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Japan doubles Wagyu beef target amid US trade deal, demand from Hong Kong and China

In 2018, Japan’s agricultural exports reached a record US$8.4 billion, with Hong Kong the largest buyer of Japanese produce, followed by China and US.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:39PM

In 2018, Japan’s agricultural exports reached a record US$8.4 billion, with Hong Kong the largest buyer of Japanese produce, followed by China and US.

Japan doubles Wagyu beef target amid US trade deal, demand from Hong Kong and China
Seoul slams Japan’s ‘flag of hatred’, as it calls for ban of Rising Sun flag at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The South Korean government says its use at the Olympics goes against the event’s spirit of ‘peace and harmony’.

10 Dec 2019 - 7:43AM

The South Korean government says its use at the Olympics goes against the event’s spirit of ‘peace and harmony’.

Seoul slams Japan’s ‘flag of hatred’, as it calls for ban of Rising Sun flag at 2020 Tokyo Olympics
At least 43 killed as fire rips through Delhi factory while workers slept

Most of the dead were workers who were sleeping on various floors of the six-storey building.

10 Dec 2019 - 2:12PM

Most of the dead were workers who were sleeping on various floors of the six-storey building.

At least 43 killed as fire rips through Delhi factory while workers slept
Philippine officials’ ‘crimes against humanity’ case against China rejected by international court

China’s purported crimes happened outside Philippine territory, the International Criminal Court found, meaning it does not have jurisdiction.

6 Dec 2019 - 10:36PM

China’s purported crimes happened outside Philippine territory, the International Criminal Court found, meaning it does not have jurisdiction.

Philippine officials’ ‘crimes against humanity’ case against China rejected by international court
Japan, India to conduct first-ever fighter jet drill amid China’s rising military presence

The two countries affirmed their cooperation toward achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific, taking aim at China’s claims in the South China Sea and rising military presence in the Indian Ocean.

1 Dec 2019 - 1:01AM

The two countries affirmed their cooperation toward achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific, taking aim at China’s claims in the South China Sea and rising military presence in the Indian Ocean.

Japan, India to conduct first-ever fighter jet drill amid China’s rising military presence
Japanese man detained in China since July on possible espionage charge

Since 2015, at least 15 Japanese citizens have been detained in China on such charges as espionage.

27 Nov 2019 - 5:32PM

Since 2015, at least 15 Japanese citizens have been detained in China on such charges as espionage.

Japanese man detained in China since July on possible espionage charge
China jails Japanese Itochu employee for three years on national security charges

Foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi confirms that man was sentenced by a court in Guangzhou.

26 Nov 2019 - 6:42PM

Foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi confirms that man was sentenced by a court in Guangzhou.

China jails Japanese Itochu employee for three years on national security charges
Singapore man gets 34 months in jail for exporting luxury goods to North Korea

Ng Kheng Wah supplied the items worth US$4.4 million to a department store chain in the hermit kingdom in breach of UN sanctions.

23 Nov 2019 - 8:00AM

Ng Kheng Wah supplied the items worth US$4.4 million to a department store chain in the hermit kingdom in breach of UN sanctions.

Singapore man gets 34 months in jail for exporting luxury goods to North Korea
Singapore detonates unexploded WWII bomb found in city centre

Though such bombs have been found in the city state before, this time caused more disruption as it was within a residential area.

18 Nov 2019 - 8:37PM

Though such bombs have been found in the city state before, this time caused more disruption as it was within a residential area.

Singapore detonates unexploded WWII bomb found in city centre
Najib Razak, former PM of Malaysia, tampered with 1MDB evidence, court told

Former Prime Minister Najib Razak ordered the removal of ‘material information’ from an audit report on the scandal-plagued fund, a court was told.

18 Nov 2019 - 9:02PM

Former Prime Minister Najib Razak ordered the removal of ‘material information’ from an audit report on the scandal-plagued fund, a court was told.

Najib Razak, former PM of Malaysia, tampered with 1MDB evidence, court told
Japan’s sake sellers eye China market as domestic demand shrinks

A declining population and changing tastes have hit sales of sake in Japan, but China’s growing middle class and booming restaurant industry offers sellers of the traditional drink new opportunities.

9 Nov 2019 - 8:00AM

A declining population and changing tastes have hit sales of sake in Japan, but China’s growing middle class and booming restaurant industry offers sellers of the traditional drink new opportunities.

