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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. 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 ...

  5. 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. ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. War of words

    Posted May 05th 2007, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... For one reporter, uncovering Japan's 'Okinawa-gate' brought neither fame nor fortune. Now he is taking his case to court, writes Julian Ryall In the US in October 1972, ... leader Richard Nixon. In Japan six months earlier, a scandal similarly involving lies and cover-ups at the highest level of government had also been on the front pages. But there the similarities ...

  8. Magazine's focus on crimes by foreigners sparks outrage

    Posted Feb 07th 2007, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... criminals bent on causing mayhem in Japan has been criticised by a rights group as 'ignorant propaganda' which will increase intolerance towards people from other countries. Secret Files of Foreigners' Crimes went on sale across Japan on January 31, according to Eichi Publishing, but quickly caused outrage with its garish depictions of Chinese, Koreans, Iranians and US military ...

  9. Dialogue to pave way for closer ties with Japan

    Posted Nov 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jane Cai China and Japan will open their first high-level economic dialogue in Beijing on Saturday, focusing on macroeconomic issues, energy conservation and environmental protection, the Ministry of Commerce announced yesterday. One international relations analyst said the countries were hoping the talks, the fruit of Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Japan in April, would pave ...

  10. Baseball diplomacy brings no home runs

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... criminals- an issue that had chilled relations between the two countries for years. During his trip to China, he also said what his hosts wanted to hear about Japan's position on Taiwan and the need for Japan to reflect on its mistakes, face up to its past aggression and show humility and sympathy to the victims. However, the enduring symbolic image of the two Asian giants coming ...




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