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  • Donald Trump impersonates Asian negotiators

    08/26/2015 8:38:48 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | August 26 2015 | Jeff Simon,
    In a speech in Iowa on Tuesday night, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump -- who has regularly promoted his negotiating skills as a selling point for his presidency -- used broken English to briefly impersonate Asian negotiators. "When these people walk into the room, they don't say, 'Oh hello, how's the weather? It's so beautiful outside. How are the Yankees doing? They're doing wonderful, that's great," Trump said, to some laughter from the crowd. "They say, 'We want deal!'"
  • CNN Editorial: The real 'anchor babies' are conservatives, not Asians

    08/26/2015 6:08:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    CNN Editorial ^ | 08/26/2015 | Jeff Yang
    There are few uglier phrases in the modern conservative lexicon than "anchor baby," not least because of the literal imagery the term brings to mind of a human infant, wrapped in chains and flung overboard to secure a vessel in place. But even as a figure of speech, it's a despicable concept. It refers to the notion that undocumented immigrants exploit the quintessentially American policy of birthright citizenship, which confers the status of citizen to anyone born on U.S. territory, by sneaking across the border to give birth to their children. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently stumbled into the...
  • Ambassador Kennedy used private email, watchdog says

    08/26/2015 8:22:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/25/2015 | unknown
    Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and senior staff at the U.S. embassy in Japan used personal email accounts for official business, an internal watchdog report said Tuesday -- making Kennedy the latest Obama administration official to run afoul of email security guidelines. The State Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) report said it received reports concerning the use of private email accounts for official business, and identified instances where emails labeled "sensitive but unclassified" were sent from or received by personal email accounts.
  • Inspector general excoriates Caroline Kennedy for mismanaging Tokyo embassy(moron CK!)

    08/26/2015 8:45:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/26/2015 | Rick Moran
    Celebrity ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the former president, but someone with zero experience with or knowledge of Japan, has been taken to the woodshed by the State Department's Office of Inspector General. The OIC issued a blistering report that highlighted the mismanagement and ignorance of the ambassador and her staff, including the use of private emails for official business:
  • Inspector general cites Caroline Kennedy for using private email ( Japan )

    08/25/2015 3:53:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Examiner ^ | 8/25/15 | Sarah Westwood
    Ambassador Caroline Kennedy was singled out by the State Department's watchdog for using a personal email account to conduct official business. Kennedy, who has served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan since 2013, "used personal email accounts to send and receive messages containing official business," according to a State Department inspector general report made public Tuesday. Other senior embassy staff also used personal email accounts to handle government communications, occasionally transmitting information marked "sensitive but unclassified" on commercial accounts ... The embassy in Tokyo has no records management policy, nor does it enforce federal regulations that dictate how federal records...
  • Inspector General Slams Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy’s Embassy as Amateur Hour

    08/25/2015 2:53:43 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 25, 2015 | Claudia Rosett
    Having a celebrity socialite run the huge embassy was as foolish as it looked. [Caroline] Kennedy came to her ambassador’s post with no foreign policy experience, no particular background in Japan or Asia generally, and apparently not much skill at running the $93.6 million-per-year operation that is the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. [Snip] [A]lmost two years into Kennedy’s ambassadorship, the U.S. Embassy in Japan is a mess.
  • Reports of explosion at US military base in Kanagawa, Japan

    08/23/2015 10:05:49 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 133 replies
    various/Twitter ^ | 8-23-2015 | TCRLAF
    Breaking News... RT is the first English language source with this, but is not allowed on FR. NHK saying there were several explosions at the Sagami Depot in Kanagawa.
  • EPA Chief Plans Japan Trip As Congress Demands She Answer For The Toxic Mine Spill

    08/21/2015 12:44:34 PM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/21/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced she’ll be traveling to Japan later this month to talk about global warming just as Congress is demanding she testify about the agency-caused toxic waste spill in Colorado that happened earlier this month. “After spilling millions of gallons of toxic chemicals into the Animas River, the EPA has an obligation to be forthcoming about what went wrong and potential long-term impacts on local communities,” Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith said in a release, demanding McCarthy appear before the House science committee to answer lawmakers’ questions about the spill.
  • North Korea approves ‘final attack’ on South Korea as tensions increase in region

