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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Furniture buying spree lands Japanese research lab in new scandal

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 10:38pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Research lab in more hot water after shopping spree A publicly funded research institute in Japan, already embattled after accusing one of its own stem-cell ... spent almost 10 million yen (HK$760,000) on two shopping sprees in March 2011 at Cassina, publicly released information shows. In its latest edition, Shukan Bunshun magazine cites a former Riken ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1482446/furniture-buying-spree-lands-japanese-research-lab-new-scandal
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese military displays a softer side as Shinzo Abe seeks to boost its role

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... forces display a softer side Pacifist Japan is gradually learning to love its military, with an apparent public relations campaign under way to soften its image, featuring online popularity ... 2011 tsunami awakened the public to its modern-day military, and the sight of soldiers combing wrecked coastlines became a comfort for those whose loved ones had disappeared beneath the waves. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1482444/japanese-military-displays-softer-side-shinzo-abe-seeks-boost-its-role
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's cabinet approves U-turn on plan to phase out nuclear plants

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 11:54pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Japanese U-turn on plan to ditch nuclear power Japan's cabinet yesterday approved a reversal of the previous government's plans to gradually mothball nuclear power plants, a move likely to be unpopular with a wary public following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. But the new energy policy may be too little, too late for Japan's moribund atomic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1477068/japans-cabinet-approves-u-turn-plan-phase-out-nuclear-plants
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    US sailors sue Fukushima nuclear plant operator for faking radiation data

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 10:21pm by AP

    ... "It's wholly implausible that military commanders in charge of thousands of personnel and armed with some of the world's most sophisticated equipment, relied instead only on the … public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1469901/us-sailors-sue-fukushima-nuclear-plant-operator-faking-radiation-data
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Yoshimi Watanabe quits as leader of Your Party over cash scandal

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 10:08pm by AFP

    ... public. Watanabe said earlier the money had been a personal loan that he had spent on "miscellaneous items" including a decorative bamboo rake believed to confer luck on its holder. ... bolsters the widespread public impression that influence is for sale to those with the financial resources. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1469908/yoshimi-watanabe-quits-leader-your-party-over-cash-scandal
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe warns rally of dangers of bolstering Japan's military

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 01:51am by AFP

    ... States to restrain ally Japan at the end of talks between the American and Chinese defence chiefs. A national opinion poll showed growing public opposition to Abe's plans ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1470153/nobel-laureate-kenzaburo-oe-warns-rally-dangers-bolstering-japans-military
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Toyota recalls nearly 6.4 million faulty cars for a variety of faults

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 11:04pm by AFP

    ... that it lied to safety regulators and the public as it tried to cover up deadly accelerator defects. Dozens of deaths were blamed on the problems, which caused vehicles to speed out of control and fail ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1472101/toyota-recalls-nearly-64-million-faulty-cars-variety-faults
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Drug giant Novartis replaces Japanese trio over side-effects cover-up claim

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 11:00pm by AFP

    ... of a drug "risks violating pharmaceutical law, which could mean an administrative penalty", a health ministry official said. The company hired the outside lawyers to conduct an in-house ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1464233/drug-giant-novartis-replaces-japanese-trio-over-side-effects-cover-claim
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan agrees to call off Antarctic whale hunt after UN court judgement

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 05:07pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Public consumption of whale meat in Japan has steadily and significantly fallen in recent years and there is little support for whaling itself But aggressive anti-whaling campaigns hardened sentiment among the Japanese public, who came to see the issue as an attack on differing cultural values. Japan had argued that its JARPA II research programme was aimed at studying the viability ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1463889/japan-agrees-call-antarctic-whale-hunt-after-un-court-judgment
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Panasonic offers pollution premium on top of pay for staff sent to China

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 11:41pm by AFP

    ... according to a count by the US embassy, more than 16 times the World Health Organisation's safety guideline of 25 micrograms. The public has been increasingly angered by the severe ... a deputy minister of environmental protection, underscoring the extent of the problem, which has sparked health concerns. The Panasonic document referred to so-called PM2.5- small particles ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1448122/panasonic-offers-pollution-premium-top-pay-staff-sent-china

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