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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    North Korea demands Japan allow international ferry services to resume

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 01:30am by Julian Ryall

    ... human rights activist. “North Korea says it will carry out another search, but that’s nonsense, as they already know what happened to each of them and where the survivors are, so it should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1483399/north-korea-demands-japan-allow-international-ferry-services-resume
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese military displays a softer side as Shinzo Abe seeks to boost its role

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... occupation that would last until 1952. Its once huge armed forces were emasculated, stripped by the foreign-imposed constitution of the right to wage war and restricted to a self-defence role. What ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1482444/japanese-military-displays-softer-side-shinzo-abe-seeks-boost-its-role
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    UN court rules Japan’s Antarctic whaling ‘not scientific’, revokes permit

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 06:07pm by Reuters

    ... The tribunal said no further licences should be issued for scientific whaling, where animals are first examined for research purposes before the meat is sold to consumers. “In light of the fact ... that the research – two peer reviewed papers since 2005, based on results obtained from just nine killed whales – was not proportionate to the number of animals killed. The judgment is an embarrassment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1461792/world-court-rules-japans-whaling-not-scientific-ends-revokes-permits
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Activists say Japan will try to bend rules of child abduction convention

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 10:53pm by Julian Ryall

    ... abduction went into effect this week, but children's rights activists warn that authorities are already looking for ways to avoid complying with the treaty. Before Tuesday, Japan was the only ... that it has finally been ratified," said Brian Thomas, joint founder of the Japanese arm of the US-based Children's Rights Council. "But we do have reservations," he admitted, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1463285/activists-say-japan-will-try-bend-rules-child-abduction-convention
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    World's longest-serving death row inmate freed and granted retrial in Japan after 45 years

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:49pm by AFP

    ... European governments and human rights groups, including Amnesty International. Hakamada is the sixth person since the end of the second world war to receive a retrial after having a death sentence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1458493/japan-orders-release-longest-held-death-row-inmate
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo court awards 5 million yen to family of Ghanaian killed in custody

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 12:09am by AFP

    ... Japan keeps a tight lid on immigration and rarely grants political asylum despite being a major foreign-aid donor. Human rights activists have complained for years about harsh treatment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1452657/tokyo-court-awards-5-million-yen-family-ghanaian-killed-custody
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    US sees lax security at Japan’s nuclear sites as terror risk

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 11:32pm by Julian Ryall

    ... report said. "Other Japanese officials have insisted that in a nation where gun ownership is rare and privacy rights are zealously guarded, armed guards and background checks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1447337/us-sees-lax-security-japans-nuclear-sites-terror-risk
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo zoo stages ‘gorilla escape’

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:40pm by AFP

    ... to switch places for the day. “In my job, we sometimes have the chance to catch an animal, but never to get caught,” she said. “When the other keepers chased me, I could really understand the animal’s feelings. “We need to think about people’s safety, but also about the safety of the animal we are catching. That is why this drill is important.” Past simulations at Tokyo’s city-run zoos ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1422050/tokyo-zoo-stages-gorilla-escape
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s ex-PM says comfort women apology review not in country’s interests

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 05:17pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... But repeated wavering on the issue among senior right-wing politicians has contributed to a feeling in South Korea that Japan is in denial and is not sufficiently remorseful. Last week Chief Cabinet ... of right-wing Japanese insist there was no official involvement by the state or the military and say the women were common prostitutes. Murayama, now 89, visited South Korea this month at the invitation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1436392/japans-ex-pm-says-comfort-women-apology-review-not-countrys-interests
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan considers revision of comfort women apology

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 03:58pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... but also from China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan, were forced to serve as sex slaves in Japanese army brothels. However, a minority of right-wing Japanese insist there was no official ... facts. But repeated wavering on the issue among senior right-wing politicians has contributed to a feeling in South Korea that Japan is in denial and is not sufficiently remorseful. Last week, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1434096/japan-considers-revision-comfort-women-apology

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