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On 13 February in Asian history

13 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 13, 2017

711 BC: Birth of Jimmu, 1st Japanese emperor, who died on April 9 586 BC, aged 126 (traditional dates)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Jimmu

951: Guo Wei (郭威), also known as Emperor Taizu (太祖) founds the short-lived Later Zhou dynasty during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, reigning from 951 until his death in 954
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guo_Wei

1219: Assassination of of Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese shogun born on September 17, 1192
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamoto_no_Sanetomo

1516: Birth of Bayinnaung, King of Burma, who died in November 1581
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayinnaung

1565, Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi and his troops arrived in the Philippines and landed on the shores of Cibabao (present day Samar island).
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/929/today-in-philippine-history-february-13-1565-miguel-l-pez-de-legazpi-landed-on-the-shores-of-cibabao

1585: Salim, future Mughol Emperor Jahangir, Married his cousin Man Bai, 16 years old
http://www.islamicart.com/library/empires/india/jahangir.html
http://indiaopines.com/facts-jahangir-wives-sons-daughters/

 1601: James Lancaster leads first East India Company voyage from London
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lancaster

1739: Battle of Karnal, decisive victory for Nader Shah the emperor of Persia during his invasion of India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Karnal
http://citymartkarnal.blogspot.fr/2011/05/battle-of-karnal-1739-ad_26.html

1739-02-13 Battle of Karnal

1755: The Treaty of Gijanti reduces remaining Javanese princes to vassals of Dutch East India Company and  allows Dutch to monopolize production of coffee on Java
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Giyanti

1835: Birth of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Indian religious figure, founder of the Amadiyya Movement, who died on May 26, 1908
http://www.muslimsforpeace.org/hazrat-mirza-ghulam-ahmad/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirza_Ghulam_Ahmad

1879: Birth of Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter, who died on March 2, 1949
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/sarojini-naidu.html

1885: In Tonkin, the French capture Langson, defeating the Chinese garrison
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%E1%BA%A1ng_S%C6%A1n_Campaign

1907: Birth of Katy de la Cruz, Filipino singer who died on November 10, 2004
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katy_de_la_Cruz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiGIffuoJPw

1911: Birth of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pakistani poet who died on November 20 1984
http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/1558

1912 : Sun Yat-sen, provisional president of China tenders his resignation to the Legislature (effective Apr.01) and endorses Yuan Shikai as his successor so long as Yüan obeys the constitution and the capital is moved from Peking to Nanking
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/999.html

1913: Thubten Gyatso, the 13th Dalai Lama, proclaims an edict that reaffirms the independence of Tibet (not recognised by China)
https://tibettalk.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/the-tibetan-declaration-of-independence/

1915: Birth of Aung San, Burmese General and politician, father of Burma independence, killed on July 19, 1947
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aung_San
http://www.aungsan.com/Time_Line.htm

1921: Birth of Aung Khin, Burmese painter who died on April 13, 1996
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aung_Khin
https://pansuriya.wordpress.com/tag/khin-maung-yin/

1921: Birth of Zao wou-ki (maybe on February 1) Franco-Chinese painter who died on April 9, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zao_Wou-Ki
https://www.google.com/search?q=zao%20wou%20ki&tbm=isch
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1362.html

Zao Wou-ki

1931: New Delhi becomes the capital of India
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/13-february-1931-new-delhi-became-the-capital-of-india
http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2011/11/11/why-delhi-the-move-from-calcutta/

1944: Birth of Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor who died on May 27, 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oduvil_Unnikrishnan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwrXS3QqwEM

1951: Beginning of the three-day Battle of Chipyong-ni, one of the main battles involving the Chinese in the Korean War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chipyong-ni
http://parallelnarratives.com/the-battle-of-chipyong-ni-february-1951/

1951-02-13 Battle of Chipyong-ni

1955: After the evacuation of thousands of ROC forces and civilians by the US Seventh Fleet, Chinese Army take control of Dachen Island and other small islands off Zhejiang

1955-02-13 PLA control de Dachen

1956: Indonesia unilaterally abrogates the association with Netherlands

1962: Birth of May Sweet, Burmese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Sweet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gteeb6eGqq4

1964: Birth of Yamantaka Eye, Japanese musician (Boredoms)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamantaka_Eye

1968: US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam

1971: Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos

1985: Birth of Kwak Ji-min, South Korean actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1560374/
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Kwak_Ji-min.php

1990: Birth of the 11th Panchen Lama Gyaincain Norbu imposed by Beijing in November 1995
http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php?title=Gyaincain_Norbu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Panchen_Lama_controversy
http://www.freepanchenlama.org/

1996: The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) launches the people’s war

2004: South Korean National assembly decides to send 3,000 more soldiers to Irak

2007: North Korea agrees to dismantle its main nuclear reactor in Yongbyon for massive deliveries of fuel and other beneficts

2007: Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as the chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted on charges of embezzlement during his tenure as the mayor of Taipei
http://english.people.com.cn/200702/14/eng20070214_349835.html

2008: Death of Kon Ichikawa, Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter, born on November 20 1915
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/14/movies/14ichikawa.html
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2008/feb/14/obituaries.japan



2010: Myanmar frees major opposition leader 82-year-old Tin Oo
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8514159.stm

2010: Top Judge Suspends President’s Judicial Appointment in Pakistan .The dispute over the choice of a Supreme Court judge is part of broader political battle between Mr. Zardari and the top judge, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, a powerful figure who has opened old corruption cases against Mr. Zardari and his allies.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/world/asia/14pstan.html?ref=asia

2012: Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan’s prime minister, is charged with contempt of court by the country’s supreme court, after he disobeyed a court order to open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/world/asia/pakistani-court-indicts-prime-minister-for-contempt.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201221344753846407.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/12/world/asia/pakistan-gilani-court/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

2013: Death of Yuko Tojo, Japanese right wing activist, born on May 20, 1939
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/02/16/national/tojos-granddaughter-yuko-dies-at-73/#.UvufK73LTmQ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuko_Tojo

2013: Mohamed Nasheed, the former Maldives President, takes refuge inside the Indian embassy in the capital, Male, after a local magistrate ordered his arrest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/2013213132554617868.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21444740

2014: Afghanistan releases 65 alleged Taliban militants from prison despite protests from the US military, which warned that the men were “dangerous insurgents” who will likely return to fighting Afghan and international forces
http://www.france24.com/en/20140213-afghan-prisoner-release-usa-bagram/
http://kabul.usembassy.gov/st-021314.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-13-14#.Uvxn5Owm-e5.twitter

2014: Death of Balu Mahendra, Sri Lankan-Indian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter, born on May 20, 1939
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Balu-Mahendra-who-made-his-visuals-speak-dies-at-74/articleshow/30363139.cms
http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/balu-mahendra-19392014/article5684322.ece#im-image-9
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balu_Mahendra

2015: Death of Popular Vietnamese communist party official Nguyen Ba Thanh at 61. He transformed the coastal city of Danang into a tourism and investment hub by cutting corruption and red tape, then was head of the Communist Party’s anti-corruption agency
bhttp://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnams-top-anticorruption-official-loses-cancer-battle-dies-at-62-38763.html

2016: Death of O. N. V. Kurup, Indian poet and academic, born on May 1927, 1931
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Malayalam-poet-lyricist-O-N-V-Kurup-dead/articleshow/50976225.cms
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/malayalam-poet-lyricist-o-n-v-kurup-dead/195844.html

Japan’s home policy and society

13 FEBRUARY 2017

Cult Japanese director Seijun Suzuki dies aged 93

 Celebrated Japanese film director Seijun Suzuki, best known for cult 1960s yakuza films Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill, has died at the age of 93. Suzuki died on 13 February, with the cause given as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a statement from Nikkatsu film studios
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/22/cult-japanese-director-seijun-suzuki-dies-aged-93

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Jiro Taniguchi, Japanese manga visionary who ‘bridged two worlds of cartoon art’, dies aged 69

Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan’s comic art of manga, died in Tokyo on Saturday at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line drawing of scenes from everyday life
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2070169/jiro-taniguchi-japanese-manga-visionary-who-bridged-two-worlds

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Does contemporary Japan need religion?

By Michael Hoffman the author of “In the Land of the Kami: A Journey into the Hearts of Japan” and “Other Worlds.”
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/04/national/media-national/contemporary-japan-need-religion/#.WJjz1eR-sdI

27 JANUARY 2017

Foreign workers in Japan hit 1 million for the first time

The number of foreign workers in Japan surpassed 1 million for the first time last year, as the labour-strapped country struggles to find enough Japanese workers
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/foreign-workers-japan-hit-1-million-first-time
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/27/national/foreign-workers-japan-hit-1-million-mark-first-time-last-autumn-ministry/#.WIvK9YWcE2w

11 JANUARY 2017

Japan’s Emperor Akihito ‘to abdicate on New Year’s Day 2019’

Japan’s emperor will abdicate and allow his eldest son to ascend the chrysanthemum throne on New Year’s Day 2019, media reports said, as the government prepares legal changes for the country’s first abdication for two centuries
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/11/japan-considers-changes-to-law-to-allow-emperor-to-abdicate-reports
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/11/national/era-name-new-emperor-may-announced-ahead-accession-sources/#.WHaKWIWcE2w

22 DECEMBER 2016

Japan’s 2016 births likely fell below 1 mln for 1st time

The number of annual births in Japan is set to fall below 1 million this year for the first time since data became available in 1899, reflecting a fast-ageing society and the high cost of childcare, Japanese media reported on Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japans-2016-births-likely-fell-below-1-mln-1st-time

27 OCTOBER 2016

Emperor Hirohito’s younger brother, Prince Mikasa, dead at 100

The uncle of Emperor Akihito has died at age 100. The death of Prince Mikasa leaves only four heirs to Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne, amid questions about the future of the 2,600-year-old monarchy
http://www.dw.com/en/emperor-hirohitos-younger-brother-prince-mikasa-dead-at-100/a-36167838
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161027_24/

17 OCTOBER 2016

Japan begins discussions on emperor’s abdication

A six-member advisory panel holds its first meeting on Monday (Oct 17) to discuss a critical issue facing the Imperial system: Emperor Akihito’s wish to abdicate in a few years’ time due to his old age
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37675261
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/17/national/imperial-abdication-committee-holds-first-meeting/#.WAVKUYVOI2w

3 OCTOBER 2016

Japanese microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi wins Nobel in medicine for autophagy research

Japanese microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi on Monday won the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on cell autophagy, a process that helps the body remove unwanted proteins
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/10/03/nobel-prize-in-medicine-awarded-to-japans-yoshinori-ohsumi/?postshare=2341475489660323&tid=ss_in
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/03/world/japanese-microbiologist-yoshinori-ohsumi-wins-nobel-prize-in-medicine-for-autophagy-research/#.V_LLlYVOI2w
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2016-10/03/content_15505130.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2016

Weak opposition is a cancer in Japan’s political system

For close to 40 years after 1955, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) dominated Japan’s competitive party system. Opposition parties were not able to mount a successful challenge to LDP rule at the national level, but they had an important impact on policy and the political process. Japan had one dominant party but not a one-party system
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/18/weak-opposition-is-a-cancer-in-japans-political-system/

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

Half-Taiwanese Renho becomes first woman to lead Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party

 Japan’s Democratic Party selected acting leader Renho as its new leader Thursday, making the 48-year-old the first woman to head the nation’s main opposition party
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2019655/half-taiwanese-renho-becomes-first-woman-lead-japans-main
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160915_25/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/15/japanese-opposition-party-elects-first-female-leader

8  AUGUST 2016

In a moving video message, Japanese Emperor signals wish to abdicate in near future

In an unprecedented prerecorded video message aired Monday, Emperor Akihito expressed concern about how his advanced age is affecting the performance of his public duties. The speech was widely interpreted as conveying his wish to abdicate in the near future
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/08/japans-emperor-akihito-health-abdication-rare-tv-address
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160808_29/

31 JULY 2016

Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first woman governor

Former environment minister Yuriko Koike of the Liberal Democratic Party was elected the capital’s first female governor on Sunday by a wide margin
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tokyo-elects-yuriko-koike/3001534.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/31/national/politics-diplomacy/tokyo-elects-former-environment-minister-yuriko-koike-as-citys-first-female-governor/#.V55bO49OI2w
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160801_03/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1997374/yuriko-koike-promises-deliver-tokyo-you-have-never-seen-after

24 JULY 2016

Can Abe revise Japan’s peace constitution?

 Since the 10 July upper house election in Japan there has been widespread speculation that the government will move to formally revise the country’s constitution including the Article 9 ‘peace clause’. This now appears possible since the Abe-led Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), along with its junior coalition partner Komeito and sympathetic micro-sized right-leaning opposition parties, controls the two-thirds majorities in both houses needed to take constitutional amendments to a referendum
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/07/24/can-abe-revise-japans-peace-constitution/

13 JULY 2016

Japan’s Emperor Akihito plans to step down, according to report

The Japanese Emperor Akihito, who has spent much of his time on the throne trying to heal the wounds of the second world war, intends to abdicate in a few years’ time, public broadcaster NHK has reported, a step that would be unprecedented in modern Japan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/13/japans-emperor-akihito-plans-step-down-reports
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160713_34/

10 JULY 2016

Ruling bloc scores big in Japanese Upper House, bringing Constitution closer to amendment bid

The Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition scored a sweeping victory in the Upper House election Sunday that gave the Diet’s pro-revision forces the two-thirds majority needed to initiate Japan’s first constitutional referendum, early media projections showed
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003069791
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/11/national/politics-diplomacy/ruling-bloc-wins-big-in-upper-house/#.V4K83Y9OLNN

19 JUNE 2016

Thousands protest US military presence on Okinawa

Thousands of demonstrators have rallied on the Japanese island of Okinawa against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel that have angered residents for décades
http://www.dw.com/en/thousands-protest-us-military-presence-on-okinawa/a-19340871
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-19/okinawa-protesters-rally-against-us-military-presence-on-japanese-island/1591664
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20160619210321173/

15 JUNE 2016

Tokyo governor resigns amid allegations of lavish personal spending

The reports say Governor Yoichi Masuzoe submitted the resignation Wednesday morning. The resignation is said to take effect on June 21
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/06/tokyo-governor-resigns-amid-graft-allegations/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160615_40/

7 JUNE 2016

Japan and its immigration policies are growing old

Japan is experiencing a serious demographic crunch. About 27 per cent of the Japanese population is over the age of 65 and there are 1.4 million fewer people today than there were in 2007
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/06/07/japan-and-its-immigration-policies-are-growing-old/

26 APRIL 2016

Japan eyes more foreign workers, stealthily challenging immigration taboo

Desperately seeking an antidote to a rapidly aging population, Japanese policymakers are exploring ways to bring in more foreign workers without calling it an « immigration Policy »
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-eyes-more-foreign-workers-stealthily-challenging-immigration-taboo#sthash.KfGRsKus.dpuf

19 APRIL 2016

Japan plans final push to bring home its war dead

From the icy wastes of Siberia to the jungle-clad interior of the Solomon Islands, and from the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean to the border of India and modern-day Myanmar, more than 2.4 million Japanese who were killed during World War II remain unaccounted for
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-plans-final-push-to-bring-home-its-war-dead/a-19197835

28 MARCH 2016

Largest opposition party formed in Japan

The largest Japanese opposition party since the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration formed in late 2012 was established here on Sunday, eyeing confrontation with the Abe-led ruling bloc in the summer’s upper house election.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-03/27/content_15406848.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/new-opposition-party-launched-in-japan

4 MARCH 2016

Japan to suspend construction for US base relocation in Okinawa

Japan’s government will accept a court-mediated settlement plan and suspend construction work for the planned relocation of a US airbase in Okinawa and will begin a new round of talks with local authorities who want the base moved off the island
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-suspend-construction-us-base-relocation-okinawa
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160304_29/

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan’s population shrinks for the first time on census record

Japan’s population declined in 2015 for the first time since the national census began in 1920, but Tokyo is still growing, according to preliminary figures released by the internal affairs ministry on Feb. 26.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201602260079
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35666274

24 FEBRUARY 2016

DPJ, Japan Innovation Party to merge ahead of Upper House election

The Democratic Party of Japan and the Japan Innovation Party have agreed to merge in the latest–and boldest–move by the opposition camp to battle the ruling coalition in the Upper House election.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201602240068
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002769609
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/24/national/politics-diplomacy/dpj-endorses-merger-ishin-no-new-party-form-next-month/#.Vs4zGDjMvIV

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Reforming Japan’s labour market

Japan’s labour market situation is improving. The unemployment rate of 3.1 per cent in October 2015 was the lowest for 20 years. And, although improvement has been slow, wage growth has een accelerating. But Japan’s labour market still faces several serious issues.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/02/reforming-japans-labour-market/

31 JANUARY 2016

Labor shortage fuels record influx of foreign workers in Japan

Japan’s labor shortage has led to companies recruiting a record number of foreign workers, with 908,000 in the nation at the end of October 2015, labor ministry figures revealed Jan. 29
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201601300036

28 JANUARY 2016

Japan’s embattled economy minister Amari resigns over graft claims

Embattled economic minister Akira Amari on Thursday resigned over a graft scandal involving the misappropriation of funds within his office, dealing a hard blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/28/national/politics-diplomacy/amari-offers-step-economy-minister-graft-claims/#.VqqTvjjMvIV
http://www.dw.com/en/japanese-economy-minister-amari-quits-over-graft-claim/a-19009290

20 JANUARY 2016

The Battle for Okinawa

The Forgotten Island Has Its Say
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/japan/2016-01-20/battle-okinawa?cid=nlc-twofa-20160121&sp_mid=50517250&sp_rid=Z29sZGZpZW1AZ21haWwuY29tS0&spMailingID=50517250&spUserID=MTA2MTUwMDgyNjY1S0&spJobID=842818660&spReportId=ODQyODE4NjYwS0

10 DECEMBER 2015

Japanese scientists receive Nobel prizes

Two Japanese scientists, Takaaki Kajita and Satoshi Omura, have received Nobel Prizes. Kajita, a winner in physics, and Omura, a laureate in physiology or medicine, attended the award ceremony in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, on Thursday
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151211_03.html

Japan needs immigrants to boost population or could lose to China – minister

Japan should craft an « integrated » immigration policy to cope with its shrinking population, or risk losing out to an ageing China in competition for vital foreign workers, the cabinet minister for administrative reform said on Thursday (December 10)http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/547517/news/pinoyabroad/japan-needs-immigrants-to-boost-population-or-could-lose-to-china-minister

 

30 NOVEMBER 2015

Manga fans around the world are mourning the death of famed Japanese artist Shigeru Mizuki

Known for having popularised horror manga globally, Mr Mizuki was best known for his series Gegege no Kitaro, about a young boy fighting monsters based on Japanese folklore. It was also made into an animated series that ran for several years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34971607http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/culturesports/20151201.htmlhttp://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/12/01/national/paris-seoul-death-manga-artist-mizuki-mourned/#.Vl4gyjgQVjo

26 NOVEMBER 2015

Setsuko Hara, star of Ozu’s ‘Tokyo Story,’ dies at age 95

Screen legend Setsuko Hara, who starred in several films by internationally acclaimed director Yasujiro Ozu before stunning the Japanese movie world by retiring at age 42, has died of pneumonia. She was 95
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201511260037

