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Japan (News/Activism)

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  • Japan Intercepts Armed Chinese Flotilla Near Disputed Islands in the East China Sea.

    01/30/2023 8:30:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Nation and State ^ | 01/30/2023 | Tyler Durden
    The Japanese government has lashed out at Beijing, condemning an incident wherein a flotilla of Chinese government vessels breached Japan-claimed waters around the around the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea.Tokyo has lodged a formal diplomatic complaint after a Japanese-registered private vessel operating within Japanese-controlled waters was approached by four Chinese Coast Guard ships in the early morning hours of Monday. Tokyo says its coast guard patrols forced the Chinese ships to depart the area.Illustrative file image, via Kyodo NewsThe encounter was tense, based on the description given to US military news outlet Stars & Stripes, which recounted...
  • North Korea-linked hackers behind $100 million crypto heist, FBI says

    01/24/2023 10:41:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | JAN 24 20236:12 AM EST | Arjun Kharpal
    The FBI said it was “able to confirm” that Lazarus Group and APT38, two hacking groups linked to North Korea, were responsible for the attack on the so-called Horizon bridge last year. Hackers stole $100 million worth of cryptocurrencies in the attack on the Horizon bridge, which traders use to swap digital tokens between different blockchain networks. The FBI also said that the North Korean cyber actors this month used the Railgun system to launder over $60 million worth of the token ether stolen during the June 2022 heist. The FBI claims North Korea-linked hackers were behind a $100 million...
  • Japan Coast Guard Vessel Taking on Water After Grounding

    01/20/2023 5:26:38 AM PST · by golux · 12 replies
    The Maritime Executive ^ | Jan 20 2023 | Maritime Executive
    A Japan Coast Guard vessel is reportedly taking on water and leaking oil after grounding in rough weather while on a routine patrol on January 18. The vessel is stranded and awaiting a salvage crew but in no danger of sinking. The 3,100 gross ton Echigo, built by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding and commissioned in 1990, was operating in central Japan on Wednesday morning. Strong winds of 25 mph were blowing with heavy surf when the vessel approached a lighthouse near Kashiwazaki along the Sea of Japan. (...)
  • Japanese Killer Chokes to Death on Prison Food While Awaiting Execution

    01/18/2023 2:38:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 17, 2023 | Yaron Steinbuch
    A Japanese woman on death row for killing two men died behind bars when she choked while eating prison chow in her cell. Miyuki Ueta, 49, a former bar employee, lost consciousness during her meal at the Hiroshima lockup on Saturday afternoon, the Japan Times reported. Guards tried to remove the food from her throat and performed other rescue measures, but Ueta was declared dead at a hospital less than three hours later, according to the outlet. The prisoner had reportedly been on medication for a variety of ailments and had already collapsed a week earlier while eating.
  • Man indicted for fatally shooting ex-Japan PM Abe during speech

    01/14/2023 4:23:39 AM PST · by fluorescence · 10 replies
    Mainichi Japan ^ | January 13, 2023
    NARA (Kyodo) -- A man was indicted on charges of murder and violating the firearms control law for fatally shooting former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during an election campaign speech in July, prosecutors said Friday after months of a psychiatric evaluation. The prosecutors concluded that Tetsuya Yamagami, 42, is competent to stand trial following mental examinations undertaken since late July. His detention period for the examination expired on Tuesday. Yamagami has told investigators that he held a grudge against the Unification Church and targeted Abe because he was a grandson of former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, who helped the...
  • Biden and Kishida discuss Japan 'stepping up' security

    01/14/2023 4:19:17 AM PST · by fluorescence · 7 replies
    AP via Mainichi Japan ^ | January 14, 2023
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held wide-ranging talks at the White House on Friday as Japan looks to build security cooperation with allies in a time of provocative Chinese and North Korean military action. [snip] The leaders discussed Japan's push to step up defense spending and coordination that comes as concerns grow that China could take military action to seize Taiwan and that North Korea's spike in missile testing could augur the isolated nation's achieving its nuclear ambitions. Biden and Kishida also discussed intrusions by China's military vessels into Japanese territorial waters around...
  • Fukushima treated water likely to be discharged in spring or summer

