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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's sacred Mount Fuji risks turning into trash mountain

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

    ... at the foot of the mountain," said Nikki Aoki, a spokeswoman for the Fuji-san Club, a group dedicated to preserving the mountain's natural environment. "It used to cost a car full ...

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

    ... 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
  3. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda calls for stable yen

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

    ... can move on various factors, such as economic developments in the United States, Europe and Asia. "Still, there's solid coordination between the government and the Bank of Japan. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1594215/bank-japan-governor-haruhiko-kuroda-calls-stable-yen
  4. 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 ... discussions with the United States, with Washington unlikely to object. Even though the UN commission turned down Japan’s request to incorporate a further two areas and postponed a ruling on a third ...

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

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

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

    ... 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
  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

    ... 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
  7. 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

    ... to the cabinet in 2008, Obuchi is still just 40 years old, making her a stripling in Japan's political world. Even more significantly, she is a woman in the old boys' club that still rules ...

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

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

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

    ... ministers were retained, such as Fumio Kishida as foreign minister and Taro Aso as finance minister, both men. In the United States, President Barack Obama has three women in cabinet positions, ...

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

    Stupid and nonsensical: Japanese right rages at ‘comfort women’ honour

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 11:21pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Nationalist fury at new sex slaves memorial Nationalists in Japan have condemned the announcement that another memorial to Asia's "comfort women" is to be set up in the United States, insisting that the campaign to honour the women is historical nonsense. The City Council of Fullerton, in Orange county, California, passed a bill on Wednesday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581562/stupid-and-nonsensical-japanese-right-rages-comfort-women-honour
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan birthrate drops 2.7 per cent in first half of year to fewer than 500,000 babies

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 04:48pm

    ... The nation’s population is expected to shrink by nearly 40 per cent by 2060 in the worst-case scenario. Couples in the world’s five biggest developed economies – the United States, Japan, Germany, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580811/japan-birthrate-drops-27-cent-first-half-year

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