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On 21 July in Asian history

ON 21 JULY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on July 21, 2019

541: Birth of Emperor Wen, founder of the Sui dynasty who died on August 13, 604
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Wen_of_Sui

628: Birth of Emperor Gaozong of Tang, the third emperor of the Tang Dynasty in China, ruling from 649, who died on December 27, 683
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Taizong_of_Tang

1645: Qing Dynasty regent Dorgon issues an edict ordering all Han Chinese men to shave their forehead and braid the rest of their hair into a queue identical to those of the Manchus

1911 Fin natte (2)

1786: Tay Son rebellion leader Ngyuyen Hue captures the capital of Dai Viet (Vietnam), Thang Long (Hanoi)
http://countrystudies.us/vietnam/13.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguyen_Hue

1906: Birth of Taiwan musician Teng Yu-hsien who died on June 11, 1944
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teng_Yu-hsien

 

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

1911: Birth of Umashankar Joshi, Indian author, poet, and scholar who died on December 19, 1988
http://www.umashankarjoshi.in/index.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umashankar_Joshi

1920: Birth of Anand Bakshi, Indian poet and songwriter who died on March 30, 2002
http://www.santabanta.com/bollywood/1463/anand-bakshi/
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/anand-bakshi.html

1926: Birth of Rahimuddin Khan, Pakistani general, governor of Balochistan from 1978 to 1984
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahimuddin_Khan

1944: American troops land on Guam, under Japanese occupation since December 1941, starting a battle that will end on August 10


http://www.stamfordhistory.org/ww2_guam.htm
https://www.thoughtco.com/battle-of-guam-1944-2360456

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=549AEkdXEM8

1945: Birth at Shanghai of Hong Kong actress Lydia Shum who died from liver cancer on February 19, 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lydia_Shum

1947: In Indonesia, Dutch troops launch the Operation Product, aiming to take control of the more useful eras of Java and Sumatra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operatie_Product

1951: Beginning of the negotiations between United Nations and North Korea in the border town of Panmunjom

1953: Birth of Jeff Fatt, Chinese Australian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Fatt

1954: End of the Conference of Geneva on Indochina. Vietnam is cut in two eras separated by the 17th parallel. Hanoi signs but Saigon refuses
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/july/21/newsid_3894000/3894175.stm
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/inch003.asp

1955: Birth of Taco Ockerse, Indonesian singer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taco_(musician)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMecLD7lAQc

1960: In Sri Lanka, Sirimavo Bandaranaike takes the oath as Prime Minister up to 1977
http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2013/jul/22/bandaranaike-first-woman-prime-minister

1960: Birth of Amar Singh Chamkila, Punjabi folk singer, gunned down on March 8, 1988
http://www.chamkila.org/home/history

1963: End of Sino-Soviet talks in Moscow to discuss the widening split between Moscow and Beijing over ideological differences. Both countries issue a joint statement that the talks have ended, and that the delegations have failed to reach any agreement except to recess

1964: Riots in Singapore by Malays demanding the same privileges as in the other parts of the Federation of Malaysia

1964-07-21 Riots
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_Race_Riots
http://singaporerebel.blogspot.fr/2005/07/1964-fighting-in-streets-of-singapore.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekpJL6z8Bgs

1964: Birth of Akira Yasuda, Japanese illustrator
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1448771/

1969: USA lifts some restrictions in its business with communist China

1972: Death of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, king of Bhutan since 1952 (born on May 2, 1929). Jigme Singye Wangchuck, 17 years old becomes the new kind
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jigme_Dorji_Wangchuck
http://countrystudies.us/bhutan/12.htm

1978: Sino-Japanese talks for a Treaty of Peace and Amity resume

1995: Third Taiwan Strait Crisis. The People’s Liberation Army begins firing missiles into the waters north of Taiwan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Taiwan_Strait_Crisis
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/taiwan_strait.htm

TW Manoeuvres détroits

2001: Death of Sivaji Ganesan, South Indian Tamil actor, born on October 1, 1927
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/sivaji-ganesan.html

2005: In Myanmar, former PM Khin Nyunt is sentenced to 41 years in prison
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4708435.stm

2006: Death of Mako Iwamatsu, Japanese-born American actor, born on December 10, 1933
https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/mako-iwamatsu-11903.php
http://articles.latimes.com/2006/jul/23/local/me-mako23

2006: Death of Ta Mok, Khmer Rouge leader “The Butcher”, born in 1930
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5201770.stm

