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Pakistan claims all of Kashmir in new map, connects Line of Control with China’s border

The map connects the Line of Control with China’s border to assert Islamabad’s claim to Siachen Glacier. New Delhi has slammed the move as ‘an exercise in political absurdity’.

6 Aug 2020 - 2:54PM

The map connects the Line of Control with China’s border to assert Islamabad’s claim to Siachen Glacier. New Delhi has slammed the move as ‘an exercise in political absurdity’.

Pakistan claims all of Kashmir in new map, connects Line of Control with China’s border
Revised free trade deal between Japan and half of Asean goes into effect

The deal aimed at easing the cross-border flow of services and investment took effect for Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand. The other five Asean member states are set to join at a later date.

1 Aug 2020 - 1:44PM

The deal aimed at easing the cross-border flow of services and investment took effect for Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand. The other five Asean member states are set to join at a later date.

Revised free trade deal between Japan and half of Asean goes into effect
Japan and China discuss lifting travel ban, Tokyo raises concerns about ‘incursions’ near disputed islands

The US has meanwhile offered to help monitor activities of Chinese ships around islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkakus by Japan.

29 Jul 2020 - 9:46PM

The US has meanwhile offered to help monitor activities of Chinese ships around islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkakus by Japan.

Japan and China discuss lifting travel ban, Tokyo raises concerns about ‘incursions’ near disputed islands
Japan reports record number of coronavirus cases at start of four-day weekend

There were 830 new Covid-19 infections reported on Thursday, as Japanese set out on trips subsidised through the ‘Go To Travel’ campaign.

23 Jul 2020 - 9:41PM

There were 830 new Covid-19 infections reported on Thursday, as Japanese set out on trips subsidised through the ‘Go To Travel’ campaign.

Japan reports record number of coronavirus cases at start of four-day weekend
As coronavirus cases surge, Japan looks to give local governments more authority

Prefectural governors have been calling for more power to be given to local governments in their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

20 Jul 2020 - 6:24AM

Prefectural governors have been calling for more power to be given to local governments in their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

As coronavirus cases surge, Japan looks to give local governments more authority
Japan’s karaoke bars offer ‘mask effect’ feature to amplify singing while wearing face mask

As karaoke bars reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new setting can amplify mid-range to high-range pitches which are muffled through a mask.

18 Jul 2020 - 10:25PM

As karaoke bars reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new setting can amplify mid-range to high-range pitches which are muffled through a mask.

Japan’s karaoke bars offer ‘mask effect’ feature to amplify singing while wearing face mask
Singapore and Malaysia to open ‘green lane’ for business travel from August 10

The arrangement will permit cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes only and remains subject to Covid-19 preventive guidelines.

14 Jul 2020 - 2:40PM

The arrangement will permit cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes only and remains subject to Covid-19 preventive guidelines.

Singapore and Malaysia to open ‘green lane’ for business travel from August 10
Two US Marine bases in Japan’s Okinawa locked down after dozens contract coronavirus

There are ‘strong doubts’ the US military has taken adequate measures to prevent the Covid-19 disease from spreading, Governor Denny Tamaki says.

11 Jul 2020 - 11:36PM

There are ‘strong doubts’ the US military has taken adequate measures to prevent the Covid-19 disease from spreading, Governor Denny Tamaki says.

Two US Marine bases in Japan’s Okinawa locked down after dozens contract coronavirus
Indonesia seizes two Chinese boats after body of man found aboard

The fishing vessels – Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117 and Lu Huang Yuan Yu 118 – were ‘dragged to a military base’ on Batam Island for further investigation.

11 Jul 2020 - 4:18AM

The fishing vessels – Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117 and Lu Huang Yuan Yu 118 – were ‘dragged to a military base’ on Batam Island for further investigation.

Indonesia seizes two Chinese boats after body of man found aboard
Japanese girl, 3, starved to death after being left alone at home for a week

Police arrested Saki Kakehashi, 24, on suspicion of leaving her daughter unattended for eight days while spending time with her boyfriend.

8 Jul 2020 - 6:49PM

Police arrested Saki Kakehashi, 24, on suspicion of leaving her daughter unattended for eight days while spending time with her boyfriend.

Japanese girl, 3, starved to death after being left alone at home for a week
Taiwan celebrates Japan’s colonial legacy of a clean drinking water supply

Japanese administrators and engineers helped transform water quality in the early 20th century, raising life expectancy of Taiwanese by over 50 per cent.

