Asia Observer

Japan risks angering China with military expansion

Planned construction of radar station near Taiwan is latest twist in row over disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Report by theguardian.com.  Photo - Japan's defence minister, Itsunori Onodera (centre) inspects the ground for a military lookout station. Photograph Kyodo/Reuters&l


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Japanese prime minister’s visit to Yasukuni war shrine adds to tensions in Asia

Japanese prime minister’s visit to Yasukuni war shrine adds to tensions in Asia


By Chico Harlan, Published December 26
SEOUL — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a Shinto shrine Thursday that honors Japan’s war dead, including 14 war criminals, and


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Radioactive water from Fukushima plant may have reached sea

TOKYO — Some of the hundreds of tons of radioactive water which leaked from a tank at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may have flown into the sea, the plant’s operator said Wednesday.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is desperately trying to seal a tank at the plan


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Effects will become more obvious as Japan’s climate changes

 BY ROWAN HOOPER

Residents of Japan’s big cities, and of Tokyo in particular, are well aware of the heat-island effect — especially now with the onset of summer.

The effect occurs because concrete and asphalt retain radiant energy, making the whole


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Free clothing entices Tokyo shoppers to bare all

TOKYO — Tokyo shoppers stripped down to the bare essentials on Saturday hoping to win free clothing as part of a promotional giveaway.

The “semi-naked party” was hosted by Barcelona-based retailer Desig


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