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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan exploiting Asian guest workers, US State Department report says

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 10:22pm by Julian Ryall

    ... labour". Washington's annual Trafficking in Persons Report, unveiled by Secretary of State John Kerry, ranks Japan in the second tier of countries where trafficking is prevalent, putting ... other countries in Asia, the programme has 151,000 members in Japan. Some 73 per cent are Chinese and the majority of the rest come from Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1540535/japan-exploiting-asian-guest-workers-us-state-department-report-says
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan denies report North Korea handed over list of abductees

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 12:59pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Japan denies truth of media report saying Pyongyang has supplied Tokyo with a list that includes the names of those abducted by North Korea in the past Japan’s top government spokesman on Thursday flatly denied a newspaper report that Pyongyang recently presented Tokyo with a list of about 30 Japanese, including those abducted by North Korea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550990/japan-denies-report-n-korea-handed-over-list-abductees
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Take full blame for scandal of wartime ‘comfort women’, UN urges Japan

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 10:13pm by AFP

    ... responsibility," said Nigel Rodley, head of the UN Human Rights Committee. In a report issued after a hearing on Japan's human rights record on Thursday, the committee said it was time ... but also China, Taiwan, Indonesia and other Asian countries, were forced to work in Japanese military brothels as "comfort women". The victims have failed to obtain redress ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1559267/take-full-blame-scandal-wartime-comfort-women-un-urges-japan
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan, Britain to launch joint research into fighter jet missile technology

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 01:41pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Months after Tokyo lifted a ban on weapons exports, media reports indicate agreement to develop missile technology with the UK and a parts deal with the US ... a report said on Thursday. The plan – which comes months after Japan lifted a self-imposed ban on weapons exports – was likely to be approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet at a meeting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555561/japan-and-britain-launch-joint-research-fighter-jet-missile-technology
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Monkeys show effects of fallout from Fukushima nuclear meltdown, study says

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 10:13pm by GDN

    ... Scientific Reports. White blood cell counts were lowest for immature monkeys with the highest caesium concentrations, suggesting younger monkeys may be more vulnerable to radioactive contamination. Hayama noted: "Abnormalities such as a decreased blood cell count in people living in contaminated areas have been reported from Chernobyl as a long-term effect of low-dose radiation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1559272/monkeys-show-effects-fallout-fukushima-nuclear-meltdown-study-says
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan to lift some North Korea sanctions amid report of surviving abductees

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 10:20am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Media report says North Korea has handed Tokyo a list of at least ten of Japanese nationals living there, including some believed to have been abducted Japan was to decide on Thursday on easing some sanctions on North Korea in return for its reopening of a probe into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by the reclusive state decades ago, as a fresh report emerged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545349/japan-lift-some-n-korea-sanctions-amid-report-surviving-abductees
  7. 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

    ... 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 ... they are not Japanese. The ruling apparently gives local authorities across Japan the legal right to halt financial assistance to non-Japanese residents. The fact that many municipalities across the country ...

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

    Japan’s nuclear watchdog gives green light to restart two nuclear reactors

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 05:12pm by AFP

    ... meltdown following a 2011 tsunami. NRA officials issued a more-than-400-page report on the Sendai plant in southern Japan, technically giving its operator approval to switch on its reactors. Prime ... at Fukushima, the country’s nuclear reactors were switched off. Two reactors were briefly restarted last year but all of Japan’s nuclear plants are currently offline. Abe has seen regular protests ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555373/japans-nuclear-watchdog-gives-green-light-restart-two-nuclear-reactors
  9. Sport - Soccer - JAPAN

    Mexican Javier Aguirre to become Japan's new coach, say reports

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 09:32pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo The 55-year-old, who led Mexico to the last 16 of the World Cup in 2002 and 2010, will reportedly pocket around US$2.45 million a year Aguirre to be new coach for Blue Samurai: reports Mexican Javier Aguirre has agreed to become Japan's new coach following the resignation of Alberto Zaccheroni after his side's World Cup flop, media reported ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1543748/mexican-javier-aguirre-become-japans-new-coach-say-reports
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan protests to South Korean hotel over cancellation of military reception

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 10:10pm by BLOOM

    ... to "calmly respond to" developments involving the two countries. Unease is rising in South Korea over moves by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bolster the country's security stance ... residence. Additional reporting by Associated Press ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552285/japan-protests-south-korean-hotel-over-cancellation-military-reception

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