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East Asian regional powers play blame game as tensions rise

East Asian regional powers play blame game as tensions rise

THREE factors have increased geopolitical uncertainty and volatility in the Asia-Pacific since 2012 [...]

Shinzo Abe delivers political and financial feel-good factor

Shinzo Abe delivers political and financial feel-good factor

RISING city house prices, a 57 per cent gain in the Nikkei-225 stock market index, and the feel- [...]

Japan’s mega-project to link Tokyo and Osaka with 505km/h train

Japan’s mega-project to link Tokyo and Osaka with 505km/h train

JAPAN is set to enter uncharted territory for public transport, with a large-scale railway project [...]

Senkaku Islands tensions drive Russia and Japan closer

Senkaku Islands tensions drive Russia and Japan closer

INCREASED tensions between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands in the South China Sea are [...]

China escalates Senkaku dispute to divert attention

China escalates Senkaku dispute to divert attention

CHINA’S new leadership under President Xi Jinping has upped the stakes in its dispute with Japan [...]

Tokyo’s growing success as centre for Asian business

Tokyo’s growing success as centre for Asian business

JAPAN is one of the most centralised countries in the world, partly due to geography but also to [...]

Japan relies almost totally on energy imports to keep the lights on

Japan relies almost totally on energy imports to keep the lights on

Japan is again nuclear-free with all its 50 remaining reactors idle. The two Oi plant reactors, [...]

Japan signals major boost to defence budget

Japan signals major boost to defence budget

AFTER 11 years of decline, Japan’s 2013 defence budget rose this year by 0.7 per cent to US$47 [...]

Olympics win gives Japan’s revival a boost

Olympics win gives Japan’s revival a boost

JAPAN’S reputation as a ‘safe pair of hands’ gave it the edge to win the race to host the 2020 [...]

Japan leads the world in solar power

Japan leads the world in solar power

JAPAN is expected to become the world’s largest solar energy market in 2013, with installations of [...]

Fukushima legacy overshadows Japan’s nuclear re-start

Fukushima legacy overshadows Japan’s nuclear re-start

THE traditionally pro-nuclear Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) has regained control of both Japanese [...]

Japan retains global top spot as creditor country

Japan retains global top spot as creditor country

JAPAN is still the world’s top creditor nation in spite of its huge debt burden. Latest figures [...]

Japan keeps spending despite economic woes

Japan keeps spending despite economic woes

JAPAN’s public finances are in dire straits. The country’s gross government debt is approaching 240 [...]

Shinzo Abe’s victory frees Japan from political gridlock

Shinzo Abe’s victory frees Japan from political gridlock

THE coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and its ally, Buddhist party New Komeito, now has a [...]

Japan’s ITC pioneers go overseas to spend their cash mountains

Japan’s ITC pioneers go overseas to spend their cash mountains

JAPAN’S government and households are desperately short of money, but the nation’s companies keep [...]

Africa is coveted ‘last frontier’ for China and Japan

Africa is coveted ‘last frontier’ for China and Japan

AFRICA, often referred to as the last frontier of globalisation, has experienced tremendous growth [...]

Japan’s Line overtakes Facebook and Twitter

Japan’s Line overtakes Facebook and Twitter

JAPAN’S earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in March 2011 was the driver behind a smartphone [...]

Japan’s nuclear reprocessing plant raises Asia Pacific tension

Japan’s nuclear reprocessing plant raises Asia Pacific tension

JAPAN’S plan to start up a large-scale nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho has raised [...]

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