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  • NASA Researcher Pleads Guilty to Concealing China Ties

    01/14/2021 8:16:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | January 14, 2021 | Eva Fu
    A senior NASA scientist pleaded guilty on Jan. 13 to lying about his ties to a Chinese-backed program designed to harvest talents from the West and transfer intellectual property to China, the Justice Department announced. Meyya Meyyappan, 66, joined NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in 1996 and has been the chief scientist for exploration technology at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley since 2006. He was charged with one count of making false statements and could face a maximum five-year prison sentence and up to $250,000 fine if convicted, according to a Justice Department press release. The...
  • Another new coronavirus variant found in Japan

    01/10/2021 10:17:51 AM PST · by dynachrome · 44 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 1-10-21 | JIJI
    Another new variant of the novel coronavirus has been found in Japan, the health ministry said Sunday. The new mutant strain, which is partly similar to different variants reported in the U.K. and South Africa, was detected in four infected people who arrived from Brazil, the ministry said. The National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) said there was no evidence at present that the new variant was highly infectious, but it was investigating whether it could cause severe symptoms and whether or not it is resistant to vaccines. Of the four people, a man in his 40s showed no symptoms...
  • ‘MAGIC SWORD’ North Korea developing 4,000MPH HYPERSONIC nuke missiles to blitz through America’s defences, reports claim

    01/09/2021 3:20:44 PM PST · by blueplum · 33 replies
    The Sun UK ^ | 06 Jan 2021 | Catriona Graffius
    The dictator state is planning to beef up its arsenal with a research centre aimed at developing deadly missiles which could batter US defences. Dubbed the ‘Academy of National Defense Science’, the centre will research hypersonic missiles - which can’t be intercepted by existing defence systems.... North Korea is currently believed to have enough material to build 45 nukes capable of wiping Japan off the map, according to top scientist Dr Siegfried Hecker. And now a source has told Daily NK: “Internally, people are saying that since the nukes are completed, lots of Workers’ Party money will go into hypersonic...
  • Japan bans foreign travelers amid spread of UK COVID-19 strain

    12/26/2020 9:47:28 AM PST · by conservative98 · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 26, 2020 | 12:15pm | Eileen AJ Connelly
    Japan is closed to visitors. Aiming to slow the spread of the new, highly infectious coronavirus mutation first detected in the UK, Japan said it is temporarily banning people who don’t live there from entering the country. The ban will take effect Monday and run through January, Reuters reported.
  • Japan official, calling Taiwan 'red line,' urges Biden to 'be strong'

    12/26/2020 2:42:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 25, 2020 | By Ju-min Park
    TOKYO - A top Japanese defence official on Friday urged U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to “be strong” in supporting Taiwan in the face of an aggressive China, calling the island’s safety a “red line.” “We are concerned China will expand its aggressive stance into areas other than Hong Kong. I think one of the next targets, or what everyone is worried about, is Taiwan,” State Minister of Defense Yasuhide Nakayama told Reuters. Nakayama, Japan’s deputy defence minister, urged Biden to take a similar line on Taiwan as outgoing President Donald Trump, who has significantly boosted military sales to the Chinese-claimed...
  • Japan aims to eliminate gasoline vehicles by mid-2030s, boost green growth

    12/25/2020 2:27:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 25, 2020 | by Kaori Kaneko
    TOKYO - Japan aims to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in the next 15 years, the government said on Friday in a plan to reach net zero carbon emissions and generate nearly $2 trillion a year in green growth by 2050. The “green growth strategy,” targeting the hydrogen and auto industries, is meant as an action plan to achieve Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s October pledge to eliminate carbon emissions on a net basis by mid-century. Suga has made green investment a top priority to help revive the economy hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and to bring Japan into line with the European...
  • East Asia's Looming Demographic Crisis

    12/09/2020 6:20:58 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 25 replies ^ | 11/24/20 | Tsuchiya Hideo
    Some experts argue that the success of China and its neighbors in slowing the spread of the virus without resorting to costly shutdowns gives these countries a leg up in getting their economies back on track once the crisis subsides. Some even go as far as to predict that this will propel East Asia to dominate the post-COVID economy. However, such rosy predictions of a dawning of a new “East Asian era” may be premature in light of the ticking demographic timebomb that looms over the region.
  • Pompeo puts visa restrictions on Chinese officials

