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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan able to aid US ships under attack: minister

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

    ... Agence France-Presse The new policy allows Japan to assist its allies more efficiently, says Itsunori Onodera Japan’s new policy on military action would allow its forces to come ... was interpreted to say we could not help that ship,” Onodera told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. But taking action to assist an ally was “what ...

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

    Japan protests to South Korean hotel over cancellation of military reception

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 10:10pm by BLOOM

    ... to "calmly respond to" developments involving the two countries. Unease is rising in South Korea over moves by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bolster the country's security stance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552285/japan-protests-south-korean-hotel-over-cancellation-military-reception
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... in procuring the women was "ruining the dignity of Japan and threatening the security of Japanese... in the US". Citing a letter she received from a Japanese woman in Glendale, California, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550620/comfort-women-were-just-wartime-prostitutes-says-japanese-delegation
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Pacifist sets himself on fire in Tokyo protest against Japan defence policy changes

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 11:43pm by Reuters

    ... to protest against plans to end a ban on exercising "collective self- defence", or aiding a friendly country under attack. Shots of the incident on social media showed a man clad in a suit ... balance including a rising China means Japan's security policies must be more flexible. The change will likely rile an increasingly assertive China, whose ties with Japan have chilled amid ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1543273/man-sets-himself-fire-protest-against-japan-defence-policy-changes
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe likens military revision to Meiji Restoration

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

    ... media launched a broadside against the relaxation of rules, casting it as a threat to Asian security. "The Japanese government is eager to break through the post-war system," wrote ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545083/japanese-pm-shinzo-abe-likens-military-revision-meiji-restoration
  6. 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

    ... of slippage due to his government’s announcement on Tuesday of a historic shift in security policy by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting overseas since World War Two. Abe’s support ... 2012 promising to revive the economy and bolster Japan’s security stance. “The ‘revelation’ that there are more than 10 survivors is encouraging but the timing seems to divert attention away ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545349/japan-lift-some-n-korea-sanctions-amid-report-surviving-abductees
  7. 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

    ... of protecting Japanese people. Beijing was quick to respond, saying Tokyo should refrain from undermining regional peace and stability as well as China's sovereignty and security interests. ... with the Korea Institute for Defence Analyses. "Because of the confrontational posture from North Korea, the security apparatus in South Korea is [keeping a] low profile," Kim said. "And ...

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

    Japan considering imposing new tax on mobile phones

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 10:01pm by Julian Ryall

    ... considered because there is a need to introduce new security measures to cover cybercrimes and other illegal activities that utilise social media, Nakayama said. Comments on the politician's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1539852/japan-considering-imposing-new-tax-mobile-phones
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese cabinet set to relax defence rules despite strong opposition

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 10:47pm by Julian Ryall

    ... But they admit there is little likelihood public sentiment will halt the dramatic shift in security policy before it is rubber-stamped by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet today. Witnesses said ... Institute for Global Affairs. "There is obviously a significant amount of opposition, but it is not the kind of powerful opposition that existed in 1960 at the renewal of the US-Japan Security ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1543828/japanese-cabinet-set-relax-defence-rules-despite-strong-opposition
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Review confirms basis of Japan’s sex slave apology

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 02:18pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... provided through a private fund 2 million yen ($20,000) each to about 280 women in the Philippines, Taiwan and South Korea, and funded nursing homes and medical assistance for Indonesian and former ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1537568/review-confirms-basis-japans-sex-slave-apology

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