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  1. Supermarket superwoman

    Posted Mar 11th 2006, 12:00am by Mutsuko Murakami

    ... who grows up and overcomes all obstacles to become the owner of a big supermarket chain in Japan. Mrs Hayashi, too, started from scratch. She is the daughter of a vegetable market broker; with neither MBA nor powerful family connections, she rose to the top through her own efforts. In contrast to the traditional stodgy pattern of Japan's 'salaryman' workers, Mrs Hayashi ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/539940/supermarket-superwoman
  2. Cable firm may absorb Livedoor via share swap

    Posted Apr 14th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... takeovers Reuters in Tokyo Japanese cable broadcaster Usen Corp said yesterday it might make scandal-hit Livedoor a wholly owned unit- a move that would end a chapter in the story of the internet firm that shook Japan's business world. The Mainichi Shimbun reported that Usen might absorb Livedoor through a share swap and divide the company into two: a business division ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/544699/cable-firm-may-absorb-livedoor-share-swap
  3. Princes of J-pop

    Posted Aug 08th 2006, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... their debut album, let alone a 16-year-old. But Chris Edwards, a member of the group Amplified, whose Turn It Up! was released in Japan last week, says the band have been so busy doing promotion work ... chart last month and became the closing theme of the animated TV show Gintama. Back after a tour of Japan, where they did 30 interviews and performed in Tokyo and Fukuoka, the trio are starting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/559484/princes-j-pop
  4. Japan 'would welcome a visit by Hu'

    Posted Dec 12th 2006, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... Presidential trip to Tokyo will probably be a success: consul Recent 'noticeable positive developments' in Sino-Japanese relations could advance further with a visit to Japan ... in the past few years, a visit to Japan would probably be a success. 'He's been making friends with people [from his overseas visits] and he's been doing a good job,' Mr Sato said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/575132/japan-would-welcome-visit-hu
  5. Why fight over these barren rocks, many in Japan ask

    Posted Apr 21st 2006, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... of a naval confrontation over the barren hunks of rock is lost on many in Japan. 'Both sides are refusing to discuss the issue reasonably and I think we have to ask why the Japanese government ... the Koizumi cabinet came into being, they have been pretty aggressive,' said Shinichi Nakajima, 27, a librarian in Tokyo. 'I disagree with that diplomatic approach and believe that if Japan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/545602/why-fight-over-these-barren-rocks-many-japan-ask
  6. Japan, South Korea show mettle ahead of Asian Games

    Posted Apr 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Jonathan Powell

    ... Japan and South Korea can look ahead to the 2006 Asian Games in Doha with optimism after promising performances over the weekend. The two sides bowed out at the quarter-final stage of the plate competition, showing signs of fatigue, but their overall display in the tournament proved they have raised their game to a new level. Against Canada, Japan couldn't find the form ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/543202/japan-south-korea-show-mettle-ahead-asian-games
  7. Checked, fingerprinted and snapped- welcome to Japan

    Posted Mar 08th 2006, 12:00am by Felix Chan, Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo and Felix Chan Every foreign visitor to Japan will be electronically fingerprinted and photographed, according to law changes approved by the Japanese government yesterday. The new anti-terrorism regulations, set to be passed by the Japanese parliament by mid-year, will apply to tourists as well as foreign residents of Japan. Human rights group Amnesty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/539547/checked-fingerprinted-and-snapped-welcome-japan
  8. Japanese investment shift forecast

    Posted Aug 15th 2006, 12:00am by Paul Moon, Paul Mooney

    ... in total foreign investment on the mainland was attributed to a peak in investing in manufacturing, increased investment costs and a less positive environment for foreign companies, the Japan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/560364/japanese-investment-shift-forecast
  9. Japan needs China for growth: academic

    Posted Feb 21st 2006, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Beijing has economic cards at its disposal in its diplomatic dealings with Tokyo because the mainland is now the key engine driving Japan's economic revival, ... but it has been suffering from more than a decade of recession. '[We] should study how to fight back against Japan's use of the economic card,' Mr Jin wrote, accusing Tokyo of using ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/537310/japan-needs-china-growth-academic
  10. Memoirs of Japan's otaku

    Posted Feb 20th 2006, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... DAVID WILSON Any country that dispenses girls' used panties from vending machines needs its collective mind examined. No wonder Japan has some of the world's most dysfunctional ... and unable to handle the cut, thrust and tedium of office life. Although Japan's estimated 3million otaku do communicate electronically, they have very little physical contact with other human ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/537214/memoirs-japans-otaku

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