31 OCTOBER 2015

Hashimoto’s new national party inaugurated with 18 Diet members

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s new national party held its inaugural ceremony here on Oct. 31 with 18 Diet members from the embattled Japan Innovation Party
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201510310038

29 OCTOBER 2015

Japanese government. restarts landfill work in Okinawa

The Okinawan bureau of Japan’s Defense Ministry has restarted work to reclaim land for a new US military base in the prefecture, despite strong opposition from the governor and residents
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151029_35.html

7 OCTOBER 2015

Abe Cabinet gets 9 first-time members; main ministers retained

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed nine lawmakers to their first posts as Cabinet ministers in a reshuffle on Oct. 7 but retained most of the key figures of his administration
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201510070043

6 OCTOBER 2015

Takaaki Kajita wins 2015 Nobel physics prize for breakthrough in neutrino research

Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita was named a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics on Oct. 6 for the discovery of oscillations in atmospheric neutrinos, which indicate that the elusive subatomic particles have mass
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201510060089
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002474816
http://www.nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/index.php?id=2565

17 SEPTEMBER 2015

Scuffles as Japan security bill approved by committee

A controversial bill to expand the role of Japan’s armed forces has cleared another hurdle in parliament, but sparked scuffles among lawmakers
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34275968
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002430527
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201509170046

12 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japanese goverment resumes work on controversial U.S. base in Okinawa

The Japanese government on Saturday resumed work on a controversial new U.S. military base in southern Okinawa following a month-long suspension, officials said, even as talks with local officials opposed to the project remained deadlocked
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/govt-resumes-work-on-controversial-u-s-base-in-okinawa

8 SEPTEMBER 2015

Abe re-elected unopposed as LDP president

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a rare second consecutive term on Tuesday as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), pledging to retain focus on reviving the world’s third-biggest economy and deepen debate on revising its pacifist constitution
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-re-elected-unopposed-as-ldp-president

30 AUGUST 2015

Japanese protesters rally against controversial security bills that could see troops fighting abroad

Tens of thousands have rallied outside Japan’s parliament to protest against planned new laws that could see troops in the officially pacifist nation engage in combat for the first time since World War II
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-08-30/japanese-protesters-rally-against-controversial-security-bills-that-could-see-troops-fighting-abroad/1487272
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201508300022

15 AUGUST 2015

Reflecting strong belief in peace, emperor refers to ‘deep remorse’ over war

Emperor Akihito broke new ground in his address to the memorial service for the war dead held Aug. 15 at Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201508150055
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/world/asia/emperor-akihito-expresses-deep-remorse-for-japans-role-in-world-war-ii.html?ref=asia&_r=0

14 AUGUST 2015

Japan PM expresses Second World War remorse, but says next generation need not apologise

Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, expressed « profound grief » on Friday for the « immeasurable damage and suffering » the nation’s military caused before and during the Second World War, but emphasised that future generations should not have to keep saying sorry
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11802967/Japan-PM-expresses-Second-World-War-remorse-but-says-next-generation-need-not-apologise.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/14/asia/japan-wwii-abe-apology/index.html
http://japan.kantei.go.jp/97_abe/statement/201508/0814statement.html

8 AUGUST 2015

Most Japanese believe US should apologize for atomic bombings

The majority of Japanese (61%) believe the United States should apologize for the atomic bomb attacks it carried out on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while 74% of respondents said that the attacks could not be justified by the war because the civilian death toll they inflicted was disproportionate
http://atimes.com/2015/08/most-japanese-believe-us-should-apologize-for-atomic-bombings/

6 AUGUST 2015

Hiroshima marks 70 years since atomic bomb

Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park has seen the entire Japanese political class and friends from abroad turn out for a memorial service for the city, one of only two to ever suffer an atomic Attack.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33792789
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/prayers-held-hiroshima-marks-70-years-bomb-150806055100557.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/06/hiroshima-holds-70th-memorial-of-atomic-tragedy/

20 JULY 2015

Mitsubishi apologizes to WWII Japanese prisoners of war

As Japan prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, one of its largest corporations has given a long-awaited apology for wartime atrocities.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/19/asia/mitsubishi-japan-pow-apology/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-20/mitsubishi-apologises-for-using-us-prisoners-of-war-as-slave-labourers-during-world-war-ii/1471862

23 JUNE 2015

Japan PM Shinzo Abe jeered at Battle of Okinawa ceremony

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was heckled Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, as anger flared over the U.S. military’s continuing presence
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33229432
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/06/23/national/history/japan-marks-70th-anniversary-since-guns-fell-silent-battle-okinawa/#.VYnNLO_ALmR
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-heckled-at-ceremony-in-okinawa-on-70th-anniversary-of-battle

17 JUNE 2015

Japan lowers voting age to 18

Japan passed legislation to lower the voting age to 18 from its current 20 on Wednesday, allowing teenagers into polling booths for the first time
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/595408/japan-lowers-voting-age-to-18
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150617_18.html

24 MAY 2015

 Most Japanese wary of security reform

Most Japanese neither support the passage of new defense legislation this Diet session nor feel that the government has adequately explained the proposed changes, a weekend poll by Nikkei Inc. and TV Tokyo shows.
http://asia.nikkei.com/Japan-Update/Most-Japanese-wary-of-security-reform

17 MAY 2015

Thousands protest against US airbase in Japan’s Okinawa

Thousands of people have protested in Okinawa against a controversial US marine airbase in the southern Japanese island, as a two-decade-long row over the relocation of the site deepens.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/thousands-protest-airbase-japan-okinawa-150517075100117.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/17/national/politics-diplomacy/thousands-protest-u-s-futenma-base-in-okinawa/#.VVj5VO_GMcD

30 APRIL 2015

Why US military bases divide Okinawa and mainland Japan

For the past 70 years, the bases have helped deter external attacks on Japan, including on Okinawa. But with over 25,000 US military personnel in Okinawa, and about 18 per cent of its land area being used by the US military, the presence of the bases endangers the lives and properties of the local people
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/04/30/why-us-military-bases-divide-okinawa-and-mainland-japan/

23 APRIL 2015

Japan ministers go to Yasukuni hours after China talks

Just hours after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down for his first substantial talks with China’s Xi Jinping, two of his cabinet ministers Thursday visited the war shrine that Beijing sees as a symbol of Tokyo’s violent past
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-ministers-go-yasukuni-hours-after-china-talks

21 APRIL 2015

Japanese maglev train sets new world speed record, hits 603kph in test run

Bullet train tops 603kph, with officials confident new technology is likely to shape a new global generation of trains
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/japan-breaks-train-speed-record-maglev-train-150421085448739.html

12 APRIL 2015

Japan’s ruling camp wins local polls in ‘Abenomics’ litmus test

Candidates backed by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and junior coalition partner Komeito were elected in all of the 10 gubernatorial polls held on Sunday across the nation, according to public broadcaster NHK and other reports
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-s-ruling-camp-wins/1780158.html

9 APRIL 2015

Emperor, empress mourn war dead on Palau’s Peleliu isle

The Emperor and Empress offered flowers at a monument for the war dead on Palau’s Peleliu Island during their commemorative visit to the Pacific island nation 70 years after World War II
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002069464
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/japan/2015/04/09/433207/Japan-emperor.htm

24 MARCH 2015

51% support revision of Japan’s Constitution

A nationwide mail-back survey conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun found 51 per cent of respondents support revising the Constitution and 46 per cent oppose revising it
http://www.asianewsnet.net/51-support-revision-of-Japans-Constitution-73203.html

23 MARCH 2015

Okinawa governor orders halt to work related to U.S. base relocation

The governor of Okinawa on Monday ordered a Defense Ministry branch to suspend all work in the area where a key U.S. military air base is to be relocated, in a growing confrontation between the island and the central government
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/okinawa-governor-orders-halt-to-work-related-to-u-s-base-relocation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/505591/japan-okinawa-orders-halt-to-us-military-base-work

24 February 2015

Japanese media self-censorship grows in PM Abe’s reign

Worries are growing in Japan about a trend of media self-censorship as journalists and experts say news organisations are toning down criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government for fear of sparking ire and losing access to sources
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japanese-media-self-censorship-grows-pm-abes-reign

23 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan prince urges ‘correct’ history told

Japan’s crown prince has warned of the need to remember World War II « correctly », in a rare foray into an ideological debate as nationalist politicians seek to downplay the country’s historic crimes.
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/481622/japan-prince-urges-correct-history-told

31 JANUARY 2015

Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist

An online video released on Jan. 31 purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201502010012
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Islamic-State-claims-it-has-beheaded-Japanese-hostage-Kenji-Goto/articleshow/46082253.cms

20 JANUARY 2015

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe demands that Isis release hostages

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe demands the immediate release of two Japanese men taken hostage by Islamic State (Isis). Speaking following the release of a video demanding a $200m ransom he says: ‘It is an unacceptable act to threaten us in exchange for human lives’
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2015/jan/20/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-isis-release-hostages-video
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/is-threatens-to-kill/1604252.html

3 DECEMBER 2015

Japan’s natural population decline hits record 268,000 in 2014

Japan’s natural population decline – the number by which deaths exceed births – came to an estimated 268,000 in 2014, the largest drop on record, according to data compiled by the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japans-natural-population-decline-hits-record-2680-69906.html

24 DECEMBER 2014

Abe reelected PM, forms 3rd Cabinet

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched his third Cabinet on Wednesday night after he was reelected as the nation’s 97th prime minister in votes held in both chambers of the Diet earlier in the day. Abe retained all ministers except for Defence Minister Akinori Eto, who is embroiled in a political funds scandal. Eto was replaced by Gen Nakatani, former director general of the Defence Agency, the predecessor of the Defence Ministry
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Abe-reelected-PM-forms-3rd-Cabinet-69492.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001814249

15 DECEMBER 2014

Unseated Japanese opposition leader Kaieda steps down

Banri Kaieda, who led the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) to its third consecutive thrashing at the polls, was among the casualties on a dreary night for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s main opponents.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/12/16/2003606845

14 DECEMBER 2014

Japanese PM Abe comfortably re-elected in low-turnout polls

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won comfortable re-election Sunday in a snap poll he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies, but a record low voter turn-out threatened to cloud any mandate.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141214_35.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201412150006
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/dec/14/japan-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-wins-election-video
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001790628

10 DECEMBER 2014

Japan secrecy law takes effect amid protests

Organizations representing journalists, legal experts and the entertainment industry issued statements calling for the abolishment of the state secrets protection law that they say will trample on the people’s right to know.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201412100049
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/12/japan-state-secrets-law-protests-2014129231715292756.html

3 DECEMBER 2014

Japan launches asteroid-hunting spacecraft

Japan’s space agency has launched an ambitious space mission which aims to mine an asteroid and hunt for clues about the birth of the solar system.
http://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2014/dec/03/japan-probe-hayabusa-2-asteroid-landing-science-video
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/03/world/asia/japan-rocket-launch/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

2 DECEMBER 2014

Japan PM defends « Abenomics » after Moody’s downgrade

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, gearing up for the Dec. 14 lower house election, defended his economic policy on Tuesday after Moody’s Investors Service cut Japan’s debt rating, saying foreigners’ confidence in »Abenomics » remains solid
http://news.asiaone.com/news/business/japan-pm-defends-abenomics-after-moodys-downgrade

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Japan PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament for election

Mr Abe is seeking a new mandate for economic reforms and is delaying an unpopular increase in sales tax.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30140593
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/21/national/politics-diplomacy/lower-house-dissolved-general-election/#.VG_FX73LTVI

18 NOVEMBER 2014

Japan PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election in December

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called an early election, two years ahead of schedule.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30092633
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30093827
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-calls-election-for-dec-14-delays-sales-tax-hike

16 NOVEMBER 2014

Okinawa elects anti-U.S. base governor, in rebuke to Abe

Opponents of a new U.S. Marine Corps base in Okinawa delivered a fresh rebuke to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as former Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga won the prefecture’s gubernatorial contest Sunday night in an election closely followed by Tokyo and Washington.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/16/national/politics-diplomacy/okinawa-elects-anti-u-s-base-governor-rebuke-abe/#.VGkgMr3LTmQ
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30074445

9 NOVEMBER 2014

What’s the score on Japan’s Abenomics

The December 2012 election gave Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party control of both houses of the Diet as the electorate sought positive, decisive, energetic leadership out of the malaise of the past two decades. Shinzo Abe offered himself as that leader, with Abenomics as his program
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/11/09/whats-the-score-on-japans-abenomics/#more-44150

1 NOVEMBER 2014

Can Japan’s feed-in tariff continue to promote growth in renewable energy?

The effects of Japan’s feed-in tariff (FIT) for renewable energy have been impressive. Since 2011, Japan has seen a massive expansion of solar photovoltaics (PV). The size of the domestic market increased from 1GW in 2010 to almost 7GW in 2013. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/11/01/can-japans-feed-in-tariff-continue-to-promote-growth-in-renewable-energy/

22 OCTOBER 2014

Why ‘womenomics’ is the way forward for Japan

‘Womenomics’ is a key pillar of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic growth strategy. In 2013, just 64 per cent of Japanese women aged 15–64 were participating in the labour force Abe has set a target to increase the ratio of female managers to over 30 per cent by 2020. In response, several large firms have set similar numerical targets.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/10/22/why-womenomics-is-the-way-forward-for-japan/#more-43917

20 OCTOBER 2014

In Japan, two female ministers quit, dealing a blow to Abe and ‘womenomics’

Two female Japanese cabinet ministers, appointed last month as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to let women “shine,” resigned their posts Monday amid allegations of financial impropriety.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/in-japan-two-female-ministers-quit-dealing-a-blow-to-abe-and-womenomics/2014/10/20/61ae5904-5881-11e4-bd61-346aee66ba29_story.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/oct/20/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-apologises-ministers-resign-video

7 OCTOBER 2014

Japanese trio win Nobel Prize in physics for blue LEDs

Three Japan-born scientists — Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura — won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes — a new energy-efficient and environmentally friendly light source.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/07/national/three-japanese-win-nobel-prize-physics/#.VDPkDL1OLTY
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29518521
http://news.asiaone.com/news/world/nobel-prize-physics-goes-inventors-low-energy-led-light

5 OCTOBER 2014

Princess Noriko marries son of Izumo Taisha priest, relinquishes royal status

Princess Noriko on Sunday married the eldest son of the head priest of the Izumo Taisha grand shrine in Shimane Prefecture, thereby relinquishing her Imperial status.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/05/national/princess-noriko-marries-son-of-izumo-taisha-priest-relinquishes-royal-status/#.VDG7r71OLTY

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan’s Shinzo Abe appoints pro-China MPs in bid to mend fences with Beijing

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has signalled a rare attempt to mend fences with China when he appointed two MPs considered friendly towards Beijing to two senior posts in his governing Liberal Democratic party (LDP).
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/03/japan-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-five-women-cabinet

27 AUGUST 2014

Abe sent message to ceremony honoring war criminals

A message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was read out at a ceremony in April memorializing Japanese war criminals, who had, he wrote, “dedicated their souls to become the foundation of our homeland,” an organizer of the event has said.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/27/national/abe-sent-message-ceremony-honoring-war-criminals/#.U_497r1OLmI

15 AUGUST 2014

Japanese politicians visit controversial war shrine

More than 80 politicians — including three cabinet ministers — went to the leafy Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stayed away, after a visit in December drew an angry reaction from Japan’s neighbours
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/426875/japanese-politicians-visit-controversial-war-shrine
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11036115/Japan-makes-peace-pledge-on-war-anniversary.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/15/japan-shinzo-abe-war-dead-offering-anger-china-south-korea

1 JULY 2014

 Japan to ease army ban on fighting overseas

Japan’s cabinet has agreed on a proposal to end a ban on its military fighting abroad, a major shift away from the country’s post-war pacifism and a move that is riling China
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/japan-ease-army-ban-fighting-overseas-20147142229504192.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140701-japan-pacificism-constitution-military-expansion/

30 JUNE 2014

Thousands protest greater Japanese military role

Thousands of people protested outside the Japanese prime minister’s office Monday in anticipation his government will reinterpret the constitution to allow Japan’s military a larger international role.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/thousands-rally-against-greater-japanese-arms-role/2014/06/30/93240f78-0058-11e4-b203-f4b4c664cccf_story.html

28 JUNE 2014

Official role eyed for women who lose Imperial family status

The government might let female members of the Imperial family continue to engage in official activities after they lose their Imperial status by marrying, it was learned Saturday
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/06/28/national/official-role-eyed-for-women-who-lose-imperial-family-status/#.U671iL1OLmI

4 JUNE 2014

Japan acts on child porn possession

Japan edged closer to banning the possession of child pornography on Wednesday, the last major developed country to do so, but paedophilia portrayed in the country’s popular anime comics will be exempt
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413548/japan-acts-on-child-porn-possession

13 MAY 2014

New status for foreigners in strategic zones planned

The government will start considering increasing the number of foreign workers in national strategic special zones, where regulations will be drastically eased.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001276666

4 MAY 2014

Japan’s population continues to age as number of children hits new low

The number of children in Japan has fallen to a new low, while the amount of people over 65 has reached a record high as the population ages and shrinks, the government said
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/04/japan-population-age-children
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/number-children-japan-slips-new-low

1 MAY 2014

Thousands languishing in Japan children’s homes: Human Rights Watch

Almost nine out of 10 children taken from their families in Japan end up in institutions rather than foster care, a rights group said Thursday, a rate it said was the highest among developed nations

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407621/thousands-languishing-in-japan-children-homes-human-rights-watch

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/05/01/national/japans-orphans-neglected-hrw/#.U2Kx6b1OJMs

28 APRIL 2014

Japan cabinet minister visits controversial war shrine

Tomomi Inada, a Japanese cabinet minister known for her outspoken nationalistic views on Monday visited a controversial Tokyo war shrine, in a move certain to aggravate tensions with neighbours China and South Korea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-cabinet-minister-visits-controversial-war-shrine

27 APRIL 2014

Japan’s first lady Akie Abe joins gay parade

Japan’s first lady Akie Abe joined the annual gay parade in Tokyo on Sunday to show her support for sexual minorities

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japans-first-lady-akie-abe-joins-gay-parade

25 APRIL 2014

Tokyo consumer price growth at 22-year high

Consumer prices in Tokyo rose at their fastest pace in 22 years in April, surging 2.7% from a year earlier, according to preliminary data

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27152845

22 APRIL 2014

Japanese MPs visit controversial war shrine

Nearly 150 Japanese politicians have paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine which honours the nation’s war dead including a number of senior military and political figures convicted of war crimes after World War II

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/japanese-mps-visit-controversial-war-shrine-201442252843664327.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27107257

15 APRIL 2014

Japan population shrinks as elderly make up a quarter

Japan’s population has shrunk for the third year running, with the elderly making up a quarter of the total for the first time, government data showed today

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-population-shrinks/1072180.html

12 APRIL 2014

Japan minister visits controversial war shrine

Television footage showed Yoshitaka Shindo, minister for internal affairs and communications, paying homage Saturday morning at the Yasukuni shrine.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404659/japan-minister-visits-controversial-war-shrine
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-minister-visits-controversial-war-shrine

