East Asia

Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa to Step Down on March 19th, 3 Weeks Before His Term Ends

February 6, 2013

“Mr. Shirakawa said he timed his departure to coincide with that of his two deputies, whose terms end March 19, so a trio of Bank of Japan policy-board leaders could start together. He said he made the decision Tuesday, and wasn’t pressured by the government.”

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Japan Nikkei Stock Index Closes at Highest Level Since 2008

February 6, 2013

“The Nikkei jumped 3.77 per cent, or 416.83 points, to 11,463.75 on a spike in risk sentiment and as the yen plunged on surprise news that the head of the Bank of Japan would quit early.”

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Chinese Government Issues Plan to Reduce Income Inequality

February 5, 2013

“The document that emerged from the discussions is filled with commitments to deal with that issue and other sources of public concern about the gap between the incomes of residents of dirt-poor villages and those living in privileged urban enclaves.”

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United States and South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

February 4, 2013

“The region has also seen a boost in diplomatic activity since last month, when North Korea announced it would conduct a nuclear test to protest U.N. Security Council sanctions toughened after a satellite launch in December that the U.S. and others say was a disguised test of banned missile technology.”

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6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes off the Coast of Japan’s Northern Island of Hokkaido

February 4, 2013

“A strong earthquake has struck Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, but authorities say there is no danger of a tsunami and there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.”

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Report: North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un Makes “Important Decision” at Secret Military Meeting

February 3, 2013

“Several observers in South Korea believe the nuclear test will come before Lunar New Year starts on February 10.”

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49th Munich Conference Focuses on Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Mali

February 2, 2013

“Vice President Joe Biden will meet separately on Saturday with Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib, UN Special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference as all sides strive for a resolution to the 22-month conflict.”

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Chinese Government-Supported Hackers Infiltrated News Outlets to Monitor Media Coverage of China

February 1, 2013

“”Evidence shows that infiltration efforts target the monitoring of the Journal’s coverage of China, and are not an attempt to gain commercial advantage or to misappropriate customer information,” the statement read, according to The Journal.”

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Extreme Air Pollution in Beijing Forces China to Temporarily Shut Down Over 100 Factories

January 31, 2013

“Authorities urged the city’s 20 million people on Wednesday to stay indoors and shut windows, eat a “balanced diet” and drink plenty of water. A third of all government vehicles have also been ordered off the road. “

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China Convicts Tibetan Monk and his Nephew for “Inciting Self-Immolations”

January 31, 2013

“Nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009, many fatally, in apparent protest at Chinese rule.”

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Wall Street Journal: Computer Systems Infiltrated by Chinese Hackers

January 31, 2013

“A spokeswoman for Dow Jones & Co., the newspaper’s publisher, says the Journal completed a network overhaul to bolster security on Thursday.”

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Chinese Hacker Cyberattacks Have Infiltrated the New York Times Over the Last 4 Months

January 31, 2013

“According to the Times article, security experts hired by the newspaper said the methods used in the attack have been associated with Chinese military hackers in the past.”

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U.S. Envoy: China’s “Narrow Focus” on Oil in South Sudan “Won’t Work”

January 31, 2013

“China needs to move beyond a narrow focus on oil issues in South Sudan and help tackle that country’s larger political disputes with Sudan, the outgoing U.S. special envoy to the two African states said on Wednesday.”

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North Korea President Kim Jong-un Places the Country Under Martial Law

January 31, 2013

“In an emergency meeting of his top defence and security officials on Saturday, the North Korean leader issued a series of orders that included the conclusion of preparations for a new nuclear test, the Joongang Daily reported.”

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: U.S. Still Hopeful That North Korea Will “Change Course”

January 30, 2013

“”With a new young leader we all expected something different,” Clinton said in a town hall-style session … “We expected him to focus on improving the lives of the North Korea people, not just the elite, but everyone.”"

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