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  • China, Russia Launch Joint Patrols After Biden's Taiwan Comments Confuse US Strategy

    05/24/2022 7:10:00 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 24, 2022
    Japan scrambled jets after Russian and Chinese warplanes neared its airspace during a visit by U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday, with Tokyo conveying "grave concerns" about what it saw as a provocative move timed to coincide with the Quad summit. The issues of Taiwan and Russia loomed over the meeting in Tokyo of leaders of the Quad grouping of the United States, Japan, Australia and India, who stressed their determination to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region in the face of an increasingly assertive China. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the group was not aimed at any...
  • Kill Japan’s Elderly? Cannes Film Probes Chilling Idea

    05/22/2022 2:58:07 PM PDT · by blam · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-22-2022
    A Japanese filmmaker is shaking Cannes film audiences to the core with a dystopian vision of her country in which old people agree to be euthanized to solve the challenge of a rapidly aging population. “Plan 75” by Japanese director and writer Chie Hayakawa is based on a very real problem. Japan is the most rapidly-aging industrial society, a trend that is causing huge economic and political problems as a dwindling number of younger people must support a growing army of the old. Close to 30 percent of Japan’s population is over 65, the majority women, and that rate is...
  • China’s Most Powerful Bombers Buzz US Military Bases In Japan

    05/21/2022 12:27:19 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 37 replies
    https://www.shorenewsnetwork.com ^ | MAY 20, 2022 | BY THE DAILY CALLER NEWS FOUNDATION
    China’s most powerful bombers circled U.S. military bases in Okinawa, Japan, on Wednesday, according to Chinese state-run media Thursday. A pair of China’s H-6J bombers crossed between two of the largest islands of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, where the U.S has multiple military installations, before circling in the region, Global Times reported. The bombers likely coordinated with the Liaoning aircraft carrier group, which has been conducting drills in the region since May 2, according to the report. The military exercise featuring China’s “most powerful bombers” was a “rehearsal for keeping foreign forces from interfering in the Taiwan question” and sent “a...
  • At 70, a North Texas man used a DNA test to learn who his dad was. Instead, he found a whole family waiting for him

    05/17/2022 3:19:21 PM PDT · by DFG · 58 replies
    WFAA (DFW) ^ | 05/16/2022 | Kevin Reece
    FORT WORTH, Texas — The advent of DNA test kits has helped millions of people discover intricate details of their heritage. They've also uncovered hundreds of thousands of family secrets that some parents preferred would have stayed hidden. But in Fort Worth, Michael Bennett has uncovered a world -- and a happy ending -- he never fully imagined. "My parents never hid the fact that I was adopted," Bennett, 70, told us from his Fort Worth home, where one room is filled with the memorabilia, commendations and photographs of a rewarding military career. And in one corner, a picture of...
  • Japan once led global tech innovation. How did it fall so behind?

    05/15/2022 9:07:12 PM PDT · by anthropocene_x · 54 replies
    Rest of the World ^ | 12 May, 2022 | Roland Kelts
    Vast regions of Japan’s digital universe are stuck in the early aughts. Online banking, airline booking, major newspapers, you name it: Services that have been streamlined by the digital revolution in much of the world are, in Japan, still plagued by convoluted drop-down menus that lead to dead ends, and detailed forms that need to be printed, filled out by pen, and even returned by fax. In a country that justifiably prides itself on excellent customer service, something happens when it comes to relaying information through a user interface displayed on a flat screen. Japan’s high-quality, mostly physical public infrastructure...
  • What if China and Japan dump their US Treasuries?

    05/11/2022 6:40:35 PM PDT · by elpadre · 47 replies
    asiatimes.com ^ | May 5 2022 | William Pesek
    TOKYO – The Japanese yen’s sharp decline may be producing an unexpected loser: the US Treasury Department. One of the most intriguing mysteries of the last three months is this: Why is Japan, the biggest foreign holder of US Treasury securities, placing so many “sell” orders? In three months, Japanese institutional managers have dumped a cool $60 billion of US paper. Granted, that is a drop in the proverbial bucket considering Tokyo holds a $1.3 trillion stack of Washington’s IOUs. But the magnitude of the selling is getting increasingly hard to ignore. The most plausible explanation is the yen’s 13%...
  • Ferdinand Marcos Jr on cusp of winning landslide in Philippines elections

