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  • Japanese angst as India set to become 4th largest economy

    05/10/2024 7:38:15 PM PDT · by Cronos · 40 replies
    Deutsche Weil ^ | 10th May 2024 | Julian Ryall
    Once an economic powerhouse that was the envy of much of the world, there is deep concern in Tokyo that the economies of China and Germany have already surpassed Japan's — and that India's will do so next year. The announcement that in 2025 India will overtake Japan in nominal gross domestic product in dollar terms has shocked Tokyo, which had until 2010 been the undisputed second-largest economy in the world but is now on the brink of slipping to fifth place. In estimates released in late April, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) indicated that India's nominal GDP will reach...
  • A Controversial Opinion: There is No downside to the Nippon Steel/U.S. Steel merger deal

    05/08/2024 10:52:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/08/2024 | Leif Larson
    Growing up in San Bernardino, California in the 1980s was an experience that shaped me in many ways. One of the highlights of those years was playing high school football, and one of our fiercest rivals was Fontana High School. Fontana was known for having one of the toughest football teams in San Bernardino County, and our games against them were always intense and hard-fought. But Fontana was more than just a football rival. It was a town with a long and proud history of steel production. The Kaiser steel production facility, a major employer in the area, closed its...
  • Biden lumps ally Japan with adversaries Russia, China as ‘xenophobic’ nations — weeks after state dinner

    05/02/2024 11:39:42 AM PDT · by McGruff · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 2, 2024 | Ryan King
    “You know, one of the reasons why our economy is growing is because of you and many others. Why? Because we welcome immigrants,” Biden mused at a DC fundraiser with Asian American and Pacific Islander donors before launching into a riff about the global economy. “We look to — the reason — look, think about it,” the 81-year-old president said. “Why is China stalling so badly economically? Why is Japan having trouble? Why is Russia? Why is India? Because they’re xenophobic. They don’t want immigrants.” ... Republicans were appalled by the president’s remarks, with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) writing on...
  • Chinese vessels fire water cannon at Philippines Coast Guard

    04/30/2024 10:44:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | April 30, 2024 | Associated Press
    A Philippines Coast Guard vessel was water cannoned by Chinese vessels on Tuesday in waters near Bajo De Masinloc. The Philippines Coast Guard vessel was on a resupply mission. #china #phillipines #news VIDEO AT LINK........................
  • Ex- Japanese PM Taro Aso meets Trumpa

    04/26/2024 5:41:17 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Thursday, April 25, 2024 | PTI
    Washington -- Ex-Japanese prime minister Taro Aso has met former president Donald Trump and both the leaders discussed the enduring importance of the US-Japan alliance to their physical and economic security in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. Aso, vice president of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, met Trump on Tuesday at the Trump Tower in Manhattan. Both the leaders discussed the enduring importance of the US-Japan alliance to both countries’ physical and economic security and stability in the Indo-Pacific, according to a statement issued by the Trump Campaign on the meeting with the 83-year-old visiting Japanese leader. “They also discussed challenges...
  • The US Air Force is bringing a 40-year-old supersonic bomber out of mothballs. This is why

    04/13/2024 7:47:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 11, 2024 | David Axe
    The US Air Force has 140 of its biggest warplanes – its heavy bombers – in active service: 76 Boeing B-52Hs, 44 Boeing B-1Bs and 20 B-2 stealth bombers built by Northrop Grumman. .. Any other air force might content itself with 140 bombers and redistribute the lost bomber’s operating budget. But the US Air Force is counting on the B-1 to play a lead role in a possible air war over the Taiwan Strait. It’s such a high priority that the service is spending millions of dollars recovering, from long-term storage, a surplus B-1 nicknamed “Lancelot” that’s been sitting...
  • China shakes wheat market with canceled shipments from U.S., Australia

    04/11/2024 10:22:44 AM PDT · by EBH · 32 replies
    Nikkei Asia ^ | 4/9/24
    TOKYO -- The global wheat market has been hit by Chinese buyers canceling major shipments, seemingly in an attempt to secure better prices and bolster the country's food security. Benchmark Chicago wheat futures are trading at about $5.50 per bushel, up slightly from a three-and-a-half-year low marked in mid-March but down about 10% from the beginning of the year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture last month said 504,000 tonnes of wheat sales to China had been canceled. The figure is equivalent to about half the total U.S. wheat shipments to China in 2022 and the largest cancellation on record going...
  • Reflection in Biden’s Sunglasses Shows Him Reading Instructions from His Handlers – WATCH

