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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    ‘I’m putting my life on the line’: Video of Japanese politician crying goes viral

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:03pm

    ... sometimes sobbing so loud he was shouting. “I’m putting my life on the line.” A YouTube clip of the video drew nearly 1.8 million views, as of Thursday. Watch: Viral video of Japanese politician ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545554/im-putting-my-life-line-video-japanese-politician-crying-goes-viral
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese cabinet set to relax defence rules despite strong opposition

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 10:47pm by Julian Ryall

    ... of the constitution based simply upon the opinion of the cabinet is an outrage that destroys the foundation of modern constitutionalism," it said. Politicians from across party lines have allied ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1543828/japanese-cabinet-set-relax-defence-rules-despite-strong-opposition
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Review confirms basis of Japan’s sex slave apology

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 02:18pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... Koreans, were forced to provide sex to Japan’s front-line soldiers. Japanese nationalists contend that women in wartime brothels were voluntary prostitutes, not sex slaves, and that Japan has been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1537568/review-confirms-basis-japans-sex-slave-apology
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's nuclear safety regulator accused of ignoring risk from volcanoes

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 10:17pm by Reuters

    ... the power of science to predict future volcanic eruptions. Japan lies on the "Ring of Fire", a horseshoe-shaped band of fault lines and volcanoes circling the edges of the Pacific Ocean. ... that have been floated in debating the safety of Sendai before the NRA have sounded like a plot line from a Hollywood disaster movie. In one model presented by Kyushu Electric, an eruption similar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1525461/japans-nuclear-safety-regulator-accused-ignoring-risk-volcanoes
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Slasher attacks Japan female pop group AKB48 with saw at fan event

    Posted May 26th 2014, 12:09pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... at the event in Iwate in northern Japan. Reports said the attack came after a mini-concert early Sunday afternoon as fans were lining up to shake hands with performers inside booths. Kawaei and Iriyama ... who contravene strict rules- such as having boyfriends- are punished by being dropped back into the general talent pool. Line-up changes often sound the death-knell for musical acts. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1519620/slasher-attacks-japan-female-pop-group-akb48-fan-event
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan PM Shinzo Abe eyes landmark change on limits to military combat abroad

    Posted May 16th 2014, 06:38pm by Reuters

    ... against the proposed change lined the street near Abe’s office, shouting “Don’t destroy the constitution.” The constitution has never been formally revised since its adoption in 1947, although ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1513579/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-eyes-landmark-change-limits-military-combat-abroad
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Debate swirls in Japan over Shinzo Abe's military expansion push

    Posted May 03rd 2014, 06:54pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to revise Japan's pacifist constitution opposed by liberals who want to avoid military conflict Debate swirls over Abe's military expansion push Japan marked the 67th anniversary of its postwar constitution Saturday with growing debate over whether to revise the war-renouncing charter in line with Prime ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1503459/japan-split-over-revision-pacifist-constitution
  8. News - China - JAPAN

    China ‘releases Japanese wartime documents’

    Posted Apr 27th 2014, 02:21pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Shanghai China has released previously confidential Japanese wartime documents, including some about comfort women forced to serve in military brothels during the second world war, state media reported. The publication comes during a fraught period in Japan-China relations. Last week, Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd paid about US$29 million for the release of a ship ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1498237/china-releases-japanese-wartime-documents
  9. News - China - JAPAN

    Japan warns China that seizure of ship could have consequences

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 05:12pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... at each other over differing interpretations of history. Shanghai Maritime Court said on Saturday it had seized “the vessel Baosteel Emotion owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines... for enforcement of an effective judgement” made in December 2007. “The arrested vessel will be dealt with by the law if Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. still refuses to perform its obligations,” the court said. Chinese ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1493602/japan-warns-china-seizure-ship-could-have-consequences
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    150 Japanese lawmakers visit controversial Yasukuni Shrine, straining regional tensions

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 11:47am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... thinking of the Abe government.” Adding to unease in the region, a Chinese maritime court in Shanghai at the weekend seized a ship owned by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui OSK Lines, a move ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1494219/150-japanese-lawmakers-visit-controversial-yasukuni-shrine

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