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Japanese Olympic chief to quit amid corruption allegations scandal

Tsunekazu Takeda, 71, has been president of the Japanese Olympic committee since 2001 and is currently serving his 10th term in office.

19 Mar 2019 - 8:41PM

Tsunekazu Takeda, 71, has been president of the Japanese Olympic committee since 2001 and is currently serving his 10th term in office.

Japanese Olympic chief to quit amid corruption allegations scandal
Japan to develop air-to-ship long-range cruise missiles to deter China’s navy, source says

Military source said aim is boosting Tokyo’s deterrence by extending shooting range to more than 400km as China improves its naval capabilities.

17 Mar 2019 - 11:43PM

Military source said aim is boosting Tokyo’s deterrence by extending shooting range to more than 400km as China improves its naval capabilities.

Japan to develop air-to-ship long-range cruise missiles to deter China’s navy, source says
Rare ibis China gave Japan last year lays first egg, expected to hatch in April

The egg laid by Guan Guan, one of two birds Beijing gave Tokyo in October, is expected to hatch in mid-April.

17 Mar 2019 - 8:37PM

The egg laid by Guan Guan, one of two birds Beijing gave Tokyo in October, is expected to hatch in mid-April.

Rare ibis China gave Japan last year lays first egg, expected to hatch in April
Japanese musician Akio Sakurai channels spirit of legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page

‘I consider what I do to be a revival band,’ says Akio Sakurai said. ‘It’s like [what Steven] Spielberg did with dinosaurs in Jurassic Park .’

16 Mar 2019 - 1:54PM

‘I consider what I do to be a revival band,’ says Akio Sakurai said. ‘It’s like [what Steven] Spielberg did with dinosaurs in Jurassic Park .’

Japanese musician Akio Sakurai channels spirit of legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page
‘Just a thought’: Cambodia leader Hun Sen considers death sentence for rapists

Prime minister suggested a referendum could be held to decide whether the public want the country’s constitution changed to allow the new law.

10 Mar 2019 - 11:08PM

Prime minister suggested a referendum could be held to decide whether the public want the country’s constitution changed to allow the new law.

‘Just a thought’: Cambodia leader Hun Sen considers death sentence for rapists
China scraps plan to blow up Mekong River islets, says Thai minister

‘The blasts aimed at paving the way for big vessels would affect people’s way of life and also fish in the river,’ said Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.

9 Mar 2019 - 4:45PM

‘The blasts aimed at paving the way for big vessels would affect people’s way of life and also fish in the river,’ said Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.

China scraps plan to blow up Mekong River islets, says Thai minister
Most evacuees under 50 from three Fukushima towns have no plans to return

Regardless of their age, nearly half the residents of two of the towns said they would never go back.

9 Mar 2019 - 11:09PM

Regardless of their age, nearly half the residents of two of the towns said they would never go back.

Most evacuees under 50 from three Fukushima towns have no plans to return
Wagyu cattle farmer probed over sale of sperm to smuggler for ‘several million yen’

Shoddy paperwork by farmer and smuggler blamed for failure of plot to take the pricey cattle’s sperm and fertilised eggs to China.

3 Mar 2019 - 9:52PM

Shoddy paperwork by farmer and smuggler blamed for failure of plot to take the pricey cattle’s sperm and fertilised eggs to China.

Wagyu cattle farmer probed over sale of sperm to smuggler for ‘several million yen’
Japan pitches UN working group to fight microplastics pollution

Japan and the US have faced criticism for refusing to sign the Ocean Plastics Charter aimed at making all plastics recyclable by 2030.

2 Mar 2019 - 10:42PM

Japan and the US have faced criticism for refusing to sign the Ocean Plastics Charter aimed at making all plastics recyclable by 2030.

Japan pitches UN working group to fight microplastics pollution
Philippine planning secretary Ernesto Pernia welcomes Chinese aid and investment despite public suspicion of Beijing

Chinese firms plan to build large-scale integrated steel complexes on Mindanao Island, which has received far less foreign direct investment than Luzon Island.

