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  • Fitzgerald: When a Big Ocean Gets Small

    06/22/2017 7:16:05 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 17 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute Proceeding ^ | June 2017 | Captain Kiven Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    It is a big ocean. Until you have been far into it, it is really hard to appreciate just how big. Bringing a ship back from Japan to Hawaii, I once went ten days without seeing another ship, either by eye or radar. That is a long time to be alone in the world, especially if you are moving in a straight line and at good speed. On the other hand, you would be surprised at how crowded the ocean can get in certain places. The Strait of Malacca, for instance, divides the island of Sumatra from Malaysia. Not only...
  • UPDATE - USS Fitzgerald involved in collision

    06/17/2017 3:16:48 AM PDT · by topher · 218 replies
    US Navy web site ^ | 16-June-2017
    tory Number: NNS170616-20Release Date: 6/16/2017 4:57:00 PM From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) -- USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with a merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time, June 17, while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. As of this time, there have been two patients requiring medical evacuation. One was Cmdr. Bryce Benson, Fitzgerald's commanding officer, who was transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka and is reportedly in stable condition. A second MEDEVAC is in progress. Other injured are being assessed. There are seven Sailors unaccounted for; the...
  • Breaking: US Navy ship collides with merchant vessel off coast of Japan

    06/16/2017 2:44:29 PM PDT · by blueplum · 129 replies
    ABC ^ | 16 June 2017 | Luis Martinez
    The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan in the early hours of Saturday morning local time, the Navy's 7th Fleet said. The Fitzgerald was operating about 56 miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, when it hit the merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time. In a statement, the 7th Fleet said it was looking into "the extent of personnel injuries," as well as damage.
  • Clinton Bundler’s Contact With Campaign Chair Skirted Foreign Government Lobbying Laws

    10/26/2016 10:47:15 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 1 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | October 25, 2016 | Lachlan Markay
    Tony Podesta's firm failed to file legally required disclosures after emails with his WH adviser brother A high-dollar lobbyist and fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign failed to file legally required disclosures for his advocacy on behalf of a foreign government in discussions with Clinton’s future campaign chairman, according to a political law expert. High-powered Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta emailed his brother John, a top White House adviser who would later chair the Clinton campaign, in January 2015. Tony wondered if John would attend a meeting with the Indian ambassador to the United States. “I’m at Camp David Friday,” John...
  • “Why Japan has so many vending machines” video makes some good points, but misses key factors

    06/11/2017 10:54:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Sora News 24 ^ | June 9, 2017 | Casey Baseel
    Some of the reasons Japan loves vending machines have nothing to do with an aging society of love of robots. Video series Vox Borders recently came to Tokyo, taking a look at aspects of everyday life in Japan. Something that caught host Johnny Harris’ eye, as with many new arrivals to the capital, is the incredible number of vending machines to be found in Japan. The purpose of vending machines is pretty self-explanatory (to sell things), but Harris wondered why Japan has so many, and seeks to answer that question in the straightforwardly titled video “Why Japan has so many...
  • School Lunch in Japan - It's Not Just About Eating!

    06/11/2017 5:39:00 PM PDT · by sushiman · 51 replies
    CafCu Media ^ | 4/19/15
    9 minute video and well worth a view . Discipline , responsibilty , politeness , etc. on full display .
  • Mattis says U.S. committed to Asia-Pacific as allies seek clear policy

    06/03/2017 12:08:27 AM PDT · by blueplum
    Business Insider ^ | 02 June 2017 2:49am | Idress Ida
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday the United States remains committed to its Asia-Pacific allies, as he headed to the region's premier defense and security forum. Mattis said that in a speech on Saturday to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore he would talk about the "international order" needed for a peaceful Asia, a reference to countering North Korea's nuclear and missile program. "At the Shangri-la dialogue I will emphasize (that) the United States stands with our Asia-Pacific allies and partners," Mattis told reporters on the way to the regional security forum.
  • Australian convict pirates in Japan: evidence of 1830 voyage unearthed

