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  • As overseas ambitions expand, China plans 400 per cent increase to marine corps numbers, sources say

    03/23/2017 7:06:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | March 13, 2017 | Minnie Chan
    China plans to increase the size of its marine corps from about 20,000 to 100,000 personnel to protect the nation’s maritime lifelines and its growing interests overseas, military insiders and experts have said. Some members would be stationed at ports China operates in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and Gwadar in southwest Pakistan, they said. The expanded corps is part of a wider push to refocus the world’s largest army away from winning a land war based on sheer numbers and towards meeting a range of security scenarios using highly specialised units. Towards that end, Chinese President Xi Jinping...
  • Japan is Asia's naval powerhouse with two aircraft carrier-sized warships

    03/23/2017 6:49:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 49 replies
    Business Standard ^ | March 24, 2017 | Ajai Shukla
    Japan now has Asia’s only navy with two aircraft carrier-sized warships — the Kaga (pictured) The state-controlled Chinese media has sharply criticised the commissioning of Japan’s powerful new warship, which has the same name --- Kaga --- as one of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s aircraft carriers in World War II. The original Kaga, which Beijing’s English language daily, Global Times, terms a “notorious warship”, was sunk by the US Navy in the Battle of Midway in 1942. With Japanese Ship (JS) Kaga’s rebirth on Wednesday as a “helicopter destroyer”, Japan now has Asia’s only navy with two aircraft carrier-sized warships...
  • N. Korea fails in attempted missile launch

    03/22/2017 2:23:11 AM PDT · by ARGLOCKGUY · 17 replies
    North Korea attempted to launch a missile on Wednesday morning but failed, according to authorities in several countries including South Korea and the United States. The South Korean Defense Ministry said North Korea appeared to have unsuccessfully tried to launch one missile, adding that it is still determining the type. A U.S. Pacific Command spokesman said the U.S. military detected a launch attempt, with the missile appearing to have exploded seconds after launch.
  • Crazed North Korean despot Kim Jong-un’s troops blow up US aircraft carrier and shoot down bomber

    03/21/2017 6:06:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | Updated: 21st March 2017, 12:39 pm | By Ellie Flynn and Tom Michael
    NORTH Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un has released a propaganda video showing a US aircraft carrier being blown up and a bomber shot down in flames. Snaps from the secretive state’s recent ballistic missile launches are shown alongside the haunting message: “A knife will be stabbed into the throat of the carrier.” It comes days after Kim Jong-un threatened the US with nuclear destruction
  • Japan's Monster World War II Battleships Were the Biggest Ever

    03/12/2017 11:45:09 AM PDT · by DFG · 124 replies
    National Interest ^ | 03/11/2017 | Robert Farley
    Japan withdrew from the London Naval Treaty in 1936. The chief Japanese negotiator, Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, feared that concessions on the part of his negotiating team would lead directly to his assassination upon return to Japan. Japanese nationalists believed that the Washington Naval Treaty system was holding Japan back and preventing it from becoming a first-rate power. Freed from the constraints of international treaties, they believed that Japan could build a world-beating fleet that would push the Western powers out of Asia and help usher in a new era of Japanese dominance.
  • Why is Saudi Arabia's king spending a month in Asia?

    03/08/2017 5:22:10 AM PST · by csvset · 14 replies
    Straights Times ^ | 8 March 2017 | Jonathan Fulton
    Saudi Arabia's King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud began a month-long trip to Asia last week that has taken him to Malaysia and Indonesia, with stops in Japan, China and the Maldives to follow. Coming after high-level visits between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and Chinese government officials, the King's trip is a further indication of the deepening of relations between Arab Gulf monarchies and East Asia. While trade is an important focus for the Saudi delegation, Asia's growing role in Gulf security is going to be a major feature of the trip. The China-Saudi security relationship was emphasised during a...
  • North Korea: We were aiming at US bases in Japan

    03/07/2017 8:18:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/07/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    In case anyone wondered what the Kim regime was up to yesterday, the North Korean state-run media would like to clear up the confusion. The simultaneous launch of four mid-range ballistic missiles was a practice run for the war than Kim Jong-un insists is coming, a little target practice using Uncle Sam as a bulls-eye. The firing range practice got a significant response from the US that raises the stakes for both China and South Korea: North Korea was practicing to strike United States military bases in Japan with its latest barrage of missiles, state media in Pyongyang reported...
  • North Korea likely preparing to strike U.S. military bases in Japan

