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  • A Rare Look at the Chinese Navy's Submarines

    11/29/2016 11:47:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Nov 29, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    A news report on Chinese state television provided a rare look inside one of the submarines of the Chinese Navy. The Kilo-class submarine was purchased from Russia during the 1990s and is the tip of Beijing's spear in its disputes with neighbors. The People's Republic of China bought twelve 636-class submarines in the 1990s and early 2000s. The submarines, known as the "Kilo" class to NATO, were originally designed by the Soviet Union to operate in Cold War European coastal waters. After the fall of the USSR and the end of the Warsaw Pact, the 636 class became a useful...
  • Largest all-female expedition braves Antarctica to fight inequality, climate change

    11/29/2016 9:29:09 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 186 replies
    Largest all-female expedition braves Antarctica to fight inequality, climate change By Umberto Bacchi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The largest all-female expedition to Antarctica, comprising 76 scientists, is due to set sail from Argentina on Friday in a quest to promote women in science and highlight the impact of climate change on the planet. The international team will brave sub-zero temperatures to undergo a 20-day bootcamp on the frozen continent aimed at developing their leadership skills and challenging male dominance of senior scientific roles. Women make up only 28 percent of the world's researchers and are particularly under-represented at senior...
  • China again sends fighter jets, bombers through sensitive strait south of Okinawa

    11/27/2016 7:43:01 AM PST · by Mariner · 11 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | November 27th, 2016 | By Jesse Johnson
    TOKYO (Tribune News Service) Japan's Air Self-Defense Force scrambled aircraft in response to a flight by Chinese fighters and bombers through a key entryway into the Pacific Ocean between Okinawa and Miyako Island, the Defense Ministry said. Two Chinese fighters and bombers, as well as two other surveillance planes, flew through the Miyako Strait on Friday. The flight, which did not infringe on Japanese territorial airspace, was legal but went through a politically sensitive area. It was the second such flight since September, when Beijing dispatched at least eight fighters and bombers through the area apparently to send...
  • Trump adviser meeting pays off for Suga

    11/25/2016 9:11:54 AM PST · by sunrise_sunset · 23 replies
    Nikkei ^ | 11/25/2016 | TSUYOSHI NAGASAWA
    TOKYO -- Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga can afford to smile to himself this week, happy in the knowledge that a meeting last month has now turned out to be a goldmine of insight into the policy agenda of the next U.S. administration. Retired American military intelligence officer Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn met Suga while on a visit to Japan in mid-October, when he stressed the need to review and reassess the U.S. security alliance with Japan. Donald Trump wants to pursue a better bilateral alliance, Flynn is alleged to have said to the Japanese government spokesman. --- In...
  • Shadowy New Missile Appears Under the Wing of Chinese J-16 Fighter

    11/22/2016 3:14:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Drive ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Chinas aim to develop aerial weaponry tailored to target American force-multiplying aerial assets, like tankers and sensor aircraft, may have just appeared in another tangible forma relatively huge and previously unseen air-to-air missile. For years, I have posited that China would develop highly focused capabilities to counter specific but glaring weaknesses in Americas high-tech and increasingly networked expeditionary war fighting machine and battle doctrine. This pertains specifically to developing weapons and tactics used to attack low-density but high-value flying assets. Chinas J-20 stealth fighter-interceptor is part of this strategy. Its a simple premise really, one that we have discussed many...
  • Tokyo earthquake reports - Japan prelim magnitude 7.3 - off Fukushima

    Tsunami advisory has been issued (for Fukushima Prefecture ... also for Aomori, Iwate , Miyagi, Ibaraki, & Chiba Prefectures) Residents have been urged top leave the Fukushima coast
  • Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake Strikes Off Fukushima in Japan, Tsunami Warning Issued

    11/21/2016 1:22:24 PM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    AP-Twitter ^ | 11-21-2016 | Staff
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  • SDF rescue unit departs for South Sudan with new duties

    11/21/2016 9:03:07 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    THE ASAHI SHIMBUN ^ | 11/21/2016
    The first contingent of Self-Defense Forces members authorized to use their weapons against enemy combatants while engaged in protection and rescue operations overseas left here Nov. 20 to take part in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. The advance corps of 130 or so members is expected to arrive in the South Sudan capital of Juba on Nov. 21. They are authorized to engage in "kaketsuke-keigo" activities, which literally means "rushing (to distant places) to protect and rescue (people)," when members of peacekeeping operations or other nongovernmental organizations come under attack. Unlike in past missions, those in the latest...
  • What was Ivanka doing there? Fury as Trump's daughter and husband join him for first meeting with

