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Japan farm minister Nishikawa submits resignation TOKYO: Japanese farm minister Koya Nishikawa said on Monday that he was resigning from his post, amid questions over his political fundraising. Nishikawa made the comment shortly after he submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, saying that Abe had accepted it.Public broadcaster NHK said former farm minister Yoshimasa Hayashi would take over from Nishikawa.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Hong Kong "radicals" up ante in democracy push against China HONG KONG: Nearly three months after police cleared away the last of Hong Kong's pro-democracy street protests; lingering anger is stoking a new front of radical activism that has turned shopping malls and university campuses into a fresh battleground.While still relatively few in number, a cluster of outspoken groups have staged small but disruptive protests in recent weeks targeting mainland Chinese visitors - tapping a seam of grassroots resentment to call for greater Hong Kong ...
Australia Post flags first annual loss in 30 years SYDNEY: Australia Post Monday forecast its first annual loss in more than 30 years and warned it would lose Aus$6.6 billion (US$5.2 billion) over the next decade without urgent regulatory reform.The government-owned company said its net profit fell 56 percent to Aus$98 million in the latter half of 2014 due to a slump in demand for letters.Like many postal services in developed countries, Australia Post has been struggling to cope as email replaces physical mail. ...
North Korea bars foreigners from marathon over Ebola fears SEOUL: North Korea has banned foreigners taking part in its annual international Pyongyang marathon in April because of continuing concerns over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, specialist tour groups said Monday.China-based agencies, Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours, both said they had been informed of the decision on Monday morning.North Korea, which has not registered a single suspected case of Ebola, closed its borders to foreign tourists back in October and imposed severe ...
Taiwan police arrest driver after crash at presidential office TAIPEI: Taiwan police arrested a man who crashed a sports utility vehicle into a security barrier outside the presidential office Monday, in the third similar incident in just over a year.The previous two crashes -- in January and November 2014 -- were a form of protest by the vehicle drivers.But the 39-year-old at the wheel of the black SUV said that Monday's crash, which left no one hurt, was an accident, with no political motive.However, ...
Japan calls for return of isles from South Korea TOKYO: Japan urged South Korea again Sunday to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured ties between the two US allies.Seoul controls the islands in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima.The Shimane prefectural government in southwest Japan held its annual convention Sunday, after enacting a local ordinance in 2005 which designated February 22 as "Takeshima Day".Yohei Matsumoto, parliamentary vice minister in ...
Singapore's first prime minister hospitalised with pneumonia SINGAPORE: Singapore's first prime minister and the man widely credited with the city state's economic success, Lee Kuan Yew, is in hospital with severe pneumonia."His condition has stabilised and he remains on mechanical ventilation in the ICU (intensive care unit). He is conscious and lightly sedated," the prime minister's office said in a statement on Saturday.Lee, who turned 91 last September, was admitted on Feb. 5, the office said.Although Lee has receded from the public ...

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 20, 2015
Reserves $16.132 bln