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  1. News - Asia - ANIMAL CONSERVATION

    Japan slaughters first dolphins in widely-condemned annual cull

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 02:11pm by AFP, James Griffiths

    ... AFP and James Griffiths james.griffiths@scmp.com First dolphins killed inJapan's annual slaughter Dolphin slaughter season began in Japan on Tuesday, as the country kicked off ... southwestern Japan, since the six-month dolphin hunting season began earlier this month.  First pod of 2014-2015 being driven into cove now. There is no hope for these dolphins now. #tweet4taiji ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1593801/japan-slaughters-first-dolphins-widely-condemned-annual-cull
  2. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda calls for stable yen

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:39am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Osaka Kuroda warns that sharp declines in the Japanese currency are hurting profits for domestic companies by raising import costs Bank of Japan governor calls for stable yen Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda said a stable yen is crucial for the country's business sector, nodding to complaints from some companies that rising import costs from sharp yen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1594215/bank-japan-governor-haruhiko-kuroda-calls-stable-yen
  3. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Japan's property market is making a comeback

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:52am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... Peta Tomlinson Foreign buyers help to revive a stagnant housing market Japan makes a comeback For the longest time, Japan's property market has been frozen. Only those investors who ... decades. The number of units sold rose 37.4 per cent over the same period a year ago, the second-fastest growth rate in six years." Zoe Ward, an Australian who opened Japan Property Central ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1593921/japans-property-market-making-comeback
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Monsters called Yokai move in on Pokemon's turf in Japan

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 11:23pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo New monsters move in on Pokemon's turf Move over Pokemon, a legion of new cutesy monsters is haunting Japan and set to break out all over the world after ... summons with his wrist strap. While the name is unfamiliar in the West, it is already very big business in Japan. "We bought a lot- about 20 items- as we can rarely buy them," Shoji ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1593441/monsters-called-yokai-move-pokemons-turf-japan
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's sushi bars chop and change the menu as competition bites

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:48am by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Tokyo Sushi bars swim against current with new menu Operators of conveyer-belt sushi restaurants in Japan are diversifying their menus and speeding up the delivery of dishes amid ... sushi chain, which is operated by Genki Sushi, mainly in eastern Japan. Its restaurants do not use rotating conveyor belts, although their sushi is inexpensive. At Uobei, customers place orders ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1592592/japans-sushi-bars-chop-and-change-menu-competition-bites
  6. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Seismic shifts ahead in Japan's anime industry

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 12:27pm by MARK SCHILLING

    ... film, it is now clear Japan's animation industry has entered not just a post-Miyazaki but a post-Ghibli age in the eyes of many. At the same time, however, industry insiders are quick ... computer animation are eroding. One sign is the enormous success in Japan of Frozen, with the Disney animation earning about US$243 million, the third-highest box office total of any film ever ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1590956/seismic-shifts-ahead-japans-anime-industry
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s Pacific claims fuelled by search for resources, Chinese expansionism

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 01:29pm by Julian Ryall

    ... a staggering 300 trillion yen (HK$21.75 trillion) are believed to lie on or below the seabed in the vast tracts of the Pacific Ocean that Japan will incorporate into its exclusive economic zone from ... discussions with the United States, with Washington unlikely to object. Even though the UN commission turned down Japan’s request to incorporate a further two areas and postponed a ruling on a third ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1590823/japan-pacific-claims-fuelled-natural-resources-hunt-and-china-navy-expansion
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Christine Lagarde backs Shinzo Abe’s plan for women to lift Japan economy

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 09:43pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo IMF chief agrees on boosting women in workforce to lift economy, but says Japan could do more Lagarde backs Abe's women plan IMF chief Christine Lagarde ... Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, told the Tokyo meeting. "What about Japan? Here, we have shown through our study that gradually raising the female labour force to the average ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1591186/christine-lagarde-backs-shinzo-abes-plan-women-lift-japan-economy
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s Asahi daily accused of ‘media terrorism’ after retracting Fukushima report

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 10:02pm by Julian Ryall

    ... of women. "In their view, that means Japan should not have a military," he said. "And they believe it is justified to make false reports to achieve that aim." Similarly, the Asahi is opposed to Japan's use of nuclear energy and has used the accident at Fukushima to advance that agenda, he said. "They claim that the companies and people that operate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1591182/japans-asahi-daily-accused-media-terrorism-after-retracting-fukushima
  10. News - Asia - EAST ASIA

    53pc of Chinese expect to go to war with Japan: poll

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 01:25pm by AFP, Reuters, KYODO

    ... expect Japan war More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan in the future, a poll revealed yesterday. A survey conducted in both nations found that 53.4 per ... The survey findings came ahead of today's second anniversary of Japan's nationalisation of the disputed Diaoyu, or Senkaku, islands in the East China Sea- the focus of bilateral tensions. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1589311/more-half-chinese-anticipate-war-japan-survey

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