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  • Germany gives up on emissions target. Japan emits more CO2 than ever

    11/20/2014 1:42:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | November 18th, 2014 | | Breitbart- London
    So much for momentum on climate change. Reality bites. Without nuclear power, Japans emissions have hit a new record high. At the same time, even with 17% of its energy from Nuclear power, and with 23,000 wind turbines, Germany stands no chance of reaching its emissions targets. The rich, technologically advanced nation that has spent more than any other on green energy admits they’ve failed. Those who want to stop producing CO2 have billions of dollars to spend on advertising and pointless windmills, but in the end, chemistry and physics can’t be bought. If renewables could provide cheap reliable power,...
  • Strong quake strikes central Japan's Nagano city

    11/22/2014 6:27:34 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2014
    A strong earthquake has hit central Japan, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit parts of Nagano city and surrounding areas the hardest. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's magnitude was 6.2
  • Russian Bombers Threaten Guam

    11/20/2014 11:24:23 AM PST · by McGruff · 31 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 19, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Two Russian strategic bombers circled the U.S. island of Guam last week in what U.S. defense officials say is the latest in a series of nuclear provocations by Moscow. The bombers were identified by air defenses as Tu-95 Bear H nuclear-capable aircraft that circumnavigated the strategic U.S. military outpost on Friday—amid heightened tensions with Moscow regarding a new buildup of Russian forces in and along the border of eastern Ukraine. “U.S. Pacific Command can confirm that two aircraft circumnavigated Guam on November 13th,” said spokesman Maj. Christian Devine. “The aircraft were flying safely in international airspace and in accordance with...
  • Japan in recession as economy contracts 1.6 pct

    11/16/2014 5:38:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2014 8:30 PM EST | Elaine Kurtenbach
    Japan reported Monday that its economy contracted at a real annual rate of 1.6 percent in July-September, in a second straight quarterly decline that returned the country to recession. A 24.1 percent plunge in private residential investment from a year earlier failed to offset a modest recovery in exports and a 1.5 percent increase in household spending. Most economists had forecast that the world’s third-biggest economy would expand at about a 2 percent pace. The negative growth figure was much lower than expected and makes it very likely Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will delay implementation of a sales tax hike...
  • Japan's Biggest Problem Is Basically Unfixable

    11/19/2014 7:40:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/19/2014 | Shane Ferro
    Japan's economy is in trouble. The latest GDP figures unexpectedly show it to be in recession. In the long term, this is largely a story about demographics, and Japan is fighting an uphill battle. One-fourth of Japan's population is older than 65, and that number isn't going down anytime soon. That means a shrinking percentage of the population is working. Meanwhile, a growing percentage of the population is receiving benefits, living on a fixed income, and being supported by that shrinking population of workers. No amount of loose monetary or fiscal policy will bring more working-age people into the economy...
  • Japan Is Dying And We Still Don’t Get It?!

    11/18/2014 10:41:06 AM PST · by blam · 25 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | 11-18-2014 | Raul I Meijer
    November 18, 2014 Raul I Meijer What is it with us? Don’t we WANT to understand? Japan announced on Monday that its economy is in hopeless trouble and back in recession (as if it was ever out). And what do we see? ‘Experts’ and reporters clamoring for more stimulus. But if Japan has shown us anything over the past years, and you’re free to pick any number between 2 and 20 years, it’s that the QE-based kind of stimulus doesn’t work. Not for the real economy, that is. The land of the setting sun has during that time thrown so...
  • World economy warning light on red

    11/18/2014 4:09:53 AM PST · by John W · 10 replies
    Associated Press via Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | November 18, 2014 | Danica Kirka
    LONDON – The global economy's problems seem to be multiplying. Hours after the leaders of the world's 20 most developed economies sought to boost confidence by promising to increase global output by $2 trillion over five years, Japan said it had fallen into recession. That leaves the country – the world's third-largest economy – on a long and growing list of troubled economies. China is slowing as well, and Europe can't seem to take off. Among major economies, only the United States and Britain are growing at decent rates, and how long that lasts depends on how much trouble their...
  • Japan's slip into surprise recession paves way for tax delay, snap poll

