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On 3 October in Asian history

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Updated on October 3, 2017

2333 BC: Legendary founding of the Chosun (Gojoseon) kingdom by Tangun (Dangun Wanggeom) during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Yao (Korean Foundation Day)
http://www.lifeinkorea.com/information/tangun.cfm

1207: Death of Chinese poet Xin Qiji, born on May 28, 1140
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xin_Qiji
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/sunday/now-and-then/%E8%BE%9B%E5%BC%83%E7%96%BE-Xin-Qiji-11401207-Lyric-poet-and-patriot/shdaily.shtml

Xin Qiji

1605: Chinese uprising on Philippines leads to the Tondo/Quiapo massacre in which 23.000 Chinese are killed
http://www.laguna.gov.ph/content/remembering-chinese-massacres-laguna-1603-and-1639
http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~borao/2Profesores/massacre.pdf
https://books.google.fr/books?id=7qY7kovkWWkC&pg=PT154&lpg=PT154&dq=Tondo+and+Quiapo+Chinese+massacre&source=bl&ots=9o0SV9iA6T&sig=tI6oBzwptAvTka1lxMNxC-fvE70&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0CFUQ6AEwCGoVChMI9r7R48CkyAIVAkgaCh2vKwvt#v=onepage&q=Tondo%20and%20Quiapo%20Chinese%20massacre&f=false

1678: The Taj Mahal, an architectural masterpiece in Agra (India) is completed after 22 years’work
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal

1683: The Qing Dynasty naval commander Shi Lang reaches Taiwan (under the Kingdom of Tungning) to receive the formal surrender of Zheng Keshuang and Liu Guoxuan after the Battle of Penghu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi_Lang
http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Zheng%20Keshuang&item_type=topic

1804: Birth of Townsend Harris, 1st U.S. Consul to Japan who died in 1878
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Townsend_Harris

1893: Conference of Bangkok in which French and British delimit their zones of influence in Far East. Siam renounces to any claim on the left bank of Mekong
http://countrystudies.us/thailand/17.htm

1899: Birth of the Yamaguchi Kayo, Japanese painter, who died on March 3, 1984
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayo_Yamaguchi
http://www.momak.go.jp/English/exhibitionArchive/2012/395.html
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Yamaguchi+Kayo&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=2QJrUNu8GoG2hQfszIC4Bw&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1140&bih=519

Yamaguchi kayo

1903: Birth of Taiwanese painter Lan Yin-ting, who died in 1979
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran_In-ting
https://www.google.fr/search?q=lan+yinding&biw=1138&bih=523&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CB8QsARqFQoTCNKCvp3KpMgCFcW2GgodCqoDjw 

Lan Yin-ting

1904: Birth of Lal Bahadur Shastri (Indian 3rd Prime Minister (1964-1966), who died on January 11, 1966
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/LalBahadurShastri.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FntSVKXs2KY

1938: Birth of Michiko Hamamura, Japanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1062344/

1943: Japanese organize « Giyugun » (local defense forces) for Sumatra and Java. The force for Java is called PETA (Pembela Tanah Air)

1943-10-03 Fondation PETA

1949: Birth of J. P. Dutta, Indian Bollywood film director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._P._Dutta


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9z2rc_j-p-dutta-on-why-he-made-border_shortfilms

1950: Indonesian troops Offensive on Ambon (South Moluccas) which will be taken on November 3 after separatists proclaimed independence

1950: During the Korean War, the First Battle of Maryang San, primarily pitting Australian and British forces against communist China, begins
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Maryang_San
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:First_Battle_of_Maryang_San

1950-10-03-maryang-san-battle

1956: Birth of Toshihiro Hirano, Japanese film director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0386185/

1957: Birth of Tomoko Hoshino, Japanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0395981/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7CVw-GP0hI

1958: Birth of Chen Yanyin, Chinese sculptor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Yanyin
http://www.artlinkart.com/en/artist/wrk_sr/dc5ix

Chen Yanyin

1967: During the Vietnam War, first US bombing close to the Chinese border
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-wallowa-commences

1969: Birth of Japanese musician Tetsuya Ogawa
http://everything2.com/title/Tetsuya+Ogawa

1971: Soviet president Nicolaï Podgorny visits North Vietnam

1972: Birth of Kim Joo-hyuk, South Korean actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Kim_Joo_Hyuk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMEbto4yb7g

1973: Birth of Keiko Agena, Japanese-American actress
http://www.gilmoregirls.org/keiko.html


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTQg2u5IP68

1983: Birth of Hiroki Suzuki, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroki_Suzuki
http://asianmediawiki.com/Hiroki_Suzuki

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SP-KPf6CJ0

1984: Birth of Yoon Eun-hye, Korean actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Yoon_Eun_Hye

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLk5YDJ556Q

1995: Death of Ma. Po. Si., Indian author and politician, born on July 26, 1906
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma._Po._Si.

1997: In Japan, an experimental magnetically levited train, the MLX01, set a world record when it reached 279 mph on a test track (the best record will be on December 2, 2003 with 361 mph (581 km/h)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPduAYKk_6I

1999: Death of Akio Morita, co-founder of Sony Corp
http://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/04/business/akio-morita-co-founder-of-sony-and-japanese-business-leader-dies-at-78.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

2002: James Kelly, US under secretary of state, in charge of Asia, makes his first visit in Pyongyang under George Bush leadership

2006: Death of Filipino bishop Alberto Ramento, stabbed to death in his house
http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2006/10/filipino-bishop-alberto-ramento-found-stabbed-to-death.aspx

2007: Death of M.N. Vijayan, Indian writer, orator, and academic, born on June 8, 1930
http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article386.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._N._Vijaya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vsnxa1kf04

2008: US government announces plans to sell about $6.5bn of weaponry to Taiwan. The sale includes 30 Apache attack helicopters, 330 Patriot missiles and 32 Harpoon submarine-launched missiles
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2008/10/200810441758391690.html

2012: Death of Abdul Haq Ansari, Indian theologian and scholar, born on September 1, 1931
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Haq_Ansari
http://www.radianceweekly.com/330/9568/news—we-can-use-appearance-overpowers-even-the-truth/2012-10-28/personality/story-detail/dr-abdul-haq-ansari-a-kind-teacher-an-ideological-researcher–a-captivating-purifier-of-souls.html

2013: Former Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo among others is charged with plunder ay for allegedly stealing P900 million from the Malampaya Fund meant for impoverished victims of back-to-back storms in 2009
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/500161/arroyo-3-cabinet-men-charged-with-plunder

2013: Chinese President Xi Jinping makes history in Indonesia by becoming the first foreign leader to address the democratic country’s Parliament
http://asiancorrespondent.com/114022/china-president-makes-historic-speech-in-indonesia/

2013: The United States and Japan agree to boost regional military surveillance amid territorial tensions with China and nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. Defense officials also welcomed Japan playing a larger role in its own national defense

2014: In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defences in the tense South China Sea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/us-lifts-40-year-arms-ban-boost-vietnam-sea-defence http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/us-partly-lifts-arms-embargo-vietnam-2014103233416624.html

2014: Indonesian riot police fires tear gas during clashes with hundreds of rock-pelting Islamic hardliners protesting against Jakarta’s incoming Christian Chinese governor
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/jakarta/fpi-members-riot-jakarta-city-council-non-muslim-governor/

2014: India and the United States agree to step up cooperation in maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation, at a time when China has shown its willingness to exert naval pressure over its territorial claims in the East and South China seas

2015: Death of Muhammad Nawaz Khan, Pakistani historian and author, born on November 23, 1943
http://tribune.com.pk/story/967374/historian-muhammad-nawaz-khan-passes-away/
https://en.wiki2.org/wiki/Muhammad_Nawaz_Khan_(author)

2015: Afghan troops recapture the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/01/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKCN0RU07Y20151001

2016: Japanese microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi wins the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on cell autophagy, a process that helps the body remove unwanted proteins
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

2016: New churches or temples not allowed in Brunei
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/new-churches-or-temples-not-allowed-brunei#sthash.CAWglOel.dpuf

 

Holidays and observances

South Korea : National Foundation Day (Gaecheonjeol)

Japan’s home policy and society

3 OCTOBER 2017

In Japan, Yukio Edano’s liberal party officially launched

The new party formed by Yukio Edano of the Democratic Party submitted a notice of establishment to the internal affairs minister on Tuesday morning
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003980928

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Japan’s Lower House dissolved, new general election on October 22

Japan’s Lower House of the Diet has been dissolved for a snap election. Japan’s Cabinet has set the date for a snap general election on October 22nd. The campaign will begin on October 10th
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170928_23/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/28/abe-dissolves-japans-parliament-and-sets-oct-22-election-date

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike forms ‘Party of Hope’ before Japanese election

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is set to reshape national politics with the formation of a new party and a new attack on the status quo
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-09-27/tokyo-governor-yuriko-koike-forms-party-of-hope-before-japanese-election/1704922
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003969072

25 SEPTEMBER 2017

Japan’s Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament’s lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/japan-s-abe-triggers-snap-election-amid-north-korea-crisis-9247120
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/558.html

1st SEPTEMBER 2017

Japan’s main opposition party, the Democratic Party, selects former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader

Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party selected former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader on Friday amid its struggle to become a viable alternative to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2109305/japans-main-opposition-party-selects-former-foreign-minister
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/09/01/national/politics-diplomacy/maeharas-election-democratic-party-president-may-put-pressure-abe-coalition/#.Wam0uchJY2w

29 AUGUST 2017

Kim Jong-un’s latest provocation may strengthen Shinzo Abe’s hand at home because ‘it looks like he’s doing something’

In a break with a long-running cautious defence stance, members of Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party have called for Japan to arm itself with long-range offensive weapons
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2108852/it-looks-hes-doing-something-kim-jong-uns-latest-provocation-may
http://www.dw.com/en/japanese-react-furiously-to-north-korean-missile-launch/a-40279925

28 AUGUST 2017

Tsutomu Hata, known for brief stint as prime minister, dies at 82

Former Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata, who served 14 terms in the Lower House, died Monday morning at the age of 82
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/28/national/politics-diplomacy/former-prime-minister-tsutomu-hata-dies-82/#.WaRYNChJY2w
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170828_19/

8 AUGUST 2017

 Haruo Nakajima, actor who played the original Godzilla, dies aged 88

 Haruo Nakajima, the actor who stomped in a rubber suit to portray the original 1954 Godzilla, helping to make the Japanese monster an iconic symbol of the nuclear era, has died. He was 88
http://www.scmp.com/article/2105925/haruo-nakajima-actor-who-played-original-godzilla-rubber-suit-dies-88
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/08/haruo-nakajima-actor-who-played-the-original-godzilla-dies-aged-88
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170808_34/

3 AUGUST 2017

Japan’s new top diplomat Taro Kono is son of official who wrote landmark 1993 apology to ‘comfort women’

Newly appointed Foreign Minister Taro Kono is known as an outspoken, reform-minded politician unafraid of questioning the party line
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2105245/japans-new-top-diplomat-taro-kono-son-official-who-wrote
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/03/national/politics-diplomacy/new-foreign-minister-kono-reform-minded-challenger-party-lines/#.WYOGhbpuI2w
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201708030024.html

