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Japanese Ambassador's Car Attacked in Beijing
(LinkAsia: August 31, 2012)
Yul Kwon:
Staying in Beijing, a diplomatic incident between Asia's top two powers. A few days ago, the Chinese capital was the scene of a minor attack involving Japan's Ambassador to China. This came after weeks of rising tensions over territorial disputes in the East China Sea. There've been anti-Japanese demonstrations all over China, and anti-Chinese demonstrations in Tokyo. But both governments are trying to calm things down. Japanese broadcaster NHK has this story.

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NHK World NEWSLINE
Airdate: August 27, 2012

Reporter:
Two vehicles forced the ambassador's car to a stop on Monday evening. A man ripped the Japanese flag from the hood of the car, then fled. An embassy worker took photos. The embassy gave them to the Beijing Public Security Bureau. Japanese officials demanded that police investigate and arrest those responsible. Security Bureau officials responded by saying they'll work with other departments to look into the incident. Chinese officials say they regret what occurred, and they say they won't let it happen again.

Ambassador Uichiro Niwa made his first public comments since the incident. He said it's important to ensure the safety of Japanese nationals and those working for Japanese firms in China.

Man on the Street 1:
I support what happened, because it was a passionate, patriotic act aimed at protecting China's national interests.

Woman on the Street 1:
I can't agree with such an action. The act wasn't rational. I think they should think about how they would feel if the same thing happened to a Chinese ambassador.

Yul Kwon:
Chinese police say they have some suspects in custody and may charge them with damaging property.
 
 

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Japan Conducting Thyroid Tests on Fukushima Children
(LinkAsia: August 31, 2012)
Yul Kwon:
Over in Japan, the concerns of anxious parents are finally being heard. Japan is conducting thyroid tests on more than four thousand children who live outside Fukushima prefecture. The test results will be compared with those of children living within the area surrounding last year’s nuclear disaster. According to Japanese broadcaster, NHK, the goal is to reassure parents in Fukushima. 

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NHK World NEWSLINE
Airdate: August 27, 2012

Reporter:
Healthcare professionals discovered lumps in the thyroid glands of 1 in 3 children in the prefecture. Radioactive iodine released from Fukushima-Daiichi can accumulate in the glands of children and raise their risk of developing cancer. So healthcare professionals are testing all children aged 18 or younger. They had checked 38,000 of them by the end of March. They didn't diagnose anyone with cancer, but they found lumps in the thyroid glands of 36% of those tested. Prefectural officials explained that lumps can be found in healthy children. Still, parents were concerned. Thyroid checks will now be conducted on 4500 children in three areas outside Fukushima. Researchers will compare the data with the results from Fukushima.
 
 

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Gu Kailai Sentencing: Contrasting CCTV and Sina Weibo

 
 

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United States and Japan Start Military Exercises in Okinawa
(LinkAsia: August 24, 2012)
Yul Kwon:
Meanwhile, the Japanese government has announced that it will move ahead with its plans to purchase at least some of the islands, which it calls the Senkaku, to make them national Japanese territory. To add insult to injury, the government is also trumpeting the start of a large military exercise with the United States. This will be the first time that Japanese ground forces will participate. Here's Japanese broadcaster NHK with the story.

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NHK World NEWSLINE
Airdate: August 21, 2012

Reporter:
Forty self-defense force personnel in Kyushu and Okinawa. Forty-two Navy vessels at the US White Beach naval facility in Uruma City, Okinawa. The Navy will use its amphibious assault ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard and the landing ship, the USS Tortuga. 

Vehicles and containers were loaded onto the decks. A military hovercraft was loaded in to the well deck of the assault ship. 

Members of Japan's self-defense forces have been training with marines based in California, but this is the first time they will take part in landing drills with those based in Okinawa. US military and SCS personnel are scheduled to depart in a few days for Tinian and Guam Island. They're located some 2,000 kilometers from Okinawa in the Western Pacific. 

The drill will employ marine vessels and helicopters. The exercise is viewed as a demonstration of bilateral cooperation at a time when China is increasing its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Japan and the United States want to stage this first joint landing drill so that Japan can learn from the US how to beef up the defense of its Southwestern islands. For its part, the US wants to secure the Japan's cooperation in stressing Guam's strategic importance as it faces cuts in its defense budget.

Takao Nabeshima, NHK World, Okinawa.

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Yul Kwon:
While the US government has publicly stated that it will remain neutral in this territorial dispute, analysts quoted by China Daily say that the drill is a clear signal that the US is throwing its weight behind Japan.
 
 

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Reforming Myanmar Takes an Important Step Towards Press Freedom

 
 

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