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.

Citigroup bitter about the Land Of Rising Sun

FT.com / Business / Asia-Pacific – Citigroup finds little to crow about in land of rising sun
…..The business-as-usual appearance, however, belies the reality of a business with no future.
Japan’s Financial Services Agency has ordered Citigroup to wind up its Japanese private bank by next September, accusing the business of misleading customers, profiteering and riding roughshod over regulations.
The closure will leave vacant up to six floors in the tower that Citigroup shares with Japan’s bankers’ association. And it will create an even bigger gap in the country’s private banking sector….

DoCoMo invades the UK

Bloomberg.com: U.K.
NTT DoCoMo Inc., Japan’s largest mobile-phone operator, and MMO2 Plc will introduce a cellular- phone service in the U.K., Ireland and Germany based on the Japanese carrier’s i-mode wireless Internet technology.

DoCoMo will assist MMO2, the U.K.’s fourth-biggest mobile- phone operator, with data distribution and content development, DoCoMo said

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

Lucie Blackman’s Father Returning To Japan

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BBC NEWS | UK | England | Lucie’s father returning to Japan
The father of a nightclub hostess from Kent who died while working in Japan is returning to Tokyo for the trial of the man accused of killing her.
Lucie Blackman, from Sevenoaks, was working in a Tokyo nightclub when she disappeared in July 2000.

WiFi Standard specially screwed up for Japan

Mobile Pipeline | 802.11 Standard Modified For Japan
The IEEE has approved an amendment to IEEE 802.11 that will enable WLAN vendors to offer wireless products that adapt to new frequencies, different channel widths, and operating parameters for indoor and outdoor use in Japan.

Second Suspected Group Suicide In Japan In As Many Days

Second suspected group suicide in Japan in as many days
TOKYO A Japanese police official says four people are believed to have killed themselves by carbon monoxide poisoning inside a parked minivan.
It’s the country’s second suspected group suicide in as many days.

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.

Godzilla stomps Tinseltown


Channelnewsasia.com
LOS ANGELES : Godzilla celebrated his 50th birthday on Monday by breathing fire on Tinseltown, as the Japanese movie monster was awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Screams went up on Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard as the slick black sea creature turned out to see himself immortalised on its famous pavement along with the likes of movie royalty Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo.