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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan extends its sea territory by 177,000 sq km in line with UN ruling

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 10:09pm by Julian Ryall

    ... three concreted areas atop rocks surrounded by a coral reef. In total, the land area covers just 9 square metres. But the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which administers the island, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1589572/japan-extends-its-sea-territory-177000-sq-km-line-un-ruling
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Record HK$413 billion defence budget sought by Japanese government

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 06:51pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... for an upgraded Soryu class submarine. Funds will also go towards the purchase of land on the Amami Islands between Okinawa and Kyushu for another military base. China increased its defence budget by 12.2 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581800/japan-defence-ministry-asks-record-budget-amid-china-naval-fears
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... reflection’ Opinion remains divided over whether the twin attacks were justified. While some historians say that it prevented many more casualties in a planned land invasion, critics have said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1567715/hiroshima-marks-anniversary-atomic-bombing-anti-nuclear-sentiment-runs
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... activities] appear to be a civilian operation- then you can see why Tokyo is so concerned about these grey zones," he said. The concern could be that Chinese civilians land on one of the disputed islands- in the same way that Argentinian scrap metal merchants landed on South Georgia in early 1982 and subsequently claimed the entire Falkland Islands for Argentina. The security guidelines ...

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

    Furniture buying spree lands Japanese research lab in new scandal

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 10:38pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Research lab in more hot water after shopping spree A publicly funded research institute in Japan, already embattled after accusing one of its own stem-cell scientists of faking data, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1482446/furniture-buying-spree-lands-japanese-research-lab-new-scandal
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Typhoon Neoguri heads east after hitting Japan’s Kyushu region

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:45am by Associated Press in Kyodo

    ... east on the Pacific side of the Japanese archipelago and will be downgraded to an extratropical cyclone by Friday afternoon. It could also land on the Tokyo area. The typhoon brought heavy rain ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1551746/typhoon-neoguri-heads-east-after-hitting-japans-kyushu-region
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Osaka mayor says Allied soldiers raped French women after D-Day

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... landing in Normandy, Allied soldiers raped French women. 'Comfort stations' were built after things became too much," he said in the speech, using a euphemism for brothels, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1534282/osaka-mayor-says-allied-soldiers-raped-french-women-after-d-day
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan launches satellite to monitor damage from natural disasters

    Posted May 25th 2014, 05:25am by AFP

    ... and changes affecting rainforests. The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) will be able to see scars left by catastrophes such as Japan's 2011 tsunami as well as monitor progress made ... The satellite will "conduct a health check mainly of the earth's land areas in detail", JAXA project manager Shinichi Suzuki said. It would also collect data related to the deformation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1519330/japan-launches-satellite-monitor-damage-natural-disasters
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan announces military drills in East China Sea

    Posted May 01st 2014, 10:29pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Tokyo has responded to the announcement that China and Russia will carry out military exercises in the East China Sea by declaring that the Japan Self-Defence Forces will conduct combined land, sea and air drills. Around 1,300 personnel will practise an opposed landing on a "remote island", the Defence Ministry said. The name of the island ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1501960/japan-announces-military-drills-east-china-sea
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Work to start on upgrading US base in Japan despite fierce opposition

    Posted May 12th 2014, 10:14pm by Julian Ryall

    ... national security. The Okinawa Defence Bureau has requested tenders for four projects. The first is for land reclamation work for the planned runways and the second is a survey of the coral reef ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1510824/work-start-upgrading-us-base-japan-despite-fierce-opposition

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