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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda calls for stable yen

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:39am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Osaka Kuroda warns that sharp declines in the Japanese currency are hurting profits for domestic companies by raising import costs Bank of Japan governor calls for stable yen Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda said a stable yen is crucial for the country's business sector, nodding to complaints from some companies that rising import costs from sharp yen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1594215/bank-japan-governor-haruhiko-kuroda-calls-stable-yen
  6. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Japan's property market is making a comeback

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:52am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... Peta Tomlinson Foreign buyers help to revive a stagnant housing market Japan makes a comeback For the longest time, Japan's property market has been frozen. Only those investors who ... decades. The number of units sold rose 37.4 per cent over the same period a year ago, the second-fastest growth rate in six years." Zoe Ward, an Australian who opened Japan Property Central ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1593921/japans-property-market-making-comeback
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Monsters called Yokai move in on Pokemon's turf in Japan

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 11:23pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo New monsters move in on Pokemon's turf Move over Pokemon, a legion of new cutesy monsters is haunting Japan and set to break out all over the world after ... summons with his wrist strap. While the name is unfamiliar in the West, it is already very big business in Japan. "We bought a lot- about 20 items- as we can rarely buy them," Shoji ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1593441/monsters-called-yokai-move-pokemons-turf-japan
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's sushi bars chop and change the menu as competition bites

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:48am by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Tokyo Sushi bars swim against current with new menu Operators of conveyer-belt sushi restaurants in Japan are diversifying their menus and speeding up the delivery of dishes amid ... sushi chain, which is operated by Genki Sushi, mainly in eastern Japan. Its restaurants do not use rotating conveyor belts, although their sushi is inexpensive. At Uobei, customers place orders ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1592592/japans-sushi-bars-chop-and-change-menu-competition-bites
  9. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Seismic shifts ahead in Japan's anime industry

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 12:27pm by MARK SCHILLING

    ... film, it is now clear Japan's animation industry has entered not just a post-Miyazaki but a post-Ghibli age in the eyes of many. At the same time, however, industry insiders are quick ... computer animation are eroding. One sign is the enormous success in Japan of Frozen, with the Disney animation earning about US$243 million, the third-highest box office total of any film ever ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1590956/seismic-shifts-ahead-japans-anime-industry
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s Pacific claims fuelled by search for resources, Chinese expansionism

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 01:29pm by Julian Ryall

    ... a staggering 300 trillion yen (HK$21.75 trillion) are believed to lie on or below the seabed in the vast tracts of the Pacific Ocean that Japan will incorporate into its exclusive economic zone from ... discussions with the United States, with Washington unlikely to object. Even though the UN commission turned down Japan’s request to incorporate a further two areas and postponed a ruling on a third ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1590823/japan-pacific-claims-fuelled-natural-resources-hunt-and-china-navy-expansion

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