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  1. 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

    ... was refused because she had savings. The woman launched a legal case demanding that the decision be reversed on the grounds that she had paid taxes to the national and prefectural governments ... residents will be asking themselves why they have to pay their taxes." The Oita case has been followed closely by Debito Arudou, a naturalised Japanese who was born in the United States and has ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Comfort women were just 'wartime prostitutes', says Japanese delegation

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 11:01pm by Julian Ryall

    ... by groups and the government in South Korea but also by China. She suggested that if South Korea believed Japan had a case to answer it should take it to the International Court of Justice. China, ...

  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 ... "The reality of the system is different from the purpose that was initially stated, and it is simply a way of exploiting cheap labour," she said. "There have been numerous cases ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Recent child abuse cases in Japan 'just the tip of the iceberg', say experts

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 11:43pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for the 12 months to March last year show a record 66,807 child abuse cases were reported to the authorities. A study carried out by the ministry ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 12:49pm

    ... in 2007. “It was an extremely cruel case,” Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki said. “I ordered the execution after prudent consideration,” he said. Apart from the United States, Japan is the only ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo lawmaker Akihiro Suzuki apologises for sexist taunts

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 09:27pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Lawmaker apologises for sexist jibe A Tokyo city lawmaker from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party admitted yesterday he had been responsible for a sexist taunt shouted at a young assemblywoman in a debate on motherhood. In a case that has cast a harsh spotlight on the attitudes of many of the older men who occupy senior ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan arrests 13 Chinese in theft operation targeting online banking

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 11:29pm by Julian Ryall

    ... been obtained illegally, although she is denying the allegations. Police declined to comment on the state of the case, citing an ongoing investigation in which police are working with Interpol ... and illegally transfer funds to other accounts. In one case, a Japanese company lost a total of 36 million yen from its corporate account, Jiji Press reported. The criminal group's accounts, ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese mother and three children jump to death in 'family suicide'

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 01:57pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... the case with that possibility under consideration.” The Yomiuri newspaper said the mother’s body was found on the ground, with the two older children on top of the entrance roof, while ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan PM moves closer to winning support for looser limits on military

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 01:56pm by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... allow the change while theoretically limiting cases in which it could be implemented. “While furthering debate and deepening the people’s understanding, I want to... aim at an agreement.” New ... in cases where an attack on another country threatens Japan’s existence and fundamentally undermines the people’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – a de facto recognition ...

  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    UN heritage body refuses request to preserve letters of kamikaze pilots

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 04:28am by Julian Ryall

    ... under attack, but party officials yesterday agreed to consider a proposal that would allow the change while theoretically limiting cases in which it could be implemented. "I want to discuss ...




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