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  • U.S. Ran $165 Billion Merchandise Trade Deficit in Q1

    05/05/2016 5:53:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 5, 2016 | 5:02 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The United States ran a merchandise trade deficit of $165.0623 billion in the first quarter of 2016, which was down slightly from the $165.7159 billion merchandise trade deficit the United States ran in the first quarter of 2015, according to data released Wednesday by the Census Bureau. The U.S. exported $347.5618 billion in goods during the quarter and imported $512.6241 billion. The bilateral merchandise trade deficit with China during the first quarter was $77.9461 billionby far the largest with any nation. [] The second largest bilateral merchandise trade deficit the United States ran during the quarter was the $16.9356 billion...
  • How Craig Wright Privately Proved Hes the Father of Bitcoin

    05/02/2016 12:18:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Wired ^ | 05.02.16 | ANDY GREENBERG
    WHEN RUMORS SURFACED early last month that Australian cryptographer Craig Wright would attempt to prove that he created Bitcoin, Gavin Andresen remained skeptical. As the chief scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation, his opinion counts: Andresen is among the earliest programmers for the cryptocurrency, and likely the one who has corresponded more than anyone with Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoins pseudonymous, long-lost inventor. Today, Andresen fully believes that Wright is Nakamoto. Now hell have to convince the rest of the world, because hes among the only people to have seen what he claims is the best evidence in Wrights favor. In an interview...
  • Reports Claim Satoshi Nakamoto Might Be 44-Year Old Australian

    12/09/2015 3:37:55 AM PST · by Another Post-American · 34 replies
    CoinDesk ^ | 12/9/15 | Stan Higgins
    New reports by Wired and Gizmodo may have identified the pseudonymous creator of bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, as Australian entrepreneur Craig S Wright. WIRED cites "an anonymous source close to Wright" who provided a cache of emails, transcripts and other documents that point to Wright's role in the creation of bitcoin. Gizmodo cited a cache of documents sourced from someone claiming to have hacked Wright’s business email account, as well as efforts to interview individuals close to him. The news outlets further claimed that Dave Kleiman, a computer forensics expert who died in April 2013, played a significant role in the...
  • Silk Road 2.0 'Hack' Blamed On Bitcoin Bug, All Funds Stolen

    02/13/2014 7:20:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 13, 2014 | Andy Greenberg
    The same bug that has plagued several of the biggest players in the Bitcoin economy may have just bitten the Silk Road. On Thursday, one of the recently-reincarnated drug-selling black market sites administrators posted a long announcement to the Silk Road 2.0 forums admitting that the site had been hacked by one of its sellers, and its reserve of Bitcoins belonging to both the users and the site itself stolen. The admin, who goes by the name Defcon, blamed the same transaction malleability bug in the Bitcoin protocol that led to several of the cryptocurrencys exchanges halting withdrawals in the...
  • Man called Bitcoin's father denies ties, leads LA car chase

    03/06/2014 7:29:24 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 42 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | 3/6/2014 | Aron Ranen and Brandon Lowrey
    (Reuters) - A Japanese American man thought to be the reclusive multi-millionaire father of Bitcoin emerged from a modest Southern California home and denied involvement with the digital currency before leading reporters on a freeway car chase to the local headquarters of the Associated Press. Satoshi Nakamoto, a name known to legions of bitcoin traders, practitioners and boosters around the world, appeared to lose his anonymity on Thursday after Newsweek published a story that said he lived in Temple City, California, just east of Los Angeles.
  • Obama wont apologize for Hiroshima during trip to Japan

    05/02/2016 3:55:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 2, 2016 | Olivier Knox
    President Obama may visit Hiroshima when he travels to Japan late this month for a summit of key industrialized nations, but he will not apologize for the World War II decision to destroy that city with an atomic bomb, the White House said Monday. Asked by Yahoo News whether Obama believes Japan deserves a formal apology for the August 6, 1945, bombing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest replied: No, he does not.
  • CHINA REFITS OLDER WARSHIPS FOR A BIGGER PUNCH

