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Japan (News/Activism)

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  • As crime dries up, Japan’s police hunt for things to do

    05/24/2017 3:33:00 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 45 replies
    The Econimist ^ | 5/18/2017
    There was just one fatal shooting in the whole of 2015 THE stake-out lasted a week, but it paid off in the end. The tireless police of Kagoshima, a sleepy city in the far south of the country, watched the unlocked car day and night. It was parked outside a supermarket, and contained a case of malt beer. Finally, a passing middle-aged man decided to help himself. Five policemen instantly pounced, nabbing one of the city’s few remaining law-breakers. Japan’s cluttered streets are not always pretty but they are remarkably safe. Crime rates have been falling for 13 years. The...
  • Korea turns to Israeli contractor for KF-X jet radar: source

    05/23/2017 9:26:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | 2017-05-23
    South Korea has formally decided to receive some technology support from Israel for the development of an advanced radar system in its KF-X fighter jet program, Seoul's arms procurement agency said Tuesday. The state-run Agency for Defense Development signed a contract with an Israeli defense firm on testing an active electronically scanned array radar being developed by a South Korean company, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration. "It's about technology support related to the operation test of a prototype radar, not the development itself," the DAPA said. A model picture of a KF-X fighter jet in a file photo...
  • Why China still can’t beat US to become the world’s most powerful navy

    05/22/2017 8:31:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 22 May, 2017 | Minnie Chan
    China will eventually become the world’s No 2 aircraft carrier power, trailing only the United States, but its carrier strike group air crews are still far below international standard, military experts say. “An aircraft carrier needs regular large-scale maintenance. China should have more than four carrier groups if it wants to fulfil escort missions on the high seas and safeguard its overseas national interests,” Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie said. “A sole aircraft carrier cannot become a fighting force because it needs the presence of other warships to form a strike group, as well as the protection given by other...
  • North Korea Says New Missile Can Carry `Large' Nuclear Warhead

    05/14/2017 7:11:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies ^ | 5/14/17 | Kanga Kong, Bloomberg
    Unable to post article content as it is Bloomberg sourced. Re-cap: It was a medium long-range missile, test confirms engine reliability, guidance and detonation systems.. Hwasong-12 missile could carry a “large-size heavy nuclear warhead,” per state news agency report.
  • Japan to look into deployment of cruise missiles to combat North Korea threat

    05/06/2017 12:37:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Kyodo ^ | Saturday, 06 May, 2017
    Japan has started contemplating future deployment of cruise missiles in response to North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests, a government official said on Friday. The government is eager to set aside spending to study the potential acquisition of a capability to strike enemy launch sites, possibly in a draft state budget for fiscal 2018, the official told Kyodo News, speaking on condition of anonymity. However, there are concerns within the government and ruling parties that adoption of strike capability would run contrary to Japan’s exclusively defence-oriented posture and trigger a backlash from opposition parties. According to the...
  • What's the Deal With China's Surface Skimming Anti-Ship Drone-Missile Hybrid?

    05/05/2017 2:01:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 4, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The news that China is working on an anti-ship drone-missile hybrid of sorts has been bouncing around social media as of late, after a photo and details about the weapon surfaced recently. The system is centered around a wing-in-ground-effect optimized airframe—a concept made famous by the Soviet Union's enigmatic Ekranoplans, and in particular, the giant Caspian Sea Monster. Ground effect craft can efficiently skim very low over the ground at high speeds by leveraging the decreased drag and increased lift that occurs as a result of an aircraft's wings interacting with the air directly above the planet's surface. Although some...
  • North Korea vows to put US military bases in Japan "under radioactive clouds" and threatens another

    05/03/2017 8:39:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 53 replies
    Mirror ^ | 3 MAY 2017 | JOSHUA TAYLOR
    North Korea vows to put US military bases in Japan "under radioactive clouds" and threatens another Hiroshima A state newspaper in Pyongyang made the chilling threat: "Japan knows better than others how terrible the nuclear disaster is" BYJOSHUA TAYLOR North Korea has vowed to put US military bases in Japan "under radioactive clouds" if war breaks out. Kim Jong-un 's regime issued the chilling warning and reminded Japan of the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The threat comes as Japan debates whether to change its anti-war constitution as fears of a conflict between the US and...
  • China's J-31 stealth fighter gets an improved prototype—and a potential future on a carrier

