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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's new trade minister Yuko Obuchi 'to quit' over misuse of funds

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 06:27am by Reuters

    ... of the misuse of funds, which could violate electoral and political funding laws. "I feel that ignorance is no excuse," Obuchi said on Friday in response to repeated questions. A METI ... themselves but was aware it would be a violation of the law if her political groups made additional payments. Obuchi had been given the tough task of trying to gain public trust for the unpopular ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1619631/japans-new-trade-minister-yuko-obuchi-quit-over-misuse-funds
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Man sentenced to two years in jail in Japan for making guns with 3D printer

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 03:16am by AFP

    ... the US Congress renewed a ban on guns that contain no metal. While Japanese police do carry guns, Japan has very strict firearms control laws and few people possess guns or have ever come ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1620813/man-sentenced-two-years-jail-japan-making-guns-3d-printer
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet below 50pc

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:10am by AP

    ... accusing her of violating the election law by distributing paper fans to voters. Defence Minister Akinori Eto has also faced questions over his political funding. Kyodo, Reuters, Agence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1620075/support-japanese-prime-minister-shinzo-abes-cabinet-below-50pc
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Seiji Yoshida's lies about "comfort women" exploited by Japan's right

    Posted Oct 12th 2014, 06:26am by Julian Ryall

    ... the saga might be used to clamp down on the media, including introducing a secrecy law. "The Asahi was undoubtedly wrong in its reporting, but political forces are using Yoshida as a way ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1614619/seiji-yoshidas-lies-about-comfort-women-exploited-japans-right
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Maternity harassment a serious problem for Japan's working women

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 09:34pm by Reuters

    ... returned to work after a second miscarriage, one of the first questions her boss asked was whether she was having sex again. Despite laws guaranteeing equal opportunity and a near parity of sexes ... A verdict is due on October 23. Japanese law guarantees women the right to seek less physically demanding roles during pregnancy. They also guarantee 14 weeks of maternity leave surrounding ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1600430/maternity-harassment-serious-problem-japans-working-women
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese yakuza boss arrested for brutal 1998 killing

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 04:07am by AFP

    ... The yakuza occupy a grey area in Japan's usually law-abiding society. Like the Italian mafia and Chinese triads, they engage in activities ranging from gambling, drugs and prostitution to loan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590372/japanese-yakuza-boss-arrested-brutal-1998-killing
  7. 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

    ... and they insist that according to international maritime law, it is merely a reef and therefore cannot be used to extend Japan's continental shelf or exclusive economic zone for a further 200 ...

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

    With eye on China, India and Japan bolster defence and business ties

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 11:53pm by Reuters

    ... as a global player. "The two prime ministers... affirmed their shared commitment to maritime security, freedom of navigation and overflight, civil aviation safety, unimpeded lawful commerce, and the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law," the joint statement said. Abe and Modi agreed to look into upgrading a "two-plus-two" format for security talks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583277/eye-china-india-and-japan-bolster-ties-defence-business-and-nuclear-energy
  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

    ... "it will be little short of revolutionary". Still a society in which men overwhelmingly hold the titles and influence- by law, an empress can never sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne ...

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

    In new tack, Japanese police target teens selling sex, not their customers

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 11:47pm by Julian Ryall

    ... laws. The Act on Punishing Acts Related to Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and for Protecting Children was enacted in May 1999 and updated five years later. In June, police in Osaka ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1579532/new-tack-japanese-police-target-teens-selling-sex-not-their-customers

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