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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Take full blame for scandal of wartime ‘comfort women’, UN urges Japan

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 10:13pm by AFP

    ... but also China, Taiwan, Indonesia and other Asian countries, were forced to work in Japanese military brothels as "comfort women". The victims have failed to obtain redress ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1559267/take-full-blame-scandal-wartime-comfort-women-un-urges-japan
  2. 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

    ... benefits. Friday's ruling by the highest court means that even foreign nationals born in Japan, who have spent all their lives in the country and paid their taxes, national insurance premiums ... they are not Japanese. The ruling apparently gives local authorities across Japan the legal right to halt financial assistance to non-Japanese residents. The fact that many municipalities across the country ...

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

    Flooding, havoc as Typhoon Neoguri batters Japanese mainland

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 01:52pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... earlier in the week. Neoguri hit the mainland on Thursday morning near Akune City on the southern main island of Kyushu, which is home to 13 million people and lies next to the country’s biggest island of Honshu where major cities including Tokyo and Osaka are located. The typhoon had crossed Kyushu by late morning and was forecast to make a landfall on Honshu by Friday. The storm’s ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1551017/flooding-havoc-typhoon-neoguri-batters-japanese-mainland
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese woman clings to hope lost sister is alive in North Korea

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 11:22pm by Reuters

    ... on an isolated beach on the Sea of Japan 360km from home- not far from where two known abductees were taken. Years of fruitless searching followed. The family feared Miho might have run away from home, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1556513/japanese-woman-clings-hope-lost-sister-alive-north-korea
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Mixed reaction among Asian people to Shinzo Abe's more muscular Japan

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 10:32pm by AP

    ... favourably in countries involved in territorial rows with Beijing, a US research agency said. According to the results of a Pew Research Centre poll released on Monday, confidence in Abe stayed very ... countries, with half or more in five of 10 trusting him in world affairs", the poll said. In South Korea, which is involved in disputes with Japan over the interpretation of wartime history, 94 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554924/mixed-reaction-among-asian-people-shinzo-abes-more-muscular-japan
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s nuclear watchdog gives green light to restart two nuclear reactors

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 05:12pm by AFP

    ... at Fukushima, the country’s nuclear reactors were switched off. Two reactors were briefly restarted last year but all of Japan’s nuclear plants are currently offline. Abe has seen regular protests ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555373/japans-nuclear-watchdog-gives-green-light-restart-two-nuclear-reactors
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan, Britain to launch joint research into fighter jet missile technology

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 01:41pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... in April approved a new policy that replaces its 1967 blanket ban on shipping arms overseas, the Mainichi said. Under the new rules, weapon sales are still banned to conflict-plagued countries ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555561/japan-and-britain-launch-joint-research-fighter-jet-missile-technology
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... on fire at a busy intersection in Tokyo yesterday in an apparent protest against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plans to ease limits of the country's pacifist constitution. Japan is poised ... 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 ...

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

    Tokyo seeks US military guarantee to protect unspecified ‘remote islands’

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:34pm by Julian Ryall

    ... this is the next stage in a thorough reconsideration of its military and comes after Abe's administration agreed to reinterpret the terms of the country's pacifist constitution to permit Japanese ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554274/diaoyus-their-minds-tokyo-seeks-us-military-guarantee-protect-remote
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Abe ally’s governorship loss seen as backlash to military revision

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:33pm by Reuters

    ... high-profile poll since Abe's cabinet adopted a resolution ending the ban on exercising "collective self-defence", or aiding a friendly country under attack. It was the most dramatic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554273/shinzo-abe-allys-governorship-loss-seen-backlash-military-revision

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