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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese armed forces raise profile with online popularity contest

    Posted Oct 16th 2013, 02:37pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Viewers asked to vote for favourite attractive servicemen and servicewomen Japan’s military is inviting the public to vote for their favourite officers ... the grade on the test each time. Japan’s well-funded and well-trained military has for a long time had a low profile in pacifist Japan, where many are leery of a warmongering past when the nation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1332987/japanese-armed-forces-raise-profile-online-popularity-contest
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    US sees lax security at Japan’s nuclear sites as terror risk

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 11:32pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Report says US officials are privately alarmed over lax security at facilities, especially one that will soon produce weapons-grade plutonium 'Terror risk' at nuclear plants US government officials and nuclear experts are privately concerned about security at Japan's atomic plants- in particular the Rokkasho reprocessing facility, which will soon ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1447337/us-sees-lax-security-japans-nuclear-sites-terror-risk
  3. News - China - JAPAN

    China summons Japanese ambassador over shrine visit

    Posted Aug 15th 2013, 08:06am by Reuters, Agence France-Presse

    ... Agencies in Tokyo China summoned Japan’s ambassador on Thursday to lodge a strong complaint after two Japanese cabinet ministers publicly paid their respects at a controversial Tokyo ... symbol of Tokyo’s imperialist past. [Their visit to the Yasukuni Shrine] seriously harms the feelings of the people in China and other Asian victim countries Chinese Foreign Ministry Security ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1296810/japan-ministers-visit-controversial-yasukuni-war-shrine
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's Abe to change post-war constitution

    Posted Jan 31st 2013, 11:02am by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan’s hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament on Thursday that he intends to change the country’s post-second world war constitution, lowering ... from taking aggressive action. Its role is limited to defence of the nation. Abe has said he would like to look into making the SDF into a full-fledged military, a plan that sets alarm bells ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1140068/japans-abe-change-post-war-constitution
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... by the Imperial Household Agency, show how in the lead-up to Japan’s surprise attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbour in December 1941, Hirohito warned against a “reckless war” that would make him feel ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Hirohito cautioned against conflict Emperor Hirohito, the demi-god at the apex of the Japanese state when it waged bloody war across Asia, cautioned against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1588599/japanese-emperor-cautioned-against-second-world-war-according-official-history
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo IMF chief agrees on boosting women in workforce to lift economy, but says Japan could do more Lagarde backs Abe's women plan IMF chief Christine Lagarde ... wealthy nations. The Japanese leader, who swept to power in late 2012 on promises to revive to the long-tepid economy, recently reshuffled his cabinet. More than a quarter of the posts are now ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1591186/christine-lagarde-backs-shinzo-abes-plan-women-lift-japan-economy
  7. 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
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Politicians accused of extremism after photos with Japanese far-right leader

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 03:16pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Politicians move to distance themselves from controversy after posing with far-right leader Neo-Nazi photos add fuel to fire Two newly promoted Japanese ... and party policy chief Tomomi Inada were seen in separate photographs next to Kazunari Yamada on the home page of the National Socialist Japanese Workers Party. The pictures will add fuel to claims ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1587835/shinzo-abes-new-cabinet-members-deny-neo-nazi-links
  9. 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 trampling the competition at home. YO-Kai Watch is a nexus of manga comics, anime cartoons and computer games that revolve around the life of a schoolboy and the monsters- "Yokai"- that he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1593441/monsters-called-yokai-move-pokemons-turf-japan
  10. 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 ...

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

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