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  • China’s Shoddy, Noisy Nuclear Submarines

    10/08/2015 10:48:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | October 7, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    Over the past two decades, the People’s Republic of China has made great advances in its military capabilities. However, it still lags woefully behind in developing nuclear-powered submarines. The problem for the Chinese is that they lack the necessary quieting and propulsion technologies to build anything remotely comparable to an American or Russian nuclear submarine. Even the newest Chinese Jin-class ballistic nuclear missile submarines and improved Shang-class nuclear attack submarines are louder than 1970s-era Soviet-built Victor III-class attack submarine or the Delta III-class boomer, according to the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Intelligence. In fact, even China’s forthcoming Type 95...
  • Japan offers advanced science to build new subs (Australia)

    10/07/2015 1:55:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    Japan has offered to build Aus­tralia a larger version of its ultra- stealthy 4000-tonne Soryu, or Blue Dragon, submarine to ­dramatically increase its range. The “enhanced” Soryu diesel-electric submarine, which could be built in Australia, would be powered by a new and safer generation of highly efficient lithium ion ­batteries developed by Japanese engineers. The 88m long Soryu would be extended with the ­addition of a new hull section 6-8m long, which would be placed behind the submarine’s fin, The Australian was told in a briefing yesterday. Japan, which is one of three contenders bidding to build Australia’s submarines, has...
  • China to build four submarines in Karachi

    10/06/2015 10:33:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    DAWN.COM ^ | October 7th, 2015 | BAQIR SAJJAD SYED
    ISLAMABAD: China will build in Karachi four of eight submarines that it is selling to Pakistan. Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain told at the inauguration of the Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO) Display Centre in the federal capital that the deal for the acquisition of submarines from China had been finalised and four of them would be built here. He further said that construction of the submarines would simultaneously begin in Pakistan and China. China, he said, would transfer the technology to Pakistan for submarine construction. The implementation of the agreement would augment the existing submarine related capacity....
  • Kajita becomes Nobel physics prize co-winner

    10/06/2015 5:20:48 AM PDT · by chajin · 9 replies
    NHK (Japan Broadcasting Company) ^ | October 6, 2015 | NHK
    A Japanese scientist has won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics. Takaaki Kajita proved that neutrinos have mass. The neutrino is an elementary particle consisting of matter. Kajita observed neutrinos at a facility deep underground. He was part of a team that detected that some of the particles change to different types of neutrino. That proved neutrinos have mass. The discoveries were revealed at an international conference in 1998. His work surprised researchers all around the world because it disproved the established theory that neutrinos do not have mass. Kajita is the 24th Nobel Prize winner born in Japan. And...
  • The smartest economist you've never heard of

    10/04/2015 2:13:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, October 3, 2015 | Steven Pearlstein
    When David Lipton, a promising economist, was finishing his graduate work at Harvard in the early 1980s, he faced one of those potentially life-changing choices. He had one job offer from the International Monetary Fund in Washington, the multinational institution that for 70 years has served as a lender of last resort and dispenser of orthodox economic advice to countries that get into financial trouble. There was also an offer of a teaching job from the University of Virginia. Unsure of which path to take, he turned for advice to an intellectually restless and charismatic assistant professor, a Frenchman named...
  • Stopping China Would Take 2/3 of U.S. Air Power

    10/04/2015 4:53:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | October 3, 2015 | David Axe
    In 2017, immediately defeating a surge of Chinese warplanes attacking Taiwan will require around 2,200 combat-ready U.S. fighter jets — a full two-thirds of all fighters in the American inventory. That’s the main conclusion of a new briefing paper from RAND, a California think tank. RAND points out that the Pentagon has more and better fighters than China — and superior pilots, too. But over Taiwan, geography favors the People’s Liberation Army. “China does not need to catch up fully to the United States to challenge the U.S. ability to conduct effective military operations near the Chinese mainland.” Historically, PLA...
  • Chinese Subs Finally Get a Shot at American Carriers

    09/25/2015 5:53:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 24, 2015 | David Axe
    In 1995 and 1996, Taiwanese politicians signaled greater support for declaring their island country officially independent of China. Beijing’s response was swift, forceful … and ultimately an embarrassment to China. The Chinese army fired several missiles toward small, Taiwanese-held islands. That’s when the United States intervened in a big way, sending two entire aircraft carrier battle groups into the waters around Taiwan — and even sailing one carrier through the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese military was powerless against this show of force. Beijing couldn’t even reliably track the American warships, and had no forces of its own capable of threatening...
  • Tourists kidnapped in the Philippines