2007: For the first time since independence, 60 years ago, a woman, Pratibha Patil, is elected president of the republic of India
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6910097.stm

2008: Ram Baran Yadav, from the Nepalese Congress, is elected first president of the Republic of Nepal
 
https://blog.com.np/2008/07/21/ram-baran-yadav-is-the-first-president-of-republic-nepal/
http://www1.rfi.fr/actuen/articles/103/article_1063.asp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYgh-1_8duM

2009: Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso dissolves parliament’s lower house for an August 30 election
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8160900.stm

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

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

2013: In Cambodia, Sam Rainsy, who was greeted by huge crowds on Friday after his return from self-imposed exile in France, was removed from the electoral register late last year and is unable to run as a candidate in the July 28 polls.

2015 : Eleven Cambodian opposition members and activists are sentenced to prison on insurrection charges, including three who received 20-year sentences
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/cambodia-jails-opposition-activists-insurrection-150721123023451.html

2016: A youth named by China as Panchen Lama, the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, but reviled as a fake by many Tibetans, begins an important Buddhist rite, the first time in 50 years it has happened in Tibet
http://in.reuters.com/article/us-china-tibet-idINKCN1010S5
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-07/22/content_15466707.html

 

Holidays and observances

Singapore: Racial Harmony Day

Guam: Liberation Day

Japan’s home policy and society

21 JULY 2019

Japan’s ruling bloc secures upper house majority – exit polls

NHK public television said that Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its partner Komei were sure to win from 67 to 77 seats in the upper house, and that the two-thirds majority needed for constitutional revision could be within reach if the bloc is joined by supporters from another party
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/japan-s-ruling-bloc-secures-upper-house-majority-exit-polls-28408
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190721_46/

1 MAY 2019

Naruhito formally invested as Japan’s new emperor

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday, a day after his father’s historic abdication, and vowed to stand with the people as the country begins a new imperial era
https://www.france24.com/en/20190501-naruhito-formally-invested-japan-new-emperor-akihito-abdicates
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190501_24/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005710470

30 APRIL 2019

Japan’s emperor Akihito abdicates with message of love

Emperor Akihito has thanked the people of Japan for their support during his 30-year reign and said he hopes his successor’s time on the chrysanthemum throne will be “stable and fruitful”, as he becomes the country’s first monarch to abdicate in two centuries
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/30/japan-emperor-akihito-abdicate
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190430_34/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005708706

26 APRIL 2019

Akihito will be remembered as an emperor of the people

Akihito’s efforts over the past 30 years to democratise the imperial institution have been met with virtually unqualified success. According to an NHK survey conducted in 2009 on the 20th anniversary of Akihito’s ascent to the throne, 85 per cent of respondents either agreed wholeheartedly or in large part that the emperor was fulfilling his constitutional role. The results of a Mainichi Shimbun survey taken this year raised the ratio to 87 per cent. Questions relating to how close people felt to their emperor also elicited high scores
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/04/26/akihito-will-be-remembered-as-an-emperor-of-the-people/

21 APRIL 2019

Japan PM Abe’s ruling bloc suffers rare losses in two by-elections

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc suffered two rare losses in by-elections on Sunday (April 21) in an apparent warning from voters not to get complacent ahead of a national election for Parliament’s Upper House later this year
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-pm-abes-ruling-bloc-suffers-rare-losses-in-two-by-elections
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update1-japan’s-ruling-ldp-loses-2-out-of-2-lower-house-by-elections

18 APRIL 2019

Japanese Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods

Emperor Akihito prayed at a Japanese shrine Thursday in a ritual to report his upcoming abdication to the Shinto gods
https://japantoday.com/category/national/Emperor-performs-ritual-to-report-abdication
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/36/106/167/1555582231316.html?newsId=68246

10 APRIL 2019

Japan: Does the new Ainu bill truly symbolise progress?

On 15 February, the Cabinet of Japan approved a bill that officially recognises the Ainu as Indigenous people of northern Japan, many of which live in Hokkaido. Although Japan formally recognised the Ainu as an Indigenous group in 2008, concrete legal recognition has not been established until nown
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2019/04/japan-does-the-new-ainu-bill-truly-symbolise-progress/

1 APRIL 2019

Japan reveals Reiwa to be name of new imperial era ahead of Emperor Akihito’s abdication

The « Heisei » imperial era will end on April 30 when Emperor Akihito steps down. Japan’s government says the imperial era associated with his successor will be known as « Reiwa. »
https://www.dw.com/en/japan-to-welcome-reiwa-era-after-emperor-akihito-steps-down/a-48142022
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201904010048.html
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/japan-announces-era-of-peace-and-harmony/

