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  1. 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

    ... slipped 4.3 points to 47.8 per cent in a Kyodo news agency survey released on Wednesday, while his disapproval rating stood at 40.6 per cent – the highest since he returned to office in December ...

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

    Japan considering imposing new tax on mobile phones

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

    ... one poster asked, adding that it was ironic that the public was going to be asked to pay yet another new tax at the same time the government debated reducing the tax rate for corporations ...

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

    Tokyo council told to 'clean itself up' after sexist jeers at assembly woman

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 10:17pm by AFP

    ... the number of working women as part of his wider bid to kick-start growth in the world's No3 economy. Japan has one of the developed world's lowest rates of female workforce participation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1537177/tokyo-council-told-clean-itself-after-sexist-jeers-assembly-woman
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan arrests 13 Chinese in theft operation targeting online banking

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 11:29pm by Julian Ryall

    ... that the amount of money that gets misappropriated in cyberspace has risen to 1.4 billion yen a year. Experts say that as Japan has a very low crime rate, people here have a misplaced sense of security ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1531099/japan-arrests-13-chinese-theft-operation-targeting-online-banking
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Work to start on upgrading US base in Japan despite fierce opposition

    Posted May 12th 2014, 10:14pm by Julian Ryall

    ... rate," Okumura added, suggesting that the majority of Japanese would be willing to overlook the government ignoring locals' opinions on the base transfer if it helped ensure Japan's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1510824/work-start-upgrading-us-base-japan-despite-fierce-opposition
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    World's longest-serving death row inmate freed and granted retrial in Japan after 45 years

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:49pm by AFP

    ... has said he was never convinced of his guilt, but could not sway his judicial colleagues who out-voted him. Japan has a conviction rate of about 99 per cent and claims of heavy-handed police ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1458493/japan-orders-release-longest-held-death-row-inmate
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten world’s top online marketer of ivory, whale meat

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 09:48pm by Reuters

    ... The average mercury level of the nine products was 4.2 ppm. About 22,000 African elephants were killed in 2012, a rate conservationists warn could lead to their extinction in some areas. About 80 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1452656/japanese-e-commerce-rakuten-worlds-top-online-marketer-ivory-whale-meat
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Rise in childhood cancer in Fukushima sparks debate

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 10:47am by The Guardian

    ... of hundreds of thousands of children. Either the higher-than-normal rates of thyroid cancer are connected to the nuclear accident, or they are the inevitable result of a testing regime unprecedented ... at the university. At first sight, the figures give cause for alarm. Thyroid cancer normally affects one to two people per million among 10 to 14-year-olds in Japan, a rate far lower than observed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1445087/rise-childhood-cancer-fukushima-sparks-debate
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Desperate singles fall for Japan apartment ‘fraud’

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 04:25pm by AFP

    ... to purchase the real estate sometimes at prices 30 to 40 per cent above the market rate Shinichi Hirasawa, lawyer According to their lawyers, the plaintiffs had become emotionally involved with people ... made to purchase the real estate sometimes at prices 30 to 40 per cent above the market rate,” he said. The National Consumer Information Centre has warned that this kind of alleged deception ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1435632/desperate-singles-fall-japan-apartment-fraud
  10. 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

    ... also make our corporate taxes internationally competitive. In April, the tax rate on companies will fall by 2.4 percentage points. And we will put in place tax incentives aimed at encouraging ... per cent larger if women participated in the labour market at the same rate as men. Indeed, Japan’s female labour force is the economy’s most underused resource. Japan must become a place ...

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

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