28 JULY 2017

Japan defense minister quits amid plunging support for PM

Embattled Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday said she was resigning, after a series of gaffes, missteps and a cover-up at her ministry that have contributed to a sharp plunge in public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/192/195/146/1501238500272.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170728_33/
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Abe-apologizes-over-Inada’s-resignation-Kishida-to-run-Defense-Ministry

27 JULY 2017

Renho resigns as main opposition Democratic Party leader

Democratic Party leader Renho said Thursday she will step down as the head of Japan’s largest opposition party following its poor performance in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly election earlier this month
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170727_29/
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Renho-resigns-as-main-opposition-Democratic-Party-leader

3 JULY 2017

Yuriko Koike: 10 things about the Tokyo governor who just trumped Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s new party and its allies scored a sweeping victory against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Sunday’s Tokyo metropolitan assembly election
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/yuriko-koike-the-tokyo-governor-who-just-trumped-japanese-pm-shinzo-abe

2 JULY 2017

Japan PM’s party suffers historic defeat in Tokyo poll, popular governor wins

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party suffered an historic defeat in an election in the Japanese capital on Sunday, signalling trouble ahead for the premier, who has suffered from slumping support because of a favouritism scandal
https://www.voanews.com/a/japan-tokyo-election-poll/3925080.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/02/national/politics-diplomacy/koike-camp-dethrones-abes-ldp-historic-tokyo-assembly-election/#.WVkmjrpuI2w
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170703_03/

15 JUNE 2017

Japan passes controversial anti-terror law despite protests

Japan has passed a controversial law targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes, despite a warning by the UN that it could be used to crack down on civil liberties
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/15/japan-passes-brutal-new-terror-law-which-opponents-fear-will-quash-freedoms
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201706150014.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170615_10/

9 JUNE 2017

Japanese parliament passes law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate

Japan’s parliament passed a law on Friday that clears the way for its ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, in what would be the first imperial abdication in more than two centuries
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2097577/japanese-parliament-passes-law-allowing-emperor-akihito-abdicate
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-06-09/amid-a-shortage-of-royals-japan-enacts-law-for-emperor-akihito-to-abdicate/1677712

2 JUNE 2017

Japan lower house OKs bill allowing emperor to abdicate

Japan’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on Friday that allows ageing Emperor Akihito to step down and calls for a rare debate on the role of women in the male-dominated monarchy
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-passes-bill-allowing-emperor-akihito-to-abdicate/a-39089855
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2096661/japans-game-thrones-one-emperor-abdication-law-passed-and-calls

19 MAY 2017

Emperor Akihito: Japan’s government approves abdication bill

The Japanese government has approved legislation that will permit Emperor Akihito to abdicate the Chrysanthemum throne, becoming the first emperor to step down in more than two centuries
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/19/japan-cabinet-approves-bill-allow-emperor-akihito-abdicate/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/19/japan-emperor-akihito-abdication-bill-backed-by-cabinet
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/japan-cabinet-approves-bill-allowing-first-abdication-emperor-200-years/#yg9sKmVkFA3o4ZSj.97

3 MAY 2017

Abe declares 2020 as goal for new Constitution

In an unprecedented declaration, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he hopes to see a revised Constitution take effect in 2020, revealing the clearest goal yet of his long-held ambition to amend the national charter, which has remained untouched since its inception seven decades ago
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/03/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-declares-2020-goal-new-constitution/#.WQoEKoVOI2w
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003676123
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-05/03/content_15607817.html

5 APRIL 2017

The Rise of Women in Japanese Politics

Japanese women are making great strides in Japan’s political arena. Notable milestones include the emergence of a female leader in the Social Democratic Party of Japan (SDPJ)
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/392.html

5 MARCH 2017

New rules give Japan’s Shinzo Abe chance to lead until 2021

Japan’s ruling party on Sunday (March 5) extended term limits for its leaders, a change that gives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a shot at becoming Japan’s longest-serving post-war leader
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/new-rules-give-japans-abe-chance-to-lead-until-2021
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/05/national/politics-diplomacy/rule-change-see-abe-become-japans-longest-serving-leader/#.WLxsZoWcHSE
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170305_17/

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 Sri Lanka

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3 OCTOBER 2017

Sri Lanka hosts its first CARAT exercise with US navy

Sri Lanka is hosting its first-ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise, which began with the arrival of US Navy elements at the country’s naval base in Trincomalee on 1 October
http://www.janes.com/article/74580/sri-lanka-hosts-its-first-carat-exercise

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country’s civil war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2109712/sri-lanka-president-defends-ex-general-accused-war-crimes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/sri-lanka-leader-shield-general-war-crimes-case-170903193335527.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/90929

15 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka names senior lawyer Tilak Marapana as new foreign minister

Sri Lanka named a veteran government lawyer as foreign minister on Tuesday (Aug 15) after the island’s top diplomat stood down amid a corruption scandal
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-names-senior-lawyer-tilak-marapana-as-new-foreign-minister

10 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

Ravi Karunanayake has been accused of owning a luxury apartment paid for by a bond dealer under investigation – a charge he denies. President Sirisena has pledged to end the corruption which marked the previous regime
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-resigns-over-corruption-charges/a-40038447
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2106281/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-quits-amid-insider-trading-scandal

26 JULY 2017

Silenced stones mark hard path to Sri Lankan reconciliation

Security forces have erected numerous monuments celebrating their 2009 victory over Tamil Tiger rebels. No such privilege has been accorded to the Tamil insurgents or civilians who died in the fight
http://www.atimes.com/article/silenced-stones-mark-hard-path-sri-lankan-reconciliation/

25 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka approved to 70 percent lease of Hambantota Port to China

The cabinet gave final approval to lease a 70 percent stake in Hambantota port for $1.12 billion to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings, minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SRI_LANKA_CHINA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-25-08-42-11
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90757

22 JULY 2017

Major General Amal Karunasekara – New Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army

Major General K. A. D. A Karunasekara popularly known as ‘Amal Karunasekara’ is the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90742

14 JULY 2017

Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer

The use of torture by Sri Lankan security services has become routine, a UN special rapporteur has concluded following a visit to the country
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/14/torture-by-sri-lankan-police-routine-says-human-rights-lawyer

12 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka says Buddhism will remain paramount in new charter

Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Wednesday Buddhism will remain paramount in the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-politics-idUSKBN19X1TR?rpc=401&

11 JUNE 2017

Sri Lanka makes first arrest over hate crimes against Muslims

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a key figure from an extremist Buddhist organisation blamed for a series of hate crimes against Muslims that has drawn international censure
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lan

11 MAY 2017

Modi in Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Sri Lanka on Thursday on a charm offensive as New Delhi seeks to reassert its influence on the island amid signs of a Chinese comeback
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/modi-heads-sri-lanka-chinese-influence-rises
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2093985/indias-modi-attempts-woo-back-sri-lanka-china-pushes-belt-and

27 MARCH 2017

Sri Lanka wants to reduce China’s stake in strategic port deal

Sri Lanka‘s government wants aChinese company to agree to cut its stake in a strategic portproject by up to a quarter, as part of a renegotiation aimed atblunting public and political opposition to the deal
https://article.wn.com/view/2017/03/27/Sri_Lanka_wants_to_reduce_China_s_stake_in_strategic_port_de_w/

5 MARCH 2017

Sri-Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations (UN) to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe/a-37814346
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe-1.1988758
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=161403

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lanka’s former president Kumaratunga complains of war widows abused by the military

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga spoke of widespread exploitation, touching more than 80,000 women with children in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. The lack of livelihood makes them even more vulnerable. Although the military has denied any wrongdoing, in the past it has cracked down on troop misconduct
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka’s-former-president-complains-of-war-widows-abused-by-the-military-40049.html

19 FEBRUARY 2017

Two more Sri Lankan Army officers remanded over Keith Noyahr Attack

The CID today arrested two more army personnel believed to be involved in the abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr, the former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper. They were subsequently remanded by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate till March 3
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/two-more-army-officers-remanded-over-keith-noyahr-attack/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/sri-lanka-long-overdue-arrest-soldiers-journalists-2008-abduction/

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lankan president insists on retaining emergency powers

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has blocked a move to require a two-thirds parliamentary vote, rather than the current simple majority, to approve a presidential declaration of emergency. He ordered the removal of a clause to that effect in the proposed National Action Plan for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/14/sril-f14.html

7 JANUARY 2017

At Least 25 Injured in Protest Over Chinese Special Industrial Zone in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049362016-25-hurt-sri-lanka-protest-china/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/clashes-erupt-as-protesters-march-against-china-port-deal-1.1957780
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-07/sri-lankans-protest-china-port-deal/8168110?section=world

22 DECEMBER 2016

Sri Lanka’s economy marches slowly into 2017

Sri Lanka’s meandering economic progress received a boost in November 2016 with the announcement of the proposed 2017 budget
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/22/sri-lankas-economy-marches-slowly-into-2017/

17 NOVEMBER 2016

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition, his brother announced on Thursday (Nov 17), a move that could threaten constitutional reforms seen as crucial to postwar reconciliation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-s-ex-leader-to-lead-breakaway-from-coalition/3296954.html

26 OCTOBER 2016

General strike in northern Sri Lanka over police killing of students

Tamil people in northern Sri Lanka observed a general shutdown or “hartal” yesterday over the police killing of two Jaffna University students—Puwanraj Sulakshan from Chunnagam and Nadarajah Gajan from Kilinochchi—last Thursday night
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/10/26/jaff-o26.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/on-the-killing-of-jaffna-university-students-in-search-of-the-right-path/

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

The office on missing persons in Sri lanka : a new chapter or another empty promise ?

