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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's Crown Princess Masako attends first banquet in more than a decade after stress-related illness

    Posted Oct 30th 2014, 02:53am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Masako's appearance at banquet for Dutch royals is her first in more than a decade Japanese princess back after long illness Japan's Crown Princess ... was seen greeting Queen Maxima, both women wearing hues of orange, the Dutch national colour. Akihito, in his banquet-opening speech, touched on Japan's aggression during World War II ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Can 'Japan, Inc' recapture global demand to revive the economy?

    Posted Oct 29th 2014, 01:52pm by Stephen Roach

    ... Stephen Roach Stephen Roach says with some arrows of Abenomics off target, Japan must seize the opportunities to be found in Chinese and US rebalancing No time to lose Japan is the Petri dish for the struggle against the stagnation that is now gripping most major developed economies. And, notwithstanding all of the fanfare surrounding "Abenomics", Japan's economy ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's handmade paper may go on Unesco cultural heritage list

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 10:45pm by KYODO

    ... Traditional Japanese handmade paper has been shortlisted by a Unesco preliminary review panel for inclusion on its Intangible Cultural Heritage list, the Japanese Cultural Affairs Agency said. ...

  4. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Japan, China officials to hold informal talks on preventing conflict

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 04:53am by AFP

    ... The former members of Japan's air and marine self-defence forces will meet the defence officials tomorrow, as Tokyo calls for a first official meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping. Japan's Sasakawa Peace Foundation, which has been involved in such talks in previous years, is hosting the forum. There would be two days of talks in Beijing followed ...

  5. News - Asia - FOOD SECURITY

    Japan imports emergency supplies of butter and powdered milk

    Posted Oct 27th 2014, 10:47pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Japan forced to import emergency supplies of butter, powdered milk Japan has announced plans for emergency imports of 3,000 tonnes of butter and 10,000 tonnes ... in Japan's history. The ministry of agriculture has said it was forced to act due to an anticipated shortage of both staples as food companies start planning the production of cakes for the Christmas ...

  6. News - Asia

    Japan sends mission to North Korea over abduction probe

    Posted Oct 26th 2014, 08:59am by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Tokyo Japan sends mission to N Koreaover kidnaps A Japanese government delegation is set to make a four-day visit to North Korea from today to assess Pyongyang’s investigation ... North Korea’s ambassador for negotiations to normalize relations with Japan, suggested in late September that Japanese officials visit Pyongyang, meet members of the investigation committee ...

  7. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Ageing actors give a stage to Japan’s seniors

    Posted Oct 25th 2014, 11:32pm by David McNeill

    ... David McNeill Japan's senior citizen actors earn much respect in director Yukio Ninagawa's play, which comes to Hong Kong next month Age of protest Amorbid if unacknowledged ... of Japan's most celebrated directors, Ninagawa- who turned 79 on October 15- loves upsetting our expectations of how the elderly should behave. Ravens, We Shall Load Bullets- showing at the New ...

  8. Sport - Rugby

    Japan beats Singapore to claim Asia’s spot in 2016 Super Rugby

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 11:01pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Japan beats Singapore to Super 18 spot for 2016 Japan has beaten Singapore as the preferred candidate for Super Rugby’s 18th team when the competition expands in 2016, organisers said on Friday. A team from Japan will join the Kings from South Africa’s Eastern Cape and a team based in Argentina when Super 15 expands to 18 teams in two years. ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan minister in sadomasochism bar scandal hit by fresh allegations

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 02:42pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Hours after news that staff working for Japan's new industry minister had billed a sex club visit as a political expense, it is revealed he owns stock in power company Tepco Japan’s industry minister was under renewed pressure on Friday over his stake in the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant that he oversees, just a day after admitting his ...

  10. Japan beats Singapore in race to join Super Rugby family

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 03:11pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Japan has beaten Singapore as the preferred candidate for Super Rugby’s 18th team when the competition expands in 2016, organisers said on Friday. A team from Japan will join the Kings from South Africa’s Eastern Cape and a team based in Argentina when Super Rugby expands from its current 15 teams to 18 in 2016. International Rugby Board chief ...




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