Japanese public evenly spilt on support of Class-A war criminal shrine

asahi.com : English
Public opinion is split over whether Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi should continue his visits to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, an Asahi Shimbun poll conducted over the weekend shows.
Asked whether Koizumi should continue to visit Yasukuni, 38 percent of those polled said yes, and 39 percent said no.

Japanese carmakers “speak softly and wield a big stick”

Bloomberg.com: Japan
“In the past, the Japanese automakers would defer to Detroit on auto issues, even when it wasn’t in their best interest,” said Brian O’Neill, president of the Arlington, Virginia-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which works with automakers on legislative issues. “Now they’re being much more assertive, and their confidence is growing in line with their increase in U.S. plants.”
Already this year, Toyota and Honda used their influence to obtain from Congress an extension of tax credits that favor their hybrid-electric autos over those produced by U.S. companies. And Nissan earned a waiver from a rule relating to fuel-economy standards for its cars.

China and Japan push for control of an ‘east Asian’ Summit

FT.com / World / Asia-Pacific – Members agree to hold ‘East Asian’ summit
South-east Asian countries have agreed to hold an East Asia summit in Malaysia next year with China, Japan and South Korea, a move that could eventually shift the leadership of regional economic and security co- operation from south-east Asia to China.

The 10 members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) already hold an annual joint meeting with the three north Asian countries. But an East Asia summit would mean China, Japan and Korea could play a large role in driving the pace and agenda of regional dialogue.

Half of the Chinese population hates Japanese, duh

Half Chinese don’t feel “close” to Japanese: survey – Xinhuanet
BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhuanet) — More than half of the Chinese people do not feel close with their neighbor Japan, mostly because Japan has not “seriously reflected” on its invasion of China five decades ago, according to a survey made by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

Korean slaves raped again

sex slavesYahoo! News – World Photos – AFP
South Korean sex slaves or ‘comfort women’. Japan’s top court has rejected a damages suit brought by South Koreans forced to work as sex slaves or soldiers by the Japanese Imperial Army, saying their suffering in World War II cannot be compensated

Japan works on war crimes

FENA News
SARAJEVO, November 29 (FENA) – The Government of Japan has decided to provide support to the UNDP Project %u201CSupport to the establishment of War Crimes Chamber in BiH%u201D by utilizing US$ 500,000 from the Japan/UNDP Trust Fund for BiH, was announced on Monday by the Embassy of Japan and UNDP.

The Project will encompass three main components, including training of all legal professionals involved in the prosecution of war crimes cases in BiH.

Europe willing to dump Japan from the Fusion Project

The EU will go ahead with locating the International Themonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France if no agreement can be reached with Japan by the end of the year over where to build the plant, according to EU research ministers.