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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Record HK$413 billion defence budget sought by Japanese government

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

    ... military budget Japan's government has requested a record defence budget and is also seeking a big increase in spending on diplomacy to counter the growing influence of China. The defence ... budget for the first time in 11 years, by 0.8 per cent to 4.68 trillion yen, raising eyebrows in China amid tensions over a territorial dispute in the East China Sea. The defence ministry ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581800/japan-defence-ministry-asks-record-budget-amid-china-naval-fears
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe sends condolences for martyrs, including war criminals

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 12:32pm by Reuters

    ... that could snarl efforts to thaw chilly ties with China. Abe sent the message in April to a Buddhist temple in western Japan housing a monument to more than 1,000 "Showa Martyrs", including ... coexistence," he added. The same wartime leaders are enshrined along with war dead at the more widely known Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Visits there by Japanese leaders typically outrage China, where ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581103/i-express-my-grief-death-martyrs-shinzo-abes-message-war-criminals
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan urged to stick to history after Shinzo Abe sent message about wartime criminals

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 11:32pm by AP

    ... China and South Korea yesterday urged Japan to stick to history and reflect on its wartime aggression after Tokyo confirmed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony honouring more than 1,000 second world war-era war criminals, praising their contributions. Abe sent the message in April to a ceremony at the Koyasan Buddhist temple in central Japan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581563/japan-urged-stick-history-after-shinzo-abe-sent-message-about-wartime
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... shrine offering China and South Korea reacted sharply after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an "offering" to a controversial war shrine and lawmakers from his party, including ... history," she said. Abe visited the shrine in December, chilling ties with China and South Korea. By sending an offering, Abe appeared to be trying not to worsen tensions while upholding ...

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

    Shigeru Ishiba set to decline cabinet post and may challenge Shinzo Abe

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 10:19pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo The LDP's secretary general is viewed as a potential challenger to Shinzo Abe for the leadership who could prove to be more palatable to China Ishiba expected ... that would make him more palatable to China and South Korea." "I would describe him as a functional hawk," he added. Additional reporting by Kyodo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580620/shigeru-ishiba-set-decline-cabinet-post-and-may-challenge-shinzo-abe
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese woman clings to hope lost sister is alive in North Korea

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 11:22pm by Reuters

    ... striking silly poses for the camera, was abducted by North Korea. "It was the late 90s when news drifted out that people from Japan had perhaps been taken to North Korea. I'd watch ... out they were thinking the same thing, but we were all too afraid to say it. We sat there in silence, thinking maybe she was in North Korea. The idea was incredible." In 2002, North Korea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1556513/japanese-woman-clings-hope-lost-sister-alive-north-korea
  7. 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
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan 'strongly protests' Russian military exercises on disputed Pacific islands

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 06:39pm by Reuters

    ... going into a deep chill. In his first year in office, Abe met Putin five times, while failing to secure a summit with the leaders of neighbouring China or South Korea. Closer ties are driven ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1572923/japan-strongly-protests-against-russian-exercises-disputed-isles
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's prime minister repeats call for talks with China during November APEC meeting

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 03:49pm by Associated Press in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    ... in Beijing, he said in Brazil on Saturday Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday reiterated his desire to meet with China’s President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit talks in Beijing in November. “I hope to have a Japan-China summit meeting during the APEC forum in November,” Abe said at a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil when asked about ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1565555/japanese-prime-minister-repeats-call-talks-china-during-november-apec
  10. 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

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