    12/09/2020 1:12:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRoosterNew · 7 replies
    NHK ^ | 12/05/20
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials and others who use "coercive tactics" on people seen as working against Chinese Communist Party interests. Pompeo said in a statement on Friday that the party's United Front Work Department "frequently intimidates members of academia, businesses, civil society groups, and Chinese diaspora communities, including members of ethnic and religious minority communities" who speak out against human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Tibet, and elsewhere in China. Pompeo said tactics by the United Front include the release of personal details online of their...
  • Tokyo gov't looks to ban gasoline vehicle sales by 2030

    12/08/2020 9:52:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is attempting to get ahead of the Japanese government in its environmental initiatives by targeting an end to sales of new gasoline cars in the capital by 2030, while opting for hybrid and electric vehicles, among others, it was revealed on Dec. 8. It will also call on the automobile industry to stop selling new two-wheeled vehicles operated with gasoline by 2035. With the national government setting similar targets for the mid-2030s, Tokyo is looking to make itself an environmental trailblazer in the country with its earlier deadlines. At a plenary session of the Tokyo Metropolitan...
  • Ideas Behind Anti-Korean Prejudice Unchanged in 100 yrs: Japanese Author

    12/08/2020 9:50:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake that hit eastern Japan triggered massacres of Korean people, and it's clearly established that false claims were behind the acts. But in recent years, hate speech that outright rejects clear historical facts has become more widespread. For nonfiction author Naoki Kato, 53, the situation shows that "the same ideas of discrimination that existed 100 years ago remain today." The Mainichi Shimbun interviewed him to find out more about his view of the current situation. Mainichi Shimbun: As the author of "Trick: The people who want to deny the massacres of Korean people," (rough translation) what's...
  • Nike faces backlash in Japan over ad that takes on racism

    12/02/2020 12:05:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 25, 2020 | Steven W. Mosher
    Nike is facing a backlash in Japan over a controversial video ad that takes on racism and the bullying of mixed-race schoolchildren. The 2-minute ad, “Keep Moving Yourself: The Future,” features three teenage girl soccer players who are bullied at school, on a train and in a locker room, each questioning whether they should accept it. One scene depicts a teen, whose father is black, surrounded by girls who are pulling at her hair. In the end, each of the bullied kids scores goals for their teams and are celebrated by their teammates with a declaration by Nike, “You can’t...
  • Beijing Sends Biden a Warning

    11/20/2020 10:27:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | November 20, 2020 | Pat Buchanan
    Because of Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden thundered during the campaign, the U.S. "is more isolated in the world than we've ever been ... America First has made America alone." Biden promised to repair relations with America's allies. And he appears to have gone some distance to do so in the congratulatory phone call he received from Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan. According to Suga, during the brief call, Biden said Article V of the U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty of 1960 covers the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, islands Japan controls but China claims as its...
  • Anti-Japanese War Drama Pulled in China

    11/20/2020 5:30:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | NOVEMBER 20, 2020 | Rie Tagawathe
    An anti-Japanese war-themed drama series has been cancelled in China after receiving criticism for being “too far removed from historical facts.” Concerns among Chinese authorities that the “excessive entertainment factor” of such dramas is problematic are thought to be behind the move. Leiting Zhanjiang (Lightning general), which depicts young soldiers of the Communist Party’s Eighth Route Army fighting the Japanese military, was first aired on Nov 3 on a regional Chinese network and online. Questions circulating on the internet included comments about soldier’s hairstyles being styled even though the story takes place during wartime and members of the Eighth Route...
  • 200 Queens Found in Single 'Murder Hornet' Nest Destroyed by US Authorities