    04/30/2016 11:20:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Popular Science ^ | April 29, 2016 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Pinzgauer, at China Defense Forum 167 Shenzhen The Type 051B Destroyer, "167" Shenzhen, is shown here in its original configuation, including the forward HQ-7 SAM launcher and four 37mm anti-air turrets around its stern hangar. Until the Type 052C, it was China's largest indigenous surface warship. The Chinese Navy (PLAN) has been expanding its power with a series of new, more capable surface warships like the 052D guided missile destroyers (DDG) and 054A frigates, while preparing its Type 055 cruiser for a launch at decade's end. but equally notable is how it is also spending big bucks to update its...
  • France wins $40 billion Australian submarine contract - sources

    04/25/2016 6:59:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 26, 2016 | Colin Packham, Nobuhiro Kubo and Tim Kelly
    Australia has awarded the A$50 billion ($40 billion) contract to build the country's new fleet of submarines to French naval contractor DCNS, sources said on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to Japan's nascent defence export industry. Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will officially announce on Tuesday the winner of the contract to build the country's 12 new submarines, but two sources familiar with the process told Reuters that France has secured the contract ahead of Japanese and German bidders. Another source at the French naval contractor said he was "quietly confident" of success ahead of the announcement by Turnbull. Australia...
  • In Shocking Finding, The Bank Of Japan Is Now A Top 10 Holder In 90% Of Japanese Stocks

    04/25/2016 5:27:38 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 9 replies
    Zerhedge ^ | April 25, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    ...snip... While the Bank of Japans name is nowhere to be found in regulatory filings on major stock investors, the monetary authoritys exchange-traded fund purchases have made it a top 10 shareholder in about 90 percent of the Nikkei 225 Stock Average, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg from public data. Its now a major owner of more Japanese blue-chips than both BlackRock Inc., the worlds largest money manager, and Vanguard Group, which oversees more than $3 trillion. ...snip... Furthermore, recall what we have been saying ever since 2010, namely that central banks are nothing more than glorified risk-free hedge...
  • Kim Jong Il's former Japanese chef visits N.Korea

    04/24/2016 12:49:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    NHK ^ | Apr. 24, 2016
    Kim Jong Il's former Japanese chef visits N.Korea A former Japanese chef for the late North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, has just ended a visit to North Korea. Kenji Fujimoto served as the chef for the former leader for 13 years until 2001. He arrived at an airport in Beijing from Pyongyang on Saturday after a stay of more than 10 days. Fujimoto did not disclose details about his trip which started on April 12th. Four years ago, Fujimoto was invited by the current leader Kim Jong Un, who assumed power after his father's death, to visit the country...
  • North Korea launches missile from submarine, South Korea says [Obama Partying It Up]

    04/23/2016 1:21:53 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    cnn ^ | 4/23/16 | Don Melvin and Jim Sciutto
    North Korea has fired what is believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday. The missile was fired at 6:30 p.m. local time (5:30 a.m. ET), South Korean officials said, and appears to have flown for about 30 km (about 19 miles) -- well short of the 300 km (roughly 186 miles) that would be considered a successful test.
  • Japan's X-2 stealth fighter jet takes to the skies: $332 million prototype

    04/22/2016 4:22:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 22 April 2016 | VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
    Japan's first stealth fighter jet has successfully taken to the skies as the country joins a select group of world military powers wielding the radar-dodging technology. The X-2 jet took off from Nagoya airport in central Japan on its maiden test flight as dozens of aviation enthusiasts watching the event erupted in applause as it lifted off. The single-pilot prototype safely landed at Gifu air base, north of Nagoya airport, after a 25-minute flight with 'no particular problems,' said an official at the defence ministry's acquisition agency. The X-2 jet took off from Nagoya airport in central Japan on its...
  • The Horrors of Hiroshima in Context

