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  1. News - Asia - SECURITY

    Japan to pledges US$1b for Sahel security, stabilisation

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 01:50pm by Agence France-Presse in Yokohoma, Japan

    ... Agence France-Presse in Yokohoma, Japan Japan said Sunday it would give US$1 billion in aid to help stabilise the Islamist-infested Sahel region of Africa, months after the deaths of 10 ... of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. “Japan will provide 100 billion yen (US$1 billion) in assistance over five years for the development and stability of the Sahel,” Abe told ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1251985/japan-pledges-us1b-sahel-security-stabilisation
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Take full blame for scandal of wartime ‘comfort women’, UN urges Japan

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 10:13pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Geneva UN demands independent inquiry into scandal of 'comfort women', calling on Japan to stop its denials and to refrain from defaming victims Accept fullblame forsex slaves,Tokyo told The United Nations has called on Japan to accept full blame for pressing women from Korea and other Asian nations into sexual slavery in the second world war. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1559267/take-full-blame-scandal-wartime-comfort-women-un-urges-japan
  3. Sport - Soccer

    Neymar beats players 'on autopilot' say Japan neurologists

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 10:17pm by AFP

    ... swimmers were also subjected to the same tests, added Naito of Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology. Naito concluded in his paper that the test results ... their footwork and technique." Naito told Japan's Mainichi newspaper: "Reduced brain activity means less burden which allows [the player] to perform many complex movements at once. We ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1559256/neymar-beats-players-autopilot-say-japan-neurologists
  4. Sport - Rugby

    Questions remain as Japan, Singapore chase ‘super’ hero status

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 12:56pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Either Singapore or Japan will have a team in the Super Rugby competition by 2016. Sanzar, the governing body of the southern hemisphere’s premier club competition, has confirmed one ... its hand. Surely, Japan is the only serious candidate. They have all the ingredients in place – a blossoming corporate rugby scene which includes many top players from Australia and New ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1558910/questions-remain-japan-singapore-chase-super-hero-status
  5. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Japan's exports decline amid weak demand in Asia and US

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 01:35am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Second month of decline suggests bolder reform measures are needed from Japan's policymakers Japan's exports hit by weak demand in Asia and US Japan ... about how the economy will do after the tax hike YASUO YAMAMOTO, ECONOMIST Analysts say weak exports alone may not prompt the Bank of Japan to expand its massive quantitative and qualitative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1558529/japans-exports-decline-amid-weak-demand-asia-and-us
  6. Sport - Other Sport

    2020 Olympic Games crucial for future of Japan

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 11:16pm by AFP

    ... for future of Japan Six years to the day before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, its top brass predict the Games will have as significant an impact as those of 1964, which marked Japan ... on the vast city's skyline. "The world has changed beyond recognition since 1964," he said. "But constants remain. Japan has something unique in its culture to offer the world. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1558413/2020-olympic-games-crucial-future-japan
  7. News - World - FOOD SAFETY

    China food scandal spreads to Japan as Burger King, Starbucks admit using tainted supplier

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:18pm

    ... Reuters in Shanghai McDonald’s Japan spokesman says company sourced about a fifth of its Chicken McNuggets from Shanghai Husi and halted sales of the product on Monday A toxic food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in US coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King and others, as well as McDonald’s products as far away as Japan. McDonald’s and KFC’s parent Yum Brands apologised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557182/china-food-scandal-spreads-japan-starbucks-and-burger-king-admit-they
  8. News - Asia - TRADE

    Free-trade deal signed between Japan and Mongolia

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 11:27pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan, Mongolia agree to vast tariff exemptions Japan and Mongolia signed a free-trade deal yesterday, as Tokyo looks to tap the fast-growing economy and its ... of products, including beef and cars, all Mongolian exports to Japan and 96 per cent of Japanese products sent to Mongolia will be exempt from any tariffs within the next decade, officials said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557286/free-trade-deal-signed-between-japan-and-mongolia
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Anger erupts over court denial of welfare to foreign permanent residents of Japan

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:49pm by Julian Ryall

    ... ruling Activists, analysts and foreign residents of Japan have reacted with dismay to a decision by the Supreme Court that foreigners with permanent residency are not entitled to welfare benefits. Friday's ruling by the highest court means that even foreign nationals born in Japan, who have spent all their lives in the country and paid their taxes, national insurance premiums ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557063/anger-erupts-over-court-denial-welfare-foreign-permanent-residents-japan
  10. Business - Economy

    Japan government's lowered economic growth forecast in line with central bank

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 01:33am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Government estimates in line with central bank, which says consumer prices will continue to rise Japan government lowers economic growth forecast Japan's government ... with the Bank of Japan's projections. Members of the government's top advisory panel, the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (CEFP), did not object to the BOJ's view that consumer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1557377/japan-governments-lowered-economic-growth-forecast-line-central

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