    11/17/2014 1:28:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/17/2014 | LEIKA KIHARA AND LINDA SIEG
    Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter, setting the stage for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to delay an unpopular sales tax hike and call a snap election two years before he has to go to the polls. The recession comes nearly two years after Abe returned to power promising to revive the economy with his "Abenomics" mix of massive monetary stimulus, spending and reforms, and is unwelcome news for an already shaky global economy. Gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by an annualised 1.6 percent in July-September, after plunging 7.3 percent in the second quarter following a rise...
  • Scientists: Glass dish unearthed in Nara came from Roman Empire

    11/15/2014 4:26:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | November 13, 2014 | Kazuto Tsukamoto
    -A glass dish unearthed from a burial mound here is the first of its kind confirmed to have come to Japan from the Roman Empire, a research team said... The dish and bowl were retrieved together from the No. 126 tumulus of the Niizawa Senzuka cluster of ancient graves, a national historic site. The No. 126 tumulus dates back to the late fifth century... According to the team’s analysis, the chemical composition of the clear dark blue dish is almost identical to glasswork unearthed in the area of the Roman Empire (27 B.C.-A.D. 395). Measuring 14.1 to 14.5 centimeters in...
  • Pacific Fleet intelligence officer removed following investigation

    11/13/2014 2:33:36 PM PST · by robowombat · 18 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 12, 2014 | Erik Slavin
    Pacific Fleet intelligence officer removed following investigation By Erik Slavin Stars and Stripes Published: November 12, 2014 What happens when a Navy officer gets real on China? YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – A senior Pacific Fleet official known for his blunt assessment of China has been reassigned following an investigation into mishandling of classified information. Capt. James Fanell, formerly the Hawaii-based command’s top intelligence officer, is now working as an aide at fleet headquarters, Navy spokesman Capt. Darryn James said Thursday. James declined to provide specifics on Fanell’s removal, citing privacy concerns. However, a defense official who requested anonymity because...
  • Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

    11/13/2014 9:29:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | November 12, 2014 | Alastair Himmer
    When the lights change at the Shibuya crossing in Japan's capital, one of the world's busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphones pick their way over the road. Despite being engrossed in the latest instalment of Candy Crush or busy chatting with their friends on messaging app Line, most manage to weave around cyclists, skateboarders and fellow Tokyoites. But the growing ranks of these cellphone addicts are turning cities like Tokyo, London, New York and Hong Kong into increasingly hazardous hotspots, where zombified shoppers appear to be part of vast games of human pinball.
  • Senior Navy Intelligence Officer Canned by Pentagon for China Comments

    11/12/2014 7:07:46 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 46 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Nov 10, 2014 | Brent Scher
    A senior Navy intelligence officer has been removed from his position due to comments made regarding aggressive Chinese military movements that ran counter to the Pentagon’s talking points on the issue, according to the Navy Times. Capt. James Fanell was removed from his position as the director of intelligence and information operations at U.S. Pacific Fleet. Fanell was reassigned within the command. Though neither the Navy nor Fanell commented on the reason for the personnel change, it is widely believed to be due to an internal investigation of his comments on China, according to the report. Fanell warned during a...
  • Caption This Photo (Abe and Xi)

    11/10/2014 3:12:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/10
    Japanese PM Abe Shinzo (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (right)
  • New Chinese Intelligence Unit Linked to Massive Cyber Spying Program

    10/31/2014 7:43:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | October 31, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    A Chinese intelligence unit carried out a massive cyber espionage program that stole vast quantities of data from governments, businesses and other organizations, security analysts who uncovered the operation said Thursday. The activities of the Chinese unit called the Axiom group began at least six years ago and were uncovered by a coalition of security firms this month. Cyber sleuths traced Axiom attacks to the 2009 cyber operation against Google in China and other U.S. companies known as Operation Aurora. The group was also linked to a Chinese hacking program that targeted dissidents and opposition groups known as GhostNet. More...
  • Saudi oil-price cut takes market by surprise

    11/04/2014 4:57:33 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 119 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Nov 4, 2014 2:56 a.m. ET | Nicole Freeman
    Oil prices tumbled to their lowest point in more than two years after Saudi Arabia unexpectedly cut prices for crude sold to the U.S., likely paving the way for further declines and adding to pressure on American energy producers. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia raised the prices for its oil in other locations, including Asia, where the country had cut its prices for four consecutive months.
  • Japanese U-Boat I-401 is Found!

