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  1. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1540535/japan-exploiting-asian-guest-workers-us-state-department-report-says
  2. Property - International - JAPAN

    Sekisui House buys Tokyo office tower for 74b yen

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 05:47am by Reuters

    ... entirely financed by debt. Another daVinci property, an iconic office tower in Tokyo's Shiba district, was bought last year by a group including United States insurance magnate Maurice ... slowed elsewhere, a government survey showed this month. The debt behind the 2006 Kokusai Akasaka deal was packaged into 97.5 billion yen of commercial mortgage-backed securities arranged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1462525/sekisui-house-buys-tokyo-office-tower-74b-yen
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese city puts its name up for sale

    Posted Nov 02nd 2012, 12:00am by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Residents of cash-strapped Izumisano angry at plan to sell off their history to highest bidder City with huge debts offers its name to sponsor A debt ... of Japan's regional governments are saddled with enormous debts after decades of infrastructure projects of sometimes dubious value. A rapidly ageing society means an increasing number of pensioners ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1074436/japanese-city-puts-its-name-sale
  4. News - China - JAPAN

    Japan warns China that seizure of ship could have consequences

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 05:12pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Tokyo warned on Monday that the seizure of a Japanese ship in Shanghai over pre-war debts threatened ties with China and could undermine the very basis of their diplomatic relationship. Authorities in Shanghai seized the large freight vessel in a dispute over what the Chinese side says are unpaid bills relating to the 1930s, when Japan occupied large swathes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1493602/japan-warns-china-seizure-ship-could-have-consequences
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan plans to raid dormant bank accounts to raise new revenue

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 10:35pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Infamously saddled with a public debt that is running at an eye-watering 214 per cent of GDP, the Japanese government is planning to raid dormant private bank accounts to boost its bottom line. ... forgotten JUN OKUMURA, ACADEMIC That however is dwarfed by the debt, which exceeded 1,000 trillion yen last year- that's a million billion. The bill is likely to sail through the legislative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1410614/japan-plans-raid-dormant-bank-accounts-raise-new-revenue
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese politicians say Korean ‘comfort women’ claims fabricated

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 10:38pm by Julian Ryall

    ... of 1943, the Army issued orders that certain girls who had paid their debt could return home. Some of the girls were thus allowed to return to Korea." Matsuura's response ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1435294/japanese-politicians-say-korean-comfort-women-claims-fabricated
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    French president says eurozone crisis is over

    Posted Jun 08th 2013, 07:42pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo French President Francois Hollande has sought reassure Japanese business leaders that the eurozone debt crisis is over but that steps to boost the region’s growth ... the stability and solidarity of the 17-nation group. Although the eurozone debt crisis that broke in late 2009 has eased, the region’s collective economy has shrunk for six straight quarters ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1256515/french-president-says-eurozone-crisis-over
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAPAN

    'It is not twilight, but a new dawn that is breaking over Japan': Shinzo Abe

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 12:51pm by Shinzo Abe

    ... Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Davos For years, pundits called Japan the land of the setting sun. They said that for an economy as mature as Japan’s, growth would be impossible. They said that our public debt was unsustainable. They pointed to our supposed psyche of resignation as a symptom of relative decline. But now such voices are rarely heard. Japan’s economy has swung from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1412415/it-not-twilight-new-dawn-breaking-over-japan-shinzo-abe
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Yakuza sign up vagrants to work on radiation clean-up in Fukushima

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 11:49pm by Reuters

    ... just below the minimum wage, equal to US$6.50 per hour in Fukushima. Some of the homeless men ended up in debt after fees for food and housing were deducted. Sasa was arrested in November ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1393466/yakuza-sign-vagrants-work-radiation-clean-fukushima
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Call to raise Japan’s defence budget amid territorial row

    Posted Aug 31st 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... in a territorial spat with China over East China Sea islets, fraying ties between Asia's two biggest economies and raising security concerns. Saddled with high public debt, Japan had been cutting its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1300744/call-raise-japans-defence-budget-amid-territorial-row

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