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Xinjiang news

12 MARCH 2019

China says it will eventually phase out ‘vocational training centres’ in Xinjiang where 1 million Uygur Muslims are reportedly held for ‘re-education’

China’s top official in Xinjiang on Tuesday said the “vocational training centres” in the far western border region would eventually be phased out, as Beijing comes under growing international pressure over the mass detention camps
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3001415/china-says-it-will-eventually-phase-out-vocational-training
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/xinjiang-will-not-let-up-on-fight-against-extremism-governor

10 FEBRUARY 2019

Turkey calls on China to close Uighur detention camps

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman slammed Chinese authorities’ systematic assimilation policy towards Uighur Turks, saying it is a « great embarrassment » in a written statement on Sunday
https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/turkey-calls-on-china-to-close-uighur-detention-camps-24016
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47187170
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/10/asia/turkey-china-uyghur-xinjiang-intl/index.html

31 JANUARY 2019

Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti, sentenced to life imprisonment by the Chinese government, was nominated as a candidate to receive the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. The proposal comes from a group of 13 US lawmakers, who want to push China to stop what many call the « genocide » of the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Uyghur-academic-Ilham-Tohti-nominated-for-Nobel-Peace-Prize-46127.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2184396/us-lawmakers-nominate-jailed-uygur-ilham-tohti-nobel-peace-prize

5 DECEMBER 2018

China refuses top human rights official access to Uighur Muslim ‘re-education’ camps

China has blocked a leading human rights official from visiting the “re-education camps” which hold as many as one million Uighur Muslims
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-uighur-muslim-camps-xinjiang-human-rights-internment-barbel-kofler-germany-a8667886.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2176508/china-rejects-german-human-rights-delegations-request-visit

6 NOVEMBER 2018

Uyghur crackdown in Xinjiang doubles security spending in one year

Spending on prisons and security-related construction in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang doubled between 2016 and 2017 new research has revealed, undermining China’s denial of the existence of mass internment camps
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/06/asia/xinjiang-uyghur-crackdown-china-intl/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-46111865

10 OCTOBER 2018

China legalizes Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’ after denying they exist

China’s far-northwestern region of Xinjiang has revised legislation to provide a legal basis for internment camps where up to 1 million Muslims are being held amid mounting international criticism
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/10/asia/xinjiang-china-reeducation-camps-intl/index.html
https://www.foxnews.com/world/china-region-gives-legal-basis-for-muslim-internment-camps
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45812419

30 AUGUST 2018

UN calls on China to free Uighurs from alleged re-education camps

United Nations’ human rights experts voiced alarm on Thursday (Aug 30) over alleged Chinese political re-education camps for Muslim Uighurs and they called for the immediate release of those detained on the “pretext of countering terrorism”
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/un-accuses-china-of-counter-terrorism-pretext-in-mass-detention-of-muslim-uighurs
https://www.dw.com/en/un-panel-alarmed-by-reports-over-xinjiang/a-45293724
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/08/us-senators-demand-sanctions-against-chinese-officials-over-muslim-abuses/

10 AUGUST 2018

UN says it has reports that China is holding 1 million Uygurs in ‘secret internment camps’

A UN human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uygurs in China were being held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/un-says-a-million-uighurs-held-in-china-camps-19512
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-45147972
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2159258/un-cites-reports-china-holding-1-million-uygurs-secret

21 JUNE 2018

Is China building ‘political reeducation’ camps for Muslim minorities?

In China’s Muslim-majority Xinjiang region, there have been reports of « reeducation » camps where over 200,000 « suspects » are being held. DW spoke with researcher Adrian Lenz about the veracity of the reports.
http://www.dw.com/en/is-china-building-political-reeducation-camps-for-muslim-minorities/a-44334145
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/06/18/china-is-using-terrorist-threats-to-culturally-cleanse-its-west/

14 MAY 2018

Chinese Uyghurs forced to welcome Communist Party into their homes

More than a million Chinese Communist officials are being dispatched to live with local families in the western region of Xinjiang, a move seen as a sign of the government’s increasingly tightened grip over the area’s predominantly Uyghur Muslim population
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/14/asia/china-xinjiang-home-stays-intl/index.html

China rolls out three-year plan to tackle poverty in Xinjiang

China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang is planning a poverty relief scheme targeting its 22 poorest counties, state-run Xinhua reported on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2133730/china-rolls-out-three-year-plan-tackle-poverty-xinjiang
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/china-launches-anti-poverty-drive-restive-xinjiang-180218150517058.html

27 NOVEMBER 2017

China’s ‘three warfares’ in Xinjiang

There has been analysis of China’s use of ‘three warfares’ — public opinion, psychological warfare and legal warfare — in the context of external issues like the South China Sea dispute and the Doklam standoff with India. But China has also deployed elements of the ‘three warfares’ to counter a primarily domestic security challenge: the threat of Uyghur militancy, radicalisation and terrorism in Xinjiang
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/27/chinas-three-warfares-in-xinjiang/

6 AUGUST 2017

China sacks senior Xinjiang official for not fighting extremism

A Communist Party official who oversaw a portion of China’s restive northwestern Muslim region of Xinjiang has been dismissed on charges including that he failed to do enough to fight extremism
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/news/254252017/chinese-official-fired-for-not-fighting-extremism
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-sacks-senior-xinjiang-official-for-not-fighting-extremism-1.2069696

3 JUNE 2017

Muslim children forced to drop ‘religious’ names in western China

 Muslim children in China’s far western Xinjiang region are being forced to change their “religious” names and adults are being coerced into attending rallies showing devotion to the officially atheist Communist party
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/03/muslim-children-forced-to-drop-religious-names-in-western-china

22 APRIL 2017

Inside the shadowy world of Chinese militants fighting in Syria

Many do not speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organised, battled hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad’s forces
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2089808/inside-shadowy-world-chinese-militants-fighting-syria

30 MARCH 2017

Ban on beards and veils – China’s Xinjiang passes law to curb ‘religious extremism’

China’s Xinjiang region passed a law on Wednesday to curb religious extremism, amid the government’s intensifying campaign against what it calls the rising threat of terrorism and separatism in the Uygur homeland
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2083479/ban-beards-and-veils-chinas-xinjiang-passes-regulation
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-30/china-sets-rules-on-beards-to-combat-extremism-in-xinjiang/8401762?section=world
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/30/does-china-have-itself-to-blame-for-the-trans-nationalisation-of-uyghur-terrorism/

18 MARCH 2017

What do Islamic State and Tibet have to do with China’s crackdown in Xinjiang?

The government has responded to the growing threat by bringing in new hardline security restrictions on Xinjiang (新疆) residents – restrictions some experts say have been imported from neighbouring Tibet by Chen Quanguo, Xinjiang’s Communist Party leader, who previously held the same office in Tibet
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2079542/what-do-islamic-state-and-tibet-have-do-chinas-crackdown

10 MARCH 2017

Xi urges ‘great wall of iron’ for Xinjiang’s stability

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that a « great wall of iron » to safeguard national unity, ethnic solidarity and social stability should be built in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-03/10/content_15584177.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/11/china-xi-jinping-wants-great-wall-of-steel-in-violence-hit-xinjiang

17 FEBRUARY 2017

Massive show of force staged in China’s Xinjiang region after terrorist Attack

Thousands of armed police and military vehicles have taken part in a parade in China’s restive Xinjiang region in a massive show of force two days after a deadly attack that authorities blamed on terrorists
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2071788/massive-show-force-staged-chinas-xinjiang-region-after
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/eight-die-five-injured-in-xinjiang-knife-attack-reports-02152017152530.html

20 JULY 2016

Beijing policies in Xinjiang driving Chinese Muslims to join ranks of Islamic State, says US think tank

Tough religious restrictions on Muslim minorities in the country’s far west may have driven more than 100 to join Islamic State (IS), a US think tank said on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1992418/beijing-policies-xinjiang-driving-chinese-muslims-join

3 JUNE 2016

China angered by US questioning ‘anti-terrorism campaign’ in Muslim-majority Xinjiang

China asks the United States to respect the fight against what Beijing says are militants in the far western region of Xinjiang, after Washington expresses concern about the lack of transparency in China’s anti-terrorism campaign.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-03/china-angered-by-us-questioning-antiterrorism-campaign-in-muslimmajority-xinjiang/1587250
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/03/content_15444483.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/02/content_15443381.html

8 APRIL 2016

Xinjiang seals US$2b in deals with Pakistan firms

Companies from China’s far western region of Xinjiang signed deals worth about US$2 billion with Pakistan this week during a visit to Pakistan by Xinjiang’s top official, who sought to cement ties with an important security partner
http://www.dawn.com/news/1250730/chinas-xinjiang-seals-pakistan-ties-with-2bn-in-deals
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-04/08/content_15413033.html

22 JANUARY 2016

China Jails Xinjiang Rights Activist For 19 Years For Subversion, Spying

Authorities in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang have jailed a Han Chinese rights activist for 19 years on subversion and spying charges after he openly criticized government policy in the troubled region.
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/240488077

3 JANUARY 2016

Role Of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region In Economic Security Of China – Analysis

The main question addressed in this article is why the economic development of Xinjiang is a priority for the Beijing government. How can we explain the fact that Beijing’s investment in Xinjiang is much higher than its investment in other regions populated by predominantly non- Han Chinese population?
http://www.eurasiareview.com/03012016-role-of-xinjiang-uyghur-autonomous-region-in-economic-security-of-china-analysis/

3 DECEMBER 2015

Xinjiang violence: Does China have a terror problem?

