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  1. Officials not helping Asian game, warn relieved Japan side

    Posted Jan 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Michael Church

    ... Michael Church in Doha The standard of refereeing was in the spotlight after Maya Yoshida's sending off for a questionable second yellow card in Japan's Asian Cup quarter-final meeting with Qatar at Al Gharafa Stadium threatened to derail his nation's challenge for a record fourth title. Down to 10 men with almost 30 minutes to play and trailing by a goal, Japan ...

  2. Japan's Trailblazer serves up breakfast to remember

    Posted Dec 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Murray Bell Melbourne Cup hero Dunaden might be favourite to gain 'gallop of the week' honours, but Japan's Cathay Pacific Hong Vase contender, Trailblazer, would surely ... gallop wide out on the main turf track. Trailblazer, a son of Japan's best middle-distance horse of 2004, Zenno Rob Roy, moved off smartly down the back straight at a strong working gallop ...

  3. Japan's new coach Zaccheroni sets sights on 2014 World Cup

    Posted Jan 07th 2011, 12:00am by Michael Church

    ... Michael Church in Doha Alberto Zaccheroni has only been in charge for two games since taking over from Takeshi Okada as Japan's coach, but already the former AC Milan manager ... then I think we'll have a very good team for the 2014 World Cup.' Zaccheroni's short tenure has been a success. His opening game as Japan coach saw his team defeat Argentina 1-0, ...

  4. Tourism board goes all out for summer

    Posted Jun 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Julian Ryall The Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) has launched a campaign to win over tourists who, in the wake of the March 11 disasters, are in two minds about whether to visit the Land of the Rising Sun. The organisation has compiled a list of 10 good reasons why this year is the best time to visit Japan, emphasising that most of the country has felt no impact from ...

  5. The wind of change gusting through Osaka politics may well reach Tokyo

    Posted Dec 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kevin Rafferty Japan has just experienced a major political earthquake, but few people outside the country even noticed. The convincing election victory of Toru Hashimoto to become Osaka mayor threatens to shake up the politics of the city, the Kansai region and Japan at large, with ripples that could spread beyond the country. Hashimoto challenged, and defeated, the combined ...

  6. Tim Noonan

    Posted Feb 13th 2011, 12:00am by Tim Noonan

    ... film Mr Baseball, Selleck plays an over-the-hill major leaguer who no longer can get work in the United States and is forced to head to Japan to extend his playing career. He arrives ... 'In Japan,' the translator tells him, 'we take the best of other cultures and we make it better.' And that, in a nutshell, is the story of 20th century Japan. From automobiles ...

  7. Mainlanders shun Japan amid simmering Diaoyus row

    Posted Feb 08th 2011, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... of Chinese signage throughout the hotel. It seemed a sensible move at the time, given the huge influx of mainland tourists to the largest city on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido. ... August, the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) predicted that 1.8 million mainlanders would visit Japan in the 2010-11 financial year, up by a whopping 80 per cent from 1.01 million ...

  8. On the Rails

    Posted Mar 09th 2011, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... On World Cup weekend, there looms the prospect of as many as seven Hong Kong horses doing battle for four different international Group One events in Dubai and Japan- certainly a new benchmark ... as they tackle the Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Hanshin in Osaka, Japan, In a jurisdiction with only the 1,200m-1,300m horses in training at Sha Tin, that is an impressive array and particularly pleasing ...

  9. Nation resilient

    Posted Sep 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The devastating tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 is expected to have an enormous impact on inbound tourism. 'While many areas remained unaffected by the disaster, they are also suffering from the sudden decrease in international visitors,' says Tadatoshi Mamiya, president of Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO). He says the disaster will also have a very ...

  10. Credit Suisse in deal for HSBC Japan unit

    Posted Dec 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lulu Chen lulu.chen@scmp.com Credit Suisse is buying HSBC's private banking business in Japan for an undisclosed sum to expand its presence in the world's third-largest economy. ... in Japan in 2009, said it would integrate HSBC's clients and staff into its private bank. 'Private banking is Credit Suisse's core business and continues to be our key engine ...




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