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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    China 'seriously concerned' after Japan PM sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 10:35am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... at the shrine, although NHK public television said Health Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki also sent an offering. A ruling party lawmaker tweeted that three ministers planned to visit on Saturday. Expectations ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1618297/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-risks-chinas-ire-sending-offering-yasukuni-shrine
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Redback spiders enjoy Tokyo enough to start a family

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 08:58pm by Julian Ryall

    ... district of western Tokyo. More of the creatures have been found in Koto ward, prompting the authorities to caution people to wear gloves when they are gardening and to be careful in parks. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1617795/redback-spiders-enjoy-tokyo-enough-start-family
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Biography of Emperor Hirohito a whitewash: US historian Herbert Bix

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 03:11am by Julian Ryall

    ... and Nagasaki could conceivably been avoided. Contrary to the image carefully put together by the agency in the 25 years since his death, Bix said the emperor was "a timid opportunist" whose ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1611629/biography-emperor-hirohito-whitewash-us-historian-herbert-bix
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan birthrate drops 2.7 per cent in first half of year to fewer than 500,000 babies

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 04:48pm

    ... in the first six months was 13,980 fewer than last year’s 510,371, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said in a preliminary report. The number of babies born in June was almost flat ... reaching, with experts saying the low birth rate could halt economic growth, cause salaries to fall and put a drain on the economy as nations struggle to care for elderly populations. Additional ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580811/japan-birthrate-drops-27-cent-first-half-year
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese first lady Akie Abe seeks summit with Peng Liyuan at Apec

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:50pm by Reuters

    ... Abe said her husband did chores when he could, including washing the dishes and taking out rubbish when she was too busy. But she is careful not to overburden the premier, who ended his first troubled term in 2007 after just one year due to ill-health. Additional reporting by Associated Press ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1585378/japanese-first-lady-akie-abe-seeks-summit-peng-liyuan-apec
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo closes Yoyogi Park amid dengue fever outbreak

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 02:42pm by AP and Kyodo

    ... in central Tokyo, according to the health ministry. The exception is a man in his 30s from Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo, the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry said. It said ... for Japanese teens. Health minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki on Friday urged the public not to panic, but said all local governments would be given guidelines on how to identify and handle dengue, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1585832/tokyo-closes-yoyogi-park-amid-dengue-fever-outbreak
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Christine Lagarde backs Shinzo Abe’s plan for women to lift Japan economy

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 09:43pm by AFP

    ... working hours, boozy after-work sessions with the boss, and insufficient child-care facilities are also among the reasons many working Japanese women opt to stay at home or give up hopes of promotion after having children. Luring women back into work would come only with key reforms including better child-care options and care services for elderly parents, observers said. "While ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1591186/christine-lagarde-backs-shinzo-abes-plan-women-lift-japan-economy
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan confirms 22 people affected by first dengue fever outbreak since 1945

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 12:55pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... with residents and tourists. An outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever in Japan – the first since the second world war – has affected 22 people, the nation's health ministry confirmed on Monday. ... headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, skin rash to incapacitating high temperatures, said the World Health Organisation. Occasionally the infection develops into a potentially ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1582860/japan-confirms-first-dengue-fever-outbreak-1945-may-have-affected-20
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Fukushima workers in clean-up of crippled plant sue for danger money

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:57pm by AFP

    ... still employed at the plant have launched legal action against Tepco over remuneration and working conditions, despite widespread reports of exploitation and abuses. "My health may ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583938/fukushima-workers-clean-crippled-plant-sue-danger-money
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Abe's picks for party posts point to possible thaw in ties with China

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 11:41pm by Reuters

    ... in Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was twinned with a cabinet reshuffle in which Abe gave the health and welfare portfolio to a reform-minded lawmaker, kept core ministers and boosted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584716/abes-picks-party-posts-point-possible-thaw-ties-china

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