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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Nuclear issue looms large in race to be Tokyo's next governor

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 12:28am by AFP

    ... yesterday. Japanese voters have become wary of nuclear power since the tsunami-sparked disaster at Fukushima began in March 2011, but the issue failed to materialise in the national polls that swept ... by members of the Aum Shinri Kyo cult. He has the backing of the Japanese Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party, and says he wants to restore social welfare services. Opposes nuclear ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1412020/nuclear-issue-looms-large-race-be-tokyos-next-governor
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    China’s wily fake goods importers have Japanese officials on the run

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 10:30pm by Julian Ryall

    ... retail experts can be caught out, with five big department stores forced to issue recall notices in January after selling 200 Chan Luu bracelets, which sell for as much as ¥30,000, that were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1487482/chinas-wily-fake-goods-importers-have-japanese-officials-run
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese drug maker Takeda to fight US$6 billion damages over diabetes drug

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 10:08pm by AFP

    ... yesterday after the court decision. The issue at the trial, which began in February, was whether the drug could be blamed for bladder cancer in a plaintiff who was taking the medicine and whether ... to cancel development of another diabetes treatment due to safety concerns. The US Food and Drug Administration in 2011 issued a safety alert, warning about the possibility of an increased bladder ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1469910/japanese-drug-maker-takeda-fight-us6-billion-damages-over-diabetes-drug
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    115 Japanese stores sharing customers' facial data

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:43am by WASHPOST

    ... is issued to the staff of other stores- in a way only the staff can notice- when the face-recognition system installed at these stores detects the blacklisted person visiting their stores. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1466536/115-japanese-stores-sharing-customers-facial-data
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s diplomatic ‘blue book’ reasserts claims to islands, angering China and South Korea

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 11:34pm by AFP

    ... that Japan was "turning a blind eye to basic facts" and making "ungrounded accusations against China". The Foreign Ministry-issued document, called the "diplomatic blue ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465133/japans-diplomatic-blue-book-reasserts-claims-islands-angering-china-and
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan agrees to call off Antarctic whale hunt after UN court judgement

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 05:07pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... sentiment among the Japanese public, who came to see the issue as an attack on differing cultural values. Japan had argued that its JARPA II research programme was aimed at studying the viability ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1463889/japan-agrees-call-antarctic-whale-hunt-after-un-court-judgment
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Activists say Japan will try to bend rules of child abduction convention

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 10:53pm by Julian Ryall

    ... voluntarily, but if that fails, family courts in Tokyo and Osaka will institute hearings and issue rulings. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1463285/activists-say-japan-will-try-bend-rules-child-abduction-convention
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    UN court rules Japan’s Antarctic whaling ‘not scientific’, revokes permit

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 06:07pm by Reuters

    ... The tribunal said no further licences should be issued for scientific whaling, where animals are first examined for research purposes before the meat is sold to consumers. “In light of the fact ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1461792/world-court-rules-japans-whaling-not-scientific-ends-revokes-permits
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 03:36pm by Reuters

    ... meet. Any restart would face significant opposition from local legislators even in Abe’s own party, and the prefectural governor supports a referendum on the issue. The government will probably ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1463159/japan-may-only-be-able-restart-one-third-its-nuclear-reactors
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    South Korea, Japan and the US to hold summit in The Hague next week

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 05:17pm by Reuters

    ... out a summit with Abe until Tokyo demonstrates sincere repentance for "past wrongdoings". Relations between Seoul and Tokyo are at their lowest ebb for years, mired in emotive issues ... colonial past, issued in 1993 and 1995. Park welcomed Abe's pledge, saying she hoped it would pave the way for better bilateral ties. South Korea has accused Japan of showing insufficient ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1454088/south-korea-japan-and-us-hold-summit-hague-next-week

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