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Japan, China leaders meet amid tensions, protests
AP - Nov 13, 2010

The leaders of Japan and China met on the sidelines of a Pacific Rim summit Saturday for their first formal talks since a territorial dispute erupted two months ago that badly strained ties between the Asian neighbors. The meeting between Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chinese President Hu Jintao, who is in Japan for the annual summit of 21 Pacific Rim countries and territories, was announced at the last minute and lasted less than a half hour. Thousands of flag-waving Japanese angry over the island dispute held a protest march just before the talks began. (AP)

Obama arrives in Japan to attend 2nd economic summit, final stop on four-nation tour of Asia
Canadian Press - Nov 13, 2010

President Barack Obama has arrived in Japan to attend a regional economic summit. It is the fourth and final stop on the president's 10-day, four-country economic and goodwill tour of Asia. The president will spend Saturday and Sunday participating in meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. The group of 21 economies is taking steps to create a sprawling Pacific-wide free trade zone. (Canadian Press)

Nobel Peace Prize winners meet in Hiroshima to ban nukes, focus on jailed China recipient
Canadian Press - Nov 12, 2010

The Dalai Lama and other Nobel Peace laureates from the last four decades gathered Friday at a hotel a few miles from ground zero of the world's first atomic bomb attack to support the end of nuclear weapons. The award winners also were focused on the plight of those who couldn't attend the annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates - including this year's winner, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, and Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's detained pro-democracy activist who won in 1991. The annual meeting brings past award recipients together to call attention to their achievements and work, as well as push the prize's overall message of human rights and nonviolence. (Canadian Press)

Office building floor turned into pot plantation
Japan Times - Nov 12, 2010

Police have arrested two men for allegedly growing hundreds of marijuana plants in a commercial building in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo. The police said they seized 670 plants and 2.2 kg of harvested marijuana in what they called a "cannabis factory" that covered the building's 330-sq.-meter fifth floor. The pair allegedly started growing the pot plants around August, placing them in a series of plastic bins normally used for storing clothes. (Japan Times)

Coast guard officer defiant on video leak
Japan Times - Nov 12, 2010

The Japan Coast Guard officer who admitted uploading video footage of collisions between a Chinese trawler and Japanese patrol boats near the Senkaku Islands onto the Internet told police he was able to watch the footage through the coast guard's internal network, investigative sources said Thursday. He also reportedly said he leaked the footage because the public had a right to see it. Investigators suspect he obtained the posted footage from the internal network, as it has almost become a custom within the coast guard to make footage and images accessible from personal computers at each of its regional offices for information-sharing purposes among top brass. (Japan Times)

Hunt for missing seamen after ship sinks off Japan
AFP - Nov 12, 2010

Rescuers were still hunting Friday for 20 missing seamen after a cargo ship sank off Japan's southern islands, leaving two people dead, Japan's coastguard said. The Panama-registered ship with 25 Chinese crew on board went missing about 340 kilometres (210 miles) south of Iriomote island in the Pacific Wednesday, a coastguard official said. Japanese coastguards resumed rescue operations Friday, dispatching one patrol boat and an airplane to the site and were joined by Taiwanese maritime authorities, the official said. (AFP)

By JS on Nov 17, 2010

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