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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan birthrate drops 2.7 per cent in first half of year to fewer than 500,000 babies

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 04:48pm

    ... The nation’s population is expected to shrink by nearly 40 per cent by 2060 in the worst-case scenario. Couples in the world’s five biggest developed economies – the United States, Japan, Germany, ... in their lifetimes. Demographers say the fertility rate needs to reach 2.1 just to replace deaths and keep populations constant. The effects on economies, personal wealth and living standards are far ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580811/japan-birthrate-drops-27-cent-first-half-year
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Christine Lagarde backs Shinzo Abe’s plan for women to lift Japan economy

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 09:43pm by AFP

    ... filled by women. The move followed growing calls for Japan to make better use of its highly educated but underemployed women as a rapidly ageing population strains the public purse. Dozens ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1591186/christine-lagarde-backs-shinzo-abes-plan-women-lift-japan-economy
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Scores killed or missing as huge landslide engulfs Hiroshima suburb

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:17am

    ... lives. Despite widespread concreting to shore up hillsides, mountainous and densely populated Japan is prone to this kind of disaster. In October last year, dozens of people were killed when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1577586/least-18-dead-japan-landslide
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Typhoon Halong blamed for 10 deaths and dozens of injuries in Japan

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 09:41pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Up to 10 deaths in typhoon's deadly wake As many as 10 people died and dozens were injured as Typhoon Halong slammed into the Japanese archipelago over the weekend, reports said yesterday. The storm was moving over the Sea of Japan (East Sea), after making landfall on the largest and most populous island of Honshu, the Japan Meteorological Agency ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1571531/typhoon-halong-blamed-10-deaths-and-dozens-injuries-japan
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Number of children in Japan falls to lowest level since 1950

    Posted May 04th 2014, 06:08pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo The number of children in Japan has fallen to a new low, while the amount of people over 65 has reached a record high as the population ages and shrinks, ... It was the 33rd straight annual decline and the lowest level since records began in 1950, according to the ministry. Children accounted for 12.8 per cent of the population, the ministry said. In contrast, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1504248/number-children-japan-falls-lowest-level-1950
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Anger erupts over court denial of welfare to foreign permanent residents of Japan

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:49pm by Julian Ryall

    ... the decision would have an impact on the government's campaign to attract skilled foreign nationals to work in Japan in an effort to combat the dramatically shrinking population. Conservatives ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557063/anger-erupts-over-court-denial-welfare-foreign-permanent-residents-japan
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Typhoon Neoguri threatens cities on Japan's central islands

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 10:58pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Typhoon threatens Japan's major cities A strong typhoon swerved towards Japan's heavily populated central islands yesterday after it slammed through Okinawa, dumping heavy rain, knocking out power and injuring at least 30 people. Typhoon Neoguri left toppled trees, flooded cars and bent railings on the island chain, which experienced its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550623/typhoon-neoguri-threatens-cities-japans-central-islands
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan able to aid US ships under attack: minister

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

    ... relationship. The Japanese minister sought to counter criticism of the shift in policy, arguing it would enable Tokyo to better protect its population and deter potential adversaries. Onodera also said ...

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

    Japan’s military shift challenged in court by ex-civil servant

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 10:14pm by AFP

    ... is not the object of the attack. Abe's move has caused anger at home, where the pacifism on which the constitution is built is an article of faith for many. At least half the population opposes a more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552281/japans-military-shift-challenged-court-ex-civil-servant
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tusked marauder: Wild boar lets Japanese TV cameraman have it

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 10:34pm by WIRE

    ... had been sent to cover the boar’s assault through the streets of Kobe, which has a problem with burgeoning populations of pigs and deer coming into the city from the countryside. The boar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1541240/tusked-marauder-wild-boar-lets-japanese-tv-cameraman-have-it

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