    04/21/2016 4:41:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 129 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The dropping of two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 remains the only wartime use of nuclear weapons in history. No one knows exactly how many Japanese citizens were killed by the two American bombs. A macabre guess is around 140,000. The atomic attacks finally shocked Emperor Hirohito and the Japanese militarists into surrendering. John Kerry recently visited Hiroshima. He became the first Secretary of State to do so -- purportedly as a precursor to a planned visit next month by President Obama, who is rumored to be considering an apology to Japan...
  • Mount Aso volcano erupts following violent earthquake streak in Japan (VIDEO)

    04/18/2016 10:06:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    www.rt.com ^ | Edited time: 16 Apr, 2016 02:14 | Staff
    <p>Plumes of smoke rose some 100 meters into the sky, according to local media and videos captured by witnesses. The eruption of Mt. Aso, located in southern Japan, was recorded at around 11:30pm GMT Friday.</p> <p>Since small eruptions had been recorded at Mt. Aso even before the series of deadly quakes hit the area on Thursday and Friday, the Japanese Meteorological Agency has reportedly decided to keep the alert level at 2 on a scale of 1-5.</p>
  • Unusual quake cluster worries Japan

    04/18/2016 9:38:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    asia.nikkei.com ^ | April 18, 2016 8:20 pm JST | Staff
    Rescuers and a search dog check the damage around a landslide area caused by earthquakes in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture on April 17. ============================================================================================================ TOKYO -- Seismic activity in southern Japan is mystifying geologists and keeping the nation on edge. The island of Kyushu has been struck by a series of significant earthquakes, with the epicenters moving progressively further inland. The cluster started with the deadly quakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture last Thursday and Saturday. Temblors subsequently rocked the Mount Aso region and neighboring Oita Prefecture. There is a known concentration of faults in the area. Still, experts say it is...
  • Japan's Kumamoto quake upgraded to magnitude-7.3, PM cancels trip to battered region

    04/15/2016 5:19:42 PM PDT · by Innovative · 30 replies
    Xinhuanet ^ | Apr. 15, 2016 | Tian Shaohui
    Japan's Kumamoto earthquake, which took place early on Saturday, was upgraded from a provisional magnitude of 7.2 to 7.3. The temblor was felt across wide swathes of southern Japan and triggered a tsunami warning, although the advisory was later lifted. As the situation in Kumamoto continues to escalate, a second quake registering magnitude-5.8 also struck in the region at 03:55 local time. Prior to that, numerous aftershocks jolted the region that had already been pummeled by a series of quakes and aftershocks striking a day earlier. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's planned trip to the already quake-ravaged region, scheduled for...
  • (3rd LD) N. Korea fails 1st mid-range ballistic missile launch: military

    04/15/2016 7:31:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/15
    (3rd LD) N. Korea fails 1st mid-range ballistic missile launch: military 2016/04/15 15:46 (ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; UPDATES throughout) SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korea conducted its first test-launch of the medium-range ballistic missile Musudan early Friday from its east coast, but the launch ended in failure, officials said. "North Korea seems to have tried a missile launch from the East Sea area in the early morning today, but it is presumed to have failed," the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Sources said the launched missile was the Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), also known as the BM-25. The...
  • Magnitude 7.1 earthquake in southern Japan

    04/15/2016 9:38:52 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 108 replies
    The quake was only 10km deep.
  • China's PLAN Upgrading its Project 956E Destroyers with VLS and YJ-12A Anti-Ship Missiles

    04/15/2016 6:26:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 15 April 2016
    Recent images from China are showing two People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Project 956E Sovremennyy destroyers undergoing major refit and upgrade. It appears that the PLAN is upgrading its class of four destroyers (two 956E followed by two improved 956EM) acquired from Russia with domestic systems. Hangzhou (136) and Fuzhou (137) moored at the PLAN naval shipyard 4806 in Zhoushan. Hangzhou has many of its systems removed including the main gun, sensor and masts, missile launchers (both SAM and ASM). The pictures show first ship of the class Hangzhou (136) and Fuzhou (137) moored at the PLAN naval shipyard 4806...
  • Deadly 6.5 earthquake hits Japan, Mashiki one of the hardest hit towns