    03/21/2005 6:22:08 PM PST · by vannrox · 29 replies · 30,978+ views
    Sharkhunters ^ | 3-21-05 | VARIOUS
    I-401 is Found! 20 March 2005.....I-401 was one of three huge Japanese submarines taken by the US Navy at the end of the war, studied and eventually scuttled in deep water. This boat and her sister I-400 had watertight aircraft hangars that housed small floatplanes which were to be used for scouting. These boats were surrendered to US Navy forces at the end of the war, taken back to Hawaii to be studied then because the Soviets were demanding access to these boats, they were taken out to sea on 31 May 1946 and used as torpedo targets of USS...
  • Putin raises stakes in Asia

    02/01/2005 6:18:50 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 341+ views
    Japan Times ^ | February 2, 2005 | DAVID WALL
    LONDON -- In October, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao stood together in the State Guest House in Beijing while their respective foreign secretaries signed an historic agreement defining the two countries' common 4,374-km border for the first time. The border was an issue over which several battles had been fought in the past. It took a while to close the deal because of disagreement over a few islands in the Amur, Ussuri and Argun rivers, which make up China's northwest border with Russia. Nobody spoiled the party by pointing out that this border is between Inner...
  • Nikkei up 725 (buying panic)

    10/30/2014 10:39:35 PM PDT · by steve86 · 39 replies
    Bulb shines brightest right before it goes...poof!
  • Gold Price Falls, Stocks Record Highs As Japan Goes ‘Weimar’

    10/31/2014 5:52:01 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 10-31-2014 | Gold Core
    Gold Core October 31, 2014 Stocks globally surged, while gold fell sharply today despite renewed hopes that the Bank of Japan’s vastly increasing money printing will fill some of the gaps left by the apparent end of Federal Reserve bond buying. The BOJ decided to increase the pace at which it expands base money to a whopping 80 trillion yen ($726 billion) per year. Previously, the BOJ targeted an annual increase of 60 to 70 trillion yen. The BOJ sailed into deeper uncharted monetary territory with the announcement that they would triple annual purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and Japanese...
  • Japan shares soar, yen skids after BOJ stuns with new easing steps; Global Stocks Rally

    10/31/2014 6:39:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/31/2014 | Lisa Twaronite
    * Nikkei surges 4.8 pct to highest close since Nov 2007 * Asian shares extend gains made after U.S. GDP data lifts Wall Street * Dollars spikes 1.7 percent to near seven-year high against yen * Yen crosses surge after BOJ reignites carry trade Japanese stocks soared 4.8 percent to their highest close since November 2007 and the yen skidded to near seven-year lows against the dollar on Friday, after the Bank of Japan surprised markets with fresh easing steps it called a pre-emptive move to stoke inflation. The Nikkei stock average marked its biggest one-day gain since June 2013...
  • Japan Just Boosted QE And The Nikkei Exploded To A 7-Year High

    10/31/2014 4:32:42 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    BI ^ | 10-31-2014 | Mike Bird
    Mike Bird October 31, 2014The Nikkei closed up 4.83%, hitting a seven-year high after the Bank of Japan (BoJ) unexpectedly announced it was expanding its monetary easing policy Friday morning. In a tight vote, the BoJ backed an 80 trillion yen ($720 billion) target for expanding the monetary base (a measure of the amount of money held by the central bank and in the economy). That's up from a previous target of 60 trillion to 70 trillion yen. Analysts were basically not expecting anything Friday: this one was a genuine surprise. Just as the Fed this week announced the final...
  • Would you eat “nuclear soup”? Japanese artists serve broth made with Fukushima-grown vegetables

    10/30/2014 6:46:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    RocketNews ^ | 2014/10/30 | Philip Kendall
    Would you eat “nuclear soup”? Japanese artists serve broth made with Fukushima-grown vegetables Philip Kendall 17 hours ago Would you eat a bowl of soup made mainly with vegetables grown in Fukushima Prefecture? What if the cook swore to you that everything that went into the soup had been tested and was safe for human consumption? Would you be able to push all thoughts of Fukushima Daiichi, contaminated groundwater and Blinky the three-eyed fish out of your mind long enough to risk a spoonful? A pair of artists from Japan recently gave visitors to the Frieze Art Fair in London...
  • 3D Martyr: Imura Gets Two Years for Thought Crime of Gun Design

