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  1. Hokkaido

    Posted Oct 07th 2007, 12:00am by Peter Walbrook

    ... with Peter Walbrook Far from Tokyo's neon glare, Japan's northernmost territory offers tourists beautiful, remote scenery and evocative Russian-influenced towns. 1. Abashiri ... Abashiri's main advantage is as a starting point for one of Japan's most scenic and remote rail journeys, south past the Shiretoko Peninsula and through the remarkably attractive Akan National ...

  2. Drawing on inner passion

    Posted Sep 29th 2007, 12:00am by Wong Yat-Hei

    ... to meet the deadline. In my job, rushing for deadlines is common. In Japan some editors even stay at the comic illustrator's home for days to urge him to complete his drafts on time. Once ... In Japan a comic illustrator has a creative editor and production editor to assist him. The creative editor will help create story plots by doing market research and looking for interesting topics. ...

  3. A resignation too far for Abe

    Posted Sep 08th 2007, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... of Shinzo Abe, Japan's hapless prime minister, who has lost not one, not two, but three ministers of agriculture- all in the space of four months, all to charges of corruption? She would probably suggest that, at the very least, he should commit political suicide to spare himself and Japan further embarrassment. The latest casualty was Takehiko Endo. He lasted precisely eight days ...

  4. Cause for optimism in Abe's shrine offering

    Posted May 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... revelation was measured: it was a far cry from the heated outbursts that have marked such nationalist gestures from Japan in the past. South Korea's reaction was as China's might have been ... between the need to mend ties with the rest of Asia and adhering to the views of those who chose him to be Japan's leader. His half-measure of appeasement with the shrine offering is, ...

  5. Much to be done to bridge differences

    Posted Apr 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... As much as Premier Wen Jiabao's three-day visit to Japan, starting tomorrow, represents a thaw in relations, it must be remembered that there are many complications to resolving ... about Chinese immigrants to Japan, said aid should not be given to China because it will be used to make hydrogen bombs and favours relations with Taipei over those with Beijing. Most ...

  6. Lax safety worries politicians

    Posted Apr 19th 2007, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall Few safety precautions are taken on behalf of rank-and-file politicians in Japan- even though political violence is hardly unknown. One leading Japanese politician said ... to evade him. If a politician is campaigning and meeting the people then he simply cannot be protected. We are defenceless.' Japan may be considered safe by many standards, but Mr Ito's ...

  7. The green grass of home

    Posted Mar 11th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... They're not available in Hong Kong and cannot be shipped here, but these grass 'tiles' may one day prove popular enough to be sold outside Japan, according ... the grass provide an even supply of water. The tiles, created to combat rising urban temperatures, are sold in Japan for US$43 a tile. ...

  8. Not welcome

    Posted Aug 24th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Japan's PM Shinzo Abe has excluded China from his proposed 'arc of freedom' coalition. Is his tacit criticism of the Beijing government justified and how will it affect relations between the two countries? Write to us. ...

  9. Neighbours and friends await LDP fallout

    Posted Aug 11th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode The recent electoral defeat of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party was nothing short of political carnage. Given the pressures on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after ... questions about Japan's short-term ties with its friends and neighbours. Already it has placed fresh pressures on Tokyo's close yet complex relationship with the US, its strongest military ...

  10. Tokyo's parks and gardens

    Posted Aug 26th 2007, 12:00am by Peter Walbrook

    ... with Peter Walbrook The green spaces in Japan's capital city offer a respite from the teeming metropolis and are home to an array of alluring attractions and botanical delights. 1. Ueno Park The site of some of Japan's most impressive museums and art galleries, a zoo, a boating lake, shrines and temples, Ueno Park can easily take a full day to explore. A focal point ...




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