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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Christine Lagarde backs Shinzo Abe’s plan for women to lift Japan economy

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 09:43pm by AFP

    ... working hours, boozy after-work sessions with the boss, and insufficient child-care facilities are also among the reasons many working Japanese women opt to stay at home or give up hopes of promotion after having children. Luring women back into work would come only with key reforms including better child-care options and care services for elderly parents, observers said. "While ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1591186/christine-lagarde-backs-shinzo-abes-plan-women-lift-japan-economy
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese defence minister and US ambassador agree to ease Okinawa’s burden

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:55pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... and US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy agreed on Thursday to work together toward a reduction in the burden on Okinawa Prefecture of hosting the bulk of American military bases and other facilities ... working group would be set up within the ministry, Nakaima approved in December the start of landfill work to build a replacement facility in waters off Nago for the Futenma base, which is located ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1595404/japanese-defence-minister-and-us-ambassador-agree-ease-okinawas-burden
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Guide dog stabbed in Japan as it led owner to work

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 10:55am by Associated Press in Saitama

    ... Police are investigating the stabbing of a guide dog, in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo, in Japan, during its owner’s morning commute to work, investigators said today. The police have yet ... and has returned to work, the police said. Investigators have been reviewing security camera footage and interviewing potential witnesses. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581388/police-investigate-stabbing-guide-dog-during-owners-morning-commute-office
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s Pacific claims fuelled by search for resources, Chinese expansionism

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 01:29pm by Julian Ryall

    ... it is possible that Tokyo will develop the remote atoll of Okinotorishima into a base for its Self-Defence Forces. Work is already under way to construct docking facilities at the island, which is 1,740 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1590823/japan-pacific-claims-fuelled-natural-resources-hunt-and-china-navy-expansion
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese yakuza boss arrested for brutal 1998 killing

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 04:07am by AFP

    ... favourable treatment to the yakuza group over public works in a local port. Four members of Kudokai were arrested in 2002 over the incident, of whom two were convicted, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590372/japanese-yakuza-boss-arrested-brutal-1998-killing
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan extends its sea territory by 177,000 sq km in line with UN ruling

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 10:09pm by Julian Ryall

    ... although analysts suggest that China's failure to speak out might be linked to the large-scale development work its engineers have carried out on a number of atolls in the South China Sea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1589572/japan-extends-its-sea-territory-177000-sq-km-line-un-ruling
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese firms encourage workers to sleep on the job

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:48pm by GDN

    ... Foundation, Japanese workers sleep for six hours and 22 minutes on work nights- less than in any other country. Only 54 per cent of Japanese respondents felt they slept well most nights. Only 8 per ... proved a huge hit. "If I use a calculator when I'm sleepy, I have to double-check my work for fear of making mistakes, so it takes longer," Ikuko Yamada, who works in accounts, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1576221/japanese-firms-encourage-workers-sleep-job
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    With new cabinet post, Yuko Obuchi's political star keeps rising in Japan

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by Julian Ryall

    ... misunderstandings. "My father's influence has made me work hard on issues to do with South Korea and China," she said. "If you don't meet face to face and talk, both countries start ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1586658/new-cabinet-post-yuko-obuchis-political-star-keeps-rising-japan
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan names five women to new cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 07:23pm by AP

    ... and just 3.9 per cent of board members of listed Japanese companies. Women in Japan have long complained about obstacles at work, getting equal pay for equal work and finding child-care or helpful ... I am rooting for them," said Kazuko Watanabe, who works as a public relations specialist in the port city of Yokohama, near Tokyo. "I hope they do their best to get the job ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584535/shinzo-abe-names-five-women-japans-new-cabinet
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Fukushima workers in clean-up of crippled plant sue for danger money

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:57pm by AFP

    ... operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and some subcontractors, demanding millions of yen in unpaid danger money, their lawyer said yesterday. The four men, of whom two are still working ... still employed at the plant have launched legal action against Tepco over remuneration and working conditions, despite widespread reports of exploitation and abuses. "My health may ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583938/fukushima-workers-clean-crippled-plant-sue-danger-money

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