    05/31/2017 9:56:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 27 May 2017 | Joshua Robertson
    Fresh translations of samurai accounts of ‘barbarian’ ship arriving at the height of Japan’s feudal isolation corroborate a story long dismissed as fantasy An amateur historian has unearthed compelling evidence that the first Australian maritime foray into Japanese waters was by convict pirates on an audacious escape from Tasmania almost two centuries ago. Fresh translations of samurai accounts of a “barbarian” ship in 1830 give startling corroboration to a story modern scholars had long dismissed as convict fantasy: that a ragtag crew of criminals encountered a forbidden Japan at the height of its feudal isolation. The brig Cyprus was hijacked...

    05/30/2017 7:20:41 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 48 replies
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  • Japan: Trump must declare Hiroshima a ‘war crime’

    05/26/2017 4:23:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 190 replies
    JAPANESE peace campaigners have written to US President Donald Trump urging him to declare the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings a war crime. A copy of the letter from the Society for Requiring the Admission of Historic Responsibility of the US Government for Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan, dated today was sent to the Morning Star. “This indiscriminate mass killing should not be forgiven, because it was a crime against humanity,” it read, pointing to the 340,000 deaths from the bombings on August 6 and 9 in 1945. But Washington continues to justify the atrocities “with the excuse that they hastened...
  • As crime dries up, Japan’s police hunt for things to do

    05/24/2017 3:33:00 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 45 replies
    The Econimist ^ | 5/18/2017
    There was just one fatal shooting in the whole of 2015 THE stake-out lasted a week, but it paid off in the end. The tireless police of Kagoshima, a sleepy city in the far south of the country, watched the unlocked car day and night. It was parked outside a supermarket, and contained a case of malt beer. Finally, a passing middle-aged man decided to help himself. Five policemen instantly pounced, nabbing one of the city’s few remaining law-breakers. Japan’s cluttered streets are not always pretty but they are remarkably safe. Crime rates have been falling for 13 years. The...
  • Why China still can’t beat US to become the world’s most powerful navy

    05/22/2017 8:31:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 22 May, 2017 | Minnie Chan
    China will eventually become the world’s No 2 aircraft carrier power, trailing only the United States, but its carrier strike group air crews are still far below international standard, military experts say. “An aircraft carrier needs regular large-scale maintenance. China should have more than four carrier groups if it wants to fulfil escort missions on the high seas and safeguard its overseas national interests,” Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie said. “A sole aircraft carrier cannot become a fighting force because it needs the presence of other warships to form a strike group, as well as the protection given by other...
  • The Japanese have shown the ultra-modern luxury train. Photo

    05/14/2017 5:01:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Mice Times Asia ^ | May 14, 2017
    The East Japan Railway company sent to the first journey of the ultramodern train Train Suite Shiki-shima, for which tickets are booked until March next year. Train Train Suite Shiki-shima called “boutique on wheels”. It is designed for only 34 passengers and consists of ten cars, which placed 17 of the compartment, restaurant and lounge. According to The Japan Times, the creation is invested 5 billion yen, equivalent to $44.5 million Train Suite Shiki-shima should be three tourist routes, beginning in Tokyo and passing through the various prefectures of the country. The interiors of the trains was developed by the...
  • Former Governor Of Tokyo Claims Obama Ordered The CIA To Assassinate Him

    05/10/2017 7:51:02 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    The former governor of Tokyo reportedly made a shocking accusation in a recent interview. Speaking to the Shukan Post, a Japanese tabloid, Shintaro Ishihara claimed that former President Barack Obama ordered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate him, the Tokyo Reporter wrote Wednesday. Ishihara is said to have claimed that the U.S. should off North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un the way the Obama administration tried to off him. “Why doesn’t America just assassinate Kim Jong-un already?” Ishihara asked. “I mean, they killed Gaddafi and Bin laden … Assassinations are their specialty.” Sponsored Content Top 7 Reasons to Get Your...
  • Japan May Acquire Aegis Ashore To Defend Itself From North Korean Missiles

