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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan able to aid US ships under attack: minister

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 01:25pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse The new policy allows Japan to assist its allies more efficiently, says Itsunori Onodera Japan’s new policy on military action would allow its forces to come ... government’s controversial decision to ease decades-long restrictions on the country’s military. If US warships were sent to defend Japan, and those ships were attacked, the Japanese “constitution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552685/japan-able-aid-us-ships-under-attack-minister
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan protests to South Korean hotel over cancellation of military reception

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 10:10pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Japan protests overSeoul hotel cancellation Japan's government has complained to a hotel in Seoul after it cancelled a reception planned for yesterday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of Japan's self-defence forces. The Lotte hotel decided not to host the event because there were fears protests could erupt near the venue during ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552285/japan-protests-south-korean-hotel-over-cancellation-military-reception
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Quake measuring 6.8 causes small tsunami on Japan's northeastern shores

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 02:04pm by AFP

    ... an earthquake that struck near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant yesterday was an aftershock of the quake that sparked 2011's deadly tsunami along the country's northeast ... two hours later. Seismologist Yasuhiro Yoshida of the Japan Meteorological Agency said it was a delayed tectonic reaction to the 9.0-magnitude quake that caused reactors to melt down ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552694/quake-measuring-68-causes-small-tsunami-japans-northeastern-shores
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s military shift challenged in court by ex-civil servant

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 10:14pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Ex-civil servant files action against Tokyo's move to reinterpret its war-renouncing constitution Court challenge to wider role forJapan's military ... the move violated Japan's pacifist constitution, prompting his writ, believed to be the first such action. "I hope other Japanese people will follow suit and file legal actions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552281/japans-military-shift-challenged-court-ex-civil-servant
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Typhoon Neoguri heads east after hitting Japan’s Kyushu region

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:45am by Associated Press in Kyodo

    ... Associated Press in Kyodo Typhoon predicted to be the strongest to strike Japan in decades to be downgraded to extratropical cyclone status on Friday afternoon after battering southern regions Heavy rain continued to hit wide areas of Japan and affected traffic on Thursday due to typhoon Neoguri making landfall on the southernmost main island of Kyushu earlier in the day before ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1551746/typhoon-neoguri-heads-east-after-hitting-japans-kyushu-region
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan denies report North Korea handed over list of abductees

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 12:59pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Japan denies truth of media report saying Pyongyang has supplied Tokyo with a list that includes the names of those abducted by North Korea in the past Japan ... abductions in the 1970s and 1980s. Five of them returned to Japan in 2002 following a visit to Pyongyang by then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. What the paper reported did not take place “in ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550990/japan-denies-report-n-korea-handed-over-list-abductees
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Typhoon Neoguri threatens cities on Japan's central islands

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 10:58pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Typhoon threatens Japan's major cities A strong typhoon swerved towards Japan's heavily populated central islands yesterday after it slammed through ... heaviest rainfall in a half century, according to the Okinawa government. One of the biggest storms to hit Japan, Neoguri was forecast to reach Kyushu island today. It could then travel across ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550623/typhoon-neoguri-threatens-cities-japans-central-islands
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Controversy engulfs Japan's NHK over failure to cover pacifist fire protest

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 10:19am by Julian Ryall

    ... overseas Broadcaster dismisses questions on impartiality Japan’s national broadcaster has dismissed queries about the impartiality of its news coverage after failing to report on a protester who ... by the morals of today, but it was a fact of those times,” he said. “Korea’s statements that Japan is the only nation that forced this are puzzling.” Naoki Hyakuta, another member of the NHK board, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549425/controversy-engulfs-japans-nhk-over-failure-cover-pacifist-protester-who
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan to lift some North Korea sanctions amid report of surviving abductees

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 10:20am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Media report says North Korea has handed Tokyo a list of at least ten of Japanese nationals living there, including some believed to have been abducted Japan was to decide ... that some of them were alive. The Nikkei business daily newspaper said on Thursday that North Korea had handed Japan names of at least 10 of its nationals said to be living there, including some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545349/japan-lift-some-n-korea-sanctions-amid-report-surviving-abductees
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan approves end to ban on military fighting overseas in victory for Shinzo Abe

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 09:54am by KRISTINE KWOK, Teddy Ng and Agencies

    ... world war and a victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he strives to make Japan a "normal country" again. The decision to reinterpret the constitution is likely to irritate Japan's neighbours and further divide North Asia. But it will garner support from countries in Southeast Asia seeking an alternative counterbalance- in addition to the United States- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1544126/japans-ruling-parties-agree-drop-ban-collective-self-defence

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