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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese woman clings to hope lost sister is alive in North Korea

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 11:22pm by Reuters

    ... striking silly poses for the camera, was abducted by North Korea. "It was the late 90s when news drifted out that people from Japan had perhaps been taken to North Korea. I'd watch ... out they were thinking the same thing, but we were all too afraid to say it. We sat there in silence, thinking maybe she was in North Korea. The idea was incredible." In 2002, North Korea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1556513/japanese-woman-clings-hope-lost-sister-alive-north-korea
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan denies report North Korea handed over list of abductees

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 12:59pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Japan denies truth of media report saying Pyongyang has supplied Tokyo with a list that includes the names of those abducted by North Korea in the past Japan’s top government spokesman on Thursday flatly denied a newspaper report that Pyongyang recently presented Tokyo with a list of about 30 Japanese, including those abducted by North Korea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550990/japan-denies-report-n-korea-handed-over-list-abductees
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan to lift some North Korea sanctions amid report of surviving abductees

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 10:20am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Media report says North Korea has handed Tokyo a list of at least ten of Japanese nationals living there, including some believed to have been abducted Japan was to decide on Thursday on easing some sanctions on North Korea in return for its reopening of a probe into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by the reclusive state decades ago, as a fresh report emerged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545349/japan-lift-some-n-korea-sanctions-amid-report-surviving-abductees
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Take full blame for scandal of wartime ‘comfort women’, UN urges Japan

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 10:13pm by AFP

    ... but also China, Taiwan, Indonesia and other Asian countries, were forced to work in Japanese military brothels as "comfort women". The victims have failed to obtain redress ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1559267/take-full-blame-scandal-wartime-comfort-women-un-urges-japan
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo seeks US military guarantee to protect unspecified ‘remote islands’

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:34pm by Julian Ryall

    ... by name, there is little doubt that Tokyo is seeking additional support for its claims to the Senkaku Islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyu Islands. "The US has already ... were first agreed upon in 1978 and were updated in 1997 to take into account the increasing threat posed by North Korea. Okumura believes the revisions will be beneficial to both Tokyo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554274/diaoyus-their-minds-tokyo-seeks-us-military-guarantee-protect-remote
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Mixed reaction among Asian people to Shinzo Abe's more muscular Japan

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 10:32pm by AP

    ... Kyodo in Washington Poll shows mixed Asianreaction to Abe policies Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's foreign policy is distrusted by people in China and South Korea but viewed ... a similar trend, with 70 per cent having no confidence in Abe and 15 per cent favouring him, the poll showed. China and Japan both lay claim to islands in the East China Sea, which Chinese call ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554924/mixed-reaction-among-asian-people-shinzo-abes-more-muscular-japan
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    North Korea demands Japan allow international ferry services to resume

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

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo head N Korea asks Japan to let ferry sail again North Korea is demanding that Japan permit a ferry to restart journeys between the two nations in return for the reopening of an investigation into the fate of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang’s agents. The demand is the just latest from Pyongyang. North Korea has already requested that Japan allow ...

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

    Japan approves end to ban on military fighting overseas in victory for Shinzo Abe

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 09:54am by KRISTINE KWOK, Teddy Ng and Agencies

    ... Japan's neighbours and further divide North Asia. But it will garner support from countries in Southeast Asia seeking an alternative counterbalance- in addition to the United States- to an increasingly assertive China, analysts say. Watch: Japan expands scope of military despite public anger The resolution passed by the Japanese cabinet permits the use of a minimum amount of force ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1544126/japans-ruling-parties-agree-drop-ban-collective-self-defence
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe likens military revision to Meiji Restoration

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 12:15am by AFP

    ... Restoration SHINZO ABE He has sought in public to play down the shift, which he said was a necessary update to better protect Japan in a region dominated by an increasingly assertive China and worried by an erratic North Korea, which yesterday lobbed rockets into the Sea of Japan, or East Sea. But talking to senior officials of his Liberal Democratic Party he said "collective self-defence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545083/japanese-pm-shinzo-abe-likens-military-revision-meiji-restoration
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan able to aid US ships under attack: minister

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 01:25pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Onodera said. Japan’s decision to reinterpret its pacificist constitution has provoked anger at home as well as among its neighbors, with China expressing outrage and alarm. The ground-breaking shift has come against the backdrop of soaring regional tensions with China over disputed islands. But the United States has endorsed the change and at an earlier joint press conference ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552685/japan-able-aid-us-ships-under-attack-minister

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