Hundreds of people have been killed in Xinjiang in recent years and authorities have blamed there has been a spate of high-profile attacks outside the province
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/02/asia/china-xinjiang-uyghurs/index.html

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Chinese police kill 28 members of « terrorist group » – state media reports

Chinese security forces have killed 28 people allegedly responsible for a deadly attack on a coal mine in Xinjiang, state media has said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12006934/Chinese-police-kill-28-members-of-terrorist-group-state-media-reports.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/china-28-terrorists-killed-xinjiang-operation-151120045600089.html

23 JUNE 2015

China’s illusion of harmony

China’s recent crackdown on its Muslim minority population will deepen resentment and further radicalisation
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/06/china-illusion-harmony-muslims-ramadan-150622090238602.html

25 MAY 2015

China busts 181 terror gangs in autonomous Xinjiang region in year-long crackdown

More than 92 percent of groups were raided while planning attacks and 112 suspects turned themselves into security services, according to an assessment of the security operation by Xinjiang’s regional Communist Party committee.
http://www.ucanews.com/news/china-claims-to-have-broken-up-nearly-200-terror-cells-in-xinjiang/73661

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Hacking, shooting incident leave 17 dead in Xinjiang’s Aksu prefecture

Seventeen people have reportedly been hacked, stabbed or shot to death in the latest episode of deadly violence to hit China’s far west.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/aksu-02202015214715.html

23 JANUARY 2015

Arrests in China’s Xinjiang ‘nearly doubled in 2014’

More than 27,000 suspects were arrested, up by more than 95 per cent, in the far-western, predominantly Muslim area, according to reports
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11365321/Arrests-in-Chinas-Xinjiang-nearly-doubled-in-2014Muslim-Uighurs.html

31 DECEMBER 2014

China promotes governor of troubled Xinjiang Nur Bekri to top energy post

China has promoted the ethnic Uighur governor of the troubled far western region of Xinjiang to the country’s top energy policy body, Chinese media reported on Wednesday, but left unclear who would replace him
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-promotes-governor-troubled-xinjiang-top-energy-post

11 DECEMBER 2014

China’s Urumqi bans Islamic veil, sparking rights concerns

The capital of China’s far western Xinjiang has banned the wearing of Islamic veils in public, the regional government said on Thursday, in a move experts worry could spark more unrest in the troubled region
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-urumqi-bans-islamic-veil-sparking-rights-concerns

9 DECEMBER 2014

China jails students of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

Seven students of a prominent scholar from China’s Uighur minority have been convicted of separatism in a secret trial and given prison sentences of three to eight years, a lawyer said Tuesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/448514/students-of-uighur-scholar-jailed-for-eparatism-lawyer
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30390801

8 DECEMBER 2014

China sentences eight to death for Xinjiang knife, bomb attacks

Eight people were sentenced to death for their roles in two knife and bomb attacks earlier this year in the violence-plagued western region of Xinjiang , state media reported
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1657774/china-sentences-eight-death-xinjiang-knife-bomb-attacks

29 NOVEMBER 2014

Xinjiang attack leaves at least 15 dead

The official Xinhua news agency said the attack took place on Friday on a “food street” in Shache county, where state media said a series of attacks in July left 96 people dead, including 59 assailants.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/29/xinjiang-attack-15-dead

11 NOVEMBER 2014

22 Sentenced to Prison in Ethnically Split Chinese Region of Xinjiang

The authorities in Xinjiang have imprisoned 22 people in a mass sentencing that included charges of rape, disturbing public order and “illegal preaching,” a state news media outlet reported on Tuesday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/12/world/asia/xinjiang-court-sentences-22-to-prison-for-religious-crimes.html?ref=asia&_r=0

27 OCTOBER 2014

China to streamline counter-terrorism intelligence gathering

China will set up a national anti-terrorism intelligence system, state media said on Monday, reporting changes to an anti-terror law expected to be passed this week in the wake of an upsurge in violence in the far western region of Xinjiang
http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/china-streamline-counter-terrorism-intelligence-gathering

13 OCTOBER 2014

China sentences 12 to death for south Xinjiang attacks

A court in China’s restive Xinjiang region has sentenced 12 people to death for attacks that left nearly 100 people dead in July.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29592882
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/china-sentences-12-death-xinjiang-20141013125835795435.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

40 ‘rioters’ killed in China’s Xinjiang: state media

Six civilians, two police officers and two auxiliary police were also killed in the attacks in Xinjiang’s Luntai county, with 54 civilians injured, according to Tianshan, the regional government news portal.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/434283/40-rioters-killed-in-china-xinjiang-state-media

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Interactive: China’s Uighur unrest

Ethnic violence has wracked China’s restive Xinjiang region, leading to a tight government clampdown.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2014/09/interactive-china-uighur-unrest-201492282424478793.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2014

China jails prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti for life

A Chinese court has sentenced the country’s most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people to life in prison on separatism charges, his lawyer has said, in a case that has provoked an international outcry.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/23/world/asia/china-scholar-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29321701
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-09232014091017.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China begins trial of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

Uighur scholar, respected internationally for constructive views on country’s ethnic tensions, is accused of fomenting separatism
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/17/china-begins-trial-of-ilham-tohti
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/17/world/asia/china-uyghur-scholar-trial/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/On-trial-for-separatism,-Ilham-Tohti-says-Uighurs-and-Han-Chinese-have-the-same-problems-in-Xinjiang-32180.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Urumqi police to reward tip-offs on terrorism

Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, said on Tuesday they will reward informants who report events or individuals connected with activities related to terrorism and religious extremism.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-09/10/content_15164630.html

29 AUGUST 2014

China Offers Cash For Marriage to Promote Assimilation in Xinjiang

Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have announced a slew of cash incentives for interracial marriages between members of ethnic minority groups and majority Han Chinese, local officials said
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scheme-08292014122418.html

24 AUGUST 2014

China executes eight, including Tiananmen attackers

China has executed eight people in the north-western region of Xinjiang, for what it calls « terrorist » attacks, reports the state news agency Xinhua.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28917604
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-executes-tiananmen-square-attack-leaders

16 AUGUST 2014

China says it ‘rescues’ 82 children from Xinjiang religious schools

A sweep on illegal religious activity in the capital of China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang has resulted in 82 children being « rescued » from unlicensed Islamic schools and the seizure of religious clothing, a state-run newspaper said on Saturday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-it-rescues-82-children-xinjiang-religious-schools

12 AUGUST 2014

China jails 25 more for terror crimes in Xinjiang

A court in China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang has sentenced 25 more people to jail terms ranging from three years to life for terror-related offences, state media said on Tuesday, as the government clamps down on a surge in violence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-jails-25-more-terror-crimes-xinjiang

6 AUGUST 2014

Chinese city bans Islamic beards, headwear and clothing on buses

Authorities in Karamay banned people wearing hijabs, niqabs, burqas or clothing with the Islamic star and crescent symbol from taking local buses, the Karamay Daily reported
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/06/chinese-city-bans-islamic-beards-headwear-and-clothing-on-buses
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28670719

4 AUGUST 2014

Xinjiang offers cash rewards for those hunting terrorists

Authorities in far west China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have announced that more than 300 million yuan (about $48 million) would be offered in cash rewards to those who helped hunt suspected terrorists
http://www.ecns.cn/2014/08-04/127543.shtml

3 AUGUST 2014

Xinjiang unrest leaves nearly 100 dead, including 37 civilians, China says

Masked militants attacked civilians, police and officials last week in China’s far western region of Xinjiang leading to almost 100 deaths, the government said on Sunday, giving fresh details on one of the worst incidents of unrest in years
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/03/xinjiang-100-dead-37-civilians-china
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28628332

30 JULY 2014

Imam of China’s largest mosque killed in Xinjiang

Mr Tahir, who was from Xinjiang’s mainly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, was a vocal and public supporter of Chinese policies in the region
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28586426
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/murder-07302014221118.html

Chinese authorities tighten security in Xinjiang region after surge in violence

Security tightened drastically across China’s far western city of Kashgar on Wednesday, as Uighur exiles disputed official reports blaming terrorists for fatal violence that claimed dozens of lives in the same part of the Xinjiang region two days earlier
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/chinese-tighten-security-xinjiang-violence-uighur-muslim-minority

29 JULY 2014

China says dozens killed in Xinjiang attack

Dozens of people were killed and injured in an attack in China’s far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uyghur minority, state media has reported
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/china-says-dozens-killed-xinjiang-attack-2014729143054999925.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/29/chinese-police-shoot-dozens-knife-wielding-attackers-dead-xinjiang
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10999002/Chinese-police-shoot-dead-dozens-after-mass-knife-attacks.html

11 JULY 2014

China jails 32 in Xinjiang on terror charges

Chinese courts in the far-western region of Xinjiang have sentenced 32 people to prison terms ranging from four years to life for terrorism-related charges
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/420115/chinese-courts-jail-32-in-xinjiang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28258983

2 JULY 2014

China bans Xinjiang officials from observing Ramadan fast

Several government departments in China’s far western region of Xinjiang have banned Muslim staff from fasting during the month of Ramadan
http://www.dawn.com/news/1116546/china-restricts-ramazan-fasting-in-xinjiang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28123267

30 JUNE 2014

China jails 113 in Xinjiang for terrorism

Chinese courts have sentenced 113 people to jail terms ranging from 10 years to life in mainly Uighur Muslim Xinjiang province for terrorism and other charges, according to a government-run news portal.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/china-jails-113-xinjiang-terrorism-201463063741554316.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10934818/China-jails-113-for-terrorism-in-Xinjiang-mass-trial.html

21 JUNE 2014

China Xinjiang: Police kill 13 attackers

Thirteen assailants have been killed in an attack on a police station in China’s restive western province of Xinjiang, officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27953164
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140621000128&cid=1103
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/thirteen-shot-dead-after-china-bomb-attack-20146213434779465.html

16 JUNE 2014

Three sentenced to death for Tiananmen Square attack

Three people have been sentenced to death in connection with a suicide car crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, state-run media said Monday.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140616-china-sentenced-death-tiananmen-square-attack/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/16/chinese-court-hands-out-death-penalty-for-tiananmen-crash/

China executes 13 for terror, violent crimes in Xinjiang

Chinese authorities executed 13 people on Monday for « terrorist attacks and violent crimes » in the violence-wracked northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media said
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/16/world/asia/china-executions/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-executes-13-terror-violent-crimes-xinjiang-xinhua
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415673/china-executes-13-for-terror-violent-crimes-in-xinjiang

5 JUNE 2014

China sentences nine to death in Xinjiang

Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang region have sentenced nine people to death for « violent terrorism » crimes, state media reported, as part of a nation-wide crackdown on alleged separatist groups
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/china-sentences-nine-death-xinjiang-20146512313719219.html

31 MAY 2014

China indicts eight over 2013 Tiananmen Gate attack

China has indicted eight people on terrorism charges in connection with an attack on Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen Gate last year that killed two tourists and three assailants, the government said Saturday

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/06/01/409071/China-indicts.htm

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27647842

http://www.dawn.com/news/1109753/china-indicts-eight-over-2013-tiananmen-gate-attack

30 MAY 2014

China’s president pledges more cash to Xinjiang to defuse ethnic tensions

China’s president has promised to raise incomes and education spending in the country’s restive Muslim north-west in an effort to defuse rising ethnic tensions while calling for tougher security, following an attack in the region’s capital that killed dozens of people

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/30/china-president-more-cash-xinjiang-uighur

29 MAY 2014

Should China Fear Islamic Insurgency?