8 APRIL 2014

Japan lawmaker resigns over $8 mn loan scandal

Yoshimi Watanabe, the latest lawmaker to be felled by a cash scandal, said he was stepping down from the helm of the small but influential Your Party to try to contain the fallout from the incident
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404007/japan-lawmaker-resigns-over-8-mn-loan-scandal

1 APRIL 2014

8% consumption tax rate takes effect nationwide

The consumption tax rate was raised from 5 percent to 8 percent on Tuesday, with the 3 percentage point increase added to prices of many commodities and services

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001176929

20 MARCH 2014

Japan passes record $1.2 trillion budget

Japan on Thursday passed its biggest-ever budget, a S$1.2 trillion spending package aimed at propping up growth as consumers brace for the country’s first sales tax hike in over 15 years

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-passes-record-12-trillion-budget

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Former Japanese Prime Minister meets ‘comfort women’

Tomiichi Murayama, the former Japanese prime minister known for his 1995 apology over wartime aggression, met Tuesday with three South Korean « comfort women » who served as sex slaves to Japanese troops.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/former-japanese-prime-minister-meets-comfort-women

9 FEBRUARY 2014

Pro-nuclear candidate Yoichi Masuzoe wins Tokyo’s race for governor

Yoichi Masuzoe, a former health minister backed by Japan’s ruling party, won Tokyo’s election for governor on Sunday, defeating two candidates who had promised to end nuclear power.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/09/yoichi-masuzoe-pro-nuclear-wins-tokyo-gubernatorial-election
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26103296

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Japanese broadcaster’s board member praised ritual suicide of rightwinger

A woman picked last year by the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, for the management board of the public broadcaster NHK has praised the ritual suicide of a high-profile rightwinger, saying his self-sacrifice made Japan’s emperor a living god.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/05/japanese-broadcaster-praised-ritual-suicide-rightwinger-nhk-hasegawa

3 FEBRUARY 2014

NHK governor campaigns for revisionist in Tokyo election

A Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) governor handpicked by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Nanking Massacre was a fabrication designed to cancel out U.S. atrocities during speeches supporting a like-minded candidate in the Tokyo gubernatorial election.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201402040048
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26029614

19 JANUARY 2014

Japan’s Abe suffers setback with Okinawa election loss

A city mayor opposed to a plan to relocate a controversial US airbase on Japan’s Okinawa island was re-elected on Sunday, Kyodo news agency said, creating a political headache for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and threatening friction with Washington
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japans-abe-suffers-setback-okinawa-election-loss
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25802276

13 JANUARY 2014

Abe Cabinet rating recovers to 62%

The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet rose to 62 percent, according to a recent Yomiuri Shimbun poll, up seven percentage points from the previous poll conducted Dec. 6-8.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000937185

12 JANUARY 2014

Ex-premier Hosokawa eyes Tokyo governor role

Former prime minister Morihiro Hosokawa is ready to contest the high-profile post of Tokyo governor, as the city eases into preparations to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-premier-hosokawa-eyes-tokyo-governor-role

11 JANUARY 2014

Actress Keiko Awaji, best known for role in ‘The Bridges at Toko-Ri,’ dies at age 80

Actress Keiko Awaji, known for her role as the girlfriend of a U.S. Navy airman in the 1954 Hollywood movie “The Bridges at Toko-Ri” about the Korean War, died of esophageal cancer at a Tokyo hospital Saturday, her talent agency said. She was 80.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/01/11/national/actress-keiko-awaji-best-known-for-role-in-the-bridges-at-toko-ri-dies-at-age-80/#.UtG5nMvLRMs

1 JANUARY 2014

Japan’s population falls ‘by record 244,000’ in 2013

Japan’s population declined by a record 244,000 people in 2013, according to health ministry estimates.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25566868

Abe says Japan’s pacifist constitution may be revised by 2020

Japan’s nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the country’s pacifist post-World War II constitution which limits its military to self-defence could be amended by 2020.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/abe-says-japan-s-pacifist/939810.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/japan/2014/01/01/397307/Abe-says.htm

28 DECEMBER 2013

In Textbook Fight, Japan Leaders Seek to Recast History

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative government has begun to pursue a more openly nationalist agenda on an issue that critics fear will push the country farther from its postwar pacifism: adding a more patriotic tone to Japan’s school textbooks.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/world/asia/japan-fights-a-political-battle-using-history-texts.html?pagewanted=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131229

27 DECEMBER 2013

Japan’s deflation era is not yet a thing of the past

There are still risks from a consumption tax increase and foreign investment pushing up the yen. Shinzo Abe will take no chances

http://www.theguardian.com/business/economics-blog/2013/dec/27/japan-deflation-nikkei-shinzo-abe

23 DECEMBER 2013

Japanese Emperor Akihito turns 80

Thousands of people thronged Japan’s Imperial Palace Monday to celebrate Emperor Akihito’s 80th birthday, as he lauded his wife for standing by him in his « lonely » pursuit of leading the world’s oldest monarchy.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/386313/japanese-emperor-akihito-turns-80

19 DECEMBER 2013

Tokyo governor resigns amid financial scandal

The governor of Tokyo has stepped down after receiving nearly $500,000 from a Japanese hospital tycoon ahead of his election. Facing mounting pressure to quit, Governor Naoki Inose, who helped Tokyo secure the 2020 Olympic Games just a few months ago, formalised his resignation on Thursday.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/tokyo-governor-resigns-amid-financial-scandal-2013121931253840180.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/10527110/Tokyo-governor-resigns-over-financial-scandal.html

12 DECEMBER 2013

Is Abe threatening Japan’s democracy?

After his political resurrection in December 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has campaigned on the promise to ‘take Japan back’ from the institutional constraints of the country’s ‘post-war regime’.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/12/is-abe-threatening-japans-democracy/

7 DECEMBER 2013

Japan’s secrecy bill condemned by Nobel academics

Japan’s controversial new state secrets law was condemned Saturday as « the largest ever threat to democracy in postwar Japan » by a group of academics, including two Nobel prize winners, reports said.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/383699/japan-secrecy-bill-condemned-by-nobel-academics

19 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan’s economy: can the remedy be found in its culture than Abenomics ?

Nearly a year has passed since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was elected with much europium in the 2012 general election.  Upon his re-election, PM Abe introduced a series of reforms, dubbed “Abenomics” to revitalise Japan’s faltering economy.  Japan has remained in the doldrums since the bursting of its bubble economy in 1985.  Abenomics stands on a platform of looser monetary policy; a mammoth fiscal stimulus and the devaluing of the Yen. These policies are bound as Keynesian styled packages of reform.

http://conflictandsecurity.com/blog/japans-economic-woes-can-the-remedy-be-found-in-its-modern-culture-rather-than-abenomics/

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Japanese politician breaks taboo by giving letter to emperor

A Japanese politician has caused a stir after handing a letter about the health impact of the Fukishima nuclear disaster to the Emperor.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/01/japanese-politician-breaks-taboo-by-giving-letter-to-emperor-about-fukishima-/

28 OCTOBER 2013

Rhetoric not enough for Japan’s working women

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be keen to tout Japan’s untapped labor force, but will he go beyond the rhetoric?http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/28/rhetoric-not-enough-for-japans-working-women/

20 OCTOBER 2013

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

Arm’s length: 45% of Japanese women aged 16-24 are ‘not interested in or despise sexual contact’. More than a quarter of men feel the same way. Photograph: Eric Rechsteiner

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/20/young-people-japan-stopped-having-sex

17 OCTOBER 2013

Japanese cabinet minister Shindo visits shrine to war dead

The visit came a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his third ritual offering to the shrine since returning to office in December. Abe has not visited the shrine in person to avoid further straining ties with China and South Korea. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/japan/2013/10/18/391563/Japanese-cabinet.htm http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/18/controversial-visit-to-shrine-of-japanese-war-dead-sparks-tension-with-china/ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2013-10/18/content_17041783.htm

25 SEPTEMBER 2013

Yusai Sukai, the monk who explained Buddhism to the pope, is dead

A kamikaze who converted to the Buddhist religion after the war, he was received by Pope John Paul II in 1995. He became famous throughout the world for twice performing the Sennichi Gyo, a 1,000-day pilgrimage on a Japanese mountain.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Yusai-Sukai,-the-monk-who-explained-Buddhism-to-the-pope,-is-dead-29110.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2013

Nintendo’s Hiroshi Yamauchi dies aged 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years, overseeing the creation of Super Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda, has died aged 85.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/video-games/nintendo/10320028/Nintendos-Hiroshi-Yamauchi-dies-aged-85.html
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/sep/19/hiroshi-yamauchi

15 SEPTEMBER 2013

Japan switches off last nuclear reactor

Japan has started the process of switching off its last working nuclear reactor for a scheduled inspection with no restart in sight due to public hostility towards atomic power.The move on Sunday leaves the world’s third largest economy without atomic energy for the second time since the Fukushima crisis erupted in March 2011.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/201391552642399898.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24099022

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

Japan launches ‘affordable’ Epsilon space rocket

Japan has launched the first in a new generation of space rockets, hoping the design will make missions more affordable.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24090322
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/10309354/Japan-launches-first-rocket-in-12-years.html

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

Consumption tax fears risk stalling Abe’s ‘three arrows’

Abenomics is Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s policy package consisting of three ‘arrows’: aggressive monetary easing, flexible fiscal policy, and growth strategies. Together, they are aimed at lifting Japan’s economy from chronic deflation and stagnation to a normal economy with 2 per cent inflation and strong growth. But will they succeed?

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/09/08/abenomics/

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

Tokyo wins to host 2020 Olympics

Cheers and shouts of “Banzai!!” echoed across Tokyo just after sunrise as thousands of people started celebrating the city’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics, beating rivals Istanbul and Madrid despite concerns about a nuclear plant leaking radioactive water.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/24002795
http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/08/celebrations-in-tokyo-over-successful-2020-olympics-bid/
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113072/tokyo-celebrates-win-to-host-2020-olympics/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/10294080/Delight-as-Tokyo-awarded-2020-Summer-Olympic-Games.html

31 AUGUST 2013

Don’t write the Democratic Party of Japan off just yet

Japan’s opposition is in complete disarray. After gaining just 17 seats of the 121 contested in July’s upper house election, a record low for the party, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has descended into infighting and could face years in the political wilderness.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/31/dont-write-the-democratic-party-of-japan-off-just-yet/

27 AUGUST 2013

Acclaimed anti-war manga earns reprieve in Japan

Restriction on the availability to children of Hadashi No Gen (Barefoot Gen), Keiji Nakazawa’s anti-war classic, has been reversed after protests

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/27/manga-hadashi-no-gen-reprieve-japan

24 AUGUST 2013

Woman takes on Yakuza godfather over protection racket

Restaurant owner in Nagoya is seeking £120,000 from crime boss in landmark case

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/24/yakuza-godfather-sued-protection-racket

21 AUGUST 2013

Japan nuclear agency upgrades Fukushima alert level

Japan’s nuclear agency has upgraded the severity level of a radioactive water leak at the Fukushima plant from one to three on an international scale.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23776345
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/21/nuclear-regulation-authority-in-japan-plans-to-upgrade-fukushima-crisis-to-/

5 AUGUST 2013

Communist Party makes a comeback … in Japan

July’s elections were the first in Japan in which online campaigning was permitted, and it was Japan’s Communist Party that is widely seen as having made best use of it.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2013/0805/Communist-Party-makes-a-comeback-in-Japan

1st AUGUST 2013

Japan should follow Nazi route on revising constitution, minister says

The Japanese deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, has retracted comments suggesting that Japan should follow the Nazi example in how to change the country’s constitution, following protests by neighbouring countries and human rights activists.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/01/japan-revising-constitution-taro-aso
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/01/19810142-japans-deputy-pm-apologizes-for-praising-nazi-tactics?lite

In Japan, 25% of pregnant workers experienced harassment

So-called pregnancy harassment, which involves treating female employees unfavorably because of being pregnant or having children, sometimes to the point of making them quit their jobs, has been attracting attention, especially since a recent labor federation survey showed one in every four pregnant workers were made the target of such harassment.
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000420539

21 JULY 2013

Japan ruling bloc ‘wins’ upper house poll

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc has won majority of seats in the upper house of parliament in elections, giving it control of both chambers for the first time in six years, according to exit polls.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/2013721113616975336.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/07/22/national/one-party-rule-back-but-abe-could-blow-it-2/#.UexRYMtOLmQ

27 JUNE 2013

Japan: Return of the Communists

‘The only true opposition party’

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5528&Itemid=176

23 JUNE 2013

Shinzo Abe’s LDP wins Tokyo elections

Tokyo voters appeared to give their support to the economic policies of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday, with his party winning a landslide victory in local elections in the capital.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/356579/shinzo-abe-ldp-wins-tokyo-elections

22 MAY 2013

The Hashimoto Controversy and Japan’s Failure to Come to Terms with its Past

http://www.fpif.org/articles/the_hashimoto_controversy_and_japans_failure_to_come_to_terms_with_its_past

15 MAY 2013

Japan Posts Surge in Economic Growth

Japan’s economic growth accelerated swiftly at the beginning of this year, the most concrete sign yet that new stimulus policies sparking euphoria in financial markets are starting to lift companies and consumers as well. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323582904578484711384991702.html?goback=%2Egde_1569157_member_241510276

13 MAY 203

Is Japan’s economy at risk?

The Abe administration in Japan swung quickly into action with policies aimed at lifting the economy out of its long lasting doldrums. Prime Minister Abe appointed Haruhiko Kuroda, after eight years distinguished service at the Asia Development Bank, to implement a strong reflationary program through the Bank of Japan (BOJ): the first arrow of his three arrow revival strategy. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/13/is-japans-economy-at-risk/

6 MAY 2013

Can Japan turn to foreign workers?

Japan is the only developed industrial democracy to have become rich without heavily relying on foreign workers during its period of advanced economic growth. The government has followed two basic immigration principles: it welcomed specialised and technical labour while examining carefully the admission of unskilled labour. In practice, this meant Japan welcomed relatively few immigrants. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/06/can-japan-turn-to-foreign-workers/

5 MAY 2013

Population of children at record low

The estimated number of Japanese under the age of 15 hit a new low of 16.49 million as of April 1, down 150,000 from a year ago, government data showed Saturday.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000194474

20 APRIL 2013

Japanese should establish own constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also president of the Liberal Democratic Party, advocates revising the Constitution. He said he wants to make the issue of reviewing Article 96 of the Constitution, which stipulates conditions for proposing amendments, a central plank of the LDP’s pledges for this summer’s House of Councillors election.                                                                                                                                                                            http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000147008

28 MARCH 2013

Japan’s Workforce: Women Underutilized

Japan’s demographic trends are grim, but the Japanese make it harder on themselves by not better using the people they have. Women in particular are famously underutilized.

http://cogitasia.com/japans-workforce-women-underutilized/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_227534695

24 MARCH 2013

Cabinet’s approval rate slips to 71%

The approval rating for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slipped 1.7 points from the previous opinion poll but remains sky-high at 71.1 percent, according to a Kyodo News survey                                                                          http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/03/25/national/cabinets-approval-rate-slips-to-71/

16 MARCH 2013

Japan joins Pacific trade talks at last

Japan has finally decided to join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, just half a year before negotiations for the free trade pact are due to end, despite strong objections by farmers and from within the ruling party                                                                        http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japan-joins-Pacific-trade-talks-at-last-44104.html

8 MARCH 2013

Child porn cases up 10% in ’12 / Record-high 1,596 cases found due to increased awareness, efforts

Police data collected by the agency indicated child pornography is spreading via the Internet, with about 20 percent of distribution cases involving images and videos that have been circulating on websites and DVDs for five years or longer. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T130307004389.htm

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan executions resume with three hangings

Japan has carried out three executions – the first since the country’s conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was elected last December, and a sign that Tokyo will defy international pressure to abolish the death penalty.                           http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/21/japan-executions-resume-three-hangings

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21528526

3 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan’s demographic disaster

Japan is faced with an unprecedented population challenge that will have social, economic, and political consequences for years to come. http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/03/japans-demographic-disaster/?all=true

1 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan ‘may revisit Second World War statement’

Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, intends to release a new statement on Japan’s attitude to the Second World War, a day after unveiling plans to revamp the US-imposed pacifist constitution.                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9842271/Japan-may-revisit-Second-World-War-statement.html

31 JANUARY 2013

Japan PM says to change post-war constitution

Hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers Thursday he intends to change the post-WWII constitution that imposed pacifism on Japan, in a move likely to stir suspicion in China and beyond.                                                                           http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1251340/1/.html

16 JANUARY 2013

Japan’s suicide problem: Serching for answers

For the last fourteen years at least 30,000 Japanese have killed themselves annually. Why? 

http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/16/searching-for-answers-japans-suicide-epidemic/

15 JANUARY 2013

Death of Nagasi Oshima, Japanese film-maker, born on March 3, 1932                       http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/jan/15/nagisa-oshima                                                            http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20130117a3.html

8 JANUARY 2013

Japanese destroyer could be modified into aircraft carrier

After purchasing F-35 Lighting II aircraft from the United States, the 22DDH class destroyer currently being built by Japan could be easily modified into an aircraft carrier, according to Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese.                  http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130108000104&cid=1101

31 DECEMBER 2012

Japan PM Abe wants new nuclear reactors: reports

Japan’s new prime minister Shinzo Abe has voiced his willingness to build new nuclear reactors, reports said Monday, despite widespread public opposition to atomic energy in light of the Fukushima crisis                http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1245273/1/.html

27 DECEMBER 2012

Nationalism takes back seat to the economy

The lineup of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet seems to underline his determination to learn from his mistakes.                                       http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121227a2.html?goback=%2Egde_108552_member_199237096

26 DECEMBER 2012

Abe formally named as Japan’s prime minister

Japan’s lower House of parliament has formally elected Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, as country’s prime minister after he swept to power on a hawkish platform of getting tough on diplomacy while fixing the economy.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/26/shinzo-abe-new-japanese-pm/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/201212265133753467.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20842840

26 DECEMBER 2012

Abe Cabinet (Formed December 26, 2012)

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cabinet/cabinet.html?formed=20121226_01&date=20121226

23 DECEMBER 2012

Imperial birthday as Emperor Akihito turns 79

Japanese Emperor Akihito has turned 79 and reassured thousands of well-wishers that he is in good health, following his heart bypass surgery last February.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/23/imperial-birthday-as-emperor-akihito-turns-79/

18 DECEMBER 2012

Abe to appoint cabinet Dec. 26 / LDP head to launch coalition with New Komeito

Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe took steps toward forming his own cabinet Monday, a day after the party won 294 seats in a landslide victory in the House of Representatives election.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121217004057.htm

17 DECEMBER 2012

The rise and fall of Japan’s Democratic Party

When the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) ascended to governance in 2009, analysts predicted a « sea-change » in the country’s politics. But with the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) strong showing in Sunday’s election, Japan appears to have again embraced the centre-right values that have dominated the nation for much of the past six decades.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/12/2012121791810808515.html

16 DECEMBER 2012

Japan’s Abe says party ‘must achieve results’ after poll win

The conservative Liberal Democratic Party won almost 300 seats and, with its coalition partner, looks set for a two-thirds majority in the lower house.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20752308 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012121744448567805.html http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=40274&sec=1

6 DECEMBER 2012

‘Third force’ parties crowd Japan’s political scene

In the lead-up to the elections, political leaders are busy forming, re-forming, disbanding and merging political parties. Two new ‘third force’ political parties have emerged recently: the Japan Restoration Party and the Japan Future Party. These parties have been created to challenge the two established political parties, which many believe have been unable to address some of the most pressing social, political and economic issues facing Japan today.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/12/06/third-force-parties-crowd-japans-national-political-scene/
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/30/toru-hashimoto-and-the-japanese-election/

5 DECEMBER 2012

Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura dies at age 57

Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura, who helped boost the popularity of the traditional Japanese art form, has died. He was 57 http://asiancorrespondent.com/93047/kabuki-actor-kanzaburo-nakamura-dies-at-age-57/ http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121206a2.html

30 NOVEMBER 2012

Ishihara left behind a mixed legacy

Tokyo is about to get its first new governor in almost 14 years, and whoever wins the Dec. 16 election will have to fill the shoes of Shintaro Ishihara, who leaves behind a legacy both positive and negative.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121130f1.html

20 NOVEMBER 2012

Japanese politics drift to the polls

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda last Friday dissolved the lower house of Japan’s parliament and called a general election for December 16, some eight months shy of its four-year term. While prime ministers in the past have dissolved the house before the full term for snap elections, their actions were carefully timed to gain advantage at the ballot box. This time, the polls indicate that Noda’s Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) is set to lose.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/NK21Dh01.html

16 NOVEMBER 2012

Japan PM dissolves lower house for election Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolved the lower house of parliament Friday for an election next month, in a political gamble widely expected to strip his centre-left party of power http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1237628/1/.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20352448

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Japan to hold general election on December 16

Japan will hold a general election on December 16, a senior governing party official confirmed Wednesday, putting an end to months of speculation over the date of polls
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121114-383451.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/91982/japans-pm-says-may-dissolve-parliament-by-friday/

13 NOVEMBER 2012

Can Japanese politics be saved?

