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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 - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Japan provides Vietnam with 6 vessels to 'strengthen maritime law enforcement'

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 04:00pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Hanoi Japan gives patrol boats to bolster Vietnam navy Japan will give six navy boats to Vietnam to boost its patrols and surveillance in the South China Sea, in the latest sign ... coastal enforcement authorities." Vietnam enjoys tight business ties with Japan, its biggest investor, but relations with China, are poor and analysts believe that has sharpened the debate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1564204/japan-provides-vietnam-6-vessels-strengthen-maritime-law-enforcement
  3. News - World - TRADE

    Kick Japan and Canada out of trade deal talks, US lawmakers urge Obama

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 09:56pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington US lawmakers press Obama on pact A bipartisan group of US lawmakers said Japan and Canada's refusal to drop all barriers to farm imports under a Pacific trade ... from the Americas and Asia. They say that both countries are pressing for the exclusion of numerous tariff lines that would significantly limit access for US farmers to those markets. Japan had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1563653/kick-japan-and-canada-out-trade-deal-talks-us-lawmakers-urge-obama
  4. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    Japan managers favour euro zone as they raise stock, bond allocations

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 02:02am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Japan funds favour euro stocks amid ECB easing Japanese fund managers increased both stocks and bonds in their model portfolio allocations in July, as they bet on a steady recovery in the global economy even as the Federal Reserve keeps reducing stimulus. A survey of eight Japan-based fund managers, polled by Reuters between July 16-23, also showed they increased ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1563752/japan-managers-favour-euro-zone-they-raise-stock
  5. Business - Economy - JAPANESE ECONOMY

    Japan's industrial output falls at fastest pace since March 2011 tsunami

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 11:03am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Decline in June industrial production comes as companies reduce inventories, casting a shadow over reforms after years of deflation Japan's output falls at fastest pace since 2011 Japan's June industrial output fell at the fastest rate since the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 as companies slowed production to offset a build-up in inventories, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1562543/japan-factory-output-falls-sharply
  6. Business - Economy

    Household spending rebounds in Japan as confidence returns

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 01:25am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Household spending reboundsin Japan The availability of jobs in Japan hit its highest level in 22 years last month as companies grew more confident about hiring, ... to economic recovery. Labour shortages in the construction and retail sectors suggest the jobless rate is not likely to rise sharply. Bank of Japan board member Koji Ishida said the impact ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1562208/household-spending-rebounds-japan-confidence-returns
  7. News - China - HISTORY

    China's navy no longer so inferior to Japan's, experts say

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 05:38am by Minnie Chan, KRISTINE KWOK

    ... Minnie Chan and Kristine Kwok PLA Navy catching up with Japan's, experts say China's loss of the first Sino-Japanese war has been attributed to a disorganised navy. Although the northern fleet equalled, some say exceeded, the Meiji navy in terms of firepower, it was annihilated because it lacked coordination among its military units. Today while Japan's navy may have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1560065/chinas-navy-no-longer-so-inferior-japans-experts-say
  8. News - China - HISTORY

    Beijing scores points as it marks 120th anniversary of defeat by Japan

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 05:38am by Cary Huang

    ... and Beijing's push to modernise its military. The commemoration represents an opportunity both at home and abroad, analysts say. It allows Beijing to argue on the global stage that Japan ... of the fleet remained and Taiwan was ceded to Japan. Xinhua quoted a naval political commissar as saying the ceremony should stir soldiers' patriotism by reminding them of past humiliations. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1560066/beijing-scores-points-it-marks-120th-anniversary-defeat-japan
  9. 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
  10. 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

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