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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan exploiting Asian guest workers, US State Department report says

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 10:22pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo US State Department calls training scheme for young foreigners a form of forced labour Japan accused ofexploiting Asian guest workers The United States has issued ... labour". Washington's annual Trafficking in Persons Report, unveiled by Secretary of State John Kerry, ranks Japan in the second tier of countries where trafficking is prevalent, putting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1540535/japan-exploiting-asian-guest-workers-us-state-department-report-says
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Anger erupts over court denial of welfare to foreign permanent residents of Japan

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:49pm by Julian Ryall

    ... residents will be asking themselves why they have to pay their taxes." The Oita case has been followed closely by Debito Arudou, a naturalised Japanese who was born in the United States and has ... and state pension requirements are still not guaranteed to receive financial support when they need it. The Supreme Court's decision overturned an earlier ruling by the Fukuoka high court ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557063/anger-erupts-over-court-denial-welfare-foreign-permanent-residents-japan
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan able to aid US ships under attack: minister

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 01:25pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... on July 1 would bolster Tokyo’s alliance with the United States, opening the way to new forms of military cooperation. “We believe this will dramatically deepen our ties with the United States ... shift has come against the backdrop of soaring regional tensions with China over disputed islands. But the United States has endorsed the change and at an earlier joint press conference ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552685/japan-able-aid-us-ships-under-attack-minister
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan, Britain to launch joint research into fighter jet missile technology

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 01:41pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... daily said Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to export a high-performance sensor to the United States for its PAC-2 missile defence system. The sensor is a key component of an infrared device ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555561/japan-and-britain-launch-joint-research-fighter-jet-missile-technology
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s military shift challenged in court by ex-civil servant

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 10:14pm by AFP

    ... nationwide," Chindo said. Following the change, Japanese troops would be able to come to the aid of allies, primarily the United States, if they come under attack from a common enemy, even if Japan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552281/japans-military-shift-challenged-court-ex-civil-servant
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    US state of Virginia votes to also call Sea of Japan the East Sea in textbooks

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 10:18pm by AFP

    ... historical grievances with Japan at the local level in the United States. The Virginia House of Delegates voted 81-15 on Thursday to approve the measure requiring "that all textbooks approved ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Koreans win in Virginia battle over sea's name Legislators in the US state of Virginia approved a bill requiring school textbooks to include ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1423309/us-state-virginia-votes-also-call-sea-japan-east-sea-textbooks
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Mount Fuji at greater risk of eruption due to 2011 quake, scientists warn

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 10:25pm by Julian Ryall

    ... days after the 2011 quake confirms the critical state of the volcano in terms of pressure." Experts point out that the last time Mount Fuji erupted was in 1707, just 49 days after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555870/mount-fuji-greater-risk-eruption-due-2011-quake-scientists-warn
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe likens military revision to Meiji Restoration

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 12:15am by AFP

    ... military agenda?" "Japan has a history of making sneaky attacks, as it did in launching wars with China, Russia and the United States in the recent 100 years," Xinhua wrote. ... of feudalism under samurai warriors in which foreign travel was banned and the ports were closed to outsiders. It saw the emperor return to pre-eminence at the pinnacle of the state and heralded ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545083/japanese-pm-shinzo-abe-likens-military-revision-meiji-restoration
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan to lift some North Korea sanctions amid report of surviving abductees

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 10:20am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... on Thursday on easing some sanctions on North Korea in return for its reopening of a probe into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by the reclusive state decades ago, as a fresh report emerged ... sanctions that could be lifted are separate from those imposed by Japan and other United Nations members under UN sanctions that followed Pyongyang’s first nuclear test in 2006. The North is banned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545349/japan-lift-some-n-korea-sanctions-amid-report-surviving-abductees
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Comfort women were just 'wartime prostitutes', says Japanese delegation

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 11:01pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Delegation says comfort women were 'prostitutes' A group of Japanese "patriots" are travelling to the United Nations in Geneva to demand that the UN Commission on Human Rights admits that comfort women were nothing more than prostitutes, and to insist that the organisation stops using the term "sex slaves". The delegation, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550620/comfort-women-were-just-wartime-prostitutes-says-japanese-delegation

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