The OMP is an independent office with seven members appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council. The members of the OMP are meant to be independent individuals with expertise on human rights, international humanitarian law, humanitarian issues, fact-finding among other areas. There is also a fixed term of three years and limitation of two terms per member
https://globalvoices.org/2016/09/22/the-office-on-missing-persons-in-sri-lanka-a-new-chapter-or-another-empty-promise/

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

Based on Australia’s Defense White Paper, the two countries can deepen strategic security cooperation
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/sri-lanka-and-australias-strategic-defense-interests/

15 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lankan ex-president’s son accused of money-laundering

The eldest son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been arrested on suspicion of money-laundering, his lawyer has said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37089546

11 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka parliament endorses office to trace wartime missing

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Thursday passed a law to establish an office to trace people who disappeared during a 26-year war and another insurrection amid protests by former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters in the chamber
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-parliament-endo/3035126.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/office-of-missing-persons-bill-passed-in-parliament-without-a-vote/

6 JULY 2016

Sri Lanka aims to demilitarise island by 2018

Sri Lanka intends to become completely demilitarised by 2018, the government said Wednesday, a significant announcement that will end the army’s involvement in civilian life after decades of ethnic
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-aims-demilitarise-island-2018#sthash.c0HvyA9l.dpuf
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/2018-deadline-for-sri-lankan-military-to-quit-businesses

2 MAY 2016

Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act

Sri Lanka’s former pro-Chinese ‘strongman’ President Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office in January 2015. The new administration, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, is committed to more ‘balanced’ major power relations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/05/02/sri-lankas-delicate-balancing-act/

15 MARCH 2016

Breaking Sri Lanka’s economic gridlock

The Sri Lankan economy appears to exist in a system that can evolve only through crisis. Optimistic policymakers, predicting that the country’s economic trajectory would self-correct, received a collective wake-up call in February with a sovereign rating downgrade by Fitch, even as the country made a formal approach to the IMF for a bailout package.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/15/breaking-sri-lankas-economic-gridlock/

11 MARCH 2016

Colombo gives China green light to build port city

Despite months of protests by activists, fishermen and Catholics, and more environmental impact studies, China in the end got a green light to build the Colombo Port City, a planned offshore city next to the Sri Lankan capital
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Colombo-gives-China-green-light-to-build-port-city-36926.html

6 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lankan nationalists protest UN rights chief’s visit on war crimes

Hundreds of hardline nationalists gathered outside the United Nations’ office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday to protest against a visit by the U.N. human rights chief who will assess Sri Lanka’s progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes.http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lankan-nationalists-p/2494738.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/un-human-rights-chief-arrive

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Fonseka joins government

Sri Lanka’s former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday joined the coalition government which has vowed to probe allegations of atrocities committed during the bloody finale of the island’s separatist war
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankas-ex-army-chief-joins-government

30 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka arrests Yoshitha Rajapaksa, ex-president’s son over money laundering

Yoshitha Rajapaksa, a navy officer, was detained on Saturday following months of investigations into alleged financial irregularities linked to his private television channel Carlton Sports Network (CSN), police said. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-arrests-ex/2474022.html
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=139529
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/sri-lanka-arrests-president-son-graft-charges-160130132046364.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s balancing act between India and Pakistan

After coming to power, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been busy mending fences with countries in the West and South Asia that got snubbed during the rule of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/sri-lankas-balancing-act-between-india-and-pakistan/

13 JANUARY 2016

Report card: Sri Lanka president falls short after one year at helm

The initial excitement among his supporters seems to have dampened after Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena completed his first year in office on Jan. 9. He’s being called to account for delivering a large number of pre-election promises which continue to be mostly rhetoric since his electoral triumph of 12 months ago.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/report-card-sri-lanka-president-falls-short-after-one-year-at-the-helm/

9 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution to devolve power

Sri Lanka’s new government on Saturday presented its plan for a new constitution aimed at devolving power and preventing the sort of ethnic tensions that led to a long and bitter civil war that ended in 2009
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-government-prop/2412840.html
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-begins-process-of-writing-new-constitution-to-prevent-war/a-18968845

5 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan and Sri Lanka sign eight memoranda of understanding (MoU)

Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday inked eight memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sri Lanka
http://www.dawn.com/news/1230917/pakistan-sri-lanka-sign-eight-mous-for-bilateral-cooperation

3 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims

Up to 100,000 people still living in camps six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal ethnic war will be given land to build homes within six months, President Maithripala Sirisena told AFP Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1897823/sri-lanka-president-pledges-land-100000-war-victims

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

UN calls for special court to investigate Sri Lanka wartime atrocities

The U.N.’s top human rights official is urging the creation of a special court including foreign magistrates and investigators to look into atrocities committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135619/un-calls-for-special-court-to-investigate-sri-lanka-wartime-atrocities/
http://atimes.com/2015/09/un-asks-sri-lanka-to-set-up-court-to-probe-civil-war-atrocities/

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

Tamil Lawmaker to Lead Opposition in Sri Lanka

An ethnic Tamil lawmaker was officially selected to lead the opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Thursday, becoming the first member of the island nation’s largest minority to hold the post in more than three décades
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/world/asia/sri-lanka-tamils-opposition.html?ref=asia&_r=1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/sri-lanka-names-tamil-opposition-chief-decades-150903133205837.html

21 AUGUST 2015

Ranil sworn in as Prime Minister

Ranil Wickremesinghe – UNP leader, was sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena, at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat
http://asiantribune.com/node/87704

18 AUGUST 2015

 Sri Lanka elections: UNP victory as Rajapaksa hopes rebuffed

Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party has won the most seats in the island’s parliamentary August 17 elections, blocking former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s attempt to return to power
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33970289
ttp://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-parliamentary-election-rajapaksa-concedes-defeat/article7552952.ece?homepage=true
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rajapaksas-loss-spells-victory-for-democracy/

26 JUNE 2015

Sri Lanka’s president dissolves parliament; elections on Aug 17

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday ordered the immediate dismissal of parliament, clearing the way for a snap election 10 months ahead of Schedule
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-s-president/1943772.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/sri-lankan-president-dissolves-parliament-150626162034921.html

5 MAI 2015

US-Sri Lanka relations: Kerry arrives to conducive atmosphere

US Secretary of State John Kerry headed for talks with Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday on a visit that caps the island’s transformation from diplomatic pariah to a “beacon of democracy”
http://www.dawn.com/news/1179519/kerry-visit-seals-end-to-sri-lanka-pariah-status
http://asiantribune.com/node/86889
http://asiantribune.com/node/86886

22 APRIL 2015

Sri Lanka ex-leader’s brother Basil Rajapaksa arrested

Basil Rajapaksa, the younger brother of Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been arrested on corruption charges
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32410003

26 MARCH 2015

Sri Lanka seeks improved relations with China

Sri Lanka’s new president has held talks with his Chinese counterpart in a push to recalibrate his predecessor’s strongly pro-China policies
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/sri-lanka-china-150326081156090.html
http://english.cntv.cn/2015/03/26/VIDE1427353083949162.shtml

22 MARCH 2015

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena forms national government with opposition

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena formed a national government incorporating the main opposition party on Sunday, in a bid to push through reforms and preserve political stability
http://www.france24.com/en/20150322-sri-lanka-sirisena-rajapaksa-government-opposition-coalition/

Ex-army chief becomes Sri Lanka’s first field marshal

Sri Lanka’s new government on Sunday conferred the highest military rank of field marshal on retired army chief Sarath Fonseka, who had been jailed for alleged treason by the previous government
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-army-chief-becomes-sri-lankas-first-field-marshal

14 MARCH 2015

India’s Modi visits Sri Lanka’s Tamil heartland

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit is a demonstration of regional superpower India’s support for Sri Lanka’s Tamils, who share close cultural and religious ties with those in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-modi-visits-sri/1715648.html

13 MARCH 2015

PM Modi in landmark visit to steer Sri Lanka away from China

Narendra Modi began the first official visit by an Indian premier to Sri Lanka in nearly three decades Friday, looking to reassert New Delhi’s influence over Colombo after its drift towards China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pm-modi-landmark-visit-steer-sri-lanka-away-china?page=0%2C0
http://asiantribune.com/node/86573
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/india-modi-begins-landmark-visit-sri-lanka-150313072001284.html

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka, China and India: rivalry in the Indian Ocean

For smaller Asian countries it is no surprise that China has emerged in the last decade as an essential trading partner, Sri Lanka is no exception: becoming it’s largest foreign finance partner in 2010, overtaking India and Japan
http://www.china-brain.com/Editorials/Sri-Lanka–China-and-India:-rivalry-in-the-Indian-Ocean-/173.html#.VOeyNe83NMs

16 FEBRUARY 2015

India seals nuclear energy pact with Sri Lanka, hopes to push back Chinese influence

India sealed a nuclear energy agreement with Sri Lanka on Monday, its first breakthrough with the new government of the tiny Indian Ocean island where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-seals-nuclear-energ/1662848.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/preempting-china-india-inks-nuclear-pact-with-sri-lanka/article6902874.ece?homepage=true
http://www.voanews.com/content/sri-lanka-new-president-meets-with-indian-pm/2645674.html

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka urges UN to delay war crimes probe

Sri Lanka Wednesday urged the UN to delay a report into alleged war crimes during the island’s civil war to allow the new government to complete its own probe.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/473294/sri-lanka-urges-un-to-delay-war-crimes-probe
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31434613

7 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka in U-turn on port project

Sri Lanka’s new government has approved China’s $1.4 billion port project in the island nation’s capital, marking a swift U-turn following warnings it might scrap the venture.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-02/07/content_15225156.html

3 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka: Hope for Minorities?

The key question remains: Does Sirisena have the political will and capability to actually resolve the fundamental problems that drove the country to almost three decades of civil war?
http://thediplomat.com/2015/02/sri-lanka-hope-for-minorities/

21 JANUARY 2015

Sri Lanka rehabilitates ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka

The new Sri Lankan government has removed punishments imposed on controversial war-time army chief Sarath Fonseka by the previous regime
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30912331

14 JANUARY 2015

Pope canonises Sri Lanka’s first saint

On Wednesday, Francis conducted a mass on Colombo’s Galle Face Green before canonising Joseph Vaz, a 17th century missionary who disguised himself as a beggar, in the first papal visit to the island nation in two decades.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/01/pope-canonises-sri-lanka-first-saint-201511453618282611.html
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=117651

13 JANUARY 2015

Pope Francis urges the ‘pursuit of truth’ in Sri Lanka

In the first visit papal visit to Sri Lanka in more than 20 years, Pope Francis has called on the country to do more to seek the truth about its years of civil war.
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/13/pope-francis-calls-on-sri-lanka-to-do-more-to-seek-truth-about-civil-war/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30789124
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-in-Sri-Lanka:-live-the-precepts-of-peace-present-in-religions-and-denounce-all-acts-of-violence-33174.html

10 JANUARY 2015

Sri Lanka’s new president welcomes dissidents home

New President Maithripala Sirisena invited exiled dissidents back to Sri Lanka and promised to end censorship Saturday as he began to turn the page on the authoritarian rule of his toppled predecessor
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka%E2%80%99s-new-president-welcomes-dissidents-home
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30763699

9 JANUARY 2015

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa suffers shock election defeat. Sirisena elected president

Sirisena and his new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe both took the oath of office in Colombo’s Independence Square on Friday hours after Rajapakse conceded defeat, in what is being touted as one of the most peaceful in the island’s history
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/sirisena-sworn-as-sri-lanka-president-20151914215538168.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30738671

8 DECEMBER 2014

Sri Lanka in tightest presidential election in decades

Sri Lanka went to the polls Thursday in its tightest election in decades, with its strongman president battling for survival after accusations of corruption and a failure to bring about national reconciliation
http://www.dawn.com/news/1155688/sri-lanka-votes-in-tightest-election-in-decades
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/08/asia/sri-lanka-elections-walkup/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/sri-lanka-set-tight-presidential-poll-201517222939705581.html

30 DECEMBER 2014

Sri Lanka’s Tamil party backs opposition candidate for president
http://asiancorrespondent.com/129441/sri-lankas-tamil-party-backs-opposition-candidate-for-president/

28 DECEMBER 2014

Sri Lanka Muslim party quits government

Sri Lanka’s main Muslim party has quit the government and pledged support to the opposition in a move seen as the biggest setback yet to President Mahinda Rajapakse’s re-election bid.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/sri-lanka-muslim-party-quits-government-201412287834534461.html