26 Feb 2019 - 2:11PM

Chinese firms plan to build large-scale integrated steel complexes on Mindanao Island, which has received far less foreign direct investment than Luzon Island.

Philippine planning secretary Ernesto Pernia welcomes Chinese aid and investment despite public suspicion of Beijing
Most Okinawa residents will vote against local US military base transfer, poll shows

About 67 per cent polled over the weekend said they will tick the ‘no’ box in this week’s non-binding referendum on moving the American base.

17 Feb 2019 - 10:18PM

About 67 per cent polled over the weekend said they will tick the ‘no’ box in this week’s non-binding referendum on moving the American base.

Most Okinawa residents will vote against local US military base transfer, poll shows
A peace treaty with Japan? No rush, says Russia as US ties complicate Kuril Islands dispute

Deep divisions remain over a decades-old territorial dispute.

17 Feb 2019 - 10:14PM

Deep divisions remain over a decades-old territorial dispute.

A peace treaty with Japan? No rush, says Russia as US ties complicate Kuril Islands dispute
North Korea marks birthday of late leader Kim Jong-il ahead of summit with US

To commemorate the anniversary, known as “the Day of the Shining Star”, various cultural and sports events took place in Pyongyang.

16 Feb 2019 - 10:27PM

To commemorate the anniversary, known as “the Day of the Shining Star”, various cultural and sports events took place in Pyongyang.

North Korea marks birthday of late leader Kim Jong-il ahead of summit with US
Japan’s flamboyant ‘Prince of Green Juice’ Yuta Misaki arrested for tax evasion

Yuta Misaki earned his moniker by changing perceptions of aojiru vegetable juice, a bitter drink usually drunk by the elderly, into a trendy drink for young women.

12 Feb 2019 - 10:01PM

Yuta Misaki earned his moniker by changing perceptions of aojiru vegetable juice, a bitter drink usually drunk by the elderly, into a trendy drink for young women.

Japan’s flamboyant ‘Prince of Green Juice’ Yuta Misaki arrested for tax evasion
South Korea’s former chief justice Yang Sung-tae indicted in abuse of power scandal

The 71-year-old is alleged to have misused his position to lobby the office of then president Park Geun-hye for the establishment of a new appeals court.

11 Feb 2019 - 11:23PM

The 71-year-old is alleged to have misused his position to lobby the office of then president Park Geun-hye for the establishment of a new appeals court.

South Korea’s former chief justice Yang Sung-tae indicted in abuse of power scandal
Japanese firm rewrites magazines and manga for disabled readers

It also conducts other projects such as drafting simple contracts for the mentally disabled as part of its welfare service

9 Feb 2019 - 11:01PM

It also conducts other projects such as drafting simple contracts for the mentally disabled as part of its welfare service

Japanese firm rewrites magazines and manga for disabled readers
City in Japan uses AI technology to analyse cases of school bullying

Otsu, in western Japan, will run an AI analysis of 9,000 cases of bullying in primary and secondary schools over the six years through fiscal 2018

8 Feb 2019 - 7:14PM

Otsu, in western Japan, will run an AI analysis of 9,000 cases of bullying in primary and secondary schools over the six years through fiscal 2018

City in Japan uses AI technology to analyse cases of school bullying
Japan protests as China continues gas activity in contested waters

Tokyo’s objection follows high-level talks in Beijing about planned visit to Japan by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

7 Feb 2019 - 10:46PM

Tokyo’s objection follows high-level talks in Beijing about planned visit to Japan by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Japan protests as China continues gas activity in contested waters
Chinese intern found dead in company dormitory in Japan and police suspect his co-worker killed him

Many foreign nationals are working in Japan under the country’s technical intern programme, which has been criticised as exploitative

7 Feb 2019 - 9:14PM

Many foreign nationals are working in Japan under the country’s technical intern programme, which has been criticised as exploitative

Chinese intern found dead in company dormitory in Japan and police suspect his co-worker killed him
Japanese shoe sniffer admits stealing used footwear for ‘sexual pleasure’

Endo, 40, is suspected of stealing 70 pairs of shoes worth nearly US$3,000 over a 13-month period