    08/21/2015 6:28:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/21/15
    A North Korean military official says a meeting of senior party and defense officials led by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Thursday night and "reviewed and approved the final attack operation." He gave no details on what kind of military retaliation North Korea would see as appropriate punishment for South Korea's shelling of its territory on Thursday. Kim Yong Chol, director of the general reconnaissance bureau of the North Korean army, on Friday denied South Korean allegations that Pyongyang has been raising tensions on the peninsula. He denied the North fired anything across the Demilitarized Zone and says...
  • North Korea fires on the South ... South Korea fines back

    08/20/2015 3:18:28 PM PDT · by knarf · 46 replies
    Uncle Sam's Misguided Children ^ | August 20, 2015 | knarf
    This Just In ... South Korea sent artillery shells into North Korea after a rocket was fired across the Western section of their border at around 4 p.m. local time on Thursday.
  • Truman was right to use the bomb on Japan

    08/18/2015 9:47:06 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 17, 2015 | By Richard Cohen
    Should the United States apologize for the nuclear bombing of Japan at the end of World War II? The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 years ago this month, killed as many as 250,000 people, most of them civilians. For many of the victims, it was a horrible, excruciating death, and for many others, the effects of burns and radiation, although not immediately lethal, produced years of agony. Should we say we’re sorry? My answer is no, but I do not dismiss the question out of hand. It is, after all, naggingly relevant, raising issues of proportion, race and culture....
  • Japan Economy Shrinks 1.6% In Q2 In Setback For ‘Abenomics’

    08/18/2015 6:37:03 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 17 August 2015 | Leika Kihara, Tetsushi Kajimoto
    Japan's economy shrank at an annualized pace of 1.6 percent in April-June as exports slumped and consumers cut back spending, adding pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to step up his policy drive to lift the economy out of decades of deflation. China's economic slowdown and its impact on its Asian neighbors has also heightened the chance that any rebound in growth in July-September will be modest, analysts say. The gloomy data adds to signs that Japan's economy is at a standstill and heightens pressure on policymakers to offer additional monetary or fiscal stimulus later this year. The contraction in...
  • Beijing firm accused of selling knockoff of Israeli AESA radar

    08/18/2015 4:01:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2015-08-18
    A listed Chinese company is being accused of trying to sell a knockoff version of an advanced Israeli airborne fire-control radar, according to a report from Defense News, a US-based media outlet. Beijing's NAV Technology Company has reportedly claimed in a product catalogue that its active electronic scanned array (AESA) radar incorporates "decades of field-proven experience" from Elta Systems, a subsidiary of the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). In the mid-2000s, IAI was embroiled in controversy after it canceled a radar deal with China due to strong opposition from the US government. The AESA radar being promoted by the Chinese...
  • Veterans honored on 70th anniversary of WWII end

    08/17/2015 1:32:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Conducted in coordination with similar ceremonies held around the world, local military and civilian officials, state agency representatives, and the friends and families of veterans of World War II gathered at Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery on Sunday to honor those who served in the last world conflict. Taking place within days of the 70th anniversary of the Japanese announcement of its surrender and the end of the war, the ceremony was an opportunity to continue to recognize and honor the millions of men and women who served at home and abroad during World War II, said...
  • Japan economy shrinks in second-quarter in setback for 'Abenomics'

    08/16/2015 8:10:46 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 16, 2015 | Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto
    Japan economy shrinks in second-quarter in setback for 'Abenomics' TOKYO | By Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto Japan's economy shrank at an annualized pace of 1.6 percent in April-June as exports slumped and consumers cut back spending, a bad omen for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy drive to lift the economy out of decades of deflation. China's economic slowdown and its impact on its Asian neighbors have also heightened the chance that any rebound in growth in July-September will be modest, analysts say. The gloomy data adds to signs that Japan's economy is at a standstill and may rekindle market...
  • U.S. Planned to Drop 12 Atomic Bombs on Japan

    08/15/2015 11:52:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 133 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 14, 2015 | Don Hale
    A week after Nagasaki, Tokyo had still not surrendered. A third weapon was already on its way and a dozen were to follow.LONDON — American military archives reveal that if the Japanese had not surrendered on August 15, 1945, they would have been hit by a third and potentially more powerful atomic bomb just a few days later and then, eventually, an additional barrage of up to 12 further nuclear attacks. Documents highlighted during commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima on August 6, and Nagasaki on August 9, which forced the end of World War...
  • Japan's emperor: 'Deep remorse' for World War II

