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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan birthrate drops 2.7 per cent in first half of year to fewer than 500,000 babies

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 04:48pm

    ... in the first six months was 13,980 fewer than last year’s 510,371, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said in a preliminary report. The number of babies born in June was almost flat ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580811/japan-birthrate-drops-27-cent-first-half-year
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Stupid and nonsensical: Japanese right rages at ‘comfort women’ honour

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 11:21pm by Julian Ryall

    ... in the early decades of the last century. The council was addressed by members of the local Korean and Japanese communities before the vote was taken. Ten similar memorials have been placed in public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581562/stupid-and-nonsensical-japanese-right-rages-comfort-women-honour
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Researcher points to Wi-fi snooping dangers at major Japanese airports

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 10:48pm by AP

    ... doing so in favour of user convenience. Free Wi-fi connections are available at about 900,000 locations nationwide, including public facilities and convenience stores, but many of them ... network analysis software. He was able to view the title, contents and delivery address of emails sent from the other computer. Morii said airports and other public facilities with a large number ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580938/researcher-points-wi-fi-snooping-dangers-major-japanese-airports
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe sends condolences for martyrs, including war criminals

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

    ... but ultra-conservatives reject them entirely as victors' justice. Abe was among those publicly critical of the war crimes tribunal before he took office for the first time in 2006. ...

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

    Japanese firms encourage workers to sleep on the job

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:48pm by GDN

    ... however, have to remain upright to avoid appearing slovenly. The sanctioned siesta has spawned an industry. Workers in the Umeda business district of Osaka can visit a nearby public napping ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1576221/japanese-firms-encourage-workers-sleep-job
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... whose portfolios include the National Public Safety Commission. "I am a member of parliament but I am also a Japanese citizen, so while praying for world peace I offered my respects." ...

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

    Surviving former kamikaze pilots reject moves to glorify their mission

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 11:16pm by AFP

    ... into the minds of the public this year. "I respect kamikaze pilots- they sacrificed their lives for their families and the country," 18-year-old Tokyo university student Tsurugi Nakamura said ... by Abe to expand the use of Japan's military was met with strong public opposition and warnings it could ultimately see the country dragged into war, amid territorial disputes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1573065/surviving-former-kamikaze-pilots-reject-moves-glorify-their-mission
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Typhoon Halong blamed for 10 deaths and dozens of injuries in Japan

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 09:41pm by AFP

    ... storm as it headed towards the far eastern coast of Russia. The storm, as well as heavy rain last week, killed two people and injured 86 across Japan, public broadcaster NHK reported. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1571531/typhoon-halong-blamed-10-deaths-and-dozens-injuries-japan
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan issues highest typhoon alert as Halong approaches

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 06:45am by AFP

    ... showed high waves triggered by the typhoon splashing over breakwaters and muddy torrents roaring down a swollen river. Storms and torrential rain last week left one dead and four injured, public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1570301/japan-issues-highest-typhoon-alert-halong-approaches
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Hiroshima marks anniversary of atomic bombing as anti-nuclear sentiment runs high

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 06:26pm by AFP

    ... thousands to leave their homes in the worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. Despite strong public opposition, Japan’s nuclear watchdog last month said that two atomic reactors were safe ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1567715/hiroshima-marks-anniversary-atomic-bombing-anti-nuclear-sentiment-runs

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