    09/22/2015 9:50:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | Sep 22, 2015
    State media report gunmen have kidnapped four people, including two Canadians and a Norwegian, from a resort in the southern Philippines. The official Philippines news agency reports the abductions took place Monday evening at the Oceanview Resort on Samal Island. ... The three foreigners are male, and the Norwegian is the manager of the resort. The southern Philippines has been plagued by unrest involving Islamist militants in recent years, including the taking of foreign hostages.
  • U.S. Refuses to Transfer Key Tech for Fighter Jet Project (F-35 for Korea)

    09/22/2015 6:07:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | September 22, 2015
    The U.S. has refused to transfer core technologies connected to the next-generation F-35 fighter jets to Korea, throwing plans to acquire 40 of them for the Air Force into disarray. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer, had agreed in negotiations in September last year to transfer the technologies to Korea. But U.S. government intervention means the entire project worth W20 trillion is up in the air (US$1=W1,177). According to data New Politics Alliance for Democracy lawmaker Ahn Gyu-baek obtained from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the military signed the contract with Lockheed Martin last September to buy 40 F-35As for W7.34 trillion....
  • Yakuza infighting puts nation on edge

    09/21/2015 8:04:02 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Sep 19, 2015 | Mark Schreiber
    Around the start of this year, the weekly magazines — Shukan Taishu, Asahi Geino and Shukan Jitsuwa in particular — were brimming with articles feting the centennial anniversary of the Yamaguchi-gumi, which had gone from being a small group of tough guys on the Kobe waterfront in 1915 to Japan’s largest designated criminal syndicate, with an estimated 23,000 members. Nine months later, the gang is back in the news, this time with stories about its big breakup. On Aug. 27, a total of 13 gang affiliates, based in Kobe, Awaji Island and other cities in Hyogo Prefecture, as well as...
  • China Reveals Air-to-Air Missile for Its Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet

    09/21/2015 6:25:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Rumors about China’s latest PL-10 short-range air-to-air missile have been circling for the last two years. Speaking during a Chinese television interview, the missile’s chief designer revealed that the missile is nearly complete, and offered new key details. Designed by the Luoyang Electro-Optical Research Institute (LEOC), images of the fifth-generation PL-10 first surfaced in 2013. Carried onboard the J-20 fighter, the missiles have also been seen on the J-11, a copy of the Russian Su-27. Based purely on those photos, experts were able to confirm that the PL-10 utilizes thrust vectoring. Its large fins also likely give the missile high...
  • Study: More Subs, Fewer Carriers to Combat Chinese Military Growth

    09/21/2015 6:16:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 21, 2015 | Wyatt Olson
    Faced with China's growing anti-surface ship capacity, the United States should decrease its emphasis on large aircraft carriers in the Pacific and spend more on submarines, space capabilities and ways to make air bases and aircraft less vulnerable, according to a report released earlier this month by Rand Corp. In the 430-page report, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based think tank analyzed the relative military capabilities of the U.S. and China in certain scenarios based on open-source documents. The analysis makes comparisons using 10 "scorecards" covering air, maritime, space, cyber and nuclear domains. Capabilities were examined at seven-year intervals, beginning in 1996...
  • ASDF to deploy next-generation U.S. refueling aircraft by 2018

    09/16/2015 10:11:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | September 16, 2015 | ISAMU NIKAIDO
    The Defense Ministry has selected Boeing Co.'s KC-46A Pegasus aircraft as its new in-flight refueling vehicle, in line with a decision by the U.S. military to deploy the Boeing air tanker. It is set to be deployed by the end of fiscal 2018. The KC-46A Pegasus was selected as the next Air Self-Defense Force refueling aircraft because it can refuel U.S. fighter planes heading to combat zones in the event of a Japan-U.S. joint military operation, which could be made possible by the new security legislation under deliberation in the Diet. The highly contentious bills would remove Japan’s long-held ban...
  • Japan protests after 'Russian' plane enters airspace

    09/16/2015 3:07:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 56 minutes ago 2015-09-16 | AFP
    Tokyo (AFP) - Japan has lodged a protest with Russia after scrambling four jet fighters to intercept a foreign aircraft -- believed to be Russian -- which briefly violated its airspace, officials said Wednesday. The foreign ministry made the protest shortly after the plane entered Japanese airspace off the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, near a disputed island chain, on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Educational Pearl Harbor against Feminism? Humanities Faculties Across Japan Torpedoed