    04/11/2024 5:40:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    Daily Fetched ^ | April 11, 2024 | Jason Walsh
    Joe Biden’s cognitive decline is no longer just a talking point for Republicans and Trump supporters. It’s so glaringly obvious now that the whole world can see how bad the president’s mental health really is. Biden’s mental acuity was put on display during a briefing in a White House garden on Wednesday. Not only did Biden arrive late for a presser with the Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, but he was also seen clutching his handler’s list of pre-written answers to questions from pre-approved reporters. Biden’s handlers can’t be too careful! “Who do I call on next? Hang on a...
  • Why Australia is Gladly Preparing for War

    04/09/2024 4:57:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 57 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | 2/6/23 | Chrs Cappy & Thomas Priddle
    Australia is preparing for war in order to avoid it. Their historic new increase in defense spending and China’s dependence on them for iron ore make them an important ally. Australia’s defense funding for 2024 will be $35 billion USD, just over 2% of their GDP, and up from $20 billion in 2021. They’ve signed a new trilateral security agreement with the United States and United Kingdom that will give the Australian Navy a new weapon that only 6 other nations in the entire world have. Major upgrades are being made to their northern army, air and naval bases. But...
  • Hiroshima Locals Criticize U.S. Lawmaker Over A-Bomb Remark About Gaza

    04/10/2024 8:04:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    A group in Hiroshima opposed to nuclear weapons on Wednesday criticized a U.S. lawmaker's remarks on the use of an atomic bomb as a metaphor describing a way to end the prolonged conflict in the Gaza Strip. The Hiroshima Congress against A- and H-Bombs sent a letter to Republican congressman Tim Walberg and demanded he retract his March 25 remarks calling for an end to the conflict in the Palestinian enclave "like Nagasaki and Hiroshima" to "get it over quick." "It is extremely inappropriate to mention Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a metaphor for swiftly ending a war," the antinuclear group...
  • Obama loosens missile technology controls to China

    10/15/2009 7:09:49 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 52 replies · 2,335+ views
    WashingtonTimes ^ | Thursday, October 15, 2009 | Bill Gertz
    President Obama recently shifted authority for approving sales to China of missile and space technology from the White House to the Commerce Department -- a move critics say will loosen export controls and potentially benefit Chinese missile development. "It's as though Commerce's mishandling of missile-tech transfers to China in the 1990s never happened," said Mr. Sokolski, a former Pentagon proliferation specialist. "But it did. As a result, we are now facing much more accurate, reliable missiles from China." Mr. Sokolski said he expects the U.S. government under the new policy to again boost Chinese military modernization through "whatever renewed 'benign'...
  • Japan To Embark On An Era Of "Mass Foreign Immigration"

    04/05/2024 10:34:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Modernity News ^ | 04/05/2024 | Paul Joseph Watson
    Japan appears to be transitioning from a homogenous society to embrace ‘diversity and inclusivity’ by ushering in “an era of mass foreign immigration.”It’s set to be a massive change for a country that was still up until recently 97.5% ethnic Japanese, according to the CIA World Factbook.A Bloomberg report details how rapidly declining native birth rates, an aging society and a chronic labor shortage is fueling the importation of millions of foreigners who “are changing the face of Japan.”The number of foreign workers in Japan has now exceeded 2 million, a 12.4% increase on 2022. The East Asian country needs...
  • Jimmy Kimmel Calls USA ‘A Filthy and Disgusting Country’ After Trip to Japan: ‘The Whole Country Is Disneyland and We’re Living in Six Flags’ | Video

    04/02/2024 8:48:14 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 118 replies
    The Wrap ^ | 04 02 2024 | Kayla Cobb
    Most of the time, you're excited to return home after a vacation. That wasn't the case after Jimmy Kimmel's recent trip to Japan with his family. "After traveling to Japan, I realize that this place, this USA we're always chanting about, is a filthy and disgusting country," the host said on Monday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The ABC host admitted that before spending seven days in Japan, he believed America was a country that had its faults and "areas for improvement," but that it was "pretty buttoned up" compared to the rest of the world. "I go to Europe, and...
  • Which country handles homelessness the best? {Finland and Japan}