Xi Jinping may well be able to solve the violence in Xinjiang, but Beijing will need to change course

http://thediplomat.com/2014/05/should-china-fear-islamic-insurgency/

28 MAY 2014

China sentences 55 in mass stadium trial

At least one person has been sentenced to death and 54 others found guilty following a mass trial in China’s restive Xinjiang province for a wide range of crimes including terrorism, separatism and murder, state media has reported.
http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2014/05/fifty-five-sentenced-china-mass-trial-201452814535938889.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10861786/Chinese-court-sentences-55-for-terrorism-charges-in-front-of-packed-stadium.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27600397

26 MAY 2014

China detains more than 200 suspected separatists in Xinjiang, state media says

Police in China’s troubled north-west region of Xinjiang have broken up 23 terror or extremist groups and detained more than 200 suspected militants in the last month, state media has reported.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/26/china-200-separatists-xinjiang-anti-terrorism-crackdown

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xinjiang:-more-than-200-Uighurs-arrested-in-connection-with-the-Urumqi-attack-31183.html

23 MAY 2014

Xinjiang attack marks dramatic shift in militant tactics

The bombing of a civilian market in Xinjiang represents a shift in tactics by militants towards more spectacular attacks, analysts say, to invite a disproportionate response by China and so radicalise the Muslim Uighur homeland

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411405/xinjiang-attack-marks-dramatic-shift-in-militant-tactics

22 MAY 2014

Urumqi attack kills 31 in China’s Xinjiang region

Attackers in China’s restive Xinjiang region have crashed two cars into shoppers at a market, killing 31 people, Chinese media reports say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27502652
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10848336/China-terror-attack-leaves-dozens-killed-after-bombs-thrown-into-busy-market.html

13 MAY 2014

Over 100 Detained After Xinjiang Police Open Fire on Protesters

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region detained more than 100 ethnic minority Uyghurs who took part in mass protests this week against the detention of women and middle school girls for wearing headscarves, as local officials confirmed that at least two protesters have been shot dead

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/detained-05232014165418.html

12 MAY 2014

More than 200 held in China terror video crackdown

Police in China’s Xinjiang region, home to mainly Muslim Uighurs, have arrested more than 200 people over six weeks for « dissemination of violent or terrorist videos », state media said Monday, amid a wave of train station attacks.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/409421/more-than-200-held-in-china-terror-video-crackdown

4 MAY 2014

Xinjiang police issue order to detain family members of Urumqi bomb suspect

Xinjiang police are looking for 10 family members of an alleged assailant killed in Wednesday’s deadly bomb and knife attack in Urumqi

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1503380/xinjiang-police-issue-order-detain-family-members-urumqi-bomb-suspect

1 MAY 2014

Xinjiang station attack: President Xi Jinping urges action

China’s president has urged « decisive actions » against « terrorist attacks » in Xinjiang after a deadly blast at a railway station, state media say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27232924
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/local-news/other/2014/05/01/406645/Chinas-Xi.htm

30 APRIL 2014

Explosion in China railway during presidential visit leaves dozens injured

At least 50 people were injured when an explosion rocked a train station in Urumqi, the capital of China’s restive Xinjiang province, on the final day of a presidential visit designed to promote Beijing’s war on terrorism
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10799050/Explosion-in-China-railway-during-presidential-visit-leaves-dozens-injured.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china%E2%80%99s-xi-vows-%E2%80%98decisive-actions%E2%80%99-after-xinjiang-attack

http://www.france24.com/en/20140501-dead-attack-station-china-stabbing-bomb/

27 MARCH 2014

The Kunming Attack and China’s Uighur Politics

In the wake of the Kunming attack, experts expect the Chinese government to crack down hard on Uighurs and anyone sympathetic to them

http://fpif.org/kunming-attack-chinas-uighur-politics/

13 MARCH 2014

More than 200 Asylum-Seeking Uyghurs Detained in Thailand

More than 200 Uyghurs fleeing ethnic tension in China’s restive northwestern Xinjiang region have been detained in Thailand and face deportation back home where they could be punished, according to some of their relatives

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/thailand-03132014183027.html

11 MARCH 2014

China’s Jihadists

On March 2, 2014, a train station in Kunming witnessed a horrific slashing attack by black-clad Uighurs wielding large knives and machetes.  The attack left 29 dead and 143 wounded.At least 9 Uighurs,members of the East Turkestan [separatists] Islamic Movement (ETIM), which have committed more than 200 terrorist attacks over the past 12 months, were identified as the attackers.

http://acdemocracy.org/chinas-jihad/

4 MARCH 2014

Exiled Uighur leader urges Beijing not to demonise group… and Xi Jinping says the same

An exiled Uighur rights leader Tuesday urged China against « demonising » the ethnic group after a deadly attack for which officials have blamed separatists from the western region of Xinjiang.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/exiled-uighur-leader-urges-beijing-not-demonise-group
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-others/xi-jinping-calls-for-ethnic-unity-in-china-after-kunming-attack/

3 MARCH 2014

China Captures Remaining Suspects in Train Station Attack

China says it has captured the final three suspects in the stabbing rampage at a train station that killed 29 people and injured 143 others. Citing the Ministry for Public Security Monday, the official Xinhua news agency says the suspects who carried out the attack are part of a terrorist gang led by Abdurehim Kurban.

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-captures-remaining-suspects-in-train-station-attack/1862890.html http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/03/china-ethnic-uighurs-say-they-are-being-harassed-after-train-station-knife-/

2 MARCH 2014

Xinjiang separatists behind deadly China rail attack: Xinhua

More than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives at a train station in southern China, drawing police fire, in what authorities called a terrorist assault by ethnic separatists based in the far west, state media said Sunday. Thirty-three people were killed and 130 wounded http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/03/02/401858/China-blames.htm http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/02/world/asia/china-railway-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Chinese Lawyer Denied Meeting with Jailed Uighur Client

A lawyer for jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti says he has been denied access to his client in China’s western Xinjiang province.
http://www.voanews.com/content/jailed-uighur-intellectual-denied-meeting-with-lawyer-in-china/1860782.html

US ambassador to China expresses concern about political activists’ rights

The outgoing US ambassador to China urged Beijing on Thursday to respect the rights of peaceful political activists. He said that Washington was deeply concerned about the fate of minority scholar Ilham Tohti, who has been charged with separatism.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/us-ambassador-china-concern-political-rights-ilham-tohti

26 FEBRUARY 2014

China condemned for charging Uighur academic Ilham Tohti with separatism

Rights groups have condemned China for charging a prominent Uighur critic of government policy towards his mostly Muslim minority with inciting separatism – a crime that can carry the death penalty
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/26/china-condemned-uighur-academic-ilham-tohti-separatism
http://www.voanews.com/content/uighur-group-slams-chinas-charges-against-intellectual/1859435.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/china-charges-uighur-academic-separatism-201422518156947258.html

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Chinese police shoot dead ‘terrorists’ in Xinjiang, says state media

Eight terrorists were killed by police and three others by their own suicide devices during a terrorist attack Friday afternoon in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, police said.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/14/china-police-kill-several-terrorists-attack-xinjiang-state-media
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-02/14/c_133116340.htm

25 JANUARY 2014

Fresh clashes kill 12 in China’s Xinjiang region

Six people have died in explosions and another six have been shot dead by police in fresh violence in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang, home to the ethnic minority Uighurs, state media reported.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/25/fresh-clashes-kill-12-china-xinjiang-uighurs
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391469/china-xinjiang-rocked-as-12-killed-in-fresh-violence

19 JANUARY 2014

China’s media accuse Uighur scholar of separatism

A state-run newspaper in China accused a recently detained Uighur scholar and government critic of splitting ethnic unity in a Saturday editorial, while his lawyer said he has received no official word about the academic

http://asiancorrespondent.com/118558/chinas-media-accuse-uighur-scholar-of-separatism/

17 JANUARY 2014

Xinjiang steps up fight against religious extremists in China

China’s north-western area of Xinjiang will double its anti-terrorism budget in the coming year, state media have reported, raising concerns of an increased wave of repression in the ethnically divided region.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/17/xinjiang-religious-extremists-china-terrorism

15 JANUARY 2014

Uighur scholar and mother seized by Chinese police, says website



Ilham Tohti, a critic of state policies in Xinjiang region, taken from home, overseas-hosted site reports, citing phone call from wife”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/16/chinese-police-uighur-academic-ilham-tohti

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/15/uighur-scholar-mother-chinese-police-ilham-tohti

30 DECEMBER 2013

Eight Killed in Attack on Chinese Police Station

Police in China’s restive far western region of Xinjiang say eight attackers were shot dead during in assault on a police station, raising the death toll from violent clashes in the province to at least 35 since November.
http://www.voanews.com/content/eight-killed-in-attack-on-chinese-police-station/1819785.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/chinese-police-gun-down-terrorists-201312304312685695.html

17 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese police arrest suspects after Kashgar violence

Chinese police have arrested six suspects in the ethnically divided western region Xinjiang after an outbreak of violence this weekend left 16 people dead, including a number of police officers

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/17/violence-china-kashgar-dead-xinjiang-muslim

15 DECEMBER 2013

Two police among at least 16 dead after armed clashes in Xinjiang, China: report

Armed clashes between « thugs » carrying explosives and machetes and police left at 16 people dead in China’s Xinjiang province late Sunday, including two officers, state media reported.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/16/21920254-two-police-among-at-least-16-dead-after-armed-clashes-in-xinjiang-china-report?lite

