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  • Prosecutors target bosses, not company, in Thai bribery case

    07/21/2018 7:25:46 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat
    TOKYO -- Tokyo prosecutors on Friday charged three former executives of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems with bribery in Japan's first plea bargain deal, but the company itself was able to avoid prosecution. Tokyo prosecutors allege that the trio offered a bribe in connection with a power plant construction project in Thailand. They are believed to have paid 11 million baht ($329,000 at current rates) to a Thai port official in February 2015 for allowing them to unload plant equipment which did not meet the conditions to do so. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power became aware of the bribe through a whistleblower the...
  • In Face Of Protectionism, EU And Japan Sign Huge Open-Trade Deal

    07/18/2018 2:07:25 AM PDT · by Sam_Damon · 6 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | July 17, 2018 | Merrit Kennedy
    Japan and the European Union have signed a massive trade deal that creates an open-trade zone for more than 600 million people. The EU and Japan account for about one-third of GDP worldwide. The deal has been in the works for years, but the parties reached an agreement in principle a year ago, several months after President Trump pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major trade deal with Japan and 10 other nations.
  • TRUMP SIGNALS TO IRANIAN PEOPLE WE WILL SUPPORT THEIR UPRISING (Hannity)

    07/16/2018 6:23:42 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 28 replies
    Hannity ^ | 7/16/18 | Hannity
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  • Dozens Killed in Japan Flooding, Landslides

    07/07/2018 8:47:32 PM PDT · by American Quilter · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | 7 Jul 2018 | American Quilter
    Flooding and landslides have claimed at least 51 lives in western parts of Japan, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK. Rescuers were searching for 46 missing people on Saturday. Millions have been evacuated across more than a dozen districts, with Japanese officials urging an additional 4.72 million to leave their homes. Over the past five days, the country was slammed with so much precipitation that rain levels in some areas were two to three times as high as the monthly average for all of July, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Most of the rain had stopped by Saturday night, but...
  • Japan hangs seven men for 1995 gas attack on Tokyo subway

    07/06/2018 12:22:34 PM PDT · by NRx · 64 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 07-06-2018 | Reiji Yoshida and Sakura Murakami
    Shoko Asahara, founder of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo and mastermind behind the deadly 1995 nerve gas attack in the Tokyo subway system — and a number of other horrific crimes in the 1980s and ’90s — was executed on Friday, Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa confirmed. She also confirmed that six other condemned Aum members — Tomomasa Nakagawa, 55, Kiyohide Hayakawa, 68, Yoshihiro Inoue, 48, Masami Tsuchiya, 53, Seiichi Endo, 58, and Tomomitsu Niimi, 54 — were also executed. In total, Asahara, 63, whose real name was Chizuo Matsumoto, was found guilty for his role in 13 crimes that led...
  • Japan Executes Cult Leader Behind 1995 Sarin Gas Subway Attack

    07/06/2018 11:50:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/06/2018 | Austin Ramzy
    The leader of a cult in Japan whose followers released deadly gas in the Tokyo subway in 1995, killing 13 people and injuring thousands, was executed Friday. The cult leader, Shoko Asahara, was one of 13 people sentenced to death in connection with the attack and other killings carried out by the group, Aum Shinrikyo. He was hanged Friday morning along with six followers, Japan’s Justice Ministry said. Japan, which generally reserves capital punishment for people convicted of multiple homicides, usually executes a handful of people each year. The date of executions is not announced in advance, and the condemned...
  • Pompeo reportedly gives Kim Jong Un an Elton John 'Rocket Man' CD at Trump's request

    07/06/2018 8:12:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/06/2018 | Alex Pappas
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly brought a CD with the Elton John song “Rocket Man” to give as a gift to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to the country. Pompeo arrived in North Korea on Friday amid talks between the two countries over denuclearizing North Korea. Pompeo brought two gifts for Kim, including a letter from President Trump and the CD, according to The Chosun Ilbo, a top newspaper in South Korea. Last year, amid escalating rhetoric between the two countries, Trump repeatedly referred to Kim as “Rocket Man” and “Little Rocket Man.” A diplomatic...
  • Aum Shinrikyo: Japan executes cult leader Shoko Asahara