    03/06/2017 10:55:07 AM PST · by ColdOne · 57 replies
    upi.com ^ | 3/6/17 | Elizabeth Shim
    March 6 (UPI) -- The four missiles North Korea launched on Monday were likely practice for targeting U.S. military bases in Japan. According to South Korea's joint chiefs of staff, three of the four missiles landed in Japanese territorial waters, making it likely North Korea is rehearsing attacks against U.S. military stations in Japan, from where reinforcements for the Korean peninsula would arrive in the event of war.
  • Top Philippine Officials Fly to U.S. Carrier in Disputed South China Sea

    03/05/2017 10:04:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 3/5 | Jim Gomez
    The Philippine defense chief and two other Cabinet members on Saturday toured a U.S. aircraft carrier patrolling the disputed South China Sea on the invitation of the navy, U.S. Embassy officials said. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II visited the USS Carl Vinson along with three Philippine security officials, said U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Molly Koscina. The visit shows continuing top-level engagements between Philippine officials and the U.S. military despite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to scale back engagements with American forces while reaching out to China and Russia.
  • Man crushed to death by six-tonne porn collection

    03/04/2017 1:05:28 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4 March 2017 | Staff
    Identified only as "Joji", the 50-year-old Japanese man was buried alive under his beloved X-rated content. Whether he suffocated or suffered a heart attack remains to be established by the coroner, however it was noted that his eyes had popped out of his head. ...
  • [N. Korea] Kim Jong-nam Agreed to a Meeting with Ishii, Former Minister of Home Affairs...

    03/01/2017 12:00:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Sankei Shimbun ^ | 2017.3.1
    Kim Jong-nam Agreed to a Meeting with Ishii, Former Minister of Home Affairs, Eleven Days before his Assassination 2017.3.1 /begin excerpts In an interview with Sankei Shimbun on Feb. 28 regarding the murder of N. Korea's Kim Jong-nam, Ishii Hajime, former Minister of Home Affairs, clearly indicated that Mr. Kim planned a meeting with him in Macau on Mar. 1. Mr. Ishii has been involved for a long time in normalizing diplomatic relationship with N. Korea. It is possible that Kim Jong-nam was pursuing a separate attempt to improve relation between two countries, independent of Kim Jong-un, Chairman of N....
  • Japan’s interpreters struggle to make sense of ‘Trumpese’

    02/22/2017 9:42:40 AM PST · by bgill · 19 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | Feb. 17, 2017 | Tomohiro Osaki
    “He rarely speaks logically, and he only emphasizes one side of things as if it were the absolute truth. There are lots of moments when I suspected his assertions were factually dubious,” said Chikako Tsuruta, who routinely covers Trump-related news as an interpreter for CNN, ABC and CBS. “He is so overconfident and yet so logically unconvincing that my interpreter friends and I often joke that if we translated his words as they are, we would end up making ourselves sound stupid,”...This challenge, the likes of which they claim was not an issue when interpreting for renowned orator Barack Obama
  • Japan leads way with Li-ion submarines

    02/16/2017 4:37:15 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Shephard ^ | 16th February 2017 | Gordon Arthur
    Japan's first submarine to be powered by lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries will be commissioned in March 2020, doing away with lead-acid batteries and a Stirling air-independent propulsion (AIP) system. With the arrival of this eleventh Soryu-class submarine the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) will be the world's first navy to field a conventional submarine powered by Li-ion batteries. VAdm (Retired) Masao Kobayashi, former commander of the JMSDF's Fleet Submarine Force, explained at UDT Asia in Singapore on 18 January that the new type 'will change conventional submarine operations dramatically'. While Li-ion batteries offered similar endurance to an AIP system combined with...
  • Toshiba chairman resigns over huge nuclear business loss

    02/14/2017 3:03:50 PM PST · by RS_Rider · 10 replies
    Trib Total Media ^ | Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 | The Associated Press
    TOKYO — Toshiba Corp.'s chairman resigned Tuesday after the company logged such massive losses in its nuclear business that it must sell its lucrative computer-chip business to avoid going belly-up. The company projected a 712.5 billion yen ($6.3 billion) loss for its nuclear business related to the acquisition of CB&I Stone & Webster by its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse. The company also said it will not take on new projects to construct nuclear plants. President Satoshi Tsunakawa said the company also was looking for potential partners to acquire a stake in Westinghouse. He bowed deeply at a news conference to...
  • 70 Percent in Japan Approve of Shinzo Abe’s Trump Visit; Communist Party Outraged