2 DECEMBER 2014

Sri Lankan opposition parties ink pacts

Common opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with several political parties, promising to form an all-party government for a period of two years and to abolish the executive presidency within 100 days
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Sri-Lankan-opposition-parties-ink-pacts-68423.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001760725

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Sri Lanka election: Health chief to challenge Rajapaksa

One of the most senior figures in the Sri Lankan government has announced that he is defecting to stand against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in forthcoming presidential elections.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30144182
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444673/sri-lanka-minister-defects-to-challenge-president-in-polls

20 NOVEMBER 2014

Sri Lanka president calls early election

The move on Thursday, two years before his current term expires, is seen as an attempt by Rajapaksa to prevent an expected loss of public support if an election were held according to schedule.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/sri-lanka-president-calls-early-election-20141120132039968850.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/85885

18 NOVEMBER 2014

Buddhist party quits Sri Lanka government

Sri Lanka’s main party of Buddhist monks has announced it is leaving President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government in protest over what they say is his refusal to curb powers and carry out demands for democratic reforms before fresh elections.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/buddhist-party-quits-sri-lanka-government-2014111894525420326.html

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Sri Lankan president seeks Supreme Court nod for third term

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has asked the Supreme Court to determine if there is any constitutional obstacle to his becoming president for a third term, something the top lawyers’ association says he can not do.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankan-president-seeks-supreme-court-nod-third-term
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/441637/sri-lanka-rajapakse-asks-court-to-rule-on-seeking-third-term

20 OCTOBER 2014

Sri Lanka ‘to hold early presidential poll’

Sri Lanka will hold presidential election in January next year, two years ahead of schedule, Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/sri-lanka-hold-early-presidential-poll-20141020124236190384.html

11 OCTOBER 2014

‘Queen of Jaffna’ to link Sri Lanka’s north again

The “Queen of Jaffna,” a once-popular train linking the ethnic Tamil’s northern heartland to the rest of Sri Lanka before a bloody civil war cut the link 24 years ago, chugs back into service this coming week, reinforcing the government’s authority in a region once controlled by Tamil rebels.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/queen-of-jaffna-to-link-sri-lankas-north-again/2014/10/11/dbef3310-5119-11e4-877c-335b53ffe736_story.html

20 SEPTEMBER 2014

Sri Lanka To Set Up Joint Trade Commission With Russia

Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers has given its approval to establish a joint commission with the Russian Federation to enhance bilateral trade ties.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/20092014-sri-lanka-set-joint-trade-commission-russia/

19 AUGUST 2014

Sri Lanka to reject visas to UN investigators

Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the last phase of island nation’s decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/sri-lanka-reject-visas-un-investigators-201481910043515243.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/427570/sri-lanka-bars-un-investigators

22 JULY 2014

Sri Lanka hardline monk denounces Dalai Lama

A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk leading an anti-Muslim campaign has accused the Dalai Lama of being influenced by « Muslim extremists » and said the Tibetan spiritual leader could not be accepted as a world Buddhist leader
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/sri-lanka-hardline-monk-denounces-dalai-lama-20147221518638936.html

Sri Lanka president skips Commonwealth Games amid protest threats

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse will skip the Commonwealth Games starting this week in Glasgow despite being chair of the bloc, his office said Tuesday, after activists threatened to protest at his attendance.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/421817/sri-lanka-president-skips-commonwealth-games-amid-protest-threats

17 JULY 2014

Sri Lanka announces probe into military’s alleged rights abuses

President Mahinda Rajapakse said a current government-appointed Commission of Inquiry (COI) would be expanded to probe the military and Tamil rebels over abuses allegedly committed during their war that ended in 2009.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/421072/sri-lanka-announces-probe-into-military-alleged-rights-abuses

9 JULY 2014

Sri Lanka tells NGOs ‘no press conferences’

Sri Lanka has banned non-government organisations from holding press conferences under a new order from the defence ministry seen by AFP on Wednesday, raising new fears for freedom of speech.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-tells-ngos-no-press-conferences

29 JUNE 2014

Sri Lanka arrests eight over riots

Sri Lankan police have arrested key suspects accused of fuelling religious riots and looting, as minority Muslims expressed fears of more unrest ahead of Ramadan, officials said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/06/sri-lanka-arrests-eight-over-riots-20146285155373739.html

27 JUNE 2014

Sri Lanka, abuses and police assaults increase

« Every day we hear about any kind of human rights violation in this country. However we cannot see that the government is taking considerable steps to stop these brutal acts, even though there are enough law. Media also do not give priority to this issue, » said Philip Dissanayake, executive secretary of Right to Like Human Rights Organization
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka,-abuses-and-police-assaults-increase-31477.html

20 JUNE 2014

Sri Lanka Muslim group calls for ban on anti-minority groups

Muslim Council writes to President Mahinda Rajapksa following anti-Muslim violence by radical Buddhist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). « It is necessary that a culture of respect for ethnic and religious tolerance – a part of this country’s rich and ancient heritage -be endorsed and encouraged at the highest levels. »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka-Muslim-group-calls-for-ban-on-anti-minority-groups-31413.html

19 JUNE 2014

Sri Lanka moderate monk critical of anti-Muslim violence beaten

A moderate Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka who is highly critical of an extremist Buddhist group has been found beaten and unconscious near Colombo
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27918343
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/19/world/asia/sri-lanka-muslim-aluthgama/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

17 JUNE 2014

Sri Lanka riots prompt international concern

Defying government-imposed curfew, Buddhist hardliners set shops and homes on fire killing a security guard outside a Muslim-owned farm, raising the overall death toll to four, Al Jazeera learned on Tuesday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/sri-lanka-riots-prompt-international-concern-201461752248175495.html

16 JUNE 2014

Sri Lanka Muslims killed in Aluthgama clashes with Buddhists

At least three people have been killed and more than 80 people injured in overnight mob attacks led by Sinhala Buddhist monks in two coastal Sri Lankan towns, according to medics.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/muslims-killed-sri-lanka-mob-attacks-201461663841177637.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415610/sri-lanka-religious-riots-spark-international-concern
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27864716

28 MAY 2014

Sri Lanka monks occupy ministry building

Protesters led by Buddhist monks from the right-wing Ravana Balaya group have occupied the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/sri-lanka-monks-occupy-ministry-building-2014528103425654560.html

22 MAY 2014

Sri Lanka blocks two news websites

Sri Lanka has blocked two news websites critical of the government, a move press and media groups said was intended to intimidate critics of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/sri-lanka-blocks-two-news-websites-2014522131610614498.html

5 MAY 2014

Sri Lanka Buddhist monks in court accused of insulting Quran

Four of Sri Lanka’s most senior hardline Buddhist monks appeared in court Monday accused of insulting the Quran, in the first such case following a spate of religious hate attacks

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-buddhist-monks-court-accused-insulting-quran

11 APRIL 2014

Sri Lankan army quash Tamil revival in first battle since end of civil war

Sri Lanka’s army claimed to have killed three Tamil rebels yesterday in the first battle since the civil war ended almost five years ago.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/10760742/Sri-Lankan-army-quash-Tamil-revival-in-first-battle-since-end-of-civil-war.html

7 APRIL 2014

Sri Lanka refuses to co-operate with UN probe

Sri Lanka will not co-operate with a United Nations inquiry into alleged war crimes by government forces and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the final phase of their 26-year war, its foreign minister has said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/sri-lanka-refuses-co-operate-with-un-probe-201447234412461564.html

30 MARCH 2014

Sri Lanka ruling party wins vote test with lower margin

Sri Lanka’s ruling party won local elections, but with smaller than expected margins in a crucial mid-term test for President Mahinda Rajapakse, official results showed Sunday
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/sri-lanka-ruling-coalition-wins-local-polls/article5851505.ece?homepage=true
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402560/sri-lanka-ruling-party-wins-vote-test-with-lower-margin

28 MARCH 2014

Challenges remain for China–Sri Lanka FTA

Although China–Sri Lanka trade had been growing steadily beforehand, China was not a large trading partner of Sri Lanka until 2005, which was a turning point in China–Sri Lankan economic relations

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/03/28/challenges-remain-for-china-sri-lanka-fta/#more-40881

6 MARCH 2014

Sri Lanka’s Growing Links with China

Trade, investment and a strategic Indian Ocean location bring the two countries closer together
http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/sri-lankas-growing-links-with-china/

17 FEBRUARY 2014

UN calls for Sri Lankan war crimes inquiry

The United Nations’ human rights chief has called for an international war crimes investigation into alleged atrocities carried out in the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war, according to reports.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/10644023/UN-calls-for-Sri-Lankan-war-crimes-inquiry.html

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Sri Lankan security forces destroyed evidence of war crimes, report claims

Accusations that Sri Lankan security forces destroyed evidence of mass civilian killings are among allegations of “flagrant and reckless” violations of human rights committed in the final months of the civil war, according to a new report.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/05/sri-lankan-forces-committed-flagrant-and-reckless-violations-of-human-rights-report-claims

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/sri-lanka-war-report-shows-rights-abuses-20142420225372131.html

http://asiancorrespondent.com/119274/inquiry-accuses-sri-lanka-forces-of-wartime-abuses/

14 JANUARY 2014

Sri Lankan Buddhist radicals attack two independent Christian churches

Eight Buddhist monks were among the 24 people who carried out the attack. Police were unable to contain the mob, which destroyed buildings and burnt religious literature. According to the attackers, the two churches do not have the permit needed to remain open. Religious intolerance is growing against religious minorities.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lankan-Buddhist-radicals-attack-two-independent-Christian-churches-30031.html

13 JANUARY 2014

Four Steps to Secure Lasting Peace in Sri Lanka

A survey released in November by the Center for Policy Alternatives suggested that more than a quarter of those hailing from the country’s Tamil minority say the government has done “nothing” to address the root causes of the conflict, while half feel a little has been done, but “not enough.”

http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/13/four-steps-to-secure-lasting-peace-in-sri-lanka/

9 JANUARY 2014

Sri Lankan economy looking good, but in need of long game

Sri Lanka’s post-conflict development aspirations have been fashioned on a simple but socio-politically persuasive argument: sustain growth at high levels and extend its benefits to more people. In this, the government that swept into power in 2010 has delivered both a stronger economic performance and rising living standards for the average citizen. During 2010–13, GDP growth has averaged 7 per cent with visible signs of reductions in absolute poverty as well as falling income inequality across sectors and provinces of the country.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/09/sri-lankan-economy-looking-good-but-in-need-of-long-game/

22 DECEMBER 2013

New mass grave found in Sri Lanka four years after war

An unmarked mass grave has been found in Sri Lanka’s former war zone, the first discovery of an unmarked gravesite since troops defeated Tamil rebels more than four years ago, police said Sunday.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/new-mass-grave-found-sri-lanka-four-years-after-war

7 DECEMBER 2013

Sri Lanka’s crumbling democracy

It is disappointing that Sri Lanka, a country with such a serious democratic deficit, is chairing the Commonwealth for the next two years. All signs indicate Sri Lanka is descending into authoritarianism, and much work is needed if Sri Lankan democracy is to be saved.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/07/sri-lankas-crumbling-democracy/