    10/29/2014 3:12:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Yoshitomo Imura has become 3D printing's first martyr.  He was sentenced to two years in prison for designing and producing blank firing guns on a 3D printer.   From the-japan-news.com: YOKOHAMA (Jiji Press) — The Yokohama District Court sentenced a former Japanese college employee on Monday to two years in prison for producing guns with a three-dimensional printer. I have not seen that any of the guns actually fired a projectile; the only ones that I have seen on videos fired blanks.   Imura stated that he did not believe that he was violating the law.   Building blank firing...
  • Man tested for Ebola in Tokyo

    10/27/2014 1:25:11 PM PDT · by sushiman · 9 replies
    NHK ^ | 10/27/14
    Officials from Japan's health ministry say they are testing a Canadian man for Ebola. The man entered Japan from the West African country of Liberia with a fever that may be a symptom of the deadly disease. Ministry officials say they will send a sample of his blood to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases to be tested for the Ebola virus and other pathogens. They say he will be treated at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo. The test results are due early Tuesday. The officials say they have not yet confirmed whether the man...
  • Ebola In Japan? Authorities Test First Potential Case Of Infected Traveler In Tokyo

    10/27/2014 2:10:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10/27/2014 | Dennis Lynch
    Japanese health officials tested a man for the Ebola virus on Monday, after the Japanese-Canadian showed a 100-degree fever at Haneda airport in Tokyo after traveling to Liberia. Test results were expected early Tuesday. The 45-year-old man is a journalist who spent two months in the West African country devastated by a massive Ebola virus outbreak, according to the Japan Times. He was transported to the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Shinjuku, where his blood was tested by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases. The man flew to Belgium and the United Kingdom before arriving in Tokyo....
  • From Shinto to Christian Pastor

    10/22/2014 8:13:01 AM PDT · by fishtank · 4 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Oct. 2014 | John D. Morris
    From Shinto to Christian Pastor by John D. Morris, Ph.D. * The Institute for Creation Research recently hosted a delightful guest: Pastor Nobuji Horikoshi. (He tells people to remember his last name by noting it sounds somewhat like “Holy Ghost”.) He pastors one of the largest churches in Japan, the growing Souai Church in Mie Prefecture in south-central Japan and heads up an effective “creation voice” in Japan. He even installed an extensive creation museum on the church grounds. Recently, he visited ICR with his lovely wife of many years and his youth pastor, Satoshi Miyazaki.
  • Man Guilty of Owning Sexy Images of Cartoon Children

    10/20/2014 7:39:44 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 29 replies
    Reason ^ | Oct. 20, 2014 | Lenore Skenazy
    A man in Britain has been convicted for his fantasies. Robul Hoque, 39, was found guilty of downloading "prohibited images" of cartoon girls, some in school uniforms, doing dirty deeds. The fact that these manga drawings are available on legitimate sites did not sway the judge. Nor did the fact that—oh yeah—there were no actual humans in the pictures. No humans. So how old, exactly, is a cartoon? Is the cartoon 7, or 9, or just shy of 18? Trick question: A cartoon doesn't have an age, because a cartoon is never born. The life meter never started ticking. If...
  • Technology change to boost Japanese bid to replace Collins subs (Li-ion Batteries)

    10/20/2014 7:51:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | OCTOBER 21, 2014 | Rick Wallace & Cameron Stewart
    JAPAN is preparing to change the sub-surface propulsion system for its Soryu submarines, dumping German and Swedish technology in a move that could clear a potential barrier to Australia purchasing the Japanese boats. Tokyo’s plans to switch from the Kockums propulsion system to specially developed lithium ion batteries eliminates the potential embarrassment for Australia in ­rejecting German and Swedish bids in favour of using a sub that is powered by their intellectual property. The Kockums air-independent propulsion (AIP) system was designed in Sweden but licensed to Kawasaki Heavy Industries to incorporate into the Soryu class to power the subs on...
  • Container Ship Adrift off British Columbia Coast

