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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan 'strongly protests' Russian military exercises on disputed Pacific islands

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 06:39pm by Reuters

    ... against Russian military exercises on northern Pacific islands that it also claims and which have been at the root of strained relations between the two countries since the end of the second world war. The exercises on the islands are a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to court resource-rich Russia and keep the door open to dialogue with Moscow, despite the Ukraine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1572923/japan-strongly-protests-against-russian-exercises-disputed-isles
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s Pacific claims fuelled by search for resources, Chinese expansionism

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 01:29pm by Julian Ryall

    ... seabed deposits dredged up from the seabed close to the island of Minami-Torishima contain high concentrations of rare earth minerals such as dysprosium and terbium, used in liquid crystal ... Under the terms of the UN granting Japan control over the areas, Tokyo is now permitted to carry out “the establishment and use of artificial islands, installations and structures.” Concerned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1590823/japan-pacific-claims-fuelled-natural-resources-hunt-and-china-navy-expansion
  3. 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

    ... the right to file a new request for control over the area with the UN committee, it has no plans to do so immediately. A further two regions, the Ogasawara Plateau and the Minami-Iwo Island region ... from the tiny island of Okinotorishima. Some 1,740km distant from Tokyo, the uninhabited island is the most southerly Japanese island. Halfway between Guam and Taiwan, it is little more than ...

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

    Tokyo seeks US military guarantee to protect unspecified ‘remote islands’

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:34pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Japanese government seeks specific guarantees over protection for remote islands- thought to be the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyus chain Tokyo presses U.S. over islands ... calls its "remote islands", as the two nations revise their defence pact. Japan and the US have started the process of rewriting their guidelines for Japan-US defence cooperation. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554274/diaoyus-their-minds-tokyo-seeks-us-military-guarantee-protect-remote
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Campaign against Japan’s left-wing daily an effort to rewrite history

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:52pm by Julian Ryall

    ... peninsula based on the testimony of former soldier Seiji Yoshida. Yoshida's "memories" of the Japanese military rounding up women on Jeju Island and forcing them to become sex slaves ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583940/campaign-against-japans-left-wing-daily-effort-rewrite-history
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Record HK$413 billion defence budget sought by Japanese government

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 06:51pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... yesterday requested a 3.5 per cent increase in its budget as it seeks to bolster its ability to defend the disputed islands, called the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyus in China. With Chinese ... for an upgraded Soryu class submarine. Funds will also go towards the purchase of land on the Amami Islands between Okinawa and Kyushu for another military base. China increased its defence budget by 12.2 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581800/japan-defence-ministry-asks-record-budget-amid-china-naval-fears
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Typhoon Neoguri threatens cities on Japan's central islands

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 10:58pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Typhoon threatens Japan's major cities A strong typhoon swerved towards Japan's heavily populated central islands yesterday after it slammed through Okinawa, dumping heavy rain, knocking out power and injuring at least 30 people. Typhoon Neoguri left toppled trees, flooded cars and bent railings on the island chain, which experienced its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550623/typhoon-neoguri-threatens-cities-japans-central-islands
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Scores killed or missing as huge landslide engulfs Hiroshima suburb

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:17am

    ... the torrential rains of a passing typhoon triggered large landslides on the island of Oshima, south of Tokyo. Hiroshima is no stranger to tragedy like this. In 1999 more than 320 landslides hit the city, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1577586/least-18-dead-japan-landslide
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Up to 10 deaths in typhoon's deadly wake As many as 10 people died and dozens were injured as Typhoon Halong slammed into the Japanese archipelago over 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1571531/typhoon-halong-blamed-10-deaths-and-dozens-injuries-japan
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan issues highest typhoon alert as Halong approaches

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

    ... 700mm of rain on the southwestern island of Shikoku, forecasters said. Halong comes a month after Typhoon Neoguri killed several people and left a trail of destruction in southern Japan. ...

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

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