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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Deniers of historical abuses apparently behind campaign sparked by Asahi Shimbun admitting past reporting on 'comfort women' inaccurate Revisionist push seen in attacks on daily Japan's conservative press and even some middle-of-the-road publications are lining up to criticise the left-leaning Asahi Shimbun in a campaign ...

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

    Record HK$413 billion defence budget sought by Japanese government

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

    ... 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
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Scores killed or missing as huge landslide engulfs Hiroshima suburb

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:17am

    ... of how she had escaped death because of where she had been at the time the disaster struck. “I was able to survive as I stayed in the middle of the house. Both sides were destroyed.” Troops ...

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

    Shinzo Abe’s Yasukuni Shrine offering angers China and South Korea

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 09:43am by AFP, Reuters

    ... two cabinet ministers, visited the shrine on the 69th anniversary of Japan's defeat in the second world war. The Yasukuni shrine "is a place that honours Class A war criminals ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1574131/japanese-ministers-visit-yasukuni-war-dead-shrine-anniversary-second-world
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan able to aid US ships under attack: minister

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 01:25pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Japan had increased defense spending for the first time in years and was improving its “world-class” missile defense system, setting up amphibious units and strengthening its “maritime forces” ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552685/japan-able-aid-us-ships-under-attack-minister
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Flooding, havoc as Typhoon Neoguri batters Japanese mainland

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 01:52pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... said. A middle-aged man in the town told public broadcaster NHK that he went out to see a river in the neighbourhood late on Wednesday as he heard what sounded like “an earthquake”. “I saw rocks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1551017/flooding-havoc-typhoon-neoguri-batters-japanese-mainland
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Okinawa on alert as ‘once in decades storm’ Super Typhoon Neoguri takes aim

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 02:01pm by Reuters

    ... said there is "little chance" that Neoguri- classed by the Observatory as a Super Typhoon due to winds over 185km/h- will hit the city, but residents will feel the impact ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1548685/super-typhoon-neoguri-once-decades-storm-barrels-towards-japan
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Abe heads to Middle East on nuclear safety push

    Posted Aug 24th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... heads to the oil-rich Middle East this weekend in his latest push to promote nuclear technology exports, a spokesman said yesterday, despite growing problems at the crippled Fukushima plant. ... infrastructure exports to 35 trillion yen (HK$2.7 trillion) a year by 2020. Abe, a supporter of nuclear power, visited Turkey in May as part of a wider Middle East tour, signing a long-awaited deal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1298997/japans-shinzo-abe-heads-middle-east-nuclear-export-driver
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Godzilla geeks up in arms over super-sized Hollywood incarnation

    Posted May 01st 2014, 02:20pm by JULIAN RYALL IN TOKYO

    ... and marshmallows since his previous appearance in the US in 1998. Another asked where the neck had gone. Others put it down to “a lack of exercise” or the creature suffering from middle-age spread. Another ... Godzilla geeks are not convinced that it is fat, not muscle. “It’s not surprising – everyone gets a spare tyre in middle age,” one online poster commented. Godzilla has so far wrought havoc ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1501537/godzilla-geeks-arms-over-super-sized-hollywood-incarnation
  10. 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 ...

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

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