    10/17/2014 3:08:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 17, 2014
    A Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia's northern coast Friday, a scenario a nearby First Nation community described as its "worst fear." The Canadian Forces' joint rescue coordination center in Victoria said the Russian carrier Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia. Canadian Navy Lt. Paul Penderghast said the ship was drifting nine nautical miles from shore, though he said it was largely maintaining that position. "It...
  • Oil price drop threatens to hit Russia, Iran harder than sanctions

    10/14/2014 11:30:02 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    latimes.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Paul Richter
    A drop in global oil prices, driven in part by a boom in U.S. shale oil production, is threatening to hit the economies of energy-exporting Russia and Iran harder than Western economic sanctions have done.
  • To confront US allies China needs 1,200 J-10B fighters: Russian media

    10/12/2014 3:18:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-10-12
    China will need to produce about 1,200 fourth-generation fighters to be able to confront the air forces of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, if the three nations are successful in their bids to acquire advanced American fighters, in any potential conflict, according to the Moscow-based Russian Military Analysis on Oct. 9. Even though Taiwan maintains close economic ties with mainland China, the Russian-language newspaper said that the Taiwanese government under the leadership of Ma Ying-jeou has not given up its intention of purchasing advanced fighters from the United States such as the F-16C/D and even the F-35. Japan and South...
  • Germany fights for Australian submarine defence contract after Japan makes a bid for it

    10/13/2014 5:38:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | OCTOBER 14, 2014
    A HIGH-POWERED German submarine delegation is in Canberra to demand an open competition for the nation’s biggest ever defence contract — a new navy submarine. German giant ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), the parent company of leading submarine builder HDW, has launched an aggressive bid to head off Japan for the multi-billion dollar job. And in good news for thousands of shipyard workers at the ASC yard in Port Adelaide and elsewhere around the nation, TKMS said it would be happy to build the boats in Australia. The company has built more than 160 diesel powered submarines and it has promised...
  • Nuclear War threat from Ukraine crisis threatens world, Nobel Peace Laureate warns

    10/10/2014 11:26:10 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    baltimorepostexaminer.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Martin Sieff
    The United States and Russia are dangerously close to stumbling into a war over Ukraine that could go nuclear and kill hundreds of millions of people in a single day, a Nobel laureate who is one of the world’s leading experts on the dangers of nuclear weapons warned in Washington this week. “It’s an incredibly dangerous situation. …If there’s a nuclear war tonight, that’s the Northern Hemisphere (of the entire world) gone, Dr. Helen Caldicott told a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday. She was speaking on the topic: “Ukraine: Is Nuclear Conflict Likely?” Caldicott is an Australian...
  • Typhoon Phanfone Lashing Japan; One Airman Found Dead In Okinawa, Two Still Missing

    10/05/2014 7:16:20 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    Weather Channel ^ | 10-5-2014 | Jon Erdman and Nick Wiltgen
    One U.S. airman has been found dead and two others are missing after waves caused by Typhoon Phanfone swept them away in Okinawa, according to a U.S. military official.  "Three airmen were washed out to sea from the northwest coast of Okinawa," the U.S. Air Force at Kadena Air Base said at 3:45 p.m. local time Sunday.  Typhoon Phanfone is lashing southern Japan with strong wind, high waves and torrential rain as millions brace for what looks to be a direct impact. At one point on Saturday, the U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center analyzed 150 mph winds within Phanfone, designating it...
  • Japan's Groundbreaking Bullet Train Is Officially 50 Years Old [No fatal accidents in five decades!]

    10/04/2014 12:21:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/04/2014 | Benjamin Zhang
    The iconic image of majestic bullet train blasting past the snowcapped peaks of Mount Fuji has become a symbol of Japan's growth into an economic and technological juggernaut. This month, the blue-and-white liveried Shinkansen Bullet Train that stars in the photo above is officially 50 years old. Over the past half century, the Bullet Train has become inextricably linked with the nation and the people it has served so diligently. Since its debut in 1964, the Shinkansen has grown from a single line connecting Tokyo and Osaka to lines linking all parts of the country. These days, the BBC reports...
  • Japanese zoo fails to breed two hyenas after both turned out to be male

