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Japan intel memo casts doubt on those with foreign experience TOKYO: People who have worked or studied abroad are more likely to give away Japan's state secrets, a government memo reportedly says, as Tokyo prepares to implement a draconian new law punishing leaks.The Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, which is charged with supervising the introduction of the new rules, said anyone needing clearance to deal with secrets should undergo an extensive background check, Kyodo News said.According to the 2011 documents released upon request by Kyodo, the office pointed to the need to check educational and employment records in examining who can handle information related to diplomacy, defence, counterterrorism and counterespionage.International experience "could be an opportunity to nurture a special feeling about foreign countries," the office said, according to Kyodo.People with such experience "tend to be influenced by" approaches from foreign countries and there will be a "risk" that they "prioritise the benefits of foreign countries and voluntarily leak secrets," it ...

Japan PM Abe's LDP on track for landslide in Dec 14 vote TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party is on track for a landslide victory in a Dec. 14 election and could take a two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament even without its coalition partner, a media projection showed. The result of the survey by the Mainichi newspaper was similar to previous forecasts, suggesting prospects of a landslide has not caused voters to change their minds. Abe has dubbed the election a referendum ...
Big polluting nations must do most on climate: Australia SYDNEY: Nations with the biggest greenhouse gas emissions should be doing the most to fight climate change or the efforts of other countries will be cancelled out, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday.As the United Nations holds climate talks in Peru, Bishop dismissed China's recent deal with the United States in which they agreed to work together to curb emissions as "business as usual", while rejecting the idea that pollution should be judged on ...
China condemns Philippines over disputed sea arbitration BEIJING: China on Sunday slammed the Philippines for challenging its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, refusing to back down just a week before a deadline to respond in the case.The Philippines infuriated China in March by filing a formal plea with a United Nations tribunal challenging Beijing's maritime claims. The tribunal gave Beijing until December 15 to reply, but China reaffirmed Sunday that it would not submit to arbitration to ...
China arrests ex-security chief for corruption, leaking secrets BEIJING: Chinese authorities have arrested former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang and expelled him from the ruling Communist Party, accusing him of crimes ranging from accepting bribes to leaking state secrets and setting the stage for his trial.Zhou, 71, is by far the highest-profile figure caught up in President Xi Jinping's crackdown on corruption. He is also the most senior Chinese official to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communists swept to power ...
Kidnapped Swiss birdwatcher rescued in Philippines: military JOLO: A Swiss man kidnapped by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines nearly three years ago was rescued on Saturday during a gunbattle between soldiers and his abductors, the military said.Lorenzo Vinciguerra ran away from the Abu Sayyaf militants during the clash on the remote island of Jolo, and was picked up by the soldiers, a local commander and the region's military spokeswoman told AFP.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Japan top court set to acquit police of fatal shooting TOKYO: Japan's top court is set to acquit two police officers who shot and killed a man in a fleeing vehicle, reports said.The Supreme Court has decided to clear two officers over the 2003 death in Nara, after more than a decade of legal to- and fro-ing, Kyodo and public broadcaster NHK said.The court's No. 3 Petty Bench has formally rejected an appeal against two lower court rulings clearing Motofumi Hagiwara and Yoshihiro Higashi of ...

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