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  1. News - Asia

    Japan to send mission to North Korea over abduction probe

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

    ... Associated Press in Kyodo, Japan A Japanese government delegation is set to make a four-day visit to North Korea from Monday to assess Pyongyang’s investigation into the fates of Japanese ... for negotiations to normalize relations with Japan, suggested in late September that Japanese officials visit Pyongyang, meet members of the investigation committee and ask them questions directly so Tokyo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1624944/japan-send-mission-north-korea-over-abduction-probe
  2. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1623726/ageing-actors-give-stage-japans-seniors
  3. 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1624072/japan-beats-singapore-claim-asias-spot-2016-super-rugby
  4. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1623715/japan-minister-sadomasochism-bar-scandal-hit-fresh-allegations
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1623737/japan-beats-singapore-race-join-super-rugby-family
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 02:14pm by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 kilometres from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale ... people in Japan’s worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years. Ioyama, a mountain on the southwestern island of Kyushu, has been shaken by small tremors and other signs of rising volcanic activity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1623705/japan-warns-increased-activity-volcano-near-nuclear-plant
  7. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Japan's deputy PM pushes for meeting between Abe and Xi at Apec summit

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 04:54am by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Beijing Taro Aso tells Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli an exchange could be fruitful Japan's deputy PM pushes for Xi-Abe meeting Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso held ... and wartime issues. "Although Japan-China relations are moving in a good direction by mutual efforts, to further improve the situation, I said that it would be very fruitful if the leaders ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1622389/japans-deputy-pm-pushes-meeting-between-abe-and-xi-apec-summit
  8. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korean foreign minister urges Japan to end ‘comfort women’ issue

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 12:24pm by Associated Press in Seoul

    ... forces South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on Thursday urged Japan to resolve the issue of “comfort women” forced into the wartime brothels for the Japanese military, according to Yonhap News Agency. In a report from Washington, Yonhap said Yun, on a visit to the US capital, made the remarks when asked whether South Korea and Japan could hold a summit. “It’s important for Japan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1622847/south-korean-foreign-minister-urges-japan-end-comfort-women-issue
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Scandal hits new Japan industry minister after staff visit sadomasochism bar

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 03:50pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Shinzo Abe's government suffered a further blow on Thursday as new industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa faces calls to resign after press sources reveal his staff visited a sex bar Japan was hit on Thursday by a third political scandal in a week after its new industry minister – whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending – admitted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1622949/scandal-hits-new-japan-industry-minister-after-staff-visit-sadomasochism
  10. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japan exports grow at fastest pace in 7 months, but slowing growth looms

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 02:30pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo While exports have risen due to gains in sales, slowing growth in key markets is adding pressure on Japan to roll out fresh stimulus Japan exports and sales pick up Japan's exports rose at the fastest pace in seven months in September as sales to Asia picked up, but signs of slowing global growth may hurt the trade sector's ability to recharge ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1622120/japan-exports-grow-fastest-pace-7-months-slowing-growth-looms

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