Anti-Japan demonstration held in Hong Kong over Abe's shrine visit

National Dec 27, 2013

Anti-Japan demonstration held in Hong Kong over Abe's shrine visit

An activist group staged a protest Friday at the Japanese Consulate General in Hong Kong over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Yasukuni Shrine the day before. Sixteen members of the Hong Kong-based Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands, a group asserting China's territorial ...

National / Crime & Legal Dec 10, 2013

Japanese politician arrested in China for drug possession

Police in Guangdong province, China, have formally arrested a 70-year-old municipal assembly member from Aichi Prefecture for allegedly possessing illegal drugs, local officials said Monday. Takuma Sakuragi, a member of the Inazawa Municipal Assembly, was taken into custody at Guangzhou's Baiyun International Airport on Oct. ...

Pro-democracy protest plan splits Hong Kong

Asia Pacific / Politics Nov 29, 2013

Pro-democracy protest plan splits Hong Kong

After a decade of negotiations, sociology professor Chan Kin-man realized the Chinese government was not going to grant Hong Kong genuine democracy — not without a struggle, anyway. So with another academic and a Baptist minister, Chan has threatened to organize a sit-in for democracy ...

Kagoshima 'shochu' makers seek growth via H.K. fair

Business / Corporate Nov 8, 2013

Kagoshima 'shochu' makers seek growth via H.K. fair

Nine makers of "shochu" distilled liquor in Kagoshima Prefecture are pitching their products to a wider range of consumers in Asia, with their focus on the international liquor fair now under way in Hong Kong. Tensei Shuzo, which has already been marketing its shochu in ...

One-fifth in H.K. 'living in poverty'

Asia Pacific / Social Issues Sep 28, 2013

One-fifth in H.K. 'living in poverty'

A fifth of Hong Kong's population is living in poverty, underscoring the challenge Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying faces in seeking to narrow a record wealth gap. About 1.3 million people, or 19.6 percent of the population, were below the poverty line last year, according to ...

Senkakus protest in Hong Kong draws little attention

National Sep 15, 2013

Senkakus protest in Hong Kong draws little attention

About 40 people took part in a protest march Sunday in Hong Kong to condemn Japan's effective nationalization last year of the disputed Senkaku Islands, claimed by China and Taiwan, and its 1931 invasion of northeast China. "We feel a bit disappointed about the number ...

National Aug 12, 2013

Hong Kong activists call off voyage to Senkaku Islands

Hong Kong-based activists planning to land this week on the Senkaku Islands to assert Chinese sovereignty have called off their voyage after running into problems with Taiwan, the journey's planned starting point. The Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands accused the Taiwan government of ...

Basketball Aug 2, 2013

Japan prevails over Hong Kong in FIBA Asia clash

by Ed Odeven

Led by guard Naoto Tsuji's 17-point effort and three teammates' double-digit scoring output, the Japan men's national basketball team cruised past Hong Kong 76-59 in a FIBA Asia Championship Group B game on Friday in Manila. Japan bounced back from a one-point loss to Qatar ...

Environment Jul 13, 2013

Hong Kong air pollution killed 1,600

Hong Kong's air pollution caused more than 1,600 premature deaths in the first half of the year, almost 40 times the number of fatalities attributed to the H7N9 avian flu virus, according to a study by the Clean Air Network. The pollution also cost 18.7 ...

Snowden's stay in H.K. filled with intrigue

Asia Pacific Jun 27, 2013

Snowden's stay in H.K. filled with intrigue

by Sari Horwitz

The message was blunt and was delivered Friday night by a shadowy emissary who didn't identify himself but knew enough to locate Edward Snowden's secret caretaker: The 30-year-old American accused of leaking some of his country's most sensitive secrets should leave Hong Kong, the ...

U.S. probes if China played role in Snowden leaks; fugitive not on Cuba flight

World Jun 25, 2013

U.S. probes if China played role in Snowden leaks; fugitive not on Cuba flight

U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating whether Edward Snowden's leaks may be a Chinese intelligence operation or whether China might have used his concerns about U.S. surveillance practices to exploit him, according to four American officials. The officials emphasized there's no hard evidence yet that Snowden ...

Support grows for Snowden in Hong Kong

Asia Pacific Jun 17, 2013

Support grows for Snowden in Hong Kong

Political pressure is growing in Hong Kong for its government to protect Edward Snowden, who has said he will remain in the city and allow its people to "decide his fate." Yet Snowden is depending on a place that isn't in control of even its ...