    10/03/2014 3:25:19 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 63 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 3, 2014
    Zookeepers in Japan have abandoned a years-long attempt to have two spotted hyenas mate and reproduce as both turned out to be male. The Maruyama zoo in Sapporo, northern Japan, said in a statement this week that it was given the animals as a “male and female couple” in October 2010 from a zoo in the South Korean city of Daejon. “We have attempted to house them together for breeding many times but they often fought against each other and never engaged themselves in breeding behaviour,” the statement said.[SNIP]
  • Japan’s Largest Warship Since World War II Takes To Sea

    09/29/2014 1:10:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 62 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 29, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    Japan’s largest warship since World War II has left for its first set of sea trials last week ahead of entering the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF)fleet next year. JS Izumo (DDH-183) departed Tokyo Bay on Sept. 23, as seen as in a video on YouTube, for the first round of what will be about six months of sea trials ahead of the ship’s commissioning next year, a JMSDF official told Jane’s Defence Weekly on Monday. The 24,000-ton helicopter carrier is the first of two planned ships. Izumo will enter the JMSDF force next year. DDH-184 will enter the...
  • Volcano erupts in Japan; injuries reported

    09/27/2014 1:23:16 AM PDT · by John W · 24 replies
    AP via Fort Wayne News Sentinel ^ | September 27, 2014 | AP
    TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted in central Japan on Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and seriously injuring at least one person. With a sound likened to thunder, Mt. Ontake spewed large white plumes high into the sky, sending people fleeing and covering surrounding areas in ash. Several people were injured, including one who was unconscious, according to Japanese media reports.
  • question about sumo

    09/27/2014 6:46:40 AM PDT · by chajin · 17 replies
    vanity | 09/27/2014 | chajin
    I know there are a number of Japanophiles out there in Freeperland, who might be able to answer a question I have about the Akibasho, Fall Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, which will conclude early tomorrow US time. As all the sumo followers know, tournaments are 15 days long, with each wrestler having one match, and the wrestler with the most wins being crowned the tournament champion. Hakuho, the top wrestler in sumo, is 13-1 going into the last day of the tournament, but Tochinoshin, who began the tournament as juryo (the sumo equivalent of baseball's AAA), is 14-0. My question:...
  • Mt. Ontake in central Japan erupts

    09/27/2014 12:11:47 AM PDT · by VanShuyten · 7 replies
    NHK a World ^ | Sept. 27, 2014 | NHK
    Japan's Meteorological Agency is warning people to stay away from Mount Ontake in central Japan following a volcanic eruption. The agency said the volcano on the border between Nagano and Gifu prefectures erupted shortly before noon on Saturday. Video taken by an NHK helicopter shows the volcano spewing gray smoke up into the sky. The agency upgraded its 5-stage volcanic alert level to 3 -- which urges people not to approach the mountain. Firefighters say about 200 climbers have taken shelter at a cottage near the top. They say a few people are reportedly injured. Mount Ontake last erupted 7...
  • New idol group exists to pay off debts

    09/26/2014 11:37:06 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    The Japan Times Online ^ | Sep 26, 2014 | Kazuaki Nagata, Staff Writer
    Japan’s entertainment industry has become so filled with idol groups that some call this is the age of the “idol war.” Finding commercial success amid this fierce competition can be tough, but an idol group that debuted this week is making no secret about its true intentions. The members of the group, called the Margarines, are out for money, pure and simple. The gimmick is that they’re pursuing the idol dream in order to pay off their debts. The nine members, ranging in age from 19 to 30, owe a total of around about ¥127 million.
  • Japan steps up sanctions as tensions rise with Russia

    09/25/2014 10:57:43 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 24 September 2014 | bbc
    Japan has imposed additional sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis. The move comes amid signs of tension between Moscow and Tokyo over their own territorial dispute. The new sanctions curtail the activities of Russian banks in Japan and step up controls on arms exports.
  • Japan again looks to get domestic fighter jet off ground

    09/23/2014 8:45:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | September 22, 2014 | YUKIO TAJIMA and YOSHIFUMI UESAKA
    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is embarking on an ambitious quest to develop an entirely domestic fighter jet for the first time since the end of World War II. It will work with major defense contractors such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI on the project, which is a milestone in Japan's defense procurement policy. The project will start in earnest in fiscal 2015, with work on a prototype engine and assessments of the aircraft's stealth capabilities. The outlook for the costly undertaking is murky, however, given that the U.S. has never supported Japan's efforts to develop a fighter on...
  • Ministry eyes Japan-made AEW aircraft

