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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan approves end to ban on military fighting overseas in victory for Shinzo Abe

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 09:54am by KRISTINE KWOK, Teddy Ng and Agencies

    ... to an increasingly assertive China, analysts say. Watch: Japan expands scope of military despite public anger The resolution passed by the Japanese cabinet permits the use of a minimum amount of force ... an international relations expert at the Communist Party's Central Party School, said China was likely to step up its propaganda against Japan about wartime history in response. "Historical ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1544126/japans-ruling-parties-agree-drop-ban-collective-self-defence
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Comfort women were just 'wartime prostitutes', says Japanese delegation

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 11:01pm by Julian Ryall

    ... where a statue depicting a comfort woman was placed in a public park, Yamamoto said Japanese children were being bullied and a target of hatred because of the statue. "It has no value ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550620/comfort-women-were-just-wartime-prostitutes-says-japanese-delegation
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Flooding, havoc as Typhoon Neoguri batters Japanese mainland

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 01:52pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... water from destroying their homes. More than 500 houses in several prefectures were flooded due to the typhoon and heavy rain, according to public broadcaster NHK, with about 130,000 households ... A middle-aged man in the town told public broadcaster NHK that he went out to see a river in the neighbourhood late on Wednesday as he heard what sounded like “an earthquake”. “I saw rocks nearly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1551017/flooding-havoc-typhoon-neoguri-batters-japanese-mainland
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe likens military revision to Meiji Restoration

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 12:15am by AFP

    ... Restoration SHINZO ABE He has sought in public to play down the shift, which he said was a necessary update to better protect Japan in a region dominated by an increasingly assertive China and worried ... cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato demurred, but did not deny it had been made. "I decline to comment on it... as the comment was not made in a public arena nor was recorded," he said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545083/japanese-pm-shinzo-abe-likens-military-revision-meiji-restoration
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:03pm

    ... crying His news conference on Tuesday followed a Kobe newspaper report this week that raised questions about Nonomura visiting the hot springs 106 times last year, using public money. Such visits ... hot-springs resort town of Kinosaki, which lies outside his precinct, were the most frequent. The appalled public response is also due to the fact Japanese politicians are generally staid. Outbursts ...

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

    Japanese cabinet set to relax defence rules despite strong opposition

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

    ... But they admit there is little likelihood public sentiment will halt the dramatic shift in security policy before it is rubber-stamped by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet today. Witnesses said ... self-defence, or aiding an allied nation that comes under attack. "We cannot turn this decision around now," said activist Chie Matsumoto with a resigned shrug. "We had hoped that public ...

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

    Japan’s public holiday tally climbs to 16 with Mountain Day

    Posted May 23rd 2014, 10:32pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Holiday tally climbs to 16 with Mountain Day Japan yesterday established Mountain Day as its new public holiday, taking the annual total to 16 as the government looks for ways to keep a famously hard-working people out of the office. Legislation to create the new holiday on August 11 was enacted after passing through the upper house ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1519138/japans-public-holiday-tally-climbs-16-mountain-day
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Ageing politicians look to lead the young with Next Generation Party

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 11:01pm by AFP

    ... the present row over their ownership with China, which claims them under the name Diaoyus. Japanese public life is largely dominated by older men, whose conservative views on gender and equality were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1541239/ageing-politicians-look-lead-young-next-generation-party
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Triple murderer, 68, hanged in Japan for ‘extremely cruel’ crimes

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 12:49pm

    ... major industrialised democracy to use capital punishment. Surveys have shown the death penalty has overwhelming public support despite repeated protests from European governments and human ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1540883/japan-hangs-killer-first-execution-year
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan considering imposing new tax on mobile phones

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 10:01pm by Julian Ryall

    ... one poster asked, adding that it was ironic that the public was going to be asked to pay yet another new tax at the same time the government debated reducing the tax rate for corporations ... the prospect of the new tax had caught the public by surprise but said the study group would "proceed while taking into consideration the opinions of a wide range of people". ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1539852/japan-considering-imposing-new-tax-mobile-phones

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