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  1. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Unexpected recession in Japan will allow Abe to delay tax hike, call snap poll

    Posted Nov 17th 2014, 07:13pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Unexpected contraction leads to speculation Shinzo Abe will postpone second stage of sales tax rise and call snap parliamentary election Sales tax puts Japan into shock recession Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter, setting the stage for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to delay an unpopular sales tax rise and call a snap election ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1642266/japans-slip-surprise-recession-paves-way-snap-election
  2. News - Asia - OBITUARY

    Ken Takakura- the Clint Eastwood of Japan- made it big in US and China

    Posted Nov 18th 2014, 11:20am by Julian Ryall, KYODO

    ... Julian Ryall and Kyodo Ken Takakura, famous in Hollywood for his role as a hard-bitten cop in Black Rain, was one of few Japanese actors to win renown abroad Clint Eastwood of Japan made ... of Japan, Takakura died of lymphoma in a Tokyo hospital on November 10, but his death was only announced yesterday. Takakura appeared in more than 180 films after making his debut in the 1956 title ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1642803/renowned-japanese-actor-ken-takakura-dies-83
  3. News - World - G20 SUMMIT

    US, Japan, Australia risk antagonising China with agreement on military cooperation

    Posted Nov 16th 2014, 09:45am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Brisbane Pledge by US, Australia and Japan set to antagonise China despite Barack Obama's warm talks with Xi Jinping in Beijing Trio vows to deepen military ties Eyeing Beijing's assertiveness, US President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia have committed to deepen their military cooperation and work together ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1641194/us-japan-australia-agree-deepen-security-ties
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's GDP figures may prompt Shinzo Abe to call snap election

    Posted Nov 17th 2014, 05:14am by AFP

    ... a likely catalyst for poll A set of economic data due in Japan today looks likely to determine the fate of "Abenomics", with an anticipated poor showing from third-quarter gross domestic ... to rule out a promised consumption tax rise and seek a new popular mandate, two years ahead of schedule. The tax rises are aimed at paying down Japan's enormous national debt, but they have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1641543/japans-gdp-figures-may-prompt-shinzo-abe-call-snap-election
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan may bar Julien Blanc, who teaches how to aggressively pick up women

    Posted Nov 14th 2014, 11:10pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Pressure mounts for Julien Blanc to be refused entry to the country, given the aggressive techniques he teaches for picking up women Japan pressed to bar abusive ... that he is not welcome in Canada, Britain and Brazil. But will he show up in Japan to demonstrate his aggressive and abusive techniques to men who pay to learn and mimic them? Blanc, 25, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1640180/japan-may-bar-julien-blanc-who-teaches-how-aggressively-pick-women
  6. News - China - SINO-JAPANESE TIES

    China and Japan must work hard at restoring the ties they both need

    Posted Nov 15th 2014, 04:04am by LAURA ZHOU

    ... Laura Zhou laura.zhou@scmp.com Whatever their feelings, Beijing and Tokyo still need each other First the thaw, now the hard work The leaders of China and Japan have had several high-level ... as the Senkakus in Japan, in the East China Sea. Tokyo had been asking for a bilateral high-level summit since Beijing said Abe was not welcome in China following his visit last December to the Yasukuni ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1640214/china-and-japan-must-work-hard-restoring-ties-they-both-need
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans snap general election: reports

    Posted Nov 15th 2014, 04:25pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... the role of the Japanese military, the Kyodo News agency said. Japan raised the consumption tax from 5 per cent to 8 per cent in April in a bid to sustain the greying nation’s vast pension system ... measures to protect the economy, including stopping the tax increase. Economists have for years said that Japan needs to increase the consumption tax as a means to reduce its enormous national ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1640630/japan-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-plans-snap-general-election
  8. News - Asia - ASEAN

    Japan announces plan for 2015 forum on 'peace building' in Asia

    Posted Nov 14th 2014, 05:18am by AP

    ... as regional development that helped democratisation, Japanese officials said. Japan planned to invite high-level government officials, as well as members of international organisations and NGOs, from ... of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, plus Japan, China, South Korea, the United States, Russia, India, Australia and New Zealand. Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries on Wednesday agreed to widen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1639209/japan-announces-plan-2015-forum-peace-building-asia
  9. News - Asia - CLIMATE CHANGE

    Japan pledges US$1.5b to UN climate-change fund for developing nations

    Posted Nov 15th 2014, 02:46am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Tokyo offers poor nations US$1.5b climate change aid Japan plans to give up to US$1.5 billion to the UN-backed Green Climate Fund (GCF) to help developing countries fight global warming. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was expected to announce the pledge at the weekend gathering of the Group of 20 nations in Brisbane, Australia, Kyodo News agency reported. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1640179/japan-pledges-us15b-un-climate-change-fund-developing-nations
  10. Sport - Soccer - ASIAN CUP

    Australia, Iran, Japan and South Korea desperate for form ahead of Asian Cup

    Posted Nov 13th 2014, 11:29pm by AP

    ... desperate for form ahead of finals Time is running out for Australia, Japan, Iran and South Korea, Asia's four failed participants from the 2014 World Cup, to find form before the continental ... off in Australia in January. South Korea travel to Iran on Tuesday while Japan and Australia, finalists in the 2011 Asian Cup, meet in Osaka. Four days before the Australia game, Japan take ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1639093/australia-iran-japan-and-south-korea-desperate-form-ahead-asian-cup

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