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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Blaze near Tokyo’s Ginza shopping area halts bullet trains for hours

    Posted Jan 03rd 2014, 09:34pm by AFP

    ... of thousands of passengers tried to return home from New Year holidays. The early morning fire sent plumes of black smoke over Yurakucho station, gateway to the nearby luxury Ginza shopping area, where ... showed the fire engulfing low-rise buildings which housed the games arcade and a pachinko pinball- game parlour. Smoke from the fire sent a haze over the Yurakucho business and shopping district ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1396842/blaze-near-tokyos-ginza-shopping-area-halts-bullet-trains-hours
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Furniture buying spree lands Japanese research lab in new scandal

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 10:38pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Research lab in more hot water after shopping spree A publicly funded research institute in Japan, already embattled after accusing one of its own stem-cell ... spent almost 10 million yen (HK$760,000) on two shopping sprees in March 2011 at Cassina, publicly released information shows. In its latest edition, Shukan Bunshun magazine cites a former Riken ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1482446/furniture-buying-spree-lands-japanese-research-lab-new-scandal
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo hunt for ‘duck-mouthed’ seductress who drugs and robs victims

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 11:08pm by Julian Ryall

    ... in a noodle shop in Shibuya before he was later robbed of 300,000 yen. Tokyo Metropolitan Police declined to comment on the case on the grounds that their investigation is ongoing, but have released ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1499468/tokyo-hunt-duck-mouthed-seductress-who-drugs-and-robs-victims
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    115 Japanese stores sharing customers' facial data

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:43am by WASHPOST

    ... convenience stores operated by individuals under franchise contracts. At these shops, security cameras film all customers' faces. If a person shoplifts or makes an unreasonable complaint at one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1466536/115-japanese-stores-sharing-customers-facial-data
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Cherry blossoms signal hay fever about to hit one in four Japanese

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 10:28pm by AFP

    ... and a filter. Tokyo novelty electronics shop Thanko has sold the US$40 headgear "by the thousands" this year, boss Takahiro Sasaki said. "It is really popular among people who work ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1462757/cherry-blossoms-signal-hay-fever-about-hit-one-four-japanese
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese drug smugglers use online shoppers as mules

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 11:33pm by Julian Ryall

    ... in Japan have cracked a drug-smuggling ring that took advantage of the nation's honesty and its fondness for online shopping. The scam turned women shopping for handbags and other items ... every day. The smugglers hacked an online shopping site and identified women ordering items online. Before their packages arrived, however, the smugglers sent the female buyers a message to say ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1437576/japanese-drug-smugglers-use-online-shoppers-mules
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Director claims censorship, pulls film set in slum from Osaka festival

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 04:06am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Osaka Film set in Japan slum too real for some Japan's biggest slum is visible just blocks from bustling restaurants and shops in Osaka, the country's second-largest city. But it cannot be found on official maps. Nor did it appear in the recent Osaka Asian Film Festival, after the director of a new movie that is set in the area pulled it, accusing city ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1455694/director-claims-censorship-pulls-film-set-slum-osaka-festival
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten world’s top online marketer of ivory, whale meat

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 09:48pm by Reuters

    ... include Buy.com- now Rakuten Shopping- in the US and Play.com in Britain. It owns the Canadian e-book reader Kobo and is a major shareholder in Pinterest. Rakuten Group, which is run by Hiroshi ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1452656/japanese-e-commerce-rakuten-worlds-top-online-marketer-ivory-whale-meat
  9. Lifestyle - Books - JAPAN

    Book review: Bending Adversity, by David Pilling

    Posted Mar 02nd 2014, 06:41pm by Julian Ryall

    ... in this unstable country is that catastrophe will strike again. David Pilling book signing, Kelly & Walsh, Shop 204, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Thursday, 5.30pm-7pm. Registration: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1437135/book-review-bending-adversity-david-pilling
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Blame flies over Japan’ s killer snow storm

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 11:19pm by Julian Ryall

    ... mountain communities, and many roads remain impassable. Shops reported running out of food and no new deliveries were able to get through, while heating oil also was being blocked. In a stranded ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1431320/blame-flies-over-japan-s-killer-snow-storm

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