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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese defence minister and US ambassador agree to ease Okinawa’s burden

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:55pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... will be moved there from the US Navy’s Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo around 2017. At their meeting in Tokyo, Eto and Kennedy also discussed the planned revision to bilateral defence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1595404/japanese-defence-minister-and-us-ambassador-agree-ease-okinawas-burden
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    With new cabinet post, Yuko Obuchi's political star keeps rising in Japan

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by Julian Ryall

    ... in the Diet in the 2012 general election. Obuchi, however, is cut from very different cloth. The second daughter of Keizo Obuchi, who was voted in as prime minister in July 1998, Yuko studied at Seijo ... after his death. The following month, Yuko Obuchi stood in the general election in her father's safe seat in the Gunma 5th District and- unsurprisingly- won with a substantial majority. She ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1586658/new-cabinet-post-yuko-obuchis-political-star-keeps-rising-japan
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Abe's picks for party posts point to possible thaw in ties with China

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 11:41pm by Reuters

    ... tapped outgoing Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki, his predecessor as LDP leader, for the key party post of secretary-general, the LDP's de facto election campaign chief. Tanigaki, 69, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584716/abes-picks-party-posts-point-possible-thaw-ties-china
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shigeru Ishiba set to decline cabinet post and may challenge Shinzo Abe

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 10:19pm by Julian Ryall

    ... of local elections in Okinawa and Fukushima. [Taking the post] could become a factor inhibiting the promotion of his own ideas KENJI KOSAKA Ishiba has an interest in defence issues and has long ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580620/shigeru-ishiba-set-decline-cabinet-post-and-may-challenge-shinzo-abe
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s approval rating falls to less than 50pc

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 10:07pm by BLOOM

    ... this month after his effort to ease restrictions on the military sapped his popularity. Support for Abe's cabinet fell five percentage points to 48 per cent, the lowest since his election ... position." That's because Abe's Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition holds majorities in both the chambers of parliament, and national elections are not due before 2016. Support ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1562101/japanese-prime-minister-shinzo-abes-approval-rating-falls-less-50pc
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Abe ally’s governorship loss seen as backlash to military revision

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:33pm by Reuters

    ... Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to end a security policy that has kept the military from fighting abroad since 1945. The election on Sunday in the western prefecture of Shiga was the first ... more defeats to follow." Three more governorship races are set for later this year, to be followed by a series of local polls nationwide next April. No general election is mandated until ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554273/shinzo-abe-allys-governorship-loss-seen-backlash-military-revision
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    15 members of Japanese municipal assembly embroiled in votes scandal

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 11:22pm by Julian Ryall

    ... investigation into the buying of votes in January's election for mayor. With 15 of the 20 members of the Hirakawa municipal assembly now either under arrest, already prosecuted or forced to resign, the town's administration has ground to a halt until new elections can be held. The growing scandal carries on what some see as a long tradition of corruption in Japanese politics but, in a stroke ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1556514/15-members-japanese-municipal-assembly-embroiled-votes-scandal
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Controversy engulfs Japan's NHK over failure to cover pacifist fire protest

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 10:19am by Julian Ryall

    ... in Nanjing,” Hyakuta said at a campaign meeting for a candidate for the election for Tokyo governor. “Why? There was no such thing,” he added. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549425/controversy-engulfs-japans-nhk-over-failure-cover-pacifist-protester-who
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    ‘I’m putting my life on the line’: Video of Japanese politician crying goes viral

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:03pm

    ... a month for expenses, including travel, but the spending is supposed to be for official travel, research and other costs related to activities of elected office. Nonomura, who does not belong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545554/im-putting-my-life-line-video-japanese-politician-crying-goes-viral
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Yoichi Masuzoe elected Tokyo governor in boost to Shinzo Abe

    Posted Feb 09th 2014, 10:28am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Boost for prime minister as Yoichi Masuzoe beats anti-nuclear candidates Abe's man elected Tokyo governor A candidate backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was elected ... The widely expected victory of former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe comes as a relief for Abe, who suffered a rare setback in a local election last month. The 65-year-old Masuzoe, backed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1424445/government-backed-pro-nuclear-candidate-wins-tokyo-governor-vote

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