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  1. Business - Economy

    Bank of Japan stays upbeat on economy

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 05:08am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Central bank chief says country recovering moderately after pain from sales tax increase Bank of Japan stays upbeat on economy Most Japanese regional economies continue to recover as the pain from a sales tax increase in April starts to ease, the Bank of Japan said in a quarterly report, maintaining its optimism on the outlook despite growing signs growth may ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1620911/bank-japan-stays-upbeat-economy
  2. News - Asia - Shinzo Abe

    Japan’s Abe loses high-profile minister, media say another may follow

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 10:27am by Reuters

    ... to become Japan’s first female premier, told a news conference she was resigning following allegations that her support groups misused political funds. Obuchi was one of five women appointed by Abe ... in December 2012 for a rare second term, promising to revive Japan’s stalled economy and strengthen its security stance to cope with challenges such as a rising China. Abe’s first stint as prime ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1620447/japans-abe-loses-high-profile-minister-media-say-another-may-follow
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Man sentenced to two years in jail in Japan for making guns with 3D printer

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 03:16am by AFP

    ... the US Congress renewed a ban on guns that contain no metal. While Japanese police do carry guns, Japan has very strict firearms control laws and few people possess guns or have ever come ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1620813/man-sentenced-two-years-jail-japan-making-guns-3d-printer
  4. News - China - MARITIME DISPUTE

    Chinese coastguard vessels patrol disputed waters after Japan angers Beijing

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 12:26pm by Reuters

    ... to a Tokyo shrine that honours the dead from Japan’s wars. The uninhabited islands- which Japan controls and calls the Senkaku but which China also claims as the Diaoyu- have inflamed passions ... as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism. Three Chinese coastguard vessels- 2305, 2101 and 2112- patrolled Chinese "territorial waters" near the Diaoyu islands on Saturday, China’s State ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1619868/chinese-coastguard-vessels-patrol-disputed-waters
  5. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Protest lodged with Japan over visit by ministers to Yasukuni Shrine

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 06:27am by AFP, Reuters, KYODO

    ... Agencies in Tokyo and Beijing Pilgrimage by three woman ministers earns Chinese rebuke despite signs of thaw in relations Protest lodged with Japan over shrine visit The Foreign Ministry ... visiting in person to help mend ties with both China and South Korea, which both see the Shinto shrine as a symbol of Japan's past militarism. He outraged Beijing and Seoul when he visited ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1619597/protest-lodged-japan-over-visit-ministers-yasukuni-shrine
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's new trade minister Yuko Obuchi 'to quit' over misuse of funds

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 06:27am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo New trade minister 'to quit' over misuse of funds Japan's newly appointed trade and industry minister plans to resign following reports that some of her ... spokesman said he was unaware of any plans by Obuchi to quit. The ministry said later that her visit to central Japan yesterday was cancelled to avoid expected "disorder". No one answered ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1619631/japans-new-trade-minister-yuko-obuchi-quit-over-misuse-funds
  7. News - Asia

    Japan said to have floated idea of a negotiated settlement to Diaoyus row

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 03:52am by Julian Ryall

    ... by the Japanese side, which has previously insisted that the uninhabited islands are an "inherent part of the territory of Japan" and claims that no dispute exists because their sovereignty ... The shrine honours the souls of Japan's war dead, including 14 Class A war criminals, and Beijing was swift to condemn the prime minister's actions. "China expresses serious concern ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1618699/japan-said-have-floated-idea-negotiated-settlement-diaoyus-row
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    China 'seriously concerned' after Japan PM sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 10:35am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... and resolutely opposed to the negative tendencies which have appeared in Japan regarding the Yasukuni Shrine," the ministry said in a statement. Abe's move risked complicating his push ... – seen by critics at home and abroad as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism – on Friday, the start of the country’s autumn festival, a witness said. There was no sign of cabinet ministers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1618297/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-risks-chinas-ire-sending-offering-yasukuni-shrine
  9. News - Asia - AVIATION

    Mitsubishi rolls out Japan's first commercial aircraft since 1960s

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 03:50am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Mitsubishi Aircraft unveils regional jet but faces tough battle to take on Brazilian leader Embraer Japan launches first commercial plane since 1960s Mitsubishi Aircraft will roll out Japan's first commercial jet in more than 50 years today, amid doubts its ambition to sell more than 2,000 of the planes can match reality. Developed for US$1.9 billion ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1618698/mitsubishi-rolls-out-japans-first-commercial-aircraft-1960s
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's first female economy minister accused of spending political funds on make-up, gifts

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 03:09pm by AFP

    ... rising star and possible future prime minister of Japan- was under fire yesterday over reports she had spent political donations on make-up. The controversy is a blow to the most prominent of a new wave of women ministers. Obuchi was appointed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month as the Japan's first female minister of economy, trade and industry, a powerful portfolio ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1617626/japans-first-female-economy-minister-accused-spending-political-funds-make

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