Political leadership presupposes that there are leaders, that they know where they want to lead, and that they are able to communicate their ideas to voters and obtain their support. Political leadership in Japan falls short on all these measures.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/13/can-japanese-politics-be-saved/

12 NOVEMBER 2012

Japan high court clears Ichiro Ozawa of funding case

A high court has cleared influential Japanese politician Ichiro Ozawa of wrongdoing in connection with a political funding case.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20293753

3 NOVEMBER 2012

The gender fault-line in Japan

The economic, demographic and environmental shocks of recent years that have so profoundly shaped contemporary Japanese society have distinctive gendered dimensions.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/03/the-gender-fault-line-in-japan/

31 OCTOBER 2012

Former Tokyo governor gets ageing party’s chair

Firebrand Japanese conservative Shintaro Ishihara, who resigned as governor of Tokyo, has become the leader of a small right-leaning party whose lawmakers have an average age of 73.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1234532/1/.html

25 OCTOBER 2012

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara quits to form new party

http://asiancorrespondent.com/91185/brash-tokyo-governor-quits-to-form-political-party/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20078481

23 OCTOBER 2012

Japan minister quits after mob ties scandal

Japan’s justice minister quit on Tuesday because of ill health, a cabinet official said, after calls for his resignation over past ties to an organized crime syndicate. The announcement dealt another blow to unpopular Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/23/japan-justice-minister-quits-amid-organised-crime-links/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012102363358296493.html

Okinawa legislators protest alleged US rape

Asembly of the Japanese island passes a protest resolution following the arrests of two US sailors accused of rape.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012102282736909598.html

15 OCTOBER 2012

The missing piece in the puzzle of Japan’s lost decades

Japan’s average GDP growth rate was around 9.5 per cent between 1955 and 1970, and 3.8 per cent between 1971 and 1990
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/15/the-missing-piece-in-the-puzzle-of-japans-lost-decades/

2 OCTOBER 2012

Shinzo Abe and the dream of a conservative Asia

His unprecedented return to the presidency of the LDP marks the culmination of a careful and deliberate political campaign waged within the LDP policy councils, conservative research institutes and monthly magazines over the course of the last three years by Abe and his supporters on the ideological right
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/02/shinzo-abe-and-the-dream-of-a-conservative-asia/

1 OCTOBER 2012

Noda adds new faces to Cabinet / Reshuffled lineup aimed at strengthening DPJ ahead of next election

The new Cabinet is the fourth Noda has formed since he took office in September last year.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121001003649.htm
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90209/japan-pm-reshuffles-his-cabinet-to-boost-support/


What an Abe prime ministership would mean for Japan

Abe has already been in the job once before — for just under one year in 2006–07. Not short by Japanese standards, but the manner of his departure left the strong impression that he did not have the necessary physical and mental toughness to withstand the vicissitudes of being prime minister.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/01/what-an-abe-prime-ministership-would-mean-for-japan/

26 SEPTEMBER 2012

Ex-PM wins Japan opposition party vote

Japan’s main opposition party has chosen former premier Shinzo Abe as its new leader, a victory likely to see him reinstated as prime minister in general elections expected this year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19725296
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/2012926122535879576.html

Noda faces uphill battle for party, Diet unity

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s reelection by a large margin as the Democratic Party of Japan’s president was partly accomplished because many DPJ members simply felt there was no better choice.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120922002296.htm

21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japan’s PM re-elected ruling party leader

Yoshihiko Noda beat three other contenders, winning more than 60 per cent of points available in vote by party member
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/20129217334147318.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9557376/Japans-ruling-party-backs-prime-minister-in-post.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japan’s central bank has announced new measures to try to spur economic growth there.

It is an admission that the near-term recovery in the world’s third largest economy is fading as exports weaken and growth in China slows.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/19/bank-of-japan-moves-to-aid-recovery/

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japan aims to phase out nuclear energy by 2040

Japan announced in a non-binding policy proposal Friday that it would aim to phase out nuclear power by 2040 in the wake of last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, which renewed concerns over the safety of nuclear energ
http://www.france24.com/en/20120914-japan-aims-phase-out-nuclear-energy-2040-fukushima-earthquake-disaster
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9544115/Japan-to-phase-out-nuclear-power-by-2030s.html

15 AUGUST 2012

Japan ministers in controversial shrine visit

In a move sure to raise regional tensions, two Japanese cabinet members have visited the Yasukuni shrine to mark the anniversary of the country’s World War II surrende
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/201281574923793689.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120815-365439.html

6 AUGUST 2012

Japans remembers Hiroshima bombing

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Japan to mark the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by the US.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/08/06/hiroshima-victims-remembered-amid-growing-anti-nuclear-concerns/ http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2012/08/201286134748888481.html

21 JULY 2012

Japan has launched a rocket with an unmanned cargo transporter to the International Space Station
http://www.euronews.com/2012/07/21/japan-sends-rocket-to-space-station/

11 JULY 2012

Japan’s Ichiro Ozawa forms rival political party

Veteran Japanese politician Ichiro Ozawa, who resigned from the ruling party over plans to raise sales tax, has formed a new opposition party
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18794030

 

5 JULY 2012

Japanese panel calls Fukushima meltdowns a ‘manmade disaster’

Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant meltdowns were a “manmade disaster,” a parliamentary panel of experts concluded Thursday, when it issued a final report 15 months after the nation’s nuclear accident. http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/05/12581213-japanese-panel-calls-fukushima-meltdowns-a-manmade-disaster?lite
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9377829/Fukushima-a-profoundly-man-made-disaster-says-official-report.html

2 JULY 2012

Dozens of MPs quit Japan party over tax rise

Less than a week after Yoshihiko Noda, Japan’s prime minister, won approval for a controversial sales tax increase, 52 politicians have decided to quit his governing party in protest. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201272558967400.html

1 JULY 2012

Japan restarts first nuclear plant after post-Fukushima shutdown

Japan restarted nuclear power production Sunday for the first time since shutting down all the country’s reactors in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown after last year’s devastating tsunami. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/01/world/asia/japan-nuclear-power/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.france24.com/en/20120701-japan-restarts-nuclear-power-plant-amidst-protests-fukushima

30 JUNE 2012

Large rare earth deposits discovered / Valuable cache found within nation’s EEZ

Large and rich rare earth deposits, equaling at least 220 times the country’s annual consumption, have been discovered near Minami-Torishima island in the Ogasawara Islands, a research team has said.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120629006728.htm

26 JUNE 2012

Japanese lawmakers approve sales tax increase amid political turmoil

Japanese lawmakers approved a contentious plan to double the country’s sales tax Tuesday even as Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda battled to contain an uprising in his own party over the issue that could bring about his downfall. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/26/world/asia/japan-tax-vote/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/201262681359297159.html

15 JUNE 2012

Japan police arrest final Tokyo gas attack fugitive

Japanese police on Friday arrested the final fugitive member of a religious cult that launched nerve gas attacks on Tokyo’s subway in 1995, killing 13 people and injuring thousands. The capture of Katsuya Takahashi brings to an end a police hunt for those behind the coordinated release of Nazi-developed sarin, an incident that sowed panic throughout the capital.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120615-353169.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18453996

8 JUNE 2012

Japan PM: Restart nuke reactors for ‘survival of society’

Japan’s prime minister said on Friday that two idled nuclear reactors in western Japan must be restarted to protect jobs and ensure the « survival of society », risking a voter backlash given safety fears more than a year after the Fukushima crisis.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47731051/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18366398

4 JUNE 2012

Japanese PM shakes up cabinet

Yoshihiko Noda, Japan’s prime minister, has reshuffled his cabinet, bowing to opposition pressure for ministerial scalps as he looks to secure cross-party support for a sales tax increase
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/20126495546821665.html

3 JUNE 2012

Suspect in 1995 Tokyo subway gas attack arrested in Japan

A member of the Japanese religious cult responsible for releasing a nerve agent that killed 13 people in Tokyo’s subway system has been arrested after 17 years as a fugitive, Japanese news services reported Sunday
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/03/12034226-suspect-in-1995-tokyo-subway-gas-attack-arrested-in-japan?lite

Phoenix-like Ozawa set to re-ignite Japan

The former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) chief is about to rise, phoenix-like, to power again in Tokyo. Ichiro Ozawa, 69, a long-time heavyweight in Japanese politics, was found not guilty of breaking political funding laws. Under investigation, he was forced to resign as party leader in May 2009
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/ND27Dh01.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/26/world/asia/japan-ozawa-verdict/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

17 APRIL 2012

Japan to be without nuclear power after May 5

Japan will within weeks have no nuclear power for the first time in more than 40 years, after the trade minister said two reactors idled after the Fukushima disaster would not be back online before the last one currently operating is shut down
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120417-340426.html

6 APRIL 2012

Japan approves US$1.1 trillion budget

Japan’s record 90.3 trillion yen (US$1.1 trillion) national budget was belatedly approved yesterday 5 April after it had been voted down by the opposition-controlled Upper House of Parliament
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=29373&sec=1

29 MARCH 2012

Japan executes first three prisoners since 2010

Japan is one of the few advanced industrialised nations to retain the death penalty. It is usually reserved for multiple murders
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17545494 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/03/2012329153055576934.html

23 MARCH 2012

Tokyo prepares a defence system, in response to North Korean missile

The Japanese defence minister ordered the preparation of a « missile defense system », which will be located near the island of Okinawa. The international community is concerned about the escalation of tension. Ban Ki-moon: a launch could discourage international donors and stop humanitarian aid to Pyongyang
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-prepares-a-defence-system,-in-response-to-North-Korean-missile-24315.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17484628

3 MARCH 2012

Prime Minister Noda says tax hike essential for Japan’s sustainability

During a 30-minute group interview with 19 members of the international media, Noda appealed for opposition cooperation on his tax plan, which would help the country pay for its escalating social security costs and ease global concerns about its massive debt
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/prime-minister-noda-says-tax-hike-essential-for-japans-sustainability/2012/03/03/gIQA5cnQoR_story.html

18 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan says Emperor heart bypass surgery is ‘successful’

Japanese Emperor Akihito underwent heart bypass surgery Saturday and the operation was successful, government officials said
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17071024

16 JANVIER 2012

Japanese cabinet’s approval rating down to 24 per cent

The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s cabinet fell to 24.9 per cent, down 3.5 percentage points from a month earlier, a poll released by Jiji Press found Thursday

14 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan to pump $130bn into economy

Japan’s central bank is to pump an additional 10 trillion yen ($130bn) into the economy through a new asset purchase programme, in an effort to boost the economy and tackle deflation
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201221471539816613.html

12 FEBRUARY 2012

Japanese emperor to undergo heart bypass surgery

Japanese Emperor Akihito will undergo heart bypass surgery this week after a detailed examination found a heart problem had worsened, the Imperial Household Agency was quoted as saying on Sunday 12
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46358747/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

7 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan, U.S. agree to move 4,700 marines to Guam

Japan and the United States reached a broad agreement to transfer 4,700 U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture to Guam, scaling down from the originally planned 8,000, Japanese government sources have said http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120206005049.htm

Phoenix-like Ozawa set to re-ignite Japan

The former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) chief is about to rise, phoenix-like, to power again in Tokyo. Ichiro Ozawa, 69, a long-time heavyweight in Japanese politics, was found not guilty of breaking political funding laws. Under investigation, he was forced to resign as party leader in May 2009
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/ND27Dh01.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/26/world/asia/japan-ozawa-verdict/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

17 APRIL 2012

Japan to be without nuclear power after May 5

Japan will within weeks have no nuclear power for the first time in more than 40 years, after the trade minister said two reactors idled after the Fukushima disaster would not be back online before the last one currently operating is shut down
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120417-340426.html

6 APRIL 2012

Japan approves US$1.1 trillion budget

Japan’s record 90.3 trillion yen (US$1.1 trillion) national budget was belatedly approved yesterday 5 April after it had been voted down by the opposition-controlled Upper House of Parliament
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=29373&sec=1

29 MARCH 2012

Japan executes first three prisoners since 2010

Japan is one of the few advanced industrialised nations to retain the death penalty. It is usually reserved for multiple murders
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17545494 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/03/2012329153055576934.html

23 MARCH 2012

Tokyo prepares a defence system, in response to North Korean missile

The Japanese defence minister ordered the preparation of a « missile defense system », which will be located near the island of Okinawa. The international community is concerned about the escalation of tension. Ban Ki-moon: a launch could discourage international donors and stop humanitarian aid to Pyongyang
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-prepares-a-defence-system,-in-response-to-North-Korean-missile-24315.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17484628

3 MARCH 2012

Prime Minister Noda says tax hike essential for Japan’s sustainability

During a 30-minute group interview with 19 members of the international media, Noda appealed for opposition cooperation on his tax plan, which would help the country pay for its escalating social security costs and ease global concerns about its massive debt
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/prime-minister-noda-says-tax-hike-essential-for-japans-sustainability/2012/03/03/gIQA5cnQoR_story.html

18 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan says Emperor heart bypass surgery is ‘successful’

Japanese Emperor Akihito underwent heart bypass surgery Saturday and the operation was successful, government officials said
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17071024

16 JANVIER 2012

Japanese cabinet’s approval rating down to 24 per cent

The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s cabinet fell to 24.9 per cent, down 3.5 percentage points from a month earlier, a poll released by Jiji Press found Thursday

14 DECEMBER 2012

Japan to pump $130bn into economy

Japan’s central bank is to pump an additional 10 trillion yen ($130bn) into the economy through a new asset purchase programme, in an effort to boost the economy and tackle deflation
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201221471539816613.html

12 FEBRUARY 2012

Japanese emperor to undergo heart bypass surgery

Japanese Emperor Akihito will undergo heart bypass surgery this week after a detailed examination found a heart problem had worsened, the Imperial Household Agency was quoted as saying on Sunday 12
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46358747/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

30 JANUARY 2012

Japan’s population to drop by 1 million each year in coming decades, experts say

Japan’s rapid aging means the national population of 128 million will shrink by one-third by 2060 and seniors will account for 40 percent of people, placing a greater burden on the shrinking work force population to support the social security and tax systems
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46187200/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16787538

25 JANUARY 2012

Japan posts $32bn trade deficit

Tokyo has reported its first trade deficit in more than three decades, explaining the downturn as the result of last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami that caused an energy crisis, and weak global demand for Japanese exports. The $32bn deficit for 2011 reflected a 2.7 per cent decline in the value of Japan’s exports, which fell to $843bn, according to the Ministry of Finance figures released on Wednesday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/01/201212562644273689.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/25/business/japan-trade/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

13 JANUARY 2012

Japan’s prime minister reshuffles cabinet

Yoshihiko Noda, the Japanese prime minister, has replaced five members of his cabinet and appointed a veteran former foreign minister to push unpopular tax reforms through parliament
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/01/201211383547185527.html

30 NOVEMBER 2011

Japan Prince Akishino wants emperor ‘age limit’ debate

Prince Akishino, who is second in line to the Japanese imperial throne, has called for debate on whether a retirement age should be set for the country’s head of state.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15957941

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Tokyo 1995 sarin attack: Aum Shinrikyo cult trials end

Japanese judges have upheld the death sentence against the final member of a doomsday cult to be charged over the 1995 sarin gas attack on Tokyo’s metro.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15815056

6 NOVEMBER 2011

Japan emperor to be hospitalised with cold, fever

Akihito, who will turn 78 next month, will be admitted to the University of Tokyo Hospital as a precaution because the fever worsened the bronchitis symptoms and he appeared fatigued and has lost some resistance to fight his illness, Kyodo said.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111106-309032.html
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1673480.php/LEAD-Japanese-emperor-hospitalized-due-to-bronchitis-fever
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15612662
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/08/world/asia/japan-akihito-profile/index.html?hpt=ias_t5

23 OCTOBER 2011

China, Japan need global view: Wen Jiabao

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Saturday urged China and Japan to develop a « global vision » while shaping their bilateral ties.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sunday/2011-10/23/content_13956667.htm

29 SEPTEMBER 2011

Japan tsunami: 10m yen donation found in Tokyo toilet

An anonymous donor in Japan has left 10m yen ($131,000; £83,000) to charity by dumping it in a public toilet. The money was found with a letter saying it should be donated to victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15110090

19 SEPTEMBER 2011

Japan’s political class really has only one good option left if it hopes to rescue the country — namely, to take a page from the Liberal Democrats’ former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, whose mantra was « destroy the LDP. »
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/68273/takashi-yokota/shattering-tokyos-politics-to-save-japan

5 SEPTEMBER 2011

Noda Cabinet approval rate polled at 65%

The new Cabinet led by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has scored an approval rating of 65 percent in a Yomiuri Shimbun survey, the fifth-highest figure since the Yomiuri began polling the popularity of just-formed cabinets in the late 1970s.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110904003600.htm

2 SEPTEMBER 2011

Noda launches Cabinet / Lineup balances groups; PM vows to speed up disaster reconstruction

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda launched his Cabinet on Friday, offering an olive branch to a Democratic Party of Japan group that opposed him during the recent party presidential election and pledging to accelerate reconstruction of areas hit hard by the March 11 disaster.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110902005743.htm
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110903003142.htm

31 AUGUST 2011

Japan’s Political Dysfunction

Is America partially to blame for Naoto Kan’s becoming the fifth Japanese prime minister to resign in the same number of years? At the risk of joining the “blame America first” crowd, let me say that a case can be made that the political institutions created by the American occupation laid
the seeds for Japan’s current dysfunction
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3704&Itemid=176

6 AUGUST 2011

Japan’s New Women

Tanako Nakayama, a 61-year-old librarian, says that when she was young, woman rarely went to college. If they graduated, they became teachers or telephone operators. Single women in their 30s were called « loser dogs ».

