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  • NASA signs agreement with Japan on lunar exploration

    07/14/2020 8:42:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    spacenews.com ^ | 07/13/2020 | Jeff Foust
    The agreement, called a Joint Exploration Declaration of Intent, was signed late July 9 in a virtual meeting between NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, in the United States, and Koichi Hagiuda, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in the Japanese government, in Japan. “Today’s signing of this declaration of intent builds on the long history of successful cooperation between the U.S. and Japan in space,” Bridenstine said in a brief statement about the agreement. “We appreciate Japan’s strong support for Artemis and look forward to extending the robust partnership that we have enjoyed on the International Space Station to...
  • Trove of photos taken from US aircraft during WWII bombing of SW Japan city released

    07/11/2020 1:48:56 AM PDT · by sushiman · 51 replies
    Mainichi Japan ^ | 7/10/20
    KUMAMOTO -- Eighteen photos of a deadly World War II air raid that took place in the final days of the conflict on the southwestern Japan city of Kumamoto, the capital of the prefecture of the same name, have been newly discovered.
  • As UN panel examines 'systemic racism' in US, some countries say America is an unfair playing field

    06/17/2020 9:03:27 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/16/2020 | Frank Miles
    As the top human rights body of the United Nations seeks international scrutiny of systemic racism in response to the recent killings of African Americans by police, some countries are wondering if there is a double standard at play for America rather than the ways other countries are targeted for human rights violations because of dehumanizing their people. A draft resolution, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, singles out the United States and could become the centerpiece of a hastily scheduled debate by the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday. The text calls for a...
  • Young Volcanic Island Nishinoshima Belches Ash and Lava As It Grows in the Pacific

    07/07/2020 7:45:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    SciTechDaily ^ | July 7, 2020 | Michael Carlowicz, NASA Earth Observatory
    A young volcanic island has been growing in the western Pacific Ocean since 2013. Since mid-June 2020, it has been going through a vigorous growth spurt. According to reports and aerial photographs from the Japan Coast Guard, activity at the volcano appeared to pick up in late May, spewing ash and lava with more vigor than in previous months. On July 3, the volcanic plume rose as high as 4700 meters (15,400 feet) above sea level; the next day, ash was detected as high as 8300 meters (27,200 feet), the highest altitude a plume has risen since the volcano poked...
  • Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte has backflipped on his divorce plans with the US military — why?

    07/02/2020 9:55:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    ABC Australia ^ | 07/02/2020 | Alan Weedon
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has recently suspended a decision that was described by analysts as one of the geopolitical shocks of the decade. In February, the President announced he would rip up the long-standing Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, which operationalises the two countries' Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT), signed in 1951. The MDT is similar to Australia's ANZUS security pact with the US — also signed in 1951 — as an attack in the Pacific threatening either party's "territorial integrity, political independence, or security" will automatically trigger a consultation process between Manila and Washington. The cancellation of...
  • Japan auto companies triple Mexican pay rather than move to US

    07/06/2020 9:33:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Asian Nikkei Review ^ | 07/06/2020 | SHUJI NAKAYAMA and RYO ASAYAMA
    The new North American free trade agreement that goes into effect Wednesday was touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as an engine of American job creation. But Japan's automakers are largely opting instead to keep operations in place and pay Mexican workers more or even just pay tariffs. The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement requires 40% or more of parts for each passenger vehicle be manufactured by workers who are paid at least $16 per hour as a condition to make them tariff free in the region. Trump hailed that feature as a way to boost production in the U.S., which has a...
  • Watch: Pro-Palestinian BLM Rallies in U.S. Call for ‘Death to Israel, Death to America’

    07/06/2020 1:39:52 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 06 2020 | DEBORAH DANAN
    At pro-Palestinian Black Lives Matter rallies in New York and Washington, chants were heard calling for “Death to Israel,” “Death to America” and “From Gaza to Minnesota, globalize the Intifada!” Several hundred protesters attended the July 1 demonstration in Brooklyn dubbed as a “Day of Rage” event, set to coincide with the earliest date Israel could begin its plans to apply Israeli law over parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Speakers issued inflammatory rallying cries that ran the gamut from anti-Semitic and anti-American to just plain absurd. One pro-North Korea activist called for the end of the...
  • India set to pose growing challenge to China at sea; New Delhi is developing its strategic partnership with the US, Australia and Japan as part of efforts to counter China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean

