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  1. Sport - Soccer - JAPAN

    Mexican Javier Aguirre to become Japan's new coach, say reports

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 09:32pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo The 55-year-old, who led Mexico to the last 16 of the World Cup in 2002 and 2010, will reportedly pocket around US$2.45 million a year Aguirre to be new coach for Blue Samurai: reports Mexican Javier Aguirre has agreed to become Japan's new coach following the resignation of Alberto Zaccheroni after his side's World Cup flop, media reported ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1543748/mexican-javier-aguirre-become-japans-new-coach-say-reports
  2. Sport - Soccer - JAPAN

    Miracles can happen for Japan, says revved-up Keisuke Honda

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 09:23pm by AFP

    ... at the World Cup and reach the quarter-finals, local media reported yesterday. Sporting a spiky mohawk haircut, the bleached-blond Honda touched down in Brazil with the Japan squad at the weekend and declared the "Blue Samurai' were ready to take on the world. After that anything can happen at a World Cup. We're good enough now to reach the quarter-finals Keisuke Honda ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1528794/miracles-can-happen-japan-says-revved-keisuke-honda
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s military shift challenged in court by ex-civil servant

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 10:14pm by AFP

    ... to power in 2012. Chindo, who experienced the second world war as a small child, said: "I want to pass on the message 'never wage war' to the next generation." "The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552281/japans-military-shift-challenged-court-ex-civil-servant
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... up to counter what it sees as racist and discriminatory depictions of the comfort women as being forced to serve as sex slaves by the Japanese military in the second world war, primarily ... she said, had only stepped into the argument in the last year and cannot take the moral high ground as it "is the world's worst violator of human rights". "Comfort women ...

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

    Controversy engulfs Japan's NHK over failure to cover pacifist fire protest

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 10:19am by Julian Ryall

    ... subsequently claimed that the 1937 rape of Nanking (today known as Nanjing) was Chinese “propaganda”. “Countries around the world ignored the propaganda... that Japanese troops carried out a massacre ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549425/controversy-engulfs-japans-nhk-over-failure-cover-pacifist-protester-who
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Okinawa on alert as ‘once in decades storm’ Super Typhoon Neoguri takes aim

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 02:01pm by Reuters

    ... of up to 13 meters in the southeast of the East China Sea from noon on Monday to noon on Tuesday, while waves of up to seven meters may be seen in waters off China's Diaoyu Islands. China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1548685/super-typhoon-neoguri-once-decades-storm-barrels-towards-japan
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe likens military revision to Meiji Restoration

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

    ... the coming of rapid industrialisation that would lead to the first Sino-Japanese war and the disaster of the second world war. Asked to expand on the prime minister's comparison, deputy chief ... of a country it considers insufficiently penitent for its actions in the second world war. In a commentary, the official Xinhua news agency challenged Tokyo with a question: "Is China on your ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545083/japanese-pm-shinzo-abe-likens-military-revision-meiji-restoration
  8. 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

    ... world war and a victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he strives to make Japan a "normal country" again. The decision to reinterpret the constitution is likely to irritate ... natural for us to wonder if Japan is going to change its path of peaceful development that it has been long pursuing after the [second] world war." China and Japan have been locked ...

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

    Japan to lift some North Korea sanctions amid report of surviving abductees

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 10:20am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... of slippage due to his government’s announcement on Tuesday of a historic shift in security policy by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting overseas since World War Two. Abe’s support ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545349/japan-lift-some-n-korea-sanctions-amid-report-surviving-abductees
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Pacifist sets himself on fire in Tokyo protest against Japan defence policy changes

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 11:43pm by Reuters

    ... for a historic shift in its defence policy by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since the second world war. Abe's cabinet is expected to adopt as early as tomorrow ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1543273/man-sets-himself-fire-protest-against-japan-defence-policy-changes

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