8 Jul 2020 - 12:08PM

Japanese administrators and engineers helped transform water quality in the early 20th century, raising life expectancy of Taiwanese by over 50 per cent.

Taiwan celebrates Japan’s colonial legacy of a clean drinking water supply
China gives Japanese man jailed for spying early release

The man from Kanagawa Prefecture was detained by Chinese authorities in May 2015 when he visited Dandong close to the border with North Korea.

2 Jul 2020 - 2:55PM

The man from Kanagawa Prefecture was detained by Chinese authorities in May 2015 when he visited Dandong close to the border with North Korea.

China gives Japanese man jailed for spying early release
Koko the cat helped save man stuck in a canal. Now she’s a local hero in Japan

Koko the cat in central Japan’s Toyama city honoured by local police for helping lead to the rescue of an elderly man who had fallen into an irrigation channel.

28 Jun 2020 - 11:08AM

Koko the cat in central Japan’s Toyama city honoured by local police for helping lead to the rescue of an elderly man who had fallen into an irrigation channel.

Koko the cat helped save man stuck in a canal. Now she’s a local hero in Japan
Artificial intelligence used in hiring at Japanese companies, to read résumés and check applicants fit the corporate culture

Companies in Japan are testing AI to help hire talent, from résumé screening to analysing candidates’ word choices and speech patterns. Some use chatbots to interview applicants.

24 Jun 2020 - 2:14PM

Companies in Japan are testing AI to help hire talent, from résumé screening to analysing candidates’ word choices and speech patterns. Some use chatbots to interview applicants.

Artificial intelligence used in hiring at Japanese companies, to read résumés and check applicants fit the corporate culture
Trump pushed Abe to mediate in Iran, knowing it would fail, Bolton claims in memoir

Former US national security adviser John Bolton said Donald Trump used his relationship with Shinzo Abe to push for a boost in farm exports to Japan.

23 Jun 2020 - 5:34PM

Former US national security adviser John Bolton said Donald Trump used his relationship with Shinzo Abe to push for a boost in farm exports to Japan.

Trump pushed Abe to mediate in Iran, knowing it would fail, Bolton claims in memoir
Japan city renames area covering Senkaku Islands, triggering China to warn of reprisal

The Ishigaki city assembly changed the name of the area from ‘Tonoshiro’ to ‘Tonoshiro Senkaku’ – inserting the Japanese name for the disputed islands, which are known as Diaoyu in China.

23 Jun 2020 - 10:09AM

The Ishigaki city assembly changed the name of the area from ‘Tonoshiro’ to ‘Tonoshiro Senkaku’ – inserting the Japanese name for the disputed islands, which are known as Diaoyu in China.

Japan city renames area covering Senkaku Islands, triggering China to warn of reprisal
Tokyo lifts all coronavirus restrictions on businesses, seeking to spur economy

Restrictions were eased despite the capital still recording double-digit daily new infections.

19 Jun 2020 - 9:11AM

Restrictions were eased despite the capital still recording double-digit daily new infections.

Tokyo lifts all coronavirus restrictions on businesses, seeking to spur economy
Big data and your bladder: sensors detect when elderly need to pee

With an ageing population and a shortage of nursing care, Japan is turning to the internet of things and artificial intelligence to supplement human help.

15 Jun 2020 - 8:28PM

With an ageing population and a shortage of nursing care, Japan is turning to the internet of things and artificial intelligence to supplement human help.

Big data and your bladder: sensors detect when elderly need to pee
Tokyo reports jump in coronavirus cases, many linked to nightclubs

The Japanese capital saw 47 new Covid-19 cases, with 18 linked to nightlife establishments, as authorities work to prevent a second wave of infections.

14 Jun 2020 - 9:37PM

The Japanese capital saw 47 new Covid-19 cases, with 18 linked to nightlife establishments, as authorities work to prevent a second wave of infections.

Tokyo reports jump in coronavirus cases, many linked to nightclubs
Japan unlikely to fix date soon for delayed state visit by China’s Xi Jinping

Bilateral ties complicated by Beijing’s tightening grip on Hong Kong and tensions with Washington – Tokyo’s key ally.

6 Jun 2020 - 12:49AM

Bilateral ties complicated by Beijing’s tightening grip on Hong Kong and tensions with Washington – Tokyo’s key ally.

Japan unlikely to fix date soon for delayed state visit by China’s Xi Jinping
Cultural appropriation? Japan’s indigenous Ainu wary of Chinese bid to trademark their name for smartphone cases

An application has been lodged by an individual in Shenzhen to trademark ‘Ainu’ for products such as smartphone cases and computer mouses.

