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On 2 November in Asian history

ON 2 NOVEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on November 2, 2018

619: A qaghan of the Western Turkic Khaganate is assassinated in a Chinese palace by Eastern Turkic rivals after the approval of Tang emperor Gaozu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Turkic_Khaganate
http://totallyhistory.com/emperor-gaozu-of-tang/

971: Birth of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni, who died on April 30, 1030
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/afghanista1/p/Bio-Mahmud-of-Ghazni.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmud_of_Ghazni

mahmud map

1082: Birth of Huizhong , emperor of China (1100-1126), who died in captivity on June 4, 1135
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Huizong_of_Song_China

1741: Birth of Pierre Joseph Georges Pigneau, commonly known as Pigneau de Béhaine, French Catholic priest best known for his role in assisting Nguyen Anh (later Emperor Gia Long) to establish the Nguyen dynasty in Vietnam, and died on October 9, 1799.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigneau_de_Behaine

1833: Birth of Mahendralal Sarkar, Indian doctor who died on February 23, 1904
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahendralal_Sarkar

1841: Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuga in Afghanistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akbar_Khan

1861: Chinese Dowager Cixi launches the Xinyou palace coup giving her the power for 47 years
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/10436.html
http://furui-memoriesofpalace.blogspot.fr/2009/04/yixin-legendary-prince.html

1865: Birth of Panuganti Lakshmi Narasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist, populary know as “ Andhra Sakespeare“ who died on January 1, 1940
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panuganti_Lakshminarasimha_Rao

Panuganti Lakshmi Narasimha Rao

1868: Birth of Japanese painter Yokoyama Taikan who died on February 26, 1958
http://ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/346.html?c=15
http://jyuluck-do.com/profile_yokoyama_taikan.html
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Yokoyama+Taikan&nord=1&biw=1366&bih=628&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=DEdVVKmkLcWdPejOgIgN&ved=0CCAQsAQ

1877: Birth of Mohammed Shah Agha Khan III, who died on July 11, 1957
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P004

1886: Birth of Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician, tortured to death on March 29, 1971
http://www.nvo.com/ghosh_research/nss-folder/dhirendranathdatta/

1890: Birth of Kunio Kishida, Japanese writer who died on March 5, 1954
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunio_Kishida
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6617414

1899: In China, beginning of the Boxers rebellion
http://www.smplanet.com/imperialism/fists.html

1910: Birth of Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist who died on 24 April 2005
http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ipro/991022-4.htm

1917: By the Lansing-Ishii agreement, the USA recognize the “special interests” of Japan in China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lansing%E2%80%93Ishii_Agreement
http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/hist/eia/documents_archive/lansing-ishii.php
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9905E7D9123FE433A25754C0A9679D946696D6CF

1917-11-02 Ishii Kikujiro

1929: Birth of Muhammad Rafiq Tarar (President of Pakistan 1998-2001)
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P028

1936: Death of Duan Qirui, Chinese warlord and politician, minister of war, Prime minister then acting president, born on March 6, 1865
http://www.thechinastory.org/ritp/tuan-chi-jui-duan-qirui-%E6%AE%B5%E7%A5%BA%E7%91%9E/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duan_Qirui

1942: Death of Hakushu Kitahara, Japanese writer, born on January 25, 1885
http://simplyhaiku.com/SHv4n1/reviews/Fukasawa.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakush%C5%AB_Kitahara

1945: Birth of Mitsuo Yanagimachi, Japanese film director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0945847/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsuo_Yanagimachi

1948: During the Civil War, the Chinese Communist forces win the Liaoshen Campaign that started on September 12
http://dictionnaire.sensagent.leparisien.fr/Liaoshen%20Campaign/en-en/

1948-11-02-fin-campagne-liaoshen

1949: In the Philippines, president Quirino is reelected among heavy violence
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elpidio_Quirino

1949: La Hague agreement for the foundation of the Federation of the United States of Indonesia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch%E2%80%93Indonesian_Round_Table_Conference
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hague_Agreement_Between_Netherlands-Indonesia

1950: In North Korea, Chinese troops attack U.S. forces on both western and eastern fronts. U.S. forces withdraw

1951: During the Korean War, a small platoon of 28 Canadian soldiers defend a vital area against an entire battalion of 800 Chinese troops in the Battle of the Song-gok Spur. The engagement lasts into the early hours of November 3
http://www.kvacanada.com/stories_canadianboy.htm
http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/11/05/heroic-vet-subject-of-korean-war-documentary

1951-11-02 Battle of the Song-gok Spur

1953: The Constituent Assembly of Pakistan names the country The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

1957: Birth of Ryosuke Miki, Japanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1107026/
http://asianmediawiki.com/Ryosuke_Miki

1957: Mao Zedong attends in Moscow a conference of the twelve communist parties in power

http://www.bestchinanews.com/History/5180.html
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/chinese-delegation-leaves-moscow/query/Khruschev

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0SQdRmlsyA

1963: Assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem, Vietnamese president overthrown the day before
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ngo-dinh-diem-assassinated-in-south-vietnam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrest_and_assassination_of_Ngo_Dinh_Diem

 1965: Mohammad Hashim Hashim Maiwandwal becomes prime minister of Afghanistan, up to October 1967
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Hashim_Maiwandwal

1965: Birth of Shah Rukh Khan, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahrukh_Khan

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xfiqu_shah-rukh-khan_shortfilms

1967: US President Lyndon B. Johnson and « The Wise Men » conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war

1970: Birth of Ely Buendia, Filipino singer-songwriter and guitarist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ely_Buendia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-M6-gdszX0

1973: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India form an « United Front » in the state of Tripura

1980: Birth of Kim So-yeon, South Korean actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_So-yeon
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Kim_So-yeon.php


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

1982: Birth of Kyoko Fukada, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoko_Fukada


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x53csu_kyoko-fukada_shortfilms »

1984: “The Killing fields”, story of Cambodian photojournalist under  the Khmer Rouge, is released in USA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Killing_Fields_(film)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087553/

2002: Death of Lo Lieh, Hong Kong martial arts actor, of a heart attack,  born on June 29, 1939
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lo_Lieh

2006: In Afghanistan, foundation of the United National Front, a new  political party formed by warlords

2007: Deadline of the Japanese support, in the Indian Ocean, to the  international forces against international terrorism

2007: Burma asks UN country chief to leave Burma over a critical  statement he made last month

2007: Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) political wing leader SP  Thamilselvan is killed when the Air forces bombed the venue of a meeting place  of LTTE leaders at Thiruvaiarer
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7075158.stm

2009: Death of Nien Cheng, Chine writer, born on January 28, 1915
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/nov/10/nien-cheng-obituary

2009: Karzai declared elected president of Afghanistan, run-off  scrapped
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/nov/02/hamid-karzai-afghanistan-winner-election

2010: Japan says it will recall its ambassador to Moscow, heightening a long-standing row with Russia over four remote Pacific islands following a visit there by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/nov/02/japan-recall-ambassador-medvedev-dispute
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Japan-recalls-its-ambassador-in-Moscow-after-Medvedev-visits-Kuril-Islands–19879.html

2011: Pakistan grants India ‘most favoured’ trade status
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15553636

2012: Death of Han Suyin, Chinese-English author, born on September 12, 1917
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/world/asia/han-suyin-dies-wrote-sweeping-fiction.html?_r=0
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/nov/04/han-suyin
http://moufawad-paul.blogspot.fr/2012/11/obituary-han-suyin.html

2013: The foreign and defence ministers of Japan and Russia agre to cooperate in fighting terrorism and piracy as the neighbours, still at odds over territorial woes, held an unprecedented security dialogue
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/02/japan-and-russia-hold-highest-level-meeting-in-years/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/02/national/japan-russia-to-ok-asia-security-cooperation-at-inaugural-two-plus-two-meet/#.UnVj-svLTmR

2014: More than 50 people are killed and at least 100 injured in a suicide bombing close to Wagah, Pakistan’s only border crossing with India
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29871077
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/pakistan-india-border-blast-2014112141227182769.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Wagah_border_suicide_attack

2014: A second leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party,  Mir Quasem Ali, is sentenced to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 war against Pakistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29870007

2015 : A UN body says that former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been jailed illegally and calls for his immediate release

 

Japan’s home policy and society

2 NOVEMBER 2018

In major policy shift, Japan’s goverment OKs draft bill to open door wider for foreign workers

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved draft legislation on Friday to open the door to more overseas blue-collar workers in sectors grappling with labour shortages, a controversial policy shift in immigration-shy Japan
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/In-major-policy-shift-gov’t-OKs-draft-bill-to-open-door-wider-for-foreign-workers
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181103_02/

29 OCTOBER 2018

Japan’s princess Ayako gives up royal status as she marries a commoner in traditional Shinto ceremony

Princess Ayako, 28, the youngest daughter of a late cousin of Emperor Akihito, married Kei Moriya, a 32-year-old employee of Nippon Yusen, the shipping company
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/29/asia/princess-ayako-wedding-ceremony-intl/index.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181029_22/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/29/japans-princess-ayako-gives-royal-status-marries-commoner-traditional/

12 OCTOBER 2018

Japan plans to attract 500,000 foreign workers by 2025 as labour shortages bite

Japan on Friday unveiled a plan to attract more foreign blue-collar workers, as the world’s third-largest economy battles a crippling labour shortage caused by an ageing and shrinking population
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2168245/japan-plans-attract-500000-foreign-workers-2025-labour-shortages
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201810120029.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-foreigners-attract-work-visa-labour-shortage-10819956

11 OCTOBER 2018

Yasukuni chief priest forced to resign for criticising emperor

The chief priest at Tokyo’s controversial Shinto Yasukuni shrine was forced to resign for using « highly inappropriate language » to criticise Emperor Akihito. His successor will be selected on 26 October in a general meeting
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Yasukuni-chief-priest-forced-to-resign-for-criticising-emperor-45186.html
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Yasukuni-Shrine-chief-priest-to-quit-for-criticizing-emperor

2 OCTOBER 2018

Japan’s new Cabinet: Key Abe allies stay on as 12 newcomers named, only one woman appointed

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named 12 newcomers to his Cabinet on Tuesday (Oct 2), while favouring stability in keeping his ministers in the key portfolios of finance, foreign affairs, economy and trade
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japans-new-cabinet-key-abe-allies-stay-on-as-12-newcomers-named-only-one-woman
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004869601
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201810020039.html

1 OCTOBER 2018

Japanese professor Tasuku Honjo wins Nobel in medicine, together with U.S. scientist, for work on cancer therapy

Japanese scientist Tasuku Honjo is awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, for his discovery of a protein that contributed to the development of an immunotherapeutic drug against cancer
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/10/01/national/science-health/japans-tasuku-honjo-u-s-national-james-p-allison-win-nobel-prize-physiology-medicine/#.W7JuaGgzY2w
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-japanese-pair-win-nobel-medicine-prize-for-cancer-therapy-

23 SEPTEMBER 2018

Hayabusa 2: Japanese space agency makes history by landing two rovers on an asteroid

Japan has successfully landed two small rovers on the surface of an asteroid in a history-making mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-23/pictures-confirm-japans-hayabusa2-lands-rovers-on-asteroid/10295992?section=world
http://japan-forward.com/japan-makes-history-hayabusa2-spacecraft-lands-rovers-on-moving-asteroid/