    02/13/2017 2:52:13 PM PST · by davikkm · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | FRANCES MARTEL
    Japanese polling firms found solid support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Florida this past weekend to spend time with his American counterpart, President Donald Trump, though far-left politicians condemned expanding U.S.-Japan ties. The newswire service Kyodo published a poll following Abe’s return to Japan finding that 70 percent of Japanese respondents were “satisfied” with Abe’s visit to the White House and Trump’s estate in Florida, Mar-a-Lago. The New York Times adds that the Kyodo poll found approval of Abe’s work as prime minister generally to be 62 percent, a slight uptick from a month earlier. The Japanese broadcaster...
  • Trump, Abe express close bonds after NKorea's missile launch

    02/12/2017 5:01:07 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies
    AP ^ | JILL COLVIN
    The president and first lady Melania Trump hosted a delegation dinner with Abe and his wife on Saturday night at his Mar-a-Lago estate. At the time Trump ignored a shouted question about the North Korea launch. Focusing on the positive, he said the Abe visit had been "very, very good" and that he and the Japanese leader "got to know each other very, very well" over their two days of meals, meetings and golfing. Trump and Abe, both frequent golfers, left Mar-a-Lago early Saturday morning and headed north to one of Trump's golf courses in Jupiter, Florida. Reporters and photographers...
  • Live Thread: President Trump and Japan PM Abe Speak on N Korea Missile Test 2/11/17 10:30 PM EST

    02/11/2017 7:38:37 PM PST · by kristinn · 24 replies
    You Tube ^ | Saturday, February 11, 2017 | Kristinn
    President Trump and Prime Minister Abe will be speaking from Trump's estate Mar a Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, about the North Korea ballistic missile test. They were supposed to speak at 10:15 p.m. but are running late.
  • Japan | No Country for Islam - Here's Why

    02/11/2017 3:13:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 47 replies
    You Tube ^ | 17/1/17 | Black Pigeon Speaks
    0:00as the West grapples with attack after 0:03attack after attack from members of the 0:05religion of peace or Islam there is one 0:09country industrial an ally of the west 0:12and even hosting US military bases on 0:16its soil that seems immune japan while 0:19truck attacks that modown people have 0:22been used in France and Germany there 0:24have been bomb attacks and suicide 0:26attacks in london brussels and Madrid 0:28execution squads squealing analog bar 0:32murdered hundreds in Paris Volgograd 0:35Belson and Moscow in fact the new Muslim 0:39Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said that 0:42Islamic terror attacks are just and...
  • CNN FAKE NEWS: Without Melania Trump, Mrs. Abe Rolls Solo in Washington

    02/11/2017 2:08:15 PM PST · by Bon mots · 31 replies
    Reddit ^ | February 11, 2017 | CNN
    CNN just makes stuff up - caught red-handed again.
  • The Supper Bowl! The Trumps, the Japanese prime minister and his wife are joined by New England

    02/10/2017 11:22:39 PM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 2/11/17 | Geoff Earle
    Full title....................................... The Supper Bowl! The Trumps, the Japanese prime minister and his wife are joined by New England Patriots owner for dinner at Mar-a-Lago after the First Family fly to Florida on Air Force One..........................................President Donald Trump welcomed the Japanese prime minister and his wife to his ‘winter White House’ in Mar-a-Lago after jetting off for a weekend of ‘golf diplomacy’. At a dinner on Friday evening at the luxurious resort, President Trump was joined by his wife Melania, Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie as well as Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl winners the New...
  • Trump Foreign Policy Quickly Loses Its Sharp Edge

    02/10/2017 10:05:26 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 10, 2017 | MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON — When President Trump took a phone call from the leader of Taiwan in December and asserted that the United States might no longer be bound by the “One China” policy, his defenders hailed it as a show of strength — the latest delicate issue on which Mr. Trump was willing to challenge decades of diplomatic orthodoxy. On Thursday evening, Mr. Trump fell back into line. In a call with President Xi Jinping of China, he pledged fealty to One China, a 44-year-old policy under which the United States recognized a single Chinese government in Beijing and severed its...
  • CNN: Without Melania Trump, Mrs. Abe rolls solo in Washington (FAKE NEWS!)

