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  • Watch: Trump signs US-Japan trade deals at White House

    10/07/2019 1:23:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 7, 2019 | Kevin Breuninger
    President Donald Trump on Monday is set to sign two agreements at the White House related to the U.S. trade relationship with Japan. Trump is set to sign the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement, according to the White House. The president is sealing those deals with Japan days before his negotiators are set to resume high-level trade talks with a delegation of senior Chinese officials. The two economic superpowers are working to hash out a sweeping deal that addresses issues including trade deficits, intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers.
  • Climate fight must be ‘sexy, fun and cool,’ says young minister for coal-dependent Japan

    10/06/2019 9:35:09 AM PDT · by libh8er · 17 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 9.23.2019 | Rachel Koning Beals
    ...Shinjiro Koizumi, who is the son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, became the third-youngest lawmaker to join a post-World War II Japanese cabinet when current head Shinzo Abe reshuffled key appointments this month. Japanese polls show voters think the young Koizumi could be groomed to replace Abe, Reuters reported. “We are committed to realizing a decarbonized society, and we are ready to contribute as a more powerful country in the fight against climate change,” Koizumi said, according to the Reuters report. Japan is the only G-7 country that is adding coal-fired power capacity. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had told...
  • (Japan PM) Abe condemns N. Korean missile launches (“UN resolutions violation”)

    10/01/2019 8:50:41 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 13 replies
    NHK National News Tokyo ^ | 2 October 2019 | NHK National News Tokyo
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan firmly protests North Korea's ballistic missile launches. Abe told reporters on Wednesday morning that North Korea had fired two ballistic missiles earlier in the day. He said Japan firmly protests and condemns the launches, which violate UN Security Council resolutions. Abe said the government will work with the United States and the international community under heightened security to ensure the safety of the Japanese people. After Abe spoke to reporters, the government convened a meeting of the National Security Council, attended by Abe, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, and Defense Minister Taro Kono. They are...
  • N Korea fires (Update: SLBM!) off eastern coast; one falls in Japan's exclusive economic zone

    10/01/2019 7:03:00 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 51 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 2 October 2019 | Tong Hyong-Kim
    SEOUL, South Korea North Korea fired projectiles (Update: Apparently SLBM launch out of Wonsan) toward its eastern sea (Sea of Japan Wednesday) , South Korea's military and Japan's government said, in an apparent display of its expanding military capabilities ahead of planned nuclear negotiations with the United States this weekend. .... excerpt
  • Bolton Warns Trump: North Korea ‘Will Never Give Up’ Nukes

    09/30/2019 3:31:56 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 76 replies
    Breaking Defense (News) ^ | 30 September 2019 | Colin Clark
    WASHINGTON: Ousted National Security Advisor John Bolton said Kim Jong Un “will never give up” nuclear weapons voluntarily — an implicit warning to his former boss. Bolton was restating a consensus view of the Intelligence Community, one that runs counter to President Trump’s faith that the North Korean dynast can be wheedled and cajoled. Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies today, Bolton attracted a forest of TV cameras hoping for some fireworks. They probably thought they were getting something hot when Bolton made his comment about North Korea but, as Breaking D readers know, the Intelligence Community’s...
  • Japan Considers Sending Naval Force to Hormuz, Mandab Straits

    09/04/2019 12:14:30 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 20 replies
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | Tuesday, 3 September, 2019 - 08:30 | None attributed
    Japan will not join a US-led security mission to protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways, but will consider deploying its naval force independently, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Tuesday. Citing unidentified government sources, the Yomiuri said Japan was considering a plan to send its Maritime Self-Defense Force (SDF) on information-gathering missions in the areas around the Strait of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandab shipping lane between Yemen, Djibouti and Eritrea. It would also consider including the Strait of Hormuz in the SDF’s sphere of activity if Iran agrees, the paper said, according to Reuters.
  • DONALD TRUMP SAYS HE WANTS TO MAKE IRAN AND NORTH KOREA RICH {Down with Mullahs}