« I was one of the few special women who went on to university, » Nakayama says. « After I graduated, I worked as a teacher in a private school owned by a big company. There was a lot of discrimination between men and women. Women could never become managers or section chiefs. »

Most of them still can’t. In Japan, where tradition has lasted far longer than in much of the industrialized world, the glass ceiling is said to be bullet-proof. According to a 2009 survey by the Japanese government, women held only 8 percent of the managerial jobs in the country,
compared with 43 percent in the United States
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3368&Itemid=201

4 JULY 2011

Japan finds rare earths in Pacific seabed

Vast deposits of rare earth minerals, crucial in making high-tech electronics products, have been found on the floor of the Pacific Ocean and can be readily extracted, Japanese scientists say.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/2011747517800210.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14009910

29 June 2011

Japan agrees to double consumption tax

After fierce internal debate, Japan’s government and ruling parties agreed a plan to progressively double the 5 per cent consumption tax by the middle of this decade in order to fund a reformed social security system.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/8d562d68-a31f-11e0-a9a4-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1QnIbBon1

21 JUNE 2011

Japanese women kept out of top government, business posts

Japan saw the percentage of women in its House of Representatives rise in the past six years, but its world ranking for female representation is still a mere 121 out of 186 countries
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1646670.php/Japanese-women-kept-out-of-top-government-business-posts

26 APRIL 2011

Taiga Ishikawa, the first openly gay politician in Japan to win an election, Tuesday hailed the result as a victory for the rights of sexual minorities.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110426-275780.html

19 FEBRUARY 2011

Kurils Islands: growing tension between Moscow and Tokyo

Establishment of Sino-Russian joint ventures to create fish farms on the Kurils, disputes between Russia and Japan. Moscow also wants
to create a modern military base there. But Tokyo has no intention of giving up the islands, rich in fish, oil and gas.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kurils-Islands:-growing-tension-between-Moscow-and-Tokyo-20826.html

 

Main news on South Korea

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13 FEBRUARY 2017

S.Korea’s Saenuri Party adopts new name

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has decided to take on a new name in the wake of a scandal involving President Park Geun-hye
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170213_27/

11 FEBRUARY 2017

China expels 32 South Korea missionaries amid missile defence tension

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a Seoul official has said, amid diplomatic tens between the two countries over the planned deployment of a US missile defence system
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/11/china-expels-south-korean-missionaries-amid-missile-defence-tensions

2 FEBRUARY 2017

In Seoul, US defence chief Mattis says South Korea alliance is ‘strong’

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38824008
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-us-agree-to-push-missile-defence-system/3488708.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=200467

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Ban Ki-moon says he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency in surprise announcement

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency. He had been expected to seek the position after a corruption scandal saw President Park Geun-hye impeached
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/ban-ki-moon-says-wont-run-south-koreas-presidency-surprise-announcement/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/former-un-chief-ban-ki-moon-will-not-run-for-president-of-south-korea/2017/02/01/b05c816d-9ce5-4c3a-84be-0e5b78890a17_story.html?utm_term=.3dc4f83cea74
ttps://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170201_28/

30 JANURY 2017

 In South Korea, the People’s Party refuses to accept Ban Ki-moon

 People’s Party Chairman Park Jie-won said Sunday his party cannot accept former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a leading presidential hopeful, for now
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2017/01/356_222953.html

16 JANUARY 2017

Contentious US-Korea missile defense system delayed

The deployment of a controversial US missile defense system in South Korea designed to protect against North Korean aggression could be delayed, Seoul’s defense ministry said on Monday
http://www.dw.com/en/contentious-us-korea-missile-defense-system-delayed/a-37142121
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2017/01/123_222144.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170116000839

8 JANUARY 2017

Beijing freezes military ties with Seoul

At least seven joint military events between Korea and China have been cancelled since Seoul agreed to deploy a U.S. antimissile defense system on the peninsula, according to a government insider
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3028404

South Korean monk self-immolates over ‘comfort women’ deal

 A South Korean monk set himself on fire to protest the government’s deal with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves. Japan’s PM Abe has also called on Seoul to remove a « comfort woman » statue as part of the deal
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korean-monk-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal/a-37053930
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2060309/south-korean-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal-japan-pm-abe

5 JANUARY 2017

President Park Geun-hye accused of ‘broadly and gravely’ violating South Korean constitution as impeachment trial begins

The Constitutional Court in South Korea has pushed ahead with the start of an impeachment trial against the country’s president, despite her refusal to attend.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38515236
http://www.euronews.com/2017/01/05/impeachment-trial-against-skorean-leader-goes-ahead-without-her
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-presidents-lawyers-say-no-evidence-impeachment

27 DECEMBER 2016

Split in Saenuri Party is biggest in Korean history

The launch of the new conservative party, tentatively called the New Conservative Party for Reform (NCPR), is scheduled for Jan. 24, and it is guaranteed to upend the conservative’s strategy for the 2017 presidential race
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161227000740
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/south-korea-29-lawmakers-leave-ruling-party-park-scandal/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3027948

22 DECEMBER 2016

South Korean ruling party on the verge of splitting as fallout from presidential scandal intensifies

A split would complicate any presidential bid by outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who had been widely expected to compete as a centre-right candidate
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2056271/south-korean-ruling-party-verge-splitting-fallout-presidential
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=199036

9 DECEMBER 2016

Park Geun-hye: South Korean MPs vote to impeach president

South Korea’s parliament has passed a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a scandal involving her and close aides. Park is to be suspended from her duties
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161209_27/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/09/south-koreas-parliament-votes-to-impeach-president-park-geun-hye
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161209000159

5 DECEMBER 2016

Korea raises 2017 defense budget to US$34 bil.

According to South Korea’s defense ministry on Monday, the defense budget for 2017 has been set at 34 billion U.S. dollars
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=198439

29 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea’s embattled president offers to relinquish power

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday (Nov 29) asked parliament to find a way for her to give up power and decide when she should step down amid an influence-peddling scandal, but the opposition said she was just trying to avoid impeachment
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-s-embattled-president-offers-to-relinquish-power/3327044.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2050073/south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-offers-quit-if-parliament

23 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea, Japan sign intelligence-sharing deal on North Korea

South Korea and Japan have signed a controversial agreement to pool military intelligence on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The deal lets both countries bypass the United States when sharing information about North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-japan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal-on-north-korea/a-36487953
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-japan-sign-controversial-intelligence-deal

20 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea prosecutors say President Park was accomplice in corruption scandal

South Korean prosecutors said on Sunday that they believed President Park Geun-hye was an accomplice in a corruption scandal that has rocked her administration, in a heavy blow to her fight for political survival
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-prosecutors-say-president-park-was-accomplice-in/3303908.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161120_17/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan, South Korea ink controversial intelligence deal

South Korea and Japan reached a controversial deal on Monday (Nov 14) to share defence intelligence, Japanese officials said, despite protests from opposition parties and activists in Seoul
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-south-korea-ink-controversial-intelligence-deal/3287968.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/11/116_218205.html

12 NOVEMBER 2016

Anti-government rally in Seoul largest in nearly 30 years

The biggest street protest in nearly three decades was held in the heart of Seoul with up to 1 million people calling for President Park Geun-hye to resign
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/massive-protest-heaps-pressure-on-south-korea-president/3283058.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37958037

8 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea President Park willing to relinquish some power, asks parliament to nominate new PM

South Korean President Park Geun Hye said on Tuesday (Nov 8) that she will withdraw her nominee for prime minister if parliament recommends a candidate and is willing to let the new premier control the cabinet, seeking to defuse a crisis rocking her presidency
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-president-park-says-willing-to-accept-parliaments-choice-for-pm-report
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2182893-south-korean-presidents-concession-could-spell-end-of-power/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

« My heart is breaking », says South Korean President Park Geun-hye in tearful apology

South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s has made a tearful apology for her role in a “heartbreaking” political scandal that has engulfed her administration – but it has failed to mollify opposition parties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/my-heart-breaking-says-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-tearful-apology
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/04/tearful-south-korean-president-says-scandal-of-friends-influence-is-all-my-fault

2 NOVEMBER 2016

President Park appoints Kim Byong-joon as new prime minister

President Park’s designation of a liberal prime minister could mark the beginning of a politically neutral cabinet, one where the new prime minister would have greater power over domestic affairs, while the head of state would focus on external affairs, including diplomacy and defense. »
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=197177
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/02/asia/south-korea-park-guen-hye-choi-soon-sil/index.html

29 OCTOBER 2016

Mass protest in Seoul against South Korean President

Thousands of protesters held a candlelight rally in the South Korean capital on Saturday (Oct 29), calling on President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that allowed a close personal friend to meddle in state affairs
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mass-protest-in-seoul-against-south-korean-president/3245888.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37809594
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/south-korea/the-female-rasputin-at-centre-of-s-korean-political-scandal-1.1920392

24 OCTOBER 2016

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye calls for two-term, longer presidencies

The constitution should allow the president a second term in office and the terms themselves should be longer, according to President Park Geun-hye. Presidents are currently limited to a single five-year term
http://www.dw.com/en/south-koreas-president-park-geun-hye-calls-for-two-term-longer-presidencies/a-36137945
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/korean-president-proposes-constitutional-revision
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=196779

7 OCTOBER 2016

Is South Korea a ‘nation in trouble’?

The headlines in South Korea’s newspapers have been largely negative in recent months, dominated by scandal, political impasse and social unrest. But some say it shows the nation is evolving into a mature society
http://www.dw.com/en/is-south-korea-a-nation-in-trouble/a-35986516

30 SEPTEMBER 2016

South Korea announces new site for US missile shield as ties with Beijing worsen over Chinese fishermen’s deaths

 South Korea’s announcement on Friday of the final site of a US-built antiballistic missile system drew firm opposition in Beijing and a vow to take “necessary measures” to counter the shield
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2023956/south-korea-announces-new-site-us-missile-shield-ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-09/30/content_15504092.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3024381

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

U.S. doesn’t want to bring back its nukes to South Korea

A U.S. official Tuesday opposed growing calls for a reintroduction of American tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea in the wake of Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-official-opposed-growing-calls-reintroduction-nukes-south-korea

11 AUGUST 2016

What would a Trump presidency mean for the US–South Korea alliance?

 Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned the value of forward deployment in US security strategy and has threatened to pull back from the alliance if South Korea, among other treaty allies of the United States, does not ‘reimburse us much more substantially. As a result, some analysts in the region are concerned about the effect of a Trump presidency
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/04/what-would-a-trump-presidency-mean-for-the-us-south-korea-alliance/

10  AUGUST 2016

South Korea’s ruling party elects new leader

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has elected a new leader, Lee Jung-hyun. The lawmaker has close ties with President Park Geun-hye
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_33/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160810000846

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

 The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles following continued weapons testing by Pyongyang in defiance of U.N. résolutions
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3021051
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36742751
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/08/asia/north-korea-thaad-missile-deploy/index.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160708_27/

3 JUNE 2016

Korea and U.S. differ over Thaad parley

South Korea and the United States appeared to be at loggerheads on Friday over the deployment of an advanced missile defense system on the peninsula, particularly over whether the two would discuss the issue at an upcoming talk between their defense chiefs.
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3019592

1 MAY 2016

South Korean president visits Iran

South Korea’s president has arrived in Tehran in the first such high-level visit since the two nations established diplomatic ties in 1962
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/diplomacy/26378-south-korean-president-visits-iran
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3018209

13 APRIL 2016

After 16 years, South Korea ruling party loses parliamentary majority

South Korea’s conservative ruling party said it had « disappointed » voters after it suffered a serious setback in Wednesday’s general election, losing its 16 years of parliamentary majority
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-ruling-party/2693618.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160414_05/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/04/116_202544.html

6 MARCH 2016

South Korea, U.S. to kick off largest-ever joint exercise

South Korea and the United States will launch their largest-ever joint exercise this week to warn North Korea against further provocations, a South Korean military official said Sunday
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2016/03/06/17/0301000000AEN20160306000951315F.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015869

04 MARCH 2016

Seoul and Washington postponed talks on Thaad finally get off the ground

Seoul and Washington officially launched talks Friday on the deployment of the U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system in South Korea, a bolstering of their joint missile defense posture that has been fiercely protested by some neighboring countries
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188842
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015830

22 FEBRUARY 2016

S Korea urges Japan to stop islets provocations

South Korea on Monday urged Japan to stop provocations over disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries as Japan sent a senior government official to attend the controversial « Takeshima Day » event.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/22/content_15388451.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/s-korea-protests-over-japan-sending-official-to-disputed-isle-event

13 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201602130027
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188207

27 JANUARY 2016

South Korean defense chief says Thaad must be considered

Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo said Monday that Seoul needs to seriously consider the deployment of a U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) anti-ballistic missile system on the Korean Peninsula
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/defense-minister-south-korea-must-consider-thaad-anti-ballistic-missile-system

10 JANUARY 2016

U.S. B-52 bomber flies over S. Korea in solidarity after N. Korean nuclear claim

A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday « in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, » United States Pacific Command said
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/10/us/b-52-south-korea/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187136
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3013752

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

28 DECEMBER 2015

Korea and Japan reach historic agreement on sex slave issue

South Korea and Japan have reached a landmark agreement on the thorny issue of wartime sex slaves, known as comfort women, that has long strained relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186676
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151228_24.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/foreign-ministers-japan-and-republic-korea-comfort-women

20 DECEMBER 2015

Korea’s trade pacts with China, Vietnam, New Zealand go into effect

Korea’s free trade agreement with China took effect on Sunday, along with separate trade pacts with Vietnam and New Zealand
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186402

5 DECEMBER 2015

Tens of thousands rally against South Korea president

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the South Korean capital on Saturday accusing President Park Geun-hye of pushing pro-business labour laws and attacking personal and political freedoms.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/30000-hit-streets-skorea-anti-government-rally-151205111903538.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-05/south-korea-activists-protest-labour-policies-call-for-president-park-guenhyes-resignation/1522646
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35014582

30 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea’s Assembly ratifies FTA with China

The National Assembly ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, Monday, after weeks of tug-of-war negotiations over how to protect farming and other industries that will suffer from the deal
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-koreas-national-assembly-ratifies-free-trade-agreement-china
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185755
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2015/12/202_192204.html

26 NOVEMBER 2015

S Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam

South Korea on Thursday buried former president Kim Young-Sam, following a snow-swept state funeral for the man whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185648
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/11/116_191878.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3012085
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/13eb5632-913c-11e5-94e6-c5413829caa5.html#axzz3sG4IhCUU

25 NOVEMBER 2015

New South Korea-U.S nuclear treaty goes into effect

A new nuclear treaty between South Korea and the United States came into effect replacing the one that had been in place for the last 42 years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185613
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-us-ratify-new-civilian-nuclear-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2015

Former South Korean president Kim Young-sam dies at 87

Former South Korean President Kim Young-Sam, who became the country’s first civilian ruler after more than 30 years of military rule, died on Sunday, hospital officials said. He was 87
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-south-korean/2282504.html?cx_tag=undefined&cid=tg:recos:undefined:standard#cxrecs_s
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151122000004

1 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea, China, Japan put hostility aside at rare summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-china-japan/2232370.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151101_23.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002534535
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/01/national/politics-diplomacy/east-asia-leaders-agree-revive-annual-trilateral-summit/#.VjaVWzgQVjp

21 OCTOBER 2015

South Korean Seong-Jin Cho wins Chopin piano competition

South Korea’s Seong-Jin Cho, 21, has won the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34589558

16 OCTOBER 2015

Obama asks Park to speak out against China

US President Barack Obama has asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye to speak out against China when it fails to abide by international norms and rules
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151017_12.html

South Korean Professors declare boycott against government-issued history text

Dozens of history professors from the country’s most prestigious universities, including Korea and Yonsei University, have issued statements against the government’s decision to publish a single history textbook starting in 2017
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=184276

13 OCTOBER 2015

South Korea to issue ‘correct history textbook’ to students

The South Korean government has said it will replace the country’s school history books with a single text, which will be called the « correct history textbook »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/south-korea-write-correct-history-textbook-151012165855598.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-accurate-history-textbook-mandate-stirs-controversy/3005216.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

U.S. denying Seoul key fighter jet technologies

Washington has rejected the transfer to Korea of four core technologies in F-35 stealth fighter jets that are needed to develop indigenous KF-X aircraft, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) confirmed Tuesday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3009537

Japan, US, S.Korea FM talks to be held on Sep. 29

The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea will meet in New York next week to discuss the possibility of North Korea launching a long-range missile. A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday announced that the meeting will be held on September 29th on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150922_19.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

South Korea’s generation of discontent

In South Korea 410,000 young people in their 20s are looking for work and unemployed. This is up from 330,000 in 2013 and is a 15-year high. But this deepening societal crisis should come as little surprise
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/09/11/south-koreas-generation-of-discontent/

2 SEPTEMBER 2015

If China had to choose, it would be South Korea

South Korea is a liberal democracy, but China is still its largest trade partner. In recent years, South Korea’s trade with China has exceeded its combined trade with Japan and the US, which are its second and third largest trade partners.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/09/china-choose-south-korea-150902073117753.html

26 AUGUST 2015

President Park to attend China’s war victory military parade

According to the Presidential office the decision to attend the September 3rd event at the Tiananmen Square, was made after considering Seoul’s friendly cooperative relations with Beijing, and hopes for Beijing’s future role in bringing peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=182724
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-korean-president-geun-hye-attend-military-parade-Beijing

16 AUGUST 2015

After 70 years of turbulent transition, South Korea’s democracy faces new challenges

In the chaotic decades that followed the 1945 liberation from Japan’s colonial rule, South Koreans had limited rights to pick their own leaders, express political beliefs, and participate in any form of policymaking
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150816000378

7 AUGUST 2015

Korean traditional dance master Lee Mae-bong dies at 88

Korean dance guru Yi Mae-bang died of a sudden illness stemming from old age at a hospital in Gangnam, southern Seoul, Friday morning. He was 88
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2015/08/317_184412.html

17 JUNE 2015

South Korean defense budget plan is largest ever

The Ministry of National Defense has created its largest-ever budget proposal, mainly aimed at building deterrence infrastructure against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, which it submitted to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3005528

3 JUNE 2015

South Korea test-fires missile that can strike all of the North

South Korea on Wednesday test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of hitting any part of North Korea, in an apparent response to recent bellicose boasts from Pyongyang about its nuclear and missile capabilities
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/11649705/South-Korea-tests-missile-capable-of-reaching-deep-into-North-Korea.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/world/south-korea-testfires-missile-that-can-strike-all-of-the-north-46196.html

1 JUNE 2015

China, S. Korea sign free-trade pact

China and South Korea on Monday formally signed a free-trade agreement that would remove most tariffs between Asia’s largest and fourth-largest economies, whose trade is already worth more than US$200 billion.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/579055/china-s-korea-sign-free-trade-pact
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/after-three-years-negotiations-south-korea-and-china-sign-free-trade-agreement
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1102&MainCatID=11&id=20150601000115

21 MAY 2015

Justice chief Hwang Kyo-ahn named new Korean P.M.