    04/14/2016 10:09:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 21 replies
    Australia News ^ | Apr. 15, 2016 | AP
    A STRONG earthquake has hit southwestern Japan, bringing down buildings, killing at least nine people and injuring hundreds, as rescuers scramble to find residents feared trapped in rubble. Eight of the dead were from the hardest-hit town of Mashiki, about 15km east of Kumamoto city on the island of Kyushu. The initial 6.5-magnitude quake struck at 9.26pm (10.20pm AEST) at a depth of 11km near Kumamoto city on the island of Kyushu, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. There was no tsunami risk. More than 100 aftershocks strong enough to be felt followed in the same region.
  • The superpowers playground ( Djibouti : Africa )

    04/14/2016 7:18:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    The Economist ^ | Apr 9th 2016
    Everyone wants a piece of Djibouti. Its all about the bases. ... the New Jersey-sized nation. Yet its quiet stability within the volatile Horn of Africa has made the country of just 875,000 people a hub for the worlds superpowers. ... The stars and stripes flutters alongside the runway where military and passenger planes touch down: Camp Lemmonier, Americas only permanent military base in Africa, hosts 4,500 troops and contractors who conduct missions against al-Qaeda in Yemen and al-Shabab in Somalia. The outpost, leased for $60m a year, shares an airstrip with the international airport, ... Djibouti also hosts Frances...
  • Powerful earthquake hits south Japan, collapsing houses

    04/14/2016 7:15:12 AM PDT · by blueyon · 56 replies
    AP ^ | 4/14/16 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    TOKYO (AP) A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 struck southern Japan on Thursday evening, collapsing walls and a number of houses. There are no immediate reports of casualties.
  • Obama Admin Apologizing for America Winning World War II

    04/13/2016 10:54:43 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 79 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12 Apr 2016 | David Harsanyi
    Our new motto: Strength through moral equivalenceWhen John Kerry toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Museum this week before meeting foreign ministers at the G-7 Summit, Reuters reports that he had witnessed haunting displays [of] photographs of badly burned victims, the tattered and stained clothes they wore and statues depicting them with flesh melting from their limbs. It is a stunning display. It is a gut-wrenching display, explained Kerry. It is a reminder of the depth of the obligation every one of us in public life carries to create and pursue a world free from nuclear weapons. Iran exempted,...
  • The Obama Administration Is Now Apologizing For America Winning World War II

    04/12/2016 3:49:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 12, 2016 | David Harsanyi
    When John Kerry toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Museum this week before meeting foreign ministers at the G-7 Summit, Reuters reports that he had witnessed “haunting displays [of] photographs of badly burned victims, the tattered and stained clothes they wore and statues depicting them with flesh melting from their limbs.” “It is a stunning display. It is a gut-wrenching display,” explained Kerry. “It is a reminder of the depth of the obligation every one of us in public life carries … to create and pursue a world free from nuclear weapons.” Iran exempted, of course. But, really, is this...
  • Trumps weak delegate operation could derail his nomination

    04/08/2016 11:01:05 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 139 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6 April 2016 | Benjy Sarlan
    Theres a recurring question among the Republicans gathering in Colorado at state and local conventions to choose delegates this week: "Wheres Donald Trump?" Colorado is a rare state where party officials choose delegates without any input from a primary or caucus vote. The bulk of the states 37 delegates will be picked at a series of congressional district conventions on Friday and a state convention on Saturday in Colorado Springs. Prospective delegates can run as unaffiliated free agents or pledge to back a candidate. "There just doesnt seem to be any Trump organization at all, to be honest," Dick Wadhams,...
  • Fingerprints to be tested as currency

