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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo seeks US military guarantee to protect unspecified ‘remote islands’

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:34pm by Julian Ryall

    ... those expressions of appreciation into unmistakable US support for Tokyo's right to protect its sovereign territory. And while the "remote islands" have not been identified ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554274/diaoyus-their-minds-tokyo-seeks-us-military-guarantee-protect-remote
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... that the UN Commission on Human Rights admits that comfort women were nothing more than prostitutes, and to insist that the organisation stops using the term "sex slaves". The delegation, from Japanese Women for Justice and Peace and the Alliance for Truth About Comfort Women, plan to observe proceedings of the Committee of Civil and Political Rights over three days from Monday. ...

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

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe likens military revision to Meiji Restoration

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

    ... understood as the birth of the modern nation. The comments emerged on Tuesday after Shinzo Abe proclaimed Japan's powerful military had the right to go into battle in defence of allies, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545083/japanese-pm-shinzo-abe-likens-military-revision-meiji-restoration
  4. 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 defend another country under attack if that nation has close ties with Japan. That right may only be exercised if the attack poses a threat to Japan's existence and if there is no other way ...

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

    Japanese cabinet set to relax defence rules despite strong opposition

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

    ... people now saying that Japan has to have the right to take military action, but that is because they are not of the generation that experienced the war," Matsumoto said. "And I include ...

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

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

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 12:49pm

    ... rights groups. Separately, another death-row inmate, 60, died in prison of acute respiratory failure on Thursday, local media reported. Shigeo Okazaki, a former police officer, was sentenced ... the first full year in nearly two decades without an execution amid muted debate on the rights and wrongs of the practice. But in March 2012 it abruptly resumed its use of capital punishment, ...

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

    Japan exploiting Asian guest workers, US State Department report says

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 10:22pm by Julian Ryall

    ... And while the concept is laudable, the reality has been that the scheme has been abused by employers to serve as a source of cheap labour, and participants have few rights. The US report said ... of human rights abuses under this system." Abiko estimates that around 20 court cases are presently being heard involving the trainee scheme. Some allege overtime payments of 300 yen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1540535/japan-exploiting-asian-guest-workers-us-state-department-report-says
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    'Comfort women' claims not corroborated, Japanese review finds, but 1993 apology stands

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 03:53am by AFP

    ... complicity in the practice for the first time. The review, launched as an apparent sop to fellow right-wingers, was putatively established to examine how the decision to apologise was reached, ... that the wartime government was culpable, a small but vocal tranche of the political right- including Abe- continues to cast doubt, claiming the brothels were staffed by professional prostitutes. Suga said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1537284/comfort-women-claims-not-corroborated-japanese-review-finds-1993-apology
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo council told to 'clean itself up' after sexist jeers at assembly woman

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 10:17pm by AFP

    ... rights issue". The comments came as colleagues of opposition member Ayaka Shiomura, 35, demanded the assembly identify and punish those who directed abuse at her. Shiomura, from the centre-right Your Party, was questioning senior figures in the city administration on plans to help mothers when she faced shouts of "Why don't you get married?" and "Are you ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1537177/tokyo-council-told-clean-itself-after-sexist-jeers-assembly-woman
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Osaka mayor says Allied soldiers raped French women after D-Day

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... according to the newspaper. "It is a historical fact. It is an unfortunate past. We must never repeat it," he said in the public address. The comment is the latest instance of a right ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1534282/osaka-mayor-says-allied-soldiers-raped-french-women-after-d-day

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