3 DECEMBER 2013

Sri Lanka’s forces accused of massacring aid workers

A French charity has accused Sri Lanka’s security forces of killing 17 of its aid workers in 2006, and demanded an international inquiry.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25198856

17 NOVEMBER 2013

Commonwealth ultimatum to Sri Lanka: Clarify war crimes

The meeting between the heads of state held in Colombo ( 15 to 17 November ) was an opportunity to corner the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. If, by March 2014 there are no signs of a real reconciliation , the British prime minister will take the case to the UN
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Commonwealth-ultimatum-to-Sri-Lanka:-Clarify-war-crimes-29575.html

16 NOVEMBER 2013

Sri Lanka says it will block UN rights probe 

A senior Sri Lanka’s minister has said the government will not allow an international probe into alleged war crimes during its 27-year ethnic conflict, despite mounting pressure from abroad.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/sri-lanka-says-it-will-block-un-rights-probe-20131116101510198752.html

15 NOVEMBER 2013

Prince Charles avoids Sri Lanka human rights row in speech

The Prince of Wales steered clear of criticising Sri Lanka’s record on human rights as he made his first address to a Commonwealth summit as the Queen’s representative.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-charles/10451177/Prince-Charles-avoids-Sri-Lanka-human-rights-row-in-speech.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/colombo-summit-overshadowed-rights-row-2013111555924334578.html

10 NOVEMBER 2013

India PM to boycott Sri Lanka Commonwealth summit

Indian PM Manmohan Singh will boycott this week’s Commonwealth summit in Colombo, officials say, amid a row over Sri Lanka’s human rights record. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24887719 http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379107/india-pm-to-miss-commonwealth-summit-in-sri-lanka

9 NOVEMBER 2013

Sri Lankan students protest closing universities

About 2,000 Sri Lankan university students blocked traffic as they shouted slogans outside the capital’s main railroad station Friday to protest a government decision to close state universities during a summit of leaders from Commonwealth countries next week.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/115586/sri-lankan-students-protest-closing-universities/

8 NOVEMBER 2013

Sri Lanka revokes human rights experts’ visas ahead of Commonwealth summit

Sri Lanka   has revoked the visas of human rights experts for a meeting coinciding with   the Commonwealth summit, the International Bar Association has claimed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/10435090/Sri-Lanka-revokes-human-rights-experts-visas-ahead-of-Commonwealth-summit.html

24 OCTOBER 2013

Sri Lanka’s unanswered questions over human rights

The BBC has spoken to people in Sri Lanka who say they have been threatened with rape and tortured at the hands of officials.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24648595

17 OCTOBER 2013

Sri Lanka: a country ruled as a family business by four brothers

Sri Lanka is a country ruled by four brothers who have turned their country’s government into a family business. At the apex sits President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who won office in 2005 and was re-elected in 2010 after victory in the civil war.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/10386664/Sri-Lanka-a-country-ruled-as-a-family-business-by-four-brothers.html

14 OCTOBER 2013

Tamils taste symbolic power in Sri Lanka

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-151013.html

9 OCTOBER 2013

Canada PM to boycott Sri Lanka Commonwealth summit

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he will skip a Commonwealth summit next month in Sri Lanka to protest that government’s human rights record.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114217/canada-pm-to-boycott-sri-lanka-commonwealth-summit/

5 OCTOBER 2013

Sri Lanka’s elderly among ‘ happiest ‘ in the world

The Global Agewatch Index compiles a ranking of the best countries in the world for people of a certain age. Sweden ranks first, Sri Lanka 36th , but it is the fourth Asian country in terms of social and economic welfare . The secret : 98% of the « grandparents » live with their families http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka’s-elderly-among-‘-happiest-‘-in-the-world-29199.html

4 OCTOBER 2013

Provincial Polls In Sri Lanka: A New Dawn? – Analysis

In the recently concluded elections in the northern province of Sri Lanka, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led by C V Vigneswaran won a landslide victory. The election conducted within the purview of the 13th Amendment was by all accounts free and fair. A popular will was expressed by a 35% turnout of the northern Tamil voters.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/04102013-provincial-polls-sri-lanka-new-dawn-analysis/

22 SEPTEMBER 2013

Sri Lanka’s Tamil party sweeps polls, urges trust with government

Sri Lanka’s main ethnic minority Tamil party secured a landslide victory in a provincial poll that has threatened to rekindle animosity between the government and Tamils, four years after the military crushed separatist rebels and ended a 26-year war.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/10326290/Tamil-political-party-wins-landslide-victory-in-Sri-Lankan-election.html

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/other/2013/09/22/389538/Sri-Lankas.htm

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Sri Lanka holds historic vote in Tamil-majority north

Voters in Sri Lanka’s north have held their first-ever elections for a semi-autonomous council, four years after the army defeated Tamil Tiger rebels.
http://www.france24.com/en/20130921-sri-lanka-tamils-head-polls-key-vote-elections
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24179205

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

Tamil candidate ran for her life ahead of landmark election

A Tamil candidate for landmark polls in Sri Lanka’s former warzone fled a mob attack Friday as the man tipped to become the region’s chief minister accused the army of intimidating voters.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/tamil-candidate-ran-her-life-ahead-landmark-election

UN rights chief lashes back at Sri Lanka claims

The United Nations’ top human rights official lashed back Friday at the Sri Lankan government, accusing some of its most senior officials of waging a disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting her and her office.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/113674/un-rights-chief-lashes-back-at-sri-lanka-claims/

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

Sri Lanka Sunday Leader’s Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema flees

A senior Sri Lankan journalist has left the country three weeks after she and her family were held at knifepoint during a night raid on her house.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24148142

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

Sri Lankan train rolls into Tiger territory after 23 years

A train linking the political home of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels with the rest of the island rolled into service on Saturday after a 23-year interruption, officials said.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankan-train-rolls-tiger-territory-after-23-years

31 AUGUST 2013

Sri Lanka becoming more authoritarian: UN rights chief

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay warned on Saturday that Sri Lanka was becoming « increasingly authoritarian » with rights activists apparently suffering growing harassment from security agencies.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/367337/sri-lanka-becoming-more-authoritarian-un-rights-chief

28 AUGUST 2013

UN rights chief meets Sri Lankan war survivors

Survivors of Sri Lanka’s civil war complained on Tuesday to the United Nations’ human rights chief about missing relatives, military land grabs and a life without basic facilities more than four years after the end of the quarter-century war.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112559/un-rights-chief-meets-sri-lankan-war-survivors/

26 AUGUST 2013

Sri Lanka monks protest UN rights chief’s visit

Dozens of monks and pro-government activists staged the noisy demonstration outside UN offices, accusing the international community of drumming up false allegations of war crimes in 2009 during the final months of a separatist conflict.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-monks-protest-un-rights-chiefs-visit
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/366498/sri-lanka-monks-protest-un-rights-chief-visit

11 AUGUST 2013

Curfew in Colombo as tensions rise after mosque attack

Sri Lankan police clamped a fresh curfew on a Colombo neighbourhood Sunday, a day after a Buddhist-led mob vandalised a mosque in an incident that raised religious tensions and US concern.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/364144/curfew-in-colombo-as-tensions-rise-after-mosque-attack
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/08/201381171449190189.html

7 AUGUST 2013

Sri Lanka army slammed for killing protesters

The Roman Catholic Church has accused the Sri Lankan army of shooting unarmed protesters and desecrating a church during demonstrations against water contamination.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/08/201387152944804834.html

2 AUGUST 2013

1 protester killed in Sri Lanka military shooting

One person was killed and about 15 were wounded when Sri Lanka’s military shot at a protest demanding clean drinking water.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankan-protestor-shot-dead-poisoned-water-demo

http://asiancorrespondent.com/111457/1-protester-killed-in-sri-lanka-military-shooting/

27 JULY 2013

Sri Lanka to probe wartime disappearances

The move comes as Sri Lanka faces rising international criticism for failing to investigate alleged war crimes during the final stage of the quarter century-long war, which ended four years ago, including civilian deaths and disappearances.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/111163/sri-lanka-to-probe-wartime-disappearances/

15 JULY 2013

Sri Lanka halts French festival over ‘insulting’ film

Sri Lanka halted its French Film Festival in Colombo on Monday after festival organisers screened “Flying Fish,” an internationally-acclaimed film set during Sri Lanka’s ethnic war that the military considered to be insulting.                                                                                                                     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23328665                                                     http://www.france24.com/en/20130716-sri-lanka-halts-french-festival-insulting-film-military-flying-fish

5 JULY 2013

Sri Lanka will hold provincial elections in the former northern war zone

Sri Lanka will hold provincial elections in the former northern war zone in September for the first time in 25 years, officials said on Friday, a move demanded by the United Nations since the end of three decades of conflict in 2009.                                                                                                        http://dawn.com/news/1023037/sri-lanka-to-hold-polls-in-ex-war-zone-for-first-time-in-25-years

27 JUNE 2013

Sri Lanka: widespread police torture of innocent civilians

Denounced by the Right to Life, an NGO in the country, in a meeting that heard testimonies of some victims. In order to extract confessions, law enforcement officials beat and abuse suspected criminals. The use of chili peppers on eyes and genitals is one of the most common practices.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka:-widespread-police-torture-of-innocent-civilians-28318.html

21 JUNE 2013

3 appointed to investigate mass grave in Sri Lanka

Two retired judges and a former parliament official were appointed Friday to a presidential commission that will investigate a mass grave found last year with 154 bodies, most likely of Marxist rebels killed decades ago.                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/109631/3-appointed-to-investigate-mass-grave-in-sri-lanka/

30 MAY 2013

Sri Lankan rights campaigner Jayalath Jayawardena dies

Prominent Sri Lankan human rights campaigner and parliamentarian Jayalath Jayawardena has died aged 59 in hospital in Singapore, medical officials say.                                                                                                                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22720636

13 APRIL 2013

Gunmen torch Sri Lankan newspaper equipment

The attack on Saturday at the Uthayan newspaper office is the fifth strike on the media since January in Sri Lanka’s former war zone in the north, and the second after the UN passed a resolution on March 21 calling on the government to address human rights violations.                                                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201341372141289764.html

2 APRIL 2013

Indian Tamil actors protest Sri Lanka war conduct

Tamil movie stars in India, including superstar Rajinikanth, are fasting for a day to protest what they say is the mistreatment of ethnic Tamils in neighboring Sri Lanka and to demand an international probe into alleged wartime abuses there. http://asiancorrespondent.com/103971/indian-tamil-actors-protest-sri-lanka-war-conduct/

25 MARCH 2013

India and Sri Lanka: More constructive role needed

There was no doubt that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would pass the U.S.-backed resolution against Sri Lanka for its treatment of the Tamil minority. After keeping many guessing how it would vote, India ended up supporting the motion, alongside 24 other countries. Of the remaining countries, 13 voted against it and eight abstained.                                                                                                                                http://thediplomat.com/the-pulse/2013/03/25/india-and-sri-lanka-more-constructive-role-needed/?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_226265081