    01/14/2023 4:12:32 AM PST · by fluorescence · 9 replies
    Mainichi Japan ^ | January 13, 2023
    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A planned discharge of treated water from the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture into the sea will start around this spring or summer, some two years after a decision on its release was made, the Japanese government said Friday. A revised policy on the disposal of the treated water containing low-level concentrations of tritium as well as financial support for affected fishing communities was endorsed during a meeting of relevant Cabinet ministers on Friday. "We would like to thoroughly explain these measures to fishing communities and other relevant parties while listening to their concerns," Chief...
  • U.S. and Japan's new defense strategy sends stark warning to China

    01/13/2023 8:42:48 AM PST · by Mariner · 10 replies
    LA Times via Yahoo ^ | January 13th, 2023 | Courtney Subramanian, Tracy Wilkinson
    President Biden will welcome Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House on Friday, a meeting intended to signal a more confrontational approach to China as Tokyo's defense turns south toward the Taiwan Strait.Kishida is pushing for a larger defense role for Japan in the Indo-Pacific region as his country and the U.S. face down threats on multiple fronts: a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan, a nuclear-armed North Korea and Russia's continued assault on Ukraine.Before Kishida's visit, the U.S. and Japan agreed on Wednesday to upgrade their security cooperation by equipping Tokyo with long-range missiles and refitting a U.S....
  • India, Japan to hold maiden bilateral air exercise

    01/07/2023 4:12:23 AM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 4 replies
    India and Japan will hold their first bilateral air exercise from January 12 to 26, in reflection of the growing defence ties amid increasing concerns over China's military muscle flexing in the Indo-Pacific region. The exercise 'Veer Guardian-2023' involving the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) will be held at Japan's Hyakuri air base. The IAF said on Saturday that its deployment at the exercise will include four Su-30 MKI jets, two C-17 aircraft and one IL-78 plane. The JASDF will be participating with four F-2 and four F-15 aircraft, it said.
  • India tops Japan to become world's No. 3 auto market

    01/05/2023 8:29:07 PM PST · by FarCenter · 18 replies
    TOKYO/NEW DELHI -- India eclipsed Japan in auto sales last year, according to the latest industry data, making it the third-largest auto market for the first time. India's sales of new vehicles totaled at least 4.25 million units, based on preliminary results, topping the 4.2 million sold in Japan. New vehicles delivered in India totaled 4.13 million between January and November 2022, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. Adding December's sales volume reported Sunday by Maruti Suzuki, India's largest carmaker, brings the total to roughly 4.25 million units. India's sales volume is expected to rise further with the...
  • Chinese fighter jet performs ‘unsafe maneuver’ within 20 feet of US plane

    12/30/2022 7:07:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | BY RACHEL SCULLY - 12/29/22 8:06 PM ET
    A Chinese fighter jet made “an unsafe maneuver” within 20 feet of a U.S. aircraft while performing an intercept of the plane over the South China Sea on Dec. 21, according to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. According to a Thursday press release from the command, which is responsible for overseeing U.S. military operations in the region, a Chinese Navy J-11 fighter pilot “flew an unsafe maneuver by flying in front of and within 20 feet of the nose” of a U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft, which forced the American aircraft to “take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.” The U.S....
  • Global Energy Crisis Forces Japan To U-Turn On Its Nuclear Policy: effectively ending an 11-year prohibition and phase-out that was triggered by the Fukushima disaster.

    12/23/2022 6:33:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 12/23/2022 | Alex Kimani
    Japan has announced a major U-turn in its energy policy after the Asian nation adopted a new policy promoting greater use of nuclear energy, effectively ending an 11-year prohibition and phase-out that was triggered by the Fukushima disaster. Under the new policy, Japan will maximize the use of existing nuclear reactors by restarting as many as possible, prolong the operating life of old reactors beyond their 60-year limit and also develop next-generation reactors to replace them.The proposed legislation marks a complete reversal of the nuclear safety measures the country adopted after a powerful tsunami hit caused three of its six...
  • World’s Biggest Holocaust – ‘Islamic Invaders’ killed more than 80 Million Hindus in India

    12/19/2022 7:52:02 PM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 39 replies
    Trunicle ^ | 10/20/2020 | Manish Sharma
    What comes in your mind when your hear the word ‘Holocaust’? Most of us will think immediately of the Jewish holocaust committed by Nazi Germany under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. Many of us are aware of such holocaust of the Native American peoples, millions of African lives lost during Slave trading, the genocide of the Armenian peoples in the Ottoman Empire. However, we are sure that very few knows that World’s biggest holocaust did happen in India. You must be shocked or surprised, but this is indeed true. Our Liberal and Secular cabal go gaga over Mughal rule and...
  • The Heirs of a Jewish Banker are Taking a Japanese Company to Court over an Allegedly Nazi-Looted Van Gogh