    05/09/2022 8:52:57 PM PDT · by hapnHal · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | May 9, 2022 | Helen Regan
    (CNN)Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son of the former Philippine dictator, is on the cusp of winning the Philippine presidential election by a landslide, according to preliminary and unofficial results, taking the Marcos dynasty one step closer to the Malacañang Palace, 36 years after the family fled a mass uprising. Marcos Jr has about 30 million votes compared to his closest rival, the outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo, who has about 14 million votes, according to a partial and unofficial tally of the Commission on Elections
  • Elon Musk Sounds The Alarm About Japan

    05/09/2022 9:06:55 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 91 replies
    The Street ^ | 05/08/2022 | Luc Olinga
    "At risk of stating the obvious, unless something changes to cause the birth rate to exceed the death rate, Japan will eventually cease to exist," Musk posted on Twitter on May 7. "This would be a great loss for the world."
  • China Tells Japan Not To Promote NATO's Asia-Pacific Expansion

    05/08/2022 4:16:14 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 41 replies
    https://www.ibtimes.com ^ | 05/08/22 | Panos Mourdoukoutas Ph.D.
    ijing told Tokyo not to go along with U.S. and U.K. plans to expand NATO's presence in the Asia-Pacific region. China loves lecturing the world about what is right and wrong in geopolitical affairs. One week it is preaching to the Philippines, the next day it advises Japan and on the third day it is lecturing all of the above. Last week, China's lecture was directed to Japan. Beijing was telling Tokyo that it "shouldn't be a promoter of NATO's Asia-Pacific expansion." It came as Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Thursday with the...
  • These 3 remain Faith Hope Love[charismatic caucus]

    05/08/2022 9:19:48 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Persevere my children for as you push through the lies of the enemy you receive the overcomers crown. There is no guage or slide rule for faith my children but each valley, it's length and dimension empowers your faith in me your Redeemer for I have already overcome for you and it is as you deny the lies of the enemy the shackles have no hold but remember above all to guard your heart from guile for this is the weakness the enemy shall seek. Be true to my heart and love unconditionally for against love there is no weapon...
  • Japan hyping China threat to boost its own military might: Chinese spokesperson

    05/06/2022 11:39:56 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 11 replies
    https://news.cgtn.com/ ^ | 5/6/2022 | CGTN
    The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday said Japan is hyping the so-called China threat in order to find an excuse to boost its own military might. During a visit to the UK on Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that he had "strong concerns" about unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East China Sea and South China Sea and "rapid but not transparent" military build-up activities and economic coercion. The Japanese side has frequently exploited some diplomatic activities for its own ends by picking on China, exaggerating regional tensions and hyping the so-called China threat, said...
  • 1943: Rev. Leonard Kentish, kidnapped Australian civilian

    05/04/2022 1:56:08 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 7 replies
    ExecutedToday.com ^ | May 4, 2016 | Headsman
    On lonely scrubland at the Aru Islands port of Dobo on this date in 1943, the Japanese military beheaded kidnapped Australian Rev. Leonard Kentish. Nobody knew his fate at the time — his wife spent years tring to discover it — but the so-called “Kentish Affair” was one of the true oddities of the Pacific War: a civilian of no particular import to the war effort who was snatched from Australian territorial waters. On January 22, 1943, the civilian Kentish, chief of Northern Territory Methodist missions to the aboriginal peoples, had hitched a ride on the HMAS Patricia Cam, a...
  • Russia Threatens to Nuke Britain, France, and Germany

    05/01/2022 4:46:03 PM PDT · by Signalman · 87 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5/1/2022 | Robert Spencer
    Russia threatened a dramatic escalation of its war in Ukraine Thursday when Russia’s Channel One featured a video depicting Russian missiles reaching Berlin, Paris, and London. According to the UK’s Express, Channel One’s 60 Minutes program, one of the most popular TV shows in Russia, featured “the chairman of the nationalist Rodina party, Aleksey Zhuravlyov,” who “suggested Russia could launch a Sarmat missile attack on the UK.” This was not, however, Zhuravlyov’s eccentric view: “Producers then cut to a map of Kaliningrad and seemed to suggest that missiles could be launched from the Russian enclave between Poland, Lithuania and the...
  • Two-inch diamond wafers could store a billion Blu-Ray's worth of data

