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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

    ... slipping below the 1 million mark for the first time on record, government data showed on Tuesday. Although the number of births tends to be higher in the latter half of the year, the figure ... 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, ...

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

    Japan urged to stick to history after Shinzo Abe sent message about wartime criminals

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 11:32pm by AP

    ... China and South Korea yesterday urged Japan to stick to history and reflect on its wartime aggression after Tokyo confirmed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony honouring more than 1,000 second world war-era war criminals, praising their contributions. Abe sent the message in April to a ceremony at the Koyasan Buddhist temple in central Japan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581563/japan-urged-stick-history-after-shinzo-abe-sent-message-about-wartime
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe sends condolences for martyrs, including war criminals

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 12:32pm by Reuters

    ... that could snarl efforts to thaw chilly ties with China. Abe sent the message in April to a Buddhist temple in western Japan housing a monument to more than 1,000 "Showa Martyrs", including ... coexistence," he added. The same wartime leaders are enshrined along with war dead at the more widely known Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Visits there by Japanese leaders typically outrage China, where ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581103/i-express-my-grief-death-martyrs-shinzo-abes-message-war-criminals
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe’s Yasukuni Shrine offering angers China and South Korea

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 09:43am by AFP, Reuters

    ... shrine offering China and South Korea reacted sharply after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an "offering" to a controversial war shrine and lawmakers from his party, including ... and completely makes a clean break from militarism, can it be possible for Sino-Japanese relations to achieve a healthy and stable development," Hua said. In South Korea, President Park Geun-hye ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1574131/japanese-ministers-visit-yasukuni-war-dead-shrine-anniversary-second-world
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shigeru Ishiba set to decline cabinet post and may challenge Shinzo Abe

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 10:19pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo The LDP's secretary general is viewed as a potential challenger to Shinzo Abe for the leadership who could prove to be more palatable to China Ishiba expected ... that would make him more palatable to China and South Korea." "I would describe him as a functional hawk," he added. Additional reporting by Kyodo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580620/shigeru-ishiba-set-decline-cabinet-post-and-may-challenge-shinzo-abe
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Scores killed or missing as huge landslide engulfs Hiroshima suburb

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:17am

    ... of half-collapsed houses-- some of which were floating-- to try to reach any survivors. Pictures showed there had been at least five different landslides. Some uprooted trees and carried rocks down ...

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

    Japan 'strongly protests' Russian military exercises on disputed Pacific islands

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 06:39pm by Reuters

    ... going into a deep chill. In his first year in office, Abe met Putin five times, while failing to secure a summit with the leaders of neighbouring China or South Korea. Closer ties are driven ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1572923/japan-strongly-protests-against-russian-exercises-disputed-isles
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... the storm washed away 21 launching boats, about half of them carrying unused pyrotechnics. The Osaka city disaster prevention bureau said four workers also drifted away on the runaway boats, ...

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

    Japan's prime minister repeats call for talks with China during November APEC meeting

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 03:49pm by Associated Press in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    ... in Beijing, he said in Brazil on Saturday Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday reiterated his desire to meet with China’s President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit talks in Beijing in November. “I hope to have a Japan-China summit meeting during the APEC forum in November,” Abe said at a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil when asked about ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1565555/japanese-prime-minister-repeats-call-talks-china-during-november-apec
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese girl accused of beheading friend has history of violence

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 12:36am by AP

    ... events for any child. "After living separately [from her father], she was in a world of her own. That may have allowed her to further develop her curiosity about dissections." A police ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1563720/japanese-girl-accused-beheading-friend-has-history-violence

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