    09/15/2015 5:01:30 PM PDT · by gaijin · 4 replies
    Times Higher Education (UK) ^ | Sept 14th, 2015 | Jack Grove
    Many social sciences and humanities faculties in Japan are to close after universities were ordered to “serve areas that better meet society’s needs”. Of the 60 national universities that offer courses in these disciplines, 26 have confirmed that they will either close or scale back their relevant faculties at the behest of Japan’s government. It follows a letter from education minister Hakuban Shimomura sent to all of Japan’s 86 national universities, which called on them to take “active steps to abolish [social science and humanities] organizations or to convert them to serve areas that better meet society’s needs”. The ministerial...
  • Japan floods: City of Joso hit by 'unprecedented' rain

    09/10/2015 4:48:58 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 9-10-15
    Widespread flooding and landslides in north-east Japan have forced more than 90,000 people to abandon their homes. The city of Joso, north of the capital, Tokyo, was hit by a wall of water after the Kinugawa River burst its banks. Helicopter rescue teams have been plucking people from rooftops.
  • Chinese Animators Envision a Future Asia-Pacific War—and Blow Up the Internet

    09/10/2015 6:19:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    COUNCIL on FOREIGN RELATIONS ^ | September 3, 2015 | Lauren Dickey
    An enemy surface ship, almost surely part of a U.S. carrier strike group, comes under Chinese attack in a newly released military propaganda film. (“Battle to Capture an Island: a Full View of Chinese Military Strength,” Tencent and Visions Media, September 3, 2015) Alongside the military spectacle that passed through Tiananmen Square in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Chinese media conglomerate Tecent also released a new computer-generated video, “Battle to Capture an Island: a Full View of Chinese Military Strength.” Available via the social media platform QQ, the five-minute video appears to...
  • Small but Deadly: China Presents Z-19E Attack Helicopter

    09/09/2015 5:16:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    China unveiled an export version of its light Z-19 assault chopper several days before the start of the 2015 China International Helicopter Exposition. The helicopter can provide offensive air support and destroy the armored vehicles of any potential enemy with its “air-to-surface” armament including anti-tank missiles, a 23mm cannon and other weapons. It also has gun pods and can carry air-to-air missiles, and its tandem-seated cockpit is armored. The aircraft can carry out reconnaissance missions as well. In contrast with its basic version, the new chopper features modernized systems protecting it from the enemy’s air defense, and it sports new...
  • Airbus pulls out of Japan military tanker aircraft deal

    09/08/2015 5:31:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 8, 2015 | SIVA GOVINDASAMY
    Airbus said on Tuesday its defence division would not bid for a Japanese air-to-air refueling tanker aircraft deal estimated to be worth over a billion dollars because the terms of the tender favoured its U.S. rival Boeing Co. Japan's government had said in June that it wants four tankers to supplement its existing four Boeing 767-based tankers. On Tuesday, a Japanese Ministry of Defense spokeswoman confirmed that a request for proposals (RFP) has been issued, but was unable to provide any other details or respond to the Airbus decision. In a statement, Airbus said the RFP allowed Japan to buy...
  • Japan aims for investment pact with Iran "as soon as possible"

    09/07/2015 4:17:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept 4, 2015
    Japan aims for investment pact with Iran "as soon as possible" TOKYO, Sept 4 Japan will begin negotiations with Iran on a bilateral investment pact next week, Japan said on Friday, and aims for agreement as soon as possible to allow Japanese companies to rebuild a presence in the oil-rich country. Iran reached a landmark pact in July with the United States, Germany, France, Russia, China and Britain on limiting it nuclear programme to ensure it is not put to making bombs in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Since then, international delegations have been flocking to Teheran seeking...
  • S. Korea moving ahead to introduce Viking anti-submarine planes into service

    09/07/2015 12:34:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | September 6, 2015
    SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Yonhap) — South Korea is moving ahead to introduce refurbished S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planes to counter threats from North Korea, a military source said Sunday. The defense ministry insider said the proposal to incorporate 12 former U.S. Navy Vikings into service was approved late last month by a military program review group. The latest development comes after the Navy proposed taking over 20 Vikings that have been kept in storage since 2009 to shore up the country’s detection and attack capabilities against Pyongyang’s submarine fleet. The twin-turbofan powered planes served as the primary ASW platforms...
  • Japan Lifts Evacuation Order for Town Near Fukushima

