Eying China, Japan seeks record defense budget

By Sat, Aug 30, 2014 2:29PM UTC Japan Ground Self-Defense Force anti-land mine missile is launched during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Japan’s Defense Ministry is requesting its biggest ever budget to bolster its military ability to defend remote southern islands amid China’s growing activity in the area.

How Asia has outpaced Latin America on education reform

By Thu, Aug 28, 2014 1:02PM UTC Images from AP.

While Asia may have its detractors when it comes to issues like human rights and democratic freedoms, one area where it excels is education. Asian – and especially east Asian – universities are increasingly appearing at the top of the major rankings and Asian students swept the boards in the most recent round of PISA tests, all while keeping education spending at sustainable levels.

Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results

By Wed, Aug 27, 2014 6:30PM UTC Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research says that so far its researchers have not managed to replicate the results. Scientists at the government-affiliated Riken Center for Developmental Biology said Wednesday they were still trying to match results

Japan PM sent prayer note to controversial war criminal ceremony

By Wed, Aug 27, 2014 3:37PM UTC Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s top government spokesman has acknowledged that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this year sent a note to a temple ceremony honoring hundreds of World War II-era war criminals that praised their contributions to the country.

Teenage girl infected with dengue in Japan; 1st case in over 60 years

By Wed, Aug 27, 2014 12:19PM UTC Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years.

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