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  1. General view of a reinvented past

    Posted Nov 08th 2008, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Japan was not an aggressor that brought death to 20 million Asian neighbours and wholesale misery to countless others. It was a peaceful, peace-loving, international-law-abiding country that was a victim of other countries' manipulation and aggression. Nevertheless, Japan's bravery in fighting back helped create the modern world of peace and plenty. Even ...

  2. Japan aghast as wave of thrill kills goes on

    Posted Mar 27th 2008, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... into the path of a train in Okayama, Japan. He simply wanted to kill someone. The killing on Tuesday night came just two days after a deadly stabbing rampage at another train station, with both ... of the perpetrators,' Professor Watanabe said. 'I fear it indicates the depth of the social crisis we face in Japan, the breakdown in human communications and the destruction of the family and local ...

  3. Gateway to heaven

    Posted Apr 06th 2008, 12:00am by Keith Mundy

    ... Miyajima's 'floating' torii is traditionally regarded as one of the three best sights of Japan. But beyond the structure are myriad mystical treasures, writes Keith Mundy. ... the 'floating' torii (gate to a shrine) of Miyajima- is familiar outside Japan. A visit is likely to put it into a few personal top 10s too. Miyajima- 'Shrine Island'- is a mountainous, wooded ...

  4. Chinese ships in Japanese strait raises concerns about regional role

    Posted Oct 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Concerns are being raised in Japan about the expanded cruising range by the People's Liberation Army's navy in the Pacific after four Chinese combat ships sailed through a Japanese strait on Sunday. Japan's Defence Ministry said it had located four PLA combat ships in the Tsugaru Strait, which separates the main island of Honshu with the northern ...

  5. Apply to study in Japan

    Posted Aug 11th 2008, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau Young people who are passionate about Japanese culture can apply to study there under a scholarship scheme launched by the AFS Intercultural Exchange. Co-organised by the Kamenori Foundation and AFS Intercultural Exchange, the AFS Japan Scholarship 2009 is open for applications. Students aged between 15 and 18 who have a profound interest in Japanese culture ...

  6. Japan, Asia's doddering power

    Posted Mar 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Nothing better illustrates the barrenness of Japan's political landscape than the failure to find a successor for Toshihiko Fukui as governor of the Bank of Japan ... older, less experienced, finance ministry official, Koji Tanami. Even the search engine Google had trouble locating Mr Tanami. 'Do you mean Bank of Japan tsunami?' it asked. Mr Fukuda ...

  7. The Swordless Samurai

    Posted Oct 05th 2008, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan The Swordless Samurai by Kitami Masao St Martin's Griffin, HK$120 When Japan was a force to be feared its people were described as everything from automata to ants ... Hideyoshi. Known to every schoolchild in Japan, the 16th-century legend with peasant roots is being brought out of retirement in a re-release of the book, translated and edited by Tim Clark, ...

  8. A whale of a controversy

    Posted Dec 01st 2008, 12:00am by Sara Yin

    ... Sara Yin Eating whale meat- a traditional source of protein in countries like Japan- has become a taboo in many countries that before hunted the mammals Tucking into a nice, juicy cut of whale may sound despicable to some, but to others, whale steak is as culturally acceptable as sirloin. For instance in Wakayama, a coastal town in Japan, school cafeterias serve spaghetti ...

  9. Market watch

    Posted Jun 10th 2008, 12:00am by Amanda Lee

    ... With Amanda Lee News from around the globeTime to stock up in Japan Japanese equities are being undervalued, according to analysts. Poor economic performance and concerns about Japan going ... 'Japanese equities' valuations have now become comparable with some of the markets in Asia except for [South] Korea, Singapore and Thailand.' He expects that Japan's equities market ...

  10. World Cup carrot a boost for professionalism

    Posted Jun 15th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... council meeting in Bangkok where IRB officials Mike Miller (chief executive) and Mark Egan (head of rugby services) outlined Asia's prospective path to the World Cup finals. 'While Japan ... finished third, behind South Korea in this year's inaugural tournament. Japan claimed top spot with an unbeaten run. Hong Kong's aim will be to finish at least second in 2010. ...




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