    11/18/2016 12:15:21 PM PST · by ColdOne · 98 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11/18/16 | Chris Spargo
    full title....................What was Ivanka doing there? Fury as Trump's daughter and husband join him for first meeting with Japanese Prime Minister.............................Pictures released on Thursday evening by the Japanese government that showed Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner joining the president-elect for a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have led to widespread criticism on social media. A number of Twitter users are expressing their outrage and shock after learning that Ivanka - who has no security clearance and is set to run her father's business in a blind trust once he takes office - was present for Donald's first sit-down talk...
  • Why Did Ivanka Trump Sit In on Her Dad's First Foreign Diplomacy Meeting?

    11/18/2016 7:31:27 AM PST · by RummyChick · 184 replies
    elle ^ | 11/18 | nickalls
    It's been less than two weeks since Donald Trump was elected president, and already his first foreign diplomacy meeting is turning heads. A handout photo shows Trump meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Manhattan's Trump Tower...with his daughter, Ivanka Trump, listening in. CNN correspondent Ivan Watson deleted his tweet of the picture, but not before various reporters, political commentators, and other users pointed out the inappropriateness of Ivanka's presence.
  • Japan PM: 'I have great confidence in Trump'

    11/17/2016 7:00:00 PM PST · by George - the Other · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | Nov. 17, 2016 | BBC News
    Japan's PM Shinzo Abe has said he has "great confidence" in US President-elect Donald Trump and he believes they can build a relationship of trust. Mr Abe described the 90-minute meeting in Trump Tower, New York, as "candid", with a "warm atmosphere".
  • Japan PM in NY for 1st Meeting by Foreign Leader With Trump( Trump commanding respect)

    11/17/2016 6:04:21 PM PST · by GilGil · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/17/2016 | Michael Astor
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he believes Donald Trump is a leader in whom he can have great confidence after meeting with the president-elect Thursday. Abe, who became the first world leader to meet with Trump since his election, was seeking reassurances over the future of U.S.-Japan security and trade relations. He described the meeting as "really, really cordial" but offered few details of their discussion. "I do believe that without confidence between the two nations (the) alliance would never function in the future and as an outcome of today's discussion I am convinced Mr. Trump is a leader...
  • Japan PM says 'I can have great confidence' in Trump after meeting

    11/17/2016 5:20:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 17, 2016 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first world leader to meet President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday, seeking reassurances over the future of U.S.-Japan security and trade relations. Abe met with Trump in New York, where the incoming president is working on setting up an administration after his surprise election victory last week that has injected new uncertainty into old U.S. alliances. "I do believe that without confidence between the two nations (the) alliance would never function in the future and (after) the outcome of today's discussion I am convinced Mr. Trump is a leader in whom...
  • Japan's leader Abe heads to New York to meet Trump

    11/16/2016 9:01:34 PM PST · by Red Steel · 58 replies
    Gazette ^ | November 16, 2016
    TOKYO (AP) Japan's leader will likely seek reassurances that President-elect Donald Trump remains committed to the U.S.-Japan security alliance when the two meet in New York on Thursday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to meet the incoming president on Thursday. It will be Trump's first meeting with a world leader since his election last week. Statements made by Trump during the campaign have caused consternation in many world capitals, including Tokyo. Trump said he would demand that allies such as Japan and South Korea contribute more to the cost of basing U.S. troops in their countries.
  • Liaoning carrier crew explain how they perfected onboard operations from scratch ("combat ready")

    11/15/2016 4:50:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Global Times, China ^ | November 15, 2016 | Guo Yuandan
    After thousands of tests and training missions, China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is combat ready. A Global Times reporter recently visited the carrier, to find out how its crew members are selected and what roles they perform. After four years, the crew of the Liaoning went from knowing virtually nothing about the vessel to achieving an astonishing series of firsts. Fighter planes sit on the deck of the Liaoning aircraft carrier. Photo: Zhang Kai Fighter planes sit on the deck of the Liaoning aircraft carrier. Photo: Zhang Kai For an outsider, seeing the Liaoning, with a displacement of more...
  • Theresa May facing Cabinet backlash over refusal to deal with Nigel Farage despite his links to Dona