    02/10/2017 5:29:20 PM PST · by maggief · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | February 10, 2017
    Washington (CNN)Traditionally, it's the role of the first lady to accompany spouses of visiting foreign leaders around Washington. That often means a good deal of showcasing local museums, schools, monuments and gardens. It's essentially playing tour guide, but it's part of the role of representing the Administration and playing gracious hostess to very VIP out of town guests. Melania Trump appears to be breaking with this particular tradition. On two pre-scheduled Washington stops Friday, one to Gallaudet University and the other to attend a National Cherry Blossom Festival committee meeting at the Japanese embassy, the first lady of Japan, Akie...
  • Donald Trump to pay for Japanese leader Shinzo Abe’s stay at Mar-a-Lago as a ‘gift’

    02/09/2017 10:02:53 AM PST · by GonzoII · 53 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, February 9, 2017 | Dave Boyer
    President Trump will pay for the visit of Japan’s prime minister to the president’s south Florida retreat this weekend as a “personal gift,” the White House said Thursday. A senior administration official said Mr. Trump will pay personally for the stay of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, where memberships can cost up to $200,000. The official described the financial arrangement as “something the president is doing for the prime minister.” It will be the first time that Mr. Trump hosts a foreign leader at his resort while in office. They plan to play...
  • Radiation at Japan's Fukushima Reactor Is Now at 'Unimaginable' Levels

    02/08/2017 5:03:45 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 89 replies
    The radiation levels at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are now at "unimaginable" levels. Adam Housley, who reported from the area in 2011 following the catastrophic triple-meltdown, said this morning that new fuel leaks have been discovered. He said the radiation levels - as high as 530 sieverts per hour - are now the highest they've been since 2011 when a tsunami hit the coastal reactor. "To put this in very simple terms. Four sieverts can kill a handful of people," he explained. He said that critics, including the U.S. military in 2011, have long questioned whether Tokyo Electric...
  • SECDEF Mattis an Instant Hit in Japan, South Korea

    02/05/2017 1:44:28 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    Associated Press/Real Clear Defense ^ | February 5, 2017 | By Robert Burns
    TOKYO (AP) — In his debut abroad as the first retired general to lead the Pentagon in more than half a century, Jim Mattis found that in Japan and South Korea his experience in uniform is seen as an asset. Not everyone who knows Mattis well in the U.S. shares that view, but he clearly was an instant hit in northeast Asia. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was effusive in his endorsement as the two shook hands Friday before a phalanx of Japanese and international news reporters and cameras. "I was very encouraged," Abe said, "to see someone like you...
  • China lashes out at remarks by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on the East China Sea islands

    02/04/2017 2:16:40 PM PST · by Mariner · 3 replies
    Associated Press via Los Angeles Times ^ | February 4th, 2017 | Unattributed
    The U.S. is putting regional stability in East Asia at risk, a Chinese spokesman said Saturday following remarks by President Trump's Defense secretary that a U.S. commitment to defend Japanese territory applies to an island group that China claims. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Saturday called on the U.S. to avoid discussion of the issue and reasserted China's claim of sovereignty over the tiny uninhabited islands, known in Japanese as the Senkaku and Chinese as Diaoyu. The 1960 U.S.-Japan treaty is "a product of the Cold War, which should not impair China's territorial sovereignty and legitimate rights," Lu...
  • China lashes out at Mattis remarks on islands

    02/04/2017 7:39:33 AM PST · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    AP/Stars & Stripes ^ | February 4, 2017 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
    BEIJING — The U.S. is putting regional stability in East Asia at risk, a Chinese spokesman said Saturday following remarks by President Donald Trump's defense secretary that a U.S. commitment to defend Japanese territory applies to an island group that China claims. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Saturday called on the U.S. to avoid discussion of the issue and reasserted China's claim of sovereignty over the tiny uninhabited islands, known in Japanese as the Senkaku and Chinese as Diaoyu. The 1960 U.S.-Japan treaty is "a product of the Cold War, which should not impair China's territorial sovereignty and...
  • Mattis warns North Korea: US will counter nuclear attack

