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  1. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Japan's Shinzo Abe puts off visit by Vladimir Putin after Ukraine sanctions

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 09:02pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dropped plans to host Russian President Vladimir Putin this year due to friction after Tokyo imposed sanctions ... with sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, Kyodo said. Japan is now seeking to arrange for Putin to visit next spring or later, depending on the state of ties between Russia and the United States which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1598830/japans-shinzo-abe-puts-visit-vladimir-putin-after-ukraine-sanctions
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan seeks its own early-warning aircraft

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 05:09am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Military seeks funds for early warning aircraft Japan's defence ministry wants to develop its own early warning aircraft, replacing US-made planes ... surveillance radar by the mid-2020s, to replace Japan's US-made E-2C Hawkeye planes, which are based on a 1960s design. Japan says it scrambled fighter jets more than 800 times in the last fiscal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1597600/japan-seeks-its-own-early-warning-aircraft
  3. 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
  4. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Putin, Abe hold talks as Russian leader's Japan visit threatened by Ukraine row

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 10:16pm by AFP

    ... Abe held telephone talks on Sunday amid speculation about whether a visit by Putin would go ahead due to frictions over Ukraine. Local media reports say Putin’s visit to Japan planned for this autumn is now uncertain following Tokyo’s sanctions on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine. “The leaders discussed the bilateral relationship between Japan and Russia, and the situation in Ukraine” ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1597620/putin-abe-hold-talks-russian-leaders-japan-visit-thrown-doubt-ukraine
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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