    07/05/2020 11:08:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 07/05/2020 | Liu Zhen
    India is likely to pose an increased challenge to China at sea following their recent confrontation on land, analysts said. Last week, the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force held a joint exercise in the Indian Ocean, as part of the nascent “Quad” that also involves the United States and Australia. India has already held regular bilateral exercises with the other three armed forces and has said it might invite Australia to join the “Malabar” war games it holds with Japan and the US. Lin Minwang, deputy director of Fudan University’s Centre for South Asian Studies, said the country’s...
  • A bright fireball over Tokyo explodes with the force of 165 tons of TNT

    07/04/2020 6:52:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    CNET ^ | July 4, 2020 | Eric Mack
    Videos of the event show a spectacular light with green and purplish hues flying across the sky for just a few seconds at around 2:30 a.m. local time, before the light fizzles out. The impact of what was likely a small asteroid colliding with our atmosphere was picked up by a few of the infrasound monitoring stations set up around the world and overseen by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. The International Meteor Organization reports that the meteoroid was visible from a large part of Japan's Kanto region. The IMO estimates the space rock could've been around 5 feet (1.6...
  • North Korea says it has no plans for talks with US

    07/04/2020 12:02:09 AM PDT · by McGruff · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 7/4/2020 | KIM TONG-HYUNG
    North Korea on Saturday reiterated it has no immediate plans to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States unless Washington discards what it describes as “hostile” polices toward Pyongyang. The statement by North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui came after President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, told reporters in New York Thursday that Trump might seek another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as an “October surprise” ahead of the U.S. presidential election. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who had lobbied hard to help set up the now-stalled negotiations between Washington and...
  • 1865: Okada Izo, barbarian-expeller

    07/03/2020 7:08:21 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 1 replies
    ExecutedToday.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Headsman
    On this date in 1865, the Japanese samurai Okada Izo was dispatched by crucifixion. He was one of* the “Four Hitokiri“ — manslayers — whose legendary blades coruscated in the Bakumatsu era that marked Japan’s pivot from an isolationist feudal state, one where samurai were big men on prefectures, to a burgeoning modern power ruled by industry and mass conscription. The irony was that dinosaurs like the Hitokiri helped bring the asteroid down on their own heads. During the chaotic Bakumatsu period, triggered by Japan’s becoming involuntarily opened to the outside world, the emperor — long a figurehead marginalized by...
  • Facing China? Don't Forget Indonesia.

    07/01/2020 7:39:29 AM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 9 replies
    https://tujuhbelasan.com/ ^ | July 2nd 2020 | Ozguy1945
    The Republic Of Indonesia is a profoundly religious country frequently underestimated and maligned in the West. It is a multiparty democracy with a strong commitment to freedom. This commitment is best symbolised by the way the country stops every 17th August to remember its birth in 1945 when Japanese power collapsed at the end of World War Two. My dad was there then in the field ambulance of the Australian 2nd 14th Battalion implementing Douglas MacArthur’s operation Oboe. Dad saw his friends die under Japanese fire on the beach of Balikpapan. He never forgot it and dedicated the rest of...
  • EU agrees to reopen borders to 14 countries, extends travel ban for US tourists

    06/30/2020 8:09:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.30.2020 | ls/rs (dpa, AP, AFP)
    The European Union on Tuesday extended a ban on travelers from the United States and most other countries beyond July 1, citing epidemiological factors for the decision. Over the past month, the US has seen its number of cases steadily rise after most states eased lockdown measures. A lack of interstate coordination and an uneven response from the federal government has contributed to several new outbreaks across the country. Other countries whose travel restrictions were extended include Brazil, Russia and India, which have seen their number of positive cases surge in recent weeks. The US, Brazil, Russia and India are...
  • Foreign Affairs: 5 Predictions For The Next Five Years Of Global Power Struggles

    12/31/2019 8:58:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/31/2019 | Edward Chang
    In 2008, as the Obama administration prepared to take control in Washington, retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey offered a list of bold predictions for the coming five years. Some of them bore out: The economy performed well globally despite the Great Recession, relations with Russia became more hostile without devolving into outright dysfunction, and the United States withdrew from Iraq right at the 36-month mark, which McCaffrey specified. Other predictions, such as a North Korean collapse, improved prospects for success in Afghanistan following a massive commitment of resources, and a nuclear breakout for Iran, never occurred.A year later, geopolitical analyst...
  • China vs India: China conducts war games in South China Sea - as India and Japan team up