Japan’s sake sellers eye China market as domestic demand shrinks
Five Chinese arrested in Japan for secretly photographing university admissions exam for foreign students

The exam, held twice a year, evaluates the Japanese language proficiency and the basic academic abilities of international students.

8 Nov 2019 - 2:29PM

The exam, held twice a year, evaluates the Japanese language proficiency and the basic academic abilities of international students.

Five Chinese arrested in Japan for secretly photographing university admissions exam for foreign students
Shinzo Abe and Moon Jae-in meet for first time since Japan-Korea wartime labour row

The Japanese and South Korean leaders have meet for the first time since September 2018, raising hopes for a breakthrough in a dispute that has raged since a court demanded Tokyo compensate victims of forced wartime labour

4 Nov 2019 - 10:11PM

The Japanese and South Korean leaders have meet for the first time since September 2018, raising hopes for a breakthrough in a dispute that has raged since a court demanded Tokyo compensate victims of forced wartime labour

Shinzo Abe and Moon Jae-in meet for first time since Japan-Korea wartime labour row
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discuss Xi Jinping’s state visit

Xi Jinping invited to Japan ‘when cherry blossoms bloom’ next year; Japanese leader expected to visit China in December for summit that will involve South Korea.

4 Nov 2019 - 10:11PM

Xi Jinping invited to Japan ‘when cherry blossoms bloom’ next year; Japanese leader expected to visit China in December for summit that will involve South Korea.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discuss Xi Jinping’s state visit
Japanese university artificially incubates endangered eel species

Kindai University manages to grow about 30 Japanese eels, a sought-after delicacy.

2 Nov 2019 - 10:57PM

Kindai University manages to grow about 30 Japanese eels, a sought-after delicacy.

Japanese university artificially incubates endangered eel species
Japanese, South Korean lawmakers agree to break stalemate and repair bilateral ties

A non-partisan group of Japanese politicians met with South Korean parliamentarians in Tokyo to work toward easing tensions, amid disputes over wartime compensation and trade.

1 Nov 2019 - 3:56PM

A non-partisan group of Japanese politicians met with South Korean parliamentarians in Tokyo to work toward easing tensions, amid disputes over wartime compensation and trade.

Japanese, South Korean lawmakers agree to break stalemate and repair bilateral ties
At least 10 killed in landslides and floods as torrential rain lashes eastern Japan

Rescuers are racing to find survivors as severe storms cause additional chaos just weeks after Typhoons Hagibis and Faxai lashed parts of the country.

26 Oct 2019 - 3:42PM

Rescuers are racing to find survivors as severe storms cause additional chaos just weeks after Typhoons Hagibis and Faxai lashed parts of the country.

At least 10 killed in landslides and floods as torrential rain lashes eastern Japan
Deadly Typhoon Hagibis highlights need for Japan to issue alerts in multiple languages

Many of the country’s municipalities do not offer alerts in different languages, meaning non-Japanese living in those areas are unlikely to be informed about impending disasters.

25 Oct 2019 - 3:30PM

Many of the country’s municipalities do not offer alerts in different languages, meaning non-Japanese living in those areas are unlikely to be informed about impending disasters.

Deadly Typhoon Hagibis highlights need for Japan to issue alerts in multiple languages
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls for peaceful resolution to Hong Kong crisis in meeting with Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan

Abe stresses importance of ‘one country, two systems’ framework as pair also lay groundwork for Xi Jinping’s state visit next spring.

23 Oct 2019 - 4:32PM

Abe stresses importance of ‘one country, two systems’ framework as pair also lay groundwork for Xi Jinping’s state visit next spring.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls for peaceful resolution to Hong Kong crisis in meeting with Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan
Number of foreign students in Japan gaining work visas after graduation hits record high

The figure more than doubled from 2013, reflecting growth in the number of overseas students and surging demand from companies for foreign workers.

24 Oct 2019 - 12:47PM

The figure more than doubled from 2013, reflecting growth in the number of overseas students and surging demand from companies for foreign workers.

Number of foreign students in Japan gaining work visas after graduation hits record high
Areas hit by Typhoon Hagibis brace for more floods as heavy rain falls in Japan

Japan is still reeling from Typhoon Hagibis, which claimed the lives of at least 79 people, but heavy rain forecast for the weekend could cause more flooding and landslides.

