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  1. Business - Economy - JAPANESE ECONOMY

    Japan economy shrinks 6.8 per cent, most since tsunami, as tax rise bites

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 09:56am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Contraction is biggest since 2011 earthquake, but government takes a relaxed view Japanese economy shrinks as tax rise hits Japan suffered its biggest economic contraction ... recovery. While the news is unlikely to shake the Bank of Japan's conviction that the economy can ride out the impact of the rise in tax, it could add pressure on the bank for further monetary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1572651/japan-economy-shrinks-tax-rise-bites
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    To repair Sino-Japan ties, it's up to Shinzo Abe to show sincerity

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 04:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of Japan's second world war defeat. China has made that a pre-condition for talks, so it would obviously be a good start. But Abe's nationalist tendencies and pressure from the political far ... is understandable: Abe's shrine visit, his pushing for a reinterpretation of Japan's pacifist constitution so that the military can fight overseas and perceived disregard for his country's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1570877/repair-sino-japan-ties-its-shinzo-abe-show-sincerity
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Typhoon Halong blamed for 10 deaths and dozens of injuries in Japan

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 09:41pm by AFP

    ... the weekend, reports said yesterday. The storm was moving over the Sea of Japan (East Sea), after making landfall on the largest and most populous island of Honshu, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The outer bands of the storm were continuing to lash northern Japan with heavy rain as officials warned of landslides, floods and tornadoes. The agency downgraded the typhoon to a tropical ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1571531/typhoon-halong-blamed-10-deaths-and-dozens-injuries-japan
  4. Business - Economy

    Bank of Japan gloomy on outlook for exports owing to weak Asian demand

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 12:56am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Bank of Japan gloomy on export outlook Sluggish Asian demand and a shift in Japanese production overseas will continue to weigh on exports, the Bank of Japan said, ... has a big effect on Japan's economy, remains a problem," the bank said in a monthly economic report for August released yesterday. "Some other emerging nations... may also see ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1571624/bank-japan-gloomy-outlook-exports-owing-weak-asian-demand
  5. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Japan, China foreign ministers discuss how to improve soured relations

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 10:44am by Keira Lu Huang, KYODO, Reuters

    ... Agencies in Naypyidaw, Myanmar and Keira Lu Huang Wang Yi holds talks with Japanese counterpart Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Japan to "make practical efforts to overcome ... pre-conditions," he said. "First, Japan doesn't do anything to offend China and, second, the public should accept such a meeting." Lian Degui, deputy director of Japanese studies ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1570512/japan-china-foreign-ministers-meet-discuss-steps-improve-ties
  6. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Foes China and Japan finally headed for talks during Asean: sources

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 03:52pm by AP, AFP

    ... Agencies in Naypyidaw Beijing and Tokyo making 'final preparations' for first bilateral talks in nearly two years; Japan and South Korea also slated for fence-mending talks Japan ... in its position that it will not hold a summit with Abe unless Japan recognises the existence of a territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands, administered by Japan but claimed by China, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1569977/foes-china-and-japan-finally-headed-talks-during-asean-sources
  7. News - Asia - TYPHOON

    Japan orders 1.6m to flee Typhoon Halong; one dead, travel chaos

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 11:04am by AFP, Reuters

    ... Agence France-Presse and Reuters in Tokyo Typhoon Halong killed one person in Japan on Sunday and injured 33, media said, as authorities ordered 1.6 million people out of the path ... and caused widespread disruption to travel at the beginning of the summer holiday season. Watch: Typhoon Halong slams into Japan's western main island One man was washed away in an overflowing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1570513/typhoon-halong-makes-landfall-japans-western-main-island
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan issues highest typhoon alert as Halong approaches

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 06:45am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Top alert issued as typhoon nears Japan's weather agency yesterday issued its highest alert as Typhoon Halong barrelled towards its southwest, warning ... of southwestern Japan, the agency said. Halong, packing winds of up to 180km/h, was likely to make landfall in southwestern Japan late yesterday or early today, according to the agency. Television footage ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1570301/japan-issues-highest-typhoon-alert-halong-approaches
  9. News - Asia - WEATHER

    Six injured, 500 flights cancelled as Typhoon Halong lashes southern Japan

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 06:54pm by AFP

    ... lashed southwest Japan today, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of half a million people near swollen rivers. The highest typhoon warning was hoisted earlier this afternoon. The ... in southern Japan. Airlines, including Japan’s two major carriers Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, cancelled about 500 flights on Saturday, affecting more than 20,000 passengers. It would have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1570044/japan-issues-highest-alert-typhoon-halong-stirs-high-waves-and-grounds
  10. News - Asia - MARITIME DISPUTE

    Chinese ships advance in waters near Diaoyus defying Japan’s white paper warning

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 02:03pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan notes peculiar timing of the ships' approach, coming after Tokyo published defence paper and during naval drills Chinese coastguard ships sailed ... the Japanese coastguard said. The ships entered the area around 10am local time and left about two hours later, it said. Japan and China's coastguard, despite current tensions, are taking part ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1567585/defying-japans-warning-chinese-ships-advance-waters-near-diaoyus

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