    08/15/2015 7:49:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/15/15 | Curt Mills
    Japanese Emperor Akihito Saturday expressed "deep remorse" for his country's role in World War II, 70 years to the day following Japan's surrender to the Allies. Akihito makes a highly ritualized comment on this anniversary day every year, but this this is first year featuring such a statement. Akihito was born in 1933, and has reigned since 1989. He is the son of Hirohito, who was the reigning emperor during the war. Though the emperor's formal powers were degraded in the settlement with the Allied Powers, Hirohito was allowed to retain his throne in a largely ceremonial fashion, and famously...
  • Taiwan's CSIST Unveiled the Sea Oryx Naval Air Defense System Similar to RAM at TADTE 2015

    08/13/2015 10:48:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 13 August 2015
    At the TADTE (Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition) 2015 defense exhibition held this week in Taipei, the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) unveiled for the first time the Sea Oryx naval air defense missile system. The system appears close in concept to the American/German RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) system developed by Raytheon/Diehl/RAM-SYS or to the Chinese Type 710.SJ01-24 launcher for HQ-10 missile. Taiwan's new Sea Oryx naval air defense missile system unveiled for the first time during the TADTE 2015 exhibition in Taipei. The Sea Oryx missile is derived from the locally developed Infra-Red short range air-to-air...
  • Japan restarts first nuclear reactor under new safety rules

    08/12/2015 6:50:16 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | AUGUST 12, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    On August 11, Kyushu Electric Power Company's 846 megawatt (MW) Sendai Nuclear Power Station Unit 1 became the first reactor to restart after nearly two years with no generation from nuclear power plants in Japan. Following the disaster at Fukushima in 2011, Japan began a temporary shutdown of all nuclear power plants as each reactor entered scheduled maintenance and refueling outages. By September 2013, all 54 reactors in Japan's nuclear fleet were shut down. Following its restart, Sendai Unit 1 will begin generating electricity within days and return to normal operation in early September. The restart of Japan's nuclear power...
  • Why dropping the bomb 70 years ago was necessary, and why we need to be ready to do it again

    08/09/2015 10:16:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The National Post ^ | August 9, 2015 | George Jonas
    On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, shortly after 8:00 a.m. local time, a lone American B-29 was conducting what seemed to be a reconnaissance flight at high altitude over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. At about 16 minutes after 8:00, the aircraft released an object over the centre of town. Attached to parachutes, the object floated down slowly enough to give the four-engine Boeing Superfortress time to turn and lumber out of the airspace. The atom bomb exploded at about 1,900 feet above the centre of Hiroshima. The devastation was cataclysmic. Immediate casualties, dead and injured, numbered approximately 115,000....
  • The human cost of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was worth paying

    08/09/2015 2:49:19 PM PDT · by NRx · 91 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08-09-2015 | Christopher Booker
    ...In 1945, however, we also soon heard much of the other side of the story, and how that same appalling tragedy might have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of American and British servicemen who could well have died in the invasion of Japan which would otherwise have been necessary to end the war. Only more slowly did it come to light how the atom bombs had also saved the lives of anything up to a million prisoners in camps across south-east Asia, whom the fanatical Japanese commander, Marshal Terauchi, intended to massacre if the allies landed on the...
  • No Apologies For Hiroshima or Nagasaki

    08/08/2015 4:27:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 104 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2015 | John Hawkins
    This week was the 70th anniversary of the United States nuking Hiroshima and as expected, there has been plenty of second guessing, attacks on America, and claims that nuking the Japanese wasnÂ’t necessary. Understandably perhaps, thatÂ’s how the Japanese feel. I can tell you that with certainty because back in 2008, the Japanese equivalent of PBS flew me out to New York to be part of an online discussion between a crowd of Americans and a group of people from Hiroshima. Again, perhaps understandably, the tone from the people of Hiroshima was very self-pitying. They asked us to look at...
  • Russia calls for military tribunal on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    08/07/2015 12:22:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    United Press International ^ | August 6, 2015 | Jared M. Feldschreiber
    MOSCOW, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- An international military tribunal should be formed to examine the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Russian officials suggested at a roundtable discussion at Moscow State University. State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said historians and military science specialists have long argued whether nuclear weapons should ever be allowed in war. A tribunal would examine international law as it relates to wartime practices. In May, Naryshkin labeled the bombings in Japan at the end of World War II a "crime against humanity, which still has not been correctly assessed." At the time, he was speaking...
  • History made with 3-carrier swap

