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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    15 members of Japanese municipal assembly embroiled in votes scandal

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 11:22pm by Julian Ryall

    ... of the assembly on suspicion of accepting cash payments in return for votes. Nine other members of the assembly have previously been taken into custody on charges of contravening electoral laws. One ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1556514/15-members-japanese-municipal-assembly-embroiled-votes-scandal
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese cabinet set to relax defence rules despite strong opposition

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 10:47pm by Julian Ryall

    ... from below and from nearby buildings. He was taken to hospital after suffering serious injuries, said Daiji Kubota, an officer at the Shinjuku police station There is a sense the new laws ... effort to revise or reinterpret the constitution accept that Japanese society will be even less likely to stand up for the nation's supreme law in the years ahead. "I hear more young ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1543828/japanese-cabinet-set-relax-defence-rules-despite-strong-opposition
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan moves to outlaw child porn possession

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 12:45pm

    ... A revised law would ban possession of photographs and videos depicting real children, but would exclude comics and “anime” video, following calls to protect freedom of expression, Jiji said. Anyone ... would be delayed for one year after the revised law comes info force, Jiji said. Campaigners against child porn have long urged Japan to outlaw the possession of sexually explicit images ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1525181/japan-moves-outlaw-child-porn-possession
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan PM moves closer to winning support for looser limits on military

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 01:56pm by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... cautious New Komeito lawmakers toward the change. Successive governments have said Japan has the right to so-called collective self-defence under international law, but that exercising that right ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1531540/japan-pm-moves-closer-winning-support-looser-limits-military
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan police get arrest warrant over body-in-post killing

    Posted May 28th 2014, 11:25am

    ... immigration law”, a police official said. They are seeking her extradition and are in negotiations with the Chinese authorities, reports said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1520241/shanghai-holds-japanese-woman-suspected-posting-nurses-body-parcel-marked-doll
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese parliament enacts secrets law critics fear will muzzle media

    Posted Dec 07th 2013, 02:57am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Enactment comes despite opposition from critics who fear measure will muzzle the media Secrets bill many have questioned is voted into law Japan enacted a state secrets law toughening penalties for leaks yesterday, despite public protests and criticism that it will muzzle the media and help cover up official misdeeds. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, keen to beef ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1374967/japanese-parliament-enacts-secrets-law-critics-fear-will-muzzle-media
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Thousands protest against tough new official secrets law in Japan

    Posted Nov 21st 2013, 09:01pm by Reuters

    ... a proposed secrets act that critics say would stifle information on issues such as the Fukushima nuclear crisis. The law, proposed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, would significantly ... democracy cannot exist Yasunari Fujimoto, Peace Forum Tough secrecy regulations before and during the second world war have long made such legislation taboo, but the law is expected to pass when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1362220/thousands-protest-against-tough-new-official-secrets-law-japan
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan ponders law banning foreigners buying land near to military sites

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 11:14pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Pressure is growing in Japan for new law to prohibit overseas companies and individuals from purchasing land close to military sites Foreigners face land buying ban near bases Japan has opened discussions on new laws that would prohibit foreign nationals or overseas companies from buying plots of land close to sensitive military installations. Experts say ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1342098/japan-ponders-law-banning-foreigners-buying-land-near-military-sites
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Osaka bar owner backed in dancing permit row

    Posted Apr 29th 2014, 10:52pm by Julian Ryall

    ... the elderly," the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said. "Considering these circumstances, it may be advisable to scrap the regulation of dance halls and dance classes. "The law should be revised ... yen (HK$151,283) for permitting his customers to dance. "This law is very strange," Kanemitsu said as his court case got under way. "The police wanted me to admit that I had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1500202/osaka-bar-owner-backed-dancing-permit-row
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan PM Shinzo Abe eyes landmark change on limits to military combat abroad

    Posted May 16th 2014, 06:38pm by Reuters

    ... of the constitution was needed, he would like to embody the change in a cabinet resolution followed by revisions to relevant laws. But doubts remain about how far and how quickly Abe can proceed. His Liberal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1513579/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-eyes-landmark-change-limits-military-combat-abroad

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