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday nominated Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as the new prime minister, calling him “the right man” to achieve political reforms proposed in the wake of a high-profile graft scandal involving her close confidants.
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/116_179359.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150521000952

18 MAY 2015

Korea, India to upgrade partnership

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday agreed to elevate the level of bilateral ties to a “special strategic partnership” and start negotiations to revise a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which is equivalent to a free trade deal, by June next year
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150518001199
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/120_179172.html

27 APRIL 2015

South Korea’s prime minister Lee Wan Koo steps down over bribery scandal

Prime Minster Lee Wan Koo offered to quit last week, two months after taking the country’s No. 2 post. He was at the heart of a corruption scandal involving a dead businessman and other high-profile figures.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132448/south-koreas-prime-minister-steps-down-over-bribery-scandal/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150427001263

16 APRIL 2015

Korea, U.S. form joint defense committee to counter N. Korean threats

Seoul and Washington have agreed to form a ‘Deterrence Strategic Committee.’The deal was signed by deputy-level defense ministers from South Korea and the U.S. in Washington on Wednesday, local time
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=178672
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150416000945

14 APRIL 2015

Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years

 South Korea and Japan on Tuesday held their first high-level security talks in more than five years despite simmering tensions over territorial and historical disputes
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/korea-japan-hold-first-security-talks-5-years-135959997.html

6 APRIL 2015

South Korea condemns Japanese books as bid to repeat ‘past mistakes’

South Korea condemned on Monday (Apr 6) Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands, summoning Japan’s ambassador and warning that the approval was a sign Japan was prepared to repeat its colonial wartime past.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-condemns/1769134.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/06/school-text-books-fuel-south-korea-japan-island-dispute/

21 MARCH 2015

China, Japan, South Korea hold first FM talks for three years

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan gathered in Seoul on Saturday for their first meeting in nearly three years, aimed at calming regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/asian-powers-hold-talks-year-hiatus-150321065405173.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/21/china-japan-and-south-korea-meet-to-improve-frosty-relations/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-china-japan-vow-bring-about-leadership-summit

5 MARCH 2015

U.S. ambassador in Seoul injured in slash attack by activist

The US ambassador to South Korea has been attacked by a knife-wielding man shouting anti-war slogans during a public event at an arts centre in Seoul
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31743055
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001573
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/03/ambassador-attacked-south-korea-150304232100655.html

26 FEBRUARY 2015

South Korean court strikes down adultery law

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has struck down a 60-year-old statute outlawing adultery under which violators faced up to two years in prison.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/south-korean-court-legalises-adultery-150226054724879.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2015/02/27/429767/South-Korean.htm

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan calls for return of isles from S Korea

Japan urged South Korea again Sunday to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured ties between the two US allies. Seoul controls the islands which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-calls-return-isles-s-korea

16 FEBRUARY 2015

Lee Wan-koo confirmed as South Korea prime minister

The National Assembly confirmed Lee Wan-koo as prime minister Monday by a vote of 148 to 128. Five votes were counted as invalid
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001007

15 FEBRUARY 2015

Seoul ranks No. 10 in defense spending

South Korea ranked 10th in defense spending in 2014, according to an annual report. The report on the world’s top 15 defense-spending countries by Britain’s International Institute for Strategic Studies showed that Seoul’s defense expenditures amounted to $34.4 billion.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150215000084

6 FEBRUARY 2015

President calls for proactive measures to boost fertility rate

President Park Geun-hye on Friday called for measures to tackle the country’s critically low fertility rate and aging population, which are considered some of the biggest threats to the economy.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150206000801

22 JANUARY 2015

Top South Korea court confirms jail term for pro-North MP

South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a nine-year prison sentence for a former leftist lawmaker convicted of inciting an armed revolt in the event of war breaking out with North Korea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/top-s-korea-court-confirms-jail-term-pro-north-mp
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150122001171

5 JANUARY 2015

South Korea party UPP vows to fight dissolution

A minority leftist political party that was constitutionally dissolved last month has said it will fight in court to maintain its parliamentary seats, and accused the conservative government of authoritarian tendencies.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/dissolved-s-korean-party-vows-fight-back-20151594616644986.html

19 DECEMBER 2014

S. Korea’s constitutional court orders dissolution of leftist Unified Progressive Party

South Korea’s constitutional court on Dec. 19 ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say exposes limits of freedom of expression in a country once ruled by military dictators.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201412190026
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141219000813
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/12/116_170256.html

21 NOVEMBER 2014

South Korea’s Press: The Illusion of Freedom

Intricate web of connections, a frowning government, keep a tight leash on reporting
http://www.asiasentinel.com/society/south-korea-press-freedom-illusion/

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Pentagon OKs sale of PAC-3 missiles to Korea

The U.S. government has approved a possible sale to South Korea of PAC-3 interceptor missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.405 billion, a U.S. defense agency said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141107000783

6 NOVEMBER 2014

South Korea suspends $2.1 billion deal to upgrade fighter jets

South Korea has suspended a $1.61 billion (S$2.1 billion) deal to upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighter jets because of delayed work and cost over-runs, a government agency said Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-suspends-21-billion-deal-upgrade-fighter-jets
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141105/DEFREG03/311050037/South-Korea-Pentagon-Kill-BAE-F-16-Upgrade-Contract

26 OCTOBER 2014

No easy retirement in South Korea

Out of work and out of pocket, South Korean retirees are struggling to force their way back into an unwelcoming job market in an effort to supplement meagre or non-existent pensions.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439685/no-easy-retirement-in-south-korea

23 OCTOBER 2014

US, South Korea delay Seoul’s wartime control of forces

US and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to delay transfer of the Pentagon’s control of Korean troops in the event of war with the North, with no new transfer date set.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439359/us-skorea-delay-seoul-wartime-control-of-forces

21 OCTOBER 2014

Amnesty slams ‘abuse’ of migrants in S. Korea

Migrant farm workers in South Korea face rampant abuse under a “shameful” government work permit system that encourages exploitation, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2014/10/21/419933/Amnesty-slams.htm

13 OCTOBER 2014

Seoul mayor endorses same-sex marriage

Seoul mayor Park Won-soon told a US newspaper that he personally supports same-sex marriage and would like to see South Korea being the first country in Asia to legalise it, during his recent visit to San Francisco
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Seoul-mayor-endorses-same-sex-marriage-65803.html

6 OCTOBER 2014

UN cites ‘serious’ S. Korean racism

The UN’s top expert on racism outlined Monday « serious problems » faced by migrant workers and foreign marriage partners in South Korea, ranging from discriminatory exploitation and maltreatment to racist verbal abuse.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436218/un-cites-erious-s-korean-racism

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

S. Korea aims to strengthen air defence

South Korea is stepping up efforts to strengthen its air defence with its final approval this week of a deal to purchase 40 F-35 radar-evading warplanes for deployment from 2018 through 2021 at a cost of 7.3 trillion won (US$7 billion)
http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-aims-to-strengthen-air-defence-65019.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

Ex-Japan PM Hoshiro Mori visits South Korea in hope of easing troubled ties

Former Japanese premier Hoshiro Mori brings a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye during a visit to Seoul from Friday, a government spokesman, as Tokyo seeks a thaw in frosty ties
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140919000872
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-japan-pm-visit-south-korea-hope-easing-troubled-ties

Asian Games begin in Incheon

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye opened the Incheon Asian Games at a glittering, K-Pop inspired ceremony Friday as North Korean athletes received an unexpectedly warm welcome.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/433128/asian-games-begin-in-incheon
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/09/19/2014091901713.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

South Koreans more unhappy and unhealthy than other Asians

South Koreans are unhappier and unhealthier than other less wealthy Asian neighbors, a public opinion poll showed Tuesday, reflecting depressing levels of sentiments on people’s lives in Asia’s fourth-largest economy nation.
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/89763

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

US, S. Korea ‘create army unit to destroy North’s nukes’

South Korea said Thursday it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict broke out.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430495/us-s-korea-create-army-unit-to-destroy-north-nukes

29 AUGUST 2014

Sex abuse against teens rising: report

The number of teenage victims of sex crimes went from 7,893 in 2011 to 8,808 in 2012 and 9,721 in 2013, according to police data revealed by Rep. Lee Cheol-woo of the Saenuri Party. Most victims were female, but the number of male victims was 506, marking a 75 percent increase from two years earlier
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140829000532

27 AUGUST 2014

President Park’s Measures To Deal With Economic Challenges – Analysis

The economic virus that hit Japan leading to the prolonged period of stagflation until the arrival of Abenomics with promise of revival, hit its neighbouring country, South Korea, as well affected by the same virus. While exports remained strong, if not bullish, sluggish consumer spending did not help revive growth.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27082014-president-parks-measures-deal-economic-challenges-analysis/

25 AUGUST 2014

South Koreans ‘will be extinct by 2750’

South Koreans will be ‘extinct’ by 2750 if nothing is done to halt the nation’s falling fertility rate, according to a study by The National Assembly Research Service in Seoul.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/11054817/South-Koreans-will-be-extinct-by-2750.html

16 AUGUST 2014

Pope Francis beatifies 124 South Korean Catholic martyrs

Pope Francis has celebrated a large open-air Mass to beatify 124 of South Korea’s first Catholics at a ceremony in the capital Seoul.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28814553
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/16/pope-warns-wealthy-koreans-about-plight-of-poor/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-beatifies-Korean-martyrs-who-encourage-us-to-ask-ourselves-if-we-are-ready-to-die-for-the-faith-31906.html

14 AUGUST 2014

Under threat of a possible fourth North Korean nuclear test, should South Korea develop its own nuclear weapon?

Nuclear tensions are again ratcheting up on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang threatening a fourth nuclear weapons test in what one U.S. analyst described as its new “allergic reaction” to routine military exercises by South Korea and United States scheduled to start on August 18
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/nuclear-weapons-for-south-korea/

Pope in S. Korea on first Asia visit for 15 years

Pope Francis on Thursday kicked off a five-day visit to South Korea fuelled by the Vatican’s desire to expand the Church in Asia despite challenges posed by governments like atheist China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pope-s-korea-first-asia-visit-15-years
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/14/pope-arrives-in-seoul-for-asian-youth-day-catholic-festival/
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/08/632_162941.html

6 AUGUST 2014

Popes’ special ties with Korea

As the nation eagerly awaits the Aug. 14-18 visit of Pope Francis, The Korea Times looks back on the special ties the country has had with the Vatican
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2014/08/293_162473.html

2 AUGUST 2014

Uncertainties linger over future Korea-China relations

Uncertainty lingers over how the relationship between the former Cold War foes will evolve amid shifts in the regional security landscape that were triggered mainly by China’s reemergence as a major power in the Asia-Pacific

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Uncertainties-linger-over-future-Korea-China-relat-62989.html

31 JULY 2014

S. Korea ruling party boosts majority with key poll wins

President Park Geun-Hye’s Saenuri Party won 11 of an unprecedented 15 by-elections contested on Wednesday, leaving it with 158 legislators in the 300-seat National Assembly
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423381/s-korea-ruling-party-boosts-majority-with-key-poll-wins
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140731000761

25 JULY 2014

China, South Korea Establish Military Hotline

High-level defense officials met in Beijing to establish a hotline and discuss Japan’s collective self-defense
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/china-south-korea-establish-military-hotline/

3 JULY 2014

China, S. Korea summit pushes North over nuclear weapons

In a joint statement after their talks, the Chinese and South Korean presidents, Xi Jinping and Park Geun-Hye, reaffirmed their « firm opposition » to the development of nuclear weapons on the peninsula, but seemed divided on how best to persuade the North to give up its bombs.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418663/china-s-korea-summit-pushes-north-over-nuclear-weapons
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28139972
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28144980

China and South Korea poised for bilateral trade deal

Chinese and South Korean leaders have pledged to sign a bilateral trade agreement by the end of this year and introduce direct trading of their currencies to spur cross-border renminbi transactions and deepen economic ties in two of Asia’s largest economies.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4ec9ab36-02aa-11e4-8c28-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz36RMH21kY
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-07/03/c_133458634.htm
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-xi-arrives-seoul-talks-park/1949839.html

26 JUNE 2014

South Korean PM keeps job after nominees pull out

South Korea’s president has decided to retain the country’s current prime minister after two possible replacements for the job both abandoned their nominations because of questions over past behavior
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124174/south-korean-pm-keeps-job-after-nominees-pull-out/

24 JUNE 2014

South Korea president takes hit as second PM nominee falls

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s dwindling political fortunes took another hit on Tuesday as her second nominee for prime minister was forced to withdraw over past remarks about Japanese colonial rule
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/417047/south-korea-president-takes-hit-as-second-pm-nominee-falls
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/world/asia/nominee-for-south-korean-premier-exits-over-colonization-remarks.html?ref=asia&_r=0

13 JUNE 2014

President tightens grip with reshuffle

President Park Geun-hye replaced seven ministers on Friday, completing several weeks of personnel shake-ups to salvage public trust in the government and move on from the ferry disaster
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140613001050

7 JUNE 2014

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions — particularly with China — over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414039/s-korea-donates-warship-to-manila

5 JUNE 2014

S Korean president Park pledges to speed up reform after elections

President Park Geun-hye said Thursday she humbly accepts the results of the nationwide local elections and will push forward with her reform agenda in a speedier manner
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korean-president-park-pledges-speed-reform-after-elections

22 MAY 2014

South Korea’s Park names Ahn Dai-hee as new prime minister

Ahn’s appointment comes in the wake of former premier Chung Hon-won announcing his resignation at the end of April. Chung stood down because of perceived mistakes in the way that the government responded to the Sewol ferry disaster
http://www.dw.de/south-koreas-park-names-ahn-dai-hee-as-new-prime-minister/a-17653121

10 MAY 2014

South Korea’s poverty-stricken elderly

Nearly half of South Korea’s elderly (65 or older) live below the poverty-line. In response to economic vulnerability and social isolation, the suicide rate among the elderly has tripled since 2000

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/05/10/south-koreas-poverty-stricken-elderly/

29 APRIL 2014

South Korea president apologises over ferry disaster

South Korea’s president has apologised for her government’s failure to prevent a ferry disaster that left up to 300 people dead or missing and for the inadequate emergency response
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/29/south-korea-president-in-personal-apology-over-ferry-disaster/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/s-korea-leader-apologises-over-ferry-disaster-20144294350390862.html

27 APRIL 2014

The South Korean prime minister resigns over the government’s handling of the ferry which sunk with more than 300 people on board.

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won offered to resign Sunday, taking responsibility for “a slew of problems” that both enabled and worsened the severity of a ferry sinking that has left more than 300 dead or missing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-korea-premier-tenders-resignation-over-ferry-response/2014/04/26/71dca9be-cdaf-11e3-a75e-463587891b57_story.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/27/south-korean-prime-minister-resigns-over-ferry-disaster/

25 APRIL 2014

Allies to review command transfer timing

The leaders of South Korea and the U.S. agreed Friday to reconsider the timing of Washington’s transfer of its wartime operational control of Korean troops, scheduled for 2015, in the face of persistent North Korean nuclear threat

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140425001207

16 APRIL 2014

More than 270 missing as ferry sinks off the coast of South Korea

Officials said six of the ship’s 462 passengers had died, at least 55 are injured and 179 have been rescued. Many passengers – of which 300 are children – may have been trapped inside the vessel as it listed and sank
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/rescuers-battle-to-save-476-passengers-after-ferry-sinks-off-south-korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27056653
http://www.france24.com/en/20140416-south-korea-ferry-carrying-450-people-sinking/

28 MARCH 2014

Soldiers’ remains returned to China decades after they died in Korean war

The remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean war returned home on Friday, more than 60 years after an armistice ended the fighting.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/28/soldiers-bodies-china-korean-war

23 MARCH 2014

Korean and Chinese presidents reaffirm opposition to North Korean nukes

The leaders of South Korea and China on Sunday reaffirmed their opposition to North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons, pledging to work closely together for peninsular denuclearization

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140324000014

17 MARCH 2014

Seoul urges Tokyo to show sincerity toward summit

Cheong Wa Dae on Monday renewed its calls for Japan to show “sincerity” in its efforts to improve bilateral relations, stressing the need to set an appropriate mood for a summit between their leaders
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140317000964

12 MARCH 2014

Japan, South Korea Hold High-level Talks Amid Strained Ties

South Korea and Japan held vice ministerial-level talks Wednesday in Seoul to discuss improving strained relations http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-skorea-hold-highlevel-talks-amid-strained-ties/1869376.html

S. Korea spy chief takes heat in forged spy case

South Korea’s spy agency chief came under growing pressure to step down Wednesday over a scandal with political ramifications involving the fabrication of evidence in an espionage case
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-spy-chief-takes-heat-forged-spy-case
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399546/nine-arrested-over-attack-on-hong-kong-journalist

1 MARCH 2014

South Korea warns Japan over comfort women review

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has warned Japan it will only bring isolation on itself if it reviews a statement acknowledging its wartime use of sex slaves http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26394850

24 FEBRUARY 2014

South Korea begins military drills with US despite North Korean opposition

South Korea has kicked off its annual joint military exercises with the US despite vocal opposition from North Korea. The drills will test a recent improvement in cross-border ties.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/24/south-korea-military-drills-us-north-korea

17 FEBRUARY 2014

South Korean MP sentenced to 12 years for treason

A South Korean court on Monday sentenced an opposition legislator to 12 years in prison after a rare treason trial saw him convicted of plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/02/116_151787.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395502/south-korean-mp-sentenced-to-12-years-for-treason

8 FEBRUARY 2014

S. Korean Conscientious Objectors Seek Alternative to Military Service

http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korean-conscientious-objectors-seek-alternatives-to-military-service/1847516.html

Korean martyrs beatified

Pope Francis has beatified 124 Korean martyrs from the late 18th and 19th centuries, the Vatican said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393969/pope-beatifies-korean-martyrs

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Seoul to expand support for working moms

The government on Tuesday unveiled a package of comprehensive measures to support working mothers so they can better balance work and life, create a family-friendly culture at workplaces and encourage fathers to engage in child rearing at home

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140204001136

3 FEBRUARY 2014

S. Korea prosecutors seek 20 years in MP sedition trial

South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded a 20-year jail term for a leftist lawmaker on trial for allegedly plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392987/s-korea-prosecutors-seek-20-years-in-mp-sedition-trial

24 JANUARY 2014

South Korea’s rapid economic rise leaves many of its elderly facing poverty

In a fast-paced nation famous for its high achievers and its big spending on private tutors and luxury goods, half of South Korea’s elderly are poor, the highest rate in the industrialised world.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/24/south-korea-elderly-older-poverty