    08/07/2015 6:55:46 AM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 31 replies
    San Diego Union ^ | 8/5/15 | Jeannette Steele
    Call it the Three Presidents Crew. In a historic game of naval musical chairs, sailors from San Diego’s aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan will serve on three different flattops over the next six months. The Navy is saving $41 million by doing a massive, complicated crew swap involving 9,000 sailors and the carriers George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt, in addition to the Reagan. At the end, the U.S. Navy will have a new face in Asia, and an American aircraft carrier will enter a mid-life nuclear overhaul that was at one time uncertain. Also, San Diego will have a new hull...
  • Photo report: 24 Hours Aboard a PLAN (Chinese Navy) Type 052C Luyang II class Destroyer

    08/07/2015 6:30:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 07 August 2015
    Journalists from a Chinese naval magazine were able to spent some time aboard People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN or Chinese Navy) Type 052C Destroyer Changchun (hull numer 150). They published an interesting photo report with one picture every hour during an entire day (24 hours) showing the life of the crew on board a PLAN destroyer. Pictures were taken in July 2015 while the vessel was deployed in the western Pacific ocean. Type 052C (Luyang II class) Destroyer Changchun (hull number 150) is the third vessel of the class The Type 052C destroyer (NATO designation Luyang II class) is a...
  • Hiroshima 70th Anniversary: A Just End To World War II

    08/06/2015 11:03:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 72 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 6, 2015 | Jarett Siteman
    Seventy years ago, the B-29 Enola Gay, piloted by Paul Tibbets, Jr., dropped an atomic bomb, Little Boy, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The blast and ensuing radiation killed an estimated 150,000 people. Though the devastation from the bombing was astounding, it did not bring American’s war with Japan or World War II to an immediate end. Three days later, the United States dropped another atomic bomb, Fat Man, on Nagasaki, and the Empire of Japan’s leaders finally capitulated.
  • Hiroshima marks 70 years since atomic bomb

    08/05/2015 5:44:08 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 37 replies
    BBC World News ^ | Aug 5 , 2015 | BBC
    Residents in the Japanese city of Hiroshima are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped by a US aircraft.
  • New Mobile Coastal Variant of YJ-18 Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile Spotted in China

    08/05/2015 10:20:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 05 August 2015
    Images have emerged on the Chinese internet showing what seems to be a mobile coastal variant of the YJ-18 (YingJi-18 or Eagle/Hawk-18) vertically-launched, long-range, supersonic, anti-ship missile. Two types of vehicles are shown in the recent pictures: a 12x12 chassis acting as the transporter erector launcher (TEL) vehicle and a smaller 8x8 chassis that could be the transporter/reloader vehicle (or a different missile as the canisters appear to be quite smaller than on the 12x12). The missile launched from the 12x12 vehicle seems quite large, but one has to remember that a shore based anti-ship variant of YJ-18 could be...
  • 70 Years Since Trinity: The Day the Nuclear Age Began

    08/04/2015 5:38:33 AM PDT · by billorites · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 16, 2015 | Alan Taylor
    On July 16, 1945, the United States Army detonated the world’s first nuclear weapon in New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto desert. The test, code-named “Trinity,” was a success, unleashing an explosion with the energy of about 20 kilotons of TNT and beginning the nuclear age. Since then, nearly 2,000 nuclear tests have been performed. Most of these took place during the 1960s and 1970s. When the technology was new, tests were frequent and often spectacular, and they led to the development of newer, more deadly weapons. Since the 1990s, there have been efforts to limit the testing of nuclear weapons,...
  • Japanese journalist pulls a 'Weiner' in Thailand (Actual title)

    08/01/2015 9:57:33 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 14 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | 8/1/2015 | AFP
    Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi apologised Saturday after its Bangkok bureau chief posted an image of his genitals on a mobile forum set up by Thailand's foreign ministry, which warned of "consequences". A spokesman for the channel said the unnamed employee had been removed from the job due to his "extremely inappropriate" behaviour. The ministry demanded an explanation for the graphic picture that appeared late Monday in the forum, which was set up for foreign journalists working in Thailand. "We deeply apologise to the Thai foreign ministry and other people concerned," the spokesman said, adding the journalist had been urged to...
  • Beware the perils of a ‘Little Britain’ and a ‘Little Japan’