    04/08/2016 10:35:08 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 42 replies
    The Japan News ^ | 8 Apr 16 | Yomiuri Shimbun
    Starting this summer, the government will test a system in which foreign tourists will be able to verify their identities and buy things at stores using only their fingerprints. The government hopes to increase the number of foreign tourists by using the system to prevent crime and relieve users from the necessity of carrying cash or credit cards. It aims to realize the system by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The experiment will have inbound tourists register their fingerprints and other data, such as credit card information, at airports and elsewhere. Tourists would then be able to...
  • Google owned Schaft unveils new bipedal robot

    04/08/2016 9:49:45 AM PDT · by Reeses · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 7, 2016 | Google
    Google owned Schaft unveils new bipedal robot at NEST2016 in Tokyo.
  • Wild radioactive Fukushima boars breed like rabbits, ravage local countryside

    04/06/2016 6:50:18 AM PDT · by protest1 · 57 replies
    RT.com ^ | 6 Apr, 2016 | Petras Malukas
    Northern Japan is raising an alarm, as the area surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear disaster zone has been overwhelmed by radioactive wild boars, whose population has increased dramatically over the past 4 years, as they breed freely in the exclusion zone. With the number of animals steadily growing, the boar population has been devastating the crops of farms in the area. Since the nuclear disaster of 2011, damage to agriculture caused by boars in the Fukushima prefecture has doubled, amounting to some $15 million, according to a report from The Times. Boars also pose a threat to public safety, as reports...
  • "Don't Abandon Japan" -- Hudson Institute (Critique of Trump Statements)

    04/05/2016 6:06:04 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 53 replies
    Hudson Institute ^ | 31 March 2016 | Arthur Herman, Lewis Libbey
    Don't Abandon Japan Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, arriving in Washington this week for President Obamas nuclear-security summit, is Americas strongest ally in Asia a region crucial to Americas future. Since taking office, Abe has pursued politically risky policies that have steadily bolstered not just Japans, but also Americas position in Asia. So he must be puzzled to find himself at the center of a U.S. political dispute. Battling for votes, the Trump presidential campaign suggests that Japan is an economic and military drain on the U.S. After criticizing China, the campaign smacks Japan. Such overheated rhetoric is as...
  • Trump doubles-down on allies paying more for US protection, vows to repeal ObamaCare

    04/03/2016 6:10:02 PM PDT · by Innovative · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 3, 2016 | Fox News
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump doubled-down Sunday night on his comments that the US should do a better deal with Japan, South Korea and other allies, saying they should pay more for Americas protection while taking a greater role in their defense including building their own nuclear weapons "If you start raising that minimum wage, you're going to make a lot of our companies even more non-competitive," he said. Trump also delved into his plans to change the nation's tax code by "simplifying" it. He also renewed his promise to repeal ObamaCare though he again wouldnt offer specifics...
  • Trump On North Korea Going to War: 'Good Luck, Enjoy Yourself Folks' (to Allies Japan/Korea)

    04/03/2016 4:14:54 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 270 replies
    The Guardian, U.K. ^ | 1 April 2016 | Ben Jacobs
    Donald Trump on Saturday told a crowd of thousands he was sanguine about potential hostilities between North Korea and its neighbors. Speaking at a rally in Rothschild, Wisconsin ahead of the states primary on Tuesday, the Republican Donald Trump on Saturday told a crowd of thousands he was sanguine about potential hostilities between North Korea and its neighbors. Speaking at a rally in Rothschild, Wisconsin ahead of the states primary on Tuesday, the Republican presidential frontrunner said that if conflict between Japan and nuclear-armed North Korea were to break out, it would be a terrible thing but if they do,...
  • The bizarre optimism in Donald Trumps theory of the economy

