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  1. 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 ... enthusiastically supported the bill, welcomed its passage. "This is the result of efforts by our compatriots in the US to make the name of the East Sea used more widely," said foreign ministry ...

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    US airbase relocation in spotlight as Japan mayoral vote begins

    Posted Jan 19th 2014, 03:43pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Voting began on Sunday in a mayoral election on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa which is being closely watched as a local verdict on the long-stalled ... into the island’s economy every year until 2021. Environmentalists say any development as a result of the relocation risks seriously damaging the coral reefs in the area as well as the delicate habitat ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese military displays a softer side as Shinzo Abe seeks to boost its role

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... Nobuyuki Shikada, 43. A campaign last year invited the public to vote for their favourite personnel in an online contest, complete with clips of a muscular serviceman stripped to the waist ...

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    Toyota recalls nearly 6.4 million faulty cars for a variety of faults

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 11:04pm by AFP

    ... and safety has been dented in recent years. No injuries or crashes have been reported as a result of the problems, which affect 29 models. But two fires have been reported related to one of them, ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan court rules some election results ‘invalid’

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 01:35pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... a court has said a result was void. The ruling said a huge disparity in the value of votes, caused by the vastly differing sizes of constituencies, meant some voters were partially ... the December poll. Lawsuits over vote disparities thus far have resulted in findings that ballots were “unconstitutional” but “valid,” with judges doing little more than urging politicians to fix ...

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    UN court rules Japan’s Antarctic whaling ‘not scientific’, revokes permit

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 06:07pm by Reuters

    ... that the research – two peer reviewed papers since 2005, based on results obtained from just nine killed whales – was not proportionate to the number of animals killed. The judgment is an embarrassment ...

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    Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 03:36pm by Reuters

    ... never be switched back on, the analysis suggests. As a result, nuclear energy could remain below 10 per cent of Japan’s power supply. The Reuters analysis is based on questionnaires ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    World's longest-serving death row inmate freed and granted retrial in Japan after 45 years

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:49pm by AFP

    ... has said he was never convinced of his guilt, but could not sway his judicial colleagues who out-voted him. Japan has a conviction rate of about 99 per cent and claims of heavy-handed police ...

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    Japanese consultant confesses to bribes to win foreign aid contracts

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 11:09pm by AFP

    ... the independent committee announces results of their investigation." Kakinuma, 65, told prosecutors that his firm paid kickbacks to civil servants in Vietnam, Indonesia and Uzbekistan to win work ...

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    Rise in childhood cancer in Fukushima sparks debate

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 10:47am by The Guardian

    ... rise in the number of thyroid cancer cases among local children and young adults. The results have prompted a bitter debate about the potential effects the meltdown had on the health of hundreds of thousands of children. Either the higher-than-normal rates of thyroid cancer are connected to the nuclear accident, or they are the inevitable result of a testing regime unprecedented ...




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