    07/31/2015 10:19:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Jul 10, 2015 | Yoichi Funabashi
    Beware the perils of a ‘Little Britain’ and a ‘Little Japan’ by Yoichi Funabashi Jul 10, 2015 Article history Japan and Britain have responded in completely different ways to the China-led initiative to create the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which the United States has opted not to join. In a rebuff to the U.S., Britain was the first Group of Seven member to announce that it would join the AIIB as a founding member. Out of courtesy, Britain informed the U.S. government of its intention just one day before its official announcement. Some within the U.S. government are still...
  • S. Korea to start mass production of new M-SAM missile

    07/31/2015 1:26:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    SEOUL, July 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will deploy a new homegrown mid-range surface-to-air missile, M-SAM, in the Air Force this year following a successful test-fire, the defense acquisition agency said Thursday. The missile with a 40-kilometer range, also called "Cheongung," was developed locally in 2011 to replace the Air Force's aging batteries of MIM-23 Hawk from the U.S. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration said it recently carried out a successful test launch of the initial M-SAM, sealing the quality certification. The new missile will be distributed to the Air Force starting in September, the DAPA said, adding that mass-production...
  • China’s Expert Fighter Designer Knows Jets, Avoids America’s Mistakes

    07/30/2015 5:55:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 29, 2015 | ROBERT BECKHUSEN
    There’s aircraft designers, and then there’s ace designers. There are thousands of engineers around the world producing planes, but ace designers only come along once every few decades. The United States had Kelly Johnson, the designer of the SR-71 Blackbird. Germany’s Willy Messerschmitt produced a line of famous fighter planes. The Soviet Union’s Mikhail Simonov created the muscular Su-27 fighter-bomber to compete with America’s F-15 Eagle. Each of these aces were highly skilled, but they also owed much of their success to circumstance. They came along when their respective governments invested millions — or billions — of dollars into transforming brainpower into cutting-edge combat...
  • EU tries again for compromise on deal to phase out coal aid

    07/27/2015 12:35:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:55am EDT | Barbara Lewis
    EU bosses are pushing to resolve a clash between industry and environmental policy with a new strategy to phase out funding to export coal technology to developing nations, ahead of a meeting of leading economic powers on the issue. The European Commission, the EU executive, urges tougher rules on when subsidies, known as coal export credits, can be used in a paper seen by Reuters, ahead of interim talks this week. Political pressure is growing to reach agreement on restricting the coal subsidies before United Nations climate change talks in Paris at the end of the year. But opposition is...
  • Exclusive - Japan eyes British help to sink German bid for Australian submarine: sources

    07/23/2015 6:16:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 23, 2015 | TIM KELLY, NOBUHIRO KUBO AND MATT SIEGEL
    A Japanese government team is in talks with at least two top British firms to help a Japanese consortium land one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts, sources in Tokyo said, a $50 billion (Ł32 billion) project to build submarines for Australia. Germany's ThyssenKrupp (TKMS), a rival bidder, is wooing anxious members of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s ruling Liberal Party with the economic and political benefits of its proposal. Two Japanese government officials and a company source in Tokyo said Babcock International Group and BAE Systems had approached the consortium of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries with...
  • Japan Defense Ministry Unveiled Details of "27DD" Class Railgun & Laser armed AEGIS Destroyer

    07/23/2015 4:36:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 22 July 2015
    According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) request for proposal (RfP) to bidding contractors, the 27DD destroyers will incorporate a number of design changes compared to the first batch of Atago class guided missile destroyers. 27DD AEGIS Guided Missile Destroyer technical specifications and layout First, the hull of 27DD has been enlarged to an empty displacement of 8,200 tons compared to the original Atago's 7,700 tons. It is believed in the Japanese defense community that the enlargement of the hull was conceived in order to provide a necessary growth space for advanced naval weapon systems that are currently under...
  • China gambles on North Korea to help revive city in northern ‘rust belt’

    07/22/2015 1:41:30 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    At China’s very farthest limits, a town sandwiched between North Korea and Russia stands at the heart of Beijing’s plan to revitalise its bleak, frigid northeastern rust belt. Beijing has a vision of turning the nondescript outpost of Hunchun into a regional Asian trading hub and is spending tens of billions of dollars to turn it into reality. Less than 70 km away in North Korea, the port of Rason offers access to the sea and a shorter trade route to Japan, one of China’s biggest trading partners, than almost any of its own harbours. But the ambitious plan relies...
  • 70 years after WWII, Japanese company apologizes to US POWs

