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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    China 'seriously concerned' after Japan PM sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 10:35am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... reporters this month that the prime minister could put off a visit if he judged it was in Japan’s national interests. Hagiuda said the prime minister, now in Milan for a meeting of Asian ... at the shrine, although NHK public television said Health Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki also sent an offering. A ruling party lawmaker tweeted that three ministers planned to visit on Saturday. Expectations ...

  2. 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

    ... Broadcasting System TV company in 1996. Two years later, she became her father's secretary. Her rock solid political credentials mean she's unlikely to suffer any lasting damage from ...

  3. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japan exports grow at fastest pace in 7 months, but slowing growth looms

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 02:30pm by Reuters

    ... disappointed for much of this year because many companies have shifted production overseas, tempering the benefits of weaker yen. Now, renewed turbulence in the global markets on signs of a slowing ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... was now vulnerable. "This is Abe's first major stumble," said Tomoaki Iwai, professor of politics at Nihon University in Tokyo. "His approval rating is likely to fall and Abe ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Don't want to wash your plates after meals? Now you can eat them instead

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Tokyo Forget dirty dishes... eat them instead Edible tableware, such as plates made of prawn crackers and cups made of seaweed, are gaining popularity in Japan as environmentally friendly substitutes for disposable dishes, thus cutting down on po ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    US Osprey planes in tsunami drill despite Japanese protests

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

    ... There are now reported to be two dozen Ospreys in Japan. The Osprey is a hybrid aircraft with rotors that allow it to take off like a helicopter and engines that can tilt forward, enabling it to fly ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... to resign and take responsibility for a furore she caused, the Nikkei newspaper said. "What I have to do right now is to conduct a thorough investigation into the political funding issue," ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    At least 36 feared dead on Japanese volcano as rescue search called off

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 06:02pm

    ... was abandoned on Monday because of fears of rising levels of toxic gases. Rescuers at the peak of Mount Ontake, now an eerie moonscape under a thick layer of grey ash, on Monday found what may be five ... a grey-haired man told Japanese television, adding that his 26-year-old son had gone to the mountain with his girlfriend. “We’re utterly exhausted.” More than 500 rescuers had been combing the summit, ...

  9. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japan machinery orders rise but doubts about economy remain

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 05:49am by Reuters

    ... depend on how external demand fares from now on. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due to make a decision on the sales tax increase in December, looking at economic indicators in July-September ...

  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's high-speed Shinkansen bullet train turns 50

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

    ... hours and 25 minutes. Araki, now 73, drove the Shinkansen briefly in the summer of 1967 as part of his training as a railway operations engineer. Last week he slipped back in time as he sat ...




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