22 MARCH 201

Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim campaign fuels discord

Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim community is coming under intense pressure from a hard-line Buddhist monk organization allegedly linked to certain powerful individuals in the President Mahinda Rajapaksa-led administration.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-220313.html

21 MARCH 2013

UN passes resolution against Sri Lanka rights record

The resolution encourages Sri Lanka to conduct an independent and credible investigation into alleged war crimes.                                                                                                                                       http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21873551                                   http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=448784&catid=35

16 MARCH 2013

China ready to protect Sri Lanka’s sovereignty

Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday offered his support in protecting Sri Lanka’s national sovereignty, hinting at Beijing’s backing to stave off a US-backed resolution against the country at UN Rights Council                                              http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/26764-china-ready-to-protect-sls-sovereignty-chinese-president.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

15 MARCH 2013

Sri Lanka’s Ongoing Shift towards Authoritarianism

Sri Lanka is well on its way to becoming an authoritarian state, warns Neil DeVotta. Today, he charts the decline of democratic standards and the rule of law in this troubled island state.                                                                                                                                       http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Digital-Library/Articles/Detail/?lng=en&id=161612

6 MARCH 2013

Sri Lanka ‘disappeared’: Families stage Colombo protest

The families of people who disappeared in Sri Lanka during and after the country’s long civil war have staged a demonstration in the capital Colombo.                                                                                                                                                                                       http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21682006                                                                                                        http://asiancorrespondent.com/100655/sri-lankan-police-block-tamils-from-protest-march/

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Photo of dead boy ups pressure on Sri Lanka

The photo shows a boy sitting shirtless by a row of sandbags as he glumly eats a snack. The next photo shows him lying face up in the dirt, a series of bullet holes in his chest. The makers of a documentary on Sri Lanka say the boy was the 12-year-old son of Sri Lankan insurgent leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, and that the photos prove he was captured and then executed by the Sri Lankan military. Sri Lanka denies the charge. http://asiancorrespondent.com/99115/photo-of-dead-boy-ups-pressure-on-sri-lanka/

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Human rights and democracy in Sri Lanka: the West’s deepening dilemma                                                                                                                                          http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/02/23/human-rights-and-democracy-in-sri-lanka-the-wests-deepening-dilemma/

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Sri Lanka’s Ominous Authoritarian Turn

The Mahinda Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka, more than three years after the end of the devastating civil war that paralyzed the country for 22 years, has instituted a virtual reign of terror against not only its defeated Tamil minority but against many of its own citizens in the south, critics say.                                                                                    http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5196&Itemid=193

20 FEBRUARY 2013

Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Sri Lanka

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador from Colombo in a tit-for-tat decision amid tensions after a Sri Lankan nanny convicted of murder was beheaded in the kingdom, the official SPA news agency reported. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/02/20132208370323293.html

16 FEBRUARY 2013

Sri Lanka Sunday Leader reporter Faraz Shauketaly shot

A reporter from a newspaper in Sri Lanka has been shot by a group of unidentified men at his home near the capital, Colombo.                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21482317                                                                                        http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/16/world/asia/sri-lanka-journalist-shot/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

4 FEBRUARY 2013

Sri Lanka leader rules out autonomy for Tamils

Sri Lanka’s president has ruled out allowing minority Tamils greater political autonomy as a solution to a decades-long ethnic conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.                                                                                                                                     http://asiancorrespondent.com/96893/sri-lanka-leader-rules-out-autonomy-for-tamils/

11 JANUARY 2013

Sri Lanka Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake is impeached

The Sri Lankan parliament has voted to remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake in a move analysts say could trigger a constitutional crisis. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20982990

29 NOVEMBER 2012

Jaffna University Tamil students boycott classes

Students at Jaffna University in northern Sri Lanka have started a two-day boycott of classes after clashes with security forces on Wednesda
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20537417

28 NOVEMBER 2012

Sri Lanka’s Jaffna sees clashes over Tamil rebel remembrance

Students and security forces have clashed in Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka in the worst political disturbances since civil war ended in 2009
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20531233

13 NOVEMBRE 2012

UN ‘failed Sri Lanka civilians’, says internal probe

The United Nations failed in its mandate to protect civilians in the last months of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, a leaked draft of a highly critical internal UN report says
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20308610

11 NOVEMBER 2012

Sri Lanka lawyers oppose chief justice impeachment

Sri Lanka’s bar association will ask President Mahinda Rajapaksa to reconsider an impeachment bid against the country’s chief justice, the association’s leader said Saturday.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/91859/sri-lanka-lawyers-oppose-chief-justice-impeachment/

9 NOVEMBER 2012

Sri Lanka promises elections for former war zone

Sri Lanka’s president promised Thursday 8 to hold provincial council elections next year in the island nation’s former northern war zone
http://asiancorrespondent.com/91817/sri-lanka-promises-elections-for-former-war-zone/

6 NOVEMBER 2012

Shirani Bandaranayake: Charges set out as impeachment begins

Sri Lanka’s parliament has begun formal impeachment proceedings against the chief justice after the Speaker accepted a motion against her.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20222196

17 OCTOBER 2012

Tamil Tiger leader Selvarasa Pathmanathan a ‘free man’

The Sri Lankan authorities say that the senior most surviving Tamil Tiger leader, Selvarasa Pathmanathan – also known as known as « KP » – is a free man
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19979165 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/10/20121017101712143218.html

4 OCTOBER 2012

Sri Lanka: every 90 seconds a woman subjected to sexual violence

At least 450 thousand women farmers earn less than 2 euros a day and almost 200 thousand migrant workers suffer abuse, violence and torture. In the north affected by the civil war, 46% of mothers suffer from malnutrition and children under 5 years are underweight. Women are 53% of the population of Sri Lanka. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka:-every-90-seconds-a-woman-subjected-to-sexual-violence-25993.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2012

Sri Lanka Rejoining the World

The place isn’t a paradise for minorities but the economy is recovering
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4815&Itemid=235

9 SEPTEMBER 2012

Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins provincial election

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s United People’s Freedom Alliance won 14 seats in the Eastern Provincial Council, while the Tamil National Alliance secured 11, the Department of Elections said Sunday http://asiancorrespondent.com/88985/sri-lankas-ruling-party-wins-provincial-election/

22 AUGUST 2012

Sri Lanka government shuts down universities

Sri Lanka’s government has closed down almost all universities for an indefinite period amid a row about the future of education in the islan
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19325358

2 AUGUST 2012

Buddhists Behaving Badly

What Zealotry is Doing to Sri Lanka
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/137812/william-mcgowan/buddhists-behaving-badly

18 JULY 2012

Concern in Sri Lanka over rising number of child rapes

A 13-year-old girl in Sri Lanka has identified four men including a local government politician who she says were involved in gang-raping her in the south of the country last month. It is one of a series of alleged rapes, especially of children.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18889564

6 JULY 2012

Donor interest in north waning

Donor assistance is waning in northern Sri Lanka, where the critical priorities of food, shelter, protection and nutrition are not being covered, and many displaced people still need outside assistance more than three years after a decades-long civil war ended.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95814/SRI-LANKA-Donor-interest-in-north-waning

1 JULY 2012

Sri Lanka opposition fights website shut down

Sri Lanka’s main opposition on Sunday vowed to resist a police crackdown against its news website after the United States asked the government to stop « harassing » journalists in the island.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120701-356525.html

21 MAY 2012

Sri Lanka releases former army chief

Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lanka’s former army chief, has has been released from prison after President Mahinda Rajapaksa granted him a pardon to coincide with the third anniversary of the government’s victory over Tamil separatists.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/2012521135051302202.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/9280042/Former-Sri-Lanka-army-chief-Sarath-Fonseka-freed-from-prison.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18143907

26 APRIL 2012

Sri Lanka, Buddhist destruction of a mosque halted

The mosque and the Hindu temple of Dambulla that arise in the sacred cannot be destroyed the Minister for the Territory, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, announced today in an attempt to quell the violent protests involving Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus, and likely to create tensions in Sri Lanka. It all started last April 20 when nearly two thousand Buddhists – monks and lay people – attacked the mosque, interrupting the Friday prayer. Throwing rocks and chanting slogans, the protesters claimed that the area of Dambulla is sacred to Buddhism, and cannot tolerate religious activities of other faiths.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka,-Buddhist-destruction-of-a-mosque-halted-24598.html

22 APRIL 2012

Sri Lanka government orders removal of Dambulla mosque

Sri Lanka’s government has ordered the removal of a mosque from an area it says is sacred to the country’s majority Buddhists
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17805202

20 APRIL 2012

Sri Lanka Buddhists disrupt mosque’s prayers

About 2,000 Buddhists, including monks, marched to the mosque and held a demonstration demanding its demolition, along with a Hindu temple being built in an area designated as a Buddhist sacred zone http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/2012420105329861814.html

6 APRIL 2012

Gandhi statue vandalised in Sri Lanka

Statues of Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi and Britain’s Robert Baden-Powell have been vandalised in Sri Lanka amid an anti-Indian and anti-Western campaign on the island, police said Friday 6
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120406-338091.html

24 MARCH 2012

Sri Lanka rejects UN war resolution

Acting Foreign Minister Dew Gunasekera told parliament on Friday 24 that Sri Lanka will resist outside help to investigate violations of humanitarian law, a key demand in the US-initiated Human Rights Council resolution from Geneva on Thursday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/03/201232323325912421.html

22 MARCH 2012

UN adopts resolution on Sri Lanka war crimes probe

The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution urging Sri Lanka to investigate alleged abuses during the final phase of war with Tamil rebels
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17471300
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/22/world/asia/sri-lanka-war-crimes/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

28 FEBRUARY 2012

Rajapaksa brings thousands of people into the streets to oppose UN war crime charges

The United Nations resolution alleges abuses that Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil rebels committed abuses during the country’s civil war. The government accuses the UN and Western powers of interfering in its domestic affairs. In April 2011, a UN report blamed the Sri Lankan air force of killing 40,000 people
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Rajapaksa-brings-thousands-of-people-into-the-streets-to-oppose-UN-war-crime-charges-24094.html

4 JANUARY 2012

France apologises to Sri Lanka over Tamil Tiger stamps

France has been forced to apologise to the Sri Lankan government after its post office issued “personalised” stamps supporting the armed separatist Tamil Tiger group, which is banned in France
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20120104-france-apologises-sri-lanka-over-tamil-tiger-stamps

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Sri Lankan president receives response to scathing U.N. report

President Mahinda Rajapaksa received the 400-page document on Sunday night. The response, compiled by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, will be presented to Parliament, though Rajapaksa did not say when
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/21/world/asia/sri-lanka-report/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

18 NOVEMBER 2011

Sri Lanka extends ex-army’s chief jail term

A Sri Lankan high court has sentenced the former army chief, Sarath Fonseka, to three years in jail after finding him
guilty of making a false allegation against the president’s brother.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2011/11/201111187347606805.html

7 NOVEMBER 2011

Sri Lanka blocks websites for ‘maligning’ president

The Sri Lankan government has warned that any website dealing with Sri Lankan affairs must register with the government or face legal action.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15621160