    11/12/2020 6:53:23 AM PST · by Red Badger · 76 replies ^ | PETER DOCKRILL 12 NOVEMBER 2020
    After months of searching, in October scientists located and destroyed the first nest of giant 'murder hornets' ever discovered in the US, eradicating a hidden enclave of the invasive insects concealed in a tree in Washington State, close to the Canadian border. While the discovery and elimination of the nest is considered a victory by state and federal authorities – who are striving to prevent the Asian giant hornet from establishing a foothold in North America – a post-mortem of the hornets' former home provides a sobering perspective on the scale of the bug threat we're up against. After tracking...
  • China to allow coast guard to use weapons in waters it claims

    11/06/2020 12:17:20 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 32 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 11/5/2020 | kyodo
    BEIJING – China will allow its coast guard to use weapons when foreign ships involved in illegal activities in waters it controls fail to obey orders, such as to stop, a bill unveiled by a body of the country’s parliament showed Wednesday. As Beijing claims that the Senkaku Islands, which are administered by Tokyo, are part of its territory, the envisioned law could target Japanese vessels navigating around the uninhabited islets. The tiny islands in the East China Sea are called Diaoyu by Beijing. The Japanese government said earlier in the day that a Chinese ship was spotted in the...
  • NASA Selects Nokia to Build First-Ever Cellular Network on the Moon

    10/28/2020 7:07:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | October 28, 2020 | By Nokia
    Nokia selected by NASA to build first-ever cellular network on the Moon. Credit: Nokia ============================================================================== LTE/4G technology promises to revolutionize lunar surface communications by delivering reliable, high data rates while containing power, size, and cost. Communications will be a crucial component for NASA’s Artemis program, which will establish a sustainable presence on the Moon by the end of the decade. ===================================================================== Nokia has announced further details after being named by NASA as a partner to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the Moon, deploying the first LTE/4G communications system in space and helping pave the way towards sustainable human presence on...
  • Coronavirus: North Korea warnings over 'yellow dust coming from China'

    10/23/2020 4:41:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 23, 2020
    North Korea has warned its citizens to stay indoors over fears that "yellow dust" which blows in from China could bring coronavirus with it. The streets of the capital Pyongyang were reported to be virtually empty on Thursday following the warning. The secretive state claims to be coronavirus-free but has been on high alert since January with strict border closures and restrictions on movement. There is no known link between the seasonal dust clouds and Covid-19. However, they are not the only country to suggest a link. The BBC's Disinformation Team notes Turkmenistan also alleged virus-laden dust was the reason...
  • Iran To Import North Korean missiles In 25-Year Military Deal With China

    10/22/2020 7:13:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 10/22/2020 | Simon Watkins
    Following the end on the 18th of October of the 13-year United Nations’ embargo on Iran buying or selling weapons, the roll-out of the military component of the 25-year deal between China and Iran will begin in November, as exclusively revealed by Oil After a series of meetings in China on the 9th and 10th of October between Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, and his China counterpart, Wang Yi, this military component may now also feature the deployment in Iran of North Korean weaponry and technology, in exchange for oil, according to sources very close to the Iranian government...
  • Japan, Vietnam to step up defence and economic ties amid China’s growing influence

    10/19/2020 9:04:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 10/19/2020 | Sen Nguyen
    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc have agreed to step up security and economic cooperation – with Tokyo set to export defence equipment and technology to Hanoi – amid China’s growing influence in the region. Suga, who is on his first overseas trip since becoming prime minister last month, called Vietnam a linchpin in efforts to realise a “free and open Indo-Pacific” and vowed Japan’s “continued contribution to peace and prosperity in the region”. He also criticised actions in the South China Sea that “go against the rule of law”, a veiled reference to...
  • Japan, Vietnam reach broad agreement on transfer of defence gear

    10/18/2020 10:11:05 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 22 replies ^ | 10/19/2020 | By Khanh Vu, Kiyoshi Takenaka
    Japan and Vietnam agreed on Monday to strengthen security and economic ties, including an agreement in principle for Japan to export military gear and technology to the Southeast Asian nation, amid concerns about China’s regional assertiveness. “It is a big step in the field of security for both countries that we reached an agreement in principle on the transfers of defence equipment and technology,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after meeting his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in Hanoi. “Vietnam, which is serving as ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian nations) chair this year, is key to realise a...