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  1. 10-man Japan edge N Korea in sizzling soccer opener

    Posted Dec 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Forget the fireworks on Saturday- the East Asian Games soccer contest got off to an explosive start last night with 10-man Japan holding off North Korea in a delightful exhibition of all-out action. Japan won 2-1 despite being reduced to 10 players when skipper Kosuke Yamamoto- who is in the sights of Arsenal- got his marching orders two minutes into the second half ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/700066/10-man-japan-edge-n-korea-sizzling-soccer-opener
  2. 100 smiles come to town

    Posted Mar 19th 2009, 12:00am by Wong Yat-Hei

    ... It will run in Hong Kong until April 6. The competition attracted 600 entries from Japan, South Korea, the mainland, Singapore and Hong Kong. The overall winner was Hirano Shinji from Japan. He drew ... Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa Award, which comes with an exchange trip to Japan. Tsz-chai, who has a mild intellectual disability, is a talented watercolour painter. She made use ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673755/100-smiles-come-town
  3. PM throws down corruption challenge

    Posted Oct 06th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Yukio Hatoyama, Japan's new prime minister, took the first steps last week towards ending a pervasive but perniciously corrupt practice that has dragged down the economy for years. Achieving success may lead him into a desperate battle with Japan's powerful bureaucrats, who regard the practice as part of their perks. However, if he is successful, he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/694577/pm-throws-down-corruption-challenge
  4. Tokyo's shopping districts see an increasing number of mainland tourists as Japan eases travel restrictions

    Posted Nov 14th 2009, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Not long ago, Toshiko Marks needed to do a spot of shopping in Tokyo's Ginza district, long considered the most exclusive retail district in Japan. To her ... buy in Japan, but it was just somehow better to be able to buy them there and have them in bags that had Harrods or Galeries Lafayette on the side,' she said. In July, the Japanese ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/698237/tokyos-shopping-districts-see-increasing-number-mainland-tourists-japan-eases-travel
  5. US-Japan alliance now an open question

    Posted Sep 15th 2009, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... Richard Halloran A Japanese diplomat, asked what effect the election of the Democratic Party of Japan and a new prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, would have on Japan's alliance with the US, was succinct: 'Nobody knows.' A US official, asked the same question, sighed: 'We don't know yet.' The Japan-US alliance, considered until now to have been vital ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/692494/us-japan-alliance-now-open-question
  6. Brace for the next wave of Japanese youth culture

    Posted Jun 20th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with video games and Japanese comics, often with pornographic content, and have trouble communicating with other people, especially members of the opposite sex. But Japan has now evolved a happier ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/684217/brace-next-wave-japanese-youth-culture
  7. Madonna made me a material girl

    Posted Nov 07th 2009, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... to get international press, which helped to get into the market in Japan.' Now, with stores in more than 50 countries selling a range that also includes shoes, accessories, cosmetics ... and cross-check.' However, that has not stopped the push into new areas. One recent initiative has been to introduce clothes for children and teens in Japan, which seemed like a natural evolution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/697555/madonna-made-me-material-girl
  8. Nakamura stars as Japan crush HK

    Posted Nov 19th 2009, 12:00am by Michael Church

    ... Michael Church Shunsuke Nakamura repaid the fans who turned out at Hong Kong Stadium last night as he scored a trademark free kick in a comprehensive 4-0 win for Japan over Hong Kong. ... Asian Cup qualifier. The defeat ended Hong Kong's slender hopes of qualifying for the finals in Qatar, while Japan move on to nine points from four games. Both teams have two qualifying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/698730/nakamura-stars-japan-crush-hk
  9. Role of LDP chief seen as Japan's poisoned chalice after election loss

    Posted Sep 15th 2009, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo After suffering a humiliating defeat in Japan's general election, the Liberal Democratic Party faces its next big hurdle- choosing a leader who can rebuild ... added. 'There is a chance the Democratic Party of Japan will screw up and do badly in next year's election for the upper house of the Diet. 'If that happens, we will have a divided ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/692490/role-ldp-chief-seen-japans-poisoned-chalice-after-election-loss
  10. A Gaijin's Guide to Japan

    Posted Jul 05th 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan A Gaijin's Guide to Japan by Ben Stevens Friday Books HK$114 This is Japan lite. An A-Z 'alternative look at Japanese life, history and culture' for gaijin ... to believe for 30 years that the second world war was over). A martial artist who trained in Japan, Stevens includes many references he probably researched for his first book, From Lee to Li: An A-Z ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/685854/gaijins-guide-japan

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