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LDP backs pre-emptive strike capability against North Korea
Jun 4, 2009 by Channel NewsAsia

The defence panel of Japan's ruling party on Wednesday said that despite its pacifist constitution, it should be able to launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea to stop any imminent attack. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)'s defence policy committee also argued Japan should develop new spy satellites to provide advance warning of a missile launch without having to rely on US or other allies' intelligence. (Channel NewsAsia)

Ageing Japan's fertility rate up but population falls
Jun 3, 2009 by Reuters

Japan's fertility rate inched up for the third year in a row in 2008, but its ageing population still shrank, with 51,300 more deaths than births, a report from the health ministry showed on Wednesday. With a population of 127.6 million, Japan faces serious economic consequences as it expects over a quarter of its citizens to be aged over 65 by 2015. (Reuters)

Ichiro sets record; Mariners crush O's
Jun 4, 2009 by Japan Times

Erik Bedard pitched like an ace against his former team, Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to a team-record 26 consecutive games and the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 on Tuesday night. (Japan Times)

Kobe migration center opens
Jun 4, 2009 by Japan Times

A migration center to help foreign residents opened Wednesday in a building used by Japanese emigrants in the early 20th century. The opening of the Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction coincides with the centennial of the first ship to carry Japanese emigrants from the port to Brazil. (Japan Times)

Computer glitch downs Japan Airlines flights
Jun 3, 2009 by news.com.au

Asia's largest carrier, Japan Airlines, cancelled at least 33 domestic flights while dozens more were delayed on Wednesday due to a computer glitch, affecting more than 9000 passengers. The trouble, which came after the company introduced new software for electronic tickets, affected at least 9,242 passengers by noon. (news.com.au)

Japanese woman, British husband leap to death with dead child
Jun 2, 2009 by AP

A Japanese woman and her British husband died after jumping off a cliff in southern England while carrying the body of their deceased five-year-old son, police confirmed Tuesday. It is thought that Kazumi Puttick, 44, and her husband Neil, 34, decided to commit suicide at Beachy Head, a well-known suicide spot on the south coast in East Sussex, following the death of their son Samuel from meningitis. (AP)
By J.S. on Jun 4, 2009



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