    11/13/2016 8:07:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 13 November 2016 10:00PM | Peter Dominiczak, Christopher Hope and Steven Swinford
    Theresa May is facing a growing Cabinet backlash over her decision to dismiss Nigel Farage despite him being the only British politician to meet with Donald Trump since his victory. The Daily Telegraph understands a number of members of the Cabinet and other Government ministers believe the Prime Ministers allies have made a mistake by referring to Mr. Farage as an irrelevance. One Cabinet source also accused Downing Street of having made no plan for a Trump victory, despite Government claims that officials have for months been holding talks with members of his inner circle. Mrs. May has made clear...
  • Exclusive: New low-visibility corvette spotted in North Korea

    11/08/2016 1:54:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    NK NEWS ^ | November 8th, 2016 | Chad O'Carroll
    Main picture: NK Pro A new modern-style corvette with low-observable radar characteristics has been spotted in North Koreas northeastern port of Najin in Rason, high-resolution photos obtained exclusively by NK Pro have revealed. Two sets of photos taken during different periods in 2016 show a heavily armed, 77-meter long vessel with radar cross-section (RCS) reducing features docked adjacent to a helicopter-capable but minimally armed support ship. Equipped with two Kumsong-3 anti-ship cruise missile launchers, a short-range surface-to-air missile system, torpedo launchers and rotary canons, the reduced-RCS corvette also includes capacity for large caliber naval cannon, the NK Pro analysis reveals....
  • Wiki - Bill Clinton's Press Sect'y Pedo Panicks to Pedesta (re: Denny Hastert) SUPER CREEPY..!

    11/06/2016 3:16:51 PM PST · by gaijin · 35 replies
    Wikileaks ^ | Nov. 5th, 2016 | me
    A former Clintonista and current Goldman Sachs biggie Jake Siewert is writing in mid-2015 to a current Clintonista and suspected PEDO, Podesta. In a panicky tone, Siewert admonishes Pedo Podesta that convicted Pedo (Denny) Hastert (Repub.) should for some reason disappear to a Japanese island. Both Podesta and Hastert long ago briefly taught at CAMP NOSE, near Osaka, Japan's 2nd biggest city. Unknown is what triggered this panicky advice from Clintonista 1 to Pedo-Clintonista 2. . Jake Siewert: Richard L. "Jake" Siewert, Jr. (born February 1, 1964) is head of corporate communications for Goldman Sachs. He served as White House...
  • Active Shooter reported at sasebo naval base in Nagasaki, Japan

    11/02/2016 7:40:43 PM PDT · by reed13k · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 02 Nov 2016 | Victor Morton
    An active shooter was reportedly on the loose Thursday morning at an American naval base in Japan, the commander of the base confirmed.
  • ( Sunday June 7, 2015 ) Jennifer Lopez sued over racy performance in Morocco [Hitlery Advocate

    10/26/2016 6:05:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Malay Mail Online ^ | Sunday June 7, 2015
    Jennifer Lopez is being sued for her performance at the Magazine Festival in Morocco after citizens were outraged that her performance was too sexy. The 45-year-olds concert at the Mawazine World Rhythms International Music Festival featured sexy dance moves and stage outfits that showed off the Booty singers famous assets. The group reportedly objected to Lopezs May 29 performance because it disturbed public order and tarnished womens honour and respect.
  • Taiwan Reportedly Plans to Upgrade Supersonic Hsiung Feng III Missiles

    10/22/2016 5:27:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Global Taiwan Brief ^ | October 20, 2016 | Russell Hsiao
    Against the backdrop of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) military modernization and growing precision strike capabilities, some media reports indicate that Taipei may have plans to produce 10 to 60 Hsiung Feng III (HF-3; 雄風三型, “Brave Wind III”) supersonic missiles with a range above 162 nautical miles under projects codenamed “God’s Spear” (神戈計劃) and “Coiled Dragon” (蟠龍計畫), respectively. According to the media, an “HF-3 extended range model missile” (雄三增程型飛彈) project may be in the works and a testing phase is slated for completion by the middle of 2017, to enter mass production in 2018. The missiles could be deployed in...
  • China's biggest ever stealth warship takes shape: New pictures reveal progress '

