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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan expands military footprint for first time in 40 years, risking angering China

    Posted Apr 19th 2014, 08:48pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Yonaguni Radar station marks first military advance in over 40 years- and risks angering Beijing Tokyo arms new island base near the Diaoyus Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years yesterday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan. The move risks angering Beijing, which is locked ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Furniture buying spree lands Japanese research lab in new scandal

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 10:38pm by AFP

    ... was appropriate for a building that receives "guests from overseas". The luxurious furniture was purchased for the stem-cell research and development facilities in western Kobe city, where ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo's plum blossom haven to axe all its trees

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 11:48pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Tokyo's plum blossom haven to axe all its trees A Tokyo park once named Japan's best for viewing plum blossoms is cutting down all its trees after losing a five-year battle with plum pox. The 45-square-kilometre Umeno Koen (Plum Park) in western Tokyo's Ome City closed on April 4, four days after hosting its annual plum blossom festival. ...

  4. News - World - JAPAN

    Japan’s embrace of Russia under threat with crisis in Ukraine

    Posted Mar 05th 2014, 04:24pm

    ... officials worry that any push by Japan’s Western allies to impose economic penalties will undermine its drive to improve relations with Moscow. While US President Barack Obama and other Group ... “It is a big pain in the back for the Japanese government.” Diplomatic source  “If Western countries come together and agree to take action such as imposing economic sanctions, we may ...

  5. Lifestyle - Books - JAPAN

    Book review: Bending Adversity, by David Pilling

    Posted Mar 02nd 2014, 06:41pm by Julian Ryall

    ... They are particularly valuable when combined with the thoughts of a cross-section of the Japanese public, ranging from teenagers in Tokyo to Buddhist priests, artists, bankers and office workers. Pilling also ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Recent child abuse cases in Japan 'just the tip of the iceberg', say experts

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 11:43pm by Julian Ryall

    ... was admitted to a hospital near their home in the Machida suburb of western Tokyo, police were quoted as saying that she had extensive bruising and scarring across her body. Sato's arrest comes ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan stages rally over disputed islands with South Korea

    Posted Feb 22nd 2014, 02:18pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... gathered at the event in Shimane prefecture in western Japan, including a high-ranking Japanese government official as well as local and national politicians, organisers said. Tokyo refers ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Four rescued Japanese scuba divers return home after Indonesia ordeal

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 04:48pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Four Japanese scuba divers who went missing off Bali for three days before being rescued from a rocky outcrop returned home on Friday, looking exhausted from the terrifying ordeal. I feel terrible to think that we could not come back together Emi Yamamoto Crowds of journalists were waiting for them at Kansai airport in western Japan when they arrived home ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Three dead, hundreds injured as new storm batters Japan

    Posted Feb 16th 2014, 05:07am by AFP

    ... broadcaster NHK said some 850 people, including one in a coma, had been injured in snow-related accidents across the nation since snow hit western Japan late on Thursday. Snow started melting ...

  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's annual dolphin hunt goes on despite international criticism

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 11:26pm by AFP

    ... Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, who are keeping vigil at the site in western Japan, said several dozen animals were killed behind tarpaulin sheets. Video footage from the group showed ...




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