20 SEPTEMBER 2018

Japan’s Abe re-elected as party head, to stay on as PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide Thursday, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation’s leader and a push toward a constitutional revision
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/222/61/149/1537455576045.html?newsId=48651
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180920_30/
http://japan-forward.com/abe-wins-big-in-ldp-leadership-election-to-lead-japan-for-3-more-years/

11 AUGUST 2018

Thousands in Okinawa protest US Marine base relocation

Tens of thousands of Okinawans protested Saturday, vowing to block the central government’s planned relocation of a US military base from a heavily populated area to a remote location on the island
https://www.dw.com/en/thousands-in-okinawa-protest-us-marine-base-relocation/a-45046501
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/70000-rally-okinawa-military-base-relocation-180811123923792.html

6 JULY 2018

Japanese cult leader Shoko Asahara executed for Tokyo sarin attack

AUM Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara, 63, who orchestrated the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attack and other murders and six former members of the cult were executed on the morning of July 6
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180706/p2a/00m/0na/003000c
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/05/asia/japan-aum-shinriyko-leader-executed-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2018/jul/06/shoko-asahara-and-the-cult-behind-the-tokyo-sarin-attack-video-explainer

27 MAY 2018

Japan ex-PM Yasuhiro Nakasone turns 100, calls for change to post-war pacifist constitution in birthday message

Yasuhiro Nakasone has long advocated amending the US-drafted charter to clarify the ambiguous status of the military – a goal shared by incumbent premier Shinzo Abe
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2147989/japan-ex-pm-yasuhiro-nakasone-turns-100-calls-change-post-war
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/ex-pm-nakasone-turns-100-hopes-for-constitution-amendment

7 MAY 2018

In Japan, new opposition Democratic Party for the People formed

Two opposition parties with members from the now-defunct Democratic Party of Japan, which was in power between 2009 and 2012, reunited Monday in a desperate attempt to survive amid slumping approval ratings
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004422077
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/New-opposition-Democratic-Party-for-the-People-formed
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180507/p2g/00m/0dm/069000c

6 APRIL 2018

Legendary Japanese animator Isao Takahata dies at age 82

Oscar-nominated Japanese anime director Isao Takahata, who co-founded Studio Ghibli and was best known for his work Grave of the Fireflies, has died aged 82, the studio said on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2140533/legendary-japanese-animator-isao-takahata-dies-age-82
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180406/p2g/00m/0et/044000c
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43664515

25 MARCH 2018

Japan PM Shinzo Abe apologises amid cronyism scandal, vows to revise constitution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ratings in a slump amid a scandal over suspected cronyism and a cover-up, has apologised again for causing anxiety and loss of confidence in his Government
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-25/japan-shinzo-abe-apologises-amid-cronyism-scandal/9585158?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2138810/japan-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-pledges-amend-pacifist

14 MARCH 2018

The Japanese will become adults at 18 in 2022

The Japanese government yesterday approved a bill to lower the adulthood age from 20 to 18, which would enable 18- and 19-year-olds to sign contracts and get married without the consent of their parents
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-Japanese-will-become-adults-at-18-in-2022-43356.html
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180314/p2a/00m/0na/017000c

12 MARCH 2018

Japan: Shinzo Abe’s political future in doubt as wife linked to cronyism scandal

A spiralling cronyism scandal linked to the Japanese prime minister and his wife has reached fever pitch after the finance ministry admitted to tampering with records to remove references to the pair
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/12/japan-shinzo-abes-political-future-in-doubt-as-wife-linked-to-cronyism-scandal
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-12/japanese-pm-alleged-cronyism-documents-reportedly-altered/9540246?section=world
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004299142

Survey: Abe Cabinet approval rating sinks to 48%

The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet stood at 48 percent in a Yomiuri Shimbun survey, the first time the rating has dipped below 50 percent since the House of Representatives election in October last year
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004298619

16 FEBRUARY 2018

Abe’s constitutional change no cause for fear

Many analysts believe that 2018 will be the year Abe makes a push to revise Article 9, which outlaws war and offensive forces. Abe is buoyed by the October 2017 electoral victory of his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). But Abe’s ruling coalition may become an obstacle to his plans
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/16/abes-constitutional-change-no-cause-for-fear/#more-110389

10 FEBRUARY 2018

Ishimure, key figure in Minamata battle, dies at 90

Japanese activist Michiko Ishimure, who won acclaim for her literary works about Minamata mercury poisoning disease patients, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease here Feb. 10. She was 90
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802100053.html
http://apjjf.org/2016/13/Thornber.html

23 JANUARY 2018

Lacking manpower, Japanese firms court women

Japan’s population is aging and its workforce is shrinking, so more and more companies are wooing female workers with subsidised childcare and flexible hours, while promoting women to management positions. Find out more and hear from the women themselves in this episode of Spotlight
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/23/lacking-manpower-japanese-firms-court-women

1 DECEMBER 2017

Japan’s Emperor Akihito will abdicate on April 30, 2019, government announces

Akihito, who will be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito, will be the first emperor to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne in about 200 years
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2122399/japans-emperor-akihito-will-abdicate-april-30-2019-government
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/01/national/emperors-abdication-date-confirmed-april-30-2019/#.WiGRgUriY2w

20 NOVEMBER 2017

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refuses to relax immigration rules despite shrinking population

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has insisted his administration has “no intention” of loosening the country’s strict immigration policy despite warnings about its fast shrinking – and ageing – population
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-immigration-shinzo-abe-refuse-relax-rules-prime-minister-policy-shrinking-population-foreign-a8065281.html
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/21/can-japan-accept-itself-as-a-nation-of-immigrants/

1st NOVEMBER 2017

Japan’s Shinzo Abe re-elected prime minister after big election win

Japan’s Shinzo Abe was re-elected prime minister on Wednesday after his ruling bloc’s big election win last month and days before a visit by US President Donald Trump that is expected to be dominated by concerns over a volatile North Korea
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/japan-s-shinzo-abe-re-elected-prime-minister-after-big-election-win-11854
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004040759

31 OCTOBER 2017

Japan’s Democratic Party taps Upper House member Kohei Otsuka as new party president

The Democratic Party elected Upper House member Kohei Otsuka as new party president on Tuesday following the formal resignation of Seiji Maehara the previous day
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/31/national/politics-diplomacy/dp-taps-upper-house-member-kohei-otsuka-new-party-president/#.Wfi4ZGjWw2w
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/yukio-edano-stands-up-as-the-leader-of-japans-biggest-opposition

22 OCTOBER 2017

Coalition retains two-thirds majority in victory for Japan’s PM Abe

The ruling coalition regained a two-thirds majority in the Oct. 22 Lower House election, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe another victory in his bid to stay in power
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201710230012.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/japanese-voters-brave-typhoon-to-cast-ballot-in-snap-election/2017/10/22/8c7aeab4-b5dd-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.fe83ad906928
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/editors/3/proamendmentblocwins23majority/

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

 

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2 NOVEMBER 2018

Raymond Chow Man-wai, Hong Kong movie producer who brought the world martial arts legend Bruce Lee, dies at 91

Raymond Chow Man-wai, the Hong Kong movie producer who introduced the world to martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died on Friday aged 91
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/2171469/raymond-chow-man-wai-hong-kong-movie-producer-who-brought
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/godfather-of-hk-film-industry-raymond-chow-dies-at-age-91
https://variety.com/2018/film/asia/raymond-chow-dead-dies-hong-kong-film-1203018267/

 

5 OCTOBER 2018

Hong Kong rejects visa renewal for foreign press club vice-president who chaired independence talk

The Hong Kong government has refused to renew the work visa of Financial Times correspondent Victor Mallet, who is also the first vice president of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1421486-20181005.htm
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/10/05/hong-kong-refuses-visa-renewal-foreign-press-club-vice-pres-chaired-independence-talk/
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/journalists-hit-out-at-visa-denial-10052018110324.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2018

Hong Kong bans pro-independence party in unprecedented move

Hong Kong has banned a political party promoting independence from China, a first for the autonomous city since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/hong-kong-bans-pro-independence-party-unprecedented-move-180924063625163.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/09/24/breaking-pro-independence-party-officially-banned-hong-kong-govt-historic-move-restricting-freedom-assembly/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kong-government-bans-pro-independence-national-party-citing-security-risks

23 SEPTEMBER 2018

Hong Kong mourns passing of Nobel Prize winner and father of fibre optics, Charles Kao, 84

Hong Kong on Sunday mourned the passing of the city’s Nobel Prize winner in physics, Professor Charles Kao Kuen, whose seminal work on fibre optics laid the groundwork for the development of modern communications
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2165405/nobel-prize-winner-and-hong-kong-native-charles-kao-dies-84
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/nobel-prize-winning-scientist-charles-kuen-kao-who-brought-forth-the-development-of

22 SEPTEMBER 2018

Hong Kong opens first bullet train link with mainland China

Top officials from Hong Kong and Guangdong boarded Hong Kong’s first bullet train on Saturday (Sep 22) and attended an opening ceremony at the former British colony’s sleek and controversial new harbourfront railway station
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hong-kong-opens-bullet-train-high-speed-rail-china-mainland-10748030
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1419439-20180922.htm

7 SEPTEMBER 2018

Hong Kong top court frees 13 pro-democracy activists

Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal on Friday (Sept 7) quashed jail sentences for 13 pro-democracy activists who stormed the city’s legislative council in a dramatic 2014 protest
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/hong-kong-top-court-frees-13-pro-democracy-activists

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

China assumes authority over Hong Kong rail station

A new high-speed rail station linking Hong Kong and mainland China opened Tuesday under Chinese authority, raising new worries among Hong Kong residents of a further erosion of the territory’s autonomy
https://www.voanews.com/a/china-assumes-authority-over-hong-kong-rail-station/4556843.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/08/30/section-hong-kongs-new-train-station-will-effectively-become-chinese-territory-next-tuesday/

14 AUGUST 2018

Hong Kong independence activist slams Beijing at press club talk

Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan attacked China as an empire trying to “annex” and “destroy” the city in a no-holds barred speech Tuesday at the city’s press club which Beijing wanted canceled
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pro-china-groups-protest-at-hong-kong-press-club-over-separatist-speech-19580
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/08/14/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/hong-kong-independence-activist-slams-beijing-press-club-talk/#.W3O_2-gzY2x
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/08/14/live-hong-kong-pro-independence-activist-chan-ho-tin-delivers-speech-despite-pressure-beijing/

1 JULY 2018

Hong Kong’s annual July 1 pro-democracy march turnout hits three-year low, estimated at 50,000

The annual protests take place on the anniversary of the city’s return to China by colonial power Britain in 1997 but saw one of the lowest turnouts in history this year
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/thousands-pro-democracy-demonstrators-march-in-hong-kong-18593
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2153284/hong-kongs-july-1-march-kicks-controversy-over-police-orders
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/01/pictures-end-one-party-dictatorship-50000-join-march-democracy-hong-kong-say-organisers/

13 JUNE 2018

Pan-democrats ejected from Hong Kong’s Legislative Council amid checkpoint debate

Authorities in Hong Kong removed five pro-democracy lawmakers from the city’s Legislative Council (LegCo) as a heated debate involving mainland Chinese control of a high-speed rail checkpoint turned into impromptu protests
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/pan-democrats-ejected-from-hong-kongs-legislative-council-06132018112122.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/13/five-democrats-kicked-express-rail-joint-checkpoint-debate-bill-reaches-endgame-legislature/
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/video-gallery.htm?vid=1401561

