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DEC 15, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Japan's Abe faces battle on reforms despite win

In Sunday's snap election, the conservative Liberal Democratic Party that has ruled for most of the post-World War II era locked up a solid majority of at least 291 seats. Kyodo news agency estimated voter turnout at 52.7 percent, a post-World War II record low and down nearly 7 percentage points from the previous lower house election in 2012. The ...

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DEC 14, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Japan Abe faces battle on reforms despite vote win

In Sunday's snap election, the conservative Liberal Democrats who have ruled for most of the post-World War II era locked up a solid majority of at least 291 seats. The "Abenomics" blend of aggressive monetary easing, public spending and economic reforms has pushed share prices higher and weakened the value of the Japanese yen, helping big exporters like Toyota Motor ...

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DEC 14, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Japan’s ruling coalition wins big in lower house elections

The conservative Liberal Democratic Party, which has ruled for most of the post-World War II era, locked up a solid majority, and appeared headed to winning at least two-thirds of the House of Representatives together with its coalition partner, the Buddhist-backed Komei party. Abe, who took office two years ago, called Sunday’s snap election last month, saying he wanted a ...

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DEC 09, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

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Evacuation effort credited with minimizing typhoon casualties in Philippines

Government officials and aid workers on Tuesday credited a major evacuation effort for helping to avert more severe casualties as Typhoon Hagupit, now downgraded to a tropical storm, barreled through the Philippines, collapsing houses, uprooting trees and triggering landslides and flash floods.

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DEC 09, 2014 - The Guardian

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Typhoon Hagupit: UN using crowdsourcing platform to help assess damage

The United Nations is working with crowdsourcing platform, MicroMappers, to assess how much destruction has been caused by the latest typhoon to hit the PhilippinesAt least 27 people have been killed and a million people evacuated after Typhoon Hagupit (locally known as Ruby) made landfall in the Philippines on Saturday night. Though Hagupit appears to be weakening as it approaches ...

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