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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Japan still lags behind in child pornography laws

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 03:15am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Child porn laws still lag in Japan There can never be any excuse for a government to turn a blind eye to child pornography. Finally, after years of foreign pressure, ... to anger. Lives are forever altered from the molestation and the permanent record of the images; once on the internet, they are irretrievable. Japan's failure to ban child pornography had led ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe wrong to roll back pacifist constitution

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 03:52am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Abe wrong to roll back pacifism Japan's proud pacifism has been rocked as if by an earthquake. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has ignored the majority ... that defending another country when Japan is not threatened would be unconstitutional. The decision, to be approved by parliament, but largely a formality given the coalition government's strength, ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Diplomatic manoeuvring makes for strange bedfellows in Northeast Asia

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 03:47am by SCMP Editorial

    ... by last week visiting South Korea ahead of long-time ally North Korea unambiguously denoted frustration and displeasure. Japan and the North have made progress on their long-standing dispute over ... ground-breaking; it does not mean Japan has greater influence over the isolated state or that other facets of their fractured relationship are about to change. China has no desire to dramatically alter its ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Sino-Japan ties in need of urgent repair

    Posted Apr 27th 2014, 05:19am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Sino-Japan ties in need of repair Throughout the ups and downs of relations between China and Japan, their governments have separated business from politics. A Shanghai ... costs. Beijing portrayed the case as being purely a business dispute, but it is nonetheless likely to embolden activists seeking redress from Japan. Tokyo has consistently argued that treaties ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Shinzo Abe must show strong leadership to realise ambitious plans

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:54am by SCMP Editorial

    ... in overseas workers and creating a better business environment for foreign investors- important. China accounts for a fifth of Japan's imports and exports and South Korea is its third-largest ... of the pacifist constitution that prevents Japan from being able to do more than defend itself in a conflict. Fortunately for Japanese, he has given priority to the economy and anti-war elements ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Soccer-mad Asia falls short again in World Cup

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 05:27am by SCMP Editorial

    ... wizards of Europe and South America. In that sense it is lamentable. But it has always been more or less so. This year four teams from the Asian qualifying region- Japan, South Korea, Australia and Iran- qualified among the 32 teams that went to Brazil but failed to advance to the last 16. In 2010 Japan and South Korea advanced but did not make the quarter finals. In 2006 Australia also ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Military exercises a step forward, but trust is key to improving Sino-US ties

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 05:03am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Liberation Army for the first time. There is also the chance for China of improving ties with other participating nations, Japan among them. But involvement alone will not calm choppy waters; ... rocky, with rising tensions between China and US allies Japan and the Philippines and Washington-friendly Vietnam over territorial disputes in the East and South China seas. The near-collision ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Neighbours are right to worry about Japan's plutonium stockpile

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 03:41am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Keep tabs on Japan plutonium If any nation could be expected to exercise restraint and responsibility over the handling of weapons-grade stocks of the plutonium by-product of nuclear power, it should be the one that has been the only target of atomic bombs- Japan. It says something about regional tensions, sensitivity about the resurgence of Japanese nationalism, ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Pledge to settle border row offers chance to boost Sino-India ties

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 03:03am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and India's warm ties with the US and Japan (Modi's first overseas trip next month will be to Tokyo). Nor is trade as it should be for such giant neighbours: volume in the first quarter ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Barack Obama must find the right balance on tour of Asia

    Posted Apr 24th 2014, 03:47am by SCMP Editorial

    ... it will be high on the agenda. Territorial disputes, rivalry and strategic and economic concerns will be reflected in talks with leaders in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia. Beijing ... to pull out of two regional summits. US treaty allies Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, potential strategic partner Malaysia, and countries worried by China's rise, seek strong American ...




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