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Taking up herewith Japanese News Trend.
Reuters News titled "Japan red-faced over mistaken N.Korean rocket report" was one of the big news in Japan just yesterday.

Japan red-faced over mistaken N.Korean rocket report
Sat Apr 4, 2009 by Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government apologized on Saturday for mistakenly announcing that North Korea had launched a rocket, as the nation's military remained on alert for the expected move by Tokyo's secretive communist neighbor.
North Korea has said it would launch a communications satellite between April 4-8 between 10:00 p.m. EDT to 3:00 p.m. EDT. ...Full story>>

Japan: A Black Spot in the Red Sun
4 April 2009 by Turkish Weekly

Japanese, torn between post-modernity and deep-rooted tradition, are traditionally one of the biggest backers of the global non-proliferation regime, persistently promising to negate nuclear weapons. That could change, nevertheless.
With the evolving events in Northeast Asia, particularly Pyongyang’s push-button war-games and Beijing’s bold military modernisation, have fuelled fresh questions about Tokyo’s touchiness to conceivable challengers and, therefore, a taste for fashioning an independent nuclear deterrent. ...Full story>>

A Reprieve for Japan's Embattled Leader?
Friday, Apr. 03, 2009 by Time
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown greets his Japanese counterpart Taro Aso upon his arrival at the G20 summit in London on April 2, 2009

The night Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso left for this week's G-20 summit in London, he said at a news conference that he "intended to exert leadership" to bring about concrete, coordinated international efforts to fight the global economic crisis. Now that the summit is being heralded as a success — consensus was reached on plans to clean up banking systems and world leaders pledged more than $1 trillion to support impoverished countries — there's evidence that Japan's embattled Prime Minister may have had an impact. ...Full story>>

Be 197% Sure Schoolgirls Won’t Help Your Economy: William Pesek
April 2, 2009 by Bloomberg

April 3 (Bloomberg) -- It’s hard to know where to start on Japan’s economy. Schoolgirls are as good a place as any.
The country hopes a teenage girl wearing a mini-skirted uniform will boost its international profile and, by extension, the economy. Never mind that at 19, actress Shizuka Fujioka is no longer a schoolgirl. She will travel the world with two other young women as cultural envoys. The plan is to capitalize on Japan’s long-running craze for all things cute. ...Full story>> 

Chinese forgers take aim at Japan's art market
Sat Apr 4, 2009 by AFP

TOKYO (AFP) — Chinese forgers, after fooling art collectors worldwide by faking their own country's artifacts, are now trying to break into Japan's hermetic but very lucrative market, a leading expert has warned.
"Netsuke" -- miniature sculptures made of ivory, boxwood or animal horn that Japanese men have traditionally worn to decorate their kimono belts -- have become the latest target of counterfeit artists in Hong Kong and China. ...Full story>>
By J.S. in Apr., 2009




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