    07/19/2015 8:32:25 PM PDT · by PROCON · 81 replies
    AP ^ | July 19, 2015 | ANDREW DALTON
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Saying they felt a "deep sense of ethical responsibility for a past tragedy," executives from a major Japanese corporation gave an unprecedented apology Sunday to a 94-year-old U.S. prisoner of war for using American POWs for forced labor during World War II.At the solemn ceremony hosted by the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, James Murphy of Santa Maria, California, accepted the apology he had sought for 70 years on behalf of U.S. POWs from executives of Mitsubishi Materials Corp.
  • Navy's newest combat ship in water

    07/18/2015 3:11:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNN - WJXT ^ | Jul 18 2015 | Brad Lendon
    The U.S. Navy's newest combat ship, the USS Little Rock, slid into the waters of Marinette Marine Shipyard in Wisconsin on Saturday morning. .. the 378-foot-long, 3,000-ton littoral combat ship with only a 13-foot draft is ideal for the missions the Navy faces in shallow waters around Pacific Rim, where the Navy is increasing presence as it keeps an eye on China, which is expanding its naval forces and its presence in the South China Sea. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said the launching of the Little Rock is emblematic of the Navy's commitment to have a fleet of 304 ships...
  • U.S. Marines nearing F-35B combat readiness declaration

    07/18/2015 2:57:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/18/15 | Andrea Shalal
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps' top aviator flew to an Arizona air base this week as part of a final effort to certify the combat-readiness of an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35B fighter jets, their pilots and technicians. Marine Corps officials were due to brief Lieutenant General Jon Davis, deputy commandant for aviation, on a week-long review which included operational and simulator flights in five core mission areas, an inspection of the maintenance department, and academics for both pilots and technicians. If Davis is satisfied, he will brief Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford, who...
  • Dinosaur egg treasure trove found in Japan

    07/15/2015 9:53:12 AM PDT · by ETL · 17 replies
    FoxNews - Science ^ | July 14, 2015 | Walt Bonner
    Researchers have discovered fragments of fossilized dinosaur eggs in Southern Japan, according to a June 29 report in the journal Cretaceous Research. The 90 eggshell fragments once housed five different types of dinosaurs, all of them small. “We know from the eggshells that small dinosaurs were roaming Japan’s landscape in the Cretaceous Period [65 to 145 million years ago],” Darla Zelenitsky, an assistant professor of paleontology at the University of Calgary and study co-author, told Foxnews.com. “Many of the bones known from Japan are from larger dinosaurs, but we now know (from the eggshells) that small dinosaurs were also an...
  • Japanese bills would expand military’s role

    07/14/2015 11:33:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 15, 2015 1:57 AM EDT | Mari Yamaguchi
    A Japanese parliamentary committee approved legislation that would expand the role of Japan’s military Wednesday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc forced the vote in the face of vocal protests from opposition lawmakers and citizens. Opposition lawmakers tried to stop the committee vote as hundreds of citizens protested outside. The unpopular legislation was crafted after Abe’s Cabinet adopted a new security policy last year that reinterpreted a part of Japan’s post-World War II constitution that only permitted the nation’s military to use force for its self-defense. The bills in question would allow Japan to also defend aggression against its...
  • With Ban on Exports Lifted, Japan Arms Makers Cautiously Market Wares Abroad

    07/12/2015 8:43:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JULY 12, 2015 | JONATHAN SOBLE
    YOKOHAMA, Japan — Some of Japan’s biggest companies, best known for motorcycles, washing machines and laptop computers, are pitching a new line of global products: military hardware. Quiet-running attack submarines. Amphibious search-and-rescue planes. Ship-mounted radar systems that use lasers to help pinpoint approaching enemies. After a ban on weapons exports that the Japanese government had maintained for nearly 50 years, Mitsubishi, Kawasaki, Hitachi, Toshiba and other military contractors in this semipacifist country are cautiously but unmistakably telling the world they are open for business. A maritime security exposition here in May was the first military industry trade show in Japan,...
  • Exclusive: Japan interested in joining NATO missile consortium