    08/27/2019 2:02:19 AM PDT · by Cronos · 29 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 26 August 2019 | Tom Connor
    Pesident Donald Trump said on Monday that Iran and North Korea have "tremendous potential" he hoped to help them achieve should they reach deals with the United States. Trump made the remarks Monday at the G7 summit in the French city of Biarritz, where he was joined by fellow leaders from Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif too arrived in the city for separate consultations with France that were apparently welcomed by Trump. "I'm looking to have a really good Iran, really strong, we're not looking for...
  • Marines Considering Flying U.S. F-35Bs Off of Japan’s Largest Warships

    08/26/2019 3:45:16 AM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 23, 2019 10:51 AM | Sam LaGrone
    Marines Considering Flying U.S. F-35Bs Off of Japan’s Largest Warships By: Sam LaGrone August 23, 2019 10:51 AM THE PENTAGON – Officials in Tokyo have requested Marines deploy F-35B fighters aboard Japan’s largest warships, a U.S. defense official confirmed to USNI News on Friday. The service is now studying the feasibility of deploying short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) fighters from JS Izumo (DDH-183) and JS Kaga (DDH-184), Japan’s 24,000-ton big deck amphibious. The warships were originally designed to field a fleet of anti-submarine warfare helicopters and respond to humanitarian aid and disaster relief. However, in December Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...
  • BREAKING: BIG NEWS! President Trump Reaches Historic Trade Deal with Japan (Video)

    08/25/2019 7:20:37 AM PDT · by mplc51 · 136 replies
    GP ^ | August 25, 2019 | by Jim Hoft
    President Donald Trump is attending the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France this weekend. The liberal mainstream media was pretty certain this would be a complete disaster and that the countries were at odds. This is what they reported for several days before the summit began. Then President Trump dropped this wonderful news on Sunday.
  • Why doesn't Trump stop courting Kim Jong-un despite repeated missile tests? (Korea Times)

    08/24/2019 5:15:52 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 38 replies
    The Korea TImes (Seoul, SOUTH KOREA) ^ | 24 August 2019 | The Korea Times (South Korea)
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States has a really good relationship with North Korea and that the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, has been "pretty straight" with him. "Kim Jong-un has been ... pretty straight with me," Trump told reporters at the White House after North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, according to the South Korean military. (Reuters) Earlier North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast Saturday in the seventh weapons launch in a month, South Korea's military said, a...
  • Diplomatic Rift Between Japan, South Korea Makes U.S. Intel Gathering Harder

    08/23/2019 4:21:02 AM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 22, 2019 5:30 PM | Ben Werner
    Diplomatic Rift Between Japan, South Korea Makes U.S. Intel Gathering Harder By: Ben Werner August 22, 2019 5:30 PM The South Korean government’s intent to end an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan is more than a slight toward its neighbor, but a blow to U.S. efforts at monitoring North Korean activities and countering Chinese influence, experts say. South Korea announced Thursday it doesn’t plan to renew the General Security of Military Information Agree (GSOMIA) with Japan and the U.S., the latest escalation in a brewing diplomatic spat between Seoul and Tokyo. The announcement from South Korea’s Moon Jae-in administration follows moves...
  • China loses status as US’s largest foreign creditor to Japan

    08/21/2019 4:46:29 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 20 replies
    The State (South Carolina) ^ | August 15, 2019 | SARAH MCGREGOR AND KATHERINE GREIFELD
    Japan surpassed China in June as the top holder of U.S. Treasuries as the trade war between the world's two largest economies intensified. Japan increased its holdings of U.S. bonds, bills and notes by $21.9 billion to $1.12 trillion, the highest level in more than 2 1/2 years, according to data released by the Treasury Department on Thursday... The last time Japan held the position as America's largest foreign creditor was May 2017... China's U.S. debt hoard has come under increased scrutiny in the trade dispute amid speculation that the Asian nation could sell Treasuries in response.
  • Trump wants South Korea to pay more to keep U.S. troops there

