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  1. News - Asia

    US to deploy 2 more destroyers to Japan by 2017

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 11:15am by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Hagel reconfirms US-Japan alliance The US will deploy two additional ballistic missile defence destroyers to Japan by 2017 as part of an effort to bolster protection from North Korean missile threats, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. Speaking to at a news conference following a meeting with Japan Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, Hagel said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1466174/us-deploy-2-more-destroyers-japan-2017
  2. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    US moves to reassure Japan over its regional security in face of increasingly assertive China

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 07:23pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Hagel reconfirms US-Japan alliance US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel moved yesterday to reassure Japan of America's commitment to its security, as Russia's ... but all over the world. It has to concern nations," he said. But Hagel rejected any suggestion of weakness as he renewed US commitments to Japan, which is locked in a dispute with China over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465631/us-moves-reassure-japan-security-ties-face-increasingly-assertive-china
  3. Sport - Tennis - Davis Cup

    Hat-trick chasing Czechs whitewash Japan 5-0 in Davis Cup

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 11:14pm by >Agence France-Presse

    ... whitewash of Japan after Sunday’s reverse singles matches. The Czechs, chasing their third straight title, had already secured a fifth semi-final spot in six years after winning the doubles ... if Tomas can play for us. We have five months to prepare and we will see what happens after Wimbledon and the US Open,” Navratil added. Japan’s hopes were severely jolted when Kei Nishikori, who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/tennis/article/1466628/hat-trick-chasing-czechs-whitewash-japan-5-0-davis-cup
  4. News - China - SECURITY

    US Navy scraps plans to send ship to China fleet review after Japan snubbed

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 04:50am by Reuters, LAURA ZHOU

    ... Reuters in Honolulu and Laura Zhou Navy will not send ship to ceremony in Qingdao after snub to key ally Japan- a decision taken with Pentagon chief Hagel set to fly in for talks U.S. to skip China fleet review The United States has scrapped a plan for one of its navy ships to join a fleet review in China after key ally Japan was not invited, US officials said, days before ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1465172/us-navy-scraps-plans-send-ship-china-fleet-review-after-japan-snubbed
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s diplomatic ‘blue book’ reasserts claims to islands, angering China and South Korea

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 11:34pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Japan reasserts claims to islands, riling neighbours China and South Korea yesterday lashed out at a Japanese foreign relations report that stood firm on territorial claims which have put Tokyo on a collision course with its Asian neighbours. An angry South Korea summoned Japan's ambassador in response to the annual paper, while Beijing warned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465133/japans-diplomatic-blue-book-reasserts-claims-islands-angering-china-and
  6. Sport - Tennis - Davis Cup

    Czechs bounce Japan to reach Davis Cup semi-finals

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 01:33am by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... clinically dispatching Japan in Saturday’s doubles to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the tie. Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol beat Tatsuma Ito and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in front ... Stepanek ripping a forehand, which Uchiyama could only dump into the net to leave Japan two sets down and with a mountain to climb. The Czechs completed victory when a Rosol bullet fizzed past ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/tennis/article/1466022/czechs-bounce-japan-reach-davis-cup-semi-finals
  7. News - Asia - MILITARY

    US declines to join China naval fleet review after Beijing shuns Japan

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 01:49pm by Reuters in Honolulu

    ... in Qingdao The United States is scrapping plans for one of its Navy ships to join a fleet review in China after key ally, Japan, was not invited, US officials said on Thursday, in a move that came just ahead of Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel’s trip to Japan and China. The United States had been invited to participate in the fleet review – essentially a parade of ships – as part ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1464597/us-declines-join-china-naval-fleet-review-after-beijing-shuns-japan
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan PM Shinzo Abe to sign deal with Australia PM Tony Abbott on military gear

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 11:30pm by JULIAN

    ... on Tuesday and give more leeway to Japanese firms' exports. Defence sector companies in Japan have long been calling for a rethink of the government's position and hope to be able to sell ... and Beijing insisting that Japan "does more" to ensure peace and stability in the region. Japan has been reaching out to regional powers to counter what it sees as the growing belligerence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465132/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-sign-deal-australia-pm-tony-abbott-military-gear
  9. News - Asia - MUSIC

    South Korean K-Pop concert in Japan offers bridge for squabbling nations

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 11:25pm by AFP

    ... between nations Thousands of K-Pop fans flocked to a major concert by top South Korean music stars in Japan this week, with organisers and fans alike calling it a "bridge" for two ... with few ties to Seoul. But the country's offerings are particularly loved across the sea in Japan, whose own unique culture has long been a hit with South Koreans, despite historical ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465138/south-korean-k-pop-concert-japan-offers-bridge-squabbling-nations
  10. Sport - Tennis

    Czech Republic take charge against Japan in Davis Cup quarter-final

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 11:02pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Title-holders the Czech Republic established an iron grip on their Davis Cup quarter-final tennis tie against a weakened Japan on Friday, with Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol battling for wins in front of a buzzing Tokyo crowd. Despite missing world No 5 Tomas Berdych, the Czechs had expected to dominate a Japan side shorn of talisman Kei Nishikori ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/tennis/article/1465120/czech-republic-take-charge-against-japan-davis-cup-quarter-final

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