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  1. News - China - JAPAN

    China demands ‘accurate’ nuclear account from Japan on Fukushima

    Posted Nov 06th 2013, 10:08am by Agence France-Presse at the United Nations

    ... Agence France-Presse at the United Nations Beijing has requested clear information from Japan explaining how it is dealing with nuclear fallout from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima power station China on Tuesday demanded Japan provide “accurate” information on how it is handling new fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. China told the United Nations General Assembly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1348851/china-demands-accurate-nuclear-account-japan-fukushima
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Debate swirls in Japan over Shinzo Abe's military expansion push

    Posted May 03rd 2014, 06:54pm by AP

    ... a national holiday. “We citizens must stand up, take action and raise our voice to stop Abe, or this country could return to a Japan that wages war with Asia as it has done before,” said protest organiser Ken Takada said. Written under US direction after World War II, the 1947 constitution says the Japanese people “forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation,” and that “land, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1503459/japan-split-over-revision-pacifist-constitution
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's defence ban must be revised, says government panel

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 09:44pm by Julian Ryall

    ... on 'collective defence' A panel set up by the Japanese government is to recommend a reinterpretation of the section of the constitution that bans the nation from assisting allies at a time ... Japanese ambassador to the United States, will suggest that the strict terms of the constitution can be circumvented by reinterpreting them. Revising the relevant sections would be more difficult- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1421587/japans-defence-ban-must-be-revised-says-government-panel
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Head of Japanese police anti-groping unit arrested for allegedly molesting girl

    Posted Nov 03rd 2014, 09:53pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Anti-groping unit head 'molested girl' The head of a special police unit set up to combat the ongoing problem of women being groped on Japan's trains ... southwest of Tokyo, at around 10pm on October 29, national broadcaster NHK reported. As Nagasaki reportedly grabbed the student, she screamed and he fled. He was caught by a passer-by a short ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1631343/head-japanese-police-anti-groping-unit-arrested-allegedly-molesting-girl
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo suicide in protest at Japan's switch to 'collective self-defence'

    Posted Nov 12th 2014, 10:38am by AFP

    ... in a highly controversial shift from the nation's pacifist stance. Ahead of that announcement, another man railed against the policy as he set himself ablaze on a pedestrian walkway in Shinjuku, ... attempt but authorities have not released details about his present condition. Under the new interpretation, Japanese troops will be able to come to the aid of allies- primarily the United States- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1638019/japanese-pacifist-dies-after-setting-himself-ablaze-defence-protest
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan PM Shinzo Abe eyes landmark change on limits to military combat abroad

    Posted May 16th 2014, 06:38pm by Reuters

    ... suddenly confront a crisis. Can anyone say that won’t happen?” Abe said at a nationally televised news conference. “I think that we, the government, must confront this reality head on,” he said, ... to Japan’s ally the United States, but the proposal drew criticism from China, whose ties with Tokyo have been strained by a territorial row and the legacy of Japan’s past aggression. “We’ve noted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1513579/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-eyes-landmark-change-limits-military-combat-abroad
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Man sentenced to two years in jail in Japan for making guns with 3D printer

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 03:16am by AFP

    ... is believed to be a first in a nation with strict gun controls. Yoshitomo Imura, 28, was found guilty of making two guns at his home and publishing a video online detailing the process, said ... with regular security equipment, including scanners found at airports, leading to fears that they could be used in hijackings. The debate about home-made guns took off last year in the United States ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1620813/man-sentenced-two-years-jail-japan-making-guns-3d-printer
  8. 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

    ... the nation’s southernmost prefecture, but that “it’s important to gain support from the people of Okinawa”. Kennedy said the United States is willing to do what it can to help. The meeting, arranged ...

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

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

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

    ... October 1, although analysts say security concerns were also a major factor behind Tokyo’s move. The Japanese cabinet decided on Tuesday to take advantage of a recommendation by the United Nations’ Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf to add two areas, covering 177,000 sq km, to its EEZ. A further two areas, covering 131,000 sq km, will be added to the EEZ after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1590823/japan-pacific-claims-fuelled-natural-resources-hunt-and-china-navy-expansion
  10. 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

    ... territory Tokyo has acted on a decision by a United Nations commission to approve a 177,000 sq km extension of its sovereignty claims to its continental shelf. The newly claimed areas are identified ... of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo. It came in response to a 2012 UN ruling in Japan's favour. "The Japanese government has acted on a recommendation by the United Nations ...

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

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