    10/21/2016 8:15:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | 21 October 2016 | STACY LIBERATORE
    Asia's most powerful warship has been shrouded in mystery since construction began last year at the Jiangnan Changxing shipyards. Known as a Type 005 destroyer, the vessel is said to be armed with electromagnetic railguns that can shoot down missiles and attack land targets. Now, leaked images give a glimpse of the battle ship's progress - there appears to be four portals on the stern for sensors and weapons - along with up to 128 vertical launch system cells for missiles. Construction of this 175 meter long ship began in 2015, but officials have been very careful not to reveal...
  • Expert: China-Made Aircraft Carrier May Enter Water At Year End

    09/29/2016 6:11:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    China Military Online ^ | September 28, 2016
    BEIJING --- Photos about the progress of China's first home-made aircraft carrier were revealed online again lately. Britain's Jane's Defence Weekly claimed that the carrier island is already lifted in place, a milestone before China's second aircraft carrier enters water. Military expert Cao Weidong said in an interview that China's first home-made aircraft carrier is likely to have Active Phased Array Radar (APAR) and can carry 40-50 aircraft of various types at most. Laser weapon will probably find its way to future carriers and large vessels too. According to Cao, carrier island installation is the last step of building the...
  • Fukushima nuclear zone 'to become world's next macabre tourist hotspot'

    09/24/2016 3:11:18 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 22 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | September 24th 2016 | Laura Connor
    Full Title: "Fukushima nuclear zone 'to become world's next macabre tourist hotspot' as visitors get set to don radioactive suits" "The site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is set to become a bizarre new tourist attraction, as people flock to visit the radioactive exclusion zone."
  • Abe pitches Japans maglev trains to the US, touting New York to Washington in 40 minutes

    09/22/2016 1:37:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 54 replies
    Kyodo ^ | 22 September, 2016
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pitching Japans maglev technology for the railway system in the United States. Speaking in a meeting with US business leaders and financial experts in New York on Wednesday, Abe said that in the late 2030s, a maglev train linking Tokyo to Nagoya in central Japan will take just 40 minutes - an hour shorter than currently required for the shinkansen bullet train. The two cities are about 260km apart, as the crow flies. The distance between Tokyo and Nagoya is almost the same as that between New York and [Washington] DC, he said. You...
  • (T)HE NEXT GENERATION OF CHINA'S CARRIER BORNE FIGHTER, THE FLYING SHARK, TAKES TO THE SKIES

    09/20/2016 5:18:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 20, 2016 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    New imagery shows that the China's carrier borne fighter, the J-15, will receive major upgrades, which point to gains in not just China's engine making but overall carrier fleet. Chinese Military Aviation The Original Article The initial J-15s, derived from the Soviet Su-33, had lighter landing gears (see the nosewheel) and Russian made AL-31 turbofan engines. The J-15 is derived from the Russian Su-33 (itself developed from the Su-27 fighter), is currently in limited production by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. It is used by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on its sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. Chinese Internet J-15A The...
  • More than 40 per cent of Japan's adult singles are virgins, says study

    09/17/2016 3:21:38 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 92 replies
    Telegraph News (U.K.) ^ | September 17, 2016 | Telegraph Foreigh Staff
    Miss Japan (Miss World Pageant i2016 in Tokyo) More than forty per cent of young singletons in Japan are virgins, according to a new study that highlights concerns about the country's demographic challenges. Japan already suffers from the world's oldest population and a shrinking birthrate, with the government struggling to incentivise marriage and parenthood. Now a survey of unmarried people aged 18 to 34 found that around 42 per cent of men and 44.2 per cent of single women had never had sex. The study is carried out by Japan's National Institute of Population and Social Security every five...
  • S. Korea unveils plan to raze Pyongyang in case of signs of nuclear attack

    09/11/2016 9:49:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has already developed a plan to annihilate the North Korean capital of Pyongyang through intensive bombing in case the North shows any signs of a nuclear attack, a military source in Seoul said Sunday. "Every Pyongyang district, particularly where the North Korean leadership is possibly hidden, will be completely destroyed by ballistic missiles and high-explosive shells as soon as the North shows any signs of using a nuclear weapon. In other words, the North's capital city will be reduced to ashes and removed from the map," the source said. South Korea's Hyunmoo II...
  • The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet (40 yrs since Mig-25 defection)

