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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet below 50pc

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:10am by AP

    ... and scandal bite Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has fallen to 48.1 per cent, according to a new poll, as his government grapples with an unpopular plan to increase sales ... but unpopular rise in the sales tax, after a tax increase in April pushed the world's third-largest economy into its deepest quarterly slump since the 2009 financial crisis. In the latest Kyodo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1620075/support-japanese-prime-minister-shinzo-abes-cabinet-below-50pc
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Man sentenced to two years in jail in Japan for making guns with 3D printer

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 03:16am by AFP

    ... is believed to be a first in a nation with strict gun controls. Yoshitomo Imura, 28, was found guilty of making two guns at his home and publishing a video online detailing the process, said ... with regular security equipment, including scanners found at airports, leading to fears that they could be used in hijackings. The debate about home-made guns took off last year in the United States ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1620813/man-sentenced-two-years-jail-japan-making-guns-3d-printer
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... – seen by critics at home and abroad as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism – on Friday, the start of the country’s autumn festival, a witness said. There was no sign of cabinet ministers ...

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

    Redback spiders enjoy Tokyo enough to start a family

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

    ... of public spaces to try to locate and exterminate colonies, but they warn that with the arrival of winter the spiders will seek warmer sites, such as the roofs of homes and inside vending machines. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1617795/redback-spiders-enjoy-tokyo-enough-start-family
  5. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japan machinery orders rise but doubts about economy remain

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 05:49am by Reuters

    ... as the Bank of Japan keeps ultra-loose monetary policy and the government stands ready to deploy fresh stimulus. A sales tax rise in April triggered the deepest economic slump in the April-June ... the government's decision by the end of the year on whether to proceed with a second sales tax increase next year. "The data in itself is positive as it confirms steady capital spending," said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1613277/japan-machinery-orders-rise-doubts-about-economy-remain
  6. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japan downgrades economic assessment as Abe promises reform

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 05:10am by AFP

    ... hammers hopes for a quick recovery following Tokyo's April sales tax rise. The monthly report acknowledged spending at home had stalled, throwing into question Tokyo's plans to increase sales taxes again next year. But it added that depressed conditions were due partly to poor weather- Japan was inundated with heavy rainfall and a string of typhoons this summer. "Private ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1596376/japan-downgrades-economic-assessment-abe-promises-reform
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Seiji Yoshida's lies about "comfort women" exploited by Japan's right

    Posted Oct 12th 2014, 06:26am by Julian Ryall

    ... wing at home, and by governments in parts of Asia that had felt the full force of imperial Japan's adventures in the early decades of the 20th century. Here was a man who had overcome his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1614619/seiji-yoshidas-lies-about-comfort-women-exploited-japans-right
  8. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Bank of Japan governor pledges to prolong stimulus

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 06:05am by Reuters

    ... after a sales tax increase in April left car and electronic makers with a huge pile of inventory. Kuroda said the tax-increase pain and bad summer weather had weighed on consumption longer than ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1611737/bank-japan-governor-pledges-prolong-stimulus
  9. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japanese business confidence improves first time in two quarters

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 03:33pm by Reuters

    ... are still struggling to shake off the impact of a sales tax rise in April. The mixed data may do little to relieve pressure on policymakers to expand fiscal and monetary stimulus if the economy stumbles before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's crucial decision by the end of the year on whether to proceed with a second sales tax rise in October next year. The headline index for big ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1605664/japanese-business-confidence-improves-first-time-two-quarters
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Typhoon Phanfone heads out to sea after leaving at least one dead in Japan

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 10:17am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... their homes before it headed out to sea. Three US servicemen were swept away by high waves lashing the southwestern island of Okinawa on Sunday as Typhoon Phanfone approached. One was found dead ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1610535/least-one-dead-typhoon-phanfone-lashes-japan-closing-tokyo

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