22 JANUARY 2014

Korea-Japan tension rises over memorial

Tension is intensifying further in Northeast Asia after Japan protested the launch of new facilities devoted to a Korean independence fighter in China, triggering strong condemnation from Seoul

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140121000770

16 JANUARY 2014

Korea, India agree to upgrade trade pact, diplomatic relations

The leaders of South Korea and India agreed to upgrade their economic, diplomatic and security cooperation on Thursday, paving the way for a strategic partnership between the two countries in the future

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140116001003

14 JANUARY 2014

U.S. military reinforcements target North Korea, China

The U.S. is reinforcing its military strength on the Korean Peninsula in an apparent move to better cope with potential security threats from an unpredictable North Korea and a more militarily assertive China.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140114000854

12 JANUARY 2014

South Korea agrees to pay 5.8% more to host U.S. troops

South Korea on Saturday agreed to pay 920 billion won ($867 million) this year for the upkeep of 28,500 U.S. troops here, an increase of 5.8 percent from last year’s contributions, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday 12

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140112000267

12 DECEMBER 2013

Korea to sell 24 F-50s to Iraq

South Korea scored a $1.1 billion contract with Iraq on Thursday to sell 24 light attack fighters in the country’s largest aircraft export deal, Seoul officials said. Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole aircraft maker, is also to strike an additional $1 billion deal soon for logistical support over the next 25 years

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131212000941

 

8 DECEMBER 2013

South Korea Declares New Air Defense Zone, Overlapping China’s

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that the new zone, which will take effect on December 15, will include Ieodo, a submerged reef in waters off the south coast, which China calls Suyan
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25288268
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/08/south-korea-expands-air-defence-zone-into-china-s/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/08/south-korea-air-defence-zone-overlap-chinas

5 DECEMBER 2013

South Korea’s Free Speech Problem

Criminal indictments for defamation have more than doubled in South Korea, chilling free speech and giving pause to critics of President Park Geun-hye and her party.

http://fpif.org/south-koreas-free-speech-problem/

4 DECEMBER 2013

Korea’s Domestic Cold War

South Korea’s conservative government is rolling back free speech protections and going after progressive activists and political parties.

http://fpif.org/koreas-domestic-cold-war/

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan and S Korea defy China defence zone

Japan and South Korea said they have defied China’s newly-declared air defence zone with military overflights, showing Beijing a united front after US B-52 bombers did the same.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-skorea-defy-china-defence-zone-20131128131156925437.html

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Park, Putin agree to restore trans-Siberian vision

Presidents Park Geun-hye of South Korea and Vladimir Putin of Russia held summit talks on Wednesday in Seoul and agreed to broaden economic cooperation including a Russian-led project to develop a North Korean border port that will set the basis for an envisioned railway link from Korea to Siberia.In a joint statement, the two leaders agreed to seek wider cooperation on short and long-term projects in such fields as shipbuilding, financial infrastructure, logistics, energy, science, space and knowledge sharing.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131113001048

5 NOVEMBER 2013

Royal welcome for President of South Korea

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh formally welcome The President of the Republic of South Korea to the UK on a state visit, at Horse Guards Parade.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/10427646/Royal-welcome-for-President-of-South-Korea.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/378347/britain-lays-on-the-pomp-for-s-korean-president

4 NOVEMBER 2013

Korean president says talks with Japan would ‘serve no purpose’

South Korea president Park Geun-Hye says suggested summit would be of no value if Japanese continue to see « no need to acknowledge their past wrongdoings »
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2013/11/04/392848/S-Koreas.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/10424217/Korean-president-says-talks-with-Japan-would-serve-no-purpose.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea conducts military drill on disputed islets

The four-hour exercise involving five warships, jet fighters and helicopters, demonstrated « the military’s will to defend » the Dokdo islets, a defence ministry spokesman said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/376421/s-korea-conducts-military-drill-on-disputed-islets

24 OCTOBER 2013

South Korean foreign aid: Contributing to international security

South Korea’s economic rise is an amazing story. From a country devastated by the Korean War with a per capita gross national income (GNI) of $67, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has grown to the world’s 12th largest economy. Over the past 25 years, South Korea has become an important contributor to international development assistance.

http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/south-korean-foreign-aid-contributing-to-international-security/

18 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea slams Japanese minister, lawmakers’ war shrine visit

Seoul on Friday condemned the visit by a Japanese cabinet minister and some 150 lawmakers to the country’s controversial war shrine that it claims glorifies Tokyo’s history of aggression.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-slams-Japanese-minister-lawmakers’-war-s-52997.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea inks deals worth $10b with Indonesia

Looking to capitalize on Indonesia’s rising number of middle class consumers, South Korea signed seven memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on investments worth over US$10 billion The sectors involved comprised transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, information technology, automotive, energy, agriculture and the creative economy

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/12/s-korea-inks-deals-worth-10b.html

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/10/116_144242.html

8 OCTOBER 2013

South Korea wants US to keep control over combined wartime defence forces

Sixty years after the end of the Korean war, the United States and South Korea still can’t agree on who should take charge if another war breaks out with the communist neighbour to the north.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/08/korea-south-north-us-military-chuck-hagel

2 OCTOBER 2013

US, South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy

The United States and South Korea today agreed to establish “a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against … North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a press conference
http://www.eurasiareview.com/02102013-us-south-korea-announce-tailored-deterrence-strategy/
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/02/20782403-us-s-korea-sign-tailored-deterrence-pact-against-threat-of-kim-jong-uns-wmds?lite

1st OCTOBER 2013

South Korea stages huge military parade

South Korea marked its army’s 65th anniversary by holding its largest military parade to date, displaying long-range missiles described as a deterrent to the threat posed by North Korea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/south-korea-stages-huge-military-parade-201310173257340937.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/oct/01/south-korea-military-display-video

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Korean Democracy at a Crossroads

By targeting public officials who scrutinize the country’s notorious internal intelligence service, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye is rolling back hard-won democratic gains in South Korea.

http://fpif.org/korean-democracy-crossroads/

24 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korea reopens tender for $8bn fighter jet programme

South Korea has decided against selecting Boeing’s F-15 Silent Eagle Fighter Jet as the winner of its FX-III competition, according to local media reports.
http://thediplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2013/09/24/south-korea-rejects-boeings-f-15se-fighter-will-restart-fx-iii/
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4cf2af98-24e2-11e3-bcf7-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2fq9cmbrB
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/371254/s-korea-rejects-boeing-bid-for-7-7-bn-fighter-deal

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

S. Korea’s ex-PM defiant after bribery conviction

Han Myeong-sook, former prime minister and ex-leader of South Korea’s main opposition party, faces another long legal battle over bribery accusations which have dealt blow to her political career and reputation as an pro-democracy activist against the military-backed governments in the 1970s and ’80s.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Koreas-ex-PM-defiant-after-bribery-conviction-51790.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korean ex-dictator’s family to settle $154m in fines

The family of a former South Korean president convicted of corruption vows to pay back an estimated $154m of corruptly-obtained assets.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24028798

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Boeing Looks Set to Win South Korea fighter Deal

Boeing is set to inch closer to clinching a multibillion-dollar deal to sell 60 F-15 Silent Eagle jets to South Korea, as its competitors have effectively been priced out of the contest.
http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/237/Boeing-Looks-Set-to-Win-South-Korea-fighter-Deal

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

S Korea, US map out plan to deter N. Korea nuclear

South Korea and the United States have mapped out a joint operational plan which outlines concrete measures to deter and respond to North Korea’s nuclear threats, a report said Sunday.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-us-map-out-plan-deter-n-korea-nuclear

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Gay couple seeks recognition

Movie director and producer Kim-Jho Gwang-soo, left, speaks before his wedding ceremony with his partner Kim Seung-hwan at Cheonggye Stream in downtown Seoul, Saturday, the first public wedding ceremony for a same-sex couple in a country that does not recognize gay marriage. / Yonhap

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/09/116_142422.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korean Lawmakers Back Arrest of Colleague for Treason

The South Korean National Assembly on Wednesday voted to allow the arrest of an opposition lawmaker on charges of plotting treason in a case that rekindled fears of a pro-North Korean rebellion and concern about the actions of a powerful intelligence agency that has been long accused of meddling in domestic politics under the pretext of hunting Communists.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/world/asia/south-korean-lawmakers-back-arrest-of-colleague-for-treason.html?ref=asia&_r=0

27 AUGUST 2013

South Korean Fighter Order: AF Backs F-35

Boeing’s F-15SE Silent Eagle has been selected as the only qualified bidder in South Korea’s F-X Phase 3 competition for 60 fighters—but the country’s air force is lobbying to overturn the decision in favor of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/232/South-Korean-Fighter-Order-AF-Backs-F-35

25 AUGUST 2013

Chemical castration requests jump on revised law

The prosecution’s requests for chemical castration for sex offenders rose sharply this year as a revised law allows the hormonal treatment for even those who commit sexual violence against adults, the top prosecution office said

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130825000057

9 AUGUST 2013

Forced laborers seeking justice 70 years on

Nearly seven decades after the Korean Peninsula was liberated from Japan’s colonial rule, the matter of Tokyo’s compensation for Koreans conscripted into forced labor and military service remains unresolved.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130809000689

5 AUGUST 2013

Park replaces chief of staff

President Park Geun-hye replaced her chief of staff and four senior secretaries on Monday to reinvigorate her administrative drive as she enters the second half of her first year in office.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130805000452

25 JULY 2013

Korea, U.S. fail to agree on sharing troop upkeep

South Korea and the United States failed Thursday to narrow differences over the sharing of the cost for stationing American troops here as Seoul rebutted Washington’s call for additional financial backing, a government source said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130725001023

23 JULY 2013

Can South Korea and China become equal partners?

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s recent visit to China represents a fresh start to ROK–China relations. After North Korea’s sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in 2010, ROK-China relations became strained, with Beijing supporting the North. The two countries had enjoyed a rapid 20-year development in their relations since they first opened diplomatic ties in 1992, but the sudden strain demonstrated that their much-envied partnership was limited to economic interdependence. There was little mutual trust in important areas such as politics and security. Now, this might be changing.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/23/can-south-korea-and-china-become-equal-partners/

11 JULY 2013

Korea, Buddhist monks in turmoil: Gambling and alcohol are ruining us

The venerable Jangju – one of the most important members of the Jogye Order, the largest and most important Buddhist denomination in the country – sounds the alarm: « Some monks are even go to Macau and Las Vegas to gamble. One of us has sold temple land to pay off debts. A cleanout is needed ».                                                                                                                                    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Korea,-Buddhist-monks-in-turmoil:-Gambling-and-alcohol-are-ruining-us-28442.html

South Korean court orders Japan steel firm to compensate wartime workers

A court in South Korea has ordered a Japanese steelmaker to pay more than £230,000 in compensation to four Korean citizens who said the firm used them as forced labour during the second world war. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/south-korea-court-japan

9 JULY 2013

Seoul slams Tokyo claims over disputed islets

The annual Japanese defence white paper adopted by the cabinet said that the disputed three islands, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshim in Japan, are historically Tokyo’s land under international law.                                                                                                                               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137954039674879.html

27 JUNE 2013

Seoul, Beijing Agree on Denuclearized Korean Peninsula

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, agreed at a summit in Beijing Thursday to push for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                  http://www.voanews.com/content/seoul-beijing-agree-on-denuclearized-korean-peninsula/1690379.html                                                                                                                 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130627-432972.html

19 JUNE 2013

South Korea to Buy European Long-Range Missiles

South Korea has decided to upgrade its long-range missile arsenal with European-made weapons, after the Pentagon did not approve the sale of similar U.S. technology.                                                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/skorea-to-buy-european-longrange-missiles/1684646.html

14 JUNE 2013

SKorea’s ex-spy chief indicted in election scandal

South Korea’s former spy chief was indicted on charges of meddling in last year’s presidential elections by ordering an online smear campaign against opposition candidates, prosecutors said Friday.                                                                                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/109213/skoreas-ex-spy-chief-indicted-in-election-scandal/

29 MAY 2013

South Korean Catholics increase in numbers

Church releases its annual figures. Bishops’ Conference reports more than 5 million Catholics, almost 85,000 more than in 2011.                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.asianews.it/news-en/South-Korean-Catholics-increase-in-numbers-28057.html

23 MAY 2013

President Park 11th on Forbes list of most powerful women

President Park Geun-hye placed 11th on Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most powerful women this year.  It is the first time Park has made it onto the annual list by the U.S. economic magazine. She is also the only Korean on the roster  http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130523000542

7 MAY 2013

Obama meets S Korean president in White House

The US and South Korea are marking the 60th anniversary of forging their bilateral alliance, and are fresh from the most strident round of North Korean threats against them for many years.                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2013/05/201357155049678486.html                                       http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-skorean-president-to-show-unity-on-nkorea/1656198.html                                                                                         http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/07/18089314-south-koreas-iron-lady-park-geun-hye-comes-to-washington?lite

4 MAY 2013

South Korea’s role in Asia, partnership with Australia

South Korea, the seventh country to join the 20-50 club (GDP per capita over US$20,000 and a population of 50 million), lies at the geopolitical centre of Northeast Asia, acting as a bridge which mediates the interests of advanced economies with those of developing ones. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/04/south-koreas-role-in-asia-partnership-with-australia/

20 MARCH 2013

South Korea on alert for cyber-attacks after major network goes down

South Korea is investigating a suspected cyber-attack that paralysed systems at major media and banks on Wednesday, amid speculation that the North could be responsible.                                                                                                                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/20/south-korea-under-cyber-attack                                                                                                                             http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/20/south-korean-tv-networks-and-banks-paralysed-by-cyber-attack/

15 MARCH 2013

Civil service, military under scrutiny as Park tightens reins

Civil servants and state-run organizations are coming under close scrutiny as President Park Geun-hye seeks to tighten discipline and stamp out inappropriate conduct. Three separate audits into the military, civil service and state-run companies will be in full swing by next week. The results are expected to affect possible reshuffles of top posts in the organizations                                                                                                                              http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130314000791

28 FEBRUARY 2013

In S Korea, one newborn boy in five will not marry

Low birthrate and economic competition are undermining South Korea’s social structures. The national statistical institute projects that one boy in five will not marry with a devastating impact on the country’s development. The Church sounds the alarm and offers pro-life support to counter the trend                                                                                                                                                                                       http://www.asianews.it/news-en/In-S-Korea,-one-newborn-boy-in-five-will-not-marry-27268.html

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea’s first female president

Park Geun-hye made history Monday by becoming South Korea’s first female president, pledging to secure South Korea against the threat of an increasingly hostile North Korea at the same time as mending bridges with Pyongyang.                 http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/24/world/asia/south-korea-female-president/index.html?hpt=ias_c2                                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322505739252717.html

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Corruption mars Lee’s achievements

One of the slogans of President Lee Myung-bak’s government stated its aim of establishing a “fair society,” but his administration has been severely tarnished by a string of corruption scandals involving members of his family and top aides.                                                                                     http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/02/116_130871.html

29 JANUARY 2013

South Korea’s Unsustainable Military Build-Up

South Korea takes immense pride in its powerful military. According to Globalfirepower.com South Korea (or the ROK) ranked 8th overall in military strength. Indeed, Scott Snyder’s recent CSIS report argues that one noteworthy trend of late “is South Korea’s emergence as a producer rather than a consumer of international security goods despite an ongoing threat from North Korea (or DPRK). http://journal.georgetown.edu/2013/01/28/south-koreas-unsustainable-military-build-up-by-jeong-lee/comment-page-1/#comment-121846

8 JANUARY 2013

South Korea to speed up development of new missiles

South Korea’s new government is to hasten the development and deployment of missiles capable of striking targets anywhere in North Korea. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/9786877/South-Korea-to-speed-up-development-of-new-missiles.html

19 DECEMBER 2012

Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea’s first female president

South Korea has its first ever woman in the top job. The electoral commission has confirmed that the conservative Park Geun-hye has won the presidential election.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/19/s-korea-puts-a-woman-in-the-blue-house-exit-polls
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121219145148235453.html

27 NOVEMBER 2012

South Korea poll campaign kicks off

Park Geun-hye of the ruling conservative Saenuri party faces Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic United Party in the 19 December polls.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20506399 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20491418

23 NOVEMBER 2012

S Korea marks anniversary of island clashes

South Korea has held a commemoration ceremony to mark the second anniversary of North Korea’s artillery attack on Yeonpyeong island that killed two South Korean troops and two civilians.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/201211238116923946.html

18 NOVEMBER 2012

S. Korea’s main opposition party chief quits

The chairman of South Korea’s main opposition party resigned on Sunday in an effort to pave the way for the nation’s liberals to select a single candidate ahead of the December presidential poll. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121118-384220.html

27 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea’s presidential showdown: The forgotten issue

While the economy dominates the election, South Korea’s next president will have important foreign policy choices to make.
http://thediplomat.com/2012/10/27/s-korea-elections-what-are-candidates-foreign-policy/

23 OCTOBER 2012

South Korean MPs trigger Japan protest with island visit

A group of South Korean lawmakers on Tuesday 23 visited an isolated set of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan — prompting an immediate protest from Tokyo http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1232999/1/.html

22 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea blocks leaflet launch after North ‘strike’ threat

South Korean police have blocked activists from sending propaganda leaflets over the border, after threats of military action from North Korea
http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/22/south-korea-heeds-warning-from-the-north/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20024606

19 OCTOBER 2012

UNSC seat to give Korea bigger say

South Korea’s entry into the U.N. Security Council will boost the country’s say in global security issues and help facilitate cooperation in addressing North Korea’s nuclear threat, officials and experts said Friday
http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20121019000764&cpv=0

11 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea Searches its Soul

South Korea, long largely free of street crime, has recently been shocked by a rash of brutal sex crimes and violent attacks, causing soul-searching on why such crimes have increased.
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4891&Itemid=194

7 OCTOBER 2012

US and S Korea announce new missile deal

South Korea has reached a landmark agreement with the United States to extend the reach of Seoul’s ballistic missiles by more than twice the current limit to counter the threat from North Korea, the government said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/20121076301997225.html http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/07/south-korea-increases-ballistic-missile-capability/

4 OCTOBER 2012

Fight Over Rocky Islets Opens Old Wounds Between South Korea and Japan

As they do on any fine-weather day, ferries on Thursday  4 disgorged hundreds of South Korean tourists at these desolate islets. Some charged onto a wharf, waving the national flag and shouting “Daehanminguk manse!” — “Long live the Republic of Korea!” Others unfurled a “Dokdo is our territory” banner and snapped group photographs.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/world/asia/south-korea-and-japan-fight-over-rocky-islets.html?ref=asia

24 SEPTEMBER 2012

S Korean candidate apologises for father

The ruling party candidate in South Korea’s presidential election offered her « sincere apologies » to victims of the repressive rule of her late father, military strongman Park Chung-Hee.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/2012924821369510.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2012

Funeral held for ‘Moonie’ Church founder Sun Myung Moon

Tens of thousands of people have attended the funeral in South Korea of religious leader Sun Myung Moon.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19608783

