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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Religious rites for the dead in Japan changing with the times

    Posted Oct 05th 2014, 05:51am by KYODO

    ... on new life in Japan Funeral services in Japan, usually performed by Buddhist priests, are taking on new forms as bonds with family temples loosen. Facilitating the changes are some ... in the charnel house, said: "When I read about her life, it reminds of her and brings a lump to my throat." GLA scatters the ashes of the departed to "return" them to nature after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1609757/religious-rites-dead-japan-changing-times
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Typhoon Phanfone heads out to sea after leaving at least one dead in Japan

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 10:17am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Powerful typhoon strikes Japan claiming after claiming one life as heavy rains and high winds cause flight delays and chaos for commuters before it headed east out to sea A typhoon lashed Japan with torrential rain on Monday after killing at least one person, forcing the cancellation of flights and prompting warnings to more than 200,000 people to evacuate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1610535/least-one-dead-typhoon-phanfone-lashes-japan-closing-tokyo
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Luck and instinct determined fate of hikers on Japan's killer volcano

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 09:18pm by AP

    ... experience. The events she recalled on Tuesday and the accounts of others suggest that luck and instinct made the difference between life and death for the hikers who were in harm's way. Despite ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1606644/luck-and-instinct-determined-fate-hikers-japans-killer-volcano
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Volcano erupts in central Japan, injuries reported and 250 left stranded

    Posted Sep 27th 2014, 02:52pm by AP

    ... it sprang to life as around 250 people were trying to scale its peak. Four people were buried by the ash, with one having been dug out, Kyodo News reported. "I first thought it was thunder ... the eruption spoke of their relief. "I escaped with my life," a local resident told NHK. "Immediately after I saw the eruption, I rushed away but I was soon covered with ash." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1601669/volcano-erupts-japan-injuries-reported
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Monsters called Yokai move in on Pokemon's turf in Japan

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 11:23pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo New monsters move in on Pokemon's turf Move over Pokemon, a legion of new cutesy monsters is haunting Japan and set to break out all over the world after trampling the competition at home. YO-Kai Watch is a nexus of manga comics, anime cartoons and computer games that revolve around the life of a schoolboy and the monsters- "Yokai"- that he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1593441/monsters-called-yokai-move-pokemons-turf-japan
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    More Japanese women freeze eggs and put their careers first

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 06:14am by KYODO

    ... not encourage those aged 40 or older to preserve eggs. "I want to prioritise my career right now, so egg freezing is like taking out insurance for the future," a woman in her 30s said. ... adopted the new guidelines given the fact that more people are getting married later in life, making it harder for many women to become pregnant after marriage. Repro Self Bank, a Tokyo-based ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1565166/more-japanese-women-freeze-eggs-and-put-their-careers-first
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo closes Yoyogi Park amid dengue fever outbreak

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 02:42pm by AP and Kyodo

    ... the health ministry says. Symptoms of the disease include fever, severe joint pain and headaches. There is no treatment, and some of those infected can suffer from severe and life ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1585832/tokyo-closes-yoyogi-park-amid-dengue-fever-outbreak
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Explosion at Nippon Steel plant plagued by series of accidents

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 10:07pm by AFP

    ... the injuries were not life-threatening. Another local report said 15 people were injured, three of them severely. "There was a small explosion that was caused by a fire at a coke oven," ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584575/explosion-nippon-steel-plant-plagued-series-accidents
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Anger erupts over court denial of welfare to foreign permanent residents of Japan

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:49pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Japanese Supreme Court rules that a Chinese permanent resident is not entitled to payouts even though she has paid taxes all her life Foreigners riled over welfare ... benefits. Friday's ruling by the highest court means that even foreign nationals born in Japan, who have spent all their lives in the country and paid their taxes, national insurance premiums ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557063/anger-erupts-over-court-denial-welfare-foreign-permanent-residents-japan
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan confirms 22 people affected by first dengue fever outbreak since 1945

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 12:55pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... dengue is in a life-threatening condition, officials have said. The last infection of dengue fever in Japan was in 1945, although there are about 200 cases reported annually among Japanese ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1582860/japan-confirms-first-dengue-fever-outbreak-1945-may-have-affected-20

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