26 NOVEMBER 2013

Xinjiang university students must have political views approved

University students in Xinjiang will not graduate unless their political views are approved, a university official has said, as the country wages what school administrators called an ideological war against separatism.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/26/xinjiang-china-university-students-political-views

16 NOVEMBER 2013

Deaths in assault on China police station

An assault on a police station in the northwestern region of Xinjiang has left eleven dead, according to the local government, in the latest of a series of attacks pointing to growing unrest in the area.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/17/eleven-killed-in-police-station-attack-in-xinjiang-china/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/17/china-police-station-attack-xinjiang

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/deaths-assault-china-police-station-2013111751217662711.html

7 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s Account of Tiananmen Square Crash Questioned

Analysts are questioning China’s claim that last week’s deadly car crash in Tiananmen Square was the work of an al-Qaida-linked separatist group fighting in northwest China.

http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-account-of-tiananmen-square-crash-questioned/1785402.html

3 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s Military Chief in Xinjiang Dismissed Following Tiananmen Incident

General Peng Yong, who was named commander of the Xinjiang military region in July 2011, was dismissed from his post as a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party of Xinjiang, the Xinjiang Daily said in a terse dispatch.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/xinjiang-military-chief-punished-after-beijing-attack-report
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-military-chief-in-xinjiang-dismissed-following-tiananmen-incident/1782288.html

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Post-Tiananmen China crackdown ‘will fuel Xinjiang unrest’

Festering discontent with China’s governance of Xinjiang is on the rise and Beijing is intent on clamping down, analysts say, in a vicious cycle that will only spin faster after a fatal attack in Tiananmen Square.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/377615/post-tiananmen-china-crackdown-will-fuel-xinjiang-unrest

30 OCTOBER 2013

Five arrested in Tiananmen Square incident, deemed a terrorist attack

Five suspects have been detained in Monday’s deadly crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which has been identified as a terrorist attack, Beijing police said Wednesday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/30/world/asia/china—tiananmen—arrests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/30/chinese-authorities-step-up-hunt-for-8-tiananmen-square-car-crash-suspects/

29 OCTOBER 2013

China investigating Uighur suspects in Tiananmen Square blaze

Police are scouring Beijing for two suspects from the restive region of Xinjiang after an attack at Tiananmen Square left five dead
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10410714/China-investigating-Uighur-suspects-in-Tiananmen-Square-blaze.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/29/china-suspects-tiananmen-square-car-fire-was-a-suicide-attack/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/xinjiang-suspects-named-after-tiananmen-crash

14 OCTOBER 2013

Five Uyghurs Killed in Third Straight Week of Fatal Shootings in Xinjiang County

Chinese security forces shot dead five ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs in the third consecutive week of fatal shootings in a restive county in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, an exile Uyghur group said Monday, accusing the authorities of a « cover-up »

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/shooting-10142013202904.html

8 OCTOBER 2013

China arrests 110 in Xinjiang for spreading online rumours

Nearly 400 people in China’s north-western Xinjiang region have been investigated for spreading online rumours, state media report.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24444505

3 OCTOBER 2013

100 Uyghurs Rounded Up in Police Hunt in Yunnan

Authorities have rounded up some 100 ethnic minority Uyghurs in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan in recent weeks amid a hunt for suspects fleeing to the Lao border following a deadly clash, according to local sources and police.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/yunnan-10032013183810.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2013

Xinjiang attack: China sentences three to death

A Chinese court has sentenced three men to death over violence in Xinjiang that left 35 people dead, state media say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24075807
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-09/13/content_16966708.htm

25 AUGUST 2013

At Least 15 Uyghurs Killed in Police Shootout in Xinjiang

Chinese authorities have shot dead at least 15 ethnic Uyghurs in a desert area in Xinjiang, accusing them of terrorism and illegal religious activity, in the latest violence to rock the troubled northwestern region of China, according to police sources. They were among a group of more than 20 Uyghurs surrounded and fired upon by police in a lightning raid last week in the Yilkiqi township in Kargilik (in Chinese, Yecheng) county in Kashgar prefecture

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/shootout-08252013134303.html

15 AUGUST 2013

Hundreds of Uyghurs Held After Violence Over Prayer Restrictions

A week after police opened fire and suppressed protests by ethnic minority Muslim Uygurs in a village in the restive Xinjiang region, the crowd at the local mosque has plummeted by 70 percent, residents say, suggesting that a silent crackdown is underway. The hundreds of Uyghurs missing from the prayers at the mosque in No. 16 Village of Aykol town in Aksu prefecture have most likely been detained after the deadly violence on Aug. 7 on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, according to the residents.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/detained-08152013191244.html

10 AUGUST 2013

Three Uyghurs Shot Dead, 20 Injured in Eid Eve Clashes

At least three ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs were killed and 20 others injured in clashes in China’s troubled Xinjiang region when security forces opened fire at a crowd trying to stop police from arresting suspects outside a mosque on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr festival. The incident occurred on Wednesday 7 night as Uyghurs in the region’s Aksu prefecture were preparing for prayers ahead of the Eid marking the end of Islam’s holiest month of Ramadan.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/clashes-08102013000244.html

31 JULY 2013

Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti Under House Arrest

Uyghur scholar and activist Ilham Tohti said Wednesday that he has been placed under house arrest for the fourth time this year, possibly to prevent him from speaking out as representatives from the U.S. and China wrapped up an annual dialogue on human rights.The university professor is an outspoken critic of the government’s treatment of Uyghurs, whose homeland is in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region and who complain of discrimination by the authorities and the country’s majority Han Chinese.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-07312013173204.html

29 JULY 2013

Hundreds of Uyghurs Detained Over Deadly Attack on Chinese Dam Workers

Chinese authorities have detained for questioning hundreds of ethnic minority Uyghurs and are hot on the trail of two key suspects in connection with a fatal knife attack on Han Chinese workers building a dam in the restive Xinjiang region, according to local officials and residents

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/attack-07292013171133.html

22 JULY 2013

Uyghur Student Detained at Beijing Airport

A Uyghur ethnic minority student who once worked as a volunteer for a website of outspoken Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti has been detained by police at the Beijing airport as he was preparing to fly to Turkey to continue his studies, his friend said Monday.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/student-07222013204016.html

19 JULY 2013

Uighur Unrest in Xinjiang Has Nothing to Do With “Terrorists”

Xinjiang, China’s largest and westernmost province, is home to over eight million Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking, predominantly Muslim ethnic minority. The Uighurs have lived uneasily alongside China’s Han majority for centuries, ever since the Qing dynasty seized control over Xinjiang—which lies above Tibet and shares borders with many Central Asian countries—in the 1700s. There are now just slightly more Uighurs in the province than Han Chinese, who have migrated en masse to Xinjiang in recent decades.

http://fpif.org/uighur-unrest-in-xinjiang-has-nothing-to-do-with-terrorists/

15 JULY 2013

China claims Uyghurs trained in Syria

The Chinese government has claimed since 2012 that Uyghur militants from Xinjiang are fighting with the rebels in Syria against the government of Bashar al-Assad. On July 1, China said that a Uyghur militant who studied in Istanbul and fought with the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo had returned to Xinjiang and was arrested while planning to carry out « violent attacks » in China.                                                                 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-150713.html

 

Japan’s home policy and society

12 MARCH 2019

Tokyo begins ceremonies for emperor’s abdication

Akihito read a document to the imperial ancestors containing his decision to leave the Chrysanthemum Throne. There will be a total of nine ceremonies that will culminate in « taiirei seiden no gi », when the sovereign will become « emeritus emperor ». The last monarch to abdicate was Kokaku in 1817
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-begins-ceremonies-for-emperors-abdication–46473.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190312_17/

24 FEBRUARY 2019

Ceremony marks 30 years of Emperor’s reign

Emperor Akihito thanked the Japanese people Sunday for their support in carrying out his duties and expressed appreciation for their « strong wish for peace » that led the country to experience no war over the past 30 years under his reign
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190224_20/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005565774
https://japantoday.com/category/national/Emperor-thanks-people-for-support-during-30-year-reign-urges-Japan-to-open-up-to-world

15 FEBRUARY 2019

Japan to recognise Indigenous Ainu people for first time

After suffering years of discrimination and forced assimilation, the Ainu people have finally been recognised as « indigenous » Japanese people, giving them the right to support for their communities and a boost to local economies
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/japan-to-recognise-indigenous-ainu-people-for-first-time
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/02/15/national/japan-recognize-indigenous-ainu-people-first-time/#.XGcjCDNKg2w

17 JANUARY 2019

Abe’s make-or-break year

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has an ambitious agenda for 2019, his seventh year in office. It includes a number of make-or-break issues that are fundamental to his political legacy. But the question remains: how much of his agenda is realistically achievable?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/01/17/abes-make-or-break-year/

14 JANUARY 2019

Influential Japanese philosopher Takeshi Umehara dies at age 93

Influential Japanese philosopher Takeshi Umehara died of pneumonia at his home in Kyoto on Saturday. He was 93
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190114/p2a/00m/0na/014000c
https://alchetron.com/Takeshi-Umehara
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005477809

13 JANUARY 2019

Veteran Japanese actress Etsuko Ichihara dies at 82

Etsuko Ichihara, a veteran Japanese actress known for her role in a popular long-running TV drama series, has died of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital, her office said Sunday. She was 82
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190113/p2g/00m/0fe/061000c
https://gigazine.net/gsc_news/en/20190113-etsuko-ichihara-passed-away/

2 JANUARY 2019

Tears as Japan’s Emperor Akihito gives last New Year’s address

Japan’s Emperor Akihito delivered his final New Year’s address on Wednesday (Jan 2) before his abdication later this year, telling tens of thousands of well-wishers he was praying for peace
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/tears-as-japans-emperor-akihito-gives-last-new-years-address
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-02/emperor-akihito-says-goodbye-in-last-new-years-day-appearance/10680618?section=world