    08/12/2019 6:19:42 AM PDT · by Lower Deck · 31 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | 8/12/19 | Jesse Johnson
    In a move likely to have implications for Japan, U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that discussions have begun with South Korea to get the Asian ally to pay more for the cost of maintaining U.S. troops there. “South Korea has agreed to pay substantially more money to the United States in order to defend itself from North Korea,” Trump wrote in a Twitter post, saying that Seoul had paid the U.S. “very little” over the “past many decades.” “Talks have begun to further increase payments to the United States,” he wrote. “South Korea is a very wealthy nation that...
  • Trump: Kim wants to meet again, apologized for missile tests

    08/10/2019 12:18:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    WHAM-TV ^ | August 10, 2019 | Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
    BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that North Korea's Kim Jong Un wants to meet once again to "start negotiations" after joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises end. He also said Kim apologized for the flurry of recent short-range missile tests that has rattled U.S. allies in the region. Trump is tweeting more details from the "beautiful" three-page letter he told reporters on Friday that he'd received from Kim. Trump, who is on vacation at his golf club in New Jersey, said Kim spent much of his letter complaining about "the ridiculous and expensive exercises," which North...
  • North Korean leader says missile launches were 'warning' against allies' joint exercise

    08/07/2019 12:03:49 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 17 replies
    Korea Times (Seoul, South Korea) ^ | 7 August 2019 | Korea Times (via Yonhap News Agency)
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said this week's missile launches were an "adequate warning" against the joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States that kicked off earlier this week, state media reported Wednesday. On Tuesday, North Korea fired two projectiles believed to be short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea, the fourth such launch in less than two weeks. They flew about 450 kilometers across the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). "Two tactical guided missiles launched at the operational airfield in the western area of the country flew...
  • Iran Now Owns the Persian Gulf, Thanks to U.S. Inaction

    08/06/2019 9:43:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 122 replies
    Mosaic ^ | August 6, 2019 | Staff
    This spring and summer Iran has attacked six foreign oil tankers in the Persian Gulf; tried to block a British ship in the Strait of Hormuz; flown a drone next to an American ship, forcing the U.S. to shoot it down; and captured another British oil tanker. All of this, writes Steven Cook, is proof that the United States is abandoning the Persian Gulf, despite decades of promises that it would never do so, and letting Iran effectively take over: The United States has invested great sums in the Middle East over many decades to undertake a few important tasks—notably...
  • The Japanese cabinet has stripped South Korea from its preferred list of trading partners

    "There's a possibility that President Moon MAY make a nationwide televised address after Japan removed South Korea from its preferred list of trading partners, according to media in Seoul"
  • South Korea fires 'warning shots' as 'Russian and Chinese aircraft violate' its airspace

    07/22/2019 8:27:12 PM PDT · by cba123 · 18 replies
    The Express ^ | PUBLISHED: 03:48, Tue, Jul 23, 2019 UPDATED: 04:10, Tue, Jul 23, 2019 | By BRIAN MCGLEENON
    SOUTH KOREA's defence ministry has confirmed its military fired warning shots after Russian aircraft violated its airspace on Tuesday. The warning shots were fired after Russian military jets intruded into the Republic of Korea's airspace. (please see full article, at the link)
  • South Korea fires warning shots at Russian military aircraft in its airspace

    07/22/2019 8:20:48 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 3 replies
    Reuteurs ^ | JULY 22, 2019 | Joyce Lee
    The South Korean military fired two warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that entered South Korean airspace on Tuesday, the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul said, and Chinese military aircraft had also entered South Korean airspace.
  • Why Can't America Fill a Pothole?

    07/22/2019 6:33:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    PragerU ^ | July 22, 2019 | Kyle Smith
    Why can’t America build or repair infrastructure on a par with countries in Europe or Asia? Why are our bridges, roads, and airports not what they should be? Aren’t we the richest and most technologically savvy country in the world? Who or what is holding us back? Kyle Smith of National Review has the surprising (and frustrating) answer.