11 JUNE 2018

Hong Kong jails top activist Edward Leung for six years

Hong Kong’s leading independence activist was jailed for six years on Monday for rioting and assaulting police, one of the city’s harshest sentences against a democracy activist in recent years
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/hong-kong-jails-activists-edward-leung-years-years-180611050444768.html
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1401002-20180611.htm
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/11/edward-leung-meteoric-rise-fall-hong-kong-independence-leader/

8 JUNE 2018

Celebrated Hong Kong novelist Liu Yichang, considered the founding father of modern literature in the city and whose works inspired films such as Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love and 2046, died on Friday at the age of 99
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2150017/liu-yichang-hong-kong-author-whose-works-inspired-wong-kar
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/11/titan-grandmaster-late-novelist-liu-yichang-invented-modern-hong-kong/

4 JUNE 2018

June 4 vigil turnout beats expectations as Hong Kong organisers call for mass showing at next year’s 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square crackdown

Tens of thousands of people gathered at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Monday for the annual candlelight vigil to mourn those killed in Beijing’s bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters 29 years ago, defying expectations that the turnout – declining in recent years – would further dwindle
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2149245/june-4-vigil-turnout-beats-expectations-hong-kong-organisers
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/video-gallery.htm?vid=1399895
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/04/live-29-years-on-thousands-gather-in-hong-kong-to-commemorate-the-1989-tiananmen-massacre/

Hong Kong pro-independence activists given jail term for Parliament chaos

Two Hong Kong independence activists who were stripped of their status as lawmakers in 2016 were sentenced to four weeks in prison on Monday (June 4) for their role in a fracas that disrupted proceedings in the city’s Parliament
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/hong-kong-pro-independence-activists-given-jail-term-parliament-chaos
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1399775-20180604.htm

16 MAY 2018

Beijing police release Hong Kong journalist after he was detained covering hearing of human rights lawyer Xie Yanyi

A Hong Kong video journalist was released from custody after he was bloodied, handcuffed and dragged into a van by police in Beijing while trying to cover a hearing involving a human rights lawyer on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2146326/hong-kong-journalist-handcuffed-and-dragged-police-van
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1396602-20180516.htm
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/257282773/hong-kong-journalists-protest-detention-of-news-cameraman-in-beijing

16 MARCH 2018

Hong Kong mulls three years’ jail for disrespect to Chinese national anthem

Hong Kong announced plans on Friday (March 16) to punish anyone who disrespects the Chinese national anthem with up to three years’ imprisonment as Beijing ups pressure on the semi-autonomous city to fall into line
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/hong-kong-mulls-three-years-jail-disrespect-chinese-national-anthem
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/16/govt-suggests-maximum-penalty-hk50k-fine-3-years-jail-time-breaking-upcoming-national-anthem-law/
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1386265-20180316.htm

12 MARCH 2018

Blow for Hong Kong democrats in key elections

Hong Kong’s democracy camp failed to claw back all their lost seats Monday (March 12) in controversial by-elections as the city’s pro-Beijing establishment further cements its grip
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kong-democratic-opposition-fails-to-regain-veto-power-in-legislature
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2136762/pan-democrats-look-set-regain-power-veto-rivals-moves-hong

22 FEBRUARY 2018

Right to peaceful assembly and expression in Hong Kong in decline, damning Amnesty International report finds

Hong Kong’s human rights situation is getting worse, non-profit group Amnesty International said on Thursday, claiming the city’s rights to peaceful assembly and expression have come under threat
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2134335/right-peaceful-assembly-and-expression-hong-kong-decline
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1382002-20180222.htm

6 FEBRUARY 2018

Three Hong Kong protest leaders’ jail terms quashed on appeal

Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal on Tuesday revoked the prison sentences handed down to three former student activists for their role in the city’s 2014 pro-democracy movement, but warned that protesters may now expect harsher sentences in future
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/three-hong-kong-protest-leaders-jail-terms-quashed-on-appeal-02062018100830.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2132248/hong-kong-democracy-activist-joshua-wong-wins-appea

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Joshua Wong and other Occupy leaders nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by US congressmen

A US congressional group known for its criticism of China has nominated Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung and two allies who led the 2014 Occupy protests for the Nobel Peace Prize, in a highly controversial move likely to anger Beijing
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2131544/joshua-wong-and-other-occupy-leaders-nominated-nobel-peace
https://newpaper24.com/joshua-wong-and-other-occupy-leaders-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize-by-us-congressmen-newpaper24/

27 JANUARY 2018

Hong Kong government bans legislative election hopeful Agnes Chow from running as she ‘advocated self-determination’

Agnes Chow, 21, a former leader of the mass Umbrella Movement protests of 2014 that called for political reform, had her nomination rejected because she supports self-determination for the semi-autonomous city, the government said
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/leading-hong-kong-democracy-activist-banned-from-vote-1.2163732
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/01/27/breaking-hong-kong-govt-bans-legislative-election-hopeful-running-advocated-self-determination/
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1377608-20180127.htm

22 JANUARY 2018

Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai ‘snatched’ by mainland Chinese authorities from train to Beijing

Hong Kong-based publisher Gui Minhai, one of the Causeway Bay booksellers whose disappearance two years ago caused an international storm, was snatched again by mainland Chinese authorities from a train heading for Beijing over the weekend, his daughter reported on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2130085/hong-kong-bookseller-gui-minhai-snatched-mainland-chinese
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=101888&sid=4
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/22/swedish-bookseller-allegedly-snatched-by-chinese-agents-from-train-gui-minhai

17 JANUARY 2018

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed over 2014 pro-democracy protest

A court in Hong Kong has sentenced Joshua Wong to three months in prison for playing a « leading role » in pro-democracy demonstrations in 2014. It’s the second time the 21-year-old has been jailed
http://www.dw.com/en/hong-kong-activist-joshua-wong-jailed-over-2014-pro-democracy-protest/a-42174045
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1375617-20180117.htm
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/01/joshua-wong-jailed-hong-kong/#9J47cfUEcv16iwZ5.97

6 JANUARY 2018

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has betrayed Hong Kong

Trusted to represent the people of Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor had hardly been in office long enough to wash her hair before she committed an act of fundamental betrayal
http://www.atimes.com/state-mind-carrie-lams-head/

3 JANUARY 2018

2017: The year that shook Hong Kong’s democracy

This year saw an unprecedented number of pro-democracy or anti-government rallies
http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/asia/2018/01/2017-year-shook-hong-kong-democracy-180101090233245.html

29 DECEMBER 2017

Reorienting Hong Kong’s external relations

After more than six years of negotiations (including a failed attempt to become part of the ASEAN–China free trade agreement) Hong Kong has finally signed the long-awaited ASEAN–Hong Kong free trade agreement (AHKFTA)
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/12/29/reorienting-hong-kongs-external-relations/

14 DECEMBER 2017

A time for optimism towards Hong Kong’s economy

Hong Kong’s economy has borne the fruits of positive conditions in 2017. It is expected that GDP will grow at 3.7 per cent, which is up from 1.9 per cent in 2016 and well above the past ten-year trend of 2.9 per cent
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/12/14/a-time-for-optimism-towards-hong-kongs-economy/

6 DECEMBER 2017

Taiwanese writer Chang Tieh-chih says he was denied entry to Hong Kong

Taiwanese writer and former Hong Kong resident, Chang Tieh-chi, has been denied entry to into the SAR
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/author-12062017105126.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/06/taiwanese-writer-chang-tieh-chih-says-denied-entry-hong-kong/
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1368718-20171206.htm?spTabChangeable=0

4 DECEMBER 2017

Macau’s youngest pro-democracy lawmaker suspended

Macau’s youngest-ever lawmaker, a leading pro-democracy advocate, has been suspended from the city’s legislature in an echo of the disqualification of rebel Hong Kong legislators as China’s pressure on political opponents grows
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/macaus-youngest-pro-democracy-lawmaker-suspended
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/04/macaus-youngest-ever-pro-democracy-lawmaker-suspended-aggravated-disobedience-charge/

4 NOVEMBER 2017

China extends national anthem ‘disrespect’ law to Hong Kong

China’s parliament has formally extended a law banning disrespect of the national anthem to cover Hong Kong, a move that critics say undermines the city’s autonomy and freedoms
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/04/china-extends-national-anthem-disrespect-law-to-hong-kong
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/11/04/insulting-national-anthem-set-become-illegal-hong-kong-china-sets-ball-rolling-basic-law-legislation/

30 OCTOBER 2017

Beijing’s top diplomat in Hong Kong tells foreign envoys to respect China’s sovereignty

Foreign countries must respect China’s sovereignty and understand Beijing’s strategy on Hong Kong in a “comprehensive and accurate manner”, the head of foreign ministry office in Hong Kong told diplomats on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2117680/beijings-top-diplomat-hong-kong-tells-foreign-envoys

24 OCTOBER 2017

Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law granted bail

Jailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were released on bail Tuesday pending an appeal against sentences handed down for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-24/hong-kong-activist-joshua-wong-freed-on-bail-pending-appeal/9080716?section=world
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/jailed-hong-kong-activists-released-on-bail-11615
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/jailed-hong-kong-activist-joshua-wong-released-bail-0

21 OCTOBER 2017

Filmmaker Wong Kar-wai becomes first Hong Kong director to win Lumière Award

Wong became the first local director to win the Lumière Award – often described as the “Nobel Prize for cinema” – joining a list of high-profile filmmakers including Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/2116414/filmmaker-wong-kar-wai-becomes-first-hong-kong-director-win-lumiere

20 OCTOBER 2017

China summons British ambassador to Beijing, over ‘raft of incorrect comments’ after UK activist barred from Hong Kong

Beijing on Friday summoned London’s ambassador in a tit-for-tat protest stemming from Hong Kong’s denial of entry to a British human rights activist
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2116341/china-summons-british-ambassador-beijing-over-raft-incorrect

18 OCTOBER 2017

Central government exercises overall jurisdiction over Hong Kong, says Xi Jinping in communist congress speech

Chinese Xi Jinping says that the central government exercises full control over Hong Kong and Macau. He was speaking at the opening of the 19th Chinese Communist Party National Congress on Wednesday, though did not make direct reference to the Hong Kong independence movement
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/10/18/central-govt-exercises-overall-jurisdiction-hong-kong-says-xi-jinping-communist-congress-speech/

1st OCTOBER 2017

Tens of thousands march to defend Hong Kong’s rule of law against China

Organisers estimated about 40,000 people joined the march against China’s « authoritarians rule. » The march has been an annual fixture over the past few years on China’s October 1 National Day
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/tens-of-thousands-march-to-defend-hong-kong-s-rule-of-law-against-china-10989
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2113583/national-day-protest-hong-kong-draws-40000-streets

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong-Macao office gets new director

The State Council, China’s Cabinet, appointed on Friday Zhang Xiaoming as director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/191/48/177/1506093517280.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/22/chinas-top-official-hong-kong-zhang-xiaoming-leaves-beijing-post/

17 SEPTEMBER 2017

Macao votes in legislative election

The election of the sixth Legislative Assembly of China’s Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) kicked off on Sunday morning, with more than 300,000 registered voters expected to cast their ballots in polling stations
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/177/242/169/1505643725216.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2111580/macau-set-record-turnout-legislative-assembly-polls

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Lam accused of undermining freedom of expression in Hong Kong by 13 universities, academic institutions as pro-independence posters appear on Hong Kong campuses

