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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese PM Abe’s public support slumps in wake of resignations

    Posted Oct 26th 2014, 11:39am by Reuters

    ... policies, including whether to proceed with an unpopular sales tax hike and restarts of nuclear reactors shut down after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Japan’s economy is floundering and analysts ... acknowledging doubts over whether her support groups misused political funds. The Yomiuri survey found 73 per cent agreed that it was right for Obuchi to quit. Midori Matsushima also stepped down ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1624977/japanese-pm-abes-public-support-slumps-wake-resignations-yomiuri-poll
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo defends underfire industry minister as he admits breaking funding rules

    Posted Oct 27th 2014, 10:46pm by AP

    ... Miyazawa- who took the job less than a week ago when his predecessor Yuko Obuchi stepped down in disgrace- admitted that his office broke funding rules by accepting 400,000 yen (HK$28,000) from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1626095/tokyo-defends-underfire-industry-minister-he-admits-breaking-funding-rules
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Scandal hits new Japan industry minister after staff visit sadomasochism bar

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 03:50pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... added. It was not immediately clear if Miyazawa – a nephew of late prime minister Kiichi Miyazawa and a cousin of Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida – would step down. On Tuesday, Miyazawa was expected to replace industry minister Yuko Obuchi, who stepped down over claims she had spent political funds on make-up and outings for her staff, while Justice Minister Midori Matsushima also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1622949/scandal-hits-new-japan-industry-minister-after-staff-visit-sadomasochism
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    More problems hit Japanese minister still smarting from S&M scandal

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 11:02pm by AFP

    ... took the job only a few days ago when predecessor Yuko Obuchi stepped down, stood firm when faced with questions about shares he holds in Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), denying any conflict ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1624024/more-problems-hit-japanese-minister-still-smarting-sm-scandal
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan minister in sadomasochism bar scandal hit by fresh allegations

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 02:42pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... ago after predecessor Yuko Obuchi stepped down, stood firm when faced with questions about shares he holds in Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), denying any conflict of interest and insisting he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1623715/japan-minister-sadomasochism-bar-scandal-hit-fresh-allegations
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe seeks to move on from cabinet scandals but foes scent blood

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 04:02am by JULIA RYALL

    ... Matsushima stepped down on Monday, questions have been raised about three other cabinet members. Defence Minister Akinori Eto, Agriculture Minister Koya Nishikawa and Health Minister Yasuhisa ... made over the weekend. Obuchi stepped down as trade minister after it was learned that her political support organisation had improperly paid out millions of yen over several years for theatre ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1621620/shinzo-abe-seeks-move-cabinet-scandals-foes-scent-blood
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Seiji Yoshida's lies about "comfort women" exploited by Japan's right

    Posted Oct 12th 2014, 06:26am by Julian Ryall

    ... the saga might be used to clamp down on the media, including introducing a secrecy law. "The Asahi was undoubtedly wrong in its reporting, but political forces are using Yoshida as a way ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1614619/seiji-yoshidas-lies-about-comfort-women-exploited-japans-right
  8. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japan machinery orders rise but doubts about economy remain

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 05:49am by Reuters

    ... that could force them to revise down their capital spending plans." Minami added that a weak yen was positive to business investments as it helps boost profits at exporters but the effects would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1613277/japan-machinery-orders-rise-doubts-about-economy-remain
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Luck and instinct determined fate of hikers on Japan's killer volcano

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 09:18pm by AP

    ... the noise of big fireworks, right above her head. Some people were taking pictures of the plume rising, but she started running down. She saw big rocks shoot up high into the sky, their shape visible. Already down a bit from the summit, there was no building in sight, so she found a boulder to protect her from falling rocks. She then smelled the powerful odour of sulphur. "I ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1606644/luck-and-instinct-determined-fate-hikers-japans-killer-volcano
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's high-speed Shinkansen bullet train turns 50

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 09:09pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Japan marks anniversary of Shinkansen's first high-speed journey between Tokyo and Osaka Bullet train 50 years down the line It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky". Zipping cross-country in a super-high-speed train has become commonplace in many countries these days, but it was unheard ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1606640/japans-high-speed-shinkansen-bullet-train-turns-50

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