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  1. 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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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. ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan confirms 22 people affected by first dengue fever outbreak since 1945

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 12:55pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... The cases involve teenagers or people in the early 20s, who are believed to have visited Tokyo’s huge Yoyogi Park, one of the major green areas of the city, next to Meiji Shrine, which is popular ...

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

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

    ... 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 to place a statue of a young woman in front of the city museum. The statue is intended to represent the tens of thousands of Asian women forced into sexual slavery for the forces of imperial Japan ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Record HK$413 billion defence budget sought by Japanese government

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 06:51pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... the world, Kyodo reported. This would include building a public relations and cultural promotion office, called Japan House, in six foreign cities, including Hong Kong. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo ...

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    Japanese court rules against Fukushima operator Tepco in landmark suicide case

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 10:42pm by AP

    ... evacuated to an apartment in the city of Fukushima in June, but she burned herself to death on July 1 when she temporarily returned to her home. The plaintiffs have said Watanabe's mental state ...




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