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Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, speaking on Tuesday at a rally for ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidates in Sunday's Tokyo Metropolitan assembly election, asked for voter support saying the request was from "the defense ministry, the Self-Defense Forces, the defense minister and the LDP."

By law puma suede heart satin gris , the SDF, as Japan's military is known, must be politically neutral. Inada withdrew the remark at an impromptu news conference, saying it could be "misunderstood."

The July 2 vote for the Tokyo Metropolitan assembly is on the surface a referendum on Governor Yuriko Koike's first year in office, but it is also shaping up as a chance for voters in the capital to express their views on Abe's administration.

Koike is aiming for her new "Tokyo Residents First" party and its allies to win a majority in the 127-seat assembly, while the LDP hopes to keep its status as the biggest party.

Abe's support slumped in surveys released last week on voter concerns about suspicions that he helped a friend get permission to open a veterinary school in a special economic zone and criticism his ruling bloc rammed a contentious bill through parliament and ended the session to close off debate.

Inada's remarks prompted a call from the main opposition Democratic Party leader puma suede heart satin gris pas cher , Renho, for her resignation, but Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that she had withdrawn her remark and should remain in her post.

The flap follows a widely publicized incident in which a female LDP lawmaker was taped verbally and physically abusing her aide.

Finance Minister Taro Aso, known for making gaffes of his own, later appeared to blame the incident on the lawmaker's gender. "If you look at her academic background, it's impeccable puma suede heart satin gris femme , but she is a woman," Aso was quoted by media as telling LDP members on Saturday.

MELBOURNE, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- An U.S. philanthropist has donated more than 15 million U.S. dollars to the University of Western Australia (UWA) to fund shark research in the Indian Ocean.

The donation by Todd Robinson, a billionaire who made his fortune by selling stockbroking company LPL Financial in 2005, includes the use of his 58-meter yacht for up to three months a year.

The money will initially fund conservation efforts by UWA scientists in the Chagos Archipelago, the world's biggest marine reserve puma suede heart satin femme pas cher , near the Maldives.

Projects planned for further down the line will focus on marine life closer to Australia, such as the Kimberley coast and the Cocos Keeling Islands.

Robinson said he chose the Perth-based university because of WA's pristine coastline and reefs which are relatively untouched by humans.

"Western Australia is one of the last places to go and do shallow-water research," Robinson told The Australian on Tuesday.

Researchers from UWA have completed two trips to the Chagos Archipelago where they documented marine life, research that will contribute to the management of the reserve where shark numbers are declining.

The Indian Ocean is the world's third largest ocean and is widely considered to be one of the least understood marine environments in the world.

Robinson's gift is the second biggest individual donation UWA has received, topped only by the donation of more than 45 million U.S. dollars by mining magnate Andrew Forrest in 2013.

NAIROBI, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Decorated junior champion Faith Chepng'etich put together a resounding introduction into senior ranks when she humbled reigning World Cross champion puma suede heart satin pas cher , Emily Chebet, at the IAAF PermitKCB National Cross Country Championships in Nairobi on Saturday.

After relinquishing the senior men title last year to unheralded Philemon Rono, Japan based Bedan Karoki, a sixth finisher over 10,000m at the Moscow World Championships, reclaimed the crown with a stirring final 600m victory over Leonard Barsoton puma suede heart reset bleu pas cher , a junior World Cross silver medallist last year.

Another second medal winner from Bydgoszcz, Poland, Agnes Tirop stepped into the position vacated by Chepng'etich in emphatic fashion, completing the most commanding victory with a front-running master class in the women's 6km junior race.

In the men's junior 8km event, Moses Mukono outsmarted 2013 Bydgoszcz World Cross team mate, Emmanuel Bett puma suede heart reset bleu , over the final 800m as Kenya selected 24 athletes to represent her at the Mar. 15 CAA Africa Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda.

Foreign runners, including six from China, two from Ethiopia, four from Bahrain, an Ugandan and two from Eritrea took part but were drowned under the onslaught of the home runners.

Despite lacking the lustre brought by the chase for the biennial World Cross that is in its gap year puma suede heart reset rose pas cher , the four races on the cards at Nairobi's Uhuru Gardens under clear sunny skies, the 36th edition of the meeting still served riveting action.

The headline act is undoubtedly Chepng'etich, who racked up two World Cross, World Junior and World Youth titles on her first National Cross Country Championships as a senior.

"I was very tense before the race since it was my first time but as we came towards the end, my body felt strong and I went for it. I was not expecting to win here but this will give me the morale to go to Uganda and chase the gold," the 20-year-old who prevailed in a three-way battle for the honours beamed after the race.

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