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  1. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Foreign minister Wang Yi calls truth in history, with eye to Japan, in UN speech

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 04:48am by KYODO, Reuters

    ... Agencies at United Nations Wang calls for truth in history, with eye on Japan Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeated an assertion that no one should distort history and that "aggression should not be denied" in an apparent reference to Japan in a speech on Saturday. Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of "the victory of the Chinese People's war against ...

  2. Business - Economy - OUTLOOK

    More bad signs for Japan’s economy

    Posted Sep 30th 2014, 10:14am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Annual household spending in Japan fell for a fifth month in August and factory output unexpectedly declined, highlighting the challenges policymakers face to revive ... as an April 1 sales tax rise to 8 per cent from 5 per cent continued to take its toll. Although the Bank of Japan is in no mood to deploy additional easing anytime soon, a run of soft data is raising ...

  3. Sport - Rugby

    Japan bulk up in quest to defend Asian Games sevens crown

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 10:54pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay in Incheon alvin.sallay@scmp.com Guangzhou gold medallists have placed great importance on winning a second title with Tokyo set to host the Olympics in six years Japan bulk up in quest to defend sevens crown Japan have signalled their determination to defend their Asian Games rugby sevens title by beefing up their squad for the three-day competition, which kicks ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Making a mint abroad: Japan Mint turns to overseas markets

    Posted Sep 28th 2014, 05:16am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Osaka The era of electronic money has prompted the Japan Mint to search for overseas markets in which to show off its design and technical skills The key to making a mint? Go abroad The advent of electronic money and payments via the internet, on top of the widespread use of credit cards in Japan, means that the public is using far fewer coins and banknotes ...

  5. News - China Insider - soft power

    Beware the ‘chubby blue guy’: Chinese dailies warn public against Japan's ‘Doraemon’

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 06:16pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... by other official media including the Xinhua news agency, which seemed to indicate official support of its reasoning.  “Doraemon is a part of Japan’s efforts of exporting its national values ... The Chengdu newspaper said consumers of Japanese pop culture should  “be clear about the murky nature of Japanese culture and never forget history”. The article referred to Japan’s occupation of China ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Volcano erupts in central Japan, injuries reported and 250 left stranded

    Posted Sep 27th 2014, 02:52pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Dozens caught unawares flee for safety; ash fall hampers hunt for missing Deadly volcano eruption traps climbers Dozens of hikers were stranded yesterday on the slopes of an erupting Japanese volcano that reportedly killed one pe ...

  7. News - Asia

    China, Japan and S Korea agree to foreign minister talks despite lingering tensions

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 07:22pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... Kristine Kwok kristine.kwok@scmp.com China, Japan and South Korea have agreed to push for the resumption of a trilateral meeting among their foreign ministers within this year, ... met with vice-foreign ministers from China and Japan, Liu Zhenmin and Shinsuke Sugiyama respectively. The three countries agreed to revive trilateral cooperation and rebuild trust. ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Maternity harassment a serious problem for Japan's working women

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 09:34pm by Reuters

    ... legislators and economists say Japan must encourage more women to both work and have children. After winning a settlement through a labour tribunal in June, Osakabe has been speaking on behalf ...

  9. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    China to host Japan-North Korea abduction talks

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 11:34am by Reuters

    ... agreed in July to reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped in the 1970s and 1980s to help train spies, prompting Japan to ease some sanctions on the North. ... in a sincere fashion, there is a need for Japan to specifically determine how their investigation is structured, what they are investigating and what the current situation is," Suga said. Tokyo ...

  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Suspect arrested after body parts of missing girl, 6, are found in Japan

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 10:59pm by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Kobe Suspect arrested after body parts of girl, 6, found Police arrested a 47-year-old man yesterday in Kobe, western Japan, a day after the discovery of the dismembered body of a six-year-old girl who had been missing for nearly a fortnight. The police discovered the head and other body parts of Mirei Ikuta inside plastic bags in a bush roughly 100 metres east of her home ...




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