Thirteen Hong Kong universities and academic institutions accused the Chinese-ruled city’s leader of undermining freedom of expression amid a row over pro-independence banners appearing on campuses
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pro-independence-posters-appearing-on-hong-kong-campuses-stoke-9206188#cxrecs_s
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/lam-accused-of-undermining-freedom-of-expression-in-hong-kong-by-13-universities

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong, ASEAN conclude Free Trade Agreement negotiations

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced on Saturday the conclusion of the negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/141/47/68/1504950886173.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong drops BBC World Service to be replaced with Chinese state broadcaster

The BBC World Service’s 24-hour broadcast has officially been stopped and replaced with China’s state radio in Hong Kong
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/hong-kong-bbc-world-service-china-state-broadcaster-china-national-radio-a7928746.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41152231

22 AUGUST 2017

Britain cannot shirk its duty to defend Hong Kong from China’s authoritarianism

Arrests of pro-democracy activists show China is breaching its commitments to the “one country, two systems” agreement
http://www.newstatesman.com/world/2017/08/britain-cannot-shirk-its-duty-defend-hong-kong-chinas-authoritarianism

20 AUGUST 2017

Thousands march in Hong Kong for release of pro-democracy leaders

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Hong Kong – some clad in prison uniforms – to demand the release of three of the former British colony’s best-known pro-democracy leaders
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/20/hong-kong-pro-democracy-march-alex-chow-nathan-law-joshua-wong
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/thousands-protest-jailing-umbrella-movement-leaders-170820130648345.html
http://www.dw.com/en/thousands-protest-jailing-of-activists-in-hong-kong/a-40165026

17 AUGUST 2017

Joshua Wong and two other Hong Kong Umbrella Movement leaders jailed for six months

Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong has been sentenced to six months in jail over a 2014 protest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/hong-kong-jails-umbrella-movement-leaders-170817083036528.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-17/the-young-face-of-hong-kongs-democracy-movement-jailed/8817996?section=world
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/17/asia/hong-kong-umbrella-joshua-wong/index.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2107216/occupy-activists-joshua-wong-and-nathan-law-jailed-hong-kong

1st AUGUST 2017

Michael Yeung named new Hong Kong Catholic leader as John Tong retires

Coadjutor bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung will become the new head of the Catholic diocese in Hong Kong after Pope Francis approved the retirement of Cardinal John Tong Hon a day after he turned 78
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/From-today,-Msgr.-Michael-Yeung-is-bishop-of-Hong-Kong:-he-is-a-friend-of-Zen-and-Tong-41432.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/2104856/leadership-change-works-catholic-churchs-hong
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/08/01/controversial-senior-bishop-michael-yeung-head-hong-kongs-catholic-church/

14 JULY 2017

Anti-Beijing Hong Kong lawmakers disqualified from parliament

Four pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified from Hong Kong’s parliament Friday (Jul 14) in a move that will worsen growing fears the semi-autonomous city’s freedoms are under serious threat from Beijing
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/14/hong-kong-pro-democracy-legislators-disqualified-parliament
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2102733/legislative-council-disqualifications-shift-balance-power
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/07/14/live-hong-kong-reacts-4-elected-pro-democracy-lawmakers-ousted-legislature/

1st JULY 2017

Thousands take to Hong Kong streets for annual pro-democracy march following Chinese president’s visit

An annual protest march began in Hong Kong, hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up his visit to the city by warning against challenges to Beijing’s sovereignty
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-hong-kong-march-20170701-story.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/01/hong-kong-xi-jinping-china-power-protests

Xi Jinping sends warning to advocates of Hong Kong independence but offers pan-democrats hope of better relations

President Xi Jinping adopted a speak-softly-but-carry-a-big-stick approach yesterday, offering a chance for dissenters to be engaged but also warning that those who threatened national sovereignty would not be tolerated – and those who heard him took note
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2100843/xi-jinping-challenging-chinese-sovereignty-hong-kong-crosses
http://www.dw.com/en/xi-warns-of-red-line-as-hong-kong-marks-20-years-under-china/a-39501643
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170701_14/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-40465359

28 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong protesters arrested over demonstration a day ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival

Hong Kong police on Wednesday (June 28) arrested pro-democracy protesters, some of whom scrambled up a monument symbolising the city’s handover from British to Chinese rule, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive for the célébrations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kong-protesters-arrested-over-demonstration-a-day-ahead-of-chinese-president-xis
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/28/breaking-hong-kong-pro-democracy-activists-stage-sit-golden-bauhinia-surrounded-police/

23 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong’s new chief: detention of booksellers in China not our concern

The kidnapping and detention of a group of Hong Kong booksellers is of no concern to the city’s government, its new leader has said
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/23/hong-kong-new-leader-carrie-lam-challenge-china-detention-booksellers

21 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong’s new cabinet revealed with plenty of familiar faces

Beijing has approved chief-executive elect Carrie Lam’s ministerial choices, which mostly comprise incumbents and promotees from within the current administration
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2099273/next-hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-announces-her-cabinet
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/21/just-hong-kongs-next-leader-carrie-lam-reveals-cabinet-top-3-officials-stay/
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-40346419/who-does-hong-kong-s-leader-carrie-lam-represent

10 JUNE 2017

United States expert Xie Feng becomes new foreign ministry commissioner in Hong Kong

A diplomat with two decades of experience in handling Sino-US relations has been appointed to head the foreign ministry office in Hong Kong
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2097769/united-states-expert-xie-feng-becomes-new-foreign-ministry

26 MAY 2017

Hong Kong’s Bar Association chief warns against making Basic Law interpretations by Beijing ‘standard practice’

The new head of Hong Kong’s professional body of barristers has warned against worsening fears over the city’s autonomy and judicial independence if “standardising” Beijing’s interpretations of the city’s mini-constitution means making it a regular practice
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2095737/hong-kongs-bar-association-chief-warns-against-making-basic

26 APRIL 2017

Hong Kong arrests ousted pro-independence lawmakers over oath-taking fiasco

Two former Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers were arrested without warning by local police on Wednesday morning as part of what many fear to be a wider crackdown on dissent by the Beijing government
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/26/hong-kong-arrests-ousted-pro-independence-lawmakers-oath-taking/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170427_02/

24 APRIL 2017

Bail for Hong Kong’s disgraced former leader Tsang

A Hong Kong court on Monday granted bail to former leader Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who was jailed in February for 20 months for misconduct in public office
http://www.atimes.com/article/bail-hong-kongs-disgraced-former-leader-tsang/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2017-04/24/content_15604154.html

22 APRIL 2017

Beijing official rejects need for development of democracy in Hong Kong over next decade

Beijing has poured cold water on Hong Kong’s ­electoral reform aspirations, saying the city had pressing livelihood concerns to handle in the coming five to 10 years
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/2089798/beijing-official-rejects-need-development-democracy-hong-kong-over

30 MARCH 2017

Cardinal Tong tells Carrie Lam that the Church stands for full democracy and religious freedom in Hong Kong

In a letter to Beijing’s candidate, the bishop of Hong Kong promises a frank and honest relationship with the new government from « a friend who will give forthright admonition » to people in power
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Card-Tong-tells-Carrie-Lam-that-the-Church-stands-for-full-democracy-and-religious-freedom-in-Hong-Kong-40336.html

27 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong democracy activists charged hours after election of new city leader

Hong Kong police have started a crackdown on pro-democracy lawmakers and activists, informing at least nine people they will be charged for their involvement in a series of street protests more than two years ago
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/27/hong-kong-democracy-activists-charged-day-after-new-city-leader-elected
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/world/asia/hong-kong-umbrella-democracy-charges.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fasia&action=click&contentCollection=asia&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/03/27/breaking-pro-democracy-occupy-leaders-charged-police-day-lam-election/

26 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong: Carrie Lam selected to be city’s next leader

Former chief secretary Carrie Lam has been elected as chief executive, becoming the first female leader of Hong Kong
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/25/asia/hong-kong-chief-executive/index.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/26/hong-kong-gets-a-new-leader
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2017-03/26/content_15591889.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/03/26/breaking-carrie-lam-elected-hong-kongs-first-female-leader/

13 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung appointed vice-chairman of top Chinese political advisory body

Leung is the second vice-chairman – effectively a state leader – from Hong Kong, in addition to former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa. But Leung is the first chief executive to become a vice-chairman of the national political body during his tenure
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/03/13/chief-executive-cy-leung-appointed-vice-chairman-top-chinese-political-advisory-body/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2017-03/13/content_15584789.html
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=86053

22 FEBRUARY 2017

Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang sentenced to 20 months in jail

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was on Wednesday (Feb 22) sentenced to 20 months in prison after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/convicted-ex-hong-kong-leader-donald-tsang-sentenced-to-20/3540004.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2072910/disgraced-hong-kong-leader-donald-tsang-escorted-hospital
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/22/hong-kong-former-leader-sentenced-20-months-misconduct/

17 FEBRUARY 2017

Donald Tsang guilty of misconduct in office, making him first Hong Kong leader convicted in criminal trial

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen became Hong Kong’s first ever chief executive to be convicted in a criminal trial as the High Court on Friday found him guilty of misconduct in public office when he was the city’s leader
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2071852/donald-tsang-guilty-misconduct-office-making-him-first-hong
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2017-02/17/content_15573309.html

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Hong Kong pips Singapore to be ranked world’s freest economy for 23rd consecutive year

The city scored 89.8 out of 100 points in the annual index of economic freedom compiled by the Heritage Foundation, up by 1.2 points from last year, beating Singapore by 1.2 points and edging the island nation to second place
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2071423/hong-kong-pips-singapore-be-ranked-worlds-freest-economy-23rd

7 FEBRUARY 2017

Beijing’s ‘Invisible Hand’ at Work Ahead of Hong Kong Election

China has sent one of its most senior officials to drum up flagging support for its favored candidate in forthcoming elections for Hong Kong’s next leader, according to local media reports
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/beijings-invisible-hand-at-work-ahead-of-hong-kong-election-02072017112023.html

1 JANUARY 2017

Thousands march in Hong Kong to protest bid to unseat lawmakers

Thousands of protesters, chanting « Sovereignty belongs to the people! » marched through Hong Kong on New Year’s Day to protest at the government’s legal bid to unseat pro-democracy lawmakers Nathan Law, Lau Siu-lai, Leung Kwok-hung, and Edward Yiu
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thousands-march-in-hong-kong-to-protest-bid-to-unseat-lawmakers/3406990.html

23 DECEMBER 2016

President Xi Jinping praises Hong Kong leader for ‘curbing independence’

President Xi Jinping on Friday hailed outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s efforts in “curbing Hong Kong independence and street violence”, while also effectively setting requirements and priorities for the city’s next leader
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2056899/president-xi-jinping-praises-hong-kong-leader-curbing

12 DECEMBER 2016

Pro-democracy camp takes record quarter of seats on Election Committee that will choose Hong Kong’s leader

The city’s democratic camp has seized a record quarter of the seats in the committee that will go on to pick Hong Kong’s next leader in March
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2053833/pro-democracy-filmmaker-makes-breakthrough-win-seat-election?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=SCMPSocialNewsfeed

10 DECEMBER 2016

Hong Kong leader CY Leung says will not run again

Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying, who has been vilified by critics as a puppet of Beijing, said on Friday (Dec 9) he would not run again for office after a term marked by anti-China protests and political divisions
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-leader-cy-leung-says-will-not-run-again/3355058.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/article/2053258/hong-kong-chief-executive-cy-leung-not-seek-re-election
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/09/cy-leung-set-lea