    05/01/2017 10:58:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Popular Science ^ | May 1, 2017 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    J-31 V2 The J-31 fighter second prototype has been increasing test flights in April 2017, with rumors of more government funding and a third prototype on the way. A.Man at Sinodefence Forum The improved J-31 stealth fighter prototype has been ramping up its test flights in April 2017, adding fuel to speculation that it will become the stealth fighter for Chinese aircraft carriers. A New Bird The new J-31 prototype (the one in lighter gray paint) is expected to be larger, have a nose-mounted infrared search and tracking sensor, and stealthy features like clipped horizontal and vertical stabilizers. Lovely Swift...
  • Japan dispatches its biggest warship since WWII to protect a US supply ship

    05/01/2017 7:50:42 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 05/01/2017 | CHRIS PLEASANCE
    Japan is sending its largest warship to protect a US vessel as it resupplies the strike group led by carrier Carl Vinson amid tensions with North Korea. The 800ft helicopter carrier Izumo left its home port of Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, on Monday to escort the American vessel to the waters off Shikoku, around 400 miles away at the top end of Japan's south island. The supply vessel, which is not being named, is believed to be in the region to support the 'armada' sent by President Trump to warn Kim Jong-un off conducting a sixth nuclear test. The Izumo...
  • North Korea ballistic missile test fails: Report

    04/28/2017 2:31:40 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | 04-28-2017 | Christine Wang | @christiiineeee
    North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday in local time, Korean news service Yonhap reported citing South Korea's military. Yonhap reported that the test appears to have failed. One U.S. official confirmed to NBC news that there was a test, but that it was not nuclear. The incident comes as the United States reconsiders its strategy in dealing with the isolated nation. In an interview with Reuters published late Thursday, President Donald Trump said he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion missile defense system. The system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), is designed to...
  • LIVE: Rex Tillerson chairs a meeting of the UN Security Council on North Korea (10am on CSPAN3)

    04/28/2017 4:33:51 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 73 replies
    UN ^ | LIVE at 10am ET
    Rex Tillerson makes his first trip to the UN to chair a Security Council meeting on North Korea. The US chairs the Security Council for the month of April. Other nations sending foreign ministers to the meeting are Britain, China, Japan, and South Korea. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will brief the council during the meeting. Live coverage on CSPAN 3 as well as live stream from the UN website.
  • China Launched its First Home-Made Aircraft Carrier for PLAN: Type 001A

    04/26/2017 2:53:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Wednesday, 26 April 2017
    The launching ceremony of China's second aircraft carrier was held at the Dalian Shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) on the morning of April 26, 2017. Gen. Fan Changlong, member of the political bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) attended the ceremony and delivered a speech. China Launched its First Home-Made Aircraft Carrier for PLANFive years after commissioning the Liaoning (its first aircraft carrier) China launched this morning its second carrier – the Type 001A. Unlike the Liaoning, Type 001A was fully built in China....
  • Japan gets real: what to do when the 10-minute missile warning comes

    04/25/2017 6:35:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Japan Times ^ | APR 24, 2017 | ERIC JOHNSTON
    Japan gets real: what to do when the 10-minute missile warning comes BY ERIC JOHNSTON STAFF WRITER APR 24, 2017 OSAKA – With fears growing that North Korea could hold a nuclear or missile test as early as Tuesday, municipalities and prefectures nationwide are responding to a government request to provide information on what to do in the event Japan is targeted. The moves come as the Cabinet Secretariat Civil Protection Portal Site on what to do in case of a North Korean missile attack has seen a surge to about 2.6 million views this month from 450,000 in March,...
  • Last Doolittle Raider to toast to his comrades Tuesday (Today)

