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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Obama touches down in Japan for first leg of tension-filled Asian tour

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 04:59pm by AFP

    ... stand over disputed South China Sea reefs against the might of Beijing, the Philippines needs to be told the US still has its back. Tokyo frets Washington may not offer wholehearted support ... a united front against North Korean agitation, said Washburn. It doesn’t have to be a perfect peace, he added. “The United States should not expect any South Korean leader to be silent in the face ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1495165/obama-arrives-japan-tension-filled-asia-trip
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    China blasts Japan's Yasukuni Shrine as 'a liability' after lawmakers' visit

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 11:21pm by AFP

    ... also includes South Korea. Washington would desperately like Japan and South Korea, its two chief allies in the region, to bury the diplomatic hatchet and stand together against Beijing's increasingly confident regional swagger and against unpredictable Pyongyang. Abe's own visit to the shrine on December 26 soon after a trip to Tokyo by US Vice-President Joe Biden sparked fury ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1494680/japans-neighbours-condemn-lawmakers-visit-yasukuni-shrine
  3. News - China - JAPAN

    Japan warns China that seizure of ship could have consequences

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 05:12pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... the Second World ar, reports said. A compensation suit was brought against Mitsui by the descendants of the founder of Zhongwei Shipping, and in 2007 a Shanghai court ordered Mitsui to pay about 2.9 billion yen in compensation. Mitsui appealed against the decision but in December 2010 the Supreme People’s Court turned down their petition for the case to be retried. Mitsui has argued ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1493602/japan-warns-china-seizure-ship-could-have-consequences
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 03:36pm by Reuters

    ... but the Reuters analysis constitutes “a very good guess,” said Tatsujiro Suzuki, who stepped down this week as vice chairman of the government’s Japan Atomic Energy Commission. Japan previously had ... Paladin Energy jumped as much as 15 per cent last month just on news that Tokyo had compiled a final draft of the energy plan. HARD SLOG AHEAD The public has turned against nuclear power after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1463159/japan-may-only-be-able-restart-one-third-its-nuclear-reactors
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's cabinet approves U-turn on plan to phase out nuclear plants

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 11:54pm by Reuters

    ... baseload concept flies out of the window," said Mycle Schneider, a Paris-based independent energy consultant. The government also named coal-fired and hydropower plants as baseload sources. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1477068/japans-cabinet-approves-u-turn-plan-phase-out-nuclear-plants
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe promotes Japanese maglev trains for US railways

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

    ... the Japan Bank for International Co-operation, Nikkei said. Japan is up against France, Germany and other bidders as it seeks to sell its bullet and magnetic train systems overseas. After the ride, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1479363/shinzo-abe-promotes-japanese-maglev-trains-us-railways
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe warns rally of dangers of bolstering Japan's military

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 01:51am by AFP

    ... dangerous stage in the past 100 years, Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe warned during a rally against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to bolster the nation's military. Some 3,000 people rallied yesterday in a Tokyo park against government plans to soften Japan's constitutional commitment to pacifism and give its military a more active role. "By exercising ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1470153/nobel-laureate-kenzaburo-oe-warns-rally-dangers-bolstering-japans-military
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s diplomatic ‘blue book’ reasserts claims to islands, angering China and South Korea

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 11:34pm by AFP

    ... that Japan was "turning a blind eye to basic facts" and making "ungrounded accusations against China". The Foreign Ministry-issued document, called the "diplomatic blue ... of the diplomatic blue paper turns a blind eye to basic facts, and maliciously makes unfounded accusations against China," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular press briefing in Beijing. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465133/japans-diplomatic-blue-book-reasserts-claims-islands-angering-china-and
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan PM Shinzo Abe to sign deal with Australia PM Tony Abbott on military gear

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 11:30pm by JULIAN

    ... of Defence, and its British counterpart, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratories at Porton Down, Wiltshire, have also started to collaborate on the development of clothing to protect against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465132/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-sign-deal-australia-pm-tony-abbott-military-gear
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese consultant confesses to bribes to win foreign aid contracts

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 11:09pm by AFP

    ... the independent committee announces results of their investigation." Kakinuma, 65, told prosecutors that his firm paid kickbacks to civil servants in Vietnam, Indonesia and Uzbekistan to win work ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1456450/japanese-consultant-confesses-bribes-win-foreign-aid-contracts

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