15 NOVEMBER 2016

Hong Kong court rules pro-independence politicians barred from legislature

A Hong Kong court disqualifies two pro-independence politicians from taking office, ruling their oath of allegiance invalid in a judgment in step with Beijing which last week intervened in the city’s legal system
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/15/hong-kong-bans-pro-democracy-politicians-after-beijing-rewrites-oath-law
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2016-11/15/content_15526451.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37984118

13 NOVEMBER 2016

Thousands attend pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong

Thousands of people attended a pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong Sunday (Nov 13) in support of China’s decision to effectively bar two pro-independence legislators from taking office, as fears grow of the city’s freedoms being under threat
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/thousands-attend-pro-beijing-rally-in-hong-kong
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2045614/thousands-turn-out-decry-hong-kong-independence

7 NOVEMBER 2016

China rules Hong Kong politicians must swear allegiance to country baring 2 pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers from taking office

China’s top legislature has effectively barred two democratically elected, pro-independence politicians from taking office in Hong Kong, marking Beijing’s most direct intervention in the territory since the 1997 handover
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-11/07/content_15522017.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2043738/two-hong-kong-localists-down-and-two-more-risk-after-beijing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-backs-china-bid-to-bar-rebel-lawmakers/3268022.html

6 NOVEMBER 2016

Hong Kong police clash with anti-China protesters

Hong Kong police used pepper spray on Sunday (Nov 6) to drive back hundreds of protesters angry at China’s decision to intervene in a row over whether two pro-independence lawmakers should be barred from the city’s legislature
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-police-clash-with-anti-china-protesters/3266474.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2043425/thousands-hongkongers-join-protest-march-against-beijings

12 OCTOBER 2016

New Hong Kong politicians defy Beijing by raising independence issues during swear-in ceremony

Three newly-elected Hong Kong MPs have been barred from the legislature after using a swearing-in ceremony to raise the contentious issues of independence and more democracy, highlighting growing defiance of Beijing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161012_31/
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/hongkong-oath-10122016120336.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/10/12/breaking-democratic-lawmakers-stage-protests-alter-oaths-new-term-kicks-off-hong-kong-legislature/

5 OCTOBER 2016

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong deported from Thailand ‘at China’s request’

Hong Kong democracy campaigner Joshua Wong returned home on Wednesday (Oct 5) after being deported from Thailand, where he was due at events commemorating a massacre of student activists, as supporters blamed China for his detention
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-activist-deported-from-thailand-at-china-s-request/3180748.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161005_29/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kong-pro-democracy-activist-joshua-wong-detained-in-thailand

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan attacks Hong Kong over string of visa denials

Taiwan lashed out at Hong Kong Monday (Sept 26), saying the city had recently denied visas to several Beijing-sceptic Taiwanese politicians as the island’s relations with China worsen.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-attacks-hong-kong-over-string-of-visa-denials

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

China warns new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence

Beijing has warned new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence for the semi-autonomous city after young anti-China activists won seats for the first time in key weekend élections
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-warns-new-hong-kong-lawmakers-not-back-independence
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/06/china-hong-kong-beijing-threatening-freedoms-independence

5 SEPTEMBER 2016

Hong Kong elections: anti-Beijing activists gain foothold in power

Two years after tens of thousands of young people poured on to the streets of Hong Kong to issue an unprecedented call for political change, a new generation of pro-democracy activists has gained a foothold in power in the former British colony.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/05/hong-kong-poll-pro-independence-activists-poised-to-win-seats-in-record-turnout
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/counting-key-hong-kong-elections-160905035900730.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2016

Record Hong Kong turnout for bitterly fought Legislative Council polls

A record number of voters turned out for Sunday’s Legislative Council elections, reflecting Hongkongers’ eagerness to make their voices count in the most politically critical and bitterly fought polls since the city’s 1997 handover
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2014678/record-hong-kong-turnout-bitterly-fought-legislative-council
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/09/04/hong-kong-legco-election-2016-record-high-turnout-expected-as-polls-close/

31 AUGUST 2016

China ‘to launch global hunt’ for boss of Hong Kong-based newspaper Sing Pao Daily News

Shenzhen police are reportedly looking for Gu Zhuoheng over a case of financial irregularity, following Sing Pao’s recent criticism of Leung Chun-ying
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/2011908/china-launch-global-hunt-boss-hong-kong-based-newspaper-sing-pao

21 AUGUST 2016

Protest over election ban on Hong Kong pro-independence activists

Hundreds of people have taken part in a tightly-controlled demonstration in Hong Kong to protest at the government’s decision to bar six independence activists from standing in September’s legislative élections
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/protest-over-election-ban-on-hong-kong-pro-independence-activists-1.1882854
http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/21/protests-return-to-streets-of-hong-kong

5 AUGUST 2016

Banned election candidates lead Hong Kong independence rally

Candidates banned from standing for election in Hong Kong because they are advocating a split from mainland China led the city’s first pro-independence rally on Friday (Aug 5) as tension over the upcoming vote escalâtes
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/banned-election/3017618.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1999664/more-1000-hong-kong-police-mobilised-localist-rally
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/08/05/basic-law-cannot-changed-accommodate-hong-kong-independence-says-govt/

30 JULY 2016

Hong Kong National Party convenor Chan Ho-tin disqualified from running in Legislative Council polls

Chan Ho-tin, whose candidacy was invalidated by the city’s election watchdog on Saturday, is one of a number of localists who refused to sign a recently introduced ­additional declaration form which ­reinforces acknowledgement that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1996994/hong-kong-national-party-convenor-disqualified-running
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/07/30/independence-advocates-barred-hong-kong-election-cannot-uphold-basic-law-says-govt/

26 JULY 2016

Two Hong Kong Journalists Jailed Over Sale of Political Magazines in China

A court in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday jailed two veteran journalists from neighboring Hong Kong after they sent their political magazines to subscribers across the internal border in mainland China.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/hong-kong-journalists-jailed-china-160726131231893.html
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/two-hong-kong-journalists-jailed-over-sale-of-political-magazines-in-china-07262016111510.html

21 JULY 2016

Hong Kong ‘Umbrella Revolution’ leader Joshua Wong convicted for protests

A key figure in Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’ was convicted Thursday of participating in a protest that sparked mass pro-democracy rallies, in a prosecution blasted as a « chilling warning » by rights campaigners
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hong-kong-umbrella-revolution-leader-convicted-protests
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36852731

20 JULY 2016

Hong Kong election candidates must issue China pledge by law, says electoral commission

Candidates in Hong Kong’s September elections must pledge that the city is an « inalienable » part of China, the head of the Electoral Affairs Commission said, adding that advocating for independence could end their candidacy
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-20/hk-election-candidates-must-issue-china-pledge-by-law-electoral/7645420?section=world
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=171820
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-warns-independence/2972884.html

6 JULY 2016

China demands Lam Wing-kee return from Hong Kong, but Hong Kong security chief says ‘no legal way’ to return bookseller Lam Wing-kee to China

A statement issued by the Ningbo Public Security Bureau said Lam had broken his bail terms by failing to return to the mainland for further investigation after his initial eight months in detention, Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper reported
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/06/bookseller-abductions-china-demands-lam-wing-kee-return-from
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-07-06/hong-kong-security-chief-says-no-legal-way-to-return-bookseller-lam-wingkee-to-china/1596728

1 JULY 2016

Hong Kong protesters march over abducted booksellers

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to demand the resignation of its unpopular leader and answers over China’s alleged abduction of five local booksellers
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/01/hong-kong-protesters-call-for-leader-to-stand-downhttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36680898

17 JUNE 2016

Protests in Hong Kong over bookseller detention in China

Angry protesters gathered in Hong Kong Friday after a city bookseller broke silence to reveal how he was blindfolded, interrogated and detained in China for eight months for trading titles critical of Beijing
https://www.yahoo.com/news/protests-hong-kong-over-bookseller-detention-china-044808830.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/06/17/hong-kong-protests-over-booksellers-detentions-after-lam-wing-kee-accuses-china/
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/1977002/outrage-expressed-hong-kong-over-missing-bookseller-no

9 JUNE 2016

Hong Kong is the most expensive Chinese city for expats and second in Asia

Hong Kong has become the second most-expensive location for expatriates in Asia, overtaking Tier 1 mainland cities for the first time in five years and going up two places from last year’s fourth position, reveals the latest semi-annual cost-of-living survey by London-based human resource consultancy ECA International
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2016-06/08/content_15446615.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/1969403/hong-kong-now-second-most-expensive-city-asia-pacific-survey

8 JUNE 2016

Lancome shuts main Hong Kong stores as protesters accuse it of bowing to China

Lancome, the face-cream company owned by French cosmetics giant L’Oreal, shut main stores in Hong Kong on Wednesday as protesters gathered accusing it of bowing to China by cancelling a concert featuring a pro-democracy singer.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/08/lancome-shuts-main-hong-kong-stores-as-protesters-accuse-it-of-b/
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1969055/denise-ho-controversy-protesters-march-despite-lancome
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160608_33/

7 JUNE 2016

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong acquitted over anti-China protest

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was acquitted on Tuesday (Jun 7) over an anti-China protest in the first of a raft of cases against him to reach a verdict.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-student-leader/2851574.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/06/07/joshua-wong-activists-proven-not-guilty-obstructing-police-officers-burning-white-paper/

31 MAY 2016

Hong Kong reclaims crown as world’s most competitive economy

Despite constant concerns that Hong Kong is losing its edge to mainland and regional rivals, the city has reclaimed the title of the world’s most competitive economy, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Centre
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/1959161/hong-kong-reclaims-crown-worlds-most-competitive-economy

30 MAY 2016

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist beaten by police handed prison sentence

The assault of Ken Tsang by seven police officers in 2014 was caught on tape, sparking outrage in Hong Kong. Now he has been given a jail term for resisting arrest.
http://www.dw.com/en/hong-kong-pro-democracy-activist-beaten-by-police-handed-prison-sentence/a-19294115
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2016-05/30/content_15441507.html

17 MAY 2016

Chinese official visits Hong Kong amid tension

The three-day visit by Zhang Dejiang, who in charge of Hong Kong and Macau affairs, is the first by such a senior official since the 2014 occupy democracy protests and comes amid growing concerns that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous territory http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/chinese-official-visits-hong-kong-tension-160517052748951.html
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-hong-kongs-rift-with-china-is-growing/a-19262104
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1945670/five-key-questions-about-senior-chinese-official-zhang

2 MAY 2016

Hundreds join protest over sacking of Ming Pao editor

Hundreds of protesters gathered Monday outside the headquarters of a Hong Kong newspaper where a respected editor was recently sacked after publishing a front-page story linked to the Panama Papers leak
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hundreds-protest-over-sacking-hong-kong-editor
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/05/02/hundreds-join-protest-sacking-ming-pao-editor/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160503_01/

20 APRIL 2016

Firing of top Hong Kong editor after Panama report rattles city’s media

The sudden sacking of a senior editor at Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper after the paper ran a front-page expose of local figures based on the Panama Papers sent shockwaves through the city’s media industry onWednesday
http://atimes.com/2016/04/firing-of-top-hong-kong-editor-after-panama-report-rattles-citys-media/
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/04/20/ming-pao-newspaper-union-extremely-angered-by-sudden-firing-of-executive-chief-editor/

