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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan extends its sea territory by 177,000 sq km in line with UN ruling

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 10:09pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Sovereign rights taken over two areas totalling 177,000 sq km in line with UN ruling, opening way to exploitation of fisheries and minerals Japan extends its sea ... of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo. It came in response to a 2012 UN ruling in Japan's favour. "The Japanese government has acted on a recommendation by the United Nations' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1589572/japan-extends-its-sea-territory-177000-sq-km-line-un-ruling
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s Emperor Hirohito cautioned against second world war, says new official history

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 02:27pm by AFP

    ... of the man considered by some to have played a pivotal role in Japan’s march to the second world war, and by others as the helpless puppet of an out-of-control military state. The annals, produced by the Imperial Household Agency, show how in the lead-up to Japan’s surprise attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbour in December 1941, Hirohito warned against a “reckless war” that would make him feel ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1588599/japanese-emperor-cautioned-against-second-world-war-according-official-history
  3. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    US navy chief Admiral Jonathan Greenert urges greater ties with Japan

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 10:02pm by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Washington Stronger naval ties urged The top officer of the US navy said he hoped to see further collaboration with Japan's military on ballistic missile defence and minesweeping under Tokyo's new security policy. Admiral Jonathan Greenert laid out his vision for expanded US-Japan defence cooperation at a think tank event in Washington. His comments came ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1588877/us-navy-chief-admiral-jonathan-greenert-urges-greater-ties-japan
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan launches whaling 'research' hunt in its coastal waters

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 02:29pm by AFP

    ... waters. Japan's Fisheries Agency has said whalers planned to kill up to 51 minke whales off Kushiro before the end of next month. Japan has hunted whales under a loophole in the 1986 global ... as Japan hopes to resume its Antarctic Ocean hunt next year, despite an order from the UN's top court to stop activity in the area. Tokyo was forced to abandon its 2014-15 hunt in March when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1587170/japan-begins-seasonal-pacific-whale-slaughter-see-animals-stomach-contents
  5. Sport - Racing

    Nash Rawiller to appeal 'harsh' ban incurred in Japan win

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 10:27pm by Michael Cox

    ... 'harsh' ban incurred in Japan Champion Australian jockey Nash Rawiller will appeal against the severity of a suspension incurred in Japan- a ban that has "thrown a spanner in the works" ... more severe punishment than it would be had I been riding in Japan in that time, where they do not race as often." Rawiller will lodge a written application and still plans to arrive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1588062/nash-rawiller-appeal-harsh-ban-incurred-japan-win
  6. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Japan, Sri Lanka agree to forge stronger maritime links

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 10:39pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Colombo Japan, Sri Lanka to step up maritime cooperation Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Sri Lanka's president have agreed to forge stronger maritime links between their countries in a move partly aimed at countering China's influence in the region. Abe held talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa shortly after arriving from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1588103/japan-sri-lanka-agree-forge-stronger-maritime-links
  7. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Japan’s economy shrinks in second quarter as sales tax rise hits

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 09:21am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Rise in sales tax blamed as economy contractsby 7.1 per cent,worse than initial estimates Japan GDP shrinks most in five years Japan's economy shrank an annualised ... contraction was the biggest since January-March 2009, when the global financial crisis affected Japan's exports and factory output, keeping policymakers under pressure to expand fiscal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1587657/japans-economy-shrinks-second-quarter-sales-tax-rise-hits
  8. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Japan's Shinzo Abe visits South Asia in bid to counter China's influence

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by Reuters

    ... to introduce the dynamism of both countries to Japan's economy by strengthening relations with them and engaging in top-level sales activities," said Abe, who is accompanied by 50 top ... exports. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Tokyo in May and Abe's return visit should bring progress on Japan's commitment to invest 600 billion yen (HK$44 billion) over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1586731/japans-shinzo-abe-visits-south-asia-bid-counter-chinas-influence
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    With new cabinet post, Yuko Obuchi's political star keeps rising in Japan

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Woman who's Japan's new minister of economy, trade and industry is widely seen as on course to become its first woman prime minister Yuko Obuchi's ... to the cabinet in 2008, Obuchi is still just 40 years old, making her a stripling in Japan's political world. Even more significantly, she is a woman in the old boys' club that still rules ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1586658/new-cabinet-post-yuko-obuchis-political-star-keeps-rising-japan
  10. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Chinese diplomat formerly in Japan missing, amid reports of probe

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 02:19am by Julian Ryall

    ... in Tokyo who returned home in the second half of last year is reportedly being questioned over the disclosure of sensitive information to contacts in Japan. The diplomat has been identified as Tang Benyuan. While in Tokyo he was tasked with developing contacts with senior members of Japan's political parties. Japanese media reported yesterday that following his return to China, Tang, 54, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1586252/chinese-diplomat-formerly-japan-missing-amid-reports-probe

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