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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s military shift challenged in court by ex-civil servant

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 10:14pm by AFP

    ... to power in 2012. Chindo, who experienced the second world war as a small child, said: "I want to pass on the message 'never wage war' to the next generation." "The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552281/japans-military-shift-challenged-court-ex-civil-servant
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... up to counter what it sees as racist and discriminatory depictions of the comfort women as being forced to serve as sex slaves by the Japanese military in the second world war, primarily ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550620/comfort-women-were-just-wartime-prostitutes-says-japanese-delegation
  3. 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

    ... in Beijing on Tuesday to assess Pyongyang’s latest plan and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said a day later that a decision on whether to lift some sanctions would be made on Thursday. Some cynics ... nationals in North Korea, which is in the Korean language, includes names and personal histories, according to Japanese government officials involved in the talks, the Nikkei said. The Japanese ...

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

    Controversy engulfs Japan's NHK over failure to cover pacifist fire protest

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 10:19am by Julian Ryall

    ... on the internet and has been picked up by foreign media, but NHK carried nothing on the incident on any of its television or radio programming. Asked to comment on its decision by The South China Morning ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549425/controversy-engulfs-japans-nhk-over-failure-cover-pacifist-protester-who
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe likens military revision to Meiji Restoration

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

    ... of feudalism under samurai warriors in which foreign travel was banned and the ports were closed to outsiders. It saw the emperor return to pre-eminence at the pinnacle of the state and heralded the coming of rapid industrialisation that would lead to the first Sino-Japanese war and the disaster of the second world war. Asked to expand on the prime minister's comparison, deputy chief ...

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

    ... overseas Tokyo yesterday lifted a 60-year-old ban that has kept its armed forces from fighting abroad. It was a move seen by many as the biggest shift away from pacifism since the end of the second ... "For a long time, the Japanese government has been stirring up trouble on historical issues," Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular press briefing. "It's only ...

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

    Japan exploiting Asian guest workers, US State Department report says

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 10:22pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo US State Department calls training scheme for young foreigners a form of forced labour Japan accused ofexploiting Asian guest workers The United States has issued a strongly worded criticism of the Japanese government's Industrial Trainee and Technical Internship Programme, describing the scheme that supposedly aids young foreign workers as "forced ...

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

    ... for a historic shift in its defence policy by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since the second world war. Abe's cabinet is expected to adopt as early as tomorrow ...

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

    'Comfort women' claims not corroborated, Japanese review finds, but 1993 apology stands

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 03:53am by AFP

    ... so-called "comfort women". But the government said it would not change Japan's 1993 apology over wartime sex slavery despite the finding. South Korea's foreign ministry expressed ... Korea but also from China, were forced to work in brothels as "comfort women", serving imperial troops before and during the second world war. While mainstream opinion holds ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1537284/comfort-women-claims-not-corroborated-japanese-review-finds-1993-apology
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Ageing politicians look to lead the young with Next Generation Party

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 11:01pm by AFP

    ... English translation has not yet been decided, the firebrand Ishihara noted: "The situation that faces young people today is different from what we experienced … It is our responsibility ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1541239/ageing-politicians-look-lead-young-next-generation-party

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