    09/05/2015 11:51:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 5, 2015 12:19 p.m. ET
    Japan’s government has lifted a 4˝-year-old evacuation order for the northeastern town of Naraha that forced the town’s 7,400 residents to leave following the 2011 nuclear disaster at the nearby Fukushima power plant. Naraha is the first town to get the evacuation order lifted, among seven municipalities forced to empty because of radiation contamination following the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the plant’s reactors. The central government has said radiation levels in Naraha have fallen to levels deemed safe following decontamination efforts. ... Residents have been given personal dosimeters to check their own radiation levels. To accommodate their concerns, the...
  • Tokyo’s First Major Military Export Will Be a Seaplane

    09/04/2015 12:09:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 3, 2015 | James Simpson
    In April 2014 the Japanese government finally lifted its postwar ban on the export of defense products. Tokyo approved its first arms export this summer — the supply of PAC-2 missile parts to the U.S., which will then sell the completed Patriot missiles to Qatar. It’s only a matter of time before Tokyo sells a major military platform rather than just parts. With a wealth of experience in manufacturing armor, ships, submarines and helicopters, there’s a lot for potential buyers to choose from. But Japan’s first sale will probably be a search-and-rescue amphibious aircraft — a seaplane — called the...
  • Report: Russian Arms Sales Give China a Better Chance in Competing with U.S. Ships

    09/02/2015 10:18:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 2, 2015 | John Grady
    Type 022 Fast Attack Missile Craft Houbei Class of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) test fires C-803 antiship missile. PLAN Photo via Global Military Review “Improved maritime strike capability has given Chinese warships a much greater chance of competing against their U.S. counterparts” and improved naval air defenses allow its warships “the ability to operate at increasingly great distances from shore”—major advances in large part speeded by arms, vessels and technology sales from Russia since the end of the Cold War. Those were two observations contained in a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, the Center...
  • Donald Trump impersonates Asian negotiators

    08/26/2015 8:38:48 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | August 26 2015 | Jeff Simon,
    In a speech in Iowa on Tuesday night, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump -- who has regularly promoted his negotiating skills as a selling point for his presidency -- used broken English to briefly impersonate Asian negotiators. "When these people walk into the room, they don't say, 'Oh hello, how's the weather? It's so beautiful outside. How are the Yankees doing? They're doing wonderful, that's great," Trump said, to some laughter from the crowd. "They say, 'We want deal!'"
  • CNN Editorial: The real 'anchor babies' are conservatives, not Asians

    08/26/2015 6:08:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    CNN Editorial ^ | 08/26/2015 | Jeff Yang
    There are few uglier phrases in the modern conservative lexicon than "anchor baby," not least because of the literal imagery the term brings to mind of a human infant, wrapped in chains and flung overboard to secure a vessel in place. But even as a figure of speech, it's a despicable concept. It refers to the notion that undocumented immigrants exploit the quintessentially American policy of birthright citizenship, which confers the status of citizen to anyone born on U.S. territory, by sneaking across the border to give birth to their children. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently stumbled into the...
  • Ambassador Kennedy used private email, watchdog says

    08/26/2015 8:22:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 8/25/2015 | unknown
    Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and senior staff at the U.S. embassy in Japan used personal email accounts for official business, an internal watchdog report said Tuesday -- making Kennedy the latest Obama administration official to run afoul of email security guidelines. The State Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) report said it received reports concerning the use of private email accounts for official business, and identified instances where emails labeled "sensitive but unclassified" were sent from or received by personal email accounts.
  • Inspector general excoriates Caroline Kennedy for mismanaging Tokyo embassy(moron CK!)