    04/18/2017 4:41:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 50 replies
    The State ^ | April 18, 2017 | Jeff Wilkinson
    On April 18, 1942 - 75 years ago Tuesday - 80 incredibly brave men in 16 bombers took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet to bomb Tokyo and other Japanese cities in retaliation for the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. It was called the Doolittle Raid, after the group’s charismatic leader, Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, a renowned avaiator even before the war. Doolittle’s B-25 was the first to take off from the Hornet. Sitting beside him was a quiet, lanky young man from Dayton, Ohio, named Dick Cole. On Tuesday, the 101-year-old will be at the National Museum of...
  • How the U.S. Assassinated the Japanese Admiral Who Planned Pearl Harbor

    04/17/2017 7:37:05 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 137 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 04/16/2017 | Michael Peck
    Some sixty-eight years before U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden, America conducted an assassination of another kind. This time, the target wasn’t a terrorist. It was the Japanese admiral who planned the Pearl Harbor operation. But the motive was the same: payback for a sneak attack on the United States.
  • Japan Weighs Plans for S. Korea Evacuation Over Nuclear Crisis

    04/14/2017 6:37:33 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    TOKYO — Japan's National Security Council has discussed how to evacuate its nearly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis, a government official said Friday amid rising concern over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. North Korea denounced the U.S. on Friday for bringing "huge nuclear strategic assets" to the Korean peninsula as a U.S. aircraft carrier group headed for the region ahead of a feared sixth nuclear missile test. Besides commercial ships and planes, Japan would want to send military aircraft and ships to assist in the evacuation if the South Korean government agreed, the official,...
  • Is North Korea nuclear crisis reaching a showdown?

    04/12/2017 11:27:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | 2017/4/12 0:18:39 | Chinese Mouthpiece
    US President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that "North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them!" North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly convened on Tuesday. A few days later, North Korea will mark the birth anniversary of the late leader Kim Il-sung on April 15, also known as the Day of the Sun. Pyongyang likes to launch nuclear activities as a political salute around this date. Therefore, April is widely seen as a high-risk period for new nuclear tests by North Korea. The US aircraft carrier...
  • Japanese, U.S. navies plan joint show of force toward North Korea

    04/11/2017 9:47:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 12, 2017 | Nobuhiro Kubo
    Japanese, U.S. navies plan joint show of force toward North Korea By Nobuhiro Kubo | TOKYO Japan's navy plans a joint show of force with the U.S. Navy's USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group as it steams toward the Korean peninsula aimed at deterring secretive North Korean regime from further missile tests, two sources said. With tension growing markedly, the Korean peninsula is the closest it has been to a "military clash" since Pyongyang's first nuclear test in 2006, an influential state-run Chinese newspaper said on Wednesday. (To view a graphic on the Carl Vinson strike group, click
  • North Korea state media warns of nuclear strike if provoked as U.S. warships approach

    04/11/2017 6:39:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies ^ | April 11, 2017 | By Sue-Lin Wong
    PYONGYANG, April 11 (Reuters) - North Korean state media on Tuesday warned of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of U.S. aggression as a U.S. Navy strike group steamed towards the western Pacific. U.S. President Donald Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in its impoverished neighbour, said in a Tweet North Korea was "looking for trouble" and the United States would "solve the problem" with or without China's help. Tension has escalated sharply on the Korean peninsula with talk of military action by the United States gaining traction following its strikes last...
  • Toshiba files results unapproved by auditor; warns of 'going concern' risk

    04/11/2017 5:57:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2017 | By Makiko Yamazaki and Taiga Uranaka
    oshiba Corp filed twice-delayed business results on Tuesday without an endorsement from its auditor and warned its very survival was in doubt, deepening a prolonged crisis at the Japanese conglomerate. "There are material events and conditions that raise substantial doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern," Toshiba said in announcing bigger than previously estimated losses. The filing carried a disclaimer from auditor Pricewaterhouse Coopers that it was unable to form an opinion of the results, increasing the likelihood that shares in the nuclear-to-TVs company will be delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.