    04/02/2016 11:24:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr 2, 2016 | Jim Tankersley
    "I think were sitting on an economic bubble. A financial bubble... Were not at 5 percent unemployment. Were at a number thats probably into the 20s if you look at the real number. That was a number that was devised, statistically devised to make politicians and in particular presidents look good. And I wouldnt be getting the kind of massive crowds that Im getting if the number was a real number." "Im talking about a bubble where you go into a very massive recession. Hopefully not worse than that, but a very massive recession. Look, we have money...
  • China military to set up first overseas base in Horn of Africa

    03/31/2016 6:44:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3/31/2016 | Katrina Manson
    <p>China is set to install "a few thousand" troops and staff at its first ever overseas military base, the first permanent overseas deployment by Chinese armed forces.</p> <p>The new naval facility will sit in the same city as America's own sprawling African military headquarters in Djibouti, the Horn of Africa country where the US has a 4,500-strong base running counter-terrorism operations across the region. Japan, which also has its only overseas military base in Djibouti, already faces a tense stand-off with China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.</p>
  • Welcome to Japan Where homes are thrown away after one generation

    03/31/2016 7:05:55 AM PDT · by posterchild · 41 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Mar 30, 2016 | Justine Underhill
    Philip Brasor and his wife Masako Tsubuku spent years looking for a house to buy in Japan, and after a fruitless search for a pre-owned home, they decided to build a new one. Like many other new homes in Japan, they expect it will be worthless in the next few decades. “We have no expectation of gaining any value from our home,” said Brasor. “But, of course, most used homes outside of Tokyo will not have any value in forty years. And I think Japanese people have come to understand that, even if they don't admit it out loud.” Unlike...
  • Japan opens radar station close to disputed East China Sea islands [Senkaku]

    03/27/2016 8:51:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:06pm EDT | Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo
    Japan on Monday will switch on a radar station in the East China Sea, giving it a permanent intelligence gathering post close to Taiwan and a group of disputed islands claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing. The new Self Defense Force base on Yonaguni is at the western extreme of a string of Japanese islands in the East China Sea, 150 km (93 miles) south of the disputed islands known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and the Diaoyu in China. This radar station is going to irritate China, said Nozomu Yoshitomi, a professor at Nihon University and a former...
  • Trump would consider letting Japan and South Korea build nuclear arsenals

    03/26/2016 6:35:20 PM PDT · by JohnBrowdie · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2016, | Jessie Hellmann
    Donald Trump would consider allowing Japan and South Korea to build their own nuclear arsenals instead of depending on the U.S. for their protection against North Korea and China, he said in an interview with The New York Times published Saturday. Therell be a point at which were just not going to be able to do it anymore, Trump said, pointing at what he calls a severely depleted military. We have nuclear arsenals which are in very terrible shape, he said. They dont even know if they work. If the United States keeps on its path, its current path of...
  • Japan, mulling new fighter jets, opens talks with defense contractors

    03/25/2016 5:00:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 24, 2016 | Siva Govindasamy
    Japan has opened talks with Western defense contractors about building a new generation of fighter jets, sources say, in what would mark an important milestone in Tokyos strategy to maintain its air superiority over rival China. The discussions with defense companies including Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Ltd. come as Japan readies its ATD-X experimental aircraft for its first test flights within days. Stealth fighter technologies being tested on the ATD-X, being developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japanese Ministry of Defenses Technical Research and Development Institute, would also be incorporated into the new fighter, dubbed the F-3, industry...
  • Japan Whaling Fleet Returns from Antarctic Hunt with 333 Whales

    03/24/2016 8:14:22 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 76 replies
    gCaptain ^ | March 24, 2016
    Japans whaling fleet returned on Thursday from its Antarctic hunt after a year-long suspension with a take of more than 300 whales, including pregnant females.
  • China's giant Y-20 airlifter expected to enter service this year