    02/03/2017 5:56:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/3/17 | Joel Gehrke
    Any North Korean attack on an American ally will meet with an "overwhelming" counterattack from the United States, particularly if the regime uses nuclear weapons. "Due to some of the provocations out of North Korea and other challenges that we jointly face, I want to make certain that Article Five of our mutual defense treaty is understood to be as real to us today as it was a year ago, five years ago and as it will be a year and 10 years from now," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters before a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...
  • USS Antietam Likely Headed to Dry Dock for Repairs, 1,100 Gallons of Hydraulic Oil Still Missing

    02/02/2017 9:22:01 AM PST · by RitchieAprile · 37 replies
    USNI ^ | 2 Feb 2017 | Sam LaGrone
    As the Navy continues to tally up the damage to a U.S. cruiser that ran aground Tuesday in Tokyo Bay, early damage reports indicate USS Antietam (CG-54) will likely undergo an extensive dry dock period to repair the ship, USNI News understands. The Navy and Japanese authorities are also still searching for signs of the 1,100 gallons of hydraulic oil that leaked after the ship grounded, a U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman told USNI News on Wednesday evening. Antietam was moved pier side to the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan by tugs following the grounding and now divers are cataloging...
  • 2,000-year-old clay doll dug up in one piece at Osaka ruins site

    01/30/2017 9:54:24 AM PST · by fishtank · 24 replies
    Asahi ^ | January 27, 2017 at 17:00 JST | By TAKASHI YOSHIKAWA
    2,000-year-old clay doll dug up in one piece at Osaka ruins site IBARAKI, Osaka Prefecture--A moon-faced clay doll from the mid-Yayoi Pottery Culture period (300 B.C.-A.D. 300) has been unearthed in near perfect condition at an archaeological site here, the first discovery of its kind in the prefecture. The charming doll, of a kind very rarely found intact, was unearthed at the Kori ruins, the Osaka Center for Culture Heritage announced Jan. 26.
  • Video: ROC Navy - Taiwan Future Guided Missile Destroyer Revealed

    01/26/2017 11:21:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 26 January 2017
    Taiwan's National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) released an animation video showing the future guided-missile destroyer project for the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy (ROC Navy) in combat. Renderings of this new project surfaced in June last year (as we reported). This new destroyer project is in line with Taiwan's new naval acquisition plan which was unveiled in late 2015. The new plan called for four new destroyers (among other vessels). ROC Navy Future Destroyer DDG Taiwan NCSIST CGI of the new DDG Project for the ROC Navy. It appears to share some similarities with the DDG 51...
  • Japan launches its first military communications satellite

    01/24/2017 10:24:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin
    jlltsubo.com ^ | Jan 24, 2017 | Edna Parker
    The launch of Kirameki-2 satellite, conducted within the program of modernization of the Self-Defense Forces' ability to improve dealing with security challenges, was broadcast online via Internet.... The Kirameki-2, operating with X-band technology, is one of three defence communications satellites which will replace three civilian satellites used by the SDF. The legislation, which loosens constraints imposed by the war-renouncing Constitution, came into force last March. ... Kirameki-1 is expected to operate over the Pacific Ocean and the Kirameki-3 over Japan. It will be used to share information among Japan's Self-Defence Forces units deployed worldwide.
  • Report: U.S. Announces Withdrawal From TPP Within 24 Hours of Trump Inauguration…

    01/22/2017 7:39:34 AM PST · by combat_boots · 31 replies
    CTH ^ | 1/22/2017 | Sundance
    …and other fun stuff discovered walking through this new winner wonderland. Making good on a consistent campaign promise, and in absolute rebuke to the best laid plans of Tom Donohue, the Asian Pacific Nikkei reports: WASHINGTON — Soon after President Donald Trump was sworn in, his administration announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact championed by former President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The White House on Friday also wasted no time in declaring a renegotiation of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. (more) It would appear the economic plan continued before...
  • Japanese Women See Aspirational Qualities in ‘De Facto First Lady’ Ivanka Trump