26 DECEMBER 2018

Japan to resume commercial whaling after IWC withdrawal

Japan said Wednesday it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling next year, sparking criticism from activists and anti-whaling countries including Australia
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/japan-to-resume-commercial-whaling-after-iwc-withdrawal-1.1545808548619
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/japan-announces-iwc-withdrawal-resume-commercial-whaling-181226022705898.html
https://www.dw.com/en/japan-withdraws-from-international-whaling-commission/a-46863848

8 DECEMBER 2018

Immigration shift in Japan makes way for 345,000 foreign workers

Japan has approved allowing in 345,150 blue-collar workers to fill a labour shortage, a major policy shift in a country where immigration has long been taboo
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/immigration-shift-in-japan-makes-way-for-345-000-foreign-workers
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46492216
https://japantoday.com/category/national/Hope-anxiety-in-Japan-over-opening-up-to-more-foreign-workers

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

 

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12 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka parliament finally approves 2019 budget

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday (May 12) approved the cash-strapped country’s 2019 budget, which had been delayed by four months due to a power struggle triggered by President Maithripala Sirisena dismissing the premier
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-finally-approves-2019-budget-11337348
https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/24492-parliament-to-passed-the-budget-by-43-votes

6 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka backtracks on UN war crimes probe

Sri Lanka’s president went back Wednesday on pledges to investigate war-time atrocities, saying he did not want to « re-open old wounds. » The move has sparked a rift with the country’s government
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-backtracks-on-un-war-crimes-probe-24704

2 FEBRUARY 2019

Sri Lanka seeks to borrow US$1 billion from China amid debt woes

Sri Lanka is negotiating a US$1 billion loan from China to construct a highway linking the capital Colombo to the hilly resort city of Kandy, even as the heavily-indebted nation makes arrangements to pay down US$5.9 billion in foreign loans this year
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2184805/sri-lanka-seeks-borrow-us1-billion-china-amid-debt-woes

10 JANUARY 2019

Accused Sri Lanka war criminal Major General Shavendra Silva named army’s second-in-command

Major General Shavendra Silva, who commanded an army division accused of gross abuses against civilians during Sri Lanka’s civil war, formally assumed duties as Chief of Staff of the army on Thursday
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/accused-sri-lanka-war-criminal-named-armys-second-in-command-1.1547127709080
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-new-chief-of-army-staff-shavendra-silva-should-be-prosecuted-for-alleged-war-crimes-if-he-travels-itjp/

8 JANUARY 2019

Sri Lanka marks decade since journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge killing amid justice calls

Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed just days before he was due to give evidence against the Rajapaksa family
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-marks-decade-since-journalist-assassination-amid-justice-calls-1.810722
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/after-a-decade-of-lies-one-truth-still-shines-lasantha-spoke-truth-to-power/

20 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President unveils new Cabinet

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena unveiled a new Cabinet on Thursday, days after Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated as Prime Minister in a move that ended a nearly two-month-long political impasse that erupted after his surprising dismissal
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/sri-lankan-president-unveils-new-cabinet-1.61040849
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Dec20_1545282086CH.php

17 DECEMBER 2018

India offers $1.9 billion financial aid to Maldives to counter China’s influence

India has offered US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) in financial aid to the Maldives for infrastructure development, including its water and sewerage systems, in a move to counter China’s presence in the island nation and ease the pressure on it of its growing Chinese debt
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-offers-19-billion-financial-aid-to-maldives-to-counter-chinas-influence
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/indian-prime-minister-announces-us1-4-billion-assistance-to-maldives-143188
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181217_33/

Four Chinese activists shave heads to protest ‘persecution’ of husbands

The wives of four of China’s most prominent rights lawyers and activists shaved their heads on Monday (Dec 17) in protest over what they called the « persecution » of their husbands by the government
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/four-chinese-activists-shave-heads-to-protest-persecution-of-husbands
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2178381/wife-supporters-detained-chinese-lawyer-shave-heads-protest

Former Indian MP Sajjian Kumarjailed for life over 1984 Sikh massacre

Congress party’s Sajjan Kumar is most prominent figure to be convicted over mass murder
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/17/sajjan-kumar-jailed-life-deadly-anti-sikh-riots-1984-india
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/1984-anti-sikh-riots-case-court-sends-sajjan-kumar-to-jail-for-life-1.1545031702278

16 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka: ousted prime minister Wickremesinghe reinstalled

Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn-in Sunday for a fifth time as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka ending a nearly two-months long political crisis

https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankan-president-reinstates-the-prime-minister-he-sacked
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-will-ranil-wickremesinghes-reappointment-end-the-political-crisis/a-46762417

15 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has stepped down from his post, signalling an end to a weeks-long political crisis that has kept the Indian Ocean nation without a functional government
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/sri-lanka-disputed-prime-minister-mahinda-rajapaksa-resigns-181215073615336.html
https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/23344-mahinda-rajapaksa-resigns

13 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules President’s decision to dissolve parliament illegal

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament was unconstitutional and illegal
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Dec13_1544704469CH.php
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/13/sri-lanka-presidents-dissolution-of-parliament-illegal-top-court-rules
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/sri-lanka-supreme-court-overturns-sacking-parliament-181213113720319.html

12 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament passes confidence vote backing ousted PM

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a vote of confidence in its ousted prime minister, as it sought his reinstatement by the president to defuse a political crisis and avoid a government shutdown
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-politics/sri-lanka-parliament-passes-confidence-vote-backing-ousted-pm-idINKBN1OB1NY?rpc=401&
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92374
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-parliament-demands-sacked-pm-is-restored

3 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka court denies former strongman Rajapaksa authority to act as PM

A Sri Lanka court on Monday ruled that former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa could not act as prime minister or hold cabinet meetings while the political crisis that has engulfed the South Asian island continues
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-court-denies-former-strongman-authority-to-act-as-pm-1.798706
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51830/interim-order-issued-preventing-pm-and-cabinet-from-functioning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y49T0a1BwPA

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan lawmakers bar disputed PM from using state funds

Sri Lankan lawmakers on Thursday approved a motion barring disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from using state funds after he lost two no-confidence votes, in an escalation of the country’s political crisis
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankan-lawmakers-bar-disputed-pm-from-using-state-funds
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51739/parliament-passes-motion-to-suspend-expenditures-of-pms-office

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defense Staff Ravindra Wijeguneratne detained over cover-up in disappearance of Tamil youths

After evading arrest for two months, Sri Lanka’s most senior military official appeared in court on Wednesday, charged with helping another suspect in the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in the final phase of the country’s 26-year civil war
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov28_1543417438CH.php
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46374111

25 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted PM

Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday reignited the power struggle that has crippled Sri Lanka’s government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-politics/sri-lankas-president-says-will-not-reinstate-ousted-pm-idINKCN1NU0P5?rpc=401&
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/sri-lanka-president-vows-never-to-reappoint-ousted-pm-1.1543147546780

14 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament rejects new prime minister in latest twist of crisis

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a no-confidence motion against the newly-installed but disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the latest twist in the South Asian island’s political crisis
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/14/667733001/sri-lankas-newly-appointed-prime-minister-ousted-in-no-confidence-motion?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-rejects-new-prime-minister-in-latest-twist-of-crisis-1.791712

13 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns dissolution of Parliament, halts snap elections

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena and ordered to halt preparations for snap elections scheduled for January next year
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/13/667333085/sri-lankan-supreme-court-blocks-presidents-bid-to-dissolve-parliament
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov13_1542116797CH.php

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka power struggle: President Sirisena dissolves Parliament

Evading the resolution of Sri Lanka’s political crisis through Parliament, President Maithripala Sirisena late on Friday dissolved the House, hours after his political front admitted to lacking a majority needed for its controversially-installed prime minister to be declared legitimate
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-power-struggle-president-sirisena-dissolves-parliament/article25457395.ece?homepage=true
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/lanka-govt-admits-it-lacks-majority/article25457041.ece
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sirisena-dissolves-parliament-in-stark-violation-of-constitution/

5 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President Summons Parliament on November 14 as Pressure Over PM’s Sacking Grows

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the suspended parliament to reconvene on November 14, clearing the way for a vote on his decision to sack the elected prime minister and replace him with wartime nationalist Mahinda Rajapaksa
https://thewire.in/south-asia/sri-lankan-president-summons-parliament-on-november-14-as-pressure-over-pms-sacking-grows
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/sri-lankan-parliament-to-reconvene-on-nov-14-sirisena201811051144360001/

Sri Lanka parliament speaker refuses to accept Rajapaksa as PM

Sri Lanka’s speaker of parliament said on Monday he would not accept a former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister until he proves he commands a majority in parliament
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-speaker-refuses-to-accept-rajapaksa-as-pm-21377

1 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s president to reconvene parliament on November 5 – new PM

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena will reconvene parliament on November 5, newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday, as international pressure builds to resolve a political crisis
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-president-to-reconvene-parliament-on-november-5-new-pm-21286
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201811011069410321-sri-lanka-parliament/

27 OCTOBER 2018

Tensions Escalate as Sri Lankan President Sirisena Suspends Parliament After Sacking PM

The parliament suspension means Wickremesinghe will not immediately have an opportunity to prove his majority, amid speculation that some of his party members would cross over to back Rajapaksa for perks and ministerial portfolios
https://thewire.in/south-asia/tensions-escalate-as-sri-lankan-president-sirisena-suspends-parliament-after-sacking-pm
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct27_1540650707CH.php
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankas-president-suspends-parliament-deepening-crisis

26 OCTOBER 2018

Ex-Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa Becomes New PM Amid Political Drama

Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a dramatic political comeback, becoming Sri Lanka’s new prime minister after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, triggering angry reactions
https://thewire.in/south-asia/ex-sri-lankan-president-rajapaksa-becomes-new-pm-amid-political-drama
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-s-party-quits-ruling-coalition-1.2294133
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/constitutional-crisis-with-mr-becoming-pm-appointment-illegal-and-unconstitutional-im-still-the-pm-says-ranil/

21 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka to recall peacekeeping commander on UN request

Sri Lanka’s military said that it would recall its commander leading a UN peacekeeping contingent in Mali after the world body asked him to be repatriated over his human rights background
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-to-recall-peacekeeping-commander-on-un-request-1.782636
http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Army-rejects-UN-charges-against-Lt-Col-Amunupure-but-says-comply-written-request-157178.html

