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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese pet shop worker arrested for dumping 80 dogs in countryside

    Posted Nov 19th 2014, 11:23pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Man held over dumping of 80 dogs Japanese police have arrested a former pet shop worker for allegedly abandoning 80 dogs, dead and alive, in the countryside. Masaki Kimura, 39, admitted he had been paid 1 million yen (HK$66,460) by a breeder to dispose of the miniature dachshunds, toy poodles and corgis. He gave them no food or water, Jiji Press ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1644028/japanese-pet-shop-worker-arrested-dumping-80-dogs-countryside
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's smoky old coffee shops unfazed by success of Starbucks

    Posted Nov 10th 2014, 03:54am by AFP

    ... of the global chain. "The way they make [coffee] is totally wrong, it's not tasty," rails Ichiro Sekiguchi, the 100-year-old owner of long-established independent Tokyo coffee shop Cafe ... and rich, with a deep flavour that his customers think is worth the price- at least twice that of Starbucks. Like many independent coffee shops, L'Ambre thrives on repeat custom and counts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1635930/japans-smoky-old-coffee-shops-unfazed-success-starbucks
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's young face an increasingly bleak future

    Posted Nov 26th 2014, 03:35am by AP

    ... into the Shibuya shopping area for an outing with her 4-month-old son, was unimpressed by Abe's decision. "The pension system is on the verge of bankruptcy," she said. "I think it would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1648716/japans-young-face-increasingly-bleak-future
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Boom in Chinese tourism to Japan

    Posted Nov 24th 2014, 04:15am by Julian Ryall

    ... "Of course, we're going to do some shopping while we are here," she added. "My husband wants a new watch and we will look at the new electronics that are on sale here." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1647183/boom-chinese-tourism-japan
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan may bar Julien Blanc, who teaches how to aggressively pick up women

    Posted Nov 14th 2014, 11:10pm by Julian Ryall

    ... that involve grabbing a woman by the throat, while in another demonstration, he seizes a female assistant in a shop in Japan and tries to force her head towards his groin. "These pictures show him carrying out sexual assaults on women," Adelstein said. "With the one in the shop, that's obstruction of business and simple assault, while the ones where he is forcing the women ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1640180/japan-may-bar-julien-blanc-who-teaches-how-aggressively-pick-women
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Blaze near Tokyo’s Ginza shopping area halts bullet trains for hours

    Posted Jan 03rd 2014, 09:34pm by AFP

    ... of thousands of passengers tried to return home from New Year holidays. The early morning fire sent plumes of black smoke over Yurakucho station, gateway to the nearby luxury Ginza shopping area, where ... showed the fire engulfing low-rise buildings which housed the games arcade and a pachinko pinball- game parlour. Smoke from the fire sent a haze over the Yurakucho business and shopping district ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1396842/blaze-near-tokyos-ginza-shopping-area-halts-bullet-trains-hours
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese school backpacks become a hit with Chinese tourists

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 10:40pm by Julian Ryall

    ... in pastel shades among the most popular with tourists. To cash in on their popularity, Hyogo prefecture-based Seiban has expanded its sales outlets from department stores and children's shops ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1598233/japanese-school-backpacks-become-hit-chinese-tourists
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Don't want to wash your plates after meals? Now you can eat them instead

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by KYODO

    ... into tempura. Initially, the seaweed cups were manufactured for sale to restaurants. But in response to increased consumer interest, the firm launched an online shop in 2007. They have since added new ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1586734/dont-want-wash-your-plates-after-meals-now-you-can-eat-them-instead
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    In new tack, Japanese police target teens selling sex, not their customers

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 11:47pm by Julian Ryall

    ... the girl kept 7.2 million yen to spend on eating with her friends and shopping. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1579532/new-tack-japanese-police-target-teens-selling-sex-not-their-customers
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Record HK$413 billion defence budget sought by Japanese government

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 06:51pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... Kristine Kwok kristine.kwok@scmp.com Japanese government requests HK$413 billion in defence spending for shopping list that includes patrol planes and hi-tech submarine Abe asks for record military budget Japan's government has requested a record defence budget and is also seeking a big increase in spending on diplomacy to counter the growing influence of China. The defence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581800/japan-defence-ministry-asks-record-budget-amid-china-naval-fears

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