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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Ex-Tepco executives deserve indictment over Fukushima nuclear crisis, says Tokyo panel

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 01:30pm by AFP

    ... prosecutors announced last year that they would not pursue a criminal case. But about 5,700 people, including Fukushima residents affected by the nuclear crisis, were dissatisfied ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Panel of Japanese citizens decides three former Tepco officials, including ex-chairman, should face formal accusations over 2011 nuclear disaster following ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1563359/ex-tepco-executives-deserve-indictment-over-fukushima-nuclear-crisis-says
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's sacred Mount Fuji risks turning into trash mountain

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

    ... and Yamanashi, which have jurisdiction over Japan's highest mountain, have reported discovering large heaps of rubbish and human waste on the slopes, a problem that has apparently worsened since Mount Fuji was recognised in June last year as a Unesco World Cultural Heritage site. Many people have also expressed outrage at the discovery of graffiti on rocks at four locations ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1594823/japans-sacred-mount-fuji-risks-turning-trash-mountain
  3. 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

    ... had requested that the base be closed “within five years” as part of efforts to reduce Okinawa’s base-hosting burden. After Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told him in response that a relevant ... cooperation guidelines by the end of this year, and agreed to accelerate work so an interim report can be compiled in time for its expected release in early October, according to the Defence Ministry. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1595404/japanese-defence-minister-and-us-ambassador-agree-ease-okinawas-burden
  4. 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
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Monsters called Yokai move in on Pokemon's turf in Japan

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 11:23pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo New monsters move in on Pokemon's turf Move over Pokemon, a legion of new cutesy monsters is haunting Japan and set to break out all over the world after ... fun to catch Yokai and become friends," nine-year-old Naoya said of the video games. Such is the demand that tickets to get into the store were distributed in online lotteries, allowing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1593441/monsters-called-yokai-move-pokemons-turf-japan
  6. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda calls for stable yen

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:39am by Reuters

    ... From this standpoint, we will do our best to ensure currency stability," he said. The US dollar rose to a six-year high against the yen earlier this month on expectations that the United ... deploying an intense burst of stimulus in April last year, when it pledged to double base money via aggressive asset purchases to achieve its 2 per cent inflation target in roughly two years. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1594215/bank-japan-governor-haruhiko-kuroda-calls-stable-yen
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Scandal-plagued Asahi Shimbun admits fabricating interview

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

    ... website. The purported interview with Iwata appeared in a story carried on June 8 of that year, featuring interviews with several major game makers. The Asahi had asked the game-console ... went ahead with publishing the story, assuming it had the approval of Nintendo, according to the Asahi. But Nintendo lodged a protest with Asahi over the story appearing as an interview, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1592589/scandal-plagued-asahi-shimbun-admits-fabricating-interview
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese PM pushes North Korea to resolve abductions issue

    Posted Sep 13th 2014, 05:26pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... administration' Japan’s prime minister turned up the pressure on North Korea on Saturday to answer questions over the fate of possibly hundreds of Japanese citizens believed to have been abducted ... Japan officially recognises 17 cases, but an independent investigative commission and police suggest the number could be as high as 869. “My mission will not be over until the day all ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1591722/japanese-pm-pushes-north-korea-resolve-abductions-issue
  9. 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 rising competition and costs. "This restaurant offers a variety of food at low prices and we never want to stop coming here," said Yuki Suda, a 17-year-old at a Muten Kura Zushi ...

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

    Japanese yakuza boss arrested for brutal 1998 killing

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japanese gangster boss held over brutal killing Japanese police yesterday arrested the leader of a particularly brutal yakuza organised crime syndicate for allegedly gunning down a man in public. Satoru Nomura, 67, the top leader of Kudokai- one of Japan's most dangerous yakuza crime syndicates- was taken into custody over the 1998 killing ...

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

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