    12/19/2022 3:32:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Art News ^ | The Heirs of a Jewish Banker are Taking a Japanese Company to Court over an Allegedly Nazi-Looted Va | The Heirs of a Jewish Banker are Taking a Japanese Company to Court over an Allegedly Nazi-Looted Va
    The legal heirs of a German Jewish banker who was forced to sell his art collection to avoid persecution by the Nazis are suing a Japanese holding company to reclaim ownership of a painting by Vincent van Gogh. Three heirs of Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, based in New York and Germany, filed a lawsuit on December 13 in an Illinois district court against Sompo Holdings, an insurance company based in Japan, to dispute its legal title to the painting Sunflowers (1888). The claim states that Mendelssohn-Bartholdy was a “casualty” of Nazi-era policies and economic sanctions that forced him to sell his...
  • Majority of Japanese Oppose Raising Taxes to Fund Military Expansion, Kyodo Reports

    12/18/2022 4:35:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2022
    The majority of Japanese people do not support raising taxes to fund military expansion, Kyodo reported on Sunday, citing a survey the news agency conducted after the government announced Japan's biggest military build-up since World War Two. Japan on Friday announced a $320 billion (S$435b) military spending plan to buy missiles capable of striking China and to ready the country for any sustained conflict, as missile tests by nearby North Korea, China's claim over Taiwan and the invasion of Ukraine by Japan's western neighbour Russia stoke fear of war. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida this month said his government would not...
  • Japan lifts a longtime restriction to allow a major defense buildup

    12/16/2022 4:43:37 AM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 21 replies
    https://www.wwno.org ^ | December 16, 2022 | y Anthony Kuhn
    TOKYO — Japan has made a significant policy change to allow it to get the ability to strike other nations, a move widely seen as a major step toward rearming the nation more than seven decades since it demilitarized after World War II. As Japan's relations with China worsen and the threat it perceives from its much larger neighbor heightens, the Japanese government gave a green light Friday to proposals it has been debating sporadically since at least 1956. Japan had avoided obtaining strike capabilities, so as not to violate Japan's post-war constitution, which renounces the right — and the...
  • Japan eyes $11.6B in construction bonds for military facilities

    12/13/2022 2:26:23 AM PST · by robowombat · 3 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | Dec 13, 2022
    Japan eyes $11.6B in construction bonds for military facilities TOKYO DEC 13, 2022 - 10:24 AM GMT+3 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) battle tanks and a helicopter take part in the annual live-fire exercise at East Fuji Maneuver Area, in Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan, May 28, 2022. (Reuters Photo) Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) battle tanks and a helicopter take part in the annual live-fire exercise at East Fuji Maneuver Area, in Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan, May 28, 2022. (Reuters Photo) RECOMMENDED An F-16 Fighting Falcon of the Turkish Air Force takes off on a sortie from an air base during Exercise...
  • US catching up to China and Russia with latest hypersonic missile test (YES !!)

    The Air Force last week successfully tested a hypersonic AGM-183A missile off the coast of southern California -- striking a target after reaching more than five times the speed of sound -- in a sign that U.S. weapons are catching up to similar Chinese and Russian capabilities.
  • One Million Sign Petition To Expel Iranian Envoys From G7 Countries

    12/11/2022 10:51:20 PM PST · by Conservat1 · 7 replies
    IranIntl ^ | Dec 11, 2022
    Nearly one million people have so far signed a petition to expel Iran’s ambassadors from the G7 countries in protest to the heavy crackdown on demonstrators. The campaign initiated by the founding members of “Iranians for Justice and Human Rights” called on the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Japan, Germany, France, and Italy to immediately designate the ambassadors or other representatives of the Islamic Republic in their countries
  • Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Living in Tokyo Since China’s Tech Crackdown

    11/30/2022 1:13:12 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 11/29 | Kana Inagaki, Leo Lewis, Ryan McMorrow, and Tom Mitchell
    Billionaire has spent almost six months in Japan after largely disappearing from public viewJack Ma, the Alibaba founder and once the richest business leader in China, has been living in central Tokyo for almost six months, amid Beijing’s continuing crackdown on the country’s technology sector and its most powerful businessmen. Ma’s months-long stay in Japan with his family has included stints in hot spring and ski resorts in the countryside outside Tokyo and regular trips to the US and Israel, according to people with direct knowledge of his whereabouts. Ma has largely disappeared from public view since he criticised Chinese...