    03/25/2024 4:59:14 AM PDT · by Cronos · 41 replies
    Greater Change.co uk ^ | Sep 21, 2022
    he two countries that handle homelessness the best are Finland and Japan. Therefore, we will look at how these two countries have approached homelessness to determine exactly which country handles homelessness best.Why Finland and Japan?Firstly, let's talk about the extent of the situation within each country. In our previous article on which country has the lowest rate of homelessness, Japan was determined as the country with the smallest percentage of people experiencing homelessness in the world, with a rate of 0.003%, which is approximately 1 in every 34,000 people.Finland was determined to have the 10th lowest rate of homelessness in...
  • Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund Explores Investment in Bitcoin

    03/19/2024 10:07:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Bitcoin Magazine ^ | 03/19/24 | Vivek Sen
    The world's largest pension fund managing over $1.5 trillion in assets has announced it will explore diversifying a portion of its portfolio into Bitcoin.Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the world's largest pension fund managing over $1.5 trillion in assets, has announced it will explore diversifying a portion of its portfolio into Bitcoin. According to the announcement, the GPIF will solicit information on illiquid alternative assets like Bitcoin, gold, forests, and farmland as part of its diversification efforts. While not currently invested in these assets, the move signals that the mega-fund is actively researching options beyond stocks and bonds. The...
  • SCS: Old battleground, new twist: Old battleground, new twist

    03/16/2024 9:28:24 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Sunday, March 17, 2024 | Makhan Saikia
    The South China Sea has once again become a focal point of international attention following sudden clashes between coast guard vessels of the Philippines and China. As tensions rise, the involvement of global powers like the US and Japan adds further complexity to the situation, potentially pushing more nations to align against Beijing. Amid these escalating tensions, it becomes imperative for China to reconsider its assertive stance and respect the existing global order to avoid further international backlash The South China Sea (SCS) has once again come into focus following sudden skirmishes between the coast guard vessels of the Philippines...
  • Japan Looks to Restart the World’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant

    03/16/2024 7:42:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Oil price ^ | Mar 15, 2024, | Tsvetana Paraskova -
    Japan is stepping up efforts to have local authorities approve the restart of the world’s biggest nuclear power plant, the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa facility north of Tokyo... Next week, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ken Saito, is expected to ask the local governor of the Niigata prefecture to approve the restart of the power plant.. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, Japan closed all its nuclear power plants that underwent rigorous safety checks and inspections. Kashiwazaki-Kariwa has been offline since 2012, while the Nuclear Regulation Authority in 2021 barred the plant’s operator, utility Tepco, from operating the...
  • Critic Complains That Show Set in 1500s Japan Didn't Have Any Black Characters

    03/15/2024 10:56:46 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 58 replies
    Western Journal ^ | 3/15/23 | Michael Austin
    The reviews for Disney-owned FX’s new hit miniseries “Shōgun” have been absolutely glowing. That is, apart from one notable exception. The series, based on a 1975 novel by James Clavell, follows the story of an English explorer in the 1500s who finds himself smack-dab in the middle of an intense political conflict unfolding in the Japanese empire. Though many seem to be enjoying the show, one critic — writer William Spivey — felt it was failing for one major reason: There is no black representation. The article, which originated as a blog on Medium, has received some seriously harsh criticism,...
  • Sideways moon landing cuts mission short, private US lunar lander will stop working Tuesday

    02/26/2024 11:58:08 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 36 replies
    AP ^ | 02 26 2024 | MARCIA DUNN
    A private U.S. lunar lander is expected to stop working Tuesday, its mission cut short after landing sideways near the south pole of the moon. Intuitive Machines, the Houston company that built and flew the spacecraft, said Monday it will continue to collect data until sunlight no longer shines on the solar panels. Based on the position of Earth and the moon, officials expect that to happen Tuesday morning. That’s two to three days short of the week or so that NASA and other customers had been counting on. The lander, named Odysseus, is the first U.S. spacecraft to land...
  • Moon Stock Plummets After Odysseus Lunar Lander Tips Over. NASA Calls Landing a Success.

    02/25/2024 12:09:42 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 61 replies
    Barons via MSN ^ | February 24, 2024 | Al Root
    Stock in Intuitive Machines sharply dropped in after-hours trading Friday after the company’s Odyessus lunar lander tipped over when it landed on the moon’s surface. The extreme stock move shows just how hard it is to trade events that will move a small capitalization stock. Intuitive and NASA held a news conference on Friday evening. The lander “is stable, near or at the intended landing site,” said Intuitive CEO Steve Altemus. One hiccup though—the lander is on its side. Altemus said the craft was going 25,000 miles an hour in orbit and landed at about 6 miles an hour, with...