8 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia Region, says a World Bank report

If trade barriers are overcome, trade within South Asia can increase three-fold, from $23 billion to $67 billion, suggests a new World Bank report. Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct08_1539001169CH.php

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka President tells diplomats: Pick up phone or pack up

Sri Lanka’s President on Monday (Sep 17) justified his decision to sack six diplomats – including an ambassador – for not answering his phone calls, saying more would follow if the foreign service did not shape up
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-president-tells-diplomats-pick-up-phone-or-pack-up-10729798

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan opposition protesters demand government step down

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Sri Lanka’s capital on Wednesday to demand the government step down, accusing it of corruption and selling national assets to foreign nations
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/05/sri-lankan-opposition-protesters-demand-government-step-down.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/live-jana-balaya-kolombata-protest-march-today/

29 AUGUST 2018

Court orders arrest of Sri Lanka’s top military commander

The Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Wednesday ordered the arrest of Sri Lanka’s chief of defence staff  Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne over hs alleged role in helping the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest
https://economynext.com/Court_orders_arrest_of_Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_top_military_commander-3-11703-10.html
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/top-sri-lanka-military-officer-to-be-arrested-for-abduction-murder-during-tamil-civil-war-1.2272489

28 AUGUST 2018

More than 100 human skeletons found in mass grave in Sri Lanka

Investigators say they have unearthed more than 100 skeletons from a mass grave in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mannar, where Tamil guerrillas and state security forces clashed during the country’s 26-year civil war
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/28/more-than-100-human-skeletons-found-mass-grave-sri-lanka
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ninety-bodies-found-in-a-mass-grave-in-Mannar-dating-from-the-civil-war-44774.html

21 AUGUST 2018

Japan, Sri Lanka Agree to Boost Maritime Security Cooperation

Japan and Sri Lanka have agreed to further enhance maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean. The understanding was reached during a meeting between the visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201808211067363757-japan-srilanka-maritime-cooperation/
https://www.news.lk/news/politics/item/21948-japan-s-assistance-to-develop-sri-lanka-s-maritime-security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-offers-to-boost-sri-lanka-security-as-china-makes-inroads-10638786

13 AUGUST 2018

US gives Sri Lankan military US$39 million to combat China’s investments in strategic island

The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka US$39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2159546/us-gives-sri-lankan-military-us39-million-combat-chinas
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/sri-lanka-gets-us-military-funding-as-china-vies-for-influence-10614212

21 JULY 2018

Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/sri-lanka-indias-special-trusted-partner-modi-1502663823.html

14 JUNE 2018

Sri Lanka jails extremist Buddhist monk for six months over threats to woman

A Sri Lankan court on Thursday jailed for six months a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims after finding him guilty of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist, in a case seen as a test of the independence of the judiciary
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-monk-sentence/sri-lanka-jails-extremist-buddhist-monk-for-six-months-over-threats-to-woman-idINKBN1JA1BW?rpc=401&
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44479610
https://www.newsradio.lk/local/gnanasara-thera-sentenced-to-6-months-rigorous-imprisonment

25 MAY 2018

China, India and the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Challenges

Occupying a strategic position in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka must balance its foreign policy between India and China
https://asianews.network/2018/05/24/china-india-and-the-indian-ocean-sri-lankas-foreign-policy-challenges/

20 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka warns of looming foreign debt crisis

Sri Lanka is headed for a debt crisis, the finance ministry warned on Sunday (May 20), blaming a series of costly projects commissioned by the previous government for record-high repayments
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-warns-of-looming-foreign-debt-crisis

5 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka gives green light for Chinese LNG plant near Hambantota port

Sri Lanka’s state-run investment body has approved a US$500 million liquefied natural gas plant by China Machinery Engineering near a Chinese-controlled port and industrial zone, the development strategies minister said on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2144808/sri-lanka-gives-green-light-chinese-lng-plant-near
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-china-lng/sri-lanka-approves-500-million-lng-plant-near-chinese-controlled-port-idINKBN1I60GH?rpc=401&

1 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

12 APRIL 2018

Sri Lanka president moves to suspend parliament

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday suspended parliament until May in a shock move amid a deepening power struggle between him and his unity government’s prime minister
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-moves-to-suspend-parliament-1.2204677

5 APRIL 2018

Sri Lankan PM survives no confidence vote

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who leads Sri Lanka’s United National Party (UNP), won the support of 122 members of the 225-member parliament, with 76 voting against him
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lankan-pm-survives-no-confidence-vote-16496
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/sri-lanka-pm-ranil-wickremesinghe-survives-confidence-motion-180404173714092.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/148/131/212/1522911816263.html

25 MARCH 2018

Police and politicians accused of joining Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim riots

Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/police-and-politicians-accused-of-joining-sri-lanka-s-anti-muslim-riots-16207

18 MARCH 2018

Sri Lankan president lifts nationwide state of emergency

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday signed a notification to lift a nationwide state of emergency which was imposed on March 6 following communal riots in the central regions of the island country
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/104/170/30/1521359852276.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2137698/sri-lanka-ends-state-emergency-tensions-between-buddhists-and

16 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka’s communal violence explained

A recent wave of violence has sent the tropical nation into a tailspin as Sri Lanka continues to struggle with post-war reconciliation
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-communal-violence-explained-15970

6 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes

Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days on Tuesday to stop the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said, after confrontations erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-after-buddhist-muslim-clashes-15723
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/06/554576/Sri-Lanka-President-Maithripala-Sirisena-Buddhist-Sinhalese-Muslims
http://asiantribune.com/node/91657
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/06/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-as-mobs-attack-muslim-communities

11 FEBRUARY 2018

Sri Lanka coalition suffers humiliation at local vote

The party of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is on track for a shock landslide victory amid disarray in the ranks of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s ruling alliance
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-coalition-suffers-humiliation-at-local-vote-15071
http://www.economynext.com/Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_ruling_coalition_in_deep_crisis_after_shock_defeat-3-9839-10.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/sri-lanka-opposition-calls-government-resignation-180211182754969.html

30 JANUARY 2018

Sri Lanka journalists remember killed, abducted colleagues

 Sri Lankan journalists and media rights activists have lit candles and held placards to remember dozens of journalists who were killed, abducted or disappeared under a previous government
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/30/sri-lanka-journalists-remember-killed-abducted-colleagues.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-‘black-January’-of-information:-no-justice-for-journalists-killed-42980.html

23 JANUARY 2018

Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/major-investments-planned-says-pm-lee-as-singapore-signs-fta-9888114
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/spore-and-sri-lanka-sign-fta-facilitate-greater-trade-flows
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-sri-lanka-sign-free-trade-agreement-9886990

9 DECEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka approves 2018 budget, aims for more investment

Sri Lanka’s coalition government on Saturday won the final vote on its 2018 budget which aims to boost investments and small businesses and cut the fiscal deficit to 4.8 percent of GDP from this year’s 5.2 percent
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-budget/sri-lanka-approves-2018-budget-aims-for-more-investment-idINKBN1E30IU?rpc=401&
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/third-reading-of-budget-2018-full-text-of-the-finance-ministers-speech/

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Mgr Emmanuel Fernando, the new bishop of Mannar, in the service of Tamils

Mgr Fidelis Lionel Emmanuel Fernando is the new bishop of Mannar, a diocese in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, scene of major fighting during the country’s civil war. Pope Francis appointed him two days ago
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mgr-Emmanuel-Fernando,-the-new-bishop-of-Mannar,-in-the-service-of-Tamils-42413.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/91290

19 NOVEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka curfew after Buddhist-Muslim violence in Galle

The Sri Lankan army enforced a curfew for a second successive night after dozens of Muslim homes and businesses were attacked near the southern city of Galle
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-curfew-after-buddhist-muslim-violence-in-galle-1.677108
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anti-muslim-assaults-in-gintota/
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=175292

23 OCTOBER 2017

UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes

Pablo de Greiff, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion of justice and reparation, said Sri Lanka had been slow to deliver on its promise of justice for atrocities during the island’s bloody 37-year civil war
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/23/539627/Sri-Lanka-UN-war-crimes-investigation-justice-Maithripala-Sirisena-Tamil

17 OCTOBER 2017

India-China rivalry spills over in Sri Lankan airport

India and Sri Lanka are close to finalizing a joint venture to manage and expand facilities at the Mattala Airport, which is situated near the Hambantota Seaport, a key port in China’s multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201710171058322914-india-china-rivalry-airport/

3 OCTOBER 2017

Sri Lanka hosts its first CARAT exercise with US navy

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes

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

15 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka names senior lawyer Tilak Marapana as new foreign minister

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

10 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

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

26 JULY 2017

Silenced stones mark hard path to Sri Lankan reconciliation

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

25 JULY 2017

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

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

22 JULY 2017

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

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

14 JULY 2017

Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer

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

12 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka says Buddhism will remain paramount in new charter

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

11 JUNE 2017

Sri Lanka makes first arrest over hate crimes against Muslims

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

11 MAY 2017

Modi in Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises

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

27 MARCH 2017

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

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

5 MARCH 2017

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

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

27 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

19 FEBRUARY 2017

Two more Sri Lankan Army officers remanded over Keith Noyahr Attack

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

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lankan president insists on retaining emergency powers

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

7 JANUARY 2017

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

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

22 DECEMBER 2016

Sri Lanka’s economy marches slowly into 2017

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

17 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

26 OCTOBER 2016

General strike in northern Sri Lanka over police killing of students

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

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

15 AUGUST 2016

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

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

11 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka parliament endorses office to trace wartime missing

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

6 JULY 2016

Sri Lanka aims to demilitarise island by 2018

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

2 MAY 2016

Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act

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

15 MARCH 2016

Breaking Sri Lanka’s economic gridlock

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

11 MARCH 2016

Colombo gives China green light to build port city

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

6 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Fonseka joins government

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

30 JANUARY 2016

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

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

29 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s balancing act between India and Pakistan

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

13 JANUARY 2016

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

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

9 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution to devolve power

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

5 JANUARY 2016

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

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

3 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims

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

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

UN calls for special court to investigate Sri Lanka wartime atrocities

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

Tamil Lawmaker to Lead Opposition in Sri Lanka

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

21 AUGUST 2015

Ranil sworn in as Prime Minister

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

18 AUGUST 2015

 Sri Lanka elections: UNP victory as Rajapaksa hopes rebuffed

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

26 JUNE 2015

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

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

5 MAI 2015

US-Sri Lanka relations: Kerry arrives to conducive atmosphere

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

22 APRIL 2015

Sri Lanka ex-leader’s brother Basil Rajapaksa arrested

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

26 MARCH 2015

Sri Lanka seeks improved relations with China

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

22 MARCH 2015

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena forms national government with opposition

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

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

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

14 MARCH 2015

India’s Modi visits Sri Lanka’s Tamil heartland

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

13 MARCH 2015

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

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

20 FEBRUARY 2015

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

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

16 FEBRUARY 2015

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

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

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka urges UN to delay war crimes probe

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

7 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka in U-turn on port project

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

3 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka: Hope for Minorities?