11 SEPTEMBER 2012

S. Korea to increase budget for missiles

South Korea will spend US$2.3 billion dollars over the next five years to secure tactical weapons targeting North Korea’s nuclear weapons facilities and missile bases, a state agency says
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120911-370992.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2012

Unification Church founder  Moon Sun Myung dies at 92

Self-styled messiah Sun Myung Moon, whose Unification Church became famous for marrying thousands of people in a single ceremony, has died, aged 92
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19459604 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1223614/1/.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19459920

21 AUGUST 2012

South Korea rejects Japan’s court proposal in island row

South Korea rejected Japan’s formal proposal on Tuesday that the two countries ask the International Court of Justice to settle a long-running island dispute, officials said http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1221296/1/.html

15 AUGUST 2012

South Korea’s Lee says history ‘harming Japan ties’

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak says ties with Japan are being hampered by its stance on historical issue
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19264432

13 AUGUST 2012

South Koreans swim to disputed islands amid Japan row

More than 40 South Koreans have begun a relay swim of more than 200km (124 miles) to islands also claimed by Japan amid a serious diplomatic row between the two neighbours.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19240600 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19207086

11 AUGUST 2012

Japan to take islands row to world court

Japan says it will take a long-running territorial dispute with South Korea to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, after Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s president, made a surprise visit to a group of disputed islands this week.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/2012811121058944233.html

10 AUGUST 2012

South Korean leader’s islands visit angers Japan

President Lee Myung-Bak of South Korea paid an unprecedented visit to remote islands disputed with Japan, sparking anger in Tokyo which recalled its ambassador from Seoul in protest. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/NH11Dg02.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/201281081820614896.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/11/world/asia/south-koreans-visit-to-disputed-islets-angers-japan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

8 AUGUST 2012

Spats mar 20 years of China ties with South Korea

China’s release of a Korean activist late last month was supposed to remove a sharp thorn in relations between the neighbors set to celebrate their 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties. But it was only the start of a new diplomatic spat as the former detainee, Kim Young-hwan, revealed torture and inhumane treatment by Chinese investigators.
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120808001121&cpv=0

11 JULY 2012

South Korea: A president’s brother is held over graft

President Lee’s family has chalked up a first. His 77-year-old elder brother, Lee Sang-deuk, is the first of a sitting president to be jailed. A court ruled that he should be held in custody while allegations against him are investigated, to prevent him from destroying evidence.
http://blogs.aljazeera.com/blog/asia/presidents-brother-held-over-graft

5 JULY 2012

Defiant South Korea vows ‘scientific’ whaling

South Korea says it will start whaling under a loophole in a global moratorium that allows scientific research, outraging conservationist nations by using the same tactic as Japan.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/20127511341235201.html

2 JULY 2012

South Korea opens ‘mini capital’ in Sejong City

South Korea has inaugurated a « mini capital » designed to act as a new government hub south of the main capital, Seoul.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18670195

22 JUNE 2012

South Korea’s population passes 50 million

South Korea’s population will exceed 50 million on Saturday, making it the 26th country to reach the mark, according to a report from Statistics Korea. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/06/22/south-korea-s-population-passes-50-million.html

17 JUNE 2012

Human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in sets S.Korean presidential bid

A man who was once imprisoned by South Korea’s former military dictator, Park Chung-hee, said on Sunday he would seek the centre-left’s nomination to run for president, likely setting up a contest with the daughter of the man who jailed him.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120617-353428.html

4 JUNE 2012

S. Korea, U.S. struggle over missile pact revision

South Korea and the United States are still struggling to narrow their differences over a proposed revision of a bilateral pact to allow Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles, officials here said Monday 4
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120604000969

28 MAY 2012

Korea seeks to acquire U.S. missiles, choppers

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering selling Harpoon Block II Missiles and Seahawk Helicopters to South Korea. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in press releases last week that it had notified the U.S. Congress of the possible sale of 18 of the missiles, eight of the helicopters and their associated parts, equipment, logistical support and training. The estimated costs are $1.84 billion
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120527000251&cpv=0

25 MAY 2012

S. Korea’s maritime security challenged

With its military prioritizing deterring North Korea and lack of public understanding of maritime security, the country is lagging behind China and Japan despite them repeatedly challenging Korean sovereignty, experts pointed out
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120524001090&cpv=0

14 MAY 2012

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Burma visit

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is to visit Burma, the first time a South Korean leader has visited the country since a deadly bomb attack 29 years ago
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18055319

13 APRIL 2012

S. Korean opposition party chief quits over poll

« I’m stepping down as the party head to take responsibility, » Democratic United Party (DUP) head Han Myeong-Sook said after the ruling conservative New Frontier Party (NFP) retained its majority in Wednesday’s polls http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120413-339577.html

11 APRIL 2012

South Korea’s ruling party wins elections

The conservative New Frontier Party (NFP) on Wednesday won 152 seats in the 300-seat National Assembly, 25 more than the opposition Democratic United Party (DUP), which was tipped to score an easy victory in earlier opinion polls. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201241123555633872.html http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_asia/2012-04-12/Saenuri-Party-Claims-Victory-in-South-Korean-Elections.html#video_section

20 MARCH 2012

Women’s rise reshaping Korean society

In a Korea Institute of Child Care & Education survey of 1,000 couples that had a child in April-August 2010, four in 10 fathers said they had wanted a daughter and only a quarter of them replied they had desired a son, with the others having no preference. Among mothers, a daughter had been preferred by 39.5 percent and a son by 30.3 percent
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120320000935

19 MARCH 2012

‘Lee failed to capture people’s hearts’

President Lee Myung-bak, with his CEO-style of leadership, is failing to connect with the people, a major shortcoming for a national leader and one of the reasons why he is not getting much of the credit he deserves from the public, said an expert on presidential leadership
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120319001131

9 FEBRUARY 2012

South Korea’s Assembly Speaker Resigns Over Bribery Scandal

The speaker of South Korea’s National Assembly resigned on Thursday as prosecutors investigated a lawmaker’s accusation that he had tried to obtain the top leadership post in President Lee Myung-bak’s governing party through bribery
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/world/asia/south-koreas-assembly-speaker-resigns-over-bribery-scandal.html?_r=1&ref=asia

29 JANUARY 2012

Lee’s clique falls in disgrace

President Lee Myung-bak’s last year in office could be somewhat lonesome with most of his closest confidants being forced to leave his side due to corruption. The departures of Lee’s confidants are also likely to push him further into lame-duck status, political analysts said.  The conservative leader has already faced isolation, with his ruling Grand National Party trying to distance itself from him ahead of major election
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120129000378

26 January 2012

S Korea grows at slowest in two years

South Korea’s economy is cooling more sharply than expected as weak domestic consumption compounds a slowdown in demand for goods from the world’s seventh biggest exporter. High quality global journalism requires investment. Gross domestic product grew at only 0.4 per cent in the final quarter of 2011, the slowest rate in two years according to data released on Thursday. In the previous three months GDP grew 0.8 per cent
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/20547b72-47e1-11e1-a4e5-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1kay0qXqn

21 JANUARY 2012

Korea to double fines against illegal fishing by Chinese

The government will submit a bill next month for a law revision that would double fines against illegal fishing, in its latest effort to counteract Chinese fishing boats poaching in South Korean waters in the Yellow Sea, an official said Saturday 21
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120121000102

8 JANUARY 2012

Ruling party considers shortening working hours

http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120108000128

13 DECEMBER 2011

China-South Korea tension builds over coast guard murder

Chinese and South Korean media have entered into an exchange of opinions over an incident on Monday 12 in which a South Korean coast guard officer was allegedly stabbed to death and another injured by a Chinese sailor whose boat was stopped for « suspected illegal fishing in South Korean waters”
http://en.radio86.com/news/china-south-korea-tension-builds-over-coast-guard-murder
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16154118

7 DECEMBER 2011

GNP chief says will ‘recreate’ party

South Korea: Grand National Party chairman Hong Joon-pyo said Wednesday he would lead efforts to rebuild the embattled party if party members allow him as pressure mounted on him to step down and allow former chairwoman Park Geun-hye to take charge
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111207000911

6 DECEMBER 2011

Looted Korean royal texts return home

South Korea celebrated the return of nearly 1,200 ancient documents looted by the Japanese during its 1910-1945 colonial rule, with welcoming ceremonies at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday
http://www.koreaherald.com/pop/NewsFlashRight.jsp?newsMLId=20111206000810

22 NOVEMBER 2011

South Korea ratifies long-delayed US trade deal

South Korea’s parliament has ratified a free-trade deal with the US, after years of wrangling over the issue. Members of the ruling Grand National Party, which has a majority, convened to force the bill through in a 151-7 vote. Members of the ruling Grand National Party, which has a majority, convened to force the bill through in a 151-7 vote
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15832451
http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/22/8947915-south-korean-lawmaker-fires-tear-gas-in-parliament-amid-anger-at-us-trade-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines considers South Korean military equipment

The Philippines on Monday expressed its interest in acquiring military helicopters, boats and aircraft from South Korea as part of efforts to
boost its military capabilities amid growing tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1676425.php/Philippines-considers-South-Korean-military-equipment

17 NOVEMBER 2011

S. Korea, Indonesia to deepen defense industry cooperation

Indonesia — South Korea and Indonesia agreed Thursday to strengthen defense industry cooperation and work closely together to carry out Indonesia’s major economic development blueprint, South Korea’s presidential office said.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111117000893

 13 JANUARY 2011

Legal adult  age reduced to 19

The age of legal adulthood is to be lowered from the  current 20 to 19 under a revised civil law bill, officials said Wednesday. The  bill, which was passed by the parliamentary Legislation and Judiciary Committee  last month, is expected to be approved at a plenary session of the National
Assembly next month, they said.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20110112000713

 

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 13 February in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 13 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1565, Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi and his troops arrived in the Philippines and landed on the shores of Cibabao (present day Samar island).
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/929/today-in-philippine-history-february-13-1565-miguel-l-pez-de-legazpi-landed-on-the-shores-of-cibabao

1739: Battle of Karnal, decisive victory for Nader Shah the emperor of Persia during his invasion of India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Karnal
http://citymartkarnal.blogspot.fr/2011/05/battle-of-karnal-1739-ad_26.html

1755: The Treaty of Gijanti reduces remaining Javanese princes to vassals of Dutch East India Company and  allows Dutch to monopolize production of coffee on Java
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Giyanti

1885: In Tonkin, the French capture Langson, defeating the Chinese garrison
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%E1%BA%A1ng_S%C6%A1n_Campaign

 

1913: Thubten Gyatso, the 13th Dalai Lama, proclaims an edict that reaffirms the independence of Tibet (not recognised by China)
http://tibethouse.us/Tibetan_Declaration_of_Independence.pdf
https://tibettalk.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/the-tibetan-declaration-of-independence/

1951: Beginning of the three-day Battle of Chipyong-ni, one of the main battles involving the Chinese in the Korean War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chipyong-ni
http://parallelnarratives.com/the-battle-of-chipyong-ni-february-1951/

1951-02-13 Battle of Chipyong-ni

1955: After the evacuation of thousands of ROC forces and civilians by the US Seventh Fleet, Chinese Army take control of Dachen Island and other small islands off Zhejiang

1955-02-13 PLA control de Dachen

1956: Indonesia unilaterally abrogates the association with Netherlands

1968: US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam

1971: Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos

1996: The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) launches the people’s war

2004: South Korean National assembly decides to send 3,000 more soldiers to Irak

2007: North Korea agrees to dismantle its main nuclear reactor in Yongbyon for massive deliveries of fuel and other beneficts

On 13 February in South Asian history

13 FEBRUARY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 13, 2017

1585: Salim, future Mughol Emperor Jahangir, Marries his cousin Man Bai, 16 years old
http://www.islamicart.com/library/empires/india/jahangir.html
http://indiaopines.com/facts-jahangir-wives-sons-daughters/

 1601: James Lancaster leads first East India Company voyage from London
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lancaster

1739: Battle of Karnal, decisive victory for Nader Shah the emperor of Persia during his invasion of India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Karnal
http://citymartkarnal.blogspot.fr/2011/05/battle-of-karnal-1739-ad_26.html

1835: Birth of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Indian religious figure, founder of the Amadiyya Movement, who died on May 26, 1908
http://www.muslimsforpeace.org/hazrat-mirza-ghulam-ahmad/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirza_Ghulam_Ahmad

1879: Birth of Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter, who died on March 2, 1949
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/sarojini-naidu.html

1911: Birth of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pakistani poet who died on November 20 1984
http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/1558

1913: Thubten Gyatso, the 13th Dalai Lama, proclaims an edict that reaffirms the independence of Tibet (not recognised by China)
http://tibethouse.us/Tibetan_Declaration_of_Independence.pdf
https://tibettalk.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/the-tibetan-declaration-of-independence/

1931: New Delhi becomes the capital of India
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/13-february-1931-new-delhi-became-the-capital-of-india
http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2011/11/11/why-delhi-the-move-from-calcutta/

1944: Birth of Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor who died on May 27, 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oduvil_Unnikrishnan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwrXS3QqwEM

1990: Birth of the 11th Panchen Lama Gyaincain Norbu imposed by Beijing in November 1995
http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php?title=Gyaincain_Norbu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Panchen_Lama_controversy
http://www.freepanchenlama.org/

2012: Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan’s prime minister, is charged with contempt of court by the country’s supreme court, after he disobeyed a court order to open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/world/asia/pakistani-court-indicts-prime-minister-for-contempt.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201221344753846407.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/12/world/asia/pakistan-gilani-court/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

2013: Mohamed Nasheed, the former Maldives President, takes refuge inside the Indian embassy in the capital, Male, after a local magistrate ordered his arrest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/2013213132554617868.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21444740

2014: Afghanistan releases 65 alleged Taliban militants from prison despite protests from the US military, which warned that the men were “dangerous insurgents” who will likely return to fighting Afghan and international forces
http://www.france24.com/en/20140213-afghan-prisoner-release-usa-bagram/
http://kabul.usembassy.gov/st-021314.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-13-14#.Uvxn5Owm-e5.twitter

2014: Death of Balu Mahendra, Sri Lankan-Indian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter, born on May 20, 1939
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Balu-Mahendra-who-made-his-visuals-speak-dies-at-74/articleshow/30363139.cms
http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/balu-mahendra-19392014/article5684322.ece#im-image-9
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balu_Mahendra

2016: Death of O. N. V. Kurup, Indian poet and academic, born on May 1927, 1931
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Malayalam-poet-lyricist-O-N-V-Kurup-dead/articleshow/50976225.cms
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/malayalam-poet-lyricist-o-n-v-kurup-dead/195844.html

On 13 February in Southeast Asian history

13 FEBRUARY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 13, 2017

1516: Birth of Bayinnaung, King of Burma, who died in November 1581
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayinnaung

1565, Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi and his troops arrived in the Philippines and landed on the shores of Cibabao (present day Samar island).
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/929/today-in-philippine-history-february-13-1565-miguel-l-pez-de-legazpi-landed-on-the-shores-of-cibabao

 1601: James Lancaster leads first East India Company voyage from London
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lancaster

1755: The Treaty of Gijanti reduces remaining Javanese princes to vassals of Dutch East India Company and  allows Dutch to monopolize production of coffee on Java
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Giyanti

1885: In Tonkin, the French capture Langson, defeating the Chinese garrison
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%E1%BA%A1ng_S%C6%A1n_Campaign

 

1907: Birth of Katy de la Cruz, Filipino singer who died on November 10, 2004
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katy_de_la_Cruz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiGIffuoJPw

1915: Birth of Aung San, Burmese General and politician, father of Burma independence, killed on July 19, 1947

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aung_San
http://www.aungsan.com/Time_Line.htm

1921: Birth of Aung Khin, Burmese painter who died on April 13, 1996
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aung_Khin
https://pansuriya.wordpress.com/tag/khin-maung-yin/

1953: Birth of Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rico_J._Puno

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm1LJwvG-_g

 

1956: Indonesia unilaterally abrogates the association with Netherlands

1962: Birth of May Sweet, Burmese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Sweet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gteeb6eGqq4

1964: Birth of Yamantaka Eye, Japanese musician (Boredoms)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamantaka_Eye

1968: US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam

2010: Myanmar frees major opposition leader 82-year-old Tin Oo
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8514159.stm

2015: Death of Popular Vietnamese communist party official Nguyen Ba Thanh at 61. al Danang, and helped transform the coastal city of Danang into a tourism and investment hub by cutting corruption and red tape, then, head of the Communist Party’s anti-corruption agency
bhttp://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnams-top-anticorruption-official-loses-cancer-battle-dies-at-62-38763.html

On 13 February in Japan’s history

13 FEBRUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on February 13, 2017

711 BC: Birth of Jimmu, 1st Japanese emperor, who died on April 9 586 BC, aged 126 (traditional dates)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Jimmu

1219: Assassination of of Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese shogun born on September 17, 1192
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamoto_no_Sanetomo

1964: Birth of Yamantaka Eye, Japanese musician (Boredoms)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamantaka_Eye

2008: Death of Kon Ichikawa, Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter, born on November 20 1915
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/14/movies/14ichikawa.html
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2008/feb/14/obituaries.japan

2013: Death of Yuko Tojo, Japanese right wing activist, born on May 20, 1939
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/02/16/national/tojos-granddaughter-yuko-dies-at-73/#.UvufK73LTmQ
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuko_Tojo

On 13 February in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

13 FEBRUARY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on February 13, 2017

951: Guo Wei (郭威), also known as Emperor Taizu (太祖) founds the short-lived Later Zhou dynasty during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, reigning from 951 until his death in 954
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guo_Wei

1885: In Tonkin, the French capture Langson, defeating the Chinese garrison
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%E1%BA%A1ng_S%C6%A1n_Campaign
 

1912 : Sun Yat-sen, provisional president of China tenders his resignation to the Legislature (effective Apr.01) and endorses Yuan Shikai as his successor so long as Yüan obeys the constitution and the capital is moved from Peking to Nanking 

1913: Thubten Gyatso, the 13th Dalai Lama, proclaims an edict that reaffirms the independence of Tibet (not recognised by China)
https://tibettalk.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/the-tibetan-declaration-of-independence/

1921: Birth of Zao wou-ki (maybe on February 1) Franco-Chinese painter who died on April 9, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zao_Wou-Ki
https://www.google.com/search?q=zao%20wou%20ki&tbm=isch
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1362.html

Zao Wou-ki

1951: Beginning of the three-day Battle of Chipyong-ni, one of the main battles involving the Chinese in the Korean War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chipyong-ni
http://parallelnarratives.com/the-battle-of-chipyong-ni-february-1951/

1951-02-13 Battle of Chipyong-ni

1955: After the evacuation of thousands of ROC forces and civilians by the US Seventh Fleet, Chinese Army take control of Dachen Island and other small islands off Zhejiang

1955-02-13 PLA control de Dachen

1990: Birth of the 11th Panchen Lama Gyaincain Norbu selected by Beijing in November 1995
http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php?title=Gyaincain_Norbu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Panchen_Lama_controversy

2007: Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou (now president) resigns as the chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted on charges of embezzlement during his tenure as the mayor of Taipei
http://english.people.com.cn/200702/14/eng20070214_349835.html