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  1. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Japan unveils huge aid and loans deal for Myanmar

    Posted May 26th 2013, 12:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Naypyidaw

    ... Agence France-Presse in Naypyidaw Abe writes off old debts and pledges 'all possible assistance' to boost changing nation's economy Japan unveils huge aid deal for Myanmar Follow @SCMP_News Japan yesterday announced a development aid and loan package for Myanmar worth hundreds of millions of dollars as it boosts trade ties with the fast-changing nation seen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1246515/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-holds-talks-myanmars-thein-sein
  2. News - Asia

    South Korean media slams ‘provocative’ photo of Japan's Abe

    Posted May 15th 2013, 02:03pm by Agence France-Presse in Seou

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seou Major South Korean newspapers splashed a photo of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a military jet trainer on their front pages on Wednesday, saying it was a reminder of Japan’s colonial-era atrocities. The picture in question showed a smiling Abe giving a thumbs-up while sitting in the cockpit of an air force T-4 training jet emblazoned with the number ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1238243/south-korean-media-slams-provocative-photo-japans-abe
  3. News - China

    Japan seeks firm stance with US against China

    Posted Feb 22nd 2013, 09:07am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Japan’s new conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday opened a visit to the United States in which he hopes to show a firm, unified line to an assertive China and a defiant North Korea. Abe arrived in Washington to meet Friday with President Barack Obama at a time of growing tensions between Japan and China, which is seen as challenging ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1155959/japan-seeks-firm-stance-us-against-china
  4. News - China

    China ships in disputed waters, says Japan coastguard

    Posted Feb 15th 2013, 12:34pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Three Chinese government ships entered disputed waters on Friday, the Japanese coastguard said, as the two countries’ soured relationship grew more complex following North Korea’s nuclear test. Maritime surveillance vessels sailed near the Japanese-contro ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1150819/china-ships-disputed-waters-says-japan-coastguard
  5. News - China

    Chinese ships head to waters around Diaoyus

    Posted Jan 19th 2013, 11:10am by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Three Chinese government ships on Saturday entered Japanese territorial waters around disputed islands, Japan’s coastguard said, hours after a veiled US warning to Beijing not to challenge Tokyo’s control. The surveillance vessels entered waters around the islands known as the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyus in China shortly after 8am, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1131562/chinese-ships-head-waters-around-diaoyus
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's Abe to change post-war constitution

    Posted Jan 31st 2013, 11:02am by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan’s hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament on Thursday that he intends to change the country’s post-second world war constitution, lowering the bar for further amendments. “I will start with amending Article 96 of the constitution, a move that many factions [inside his Liberal Democratic Party] support “ Abe told upper house ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1140068/japans-abe-change-post-war-constitution
  7. News - Asia - Lifestyle

    Japan's failed gadgets paved way for innovative success

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

    ... A string of miserable flops came way before the country became known for its innovation It gave us the Walkman, the pocket calculator and heated toilet seats, but Japan's path to innovative greatness is littered with failures such as the TV-shaped ra ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1080221/japans-failed-gadgets-paved-way-innovative-success
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's Aso ‘to meet S.Korean leader to mend ties’

    Posted Oct 06th 2012, 01:08pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso is planning to meet South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak in a bid to mend ties soured by a territorial dispute, a report said Saturday. Relations between Tokyo and Seoul were badly damaged in August when Lee made a surprise visit to the Dokdo islands, which lie between the two countries. Japan claims them ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1055265/japans-aso-meet-skorean-leader-mend-ties
  9. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Seoul rejects Japan proposal on islands row

    Posted Aug 30th 2012, 12:18pm by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul South Korea on Thursday sent a diplomatic document rejecting Japan’s proposal that the two countries ask an international court to settle a bitter row over disputed islands, officials said. South Korea last week received a “note verbale” from Japan suggesting that both sides jointly refer the dispute to the International Court of Justice ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1026242/seoul-rejects-japan-proposal-islands-row
  10. News - Asia - SECURITY

    Japan to pledges US$1b for Sahel security, stabilisation

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 01:50pm by Agence France-Presse in Yokohoma, Japan

    ... Agence France-Presse in Yokohoma, Japan Japan said Sunday it would give US$1 billion in aid to help stabilise the Islamist-infested Sahel region of Africa, months after the deaths of 10 Japanese in a hostage crisis there. The money is part of a US$14 billion aid package to be given to Africa over five years, which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Saturday at the start ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1251985/japan-pledges-us1b-sahel-security-stabilisation

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