    01/14/2017 12:00:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Japan Times ^ | JAN 11, 2017 | Ayako Mie
    Miyu Toyonaga was thrilled when she discovered who had visited her Instagram account last April. It was Ivanka Trump, her fashion icon, and she had liked a photo of Toyonaga with a leather clutch purse from Ivanka’s namesake brand. The 32-year-old Toyonaga, who works at the Tokyo office of an Australian commercial real estate firm, said she was struck by the elegant style and successful career of the model-turned-business executive when she first saw her Instagram pictures two or three years ago. “In a way I aspire to be like her,” said the 2012 Miss World Supermodel Japan, who is...
  • Toyota's $10bn US investment seen as nod to Trump

    01/10/2017 5:22:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Nikkei Asian Review ^ | January 10, 2017 | Kazuyuki Okudaira
    DETROIT, U.S. -- Toyota Motor will invest $10 billion in the U.S. over five years to produce new models and boost productivity, the company president announced Monday, amid growing pressure from President-elect Donald Trump to create jobs in America. President Akio Toyoda spoke to reporters at the North American International Auto Show here, where he unveiled the new Camry sedan. Toyota plans to begin manufacturing the new model in Kentucky by the end of the year. Highlighting employment efforts, he stressed that the Japanese automaker has 136,000 workers in the U.S. and has invested $22 billion in the country during...
  • Japan to recall envoy to South Korea amid row over ‘comfort women’ statue

    01/06/2017 8:24:01 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 61 replies
    Asian Correspondent ^ | 6th January 2017 | Asian Correspondent Staff
    JAPAN is recalling its ambassador to South Korea over a statue commemorating Korean “comfort women” forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels during World War Two, the government said on Friday. The term “comfort women” is a euphemism used for the girls and women who were subjected to the practice. South Korean activists estimate that there may have been as many as 200,000 Korean victims. Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the statue in the southern city of Busan was “extremely regrettable” and stated that Japan has asked for its removal.
  • In Break With Precedent, Obama Envoys Are Denied Extensions Past Inauguration Day

    01/05/2017 9:21:50 PM PST · by upchuck · 108 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jan 5, 2017 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition staff has issued a blanket edict requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day, according to several American diplomats familiar with the plan, breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide even the briefest of grace periods. The mandate — issued “without exceptions,” according to a terse State Department cable sent on Dec. 23, diplomats who saw it said — threatens to leave the United States without Senate-confirmed envoys for months in critical nations like Germany, Canada and Britain. In the past, administrations of both parties have often granted extensions...
  • Toshiba's record fall highlights U.S. nuclear cost nightmare

    12/29/2016 5:20:54 AM PST · by RS_Rider · 23 replies
    Bloomberg News ^ | Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016
    Toshiba Corp. shares plunged by the most on record as the once-heralded U.S. nuclear renaissance turns into a nightmare for the Japanese company. The shares fell by 20 percent, the most since 1974, according to available data, to close at 312 yen in Tokyo following a 12 percent drop Tuesday. Toshiba said it may have to write down billions related to an acquisition made by U.S. unit Westinghouse Electric that was geared toward completing the newest generation of reactors at two U.S. facilities. The projects, overseen by utilities Southern Co. and Scana Corp., are years behind schedule and billions of...
  • Obama, Japanese PM Abe to seek reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

    12/27/2016 10:38:40 AM PST · by ColdOne · 39 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/27/16 | ap
    Published December 27, 2016 Associated Press Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print Now Playing Americans remember the Pearl Harbor attack, 75 years later HONOLULU – Putting 75 years of resentment behind them, the leaders of the United States and Japan are coming together at Pearl Harbor for a historic pilgrimage to the site where the bloodshed of surprise attacks thrust America into World War II. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit Tuesday with President Barack Obama is powerful proof that the former enemies have transcended the recriminatory impulses that weighed down relations after the war, Japan's government has said. Although Japanese leaders...
  • US Should Not Only Defund UN But Withdraw From It

    12/25/2016 10:51:31 PM PST · by george76 · 55 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 26, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Let’s take our $3 billion and go. The United States pays 22% of the total UN budget. What we get for our $3 billion a year is a corrupt organization whose dysfunctional and hostile agencies are united in opposing us around the world. The United Nations does only two things consistently and effectively: waste money and bash Israel. Sometimes it manages to do both at the same time. ... The Jewish State is the UN’s scapegoat for anything and everything. The Palestinian Authority blamed Israel at the UN for Global Warming. ... Here’s what we get for our $3 billion....
  • Japan's government approves record military spending

