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Revealed: Chaotic U.S. military sex-abuse justice record in Japan

An AP investigation of U.S. military sex-crime cases in Japan shows commanders' chaotic justice record as Congress prepares to vote on military legal reforms. (Feb. 10)…

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hails election of pro-nuclear Tokyo governor

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday welcomed the election of a conservative governor of Tokyo in a result analysts say will help boost Abe's economic reform agenda and reinforce his drive to restart Japan's nuclear reactors. Backed by Abe's ruling coalition……

Japan asks Netherlands to take ‘practical measures’ against Sea Shepherd activists

Japan on Monday said it was asking the Netherlands to take "practical measures" against a Dutch-registered vessel that collided with a Japanese whaling ship in the Southern Ocean. The Bob Barker, belonging to militant anti-whaling campaigners Sea Shepherd……

Japanese government distances itself from NHK Broadcasting head’s ‘comfort women’ comments

Tokyo on Monday distanced itself from comments by the new head of national broadcaster NHK, who said the Imperial Army's system of wartime sex slavery was not unique to Japan. Katsuto Momii said Saturday that the practice of forcibly drafting women……

One-in-four nursery school children caught up in Japan’s 2011 tsunami disaster has psychiatric problems

One in four nursery school children caught up in Japan's 2011 tsunami disaster has psychiatric problems, a report said Monday, with experts warning the effects could last a lifetime if left untreated. Researchers found 25.9 percent of children aged……

Researchers blame Chinese air pollution for winter cyclones hitting Pacific Ocean

Surging air pollution from China and other fast-growing Asian economies has intensified winter cyclones in the northwest Pacific, scientists said Tuesday. Winter cyclones in latitudes including northwestern China, Korea and Japan have packed stronger winds and more rain as a result of rising levels of particulate pollution, they said. The…

Researchers confirm: Warmer Pacific Ocean has increased cyclone risk for China, Japan and Korea

China, Korea and Japan have been placed in the firing line of powerful tropical cyclones by a warming of water in the western Pacific, according to a three-decade study published on Thursday. Researchers led by Chang-Hoi Ho from Seoul National University in South Korean looked at five sets of background…

Japan to recreate nuclear meltdown — for science

An interesting story popped up from Agence France-Presse today, suggesting that the Japan Atomic Energy Agency was planning to conduct an experiment sometime in the next twelve months whereby they would create a “controlled [nuclear] reactor meltdown…  …

Harry Potter’s ‘Lord Voldemort’ invoked again as Japan hits back at China

The diplomatic bickering between Japan and China has descended into name-calling in the British press, with claim and counter-claim by the countries’ ambassadors invoking the fictional evil wizard of the Harry Potter series, Lord Voldemort. In an opinion piece published in Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper on Monday, Tokyo’s envoy to…

Japan’s population logs record drop of 244,000 in 2013

Japan’s population fell by a record 244,000 in 2013, according to health ministry estimates released on Wednesday, highlighting concerns over an ever-dwindling workforce supporting a growing number of pensioners. An estimated 1,031,000 babies were born in 2013, down about 6,000 from a year earlier, the ministry said. On the other…

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