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

21 JANUARY 2015

Sri Lanka rehabilitates ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka

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

14 JANUARY 2015

Pope canonises Sri Lanka’s first saint

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

13 JANUARY 2015

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

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

9 JANUARY 2015

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

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

 

Malaysia history and culture

MALAYSIA HISTORY AND CULTURE

 

19 FEBRUARY 2019

Who arrived first on the Malay Peninsula? That depends on whether you’re Indian or Malay

The issue of historical narrative blew up again in July last year, when newly appointed human resources minister M. Kulasegaran found himself in hot water with the Malay majority by claiming the country’s Indian ethnic minority were among the original inhabitants of the Malay Peninsula
https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/2186591/who-arrived-first-malay-peninsula-depends-whether-youre-indian-or-malay

8 FEBRUARY 2018

70 years later, Malayan Emergency’s legacy lives on

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Malayan Emergency, an undeclared war fought between the Communist Party of Malaya’s (CPM) guerrilla army and the former British colonial government of Malaya. Modern-day independent Malaysia would emerge from the tumult
http://www.atimes.com/article/70-years-later-malayan-emergencys-legacy-lives-on/?cn-reloaded=1

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 12 March in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 12 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “conflicts and strategy on (date + month) in Asian history”

Updated on March 12, 2019

1849: The Sikh army surrenders to the British at the end of the second Sikh War, conceding to the annexation of the Punjab in northwestern India
http://www.indianetzone.com/34/second_sikh_war_18481849_british_india.htm
http://www.sikh-history.com/sikhhist/events/anglosikhwars2.html

1885: During the Tonkin Campaign, France captures the citadel of Bắc Ninh from the Guangxi Army
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%E1%BA%AFc_Ninh_Campaign

1885-03-12 Taking-of-bac-ninh

1942: End of the Battle of Java. The senior British, Australian and American commanders are summoned to Bandung where the formal instrument of surrender is signed

1972: The last remnants of the First Australian Task Force withdraw from Vietnam. By 1969, Australian forces in Vietnam totaled an estimated 6,600 personnal
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/australians-withdraw-from-south-vietnam

1993: A series of bomb attack in Bombay.More than 350 are killed
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/12/newsid_4272000/4272943.stm
http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/1993-mumbai-blasts/262310

1993: North Korea says that it plans to withdraw from Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and refuses to allow inspectors access to nuclear sites

2011: President Hamid Karzai urges international troops to stop their operations in Afghanistan, saying that his tolerance had run out after a string of high-profile accidental civilian casualties
http://www.france24.com/en/20110312-karzai-nato-stop-operations-civilian-casuaties-afghanistan-pakistan-war-usa

 

On 12 March in South Asian history

ON 12 MARCH IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 12, 2019

1447: Death of Shah Rukh, Mongol leader
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shah_Rukh_(Timurid_dynasty)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9OBZDrs4rs

1849: The Sikh army surrenders to the British at the end of the second Sikh War, conceding to the annexation of the Punjab in northwestern India
http://www.indianetzone.com/34/second_sikh_war_18481849_british_india.htm

http://www.sikh-history.com/sikhhist/events/anglosikhwars2.html

1913: Birth of Yashwantrao Chavan, Indian politician, who died on November 25, 1984
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yashwantrao_Chavan
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/12-march-1913-yashwantrao-chavan-former-union-minister-was-born

Yashwantrao Chavan

1930: Mahatma Gandhi leads a 200-mile march known as Dandi March to the sea in defiance of British to protest the British monopoly on salt
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/gandhi-leads-civil-disobedience
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/india/f/What-Was-Gandhis-Salt-March.htm?nl=1
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2767.html

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

1942: Birth of Shabnam Shakeel, Pakistani poet and author who died on March 2, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabnam_Shakeel

1953: Birth of Madhav Kumar Nepal, Nepalese Prime minister since May 23, 2009 to February 2011
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhav_Kumar_Nepal

1954: Birth of Anish Kapoor, Indian sculptor
http://c4gallery.com/artist/database/anish-kapoor/anish-kapoor.html
http://www.artnet.com/artists/anish-kapoor/biography
https://www.google.fr/search?q=anish+kapoor+biography&biw=1188&bih=585&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=cYIAVbKDL8f5Us_YgtgF&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

1983: Birth of Atif Aslam, Pakistani pop singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atif_Aslam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzU9emwvU34

1984: Birth of Shreya Ghoshal, Indian singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shreya_Ghoshal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGO38nsNwTY

1993: A series of bomb attack in Bombay.More than 350 are killed
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/12/newsid_4272000/4272943.stm
http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/1993-mumbai-blasts/262310

2001: In India, the president of BJP Bangaru Laxmam resigns because he is involved in a corruption case
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/bangaru-laxman-bjps-lone-dalit-president-forced-out-after-sting/
http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/bjp-president-bangaru-laxman-caught-in-a-corruption-scandal

2011: President Hamid Karzai urges international troops to stop their operations in Afghanistan, saying that his tolerance had run out after a string of high-profile accidental civilian casualties
http://www.france24.com/en/20110312-karzai-nato-stop-operations-civilian-casuaties-afghanistan-pakistan-war-usa

2012: Addressing tens of thousands of opposition supporters who gathered in the capital defying government restrictions, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday gave the Hasina administration a 90-day ultimatum to announce the restoration of the caretaker system.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=226106
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17336583

2013: Death of Ganesh Pyne, Indian painter and illustrator, born on June 11, 1937
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/mar/20/ganesh-pyne
http://www.saffronart.com/artists/ganesh-pyne

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT1UADwlHOg

2015: Death of Ada Jafri, Pakistani poet and author, born on August 22, 1924
http://tns.thenews.com.pk/ada-jafri-in-a-style-of-her-own/#.VuL4fDjMtjo

2016: Death of Rafiq Azad, Bangladeshi poet and author, born on February 14, 1942
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/03/12/poet-rafiq-azad-dies-at-the-age-of-74
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafiq_Azad

On 12 March in Southeast Asian history

ON 12 MARCH IN SOUTHEST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 12, 2019

1612: Dutch rename post at Jayakerta to Batavia (today’s Jakarta)

1885: During the Tonkin Campaign, France captures the citadel of Bắc Ninh from the Guangxi Army
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%E1%BA%AFc_Ninh_Campaign

1885-03-12 Taking-of-bac-ninh

1908: Birth of David Marshall, first Singapore Chief Minister, who died on December 12, 1995
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_283_2005-01-13.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Saul_Marshall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wy_rcRyKbI

1929: Birth of U Win Tin, jailed Burmese journalist from 1989 to 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win_Tin
https://www.irrawaddy.com/from-the-archive/u-win-tin-burmas-revolutionary-journalist.html

1942: End of the Battle of Java. The senior British, Australian and American commanders are summoned to Bandung where the formal instrument of surrender is signed

1966: The Communist party of Indonesia (PKI) is banned
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_Indonesia

1967: Sukarno, president of Indonesia, is officially dismissed by the parliament and replaced by general Suharto as acting president
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acting_Presidency_of_Suharto

1972: The last remnants of the First Australian Task Force withdraw from Vietnam. By 1969, Australian forces in Vietnam totaled an estimated 6,600 personnal
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/australians-withdraw-from-south-vietnam

 

On 12 March in Japan’s history

ON 12 MARCH IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on March 12, 2019

1374: Death of Japanese Emperor Go-Kogon (1352-1371), born on 14 April 1336
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-K%C5%8Dgon

1386: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshimochi, 4th Shogun (1408-1423) of the Ashikaga shogunate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashikaga_Yoshimochi

1608: Death of Koriki Kiyonaga, Japanese warlord, born in 1530
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Koriki_Kiyonaga

Koriki Kiyonaga

1905: Birth of Takashi Shimura, Japanese actor who died in February 11, 1982
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0793766/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takashi_Shimura


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbw9gt_rashomon-akira-kurosawa-trailer-by_shortfilms

1910: Birth of Masayoshi Ohira, Japanese Prime minister (December 1978- June 1980) who died on June 12, 1980
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masayoshi_%C5%8Chira
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2341.html

1925: Birth of Leo Esaki, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1973/esaki-bio.html

1942: End of the Battle of Java. The senior British, Australian and American commanders are summoned to Bandung where the formal instrument of surrender is signed

1960: Birth of Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoru_Niihara

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP7JZM069YM

1960: Birth of Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maki_Nomiya

1975: Death of Kikou Yamata, Japanese female writer, born on March 15 1897
https://sites.google.com/site/kikouyamata/anglais

1978: Birth of Arina Tanemura, Japanese mangaka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arina_Tanemura

1995: Birth of Kanon Fukuda, Japanese singer
http://helloproject.wikia.com/wiki/Fukuda_Kanon

1999: Birth of Sakura Oda, Japanese singer
http://helloproject.wikia.com/wiki/Oda_Sakura

2011: The Fukushima nuclear power station is rocked by a huge explosion in one of its six reactor units. Amid growing concerns about radioactive material spreading into the surrounding environment
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12722719
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12723092
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-japan-quake-nuclear-20110312,0,7065294.story