    03/24/2016 4:44:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    UPI ^ | Mar 23, 2016 | Richard Tomkins
    China's Xian Y-20 military airlifter is expected to finish flight tests and be put into service with the People's Liberation Army this year, according to a report from the official Communist Party newspaper People's Daily. People's Daily reported the assessment cames from Xu Yongling, a military expert who said the test flight period for large aircraft is generally between three and five years and since no bottlenecks occurred during development or manufacturing of the Y-20, it will be put into use this year. The Y-20, designated as the Kunpeng, performed its first flight in 2013. It has a cargo capacity...
  • Japan allows its military to help defend U.S., other allies

    03/21/2016 1:23:54 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 21 replies
    LAT ^ | March 21, 2016 | Yuriko Nagano
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the decision by the Cabinet to adjust the interpretation from one that limited the armed forces to defending Japan was necessary because of regional changes. The decision allows Japan's forces to help protect U.S. ships that may come under attack in nearby waters, Abe said. "This will be a deterrent," he said during a news conference. "The basic thinking on how the constitution is presently interpreted will not change because of the Cabinet decision that was made."
  • China's PLAN Received about 200 Kh-59MK Anti-Ship Missiles for Su-30MK2 by end-2015

    03/21/2016 6:39:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | 21 March 2016
    China had received about 200 Kh-59MK (NATO reporting name: AS-13 Kingbolt) anti-ship missiles (ASM) by end-2015, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute`s (SIPRI) arms trasnfer database. A Kh-59MK2 test round is launched from a Su-30MK Flanker G. KnAAPO picture. The deliveries of Russian Kh-59MK missiles intended for Chinese Su-30MK2 (Flanker-G) multirole fighters started in 2008. As of end-late, China got about 200 Kh-59MKs. SIPRI emphasizes, that Chinese Armed Forces may have received both Kh-59MK and Kh-59MK2 modifications of the missile. Kh-59MK is an anti-ship missile developed by the Tactical Missiles Corporation (Russian acronym: KTRV) for Su-30 Sukhoi fighters....
  • Central banks are already doing the unthinkable - you just don't know it

    03/20/2016 5:22:29 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 19 March 2016 | Mehreen Khan
    The lords of finance are losing their touch. Institutions which dragged the world from its worst depression since the early 20th century are finally seeing their magic desert them, if conventional wisdom is to be believed. Eight years on the from the Great Recession, voices as authoritative as the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of International Settlements - dubbed the 'central bank of central banks' - have called time on the era of extraordinary monetary policy. Having hoovered up $12.3 trillion (£8.5 trillion) in financial assets and carried out 637 interest rate cuts since 2008, central banks have been stunned...
  • Egyptian Blames Jewish Conspiracy for UNESCO Loss (+ Islamophobia)

    09/24/2009 10:13:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 333+ views
    JTA ^ | September 23, 2009
    Egypt's culture minister blamed a Jewish "conspiracy" for his election loss to head a U.N. agency. Bulgarian diplomat Irina Gueorguieva Bokova, 57, edged Farouk Hosny, 31-27, in a fifth and final vote for general director by UNESCO executive board members at the Paris-based organization on Tuesday night. The previous evening, the candidates were tied with 29 votes each, forcing a new election. "It was clear by the end of the competition that there was a conspiracy against me," Hosny said Wednesday after landing in Egypt, The Associated Press reported. "There are a group of the world's Jews who had a...
  • Japan reports biggest trade surplus in over 4 years in Feb

    03/16/2016 7:36:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 16, 2016 8:25 PM EDT
    Japan reports that it posted its biggest trade surplus in over four years in February, thanks to a strengthening in the yen and weak oil prices. The 242.8 billion yen ($2.2 billion) surplus reported Thursday compares with a deficit of 426 billion yen a year earlier and a deficit of 648.8 billion yen in January.
  • Donald Trumps rise sparks alarm in Japan