29 MARCH 2019

How Japan’s Akihito redefined the role of emperor

As a new imperial era begins in Japan, Emperor Akihito has left behind a legacy of modernity and compassion. During his 30-year reign, he defied monarchial norms, drawing both criticism and praise
https://www.dw.com/en/how-japans-akihito-redefined-the-role-of-emperor/a-48119012

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/

 

Xinjiang news

21 JULY 2019

Uygurs in Xinjiang didn’t choose to be Muslims, China says in white paper

Uygurs became Muslims not by choice but by force, and Islam is not their only religion, Beijing said in a white paper published on Sunday, as it continued its propaganda campaign to justify its controversial policies in the far western province of Xinjiang
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3019490/uygurs-xinjiang-didnt-choose-be-muslims-china-says-white-paper
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/228/219/155/1563683130475.html?newsId=89501

13 JULY 2019

More than 35 countries defend China over mass detention of Uighur Muslims in UN letter

Ambassadors of 37 states from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America praised China’s “contribution to the international human rights cause” in the letter sent to the UN‘s Human Rights Council on Friday
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-mass-detentions-uighur-muslims-un-letter-human-rights-a9003281.html

7 JUNE 2019

Xinjiang’s vanishing mosques highlight pressure on China’s Muslims as Ramadan ends with a whimper

While Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with prayers and festivities this week, the recent destruction of dozens of mosques in Xinjiang highlights the increasing pressure Uygurs and other ethnic minorities face in the heavily policed region
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3013255/xinjiangs-vanishing-mosques-highlight-pressure-chinas-muslims

18 MARCH 2019

China defends its security crackdown in Xinjiang

Authorities in China have arrested almost 13,000 « terrorists » in Xinjiang since 2014, the government said on Monday, in a White Paper defending its controversial de-radicalisation measures for Muslims in the restive far western region
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/18/china-says-it-has-arrested-13000-terrorists-in-xinjiang
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/39/55/161/1552903585946.html?newsId=65001

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

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 21 July in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 21 JULY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on July 21, 2019

1786: Tay Son rebellion leader Ngyuyen Hue captures the capital of Dai Viet (Vietnam), Thang Long (Hanoi)
http://countrystudies.us/vietnam/13.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguyen_Hue

1944: American troops land on Guam, under Japanese occupation since December 1941, starting a battle that will end on August 10


http://www.stamfordhistory.org/ww2_guam.htm
https://www.thoughtco.com/battle-of-guam-1944-2360456

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=549AEkdXEM8

1947: In Indonesia, Dutch troops launch the Operation Product, aiming to take control of the more useful eras of Java and Sumatra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operatie_Product

1951: Beginning of the negotiations between United Nations and North Korea in the border town of Panmunjom

1954: End of the Conference of Geneva on Indochina. Vietnam is cut in two eras separated by the 17th parallel. Hanoi signs but Saigon refuses
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/july/21/newsid_3894000/3894175.stm
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/inch003.asp

1963: End of Sino-Soviet talks in Moscow to discuss the widening split between Moscow and Beijing over ideological differences. Both countries issue a joint statement that the talks have ended, and that the delegations have failed to reach any agreement except to recess

1969: USA lifts some restrictions in its business with communist China

1978: Sino-Japanese talks for a Treaty of Peace and Amity resume

1995: Third Taiwan Strait Crisis. The People’s Liberation Army begins firing missiles into the waters north of Taiwan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Taiwan_Strait_Crisis
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/taiwan_strait.htmTW Manoeuvres détroits

Holidays and observances

Guam: Liberation Day

On 21 July in South Asian history

ON 21 JULY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on July 21, 2019

1911: Birth of Umashankar Joshi, Indian author, poet, and scholar who died on December 19, 1988
http://www.umashankarjoshi.in/index.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umashankar_Joshi

1920: Birth of Anand Bakshi, Indian poet and songwriter who died on March 30, 2002
http://www.santabanta.com/bollywood/1463/anand-bakshi/
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/anand-bakshi.html

1926: Birth of Rahimuddin Khan, Pakistani general, governor of Balochistan from 1978 to 1984
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahimuddin_Khan

1960: In Sri Lanka, Sirimavo Bandaranaike takes the oath as Prime Minister up to 1977
http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2013/jul/22/bandaranaike-first-woman-prime-minister

1960: Birth of Amar Singh Chamkila, Punjabi folk singer, gunned down on March 8, 1988
http://www.chamkila.org/home/history

