga (DDH 184) after undergoing major modifications of the vessel to operate the F-35B fighter jets, the JMSDF announced on December 25. (navalnews.com)

NHK has learned that five senior members of the Abe faction in Japan's main ruling Liberal Democratic Party have said they did not know that part of the revenues from fundraising parties were not recorded in the faction's political funds reports. (NHK)

Japan's government has approved a record defense budget of 56 billion dollars for next year. That makes the Asian country the world’s biggest military spender after the United States and China. (DW News)

Japan's government has approved a draft budget for fiscal 2024 totaling about 112 trillion yen, or about 789 billion dollars. (NHK)