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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe promotes Japanese maglev trains for US railways

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 05:41am by AFP

    ... in the US government's plan to connect the capital and Boston. To cushion the estimated 1 trillion yen (HK$76 billion) cost of the franchise, Japan intends to finance half of it through ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese drug maker Takeda to fight US$6 billion damages over diabetes drug

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 10:08pm by AFP

    ... rang up about half its US$15 billion sales in Japan in the last fiscal year, North America and Europe are also major markets. Eli Lilly had partnered Takeda in helping to market the drug ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Katsuto Momii, new boss of Japan's NHK, manages to upset everybody

    Posted Feb 02nd 2014, 04:40am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Japan's broadcasting chief has nailed his nationalist colours to the mast, prompting many to ask if he is right man to steer nation's answer to BBC Me and my big mouth: NHK bossgets in a tangle As arguably the most influential person in Japan's media world, it did not take Katsuto Momii long to make his mark. Named in late December ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Highly radioactive water leak discovered at Fukushima, Tepco says

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 01:14pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... but which still contains strontium, a substance that accumulates in bones and can cause cancer if consumed. About half the beta radiation from the leak was thought to be strontium-90, Tepco said, ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tepco took months to release record strontium readings at Fukushima, says regulatory official

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 04:38pm by Reuters

    ... November. It should not take them this long to release this information.” Strontium-90, which has a half-life of around 29 years, is estimated to be twice as harmful to the human body as cesium-137, ... which was taken over by the government in 2012, came under criticism last year after highly radioactive water leaked from a holding tank at Fukushima. Japan’s government vowed to provide half ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Hundreds rally against plan to relocate US military base in Okinawa

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 10:57am by Associated Press in Naha, Okinawa

    ... Okinawa is home to more than half of the 47,000 American troops based in Japan under a bilateral defence pact. Kennedy, who arrived later on Tuesday, is to meet with Okinawan officials and may ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Yoichi Masuzoe elected Tokyo governor in boost to Shinzo Abe

    Posted Feb 09th 2014, 10:28am by Reuters

    ... power, NHK public TV said. Watch: Govt-backed pro-nuclear candidate wins Tokyo governor vote A half-hour before the polls closed, turnout was a mere 34 per cent, well below recent polls, ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Deaf Japanese composer admits someone else wrote his music

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 09:48pm by AFP

    ... than half the work because the ear condition got worse." He paid for the commission, NHK said, adding that the real composer, who it did not identify, had not yet responded to requests ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan demonised by second world war victors, says sacked air chief Toshio Tamogami

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 10:46pm by Julian Ryall

    ... I believe Mr Abe should continue to pay his respects at Yasukuni Shrine, to show that there is no justification for the image of Japan as demonic." Tamogami seemed to be only half-joking when ...

  10. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Tokyo stocks close 2.45pc lower after US stimulus cut

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 12:12pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... in New York but well down from the 103.30 yen in Asia earlier Wednesday. Hong Kong shares closed 0.48 per cent lower in half-day trading on Thursday because of the Lunar New Year holiday. ...




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