14 APRIL 2016

Panama Papers reveal Hong Kong’s murky financial underbelly

The so-called Panama Papers, released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists this month, have exposed the key role played by Hong Kong and Singapore in funnelling that wealth into tax havens
http://business.asiaone.com/news/panama-papers-reveal-hong-kong%E2%80%99s-murky-financial-underbelly

10 APRIL 2016

Student leaders unveil new Hong Kong political party

Joshua Wong and Mr Nathan Law, who spearheaded the Occupy movement in 2014, founded Demosisto with the aim of running in the Legislative Council elections in September
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/student-leaders-unveil/2683882.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/07/asia/demosisto-joshua-wong-hong-kong/index.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/04/11/new-party-to-seek-vote-on-possible-hong-kong-independence/

3 APRIL 2016

Controversial Hong Kong movie wins ‘Best Film’ award

A controversial movie about the future of Hong Kong won the top prize at the city’s film awards on Sunday (Apr 3), after being a local box office hit but antagonising Beijing over its portrayal of the semi-autonomous territory in 2025
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/controversial-hong-kong/2662710.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/04/03/dystopian-box-office-hit-ten-years-wins-best-movie-at-2016-hong-kong-film-awards/
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/1933157/award-belongs-you-all-controversial-hit-ten-years

22 MARCH 2016

Hong Kong and China: A special Relationship

Recent developments in Hong Kong – from the violent disturbances in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district on the first day of the Chinese new year to the disappearance of publisher Lee Bo – have taken concerns about political risk in Hong Kong to a new level, both in the city and beyond.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/03/hong-kong-china-special-relationship-160320110701938.html

16 MARCH 2016

Hong Kong and Macau to be integrated with nine mainland provinces: State Council plan

A proposal to foster economic, social, technological and infrastructure integration includes speeding up construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high speed railway
http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1925690/hong-kong-and-macau-be-integrated-nine-mainland-provinces-state-Council

14 MARCH 2016

Singapore versus Hong Kong

Singapore and Hong Kong have long been rivals for the crown of Asia’s best city. But Singapore has now crept well ahead of Hong Kong, a trend that is bound to continue, writes John West.
http://www.asiancenturyinstitute.com/economy/1095-singapore-versus-hong-kong

4 MARCH 2016

Hong Kong booksellers: One of five missing men returns home

Mr Lui, the general manager of Mighty Current, disappeared on 15 October while in Shenzhen in southern China
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35729143

3 MARCH 2016

Macao’s GDP contracts 20.3% in 2015

Due to the continued decline in exports of services, Macao’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank by 20.3 percent in real terms last year, with a 22.8 percent contraction in the first half, and a smaller slump of 17.7 percent in the second half, the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) said Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-03/03/content_15394269.html

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Pro-democracy candidate Alvin Yeung wins key Hong Kong election

Alvin Yeung of the established pro-democracy Civic Party defeated Holden Chow of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong by more than 10,000 votes
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pro-democracy-candidate-alvin-yeung-wins-key-hong-kong-election
http://www.intellasia.net/pro-democracy-candidate-wins-key-hk-election-500981

9 FEBRUARY 2016

Dozens injured as police, protesters clash in Hong Kong

Activists angered over authorities’ attempts to crack down on the food hawkers in a crowded Kowloon neighborhood held running battles with police into the early hours of Tuesday.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/hong-kong-activists-police-clash-over-holiday-food-stalls-2/
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/02/09/54-arrests-in-wake-of-mong-kok-unrest-as-police-to-investigate-use-of-live-warning-shots/

4 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese police admit holding three missing Hong Kong booksellers

The fate of five booksellers who disappeared from Hong Kong last year became clearer after Chinese police said the three men still missing were under investigation on the mainland for alleged “illegal activities”.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f7cc6640-cb55-11e5-a8ef-ea66e967dd44.html#axzz3zEkjUZ3A
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/02/04/breaking-guangdong-police-confirm-3-missing-booksellers-under-investigation/

27 JANUARY 2016

Hong Kong’s former anti-corruption chief cleared of wrongdoing

Hong Kong has cleared its former anti-corruption chief of criminal wrongdoing, saying there is not enough evidence to prosecute him, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hong-kongs-former-anti-corruption-chief-cleared-wrongdoing

17 JANUARY 2016

Missing Hong Kong bookseller paraded on China state television

A missing Hong Kong publisher of books critical of Beijing appeared weeping on state television Sunday, saying he had returned to China to surrender to police 11 years after fleeing a fatal drink driving incident
http://www.dw.com/en/missing-hong-kong-publisher-surrenders-to-chinese-officials-beijing/a-18985828
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35338484
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/17/questions-raised-after-missing-hk-bookseller-confesses-to-drink-driving-death-on-state-tv/

Mgr Stephen Lee is the new bishop of Macau

Pope Francis has appointed Stephen Lee Bun-sang as the new bishop of Macao, replacing Mgr José Lai Hung-seng
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mgr-Stephen-Lee-is-the-new-bishop-of-Macau-36417.html

13 JANUARY 2016

Hong Kong Chief Executive heckled in parliament during annual policy address

In a two-hour long policy address, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying outlined his a wide range of policy initiatives for the city in 2016. But even before entering the Legislative Council where the speech took place, the leader knew he was facing a tough crowd, as protesters gathered outside the building to vent their anger.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-chief-executive/2422936.html

10 JANUARY 2016

Thousands march in Hong Kong over missing publishers

Thousands of people in Hong Kong have attended a protest rally following the disappearance of five booksellers from a shop known for selling works critical of China
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35277199
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/thousands-march-hong-kong-missing-publishers-160110091351001.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/10/hongkongers-gather-at-chinese-embassy-in-london-to-demand-release-of-missing-booksellers/

8 JANUARY 2016

The curious tale of five missing publishers in Hong Kong

The publishers’ serial disappearances have stoked “white terror” fear in Hong Kong, a rare corner of freedom in China. The city’s pro-democracy forces accused Chinese law enforcement agencies of trespassing into the Hong Kong jurisdiction and making illegal arrests
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/08/the-curious-tale-of-five-missing-publishers-in-hong-kong/

3 JANUARY 2016

Hong Kong demands answers from mainland Chinese police after five booksellers go missing

Hong Kong police are seeking ­answers from their mainland counterparts over the mysterious disappearance of a bookseller and his associates involved in publications critical of the Chinese Communist Party, amid fears they might have been secretly ­detained by law enforcement personnel from across the border
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/1897784/hong-kong-demands-answers-mainland-chinese-police-after
http://www.france24.com/en/20160103-hong-kong-china-missing-booksellers-xi-jinping-publisher-causeway-bay-books-mighty-current
http://www.france24.com/en/20160103-hong-kong-china-missing-booksellers-xi-jinping-publisher-causeway-bay-books-mighty-curren

1 JANUARY 2016

Controversial Hong Kong bookseller becomes fifth man to go missing in mysterious circumstances

A controversial Hong Kong bookseller who specialises in reading material critical of the Chinese Communist Party has gone missing – just weeks after four of his associates disappeared in mysterious circumstances
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/1897366/controversial-hong-kong-bookseller-becomes-fifth-man-go
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/local-news/hong-kong/2016/01/02/455044/Another-controversial.htm

11 DECEMBER 2015

Alibaba buys South China Morning Post, pledges to uphold editorial independence

Alibaba Group, China’s e-commerce giant, has bought the South China Morning Post and all other media assets from the SCMP Group, and has pledged to uphold editorial independence and to invest to strengthen the quality of the content.
http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1890060/alibaba-buys-south-china-morning-post-groups-media-business
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-35068144
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/12/11/breaking-jack-mas-alibaba-buys-south-china-morning-post-paywall-to-be-scrapped/
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1890058/letter-readers-south-china-morning-post-alibabas-executive-vice

23 NOVEMBER 2015

In Hong Kong district election, pan-democrats win 112 out of 431 seats but fail to take control of any district

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp saw an increase in district council seats following the first public election since last year’s mass pro-democracy movement, although pro-establishment parties retained the majority, according to poll results released Monday
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Pro-democracy-camp-earns-more-seats-in-Hong-Kong-election
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/11/23/winners-and-losers-in-the-2015-hong-kong-district-council-elections/
http://www.scmp.com/topics/hong-kong-district-council-elections-2015

28 OCTOBER 2015

Hong Kong’s work-life balance deteriorating: Survey

More than 60 percent of local employees perceived Hong Kong’s work-life balance as deteriorating compared to 10 years ago, a survey concluded
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2015-10/28/content_15336048.html

6 OCTOBER 2015

Hong Kong university protests over academic freedoms

Around 2,000 protesters at Hong Kong University marched Tuesday to support academic freedom as fears grow that Beijing is interfering in the city’s education system
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-university/2173034.html?cx_tag=similar#cxrecs_s
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hong-kong-university-protest-over-academic-freedoms

5 OCTOBER 2015

Ex-Hong Kong leader charged with misconduct in public office

Hong Kong’s former leader, Donald Tsang, was charged on Monday with two counts of misconduct in public office, the latest in a string of scandals that have ensnared senior business and former political figures in the financial hub.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/ex-hong-kong-leader-charg/2170450.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/1864164/former-hong-kong-leader-donald-tsang-due-court-misconduc

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Fears for Hong Kong academic freedom as top legal scholar Johannes Chan barred from vice-presidency of Hong Kong University

A leading law professor was barred from taking up a senior post at one of Hong Kong’s top universities on Tuesday in what some said was a blow to academic freedom as Beijing tries to tighten its grip a year after student-led protests rocked the city
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/fears-for-hong-kong-acade/2158978.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/1862423/surprise-move-chair-university-hong-kong

28 SEPTEMBER 2015

Rallies in Hong Kong mark anniversary of mass protests

Thousands of pro-democracy activists rallied near government headquarters in Hong Kong amid tight security to mark the first anniversary of pro-democracy protests that crippled parts of the Chinese-controlled city
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/rallies-hong-kong-mark-pro-democracy-protests-150928103557853.html

27 AUGUST 2015

HK student leaders charged with unlawful assembly

Hong Kong police have charged 3 student leaders for attending an unlawful assembly almost one year after the mass protests that demanded democratic elections. Those charged include former student federation leader Alex Chow and a teenage student group’s leader, Joshua Wong
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150828_02.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-student-leader/2079840.html

14 JULY 2015

Student activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law charged with obstructing police in Hong Kong protest

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong and another prominent young pro-democracy activist were charged Tuesday over an anti-China protest last year, in what they said was a witch hunt against political campaigners in the city
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/1838698/student-activists-joshua-wong-and-nathan-law-charged
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hong-kong-student-activists-charged-over-anti-china-protest

25 JUNE 2015

Fiasco for China’s Allies in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s wealthiest businessman, Li Ka-shing, said he was “very disappointed” over the Hong Kong government’s failure to enact its reform package for the 2017 election of the chief executive. Asked who was responsible for what is now widely called a fiasco, Li ducked the question. “Everyone in Hong Kong is discussing this,” he said
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/fiasco-china%E2%80%99s-allies-hong-kong

18 JUNE 2015

Hong Kong lawmakers vote down Beijing-backed constitutional reform package

A bill proposed by the Chinese government that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to vote for their next leader — as long as the candidates were approved by Beijing — has been rejected by Hong Kong’s legislature
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33179247
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2015-06/18/content_15278958.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/despite-veto-china-says-hong-kong-electoral-proposal-stand
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1823617/who-biggest-loser-after-rejection-2017-electoral-reform