3 Jun 2020 - 3:06PM

An application has been lodged by an individual in Shenzhen to trademark ‘Ainu’ for products such as smartphone cases and computer mouses.

Cultural appropriation? Japan’s indigenous Ainu wary of Chinese bid to trademark their name for smartphone cases
US indicts five Chinese and 28 North Koreans over US$2.5 billion in illegal funds for Pyongyang’s nuclear programme

More than two dozen North Koreans also charged for facilitating over US$2.5 billion in payments in largest such sanctions violations case.

29 May 2020 - 11:06PM

More than two dozen North Koreans also charged for facilitating over US$2.5 billion in payments in largest such sanctions violations case.

US indicts five Chinese and 28 North Koreans over US$2.5 billion in illegal funds for Pyongyang’s nuclear programme
Japan police arrest man over arson attack on KyoAni studio that killed 36 people

Shinji Aoba is charged with murder and other offences for the attack on Kyoto Animation which killed 36 people.

27 May 2020 - 11:09PM

Shinji Aoba is charged with murder and other offences for the attack on Kyoto Animation which killed 36 people.

Japan police arrest man over arson attack on KyoAni studio that killed 36 people
Japanese prosecutor Hiromu Kurokawa quits over mahjong gambling scandal

Kurokawa, an ally of PM Shinzo Abe, admitted to playing mahjong for money with reporters, defying social distancing guidelines to fight coronavirus.

21 May 2020 - 6:01PM

Kurokawa, an ally of PM Shinzo Abe, admitted to playing mahjong for money with reporters, defying social distancing guidelines to fight coronavirus.

Japanese prosecutor Hiromu Kurokawa quits over mahjong gambling scandal
Japan renews claim on Russia-held Kuril Islands in foreign policy report

Tokyo had refrained from claiming ownership of the islands last year amid hopes Shinzo Abe and Vladimir Putin would break the deadlock in the territorial dispute.

19 May 2020 - 10:52PM

Tokyo had refrained from claiming ownership of the islands last year amid hopes Shinzo Abe and Vladimir Putin would break the deadlock in the territorial dispute.

Japan renews claim on Russia-held Kuril Islands in foreign policy report
Coronavirus: eight Covid-19 vaccine candidates are in clinical trial, WHO says

Pharmaceutical firms and health institutes in countries including the US, China and Germany have led the development to treat coronavirus patients.

16 May 2020 - 11:53PM

Pharmaceutical firms and health institutes in countries including the US, China and Germany have led the development to treat coronavirus patients.

Coronavirus: eight Covid-19 vaccine candidates are in clinical trial, WHO says
Japan to join calls for probe into WHO’s coronavirus response

The WHO has been accused by the US and some of its allies of turning a blind eye while China withheld data that could have helped limit the spread of the coronavirus.

16 May 2020 - 9:37PM

The WHO has been accused by the US and some of its allies of turning a blind eye while China withheld data that could have helped limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Japan to join calls for probe into WHO’s coronavirus response
Coronavirus restrictions can’t stop Japan’s demand for plastic surgery. But is it safe?

Some patients see the pandemic as the perfect time for cosmetic surgery, knowing their face masks will cover the swelling following an operation.

12 May 2020 - 5:30PM

Some patients see the pandemic as the perfect time for cosmetic surgery, knowing their face masks will cover the swelling following an operation.

Coronavirus restrictions can’t stop Japan’s demand for plastic surgery. But is it safe?
Indonesia urges China, South Korea to probe deaths of four seamen who were allegedly denied treatment

Indonesian crew of Chinese-flagged Long Xing 629 tuna longliner told South Korean media crewmates were denied medical treatment and subjected to physical abuse.

8 May 2020 - 5:25PM

Indonesian crew of Chinese-flagged Long Xing 629 tuna longliner told South Korean media crewmates were denied medical treatment and subjected to physical abuse.

Indonesia urges China, South Korea to probe deaths of four seamen who were allegedly denied treatment
Japan’s Shinzo Abe says he’s missed goal to amend pacifist constitution by 2020

PM Shinzo Abe planned to amend four elements of Japan’s constitution to give more power to the cabinet in an emergency, and to describe the Self-Defence forces as the nation’s legitimate military.

5 May 2020 - 2:25PM

PM Shinzo Abe planned to amend four elements of Japan’s constitution to give more power to the cabinet in an emergency, and to describe the Self-Defence forces as the nation’s legitimate military.

Japan’s Shinzo Abe says he’s missed goal to amend pacifist constitution by 2020