    03/15/2016 8:06:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | March 15, 2016 | Robin Harding
    As polls open for US primaries in Ohio and Florida, the political elite in Tokyo is starting to confront a disconcerting idea: that their indispensable US ally could actually elect Donald Trump as president. The controversial businessman, now favorite for the Republican nomination, hits Japan regularly in his stump speeches for supposedly unfair trade practices and freeriding on US military protection.
  • Voices Now Demanding Apology from Trump Who Calls Tienanmen Incident a Riot " (My Translation)

    03/13/2016 11:10:16 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 105 replies
    NHK Television News, Tokyo, Japan (from Japanese original) ^ | 13 March 2016 | NHK Network International News Staff
    (トランプ氏の天安門事件「暴動」発言 謝罪求める声) (“Voices Now Demanding Apology from Trump Who Calls Tienanmen Massacre a “Riot”) (Translation from the original Japanese by FReeper AmericanInTokyo):”In the most recent TV debate between candidates for the Republican nomination for President in the USA, Mr. Trump referred to it as a “riot” (boudou: 暴動) when Chinese students stood up in Tienanmen Square and requested freedom, in Beijing, China in 1989. Real estate magnate Trump was answering a question from the moderator in the March 10 debate in Miami, with respect to the suppression of Chinese university students. They were only pleading for freedom but were...
  • Fukushima's ground zero: No place for man or robot

    03/12/2016 11:03:59 AM PST · by Rockitz · 57 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | 11 March 2016 | Aaron Sheldrick and Minami Funakoshi
    The robots sent in to find highly radioactive fuel at Fukushima's nuclear reactors have died; a subterranean "ice wall" around the crippled plant meant to stop groundwater from becoming contaminated has yet to be finished. And authorities still dont know how to dispose of highly radioactive water stored in an ever mounting number of tanks around the site. Five years ago, one of the worst earthquakes in history triggered a 10-meter high tsunami that crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station causing multiple meltdowns. Nearly 19,000 people were killed or left missing and 160,000 lost their homes and livelihoods...
  • Obama at SXSW: Absolutist view on digital privacy cannot prevail

    03/12/2016 5:10:52 AM PST · by John W · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 11, 2016 | Mike Debonis
    AUSTIN -- President Obama defended government efforts to preserve law enforcement access to digital devices Friday, telling a crowd that included many technology innovators that society cannot end up "fetishizing our phones above every other value." Obama made his remarks during a keynote discussion at the yearly South by Southwest Interactive conference here, after being asked by Texas Tribune journalist Evan Smith to comment on the larger implications of the pending fight between the FBI and Apple over access to an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December's terrorist attack in San Bernardino. "The question we now have...
  • China plans aircraft carrier battlegroups to protect offshore interests

    03/04/2016 1:23:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Thursday, 03 March, 2016 | Zhen Liu
    China is building aircraft carrier battlegroups and plans to deploy them not only in the disputed East and South China seas, but also to protect the countrys overseas interests. Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, who served as a national political adviser and sits on the navys advisory board on cybersecurity, told the state-run Xinhua News Agency that building aircraft carriers served to defend Chinas sovereignty of the islands and reefs, maritime rights and overseas interests. The defence ministry confirmed this year that China was building its second aircraft carrier, its first wholly home-made one. Xinhua mentioned Chinas growing interests overseas, including...
  • Japan signs pact to supply defense equipment to Philippines

    02/29/2016 7:36:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 29 at 7:21 AM | Jim Gomez&#8201;|&#8201;AP
    Future talks will determine what defense equipment could be supplied, although Gazmin told reporters without elaborating that Japan has initially offered a surveillance aircraft. This agreement would really substantiate the Philippines and Japan being strategic partners, Gazmin said in remarks during the signing ceremony at the Department of Defense in metropolitan Manila which was not opened to the press. Let me stress that what underpins this agreement is not only our desire to enhance our respective defense capabilities but also to contribute to regional peace and stability. Neither side mentioned Chinas increasingly assertive behavior in disputed areas but that has...