    07/10/2015 5:24:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 9, 2015 | TIM KELLY AND NOBUHIRO KUBO
    Japan is interested in joining a NATO missile building consortium that would give Tokyo its first taste of a multinational defense project, a move the U.S. Navy is encouraging because it could pave the way for Japan to lead similar partnerships in Asia, sources said. The 12-country NATO consortium oversees development and shares the costs of the SeaSparrow missile, an advanced ship-borne weapon designed to destroy anti-ship sea-skimming missiles and attack aircraft. The missile is made by U.S. weapons firms Raytheon (RTN.N) and General Dynamics (GD.N). In May, Japanese naval officers traveled to a North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting in...
  • Essay: China’s Submarine Solution for the Taiwan Strait

    07/09/2015 9:40:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 8, 2015 | Henry Holst
    While several Chinese security-scenarios are discussed in defense circles, China’s Taiwan dilemma is still the primary driver for Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) acquisition. Resolving China’s Taiwan issue has been the PLA’s justification for double-digit budget increases over decades. The force needed to deal with a U.S. military intervention during a Taiwan contingency far outweighs that required to handle China’s other external security goals. The Taiwan issue is reflected in the PLA Navy’s (PLAN) undersea force structure, which in recent years has heavily prioritized the construction of Type-39A Yuan-class conventional submarines (SSK). According to Naval War College professor and PLAN watcher...
  • The H-6K Is China’s B-52

    07/09/2015 2:50:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | Jul 8 2015 | DAVID AXE
    Today just three countries operate long-range heavy bombers. Russia has 170 or so Bears, Backfires and Blackjacks. America fields 160 swing-wing B-1s, radar-evading B-2s and stalwart B-52s. China’s bomber force is smaller with around 130 H-6s. And most of the H-6s, copies of Russia’s Cold War Tu-16, lack the long range and heavy payload that many of the Russian and American bombers boast. But that’s changing. After years of work, the Chinese air force has reportedly outfitted two regiments—together possessing around 36 bombers — with a new, much more capable “K” version of the H-6. The H-6K is Beijing’s B-52 — a far-flying, fuel-efficient...
  • It's CHINA that's facing financial meltdown and the biggest stock market crash

    07/08/2015 6:14:46 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/08/15 | Simon Tomlinson
    Nearly $3trillion wiped off Chinese stock markets in just the last few weeks Government and investors launched campaign to prop up tumbling shares Experts draw parallels with the credit booms that led up to the 1929 crash Analyst: 'I've never seen this kind of slump before. Don't think anyone has' China's tumbling stock markets plunged even further today, intensifying fears the country was tail-spinning towards the biggest financial disaster since the 1929 Wall Street crash. Almost $3trillion (Ł2trn) – more than the entire economic output of Brazil – has been wiped out since markets went into reverse just a few...
  • Long-Range Bomber May Be In China's Plans

    07/07/2015 10:34:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    China Daily ^ | Jul 7 2015
    A fast-flying, heavy strategic aircraft is needed and long overdue, defense experts say. "Please try your best to develop new bomber aircraft." That was the last wish of the dying Lieutenant General Liu Yudi, 92, a flying ace from the Korean War and a former senior officer of the People's Liberation Army air force. Lying on his deathbed in the PLA Air Force General Hospital in Beijing, the legendary war hero used his last strength to write those words on a piece of paper and give it to General Ma Xiaotian, the air force commander who came to bid him...
  • 13th century Mongolian ship Kublai Khan sent to invade Japan found

    07/03/2015 9:45:02 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 20 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3 July 2015 | Julian Ryall
    Archaeologists have discovered the wreck of a Mongolian ship that was part of a fleet dispatched by Kublai Khan to invade Japan in the 13th century. The ship is the second to be located off southern Japan from two massive armadas – each reputedly made up of more than 4,000 ships and with an invasion force of 140,000 men – sent by the emperor of the Yuan Dynasty to conquer Japan in 1274 and 1281. Both invasion fleets were destroyed by devastating typhoons, with the storms going down in Japanese history as "kamikaze", or divine wind, that saved the nation...
  • China close to finishing airstrip on reclaimed South China Sea island

    Runway could be used for military purposes, US think tank says Johnson South Reef features a small port and two helipads. China has nearly finished building an airstrip that could be used for military purposes on one of its biggest artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, according to satellite images released by a US think tank yesterday. The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said images taken on June 28 by DigitalGlobe showed China had almost completed the construction of a 3,000-metre airstrip at Fiery Cross Reef, which China calls Yongshu Reef. The defence ministry refused to...