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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Two women quit Shinzo Abe's cabinet, dealing blow to reform drive

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Two female ministers resign over claims they misused political funds So much for Abe lifting women's role Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered a double setback yesterday with the resignations of two female cabinet ministers over claims they misused political funds, dealing a blow to his drive to boost the role of women in society. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1620891/two-women-quit-shinzo-abes-cabinet-dealing-blow-reform-drive
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Seiji Yoshida's fabrications about kidnapping Korean 'comfort women' have been an excuse to keep denying the darkest aspects of nation's past ... loyalty to his nation and confessed to helping to kidnap more than 2,000 young women from across the Korean Peninsula to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese military. Or so they thought. ...

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

    Bomb threats at Japanese universities in row over 'comfort women' issue

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 11:41pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Institutions targeted for employing former journalists who covered 'comfort women' issue Bomb threats at two universities Two universities that employed ... coverage of the "comfort women" issue in the 1990s, although the Asahi has in recent weeks been forced to retract many of its stories because they were based on testimony that has since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1610937/bomb-threats-japanese-universities-row-over-comfort-women-issue
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Maternity harassment a serious problem for Japan's working women

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

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Abe wants females to help boost the economy, but many are pressured into staying at home Japanese women fighting 'maternity harassment' When Sayaka Osakabe ... attending university, Japanese women have yet to gain an equal footing in employment. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has talked up the role of women in his push to revive a weak economy, pledging ...

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

    Christine Lagarde backs Shinzo Abe’s plan for women to lift Japan economy

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 09:43pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo IMF chief agrees on boosting women in workforce to lift economy, but says Japan could do more Lagarde backs Abe's women plan IMF chief Christine Lagarde yesterday backed Tokyo's efforts to boost the Japanese economy by increasing women's participation in the workforce, and called for even more action, including loosening immigration rules. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1591186/christine-lagarde-backs-shinzo-abes-plan-women-lift-japan-economy
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... blow to Abe, who tapped Obuchi less than two months ago to head the powerful Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). She was one of five women Abe chose in a cabinet reshuffle in an effort to bolster his popularity by showing his commitment to promoting women. Seen as a possible future prime minister, Obuchi apologised to a parliamentary panel in the wake of the reports ...

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

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

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

    ... Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. She was one of five women Abe chose in a cabinet reshuffle in a bid to bolster his popularity. After her appointment, Obuchi was given the tough task ...

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

    Japan's first female economy minister accused of spending political funds on make-up, gifts

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 03:09pm by AFP

    ... of a new wave of women ministers. Obuchi was appointed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month as the Japan's first female minister of economy, trade and industry, a powerful portfolio ... this make-up episode. The 40-year-old was the highest profile woman among five to be named to the cabinet during a recent reshuffle. Her promotion was seen as part of an effort by Abe to bolster women ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1617626/japans-first-female-economy-minister-accused-spending-political-funds-make
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan names five women to new cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 07:23pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo A main plank in the government's economic plans, know as 'Abenomics', is a far greater involvement of women at all business levels Five women were chosen for Shinzo Abe's cabinet yesterday, matching the past record and sending the strongest message yet about his determination to revive the economy by attracting women as workers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584535/shinzo-abe-names-five-women-japans-new-cabinet
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Stupid and nonsensical: Japanese right rages at ‘comfort women’ honour

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 11:21pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Nationalist fury at new sex slaves memorial Nationalists in Japan have condemned the announcement that another memorial to Asia's "comfort women" is to be set up in the United States, insisting that the campaign to honour the women is historical nonsense. The City Council of Fullerton, in Orange county, California, passed a bill on Wednesday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581562/stupid-and-nonsensical-japanese-right-rages-comfort-women-honour

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