    04/29/2022 4:30:49 AM PDT · by Jonty30 · 33 replies
    www.newatlas.com ^ | April 27, 2022 | Michael Irving
    Researchers in Japan have developed a new method for making 5-cm (2-in) wafers of diamond that could be used for quantum memory. The ultra-high purity of the diamond allows it to store a staggering amount of data – the equivalent of one billion Blu-Ray discs. Diamond is one of the most promising materials for practical quantum computing systems, including memory. A particular defect in the crystal, known as a nitrogen-vacancy center, can be used to store data in the form of superconducting quantum bits (qubits), but too much nitrogen in the diamond disrupts its quantum storage capabilities.
  • Japan Considers Constitution Changes Amid China’s Military Buildup

    04/29/2022 3:59:18 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 24 replies
    https://nationalinterest.org/ ^ | April 21, 2022 | by Kris Osborn
    The change would represent a significant departure from Japan’s post-World War II constitution which renounced war and allows for only a limited measure of “defensive” capabilities. Japan is considering modifying its constitution to enable “enemy base strike capabilities,” new language which would expand the country’s ability to conduct military attacks into a wider range of contingencies. The change would represent a significant departure from Japan’s post-World War II constitution which renounced war and allowed for only a limited measure of “defensive” capabilities. Japanese society and security alike have significantly changed since then. For example, in light of the growing threat...
  • U.S. Congress revives World War Two-era "Lend-Lease" program for Ukraine

    04/28/2022 3:20:18 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 117 replies
    Reuters ^ | 28 April 2022 | Patricia Zengerle
    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly backed legislation on Thursday that will make it easier to export military equipment to Ukraine, reviving the "Lend-Lease Act" that helped defeat Hitler during World War Two. The House passed the "Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022" by 417 to 10, three weeks after it sailed through the Senate with unanimous support. It next goes to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign into law. The measure revives a World War Two-era program that allowed Washington to lend or lease military equipment to U.S. allies. In this case, it will help...
  • Biden to travel to South Korea and Japan in May

    04/27/2022 5:03:34 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 24 replies
    The hill ^ | 04/27/2022 | Brett Samuels
    President Biden will travel to Asia next month, looking to solidify U.S. alliances with Japan and South Korea and keep Chinese influence at bay, even as much of the world’s focus is on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Biden will visit South Korea and Japan from May 20-24, the White House announced Thursday.
  • Japanese man who married virtual character now on a mission to educate others about 'fictosexuals'

    04/26/2022 7:08:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    Yahoo News! ^ | Tue, April 26, 2022 | Ryan General
    Three years into his “marriage” with a popular virtual character, a Japanese man has opened up about the benefits of having a virtual “wife.” Tokyo resident Akihiko Kondo made global headlines in November 2018 when he tied the knot at the age of 35 with Hatsune Miku, a virtual popstar developed by Crypton Future Media based on the singing synthesizer software Vocaloid. Miku, who takes on the appearance of a 16-year-old girl, has appeared in video games, virtual concerts and even a tour with Lady Gaga.
  • Biden Admin. Pushed Germany to Delay Russian Oil Ban Until After Midterms

    04/26/2022 9:38:32 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/25/2022 | Marisa Herman
    Germany's decision to not immediately end Russian oil imports – a move that would deliver a crucial blow to the Kremlin over its war in Ukraine – came at the urgent request of the Biden administration, a senior European official involved in Russian sanctions tells Newsmax. The European official told Newsmax that the Biden administration has also been pushing the Germans to delay cutting off Russian oil until later this year and after the U.S. midterm elections. The White House appears to believe it has a chance to keep the Senate in Democrat hands – but that opportunity could be...
  • Japan To Spend Billions To “Ease Inflationary Pain” Caused By Spending Billions

    04/25/2022 5:20:45 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    Zubu Brothers ^ | 4-25-2022
    How stupid are today’s monetary and fiscal policies (and not just the batshit insanity that is Helicopter money, a/k/a MMT?) So stupid that in Japan, the government is about to spend billions to “ease inflation pain” that is the result of… spending billions.According to the Nikkei, Japan plans to spend 6.2 trillion yen ($48.2 billion) on – get this – gasoline subsidies, low-interest loans and cash assistance “to alleviate the pain of consumers and small businesses facing rising prices”, which were caused by, well, massive government spending. The government frames the economic package, to be compiled as early as Tuesday,...