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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s Emperor Hirohito cautioned against second world war, says new official history

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 02:27pm by AFP

    ... to the Japanese taxpayer of 230 million yen (HK$16.92 million) reveals little new hard evidence about one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century. But it offers a largely sympathetic view ... Japanese prisoners of war turned their backs on him as he was driven through London. His disputed legacy is understood to have been a factor in the length of time it has taken for the Imperial ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1588599/japanese-emperor-cautioned-against-second-world-war-according-official-history
  2. Property - International - JAPAN

    Mori Trust eyeing property purchases at home and abroad

    Posted Dec 05th 2012, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in New York Billionaire developer keen to acquire office towers and 'smart' buildings at home and abroad as he embarks on first big investment for four years Strong yen has Mori eyeing global deals Japanese billionaire Akira Mori plans to buy as much as 100 billion yen (HK$9.4 billion) in properties in Tokyo, New York and London, his company's first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1097439/mori-trust-eyeing-property-purchases-home-and-abroad
  3. 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

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Woman who's Japan's new minister of economy, trade and industry is widely seen as on course to become its first woman prime minister Yuko Obuchi's political star keeps on rising When Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe unveiled his new 18-strong cabinet in Tokyo last week, there were few surprises. Perhaps the least surprising appointment ...

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

    Japan to start new ‘research whaling’ in Antarctic, despite IWC resolution

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 01:07pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Japan announces new 'research whaling' following ruling by the International Court of Justice in a move conservationists claim is a cover for commercial ... said in Tokyo on Friday. “We will make preparations so we can start new research whaling in the Antarctic in fiscal next year,” based on a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1595942/japan-start-new-research-whaling-antarctic-despite-iwc-resolution
  5. 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

    ... during Kennedy’s courtesy call on the new minister after a cabinet reshuffle earlier this month, was partially open to the press. The meeting followed Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga’s visit to Okinawa the previous day, where he said Japan would try to end Futenma operations by February 2019, revealing a specific deadline for the first time. Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1595404/japanese-defence-minister-and-us-ambassador-agree-ease-okinawas-burden
  6. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japan downgrades economic assessment as Abe promises reform

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 05:10am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japanese outlook dims as PM upbeat Japan downgraded its assessment of the economy yesterday for the first time in five months, as a string of weak data hammers hopes for a quick recovery following Tokyo's April sales tax rise. The monthly report acknowledged spending at home had stalled, throwing into question Tokyo's plans to increase ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1596376/japan-downgrades-economic-assessment-abe-promises-reform
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Police target the teens selling sex Police in Japan have adopted a new tactic in the apparently unending struggle against the under-age sex industry, introducing ... officers using these tactics took into custody 220 girls under the age of 18. Instead of arresting first-time offenders, however, the police are providing "cyber correctional guidance", ...

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

    Japan's sushi bars chop and change the menu as competition bites

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:48am by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Tokyo Sushi bars swim against current with new menu Operators of conveyer-belt sushi restaurants in Japan are diversifying their menus and speeding up the delivery of dishes amid ... bowls of ramen since launching in the fall of 2012. It also offers tendon bowls of rice with deep-fried shrimps, and for a limited time, unadon rice with grilled eel. A rice bowl with Iberico ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1592592/japans-sushi-bars-chop-and-change-menu-competition-bites
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Chinese tourism to Japan bounces back after diplomatic tensions

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 11:17pm by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Tokyo The number of Chinese arrivals in Japan in the first eight months of the year hit 1,542,400, up 84 per cent from the same period last year and already topping the annual all-time record, government data showed. The numbers suffered a big dip last year, amid diplomatic tensions. The previous annual all-time high of 1,425,100 was recorded in 2012. The estimated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1594822/chinese-tourism-japan-bounces-back-after-diplomatic-tensions
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's sacred Mount Fuji risks turning into trash mountain

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 10:51pm by Julian Ryall

    ... introduced a voluntary fee of ¥1,000 (HK$72) for anyone who sets out to climb Mount Fuji. The money is being spent on new composting toilets, but critics claim there are not enough facilities ... the government provided a commitment to meet the strict regulations on preserving the mountain's flora, fauna, environment and scenery. Unesco will carry out a new inspection of the mountain and its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1594823/japans-sacred-mount-fuji-risks-turning-trash-mountain

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