    05/06/2017 1:14:29 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 13 replies
    The War Zone ^ | 5 May, 2017 | Tyler Rogoway
    Japan has accelerated a study examining if installing the Aegis Ashore anti-ballistic missile system would be an effective means of dealing with the increasing threat of a ballistic missile barrage from North Korea. Japan has also looked into acquiring America's Terminal Hight Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system as an alternative to Aegis Ashore, but the increased coverage that Aegis Ashore provides would be more applicable to Japan's unique geographic and strategic needs. Also, Aegis Ashore can better interoperate with Japan's Aegis mid-course intercept capable destroyers, not to mention the fact that there is a high degree of commonality in sensors,...
  • Japan to look into deployment of cruise missiles to combat North Korea threat

    05/06/2017 12:37:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Kyodo ^ | Saturday, 06 May, 2017
    Japan has started contemplating future deployment of cruise missiles in response to North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests, a government official said on Friday. The government is eager to set aside spending to study the potential acquisition of a capability to strike enemy launch sites, possibly in a draft state budget for fiscal 2018, the official told Kyodo News, speaking on condition of anonymity. However, there are concerns within the government and ruling parties that adoption of strike capability would run contrary to Japan’s exclusively defence-oriented posture and trigger a backlash from opposition parties. According to the...
  • New Japanese mission will be going to the Moons of Mars

    05/04/2017 4:35:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | 05/04/2017 | Matt WIlliams
    Known as the Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) mission, the plan is to have a robotic spacecraft fly to Phobos and Deimos to explore their surfaces and return samples to Earth for analysis. The spacecraft would be deployed sometime in the 2020s, and would be tasked with two main objectives. The first would be to help scientists determine the origins of Phobos and Deimos, which has been a subject of debate for some time. Whereas some believe that these moons are capture asteroids, others have argued that they were created when fragments ejected from Mars (due to giant impacts on the...
  • North Korea vows to put US military bases in Japan "under radioactive clouds" and threatens another

    05/03/2017 8:39:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 53 replies
    Mirror ^ | 3 MAY 2017 | JOSHUA TAYLOR
    North Korea vows to put US military bases in Japan "under radioactive clouds" and threatens another Hiroshima A state newspaper in Pyongyang made the chilling threat: "Japan knows better than others how terrible the nuclear disaster is" BYJOSHUA TAYLOR North Korea has vowed to put US military bases in Japan "under radioactive clouds" if war breaks out. Kim Jong-un 's regime issued the chilling warning and reminded Japan of the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The threat comes as Japan debates whether to change its anti-war constitution as fears of a conflict between the US and...
  • North Korea Says US Bomber Flights Pushing Peninsula To Brink Of Nuclear War

    05/02/2017 3:46:31 AM PDT · by Strategy · 56 replies
    Reuters The Economic Times ^ | May 2, 2017 | By Reuters
    SEOUL: North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war after a pair of strategic U.S. bombers flew training drills with the South Korean and Japanese air forces in another show of strength. The two supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers were deployed amid rising tensions over North Korea's dogged pursuit of its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of United Nations sactions and pressure from the United States. The flights of the two bombers on Monday came as U.S. President Donald Trump said he was open to meeting North Korean leader...
  • Donald Trump: North Korea Could Still Face Military Action As Japan Moves Warship To Protect US

    04/30/2017 7:06:19 AM PDT · by Strategy · 6 replies
    News Australia ^ | April 30, 2017
    US President Donald Trump said he would not rule out the use of military force against North Korea, as Japan sent its biggest warship since WWII to protect a US supply ship. When asked at during a factory tour before his rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to mark his 100th day in office what his message on North Korea is, Trump told reporters: "You'll soon find out, won't you?" Asked whether that meant military action, Trump said: "You'll soon find out." His comments came as Japan dispatched its biggest warship since World War II to protect a US supply ship, as...