4 JUNE 2015

Thousands rally in Hong Kong for Tiananmen vigil

A park in central Hong Kong turned into a sea of candles on Thursday (Jun 4) as tens of thousands gathered to mark the 26th anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square incident, with the city deeply divided ahead of a vote on how to choose its next leader
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thousands-rally-in-hong/1893326.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/06/04/tiananmen-remembered-135000-attend-hong-kong-vigil/

31 MAY 2015

No end to Hong Kong political battle as last-ditch meeting fails

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers said on Sunday they would « definitely » veto the government’s planned political reforms after a last-ditch meeting with Chinese officials failed to reach any agreement
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/no-end-hong-kong-political-battle-last-ditch-meeting-fails

28 MAY 2015

Hong Kong leader challenged to step down over electoral reform package

Hong Kong’s leader was challenged to step down on Thursday as he clashed with angry pro-democracy lawmakers over the government’s controversial electoral reform package, which goes to a vote next month.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/28/hong-kong-leader-challenged-to-step-down-over-electoral-reform-package

5 MAY 2015

Lu Ping: Chinese official who oversaw Hong Kong handover dies

Lu Ping, the Chinese official who oversaw Hong Kong’s transition from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, has died at the age of 87
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32579597

25 APRIL 2015

European Union urges Hong Kong to adopt ‘genuine choice’ in elections amid city’s reform fracas

The European Union weighed in on Hong Kong’s political reform, saying people should be given a “genuine choice” in electing the city’s leader in 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1776114/european-union-urges-hong-kong-adopt-genuine-choice

22 APRIL 2015

Hong Kong unveils election reforms but pro-democracy leaders push back

Hong Kong’s government unveiled electoral reform proposals Wednesday that will allow citizens for vote for the city’s leader for the first time, but again failed to offer concessions to pro-democracy lawmakers and activists who object to China’s power to veto candidates
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/hong-kong-unveils-election-reforms-pro-democracy-leaders-push-back-0
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1773857/hong-kong-electoral-reform-likely-leave-pan-democrats-out
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/23/world/asia/hong-kong-presents-plan-for-elections-offering-little-to-democrats.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

20 APRIL 2015

China vice president says 2017 vote wish of most Hong Kong people

The planned 2017 election for Hong Kong’s top official is what most people in the Chinese territory want, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao said on Monday, despite demonstrations by thousands last year against the way it will be conducted
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-vice-president-says/1796434.html

 12 APRIL

China to curb visits to Hong Kong by Shenzhen residents

China will limit visits by residents of the city of Shenzhen to neighboring Hong Kong, a politician and media said on April 12, following recent tension in the former British colony over growing numbers of mainland visitors. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/12/beijing-to-limit-hong-kong-visits-by-mainland-chinese

30 MARCH 2015

Hong Kong activists use newspaper petition to warn of academic threats

Activists published a full-page petition in a Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong on Monday, warning of growing threats to academic freedom and the educational system amid fears of a broader Chinese clampdown on the former British colony
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hong-kong-activists-use-newspaper-petition-warn-academic-threats

25 MARCH 2015

Hong Kong Ready for Fresh ‘Occupy’ Protests Says City Leader

Hong Kong’s leader said on Wednesday the city was prepared for a fresh flareup of pro-democracy street protests, while issuing a call to arms against opposition democratic lawmakers who have disrupted government policy-making in the legislature
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/hong-kong-ready-fresh-occupy-protests-says-city-leader/
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2015/03/25/hong-kongs-top-leader-predicts-opposition-will-be-punished/?mod=WSJAsia_hpp_LEFTTopStories

1 MARCH 2015

Hong Kong police arrest 33 after anti-mainland march

Hong Kong police arrested 33 people and fired pepper spray during clashes with demonstrators that disrupted traffic on Sunday (Mar 1), as a protest at the rising number of visitors from mainland China turned violent.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-police-arrest/1687862.html

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Hong Kong delegates to China’s parliament seek mainland security laws to counter protests

Two Hong Kong delegates to China’s parliament are pushing to implement mainland security laws months after pro-democracy protesters shut down major parts of the Chinese-controlled city, broadcaster RTHK said on Sunday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hong-kong-delegates-chinas-parliament-seek-mainland-security-laws-counter-protests

17 FEBRUARY 2015

HK’s population at 7.26 million at end of 2014

Hong Kong’s population has increased 42,300, or 0.6 percent, to 7,264,100 at the end of 2014 from 7,221,800 at the end of 2013, according to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Tuesday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2015-02/17/content_15229348.html

7 FEBRUARY 2015

China seizes toilet rolls depicting HK leader CY Leung

China’s authorities have seized 7,600 toilet rolls and 20,000 packets of tissue printed with the image of Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-31189050
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/468978/china-seizes-toilet-paper-ridiculing-hong-kong-leader

2 FEBRUARY 2015

Macau Faces Biggest Test as Corruption Crackdown Hits Hard

The “build it and they will come” strategy that has earned billions for casinos in Macau is facing its biggest test yet as a construction binge in the Chinese city bumps up against plummeting revenue
http://www.wsj.com/articles/macau-faces-biggest-test-as-corruption-crackdown-hits-hard-1422856496?mod=WSJ_hp_Asia_EditorsPicks

1 FEBRUAY 2015

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters return to streets

Thousands of pro-democracy activists have returned to the streets of Hong Kong for their first big rally since mass protests last year.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-31079840
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/02/protesters-return-central-hong-kong-streets-150201070713634.html

19 JANUARY 2015

Hong Kong creates cadet force modelled partly on Chinese army

Hong Kong has created a new army cadet force modelled partly on the Chinese military, sparking fears of tighter controls over the city’s youth in the wake of student-led pro-democracy protests.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/458093/hong-kong-creates-cadet-force-modelled-partly-on-chinese-army
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2015-01/19/content_15215624.html

12 JANUARY 2015

Controversial Hong Kong media tycoon’s home firebombed

The home and former offices of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing who also played a prominent role in large pro-democracy protests last month, were firebombed early on Monday, a spokesman said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/controversial-hong-kong-media-tycoons-home-firebombed
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/hongkong/11339191/Petrol-bombs-thrown-at-home-of-Hong-Kong-democracy-activist.html

31 DECEMBER 2014

A 14 years teenage girl arrested and put into a children’s home for drawing a chalk flower on a wall has been bailed after a successful appeal

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/girl-arrested-put-childrens-home-4899651

23 DECEMBER 2014

Hong Kong tycoon, former top official sentenced in corruption trial

Tycoon Thomas Kwok received a five year sentence Tuesday, and former chief secretary Rafael Hui got seven and a half years, after having been found guilty by a Hong Kong high court jury last week.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/22/world/asia/hong-kong-tycoon-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2014-12/23/content_15206217.html

Hong Kong tycoon, former top official sentenced in corruption trial

Tycoon Thomas Kwok received a five year sentence Tuesday, and former chief secretary Rafael Hui got seven and a half years, after having been found guilty by a Hong Kong high court jury last week.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/22/world/asia/hong-kong-tycoon-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2014-12/23/content_15206217.html

20 DECEMBER 2014

 Xi Jinping defends ‘one-China’ idea in Macau, amid protests

 Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged Macau residents to respect the « one-China » policy during a visit to the former Portuguese colony.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30559769
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/451115/xi-warns-hong-kong-and-macau-in-one-china-message

19 DECEMBER 2014

Umbrellas banned as Xi Jinping arrives in Macau

President Xi Jinping visited a drizzly Macau on Friday for the 15th anniversary of the gambling hub’s return to Chinese rule, with onlookers barred from using umbrellas – the emblem of democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/umbrellas-banned-xi-jinping-arrives-macau

15 DECEMBER 2014

‘Occupy is over’: Hong Kong chief executive announces end to protests as Causeway Bay is cleared

Hong Kong’s leader declared an end to 78 days of mass protests by pro-democracy demonstrators after police today cleared the last major camp and arrested 20 peaceful  protesters.
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1662891/hong-kong-police-set-dismantle-occupys-last-remaining-pro-democracy
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/dec/15/hong-kong-pro-democracy-protesters-video

12 DECEMBER 2014

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai resigns after arrest

Hong Kong publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing, has stepped down as editor-in-chief of the popular Apple Daily newspaper after being arrested for refusing to leave a key pro-democracy protest site in the centre of the city.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/12/hong-kong-media-tycoon-resigns-after-arrest-201412125059872695.html

11 DECEMBER 2014

Hong Kong police clear main protest site, ending pro-democracy occupation

Hong Kong police dismantled the city’s main pro-democracy protest site on Thursday (Dec 11), clearing tents and barricades after more than two months of rallies and arresting more than 200 demonstrators, who vowed their struggle lives on.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/more-than-200-arrested-as/1524210.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30426346
http://www.euronews.com/2014/12/11/resignation-as-hong-kong-clears-main-pro-democracy-protest-site/

3 DECEMBER 2014

Occupy Central leaders turn themselves in to Hong Kong police

The three co-founders of the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement which has become Hong Kong’s biggest civic disobedience campaign turned themselves in to the police on Wednesday
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30305473
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/occupy-central-leaders-turn-themselves-hong-kong-police-20141203

2 DECEMBER 2014

Hong Kong protest leaders to ‘surrender’

The three original founders of Hong Kong’s « Occupy Central » protest movement have announced that they will « surrender » to police while some other protesters started a hunger strike and called for a new wave of protests.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/12/hong-kong-protest-leaders-surrender-20141229575668458.html
http://online.wsj.com/articles/hong-kong-protests-occupy-central-founders-to-surrender-to-police-1417508139

1 DECEMBER 2014

Hong Kong Protests Reach Violent High as Students Clash With Police Overnight

After two months of stalemate, the students attempt to block access to the government headquarters leading to intense clashes
https://time.com/3611250/hong-kong-occupy-central-umbrella-revolution-lung-wo/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/12/01/police-and-protesters-clash-at-hong-kong-government-hq/

26 NOVEMBER 2014

Hong Kong Police Clear Democracy Protest in Mong Kok, Arrest Leaders

Hong Kong authorities cleared a main protest camp Wednesday and arrested two leaders of the Occupy Central movement, which is calling for greater democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/25/world/asia/hong-kong-protests-mong-kok-clearance/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/major-road-reopens-after/1494758.html

25 NOVEMBER 2014

Lawmaker ‘Long Hair’ among 80 arrested amid clashes at Hong Kong protest site

Bailiffs began clearing a major pro-democracy protest site in Hong Kong’s bustling Mong Kok district Tuesday, triggering scuffles, arrests and a standoff with growing crowds of protesters.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/25/world/asia/hong-kong-protests-mong-kok-clearance/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/nov/25/hong-kong-police-pepper-spray-protesters-video

19 NOVEMBER 2014

Clashes as Hong Kong protesters attempt parliament break-in

Masked teenagers rammed government offices in Hong Kong with metal barricades and charged police as the ongoing protests turned violent for the first time.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/hongkong/11239703/Clashes-as-Hong-Kong-protesters-attempt-parliament-break-in.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/nov/19/hong-kong-protesters-break-into-government-building-video

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 2 November in Asian history

1951-11-02 Battle of the Song-gok Spur

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 2 NOVEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on November 2, 2018

