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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo seeks US military guarantee to protect unspecified ‘remote islands’

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:34pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Japanese government seeks specific guarantees over protection for remote islands- thought to be the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyus chain Tokyo presses U.S. over islands With Japan having already decided to boost the role of its military, the government of Shinzo Abe is now expected to demand more specific guarantees of US military support in protection of what Tokyo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554274/diaoyus-their-minds-tokyo-seeks-us-military-guarantee-protect-remote
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... dismissed a 1996 report on the issue by Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN's special rapporteur on violence against women, on the grounds that it ignored US military documents that described ... in procuring the women was "ruining the dignity of Japan and threatening the security of Japanese... in the US". Citing a letter she received from a Japanese woman in Glendale, California, ...

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

    Japan able to aid US ships under attack: minister

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 01:25pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... to the aid of a US naval ship under attack, Tokyo’s defense minister said Friday. In a visit to Washington, Itsunori Onodera cited the hypothetical scenario as he sought to explain the Japanese government’s controversial decision to ease decades-long restrictions on the country’s military. If US warships were sent to defend Japan, and those ships were attacked, the Japanese “constitution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552685/japan-able-aid-us-ships-under-attack-minister
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan, Britain to launch joint research into fighter jet missile technology

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 01:41pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Months after Tokyo lifted a ban on weapons exports, media reports indicate agreement to develop missile technology with the UK and a parts deal with the US for its Patriot system Japan and Britain are to jointly develop missile technology for fighter jets, while Tokyo may also start exporting Japanese-made parts for US surface-to-air missiles, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555561/japan-and-britain-launch-joint-research-fighter-jet-missile-technology
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Mixed reaction among Asian people to Shinzo Abe's more muscular Japan

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 10:32pm by AP

    ... Kyodo in Washington Poll shows mixed Asianreaction to Abe policies Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's foreign policy is distrusted by people in China and South Korea but viewed favourably in countries involved in territorial rows with Beijing, a US research agency said. According to the results of a Pew Research Centre poll released on Monday, confidence in Abe stayed very ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554924/mixed-reaction-among-asian-people-shinzo-abes-more-muscular-japan
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Quake measuring 6.8 causes small tsunami on Japan's northeastern shores

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 02:04pm by AFP

    ... The quake occurred at a depth of 13km off Fukushima's coast, according to the US Geological Survey. It was strong enough to be felt in Tokyo, more than 200km to the south, with many people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552694/quake-measuring-68-causes-small-tsunami-japans-northeastern-shores
  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 ... And while the concept is laudable, the reality has been that the scheme has been abused by employers to serve as a source of cheap labour, and participants have few rights. The US report said ...

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

    Okinawa on alert as ‘once in decades storm’ Super Typhoon Neoguri takes aim

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 02:01pm by Reuters

    ... to three-quarters of US military facilities in Japan. “In these regions, there is a chance of the kinds of storms, high seas, storm surges and heavy rains that you’ve never experienced before,” a JMA ... and high waves... and, in some areas, violent rains,” he said.  ”Please be ready to evacuate before heavy rains begin to fall.” The US military was today evacuating a nuymber of aircraft from its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1548685/super-typhoon-neoguri-once-decades-storm-barrels-towards-japan
  9. 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

    ... natural for us to wonder if Japan is going to change its path of peaceful development that it has been long pursuing after the [second] world war." China and Japan have been locked ... the US' strong support for Japan to change its policy has created an awkward situation for the [South] Korean government, particularly for the defence officials. It's very hard for them ...

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

    Japanese cabinet set to relax defence rules despite strong opposition

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 10:47pm by Julian Ryall

    ... cabinet, but they have betrayed us," said Matsumoto. "The vast majority of their supporters have always been against anything that threatens peace in any way, and now they have done ... Institute for Global Affairs. "There is obviously a significant amount of opposition, but it is not the kind of powerful opposition that existed in 1960 at the renewal of the US-Japan Security ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1543828/japanese-cabinet-set-relax-defence-rules-despite-strong-opposition

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