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Linda Sieg

Vietnamese workers, streaming to Japan, face risks as labour system opens up

18 Mar 2019

TOKYO When a young Vietnamese woman found out late last year that she was pregnant after arriving in Japan on a "technical trainee" visa, she was given a stark choice: "Have an abortion or go back to Vietnam."

Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn case shines harsh light on Japan's 'hostage justice'

06 Mar 2019

TOKYO The high-profile case of ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has shone a light in Japan on what critics call "hostage justice", in which suspects can be held for months after arrest, but any reforms will likely be incremental and slow.

Japan to push ahead with U.S. base relocation despite Okinawa referendum result

25 Feb 2019

TOKYO A majority of voters in a referendum on Okinawa opposed a plan to relocate a U.S. military base within the southern Japanese island, but the central government said on Monday it intended to press ahead with its construction plans.

Emperor Akihito, soon to abdicate, urges Japan to build 'sincere' ties with world

24 Feb 2019

TOKYO Japan's Emperor Akihito, who will abdicate at the end of April in the first such event in two centuries, marked the 30th anniversary of his enthronement on Sunday with a call for the country to open up and forge sincere ties with the world.

China could gain, U.S. lose from Japan-South Korea feuds - Japan PM adviser

24 Jan 2019

TOKYO Beijing could gain and Washington lose if feuding persists between U.S. allies Japan and South Korea, a foreign policy adviser to Japan's premier said on Thursday after the latest row involving a Japanese patrol plane and South Korean warship.

Nissan's Ghosn offers to wear electronic ankle tag to get bail

21 Jan 2019

TOKYO Ousted Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn has offered to wear an electronic ankle tag and hire guards to monitor him in an unusual bid to secure his release on bail after two months of detention in Japan for alleged financial crimes.

WRAPUP 4-Nissan's Ghosn offers to wear electronic ankle tag for bail

21 Jan 2019

* Court rule on new bail request as early as Tuesday - media (Adds media report that bail ruling likely as soon as Tuesday)

Nissan's Ghosn offers to wear electronic ankle tag for bail

21 Jan 2019

TOKYO Ousted Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn has offered to wear an electronic ankle tag and hire guards to monitor him in an unusual bid to secure his release on bail after two months of detention in Japan for alleged financial crimes.

CORRECTED-WRAPUP 3-Nissan's Ghosn offers to wear electronic ankle tag for bail

21 Jan 2019

TOKYO, Jan 21 Ousted Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn has offered to wear an electronic ankle tag and hire guards to monitor him in an unusual bid to secure his release on bail after two months of detention in Japan for alleged financial crimes.

Nissan, Renault not ready to discuss new capital ties: Saikawa

21 Jan 2019

TOKYO Nissan CEO Hirota Saikawa said on Monday that he had not heard directly about a reported French proposal to integrate the Japanese carmaker's management with Renault, adding that it was not the time to discuss revising the partners' capital ties.

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