    07/05/2018 5:21:03 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 45 replies
    The leader of Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult which carried out a deadly nerve gas attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995 has been executed, Japanese media report. The sarin attack, Japan's worst terror incident, killed 13 people and injured thousands more. Seven other Aum Shinrikyo members are also awaiting execution.
  • Bolton says there's a one-year plan for North Korea to denuclearize, stays mum on WaPo report

    07/01/2018 11:41:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/01/2018 | By Maegan Vazquez
    White House national security adviser John Bolton offered up new details on Sunday about the path toward the nuclear disarmament of North Korea and addressed a recent Washington Post report suggesting that the country plans to deceive the United States about its nuclear stockpile. On CBS's "Face the Nation," Bolton said North Korea's nuclear arsenal could be dismantled in a year if Pyongyang cooperates, adding that the program would require "full disclosure of all [of North Korea's] chemical and biological, nuclear programs, ballistic missile sites." "We have developed a program. I am sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will...
  • N. Korea aims to hide key parts of nuclear program: reports

    07/01/2018 6:03:59 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 55 replies
    The Korea Herald (Seoul, South Korea) ^ | 1 July 2018 | Jung Min-Kyung, Staff Writer Korea Herald
    Even as North Korea engages in diplomacy with the US for denuclearization, US intelligence officials have spotted evidence that points to the communist nation’s unwillingness to fully dismantle its nuclear program while concealing key parts, the Washington Post said Sunday. The assessment contradicts US President Donald Trump’s remarks that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea,” following a landmark summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore. The evidence collected aims to deceive the United States about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea’s arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed...
  • Trump Admin. Calls on U.S. Allies to End Oil Imports From Iran by November 2018

    06/26/2018 9:54:28 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 9 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jun 26, 2018 | Amir Tibon
    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is asking U.S. allies around the world to lower their level of oil imports from Iran to zero by November 4th of this year, a senior U.S. Official said on Tuesday. The official added that the administration isn't planning to produce any waivers that will exclude certain countries or companies from this requirement. "We are pushing allies to cut oil imports to zero by November," the senior official said. "We view this as one of our top national security priorities." Talks on this demand have been ongoing for recent weeks, but the senior official said...
  • SCOTUS just quietly overturned decision allowing internment of Japanese-Americans in WWII

    06/26/2018 1:56:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 118 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06-26-2016 | Reuters
    The Supreme Court just quietly overturned a decision that upheld the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as part of a ruling upholding President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban that primarily targets majority-Muslim countries. During World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which led the US government to force more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent into detention camps. The decision overruled by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Korematsu v. United States, was centered around a man named Fred Korematsu, a Japanese-American who refused to comply with the order. On December 18, 1944, the Supreme...
  • Canada, EU and Germany Signal Compliance With President Trump Trade Demands…

    06/21/2018 6:08:57 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 41 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 06/21/2018 | Sundance
    This win needs to be sipped slowly for maximum enjoyment. First, we would draw your attention to May 23rd, when President Trump announced an instruction to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to begin a Section 301 review of the auto industry a week prior to the implementation of the Steel and Aluminum tariffs. At the time when all media were discussing other ‘matters’ CTH pointed out the strategy that was visible in the Auto-Sector. China, the EU (specifically Germany), and Canada were the strategic trade targets in the approach. About a week later, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland snarkily announced her...
  • George Takei: At least during my internment, I was not taken from my parents