14 OCTOBER 2011

Tamil Tigers still active in Europe

Evidence surfacing in a courthouse in the Netherlands shows that the cause of Tamil independence is still alive in Europe, and an assessment from counter-terrorism authorities says supporters of the defeated rebels remain engaged in extortion, human trafficking and other crimes to raise money for their brethren in Sri Lanka.
http://www.asianage.com/international/tamil-tigers-still-active-europe-705

9 OCTOBER 2011

Ruling party wins chaotic Sri Lankan polls

President’s UPFA claims victory in 22 out of 23 local councils in contest marred by shootout that left three dead.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/10/201110984854886773.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2011

Sri Lanka leader says international criticism ‘tainted’

Sri Lanka’s president condemned « tainted » international allegations of a military massacre of civilians during an assault to end a Tamil rebellion. President Mahinda Rajapakse on Friday appealed for international support as pressure mounted for the UN Human Rights Council to launch a war crimes inquiry into the 2009 campaign in which a UN panel said tens of thousands were killed. « My country has reason for concern with
approaches tainted by an unacceptable selectivity, which we have brought to the notice of the organizations in question in recent weeks, »  ajapakse told the UN summit
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1155231/1/.html

23 JULY 2011

Tamil party sweeps local election poll

A political party that was closely linked with the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels has swept local council elections held in areas ravaged by the country’s 25-year civil war, amid reports of intimidation and vote-buying, officials said.The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won 20 local councils out of the 25 it contested in the ethnic Tamil-majority north and east, the elections department said
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/07/20117246364782608.html

20 JUNE 2011

India-Sri Lanka ferry hits troubled waters

A ferry service between India and Sri Lanka suspended almost 30 years ago due to the island’s armed insurgency last week resumed service in style, with a luxury liner plying the route of 152 nautical miles (281 kilometers). The Scotia Prince arrived in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo last Tuesday from Thoothukudi (or Tuticorin) in southern Tamil Nadu. The ferry, which can carry some 1,000 passengers, is expected to boost travel, trade and tourism between the two countries, as well as political ties
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MF21Df01.html

29 APRIL 2011

Sri Lanka website LankaeNews is suspended

A magistrate’s court in Sri Lanka has suspended the operation of the pro-opposition LankaeNews website. The court ordered Sri Lanka’s telecoms regulator to suspend the website until court proceedings are over.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13222558

26 APRIL 2011

UN publishes report on war crimes. Colombo protests

Over 40 thousand civilians killed in bombings and military prisoners executed with a shot to the head, women raped. The document ordered
by Ban Ki-moon paints a hellish picture of the final stages of the ethnic conflict. Despite pressure from the Government of Sri Lanka to prevent
publication.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/UN-publishes-report-on-war-crimes.-Colombo-protests-21391.html
http://www.jdslanka.org/2011/04/up-to-40000-people-were-killed-by.html
http://www.un.org/News/dh/infocus/Sri_Lanka/POE_Report_Full.pdf

20 APRIL 2011

Sri Lankan authorities reject UN war crime accusations

The government of Sri Lanka has firmly rejected a United Nations report that blames it for war crimes committed during the final phase of the 30-year-old interethnic conflict, which ended in 2009. The Inter Religious Alliance for National Unity (IRANU) slammed the UN report prepared
for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. By contrast, Sri Lanka’s main Tamil organisation, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), hailed the study, saying it provided “irrefutable confirmation” of the atrocities committed by the government and the military.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Authorities-reject-UN-war-crime-accusations-21360.html

8 APRIL 2011

Sri Lanka must account for missing -Human Rights Watch

Sri Lanka’s government should account for all those detained at the end of the war with Tamil Tiger rebels nearly two years ago, Human Rights Watch says
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13018452

20 SEPTEMBRE 2010

In Sri Lanka, Court martial sentences General Fonseka to three years in prison for corruption. Activists and opposition parties protest what they see as an attack against justice and democracy

8 SEPTEMBER 2010

Lanka’s parliament passed an amendment to the constitution, allowing  Mahinda Rajapakse, the president, to run for
a third term
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/09/201098124949757442.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11225723

13 AUGUST 2010

A court martial, founds the former Sri Lankan armed forces chief, General Sarath Fonseka, guilty of engaging in politics while on active service. Gen Fonseka would be stripped of his rank and medals once the government has ratified the
decision, officials said

6 JULY 2010

Sri Lankans protesters besiege UN’s Sri-Lankan office demanding the UN end investigations into alleged war crimeshttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/10519247.stm
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/07/world/asia/07lanka.html?ref=asia

8 APRIL 2010

Sri Lanka’s ruling party has won a majority in parliament, according to official results from Thursday’s election. The results released by the elections commissioner on Friday showed The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), led by Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent president, had already secured 117 seats in the 225-member assembly
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/04/20104912214028272.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8610705.stm

16 MARCH 2010

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka appears before a military court on charges of participating in politics while in uniform
http://www.france24.com/en/20100316-opposition-leader-fonseka-faces-court-martial-sri-lanka
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8569405.stm

6 MARCH 2010

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa dismisses UN human rights panel

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa denounces plans by UN chief Ban Ki-Moon to ask a panel of experts to look into human rights
issues on the island
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8553095.stm

27 FEBRUARY 2010

Sri Lanka’s dissenting voices ‘silenced’

When Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-elected president of Sri Lanka in January, media organisations and human rights groups said they hoped
the suppression of dissenting voices would end. But those hopes have not materialized
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8500886.stm

23 FEBRUARY 2010

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court refuses to order the release of detained opposition leader and former army chief Sarath Fonseka
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20100223-200494.html

8 FEBRUARY 2010

Sri Lanka election loser General Sarath Fonseka is arrested
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/02/20102816287441879.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8504882.stm

1 FEBRUARY 2010

Sri Lanka’s president, sacks a dozen senior military officers whom the defense ministry says were a « direct threat to national security » after last week’s presidential elections. Security forces kept Fonseka under siege while election results were announced on Wednesday, and 15 retired officers working at Fonseka’s offices were later arrested by police
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20100201-195990.html

26 JANUARY 2010

Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent [u]Sri Lankan[/u] president, is re-elected
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/01/20101278527467841.html

29 NOVEMBER 2009

Sarath Fonseka, the Sri Lankan general who ended the Tamil Tigers’ almost three-decade-long struggle for independence, announces that he would challenge the president in a January election
http://www.france24.com/en/20091129-sri-lanka-tamil-tigers-fonseka-presidential-election-january-2010-rajapakse

22 0CTOBER 2009

Nearly 6,000 Tamil refugees are released from Sri Lanka’s main camp for war-displaced people, officials say
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8320392.stm

3 SEPTEMBER 2009

A United Nations expert urges the Sri Lanka’s government to set up an independent probe into the authenticity of a video clip
aired in Britain allegedly showing Sri Lankan troops executing prisoners
http://www.france24.com/en/20090903-sri-lanka-united-nations-urges-probe-extrajudicial-execution-video-troops-human-rights

8 AUGUST 2009

Sri Lanka holds its first post-war elections in two Tamil-majority cities in the north
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/08/2009884741752632.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8191031.stm

20 MAY 2009

Sri Lanka celebrates victory over the Tamil Tigers with a national holiday on Wednesday as the army hunted down fugitive rebels, shooting dead eight thought to have escaped from the final battle
http://www.france24.com/en/20090520-sri-lanka-celebrates-victory-calls-war-crimes-probe-tamil-tigers

18 MAY 2009

The leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is dead, the Sri Lankan military has said.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8055015.stm

26 APRIL 2009

Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition sweeps elections to the Western Provincial Council, that includes the capital Colombo, after a high pitched campaign seeking support for the military offensive aimed at crushing the Tamil Tigers. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s United People Freedom Alliance  (UPFA) secures 65 percent of the total votes cast, leaving the opposition badly battered. The United National Party (UNP) led by former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe came second with 30 percent

25 FEBRUARY 2009

Sri Lankan troops seize the last town held by separatist Tamil Tiger fighters, Mullaittivu
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/01/2009125133055917676.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7849684.stm
http://www.france24.com/en/20090125-sri-lanka-troops-tamil-tiger-town-mullaittivu
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/01/2009126143222571233.html

2 FEBRUARY 2009

2009: Sri Lankan military seize control of the Tamil Tiger rebels’ de facto capital of Kilinochchi
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/01/20091242244697512.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7807908.stm
http://www.france24.com/en/20090102-sri-lanka-troops-take-control-key-tamil-tiger-town-kilinochchi

9 JANUARY 2009

The Sri Lankan army captures Elephant Pass, the strategic causeway linking the Jaffna peninsula with the mainland
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7819386.stm

1 JANUARY 2009

Sri Lanka troops, capture Paranthan,a key town from Tamil Tiger rebels after intense clashes. The fall of Paranthan, near the Tigers’ political capital Kilinochchi, has effectively cut off the rebels’ main supply line to several other strongholds
http://www.france24.com/en/20090101-government-troops-take-key-rebel-town-sri-lanka-tamil-tigers

 

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 3 October in Asian history

 

1950-10-03-maryang-san-battle

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 3 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 3, 2017

1605: Chinese uprising on Philippines leads to the Tondo/Quiapo massacre in which 23.000 Chinese are killed
http://www.laguna.gov.ph/content/remembering-chinese-massacres-laguna-1603-and-1639
http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~borao/2Profesores/massacre.pdf
https://books.google.fr/books?id=7qY7kovkWWkC&pg=PT154&lpg=PT154&dq=Tondo+and+Quiapo+Chinese+massacre&source=bl&ots=9o0SV9iA6T&sig=tI6oBzwptAvTka1lxMNxC-fvE70&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0CFUQ6AEwCGoVChMI9r7R48CkyAIVAkgaCh2vKwvt#v=onepage&q=Tondo%20and%20Quiapo%20Chinese%20massacre&f=false

1683: The Qing Dynasty naval commander Shi Lang reaches Taiwan (under the Kingdom of Tungning) to receive the formal surrender of Zheng Keshuang and Liu Guoxuan after the Battle of Penghu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi_Lang
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/34History6473.html
http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Zheng%20Keshuang&item_type=topic

1893: Conference of Bangkok in which French and British delimit their zone of influence in Far East. Siam renounces to any claim on the left bank of Mékong

1943: Japanese organize « Giyugun » (local defense forces) for Sumatra and Java. The force for Java is called PETA (Pembela Tanah Air)

1943-10-03 Fondation PETA

1950: Indonesian troops Offensive on Ambon (South Moluccas) which will be taken on November 3 after separatists proclaimed independence

1950: During the Korean War, the First Battle of Maryang San, primarily pitting Australian and British forces against communist China, begins
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Maryang_San
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:First_Battle_of_Maryang_San

1950-10-03-maryang-san-battle

1967: During the Vietnam War, first US bombing close to the Chinese border
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-wallowa-commences

1971: Soviet president Nicolaï Podgorny visits North Vietnam

2002: James Kelly, US under secretary of state, in charge of Asia, makes his first visit in Pyongyang under George Bush leadership