5 Feb 2019 - 11:24PM

Endo, 40, is suspected of stealing 70 pairs of shoes worth nearly US$3,000 over a 13-month period

Japanese shoe sniffer admits stealing used footwear for ‘sexual pleasure’
Thailand begins candidate registration for March general election

The country has been under military rule since a coup in 2014 toppled a Pheu Thai-led civilian government following a period of political instability

21 Mar 2019 - 1:50PM

The country has been under military rule since a coup in 2014 toppled a Pheu Thai-led civilian government following a period of political instability

Thailand begins candidate registration for March general election
Japan and China promise to work to deepen trust amid territorial row
  • Ministers on both sides pledge to continue work to deepen trust despite ongoing dispute over Senkaku Islands.
1 Feb 2019 - 10:25PM
  • Ministers on both sides pledge to continue work to deepen trust despite ongoing dispute over Senkaku Islands.
Japan and China promise to work to deepen trust amid territorial row
North Korea accused by UN of illegally selling fishing rights to Chinese companies, violating sanctions

Japanese pushback reveals anxiety about ‘increasing closeness between North Korea, China and Russia’

31 Jan 2019 - 9:36PM

Japanese pushback reveals anxiety about ‘increasing closeness between North Korea, China and Russia’

North Korea accused by UN of illegally selling fishing rights to Chinese companies, violating sanctions
‘I will make fake medicine containing cyanide’: letter threats sent to major drug firms in Japan

Letter writer said they would sell the poisoned drugs unless they were given millions of won worth of bitcoin.

26 Jan 2019 - 11:00PM

Letter writer said they would sell the poisoned drugs unless they were given millions of won worth of bitcoin.

‘I will make fake medicine containing cyanide’: letter threats sent to major drug firms in Japan
Unauthorised manga downloads will soon be a criminal offence in Japan

Current laws are restricted to unauthorised downloading of videos and music

25 Jan 2019 - 4:41PM

Current laws are restricted to unauthorised downloading of videos and music

Unauthorised manga downloads will soon be a criminal offence in Japan
South Korea warns of retaliation against Japan’s ‘provocative’ flights as military relations sour over radar-lock dispute

South Korea’s military has warned of “strong countermeasures” if Japan does not stop flying close to its warships.

23 Jan 2019 - 11:03PM

South Korea’s military has warned of “strong countermeasures” if Japan does not stop flying close to its warships.

South Korea warns of retaliation against Japan’s ‘provocative’ flights as military relations sour over radar-lock dispute
Royal marriage roadblock lifted: Kei Komuro, fiancé of Japanese Princess Mako, ‘has resolved financial woes’

The financial dispute involving Kei Komuro’s educational expenses had forced his marriage to Princess Mako be delayed.

22 Jan 2019 - 11:15AM

The financial dispute involving Kei Komuro’s educational expenses had forced his marriage to Princess Mako be delayed.

Royal marriage roadblock lifted: Kei Komuro, fiancé of Japanese Princess Mako, ‘has resolved financial woes’
Japan’s popular T Card reward programme is source of information for police

About 67 million people in Japan use T Cards and personal information given to authorities includes names, birth dates, and phone numbers.

20 Jan 2019 - 9:32PM

About 67 million people in Japan use T Cards and personal information given to authorities includes names, birth dates, and phone numbers.

Japan’s popular T Card reward programme is source of information for police
Japan’s Masazo Nonaka, declared world’s oldest living man in 2018, dies aged 113

Nonaka enjoyed relaxing in hot springs, reading newspapers, eating cake and watching sumo on television, his family said.

21 Jan 2019 - 4:44PM

Nonaka enjoyed relaxing in hot springs, reading newspapers, eating cake and watching sumo on television, his family said.

Japan’s Masazo Nonaka, declared world’s oldest living man in 2018, dies aged 113
Trans-Pacific trade pact members work to entice more economies as bulwark against protectionism

Potential newcomers to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership include Thailand, Britain and Taiwan

19 Jan 2019 - 8:53PM

Potential newcomers to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership include Thailand, Britain and Taiwan

Trans-Pacific trade pact members work to entice more economies as bulwark against protectionism