619: A qaghan of the Western Turkic Khaganate is assassinated in a Chinese palace by Eastern Turkic rivals after the approval of Tang emperor Gaozu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Turkic_Khaganate
http://totallyhistory.com/emperor-gaozu-of-tang/

1841: Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuga in Afghanistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akbar_Khan

1899: In China, beginning of the Boxers rebellion
http://www.smplanet.com/imperialism/fists.html

1917: By the Lansing-Ishii agreement, the USA recognize the “special interests” of Japan in China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lansing%E2%80%93Ishii_Agreement
http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/hist/eia/documents_archive/lansing-ishii.php
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9905E7D9123FE433A25754C0A9679D946696D6CF

1917-11-02 Ishii Kikujiro

1948: During the Civil War, the Chinese Communist forces win the Liaoshen Campaign that started on September 12
http://dictionnaire.sensagent.leparisien.fr/Liaoshen%20Campaign/en-en/1949

1948-11-02-fin-campagne-liaoshen

1949: La Hague agreement for the foundation of the Federation of the United States of Indonesia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch%E2%80%93Indonesian_Round_Table_Conference
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hague_Agreement_Between_Netherlands-Indonesia

1950: In North Korea, Chinese troops attack U.S. forces on both western and eastern fronts. U.S. forces withdraw

1951: During the Korean War, a small platoon of 28 Canadian soldiers defend a vital area against an entire battalion of 800 Chinese troops in the Battle of the Song-gok Spur. The engagement lasts into the early hours of November 3
http://www.kvacanada.com/stories_canadianboy.htm
http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/11/05/heroic-vet-subject-of-korean-war-documentary

1951-11-02 Battle of the Song-gok Spur

1967: US President Lyndon B. Johnson and « The Wise Men » conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war

1973: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India form an « United Front » in the state of Tripura

2007: Deadline of the Japanese support, in the Indian Ocean, to the  international forces against international terrorism

2010: Japan says recalls its ambassador to Moscow, heightening a long-standing row with Russia over four remote Pacific islands following a visit there by Russian President Dmitry Medhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/nov/02/japan-recall-ambassador-medvedev-dispute
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Japan-recalls-its-ambassador-in-Moscow-after-Medvedev-visits-Kuril-Islands–19879.html

2011: The Afghan president urges Pakistan to help his country negotiate with the Taliban, despite a series of high-profile assassinations and attacks that have diminished peace prospects and intensified suspicions that Pakistan supports and shelters the fighters

2013: The foreign and defence ministers of Japan and Russia agre to cooperate in fighting terrorism and piracy as the neighbours, still at odds over territorial woes, held an unprecedented security dialogue
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/02/japan-and-russia-hold-highest-level-meeting-in-years/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/02/national/japan-russia-to-ok-asia-security-cooperation-at-inaugural-two-plus-two-meet/#.UnVj-svLTmR

 

On 2 November in South Asian history

ON 2 NOVEMBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on November 2, 2018

619: A qaghan of the Western Turkic Khaganate is assassinated in a Chinese palace by Eastern Turkic rivals after the approval of Tang emperor Gaozu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Turkic_Khaganate
http://totallyhistory.com/emperor-gaozu-of-tang/

971: Birth of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni, who died on April 30, 1030
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/afghanista1/p/Bio-Mahmud-of-Ghazni.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmud_of_Ghazni

mahmud map

1833: Birth of Mahendralal Sarkar, Indian doctor who died on February 23, 1904
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahendralal_Sarkar

1841: Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuga in Afghanistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akbar_Khan

1865: Birth of Panuganti Lakshmi Narasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist, populary know as “ Andhra Sakespeare“ who died on January 1, 1940
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panuganti_Lakshminarasimha_Rao

Panuganti Lakshmi Narasimha Rao

1877: Birth of Mohammed Shah Agha Khan III, who died on July 11, 1957
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P004

1886: Birth of Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician, tortured to death on March 29, 1971
http://www.nvo.com/ghosh_research/nss-folder/dhirendranathdatta/

1929: Birth of Muhammad Rafiq Tarar (President of Pakistan 1998-2001)
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P028

1953: The Constituent Assembly of Pakistan names the country The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

 1965: Mohammad Hashim Hashim Maiwandwal becomes prime minister of Afghanistan, up to October 1967
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Hashim_Maiwandwal

1965: Birth of Shah Rukh Khan, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahrukh_Khan

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xfiqu_shah-rukh-khan_shortfilms

1973: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India form an « United Front » in the state of Tripura

2007: Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) political wing leader SP  Thamilselvan is killed when the Air forces bombed the venue of a meeting place  of LTTE leaders at Thiruvaiarer
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7075158.stm

2009: Karzai declared elected president of Afghanistan, run-off  scrapped
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/nov/02/hamid-karzai-afghanistan-winner-election

2011: The Afghan president urges Pakistan to help his country negotiate with the Taliban, despite a series of high-profile assassinations and attacks that have diminished peace prospects and intensified suspicions that Pakistan supports and shelters the fighters

2011: Pakistan grants India ‘most favoured’ trade status
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15553636

2014: More than 50 people are killed and at least 100 injured in a suicide bombing close to Wagah, Pakistan’s only border crossing with India
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29871077
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/pakistan-india-border-blast-2014112141227182769.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Wagah_border_suicide_attack

2014: A second leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party,  Mir Quasem Ali, is sentenced to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 war against Pakistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29870007

On 2 November in Southeast Asian history

ON 2 NOVEMBER IN SOUTHEST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on November 2, 2018

1741: Birth of Pierre Joseph Georges Pigneau, commonly known as Pigneau de Béhaine, French Catholic priest best known for his role in assisting Nguyen Anh (later Emperor Gia Long) to establish the Nguyen dynasty in Vietnam, and died on October 9, 1799.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigneau_de_Behaine

1949: In the Philippines, president Quirino is reelected among heavy violence
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elpidio_Quirino

1949: La Hague agreement for the foundation of the Federation of the United States of Indonesia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch%E2%80%93Indonesian_Round_Table_Conference
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hague_Agreement_Between_Netherlands-Indonesia

1963: Assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem, Vietnamese president overthrown the day before
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ngo-dinh-diem-assassinated-in-south-vietnam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrest_and_assassination_of_Ngo_Dinh_Diem

1967: US President Lyndon B. Johnson and « The Wise Men » conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war

1970: Birth of Ely Buendia, Filipino singer-songwriter and guitarist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ely_Buendia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-M6-gdszX0

1984: “The Killing fields”, story of Cambodian photojournalist under  the Khmer Rouge, is released in USA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Killing_Fields_(film)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087553/

2007: Burma asks UN country chief to leave Burma over a critical  statement he made last month

2015 : A UN body says that former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been jailed illegally and calls for his immediate release

On 2 November in Japan’s history

ON 2 NOVEMBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

Updated on November 2, 2018

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1868: Birth of Japanese painter Yokoyama Taikan who died on February 26, 1958
http://ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/346.html?c=15
http://jyuluck-do.com/profile_yokoyama_taikan.html
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Yokoyama+Taikan&nord=1&biw=1366&bih=628&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=DEdVVKmkLcWdPejOgIgN&ved=0CCAQsAQ

1890: Birth of Kunio Kishida, Japanese writer who died on March 5, 1954
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunio_Kishida
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6617414

1917: By the Lansing-Ishii agreement, the USA recognize the “special interests” of Japan in China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lansing%E2%80%93Ishii_Agreement
http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/hist/eia/documents_archive/lansing-ishii.php
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9905E7D9123FE433A25754C0A9679D946696D6CF

1917-11-02 Ishii Kikujiro

1942: Death of Hakushu Kitahara, Japanese writer, born on January 25, 1885
http://simplyhaiku.com/SHv4n1/reviews/Fukasawa.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakush%C5%AB_Kitahara

1945: Birth of Mitsuo Yanagimachi, film director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0945847/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsuo_Yanagimachi

1957: Birth of Ryosuke Miki, Japanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1107026/
http://asianmediawiki.com/Ryosuke_Miki

1976: Birth of Kumi Sakuma, Japanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0757286/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=518

1982: Birth of Kyoko Fukada, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoko_Fukada


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x53csu_kyoko-fukada_shortfilms »

2007: Deadline of the Japanese support, in the Indian Ocean, to the  international forces against international terrorism

2010: Japan recalls its ambassador to Moscow, heightening a long-standing row with Russia over four remote Pacific islands following a visit there by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/nov/02/japan-recall-ambassador-medvedev-dispute
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Japan-recalls-its-ambassador-in-Moscow-after-Medvedev-visits-Kuril-Islands–19879.html

2013: The foreign and defence ministers of Japan and Russia agre to cooperate in fighting terrorism and piracy as the neighbours, still at odds over territorial woes, held an unprecedented security dialogue. http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/02/japan-and-russia-hold-highest-level-meeting-in-years/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/02/national/japan-russia-to-ok-asia-security-cooperation-at-inaugural-two-plus-two-meet/#.UnVj-svLTmR

 

On 2 November in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 2 NOVEMBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

Updated on November 2, 2018

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619: A qaghan of the Western Turkic Khaganate is assassinated in a Chinese palace by Eastern Turkic rivals after the approval of Tang emperor Gaozu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Turkic_Khaganate
http://totallyhistory.com/emperor-gaozu-of-tang/

1082: Birth of Huizhong , emperor of China (1100-1126), who died in captivity on June 4, 1135
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Huizong_of_Song_China

1861: Chinese Dowager Cixi launches the Xinyou palace coup giving her the power for 47 years
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/10436.html
http://furui-memoriesofpalace.blogspot.fr/2009/04/yixin-legendary-prince.html

1899: In China, beginning of the Boxers rebellion
http://www.smplanet.com/imperialism/fists.html

1910: Birth of Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist who died on 24 April 2005
http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ipro/991022-4.htm

1917: By the Lansing-Ishii agreement, the USA recognize the “special interests” of Japan in China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lansing%E2%80%93Ishii_Agreement
http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/hist/eia/documents_archive/lansing-ishii.php
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9905E7D9123FE433A25754C0A9679D946696D6CF

1917-11-02 Ishii Kikujiro

1936: Death of Duan Qirui, Chinese warlord and politician, minister of war, Prime minister then acting president, born on March 6, 1865
http://www.thechinastory.org/ritp/tuan-chi-jui-duan-qirui-%E6%AE%B5%E7%A5%BA%E7%91%9E/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duan_Qirui

1948: During the Civil War, the Chinese Communist forces win the Liaoshen Campaign that started on September 12
http://dictionnaire.sensagent.leparisien.fr/Liaoshen%20Campaign/en-en/

1948-11-02-fin-campagne-liaoshen

1950: In North Korea, Chinese troops attack U.S. forces on both western and eastern fronts. U.S. forces withdraw

1957: Mao Zedong attends in Moscow a conference of the twelve communist parties in power

http://www.bestchinanews.com/History/5180.html
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/chinese-delegation-leaves-moscow/query/Khruschev

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0SQdRmlsyA

2002: Death of Lo Lieh, Hong Kong martial arts actor, of a heart attack,  born on June 29, 1939
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lo_Lieh

2009: Death of Nien Cheng, Chine writer, born on January 28, 1915
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/nov/10/nien-cheng-obituary

2012: Death of Han Suyin, Chinese-English author, born on September 12, 1917
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/world/asia/han-suyin-dies-wrote-sweeping-fiction.html?_r=0
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/nov/04/han-suyin
http://moufawad-paul.blogspot.fr/2012/11/obituary-han-suyin.html