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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's first female economy minister accused of spending political funds on make-up, gifts

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 03:09pm by AFP

    ... rising star and possible future prime minister of Japan- was under fire yesterday over reports she had spent political donations on make-up. The controversy is a blow to the most prominent ... the five years to 2012, her political funding body spent more than 10 million yen (HK$725,000) on things unconnected to politics, including cosmetics and accessories. It also spent 3.62 million yen ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    US Osprey planes in tsunami drill despite Japanese protests

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:10am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Ospreys in tsunami drill despite protests Two US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey planes took part in a tsunami disaster drill in Japan yesterday, despite protests ... The aircraft was deployed in such a drill at the US Yokota air base in Tokyo last August, media reports said. The two aircraft flew from the US Marine base at Iwakuni in western Japan to the coastal ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet below 50pc

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:10am by AP

    ... tax and a political funds scandal involving a top minister. The Kyodo News poll showed the approval rating for the cabinet had fallen 6.8 percentage points from the previous poll in early September. The poll was conducted Saturday and yesterday amid growing questions over the financial reports of political groups associated with Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi and the alleged misuse ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's new trade minister Yuko Obuchi 'to quit' over misuse of funds

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 06:27am by Reuters

    ... support groups misused political funds, Japanese media said. Yuko Obuchi, the 40-year-old daughter of a former premier, had told people close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that she planned to resign and take responsibility for a furore she caused, the Nikkei newspaper said. "What I have to do right now is to conduct a thorough investigation into the political funding issue," ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Biography of Emperor Hirohito a whitewash: US historian Herbert Bix

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 03:11am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo US historian condemns 'whitewash' on Hirohito Herbert Bix, the respected US historian and author of Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, has launched a withering criticism of the Imperial Household Agency for attempting to whitewash the emperor's responsibility for the second world war. In an opinion article for The New York Times, Bix said ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Seiji Yoshida's lies about "comfort women" exploited by Japan's right

    Posted Oct 12th 2014, 06:26am by Julian Ryall

    ... two staff who were involved in reporting the veteran's stories in the 1990s. After his repatriation, Yoshida- whose real name was Yuto Yoshida- became involved in politics ... for the military. They say the UN should withdraw its condemnation of Japan, that the US House of Representatives should similarly retract a 2007 statement on Japan's use of "comfort women", ...

  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

    ... political star keeps on rising When Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe unveiled his new 18-strong cabinet in Tokyo last week, there were few surprises. Perhaps the least surprising appointment ... 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 ...

  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

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo US and Japan meet to discuss ways to relieve the burden of accommodating American military forces in Okinawa prefecture Japan’s Defence Minister Akinori Eto and US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy agreed on Thursday to work together toward a reduction in the burden on Okinawa Prefecture of hosting the bulk of American military bases and other facilities ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Political party of Shintaro Ishihara splits in Japan

    Posted May 29th 2014, 01:19am by AFP

    ... Ishihara's drive to scrap the US-inspired post-second world war constitution. "I cannot side with a political party which does not accept the establishment of an independent constitution," ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Former Tokyo governor's political party splits up A minor Japanese opposition party, led by former nationalist Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, split ...

  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Typhoon Phanfone heads out to sea after leaving at least one dead in Japan

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 10:17am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... their homes before it headed out to sea. Three US servicemen were swept away by high waves lashing the southwestern island of Okinawa on Sunday as Typhoon Phanfone approached. One was found dead ...




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