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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Scandal hits new Japan industry minister after staff visit sadomasochism bar

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 03:50pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... himself from the brewing scandal, saying he wasn’t present at the club in the city of Hiroshima. “It is also true that I myself was not there.” Yoichi Miyazawa But he acknowledged that some staff ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1622949/scandal-hits-new-japan-industry-minister-after-staff-visit-sadomasochism
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... and was a member of Japan's Communist Party. In 1947, he ran as a communist in elections for the city council in Shimonoseki, but was unsuccessful. He earned a living as a writer and went largely ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1614619/seiji-yoshidas-lies-about-comfort-women-exploited-japans-right
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Biography of Emperor Hirohito a whitewash: US historian Herbert Bix

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

    ... favourable peace terms. Had the emperor consented to Japan's surrender more swiftly, Bix pointed out, the firebombing of the nation's cities and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1611629/biography-emperor-hirohito-whitewash-us-historian-herbert-bix
  4. 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

    ... into sheets, booming between buildings in the city. A car in the neighbouring city of Yokohama was buried in branches from a fallen tree. One part of the central city of Shizuoka had 9 centimetres of rain in an hour. Phanfone made landfall near the central city of Hamamatsu, prompting Honda to halt production at its Hamamatsu and Suzuka plants, while Nissan said it was halting production ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1610535/least-one-dead-typhoon-phanfone-lashes-japan-closing-tokyo
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's high-speed Shinkansen bullet train turns 50

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 09:09pm by AP

    ... of when Japan launched its bullet train between the cities of Tokyo and Osaka 50 years ago yesterday. The Shinkansen, as it is called in Japan, gave a boost to train travel in Europe and Asia ... technology. Shanghai launched a German-built maglev train in 2004 on a 30km route between the city and the airport. It can hit 430km/h. A Japanese maglev train in development has topped 500km/h ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1606640/japans-high-speed-shinkansen-bullet-train-turns-50
  6. 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

    ... in densely populated Ginowan. Also on Thursday, Suga, who doubles as state minister in charge of alleviating Okinawa’s base-hosting burden, visited Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture – the seaside city ...

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

    Japanese PM pushes North Korea to resolve abductions issue

    Posted Sep 13th 2014, 05:26pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... by the end of this month, and some city and town officials in Japan have already begun making preparations to welcome survivors home. But it is by no means clear that the North will come up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1591722/japanese-pm-pushes-north-korea-resolve-abductions-issue
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... where tens of thousands of civilians were butchered. After being briefed about the fall of the city, Hirohito told military leaders to tell their officers and soldiers, “I am deeply satisfied by their courage in quickly bringing down the capital Nanjing.” Documents used in compiling the Hirohito record include information about how Japanese troops surrounded and attacked the city, but did ...

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

    Explosion at Nippon Steel plant plagued by series of accidents

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 10:07pm by AFP

    ... a Tokai city official said, adding he did not know about the severity of the injuries. The explosion came after other fire troubles at the same plant earlier this year. No one was hurt in separate incidents at the plant in January, June and July. The incidents prompted the mayor of Tokai, a city of about 100,000 people, formally to ask the steelmaker to draw up a plan to deal with any safety ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584575/explosion-nippon-steel-plant-plagued-series-accidents
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... I am rooting for them," said Kazuko Watanabe, who works as a public relations specialist in the port city of Yokohama, near Tokyo. "I hope they do their best to get the job ... politicians have been prone to sexist gaffes. Earlier this year, a Tokyo city assemblyman apologised for heckling a woman assembly member who was making a speech about infertility and marriage. ...

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

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