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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Flooding, havoc as Typhoon Neoguri batters Japanese mainland

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 01:52pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Typhoon Neoguri slammed into the Japanese mainland on Thursday bringing widespread flooding, ripping trees from their roots and leaving houses half-buried under mud, as tens of thousands were ... water from destroying their homes. “We are tying up cables and hoses... and making sure cranes and booms don’t fall.” Fukushima nuclear plant spokesman More than 500 houses in several ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1551017/flooding-havoc-typhoon-neoguri-batters-japanese-mainland
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Triple murderer, 68, hanged in Japan for ‘extremely cruel’ crimes

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 12:49pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan hanged a man on Thursday, the nation’s first execution this year, and the ninth since the conservative government of Shinzo Abe came to power in December 2012. Masanori Kawasaki, 68, was convicted of stabbing three people to death – including a three-year-old girl – as they slept, after breaking into their house in Kagawa, western Japan, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1540883/japan-hangs-killer-first-execution-year
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan exploiting Asian guest workers, US State Department report says

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 10:22pm by Julian Ryall

    ... housing that keeps them in debt", the report said. In some cases, company owners have confiscated trainees' passports and other personal documents, effectively making them illegal aliens ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1540535/japan-exploiting-asian-guest-workers-us-state-department-report-says
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan moves to outlaw child porn possession

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 12:45pm

    ... Under Japan’s current legislation, only the production and distribution of child pornography are banned, a situation that campaigners say is damaging to children. On Wednesday the lower-house ... the day to submit the bill to the main chamber. The legislation will likely be quickly passed and sent to the upper house before the current parliament session ends on June 22, the agency said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1525181/japan-moves-outlaw-child-porn-possession
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Political party of Shintaro Ishihara splits in Japan

    Posted May 29th 2014, 01:19am by AFP

    ... the 2011 earthquake and tsunami-sparked meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The Japan Restoration Party has 53 seats in the 480-seat lower house of parliament and nine in the 242-seat upper chamber. The Unity Party has nine seats in the lower house and five in the upper house. The LDP, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has a solid majority of 295 seats in the lower house ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1520786/political-party-shintaro-ishihara-splits-japan
  6. Property - International - JAPAN

    Sekisui House buys Tokyo office tower for 74b yen

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 05:47am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Sekisui House buys Tokyo office tower Japan's Sekisui House is buying an office tower in Tokyo for 74 billion yen (HK$5.56 billion), as property prices rise to levels ... ownership shifted to a group of lenders. Sekisui House largely relies on housing property for its revenue, earning just 2.4 per cent of its 1.8 trillion yen in sales from office properties last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1462525/sekisui-house-buys-tokyo-office-tower-74b-yen
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s public holiday tally climbs to 16 with Mountain Day

    Posted May 23rd 2014, 10:32pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Holiday tally climbs to 16 with Mountain Day Japan yesterday established Mountain Day as its new public holiday, taking the annual total to 16 as the government looks for ways to keep a famously hard-working people out of the office. Legislation to create the new holiday on August 11 was enacted after passing through the upper house ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1519138/japans-public-holiday-tally-climbs-16-mountain-day
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Debate swirls in Japan over Shinzo Abe's military expansion push

    Posted May 03rd 2014, 06:54pm by AP

    ... in both houses of parliament followed by a referendum. Surveys show mixed opinions to revising the constitution with a growing opposition over what is seen as the Abe government’s attempt to force ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1503459/japan-split-over-revision-pacifist-constitution
  9. News - China - JAPAN

    China ‘releases Japanese wartime documents’

    Posted Apr 27th 2014, 02:21pm by Reuters

    ... than 110,000 previously confidential Japanese government and military documents from times of war by China’s Thread Binding Books Publishing House. History is a live issue between Japan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1498237/china-releases-japanese-wartime-documents
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    China blasts Japan's Yasukuni Shrine as 'a liability' after lawmakers' visit

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 11:21pm by AFP

    ... The mass visit will inevitably further aggravate strained ties in the region and could irritate the White House, coming the day before Obama arrives on the first leg of a four-nation trip which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1494680/japans-neighbours-condemn-lawmakers-visit-yasukuni-shrine

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