    06/30/2020 12:15:56 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 16 replies
    https://www.express.co. ^ | Jun 30, 2020 | By CIARAN MCGRATH
    CHINA is flexing its muscles with a series of war games in the South China Sea in a show of force aimed at reinforcing its bid to dominate the disputed waters. China, which claims sovereignty over large areas of the South China Sea, has fortified numerous uninhabited islands there. Zhou Zhirong, a flight commander of the army aviation brigade involved in the training, said: "In the exercise, we conducted the training through day and night, set multiple kinds of targets on land, at sea and in the air, and stressed on the tactical coordination in continuous strikes by multiple projectiles....
  • India-Japan naval exercises: a message for China?

    06/29/2020 3:08:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 06/29/2020 | Kunal Purohit
    Joint exercises by the Indian and Japanese navies in the Indian Ocean at the weekend suggest the two countries are drawing closer to face what they perceive as a common threat from China, analysts say. While joint military exercises involving the two countries are not uncommon, the latest activity comes amid tensions both are experiencing with Beijing. Indian and Chinese troops remain locked in a face-off along the disputed Himalayan border where 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a recent clash with their Chinese counterparts, while Japan and China are locked in a war of words over a Japanese move...
  • Bolton’s Fears Misplaced: Overwhelming US Military Power Will Deter North Korea Indefinitely

    06/24/2020 9:58:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2020 | Daniel L. Davis
    In his new tell-all book, former National Security Advisor John Bolton claims the threat from North Korea today is “absolutely greater” than it was in 2016. One of Bolton’s chief complaints about Trump’s actions over the past two years was that he “gave away” joint drills that were “critical” to defend South Korea. Bolton, like many in Washington, sees great value in these military exercises—but this is a flawed understanding of how deterrence works. It is not regular drills that ensure U.S. deterrence of North Korea, but the overall capacity of our muscular, comprehensive military power in comparison to the...
  • China, Taiwan Protest Japan's Renaming of Islands Area in East China Sea

    06/23/2020 1:46:23 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 19 replies
    https://www.newsweek.com/ ^ | 6/22/20 AT 3:58 PM EDT | BY TOM O'CONNOR ON
    he rival governments of China and Taiwan have both lashed out at Japan after it renamed an administrative area overseeing a disputed set of islands in the East China Sea. Lawmakers in the southwestern Japanese city of Ishigaki voted Monday to change the name of the East China Sea administrative area of Tonoshiro to Tonoshiro Senkaku by October 1. The change was said to prevent confusion with the similarly named Tonoshiro district in downtown Ishigaki but adds a reference to the Japanese name for the contested isles, which are also claimed by China and Taiwan. Both nations expressed frustration with...
  • Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa

    06/22/2020 12:52:03 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 38 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | June 22, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    On this day 75 years ago, one of the most intense conflicts of World War II—the Battle of Okinawa—concluded in a historic victory for the United States.  Today, we pause to remember the more than 12,000 American heroes who perished in that monumental struggle and pay tribute to thousands of service members who were instrumental in the forces of freedom emerging triumphant.The Battle of Okinawa was the last major battle of World War II.  Dubbed Operation Iceberg, a fleet of 1,300 American ships and 50 British ships descended on the island of Okinawa in April of 1945, with a...
  • Fire at Kadena HAZMAT Facility Releases Chlorine Gas, Affecting Dozens

    06/22/2020 11:50:11 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 10 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | June 22, 2020 | Jennifer Hlad
    OKINAWA, Japan—About 45 people experienced symptoms of smoke and chlorine gas exposure June 22 at Kadena Air Base, after a fire at the 18th Wing Hazardous Materials Pharmacy sent hazardous particles and plumes of smoke billowing into the air. Most of the individuals had mild symptoms and were treated and returned to duty, according to a base press release. The fire began shortly before 9 a.m. at the HAZMAT building, which is in the central part of the base, south of the airfield. Emergency services responded and contained the fire by 10 a.m., though a shelter-in-place order for some areas...