    09/05/2016 11:21:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 54 replies
    BBC future ^ | 5 September 2016 | Stephen Dowling
    On 6 September 1976, an aircraft appears out of the clouds near the Japanese city of Hakodate, on the northern island of Hokkaido. Its a twin-engined jet, but not the kind of short-haul airliner Hakodate is used to seeing. This huge, grey hulk sports the red stars of the Soviet Union. No-one in the West has ever seen one before. The jet lands on Hakodates concrete-and-asphalt runway. The runway, it turns out, is not long enough. The jet ploughs through hundreds of feet of earth before it finally comes to rest at the far end of the airport. The pilot...
  • JMSDF Resurecting XRIM-4 Naval Surface-Launched Variant of AAM-4 (Japan)

    09/05/2016 5:08:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 05 September 2016
    The Japanese Ministry of Defense allocated funds to develop a surface launched variant of the Mitsubishi AAM-4 (Type 99 air-to-air missile) effectively resurecting the canceled XRIM-4 project. Image: Japan MoD The Mitsubishi AAM-4 is a medium-range active radar homing air-to-air missile operational since 1999. The new funding is for the development of a boosted, surface launched variant for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The missile could have two variant: A long range one (with booster) to replace SM-2 and a short range one (no booster) to replace ESSM. Story via JSF
  • Putin to visit Japan in December

    08/30/2016 2:05:27 PM PDT · by chajin · 18 replies
    NHK ^ | August 30, 2016 | NHK World
    A senior Russian official says President Vladimir Putin will visit Japan in December. Putin's foreign policy aide, Yuri Ushakov, briefed local media on Tuesday on the upcoming talks between Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The 2 leaders are to meet in Vladivostok on Friday on the sidelines of an economic forum. Ushakov said Putin's long-delayed visit will take place in December. He said the agenda for the summit will be discussed by the 2 leaders when they meet on Friday. He said Moscow and Tokyo have already agreed on the date of Putin's visit, and it will be...
  • East China Sea: Dress Rehearsal for Invasion?

    08/30/2016 7:31:29 AM PDT · by pabianice · 24 replies
    realcleardefense ^ | 8/30/16 | Crowell
    ...Relations with China are becoming noticeably wors[e] because China is trying to change the status quo, Kishida lectured Cheng, who looked embarrassed by the media presence. He said the Diaoyu, as China calls them, were Chinese territory and the two nations should strive to reach a solution. Japan has become used to Chinese Coast Guard intrusions into its claimed territorial waters. On the average of once every two weeks, two or three Chinese ships slip into Senkaku waters. They stay for a couple hours then leave. But there had been nothing like what happened August 8 when a flotilla of...
  • North Korean Missile Test

    08/29/2016 10:56:43 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 9 replies
    38 North ^ | 24 August 2016 | Staff and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr.
    At approximately 5:30 AM local time on August 24, 2016, North Korea conducted what appears to be a successful test of a Bukkeukseong-1 (Polaris-1, KN-11) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The missile was launched from the countrys sole GORAE-class experimental ballistic missile submarine that was submerged off the port city of Sinpo and reportedly flew approximately 500 km before impacting the East Sea (Sea of Japan)within Japans Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). This was the third test of the KN-11 this year alone and the most successful test to date.
  • CLSA: "The Bank Of Japan Has Nationalized The Japanese Stock Market"

    08/23/2016 6:42:23 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 3 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 23 August 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Following the recent announcement by the BOJ that it would double its ETF purchases to 6 trillion, or $58 billion, up from the current 3.3 trillion, which is the equivalent to the Fed purchasing $580 billion in ETFs over the next two years, we noted that according to a Bloomberg analysis this would make the Bank of Japan the top shareholder of 55 companies by the end of 2017. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that as CLSA's Nicholas Smith wrote in a research report, the "BOJ is nationalizing the stock market" because that is precisely what it is...
  • S. Korean Navy to arm frigates with tactical ship-to-land missiles

    08/21/2016 11:33:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 2016-08-21
    South Korea's Navy will arm its latest frigates with tactical missiles that can strike deep into North Korea, a military source said Sunday. The plan calls for arming the Incheon-class ships with land-attack missiles that have a range of 150-200 kilometers. The missiles, to be loaded onto the ships starting in September, will allow the frigates the ability to attack key targets in the communist country's interior from the sea. "Initially, the plan was to arm batch 2 Incheon-class ships with the tactical missiles, but the government, after conducting feasibility studies, decided to retrofit the batch 1 ships," the official,...
  • Tokyo protests as China Coast Guard passes Diaoyutais