 

On 12 March in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 12 MARCH IN CHINESE HISTORY INCLUDING TAIWAN

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Updated on March 12, 2019

1872: Death of Zeng Guofan, Chinese general who rised the Xiang Army to fight effectively against the Taiping Rebellion and restored the power of the Qing dynasty
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Zeng-Guofan

1885: During the Tonkin Campaign, France captures the citadel of Bắc Ninh from the Guangxi Army
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%E1%BA%AFc_Ninh_Campaign

1885-03-12 Taking-of-bac-ninh

1925: Death of Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary, father of the Republic of China, born on November 12, 1866. Chiang Kai-shek succeeds to him as KMT leader
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Yat-sen
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2077369/day-sun-yat-sen-died-leaving-china-play-without
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2943.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4rYGYg8BT0&feature=related

1976: Birth at Wuhu (Anhui) of Chinese actress Vicki Zhao (Zhao Wei)
http://yummycelebrities.com/2006/07/04/vicki-zhao-wei/
http://women.stareastasia.com/vicki-zhao/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUs0nwp-CFk

1985: Death of Taiwanese writer Yang Kui, born in 1906
http://www.snipview.com/q/Yang%20Kui
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1941.html

1993: Death of Wang Zhen, one of the Eight Immortals of the Chinese Communist Party, born on April 11, 1908
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-wang-zhen-1497308.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Zhen

1997: Death of the Chinese native literary writer Liu Shaotang
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2454.html

2000: Death of Ignatius Kung Pin-mei, Chinese cardinal, bishop of Shanghai, born on August 2, 1901
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignatius_Kung_Pin-Mei

2008: US drop China from list of top ten countries violators of rights
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2008/03/12/world/americas/12iht-12rights.10961320.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1581506/US-drops-China-from-worst-human-rights-list.html

2009: The Chinese government must approve the next reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, and will not recognize any candidate that has not been endorsed by Beijing, a top official has said
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/03/20093133841803523.html

2018: Hong Kong’s democracy camp fails to claw back all their lost seats 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

Holidays and observances

Arbor Day (China and Taiwan)

On 12 March in Asian history

ON 12 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…), type “On (day + month) in Asian history »

Updated on March 12, 2019

1374: Death of Japanese Emperor Go-Kogon (1352-1371), born on 14 April 1336
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-K%C5%8Dgon

1386: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshimochi, 4th Shogun (1408-1423) of the Ashikaga shogunate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashikaga_Yoshimochi

1447: Death of Shah Rukh, Mongol leader
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shah_Rukh_(Timurid_dynasty)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9OBZDrs4rs

1608: Death of Koriki Kiyonaga, Japanese warlord, born in 1530
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Koriki_Kiyonaga

Koriki Kiyonaga

1612: Dutch rename post at Jayakerta to Batavia (today’s Jakarta)

1849: The Sikh army surrenders to the British at the end of the second Sikh War, conceding to the annexation of the Punjab in northwestern India
http://www.indianetzone.com/34/second_sikh_war_18481849_british_india.htm
http://www.sikh-history.com/sikhhist/events/anglosikhwars2.html

1872: Death of Zeng Guofan, Chinese general who rised the Xiang Army to fight effectively against the Taiping Rebellion and restored the power of the Qing dynasty
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Zeng-Guofan

1885: During the Tonkin Campaign, France captures the citadel of Bắc Ninh from the Guangxi Army
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%E1%BA%AFc_Ninh_Campaign

1885-03-12 Taking-of-bac-ninh

1905: Birth of Takashi Shimura, Japanese actor who died on February 11, 1982
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0793766/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takashi_Shimura

1908: Birth of David Marshall, first Singapore Chief Minister, who died on December 12, 1995
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_283_2005-01-13.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Saul_Marshall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wy_rcRyKbI

1910: Birth of Masayoshi Ohira, Japanese Prime minister (December 1978- June 1980) who died on June 12, 1980
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masayoshi_%C5%8Chira
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2341.html

1913: Birth of Yashwantrao Chavan, Indian politician, who died on November 25, 1984
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yashwantrao_Chavan
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/12-march-1913-yashwantrao-chavan-former-union-minister-was-born

Yashwantrao Chavan

1925: Death of Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary, father of the Republic of China, born on November 12, 1866. Chiang Kai-shek succeeds to him as KMT leader
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Yat-sen
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2077369/day-sun-yat-sen-died-leaving-china-play-without
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2943.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4rYGYg8BT0&feature=related

1925: Birth of Leo Esaki, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate 1973
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1973/esaki-bio.html

1929: Birth of U Win Tin, jailed Burmese journalist from 1989 to 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win_Tin
https://www.irrawaddy.com/from-the-archive/u-win-tin-burmas-revolutionary-journalist.html

1930: Mahatma Gandhi leads a 200-mile march known as Dandi March to the sea in defiance of British to protest the British monopoly on salt
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/gandhi-leads-civil-disobedience
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/india/f/What-Was-Gandhis-Salt-March.htm?nl=1
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2767.html

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

1942: End of the Battle of Java. The senior British, Australian and American commanders are summoned to Bandung where the formal instrument of surrender is signed


1942: Birth of Shabnam Shakeel, Pakistani poet and author who died on March 2, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabnam_Shakeel

1953: Birth of Madhav Kumar Nepal, Nepalese Prime minister since May 23, 2009 to February 2011
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhav_Kumar_Nepal

1954: Birth of Anish Kapoor, Indian sculptor
http://c4gallery.com/artist/database/anish-kapoor/anish-kapoor.html
http://www.artnet.com/artists/anish-kapoor/biography
https://www.google.fr/search?q=anish+kapoor+biography&biw=1188&bih=585&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=cYIAVbKDL8f5Us_YgtgF&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

1960: Birth of Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoru_Niihara

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP7JZM069YM

1960: Birth of Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maki_Nomiya

1962: Dutch Premier De Quay announces secret talks with Indonesia

1966: The Communist party of Indonesia (PKI) is banned
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_Indonesia

1967: Sukarno, president of Indonesia, is officially dismissed by the parliament and replaced by general Suharto as acting president
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acting_Presidency_of_Suharto

1972: The last remnants of the First Australian Task Force withdraw from Vietnam. By 1969, Australian forces in Vietnam totaled an estimated 6,600 personnal
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/australians-withdraw-from-south-vietnam

1975: Death of Kikou Yamata, Japanese female writer, born on March 15 1897
https://sites.google.com/site/kikouyamata/anglais

1976: Birth of Chinese actress Vicki Zhao (Zhao Wei)
http://yummycelebrities.com/2006/07/04/vicki-zhao-wei/
http://women.stareastasia.com/vicki-zhao/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUs0nwp-CFk

1978: Birth of Arina Tanemura, Japanese mangaka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arina_Tanemura

1983: Birth of Atif Aslam, Pakistani pop singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atif_Aslam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzU9emwvU34

1984: Birth of Shreya Ghoshal, Indian singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shreya_Ghoshal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGO38nsNwTY

1985: Death of Taiwanese writer Yang Kui, born in 1906
http://www.snipview.com/q/Yang%20Kui
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1941.html

1993: A series of bomb attack in Bombay.More than 350 are killed
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/12/newsid_4272000/4272943.stm
http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/1993-mumbai-blasts/262310

1993: Death of Wang Zhen, one of the Eight Immortals of the Chinese Communist Party, born on April 11, 1908
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-wang-zhen-1497308.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Zhen

1993: North Korea says that it plans to withdraw from Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and refuses to allow inspectors access to nuclear sites

2000: Death of Ignatius Kung Pin-mei, Chinese cardinal, bishop of Shanghai, born on August 2, 1901
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignatius_Kung_Pin-Mei

2001: In India, the president of BJP Bangaru Laxmam resigns because he is involved in a corruption case
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/bangaru-laxman-bjps-lone-dalit-president-forced-out-after-sting/
http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/bjp-president-bangaru-laxman-caught-in-a-corruption-scandal

2004: Roh Moo-hyun, president of South Korea is impeached by the parliament (cf 3 March) and replaced by Prime Minister Goh Kun waiting the decision of the Constitutional Court
http://koreanconlaw.blogspot.com/2005/02/impeachment-of-roh-moo-hyun.html

2008: US drop China from list of top ten countries violators of rights
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2008/03/12/world/americas/12iht-12rights.10961320.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1581506/US-drops-China-from-worst-human-rights-list.html

2009: The Chinese government must approve the next reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, and will not recognize any candidate that has not been endorsed by Beijing, a top official has said
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/03/20093133841803523.html

2010: Russia announces it will build 16 nuclear reactors in India as part of defence and energy deals. The long-anticipated nuclear agreement came as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visits India
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8561365.stm

2011: The Fukushima nuclear power station is rocked by a huge explosion in one of its six reactor units. Amid growing concerns about radioactive material spreading into the surrounding environment
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12722719
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12723092
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-japan-quake-nuclear-20110312,0,7065294.story

2011: President Hamid Karzai urges international troops to stop their operations in Afghanistan, saying that his tolerance had run out after a string of high-profile accidental civilian casualties
http://www.france24.com/en/20110312-karzai-nato-stop-operations-civilian-casuaties-afghanistan-pakistan-war-usa

2012: Addressing tens of thousands of opposition supporters who gathered in the capital defying government restrictions, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia gives the Hasina administration a 90-day ultimatum to announce the restoration of the caretaker system.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=226106
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17336583

2013: Death of Ganesh Pyne, Indian painter and illustrator, born on June 11, 1937
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/mar/20/ganesh-pyne
http://www.saffronart.com/artists/ganesh-pyne

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT1UADwlHOg

2015: Death of Ada Jafri, Pakistani poet and author, born on August 22, 1924
http://tns.thenews.com.pk/ada-jafri-in-a-style-of-her-own/#.VuL4fDjMtjo

2016: Death of Rafiq Azad, Bangladeshi poet and author, born on February 14, 1942
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/03/12/poet-rafiq-azad-dies-at-the-age-of-74
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafiq_Azad

2018: Hong Kong’s democracy camp fails to claw back all their lost seats 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


Holidays and observances

Arbor Day (China and Taiwan)