2008: US government announces plans to sell about $6.5bn of weaponry to Taiwan. The sale includes 30 Apache attack helicopters, 330 Patriot missiles and 32 Harpoon submarine-launched missiles
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2008/10/200810441758391690.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-10/04/content_10148477.htm

2012: Chinese government ships entered territorial waters off disputed Tokyo-controlled islands for the second straight day, Japanese coastguards said.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121003-375346.html

2013: Chinese President Xi Jinping makes history in Indonesia by becoming the first foreign leader to address the democratic country’s Parliament
http://asiancorrespondent.com/114022/china-president-makes-historic-speech-in-indonesia/

2013: Discussions over proposals to expand the American military’s presence in the Philippines failed to reach a deal
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-fails-reach-deal-us-over-increased-military-presence
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/372903/philippines-says-deal-on-wider-us-role-needs-more-work

2013: The United States and Japan agree to boost regional military surveillance amid territorial tensions with China and nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. Defense officials also welcomed Japan playing a larger role in its own national defense.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2013/10/215070.htm

2014: In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defences in the tense South China Sea http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/us-lifts-40-year-arms-ban-boost-vietnam-sea-defence http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/us-partly-lifts-arms-embargo-vietnam-2014103233416624.html

2014: India and the United States have agreed to step up cooperation in maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation, at a time when China has shown its willingness to exert naval pressure over its territorial claims in the East and South China seas
http://www.asianewsnet.net/India-US-to-work-together-to-boost-maritime-securi-65346.html

2015: Afghan troops recapture the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/01/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKCN0RU07Y20151001

On 3 October in South Asian history

ON 3 OCTOBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 3, 2017

1678: The Taj Mahal, an architectural masterpiece in Agra (India) is completed after 22 years’work
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal

1904: Birth of Lal Bahadur Shastri (Indian 3rd Prime Minister (1964-1966), who died on January 11, 1966
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/LalBahadurShastri.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FntSVKXs2KY

1949: Birth of J. P. Dutta, Indian Bollywood film director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._P._Dutta


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9z2rc_j-p-dutta-on-why-he-made-border_shortfilms

1995: Death of Ma. Po. Si., Indian author and politician, born on July 26, 1906
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma._Po._Si.

2007: Death of M.N. Vijayan, Indian writer, orator, and academic, born on June 8, 1930
http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article386.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._N._Vijayan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vsnxa1kf04

2012: Death of Abdul Haq Ansari, Indian theologian and scholar, born on September 1, 1931
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Haq_Ansari
http://www.radianceweekly.com/330/9568/news—we-can-use-appearance-overpowers-even-the-truth/2012-10-28/personality/story-detail/dr-abdul-haq-ansari-a-kind-teacher-an-ideological-researcher–a-captivating-purifier-of-souls.html

2014: India and the United States have agreed to step up cooperation in maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation, at a time when China has shown its willingness to exert naval pressure over its territorial claims in the East and South China seas
http://www.asianewsnet.net/India-US-to-work-together-to-boost-maritime-securi-65346.html

2015: Death of Muhammad Nawaz Khan, Pakistani historian and author, born on November 23, 1943
http://tribune.com.pk/story/967374/historian-muhammad-nawaz-khan-passes-away/
https://en.wiki2.org/wiki/Muhammad_Nawaz_Khan_(author)

2015: Afghan troops recapture the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/01/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKCN0RU07Y20151001

On 3 October in Southeast Asian history

1943-10-03 Fondation PETA

ON 3 OCTOBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 3, 2017

1605: Chinese uprising on Philippines leads to the Tondo/Quiapo massacre in which 23.000 Chinese are killed
http://www.laguna.gov.ph/content/remembering-chinese-massacres-laguna-1603-and-1639
http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~borao/2Profesores/massacre.pdf
https://books.google.fr/books?id=7qY7kovkWWkC&pg=PT154&lpg=PT154&dq=Tondo+and+Quiapo+Chinese+massacre&source=bl&ots=9o0SV9iA6T&sig=tI6oBzwptAvTka1lxMNxC-fvE70&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0CFUQ6AEwCGoVChMI9r7R48CkyAIVAkgaCh2vKwvt#v=onepage&q=Tondo%20and%20Quiapo%20Chinese%20massacre&f=false

1893: Conference of Bangkok in which French and British delimit their zones of influence in Far East. Siam renounces to any claim on the left bank of Mékong river

1943: Japanese organize « Giyugun » (local defense forces) for Sumatra and Java. The force for Java is called PETA (Pembela Tanah Air)

1943-10-03 Fondation PETA

1950: Indonesian troops Offensive on Ambon (South Moluccas) which will be taken on November 3 after separatists proclaimed independence

1967: During the Vietnam War, first US bombing close to the Chinese border
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-wallowa-commences

1971: Soviet president Nicolaï Podgorny visits North Vietnam

1990: Birth of Rhian Denise Ramos, Filipina actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhian_Denise_Ramos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51C7l_g0n7I

2006: Death of Filipino bishop Alberto Ramento, stabbed to death in his house
http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2006/10/filipino-bishop-alberto-ramento-found-stabbed-to-death.aspx

2013: Former Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo among others is charged with plunder ay for allegedly stealing P900 million from the Malampaya Fund meant for impoverished victims of back-to-back storms in 2009.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/500161/arroyo-3-cabinet-men-charged-with-plunder

2013: Chinese President Xi Jinping makes history in Indonesia by becoming the first foreign leader to address the democratic country’s Parliament
http://asiancorrespondent.com/114022/china-president-makes-historic-speech-in-indonesia/

2014: In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defences in the tense South China Sea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/us-lifts-40-year-arms-ban-boost-vietnam-sea-defence http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/us-partly-lifts-arms-embargo-vietnam-2014103233416624.html

2014: Indonesian riot police fires tear gas during clashes with hundreds of rock-pelting Islamic hardliners protesting against Jakarta’s incoming Christian Chinese governor
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/jakarta/fpi-members-riot-jakarta-city-council-non-muslim-governor/

2016: New churches or temples not allowed in Brunei
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/new-churches-or-temples-not-allowed-brunei#sthash.CAWglOel.dpuf

 

On 3 October in Japan’s history

ON 3 OCTOBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on October 3, 2017

1804: Birth of Townsend Harris, 1st U.S. Consul to Japan who died in 1878
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Townsend_Harris

1899: Birth of the Yamaguchi Kayo, Japanese painter, who died on March 3, 1984
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayo_Yamaguchi
http://www.momak.go.jp/English/exhibitionArchive/2012/395.html
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Yamaguchi+Kayo&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=2QJrUNu8GoG2hQfszIC4Bw&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1140&bih=519

Yamaguchi kayo

1938: Birth of Michiko Hamamura, Japanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1062344/

1943: Japanese organize « Giyugun » (local defense forces) for Sumatra and Java. The force for Java is called PETA (Pembela Tanah Air)

1943-10-03 Fondation PETA

1956: Birth of Toshihiro Hirano, Japanese film director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0386185/

1957: Birth of Tomoko Hoshino, Japanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0395981/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7CVw-GP0hI

1969: Birth of Japanese musician Tetsuya Ogawa
http://everything2.com/title/Tetsuya+Ogawa

1973: Birth of Keiko Agena, Japanese-American actress
http://www.keikoagena.com/bio/
http://www.gilmoregirls.org/keiko.html


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTQg2u5IP68

1983: Birth of Hiroki Suzuki, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroki_Suzuki
http://asianmediawiki.com/Hiroki_Suzuki

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SP-KPf6CJ0

1997: In Japan, an experimental magnetically levited train, the MLX01, set a world record when it reached 279 mph on a test track (the best record will be on December 2, 2003 with 361 mph (581 km/h)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPduAYKk_6I

1999: Death of Akio Morita, co-founder of Sony Corp
http://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/04/business/akio-morita-co-founder-of-sony-and-japanese-business-leader-dies-at-78.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

2012: Chinese government ships entered territorial waters off disputed Tokyo-controlled islands for the second straight day, Japanese coastguards said.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121003-375346.html

2013: The United States and Japan agree to boost regional military surveillance amid territorial tensions with China and nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. Defense officials also welcomed Japan playing a larger role in its own national defense.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2013/10/215070.htm

2016: Japanese microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi wins the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on cell autophagy, a process that helps the body remove unwanted proteins
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

 

On 3 October in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1950-10-03-maryang-san-battle

ON 3 OCTOBER IN CHINESE HISTORY INCLUDING TAIWAN

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Updated on October 3, 2017

1207: Death of Chinese poet Xin Qiji, born on May 28, 1140
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xin_Qiji
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/sunday/now-and-then/%E8%BE%9B%E5%BC%83%E7%96%BE-Xin-Qiji-11401207-Lyric-poet-and-patriot/shdaily.shtml

Xin Qiji

1605: Chinese uprising on Philippines leads to the Tondo/Quiapo massacre in which 23.000 Chinese are killed
http://www.laguna.gov.ph/content/remembering-chinese-massacres-laguna-1603-and-1639
http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~borao/2Profesores/massacre.pdf
https://books.google.fr/books?id=7qY7kovkWWkC&pg=PT154&lpg=PT154&dq=Tondo+and+Quiapo+Chinese+massacre&source=bl&ots=9o0SV9iA6T&sig=tI6oBzwptAvTka1lxMNxC-fvE70&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0CFUQ6AEwCGoVChMI9r7R48CkyAIVAkgaCh2vKwvt#v=onepage&q=Tondo%20and%20Quiapo%20Chinese%20massacre&f=false

1683: The Qing Dynasty naval commander Shi Lang reaches Taiwan (under the Kingdom of Tungning) to receive the formal surrender of Zheng Keshuang and Liu Guoxuan after the Battle of Penghu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi_Lang
http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Zheng%20Keshuang&item_type=topic

 1903: Birth of Taiwanese painter Lan Yin-ting, who died in 1979
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran_In-ting
https://www.google.fr/search?q=lan+yinding&biw=1138&bih=523&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CB8QsARqFQoTCNKCvp3KpMgCFcW2GgodCqoDjw

 Lan Yin-ting

1950: During the Korean War, the First Battle of Maryang San, primarily pitting Australian and British forces against communist China, begins
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Maryang_San
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:First_Battle_of_Maryang_San

1950-10-03-maryang-san-battle

1958: Birth of Chen Yanyin, Chinese sculptor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Yanyin
http://www.artlinkart.com/en/artist/wrk_sr/dc5ix

Chen Yanyin

1967: During the Vietnam War, first US bombing close to the Chinese border
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-wallowa-commences

2008: US government announces plans to sell about $6.5bn of weaponry to Taiwan. The sale includes 30 Apache attack helicopters, 330 Patriot missiles and 32 Harpoon submarine-launched missiles
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2008/10/200810441758391690.html

2012: Chinese government ships entered territorial waters off disputed Tokyo-controlled islands for the second straight day, Japanese coastguards said.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121003-375346.html

2013: Chinese President Xi Jinping makes history in Indonesia by becoming the first foreign leader to address the democratic country’s Parliament
http://asiancorrespondent.com/114022/china-president-makes-historic-speech-in-indonesia/