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  1. 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

    ... rising star and possible future prime minister of Japan- was under fire yesterday over reports she had spent political donations on make-up. The controversy is a blow to the most prominent ... the five years to 2012, her political funding body spent more than 10 million yen (HK$725,000) on things unconnected to politics, including cosmetics and accessories. It also spent 3.62 million yen ...

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

    Japan's Crown Princess Masako attends first banquet in more than a decade after stress-related illness

    Posted Oct 30th 2014, 02:53am by AP

    ... and political leaders such as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also attended. Earlier in the day, Masako was at a welcoming ceremony for the king that was hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Masako ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1627897/japans-crown-princess-masako-attends-first-banquet-more-decade-after
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese families want war criminal names dropped from Yasukuni Shrine

    Posted Oct 29th 2014, 09:18pm by AFP

    ... politicians' regular visits to the shrine have been controversial, prompting anger in China and South Korea, which suffered badly from Japanese wartime aggression. Some on the political right believe ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1627743/japanese-families-want-war-criminal-names-dropped-yasukuni-shrine
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo defends underfire industry minister as he admits breaking funding rules

    Posted Oct 27th 2014, 10:46pm by AP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Third scandal hits minister, but Tokyo backs him Tokyo has defended its under-fire industry minister as he faced fresh questions over political funding, which followed a bondage-bar scandal and criticism over an investment in the crippled Fukushima atomic plant's operator. Japan's usually staid political scene has been left reeling from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1626095/tokyo-defends-underfire-industry-minister-he-admits-breaking-funding-rules
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese PM Abe’s public support slumps in wake of resignations

    Posted Oct 26th 2014, 11:39am by Reuters

    ... acknowledging doubts over whether her support groups misused political funds. The Yomiuri survey found 73 per cent agreed that it was right for Obuchi to quit. Midori Matsushima also stepped down ... in September in a move to win the backing of female voters by challenging the male domination of politics in Japan. Abe hopes to contain the damage through swift replacements of the two, but other ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1624977/japanese-pm-abes-public-support-slumps-wake-resignations-yomiuri-poll
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan minister in sadomasochism bar scandal hit by fresh allegations

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 02:42pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Hours after news that staff working for Japan's new industry minister had billed a sex club visit as a political expense, it is revealed he owns stock ... underlings had spent office cash at a sex bar. Japan’s usually staid political scene has been left reeling from the sadomasochist club scandal and the resignations of two other newly appointed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1623715/japan-minister-sadomasochism-bar-scandal-hit-fresh-allegations
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Scandal hits new Japan industry minister after staff visit sadomasochism bar

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 03:50pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... staff visited a sex bar Japan was hit on Thursday by a third political scandal in a week after its new industry minister – whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending – admitted ... at his political office had billed 18,230 yen (HK$1,320) as entertainment expenses during a visit to the club in September 2010, Jiji Press news agency said. The venue’s shows depict women being ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1622949/scandal-hits-new-japan-industry-minister-after-staff-visit-sadomasochism
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    More problems hit Japanese minister still smarting from S&M scandal

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 11:02pm by AFP

    ... Japan's usually staid political scene has been left reeling from the S&M club scandal and the resignations this week of two other newly appointed cabinet ministers in the wake of misspending ... of incidents and said Miyazawa should have dumped his shares as soon as he was tipped for the new job. Also yesterday, the under-fire minister said he had disciplined staff at his political office who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1624024/more-problems-hit-japanese-minister-still-smarting-sm-scandal
  9. 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
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... tax and a political funds scandal involving a top minister. The Kyodo News poll showed the approval rating for the cabinet had fallen 6.8 percentage points from the previous poll in early September. The poll was conducted Saturday and yesterday amid growing questions over the financial reports of political groups associated with Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi and the alleged misuse ...

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

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