    09/22/2014 12:43:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan ^ | September 21, 2014
    The Defense Ministry is set to start research aimed at domestically manufacturing early-warning aircraft for the first time, with the aim of increasing surveillance on possible incursions into the nation’s territorial airspace, according to ministry sources. The move is part of an effort to boost the ministry’s preparedness to deal with the increasingly severe security environment in areas surrounding this nation, largely due to China’s increasing military spending in recent years. The ministry will seek to build the country’s first domestically produced early-warning plane by the mid-2020s, hoping to see it replace the aging U.S.-made aircraft model currently used by...
  • Brainy girls have marriage handicap

    01/02/2005 2:29:21 PM PST · by FormerACLUmember · 519 replies · 9,416+ views
    the Australian ^ | January 03, 2005 | "correspondents in London"
    A HIGH IQ is a hindrance for women wanting to get married, while it is an asset for men, according to a study by four British universities. The study found the likelihood of marriage increased by 35 per cent for males for each 16-point increase in IQ. But for females, there was a 40 per cent drop for each 16-point rise. The findings, by the universities of Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow, were published in Britain's Sunday Times newspaper. The study was based on the IQs of 900 males and females between their 10th and 40th birthdays. Paul Brown, a...
  • AMERICAN FIGHTERS INTERCEPTED RUSSIAN WARPLANES OVER ALASKA

    American fighters intercepted the Russian warplanes over Alaska United States officials have attributed the provocation in the sky with the visit of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko US fighters intercepted six Russian military aircraft in the area of ​​Alaska. About it on his Twitter said CNN journalist Jim Skuitto. "Russian planes stormed the US airspace larger group than usual: Two fighters, two bombers and two tanker" - wrote the correspondent. Skuitto reported that the Americans intercepted the Russians. According to him, officials of the United States associated with the arrival of a provocation President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko States. On...
  • Navy wants to harvest retired Japanese helos for parts

    09/15/2014 9:49:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Virginian Pilot ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    It's unusual for the United States - by far the biggest defense spender in the world - to seek scrapped military equipment from other nations. Typically, those roles are reversed. But for the past several years, according to internal emails obtained by The Virginian-Pilot, the U.S. Navy has been negotiating to acquire Japan's retired fleet of MH-53E Sea Dragons. The Navy wants to harvest the old helicopters for parts to help keep its own Sea Dragons flying until 2025. "It's telling when we are put in a position where we need to buy scrapped aircraft to keep ours going," said...
  • Japan To Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

    09/14/2014 8:52:30 PM PDT · by jonatron · 8 replies
    Japan’s nuclear watchdog has given the green light for two reactors to restart but the operator still has to persuade local communities they are safe. sendai-plant Widespread anti-nuclear sentiment has simmered in Japan ever since an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 caused meltdowns at the Fukushima power plant, sparking the worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl. The country’s nuclear reactors were switched off after the catastrophe. Two reactors were briefly restarted last year but all of Japan’s nuclear plants are currently offline. The go-ahead from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) for two reactors at the Sendai plant (pictured) in southern...
  • (Video Link) Automated Conveyor Belt Sushi, Or, Why $15 Minimum Wage Will Doom Fast Food Workers

    09/11/2014 7:28:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Chonday ^ | Peter Barakan
    Conveyor Belt Sushi, Japan A dining concept that lets you pick from a wide range of one of Japan's best-known foods. NOTE: Click on the referenced link to watch the video. P.S. This technology will doom the SEIU/$15.00 minimum wage movement.
  • Exclusive - Japan, U.S. discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo - Japan officials

    09/09/2014 9:52:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 10, 2014 | NOBUHIRO KUBO
    (Reuters) - Japan and the United States are exploring the possibility of Tokyo acquiring offensive weapons that would allow Japan to project power far beyond its borders, Japanese officials said, a move that would likely infuriate China. While Japan's intensifying rivalry with China dominates the headlines, Tokyo's focus would be the ability to take out North Korean missile bases, said three Japanese officials involved in the process. They said Tokyo was holding the informal, previously undisclosed talks with Washington about capabilities that would mark an enhancement of military might for a country that has not fired a shot in anger...