    08/21/2016 10:29:54 AM PDT · by traumer · 5 replies
    TEMPERATURE RISING:Tokyo has lodged at least 32 protests since Aug. 5 over what it says have been 30 intrusions in its waters by Chinese vessels Tokyo yesterday protested to Beijing after Chinese Coast Guard vessels sailed into territorial waters surrounding disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japan said. Four Chinese vessels entered the waters around the Japanese-controlled Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) — known as the Senkakus in Japan — at about 10am, the Japan Coast Guard said, adding that the vessels left the waters within one hour. The two countries are locked in a long-running dispute over the uninhabited islets,...
  • Japan eyes fiercer fighter jets to counter China (F-15 upgrade)

    08/20/2016 7:37:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Nikkei ^ | August 21, 2016
    TOKYO -- Japan's Defense Ministry is likely to request a budgetary allocation so the country's air force, which is responding more frequently to Chinese provocations, can load more missiles on its F-15 fighter jets, sources said. The ministry wants to double the number of air-to-air missiles to be loaded on the mainstay jets, operated by the Air Self-Defense Force. It also plans to lengthen the jets' lifespans. The ministry would like the money to be allocated in the budget for the fiscal year beginning in April. There has been a surge in the number of Chinese warplanes as well as...
  • Japan eyes fighter drone, seeks record defense budget amid China assertiveness

    08/19/2016 12:09:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    reuters ^ | Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:58am EDT | By Nobuhiro Kubo
    Japan aims to develop a prototype drone fighter jet in two decades with private sector help in a technology strategy that focuses on weapons communications and lasers, according to a document seen by Reuters. The plan will be announced this month when the Defense Ministry also unveils its request for a record budget of 5.16 trillion yen ($51 billion) for fiscal 2017, as tension rises in the East China Sea and North Korea steps up its missile threat, government officials with direct knowledge of the matter said. The military technology plan calls for first developing an unmanned surveillance aircraft in...
  • China eyes artificial intelligence for new cruise missiles

    08/19/2016 6:26:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 19, 2016
    China is eyeing the use of a high level of artificial intelligence and automation for its next generation of cruise missiles, a senior designer was quoted as saying on Friday. "We plan to adopt a 'plug and play' approach in the development of new cruise missiles, which will enable our military commanders to tailor-make missiles in accordance with combat conditions," Wang Changqing of the China Aerospace and Industry Corp told the state-run China Daily newspaper. "Moreover, our future cruise missiles will have a very high level of artificial intelligence and automation," Wang added. "They will allow commanders to control them...
  • Air Force Begins Massive High-Tech F-15 Upgrade to Stay in Front of Chinese J-10

    08/18/2016 11:38:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | KRIS OSBORN
    The US Air Force is vigorously upgrading the 1980s-era F-15 fighter by giving new weapons and sensors in the hope of maintaining air-to-air superiority over the Chinese J-10 equivalent. The multi-pronged effort includes the current addition of electronic warfare technology, super-fast high-speed computers, infrared search and track enemy targeting systems, increased networking ability and upgraded weapons-firing capability, Air Force and Boeing officials said. The Air Force plans to keep the F-15 fleet in service until the mid-2040s. Many of the F-15 systems date back to the 1970s and must be upgraded if the aircraft is to remain operationally effective. Various...
  • South Korea eyes warships with anti-missile capability

    08/18/2016 6:22:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | August 18, 2016 | YOSHIHIRO MAKINO
    SEOUL--South Korea disclosed plans to purchase three Aegis destroyers with Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) interceptor missile capability to counter aggressive moves by rival North Korea. The costly outlay would bring South Korea closer to effectively sharing a missile defense system that is used by Japan and the United States. Its Navy already possesses three Aegis destroyers and three more have been ordered, but none is equipped with SM-3 missiles. The new plan would involve acquiring three other Aegis destroyers with SM-3 capability in the mid-2020s. The government will decide later whether to install SM-3 interceptor missiles on the new Aegis...
  • Biden's remark on Japan Constitution raises eyebrows

    08/18/2016 3:09:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 18, 2016 4:58 AM EDT | Ken Moritsugu
    A recent remark by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that America wrote Japans Constitution is raising some eyebrows in Japan. [] Biden, appearing Monday with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, attacked Republican candidate Donald Trump for saying that Japan might need to consider obtaining nuclear weapons in the future. The vice president said, Does he not understand we wrote Japans Constitution to say that they could not be a nuclear power?
  • Biden: We wrote Japans Constitution