19 Oct 2019 - 11:41PM

Japan is still reeling from Typhoon Hagibis, which claimed the lives of at least 79 people, but heavy rain forecast for the weekend could cause more flooding and landslides.

Areas hit by Typhoon Hagibis brace for more floods as heavy rain falls in Japan
China detains Japanese professor on suspicion of spying

The Hokkaido University academic was taken into custody in Beijing, with the authorities saying he ‘violated domestic laws’.

19 Oct 2019 - 3:48AM

The Hokkaido University academic was taken into custody in Beijing, with the authorities saying he ‘violated domestic laws’.

China detains Japanese professor on suspicion of spying
Harvard expert Ezra Vogel says Japan’s Empress Masako will perform role ‘effortlessly’

Vogel, a Japan and China expert, has known Masako – a Harvard graduate and former diplomat – for a long time due to his friendship with her father. His comments came ahead of next week’s enthronement ceremony for Emperor Naruhito.

18 Oct 2019 - 2:15PM

Vogel, a Japan and China expert, has known Masako – a Harvard graduate and former diplomat – for a long time due to his friendship with her father. His comments came ahead of next week’s enthronement ceremony for Emperor Naruhito.

Harvard expert Ezra Vogel says  Japan’s Empress Masako will perform role ‘effortlessly’
Singapore’s controversial ‘fake news’ law comes into effect as election looms

The legislation will require online media platforms, including social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, to carry corrections or remove content the government considers to be false.

2 Oct 2019 - 10:09PM

The legislation will require online media platforms, including social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, to carry corrections or remove content the government considers to be false.

Singapore’s controversial ‘fake news’ law comes into effect as election looms
Nearly 900,000 Indonesians suffer breathing issues due to haze

Poor air quality has forced Indonesia and Malaysia to close thousands of schools, with hundreds of Malaysian flights also cancelled.

24 Sep 2019 - 3:57AM

Poor air quality has forced Indonesia and Malaysia to close thousands of schools, with hundreds of Malaysian flights also cancelled.

Nearly 900,000 Indonesians suffer breathing issues due to haze
Shinzo Abe heads to US hoping for no new auto tariffs and de-escalation with Iran

As stability in the Middle East is critical for Japan, which relies heavily on energy imports from the region, Abe is also expected to call for dialogue with Iran.

23 Sep 2019 - 1:18PM

As stability in the Middle East is critical for Japan, which relies heavily on energy imports from the region, Abe is also expected to call for dialogue with Iran.

Shinzo Abe heads to US hoping for no new auto tariffs and de-escalation with Iran
Donald Trump wants to send a 55-ship international flotilla to the Persian Gulf to keep an eye on Iran

The US presented its new surveillance plan to allies and partner countries in a meeting aboard a British naval ship in Bahrain on Monday, a source revealed.

19 Sep 2019 - 6:40PM

The US presented its new surveillance plan to allies and partner countries in a meeting aboard a British naval ship in Bahrain on Monday, a source revealed.

Donald Trump wants to send a 55-ship international flotilla to the Persian Gulf to keep an eye on Iran
In Philippines, stateless descendants of soldiers long for Japanese citizenship

A survey has found that there are 3,810 war-displaced descendants in the Philippines, of whom 1,069 are still alive and considered stateless.

22 Sep 2019 - 8:23AM

A survey has found that there are 3,810 war-displaced descendants in the Philippines, of whom 1,069 are still alive and considered stateless.

In Philippines, stateless descendants of soldiers long for Japanese citizenship
Japan’s Shinzo Abe wants a ‘space self-defence force’ to protect the country’s satellites

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe broached the idea of extending the country’s militaristic reach to outer space at an annual gathering of top brass in Tokyo.

17 Sep 2019 - 4:57PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe broached the idea of extending the country’s militaristic reach to outer space at an annual gathering of top brass in Tokyo.

Japan’s Shinzo Abe wants a ‘space self-defence force’ to protect the country’s satellites
Japanese lawmaker raises prospect of war to ‘reclaim’ islets controlled by South Korea

Lower house legislator Hodaka Maruyama was previously expelled from a political party for broaching the subject of war in relation to another set of islands controlled by Russia.

3 Sep 2019 - 6:24PM

Lower house legislator Hodaka Maruyama was previously expelled from a political party for broaching the subject of war in relation to another set of islands controlled by Russia.

Japanese lawmaker raises prospect of war to ‘reclaim’ islets controlled by South Korea