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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan collapse tunnel closed again after crash

    Posted Dec 30th 2012, 06:12pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo A five-car crash closed a highway tunnel in Japan on Sunday, just one day after it was re-opened following a ceiling cave-in which killed nine people four weeks ago, police said. One person was injured in the crash in the congested Sasago Tunnel, some 80 kilometres west of Tokyo. Nine people died on December 2 when concrete panels suspended from ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan would-be PM’s plan ‘reckless’, says business leader

    Posted Nov 27th 2012, 12:31pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Plans by Japan’s prime ministerial front-runner to force the central bank to buy government bonds have been criticised as “reckless” by the head of a major business lobby. Opposition leader Shinzo Abe called for “unlimited” central bank easing and told supporters earlier this month he would make the Bank of Japan participate in his bond-buying scheme ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan removes relics from 1970s anti-Narita airport riots

    Posted Nov 29th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... two huts built in 1971 on land earmarked for Narita Airport, relics of a radical protest against the building of Japan's main international gateway. The structures are a legacy of bloody protests that left police officers dead as homemade bombs were tossed by leftist activists and farmers who said they were the victims of a land grab in rapidly modernising Japan. Dozens of huts ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s Abe says strong economy tops his platform

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 10:09am by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would spearhead an economic recovery and strengthen Japan’s military if his conservative party regains control in elections next month. “We will recover Japan,” Abe told a news conference at his party headquarters in Tokyo. “We will rebuild the economy.” Abe, head of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Opposition LDP leads poll month before Japan votes

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 03:36pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo The main opposition Liberal Democratic Party is leading polls a month before Japan’s parliamentary election. But many voters are undecided. The Yomiuri newspaper, Japan’s largest, found the LDP had support from 26 per cent of voters while 13 per cent said they backed the ruling Democratic Party of Japan. Support for two new parties that plan to merge ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Rotting bodies found in boat off Japanese coast

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 06:07pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... the country’s west coast, local police said Wednesday. The boat, 13 metres long, was discovered off the coast of Sado island, which lies in the Sea of Japan, a stretch of water known as the East Sea ... Japan’s coastguard found three people adrift in a small boat off the country’s west coast. The three North Koreans and another man, who had died of hypothermia, were originally thought ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan hangs cult leader responsible for 6 murders

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 01:02pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Japan has hanged a robber who killed two people and a cult leader blamed for six murders during what she and her followers said were exorcisms. The Justice ... and another cult member were sentenced to life in prison for the 1995 murders. Matsuda was convicted of killing two people during a robbery in 2003. Japan is one of the few industrialised countries ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    13 missing after fishing boat sinks off Japan

    Posted Sep 24th 2012, 12:47pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Thirteen fishermen were missing off the coast of northern Japan on Monday after their boat sank following a collision with a large cargo vessel, the Japanese coastguard said. The 119-ton tuna-fishing boat, Horiei Maru, had 22 crew members on board – 17 Japanese and five Indonesians – when it collided with the Panamanian-flagged 25,000-ton cargo ship japan ...

  9. Business - Economy - Japan Economy

    Japan faces crucial fiscal deadline, money could run out by end-October

    Posted Aug 24th 2012, 10:29am

    ... Stanley White Japan is slowly edging toward its own version of a “fiscal cliff” as legislation needed to sell bonds for this fiscal year’s budget languishes in a split parliament, ... trillion yen in bonds or more than 40 percent of this year’s budget, the economy and Japan’s debt ratings could take a hit. “Inability to sell the bonds that we need to is not a liquidity problem, ...




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