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  1. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY: ANALYSIS

    China and Japan edging closer to a Xi-Abe meeting at Apec summit

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 06:02am by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... ticking on a Xi-Abe summit After almost two years of growing tensions, the leaders of China and Japan may finally meet each other. Both countries are quietly paving the way for a meeting ... ties deteriorated over their territorial disputes in the East China Sea. Abe's hawkish views on historical issues and his goal of reducing the constraints of Japan's pacifist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1597003/china-and-japan-edging-closer-xi-abe-meeting-apec-summit
  2. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japan downgrades economic assessment as Abe promises reform

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 05:10am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japanese outlook dims as PM upbeat Japan downgraded its assessment of the economy yesterday for the first time in five months, as a string of weak data ... sales taxes again next year. But it added that depressed conditions were due partly to poor weather- Japan was inundated with heavy rainfall and a string of typhoons this summer. "Private ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1596376/japan-downgrades-economic-assessment-abe-promises-reform
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan to start new ‘research whaling’ in Antarctic, despite IWC resolution

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 01:07pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Japan announces new 'research whaling' following ruling by the International Court of Justice in a move conservationists claim is a cover for commercial practices Japan plans to restart “research whaling” in the Antarctic next year despite a resolution by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) against the practice, a top government spokesman ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1595942/japan-start-new-research-whaling-antarctic-despite-iwc-resolution
  4. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Will he visit Yasukuni Shrine again? Ex-Taiwan president's Japan trip raises questions

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 02:42pm by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Taipei Lee Teng-hui last visited Yasukuni in 2007 to pay respects to his brother Former Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui left for Japan on Friday for a seven-day vacation, triggering speculation on whether he would visit the controversial Yasukuni war shrine that has caused a diplomatic furore between mainland China and Japan. Lee, accompanied by his wife and two ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1596010/will-he-visit-yasukuni-shrine-again-ex-taiwan-presidents-japan-trip
  5. Business - Economy

    Growth lagging in euro zone, Japan: Lew

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 12:06pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Cairns, Australia US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the global economy continues to underperform, particularly the euro area and Japan, while a number of emerging market ... in the global economy,” Lew said. “But overall, the global economy continues to underperform. This is particularly true in the euro area and Japan, while a number of emerging market economies are also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1595918/growth-lagging-euro-zone-japan-lew
  6. News - Hong Kong - ANIMAL RIGHTS

    Hong Kong animal rights campaigners call for end to Japan's Taiji dolphin hunt

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 11:19am by James Griffiths

    ... James Griffiths james.griffiths@scmp.com Hong Kong animal rights campaigners have spoken of their frustration and anger at seeing the yearly dolphin cull begin in Japan this week. ... [the consulate],” said Zoe Ng, who helped organise the event. She expressed her frustration at the lack of response from Japan’s representatives to the city, and said that Noda refused to shake ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1594566/hong-kong-animal-rights-campaigners-call-end-japans-taiji-dolphin
  7. News - Asia - NATURE

    Japan agrees to buy fewer eels from neighbours in bid to protect species

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 08:53pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Japan to buy fewer eels in conservation bid Japan has agreed to cut purchases of juvenile eels from its neighbours by 20 per cent as part of moves to protect the endangered species. The agriculture ministry said the agreement with Beijing, Seoul and Taipei, reached on Wednesday, called for reducing eel-fry hauls for one year, beginning in November. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1595445/japan-agrees-buy-fewer-eels-neighbours-bid-protect-species
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Chinese tourism to Japan bounces back after diplomatic tensions

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 11:17pm by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Tokyo The number of Chinese arrivals in Japan in the first eight months of the year hit 1,542,400, up 84 per cent from the same period last year and already topping the annual ... number of all foreign visitors to Japan in August soared 22.4 per cent from a year before to about 1.11 million, a record figure for the month. The growth was attributable to expanded ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1594822/chinese-tourism-japan-bounces-back-after-diplomatic-tensions
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's sacred Mount Fuji risks turning into trash mountain

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 10:51pm by Julian Ryall

    ... of Japan's Mount Fuji are increasingly being defaced by rubbish and graffiti, despite an overall decline in the number of people scaling the peak. Officials in the prefectures of Shizuoka and Yamanashi, which have jurisdiction over Japan's highest mountain, have reported discovering large heaps of rubbish and human waste on the slopes, a problem that has apparently worsened since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1594823/japans-sacred-mount-fuji-risks-turning-trash-mountain
  10. 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

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