    12/21/2016 6:45:36 PM PST · by Mariner · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 21st, 2016 | by Tim Kelly
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government on Thursday approved an increase in defense spending to record levels to counter growing Chinese military power in the East China Sea and an escalating North Korean ballistic missile threat. Abe's cabinet on Thursday signed off on a 1.4 percent increase in spending to 5.13 trillion yen ($43.66 billion) for the year starting April 1. If approved by lawmakers, which is highly likely given the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's control of parliament, it will be the fifth straight annual increase in outlays. Under Abe, Japan's Self Defense Forces are pivoting away from guarding the...
  • How Come Japan Never Experiences Muslim Terrorist Attacks?

    12/21/2016 8:15:07 AM PST · by pinochet · 44 replies
    Japan has a population larger than that of Germany. But Japan never experiences Muslim terrorist attacks. This is because Japan keeps the small Muslim population in the country under surveillance. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2016/07/13/issues/shadow-surveillance-looms-japans-muslims/
  • Japanese Investment in Florida Satellite Company May Create 3,000 Jobs

    12/20/2016 2:31:22 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 December 2016 | Warren Mass
    The Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank Group, Corp. announced on December 19 that it had agreed to invest $1 billion in the satellite manufacturing operation built in Exploration Park, Florida, by OneWeb LLC. OneWeb plans to build and deploy a constellation of hundreds of satellites in low-Earth orbit over the next decade, which will provide Internet access to many unconnected areas of the world.The new investment deal will give SoftBank and its partners nearly half ownership of OneWeb Satellites, a company based in Arlington, Virginia, that is a 50-50 joint venture between its parent, OneWeb LLC, and Airbus.The investment is expected...
  • Radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster detected on Oregon shores

    12/09/2016 5:06:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    AP via CBS News ^ | December 9, 2016
    SALEM, Ore. - Seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on Oregon shores, researchers say. Seawater samples from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach indicate radiation from the nuclear disaster but at extremely low levels not harmful to humans or the environment. Citing the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Statesman Journal newspaper reports the samples were taken last winter and later analyzed
  • US bomber crew shot down over Japan were dissected while ALIVE in horrific WW2 experiments

    12/07/2016 1:10:16 AM PST · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 105 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9 April 2015 | Elaine O'flynn
    A Japanese university has opened a museum acknowledging that its staff dissected downed American airmen while they were still alive during World War Two. The move is a striking step in a society where war crimes are still taboo and rarely discussed, although the incident has been extensively documented in books and by US officials. A gruesome display at the newly-opened museum at Kyushu University explains how eight US POWs were taken to the centre’s medical school in Fukuoka after their plane was shot down over the skies of Japan in May 1945. There, they were subjected to horrific medical...
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    12/06/2016 2:11:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2016 | Justin Holcomb
    President-elect Donald Trump announced on Monday that Japan's SoftBank has agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 more jobs for Americans. He announced the deal after meeting with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, a Japanese billionaire and technology investor. WATCH: Donald Trump Meets With SoftBank Chairman Masayoshi Son
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    12/06/2016 2:07:11 PM PST · by ColdOne · 111 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/6/16 | ap
    Pearl Harbor Published December 06, 2016 Associated Press Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print Now Playing Pearl Harbor survivor marks 75 years since attack Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won't apologize for Japan's attack when he visits the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor later this month, the government spokesman said Tuesday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that "the purpose of the upcoming visit is to pay respects for the war dead and not to offer an apology." Abe announced late Monday that he would have a summit meeting with President Barack Obama in Hawaii and visit Pearl Harbor. He...
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    12/06/2016 11:28:48 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 258 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12-6-2016 | ABC NEws
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    12/06/2016 9:16:34 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The National Interest ^ | December 05, 2016 | Sebastien Roblin
    In 2010, China’s first—and only, so far—Qing-class submarine sailed out to sea following nearly six years of construction. Displacing 6,628 tons submerged and measuring exactly the length of a football field at one hundred yards long (ninety-two meters), it is by most accounts the largest diesel submarine ever built. Unlike the vast majority of diesel submarines, the Type 032 can fire not only long-range cruise missiles, but submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) with the capacity to send a nuclear warhead across the ocean. Beijing prefers to keep its cards close to the chest, leading to speculation about the Type 032—is it...