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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Guide dog stabbed in Japan as it led owner to work

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 10:55am by Associated Press in Saitama

    ... the attack, they said. Guide dogs are trained not to bark unless their owners are in danger. The dog’s owner, who is blind, left his home with Oscar at about 11am. on July 28, and took a train from JR ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese court rules against Fukushima operator Tepco in landmark suicide case

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 10:42pm by AP

    ... nuclear meltdowns forced more than 150,000 people from their homes, about a third of whom remain in temporary housing. "We would like to deeply apologise again for the disruption and concern ... with the decision." According to the written indictment, the area in the town of Kawamata where Watanabe's home stands was designated as an evacuation zone on April 22, 2011, about a month after ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    In new tack, Japanese police target teens selling sex, not their customers

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 11:47pm by Julian Ryall

    ... which warns them of the crimes they are committing and the potential dangers. After a dose of moral re-education, the girls are then taken home and their parents informed that they have been ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Scores killed or missing as huge landslide engulfs Hiroshima suburb

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:17am

    ... on Wednesday, the government said, after a wall of mud engulfed homes in a suffocating sludge. Dozens of houses were buried when hillsides collapsed after torrential downpours in Hiroshima, television pictures showed, leaving rescuers to pick through the devastation for any signs of life. Watch: Dozens dead as Japan landslides engulf homes “According to the National Police Agency, the death toll ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese firms encourage workers to sleep on the job

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:48pm by GDN

    ... it leads to better performance. Okuta, a home renovation firm near Tokyo, allows its employees to take a 20-minute power nap at their desks or in the staff lounge. Introduced two years ago, it has ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Hiroshima marks anniversary of atomic bombing as anti-nuclear sentiment runs high

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 06:26pm by AFP

    ... thousands to leave their homes in the worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. Despite strong public opposition, Japan’s nuclear watchdog last month said that two atomic reactors were safe ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese girl accused of beheading friend has history of violence

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 12:36am by AP

    ... wouldn't have happened," he said. In April, the girl entered senior secondary school and moved out of the family home, living alone in the condominium where the killing took place. Her father promptly remarried in May. The girl showed up at school for only three days, including the day of the entrance ceremony. A home-room teacher visited her at her apartment every week but the attempt ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s approval rating falls to less than 50pc

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 10:07pm by BLOOM

    ... prompted rare street protests and added to public discontent over a sales tax increase in April. "The reinterpretation inflamed public opinion," said Liu Jiangyong, professor ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese murder suspect, 16, says she ‘wanted to dissect’ someone

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 10:11pm by AFP

    ... in the suspect's home. The accused has admitted she strangled Matsuo before severing her head and left hand, "using tools... and something like a cord", a police investigator said. "The ... as telling police. Police believe Matsuo was killed at the suspect's apartment at around 8pm on Saturday, about five hours after Matsuo left her home. The suspect allegedly hit Matsuo over ...

  10. Property - International - JAPAN

    Japan enjoys home sales rush to beat looming tax rise

    Posted Aug 29th 2012, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo New housing loans up 14.7pc as buyers take the plunge before increase in sales levy in 2014 adds cost of a Toyota Corolla to the average property Japanese home sales ... of deflation. About 1.3 trillion yen (HK$128 billion) of extra home purchases are expected by the end of March 2014, in the year when the sales tax will increase to 8 per cent from 5 per cent, according ...




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