    06/19/2018 2:58:09 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 86 replies
    CNN ^ | June 19, 2018 | Jennifer Hansler
    Actor George Takei argued that "in one core, horrifying way," the family separations occurring at the United States' southern border are "worse" than the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. "At least during the internment, when I was just 5 years old, I was not taken from my parents," he wrote in an op-ed for Foreign Policy magazine that was published Tuesday. Takei, an American citizen of Japanese ancestry who was detained with his family at camps in Arkansas and California, wrote that there was a "hideous irony" in the comparison. "At least during the internment, my parents were...
  • Even Trump's opponents need him to succeed in North Korea

    06/17/2018 9:37:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 11, 2018 | Dahleen Glanton
    Walking along Michigan Avenue the other day, my 8-year-old nephew who is visiting from Georgia noticed the shiny glass building towering over the Chicago River. “Look, it says Trump!” he shouted. “What do you know about Trump?” I asked. “Do you like him?” “Yeah,” he answered without hesitation. “He’s our president. He keeps us safe.” Granted, my nephew comes from a small town in a red state that gave Donald Trump 50 percent of the vote against Hillary Clinton’s 45 percent. It is quite possible that he has managed to escape much of the Trump disdain that is displayed so...
  • Japan Mulls Global Fund to Pay for North Korea Nuclear Disarmament – Reports

    06/16/2018 1:33:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | June 16, 2018
    TOKYO (Sputnik) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe considers setting up an international foundation to finance North Korea’s denuclearization, media reported. Abe mentioned a global "mechanism" on Saturday that would accumulate donations by the international community to aid the North in its bid to get rid of nuclear weapons, Kyodo said. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un committed to a complete nuclear disarmament in a joint declaration signed after a historic summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12. Abe said Japan would benefit from the North's denuclearization but added Pyongyang would have to make concrete steps to...
  • Trump [jokingly] told Shinzo Abe he’d ship 25 million Mexicans to Japan

    06/15/2018 1:28:05 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 79 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 15, 2018 | Bob Fredericks
    President Donald Trump stunned his fellow world leaders at the G7 meeting when he said he would ship “25 million” Mexicans to Japan, which would result in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe losing his next election. During the gathering in Quebec — which ended with Trump leaving early and refusing to sign the traditional joint communique — the president was talking about what he called Europe’s immigration problem when he turned his attention to the Japanese leader. “Shinzo, you don’t have this problem, but I can send you 25 million Mexicans and you’ll be out of office very soon,” Trump said,...
  • No sanctions relief for North Korea until 'complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization'...

    06/13/2018 8:48:50 PM PDT · by caww · 15 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 6/13/2018 | Christian Datoc
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press conference with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts Thursday morning in Singapore to elaborate on the post Trump-Kim summit strategy for denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. Pompeo called the Singapore meetings between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un an enormous opportunity and turning point for advancing North Korea's relations with the U.S., its neighbors in Asia, and the rest of the global community. Pompeo reiterated that both leaders are committed to complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization before adding that the process would involve considerable coordination with Japan and South Korea.
  • Japan seeks meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim Jong Un: Report.....

    06/13/2018 8:40:43 PM PDT · by caww · 13 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 6/13/2018 | Diana Stancy Correll
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have communicated several times over the past few months and are seeking to schedule a meeting between the two later this year, a new report says. One option on the table is for Abe to travel to Pyongyang in August, but another possibility is for Abe and Kim to meet during the Eastern Economic Forum in September if Kim decided to attend, according to the Yomiuri newspaper. The report comes after a Tuesday summit between the U.S. and North Korea, where President Trump and Kim signed a joint...
  • Chuck Schumer: Trump has given a ‘brutal and repressive dictatorship’ legitimacy

    06/13/2018 7:38:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/13/2018 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday criticized a joint diplomatic statement released a few hours before from President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un as lacking detail and giving Kim too much room to back out. Schumer said by meeting with Kim, Trump has given “a brutal and repressive dictatorship the international legitimacy it has long craved.” “It is best not to dive in head first and hope for the best but rather to work slowly, transparently and verifiably to build trust and lock in concessions,” Schumer warned. Schumer argued the agreement lacks detail on achieving...