1972: Death of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, king of Bhutan since 1952 (born on May 2, 1929). Jigme Singye Wangchuck, 17 years old becomes the new kind
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jigme_Dorji_Wangchuck
http://countrystudies.us/bhutan/12.htm

2001: Death of Sivaji Ganesan, South Indian Tamil actor, born on October 1, 1927
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/sivaji-ganesan.html

2007: For the first time since independence, 60 years ago, a woman, Pratibha Patil, is elected president of the republic of India
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6910097.stm

2008: Ram Baran Yadav, from the Nepalese Congress, is elected first president of the Republic of Nepal
https://blog.com.np/2008/07/21/ram-baran-yadav-is-the-first-president-of-republic-nepal/
http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/jul/21nepal.htm

 

On 21 July in Southeast Asian history

ON 21 JULY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on July 21, 2019

1786: Tay Son rebellion leader Ngyuyen Hue captures the capital of Dai Viet (Vietnam), Thang Long (Hanoi)
http://countrystudies.us/vietnam/13.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguyen_Hue

1947: In Indonesia, Dutch troops launch the Operation Product, aiming to take control of the more useful eras of Java and Sumatra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operatie_Product

1954: End of the Conference of Geneva on Indochina. Vietnam is cut in two eras separated by the 17th parallel. Hanoi signs but Saigon refuses
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/july/21/newsid_3894000/3894175.stm
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/inch003.asp

1955: Birth of Taco Ockerse, Indonesian singer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taco_(musician) 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMecLD7lAQc

1964: Riots in Singapore by Malays demanding the same privileges as in the other parts of the Federation of Malaysia

1964-07-21 Riots
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_Race_Riots
http://singaporerebel.blogspot.fr/2005/07/1964-fighting-in-streets-of-singapore.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekpJL6z8Bgs

2005: In Myanmar, former PM Khin Nyunt is sentenced to 41 years in prison
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4708435.stm

2006: Death of Ta Mok, Khmer Rouge leader “The Butcher”, born in 1930
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5201770.stm

2013: In Cambodia, Sam Rainsy, who was greeted by huge crowds after his return from self-imposed exile in France, was removed from the electoral register late last year and is declared unable to run as a candidate in the July 28 polls

 

Holidays and observances

Singapore: Racial Harmony 

On 21 July in Japan’s history

ON 21 JULY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on July 21, 2019

1944: American troops land on Guam, under Japanese occupation since December 1941, starting a battle that will end on August 10
http://www.stamfordhistory.org/ww2_guam.htm
https://www.thoughtco.com/battle-of-guam-1944-2360456

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=549AEkdXEM8

1964: Birth of Akira Yasuda, Japanese illustrator
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1448771/

1978: Sino-Japanese talks for a Treaty of Peace and Amity resume

2006: Death of Mako Iwamatsu, Japanese-born American actor, born on December 10, 1933
https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/mako-iwamatsu-11903.php
http://articles.latimes.com/2006/jul/23/local/me-mako23

2009: Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso dissolves parliament’s lower house for an August 30 election
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8160900.stm

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

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

 

 

 

On 21 July in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 21 JULY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on July 21, 2019

541: Birth of Emperor Wen, founder of the Sui dynasty who died on August 13, 604
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Wen_of_Sui

628: Birth of Emperor Gaozong of Tang, the third emperor of the Tang Dynasty in China, ruling from 649, who died on December 27, 683
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Taizong_of_Tang

1645: Qing Dynasty regent Dorgon issues an edict ordering all Han Chinese men to shave their forehead and braid the rest of their hair into a queue identical to those of the Manchus.

1911 Fin natte (2)

1906: Birth of Taiwan musician Teng Yu-hsien who died on June 11, 1944
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teng_Yu-hsien

 

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

1945: Birth at Shanghai of Hong Kong actress Lydia Shum who died from liver cancer on February 19, 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lydia_Shum

1953: Birth of Jeff Fatt, Chinese Australian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Fatt

1963: End of Sino-Soviet talks in Moscow to discuss the widening split between Moscow and Beijing over ideological differences. Both countries issue a joint statement that the talks have ended, and that the delegations have failed to reach any agreement except to recess

1969: USA lifts some restrictions in its business with communist China

1978: Sino-Japanese talks for a Treaty of Peace and Amity resume

1995: Third Taiwan Strait Crisis. The People’s Liberation Army begins firing missiles into the waters north of Taiwan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Taiwan_Strait_Crisis
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/taiwan_strait.htm

TW Manoeuvres détroits