    08/17/2016 1:16:55 PM PDT · by chajin · 86 replies
    Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | August 16, 2016 | Jiji Press
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trumps proposal to allow Japan to obtain nuclear weapons, stressing that Japans pacifist Constitution was written by the United States. Does he not understand we wrote Japans constitution to say they could not be a nuclear power? Biden said in a speech he delivered in Scranton, Pa., for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Where was he when in school? Biden asked. Someone who lacks this judgment cannot be trusted, he said. Hes not qualified to know the [nuclear] codes, the U.S. vice president said. Trump has suggested that...
  • Japan plans to 'go on offense' with 300 km-range missiles

    08/14/2016 7:44:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Ecns.cn ^ | 2016-08-15
    Japan's decision to develop surface-to-sea missiles with a range of 300 kilometers to cover the disputed islands shows the country may be eyeing a shift to an offensive posture, analysts said. The Japanese government has decided to develop the missiles to "protect the nation's isolated islands," including the disputed Diaoyu Islands, the Yomiuri newspaper reported. Development costs will be part of the Defense Ministry's budget request for the fiscal year ending March 2018, and the weapons are set to be deployed on islands, such as Miyako, in Japan's southernmost Okinawa prefecture by 2023. "Japan is trying to use the missile...
  • THIS DAY IN HISTORY WITH TARA ROSS

    08/06/2016 6:57:48 AM PDT · by knarf · 19 replies
    TaraRoss.com ^ | August 6, 2016 | Tara Ross
    The time has come, these Allies declared, for Japan to decide whether she will continue to be controlled by those self-willed militaristic advisers whose unintelligent calculations have brought the Empire of Japan to the threshold of annihilation, or whether she will follow the path of reason.
  • UK finance body urges courting 'old' friends like U.S., Japan post Brexit

    08/03/2016 7:42:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 2, 2016 7:42pm EDT | Huw Jones
    Deepening ties with European companies and old friends like the United States and Japan would help Britain preserve its global role in finance after leaving the EU, an industry body said on Wednesday. TheCityUK published a to-do list for the financial sector and government, saying Junes vote to leave the European Union magnified the challenge of keeping up with global competition in finance. Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris and Milan all hope to win a slice of Londons market share in financial services.
  • Latest North Korea missile launch lands near Japan waters, alarms Tokyo

    08/03/2016 7:55:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 3, 2016 | Ju-min Park and James Pearson
    Latest North Korea missile launch lands near Japan waters, alarms Tokyo SEOUL | By Ju-min Park and James Pearson North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions. The main body of the missile landed in Japan's economic exclusion zone, a Japanese defence official said, escalating regional tensions that were already high after a series of missile launches this year and the decision by the United States to place a sophisticated...
  • Japan picks defense chief with revisionist wartime views

    08/03/2016 1:50:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 3, 2016 4:04 AM EDT | Mari Yamaguchi
    A woman with revisionist views of World War II history was named Japans defense minister in a Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, a move that could unsettle relations with Asian neighbors with bitter memories of wartime atrocities. Tomomi Inada, who had served as reform minister and most recently held one of the top posts in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, will replace Gen Nakatani as defense minister. Shes the second female to fill the post. [] Inada, a lawyer-turned-lawmaker and one of Abes favorite cronies, is a regular at Tokyos Yasukuni Shrine, which honors war dead including convicted war criminals, a...
  • Japan defence review expresses 'deep concern' at Chinese coercion

    08/02/2016 7:55:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | 08/02/2016 | Tim Kelly
    In the defence review approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, Japan warned that "unintended consequences" could result from Beijing's assertive disregard of international rules. "China is poised to fulfil its unilateral demands without compromise," the government said in the review. China's official Xinhua news agency condemned the review for hyping up the "China threat" theory, which aimed to tarnish the country's image. In a statement, China's defence ministry said Japan sought excuses to step up military spending, accusing it of "evil intentions" towards China's legitimate defence needs. "China's military is extremely dissatisfied with this and resolutely opposed to it,"...
  • Worlds Biggest Pension Fund Loses $51 Billion in Stock Rout

    07/30/2016 6:26:17 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 13 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | July 30 2016 | Yuko Takeo and Shigeki Nozawa
    Japans $1.3 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund lost 3.8 percent in the year ended March 31, or 5.3 trillion yen ($51 billion), the retirement manager said Friday in Tokyo. Thats the biggest drop since the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. GPIF lost 10.8 percent on domestic equities and 9.6 percent on shares in other markets, while Japanese bonds handed the fund a 4.1 percent gain.