Womenomics to fuel Japan’s growth

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 9:51AM UTC Pic: AP.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sets out to empower women as a pillar of economic growth writes Naohiro Yashiro for Asia Sentinel. “Womenomics” is a key pillar of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic growth strategy. In 2013, just 64 percent of Japanese women aged 15–64 were participating in the labor force — a low rate by OECD standards.

Mori worried about Tokyo stadium delays

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:12AM UTC An artist's rendering of the new National Stadium, the main venue which Tokyo plans to build for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — The head of Tokyo’s Olympic organizing committee is concerned that delays in the demolition of the old Olympic stadium will have a negative impact on the 2020 Games and the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Japan to send officials to North Korea next week

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:04AM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government will send a group of officials to North Korea next week for an update on the North’s investigation into the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents in the 1970s and ’80s.

Japan trade minister resigns over election funds charges

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 9:38AM UTC Japan's former trade minister Yuko Obuchi. Pic: AP.

Japan’s trade minister, Yuko Obuchi, has announced her resignation after allegations that she violated election laws.

Japan reactor near active volcanos ‘unsafe’

By Fri, Oct 17, 2014 7:31PM UTC Japan reactor near active volcanos ‘unsafe’

TOKYO (AP) — A prominent volcanologist says predicting eruptions is impossible, disputing Japanese nuclear regulators’ safety approval of two reactors based on the prediction that an eruption won’t happen in the next few decades. Toshitsugu Fujii, head of a government-commissioned panel on volcanic eruption prediction, said Friday a cauldron eruption

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