    08/26/2015 8:45:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies ^ | 8/26/2015 | Rick Moran
    Celebrity ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the former president, but someone with zero experience with or knowledge of Japan, has been taken to the woodshed by the State Department's Office of Inspector General. The OIC issued a blistering report that highlighted the mismanagement and ignorance of the ambassador and her staff, including the use of private emails for official business:
  • Inspector general cites Caroline Kennedy for using private email ( Japan )

    08/25/2015 3:53:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Examiner ^ | 8/25/15 | Sarah Westwood
    Ambassador Caroline Kennedy was singled out by the State Department's watchdog for using a personal email account to conduct official business. Kennedy, who has served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan since 2013, "used personal email accounts to send and receive messages containing official business," according to a State Department inspector general report made public Tuesday. Other senior embassy staff also used personal email accounts to handle government communications, occasionally transmitting information marked "sensitive but unclassified" on commercial accounts ... The embassy in Tokyo has no records management policy, nor does it enforce federal regulations that dictate how federal records...
  • Inspector General Slams Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy’s Embassy as Amateur Hour

    08/25/2015 2:53:43 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 25, 2015 | Claudia Rosett
    Having a celebrity socialite run the huge embassy was as foolish as it looked. [Caroline] Kennedy came to her ambassador’s post with no foreign policy experience, no particular background in Japan or Asia generally, and apparently not much skill at running the $93.6 million-per-year operation that is the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. [Snip] [A]lmost two years into Kennedy’s ambassadorship, the U.S. Embassy in Japan is a mess.
  • Reports of explosion at US military base in Kanagawa, Japan

    08/23/2015 10:05:49 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 133 replies
    various/Twitter ^ | 8-23-2015 | TCRLAF
    Breaking News... RT is the first English language source with this, but is not allowed on FR. NHK saying there were several explosions at the Sagami Depot in Kanagawa.
  • EPA Chief Plans Japan Trip As Congress Demands She Answer For The Toxic Mine Spill

    08/21/2015 12:44:34 PM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/21/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced she’ll be traveling to Japan later this month to talk about global warming just as Congress is demanding she testify about the agency-caused toxic waste spill in Colorado that happened earlier this month. “After spilling millions of gallons of toxic chemicals into the Animas River, the EPA has an obligation to be forthcoming about what went wrong and potential long-term impacts on local communities,” Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith said in a release, demanding McCarthy appear before the House science committee to answer lawmakers’ questions about the spill.
  • North Korea approves ‘final attack’ on South Korea as tensions increase in region

    08/21/2015 6:28:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/21/15
    A North Korean military official says a meeting of senior party and defense officials led by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Thursday night and "reviewed and approved the final attack operation." He gave no details on what kind of military retaliation North Korea would see as appropriate punishment for South Korea's shelling of its territory on Thursday. Kim Yong Chol, director of the general reconnaissance bureau of the North Korean army, on Friday denied South Korean allegations that Pyongyang has been raising tensions on the peninsula. He denied the North fired anything across the Demilitarized Zone and says...
  • North Korea fires on the South ... South Korea fines back

    08/20/2015 3:18:28 PM PDT · by knarf · 46 replies
    Uncle Sam's Misguided Children ^ | August 20, 2015 | knarf
    This Just In ... South Korea sent artillery shells into North Korea after a rocket was fired across the Western section of their border at around 4 p.m. local time on Thursday.
  • Truman was right to use the bomb on Japan

    08/18/2015 9:47:06 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 17, 2015 | By Richard Cohen
    Should the United States apologize for the nuclear bombing of Japan at the end of World War II? The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 years ago this month, killed as many as 250,000 people, most of them civilians. For many of the victims, it was a horrible, excruciating death, and for many others, the effects of burns and radiation, although not immediately lethal, produced years of agony. Should we say we’re sorry? My answer is no, but I do not dismiss the question out of hand. It is, after all, naggingly relevant, raising issues of proportion, race and culture....
  • Japan Economy Shrinks 1.6% In Q2 In Setback For ‘Abenomics’

    08/18/2015 6:37:03 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 17 August 2015 | Leika Kihara, Tetsushi Kajimoto
    Japan's economy shrank at an annualized pace of 1.6 percent in April-June as exports slumped and consumers cut back spending, adding pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to step up his policy drive to lift the economy out of decades of deflation. China's economic slowdown and its impact on its Asian neighbors has also heightened the chance that any rebound in growth in July-September will be modest, analysts say. The gloomy data adds to signs that Japan's economy is at a standstill and heightens pressure on policymakers to offer additional monetary or fiscal stimulus later this year. The contraction in...
  • Beijing firm accused of selling knockoff of Israeli AESA radar

    08/18/2015 4:01:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2015-08-18
    A listed Chinese company is being accused of trying to sell a knockoff version of an advanced Israeli airborne fire-control radar, according to a report from Defense News, a US-based media outlet. Beijing's NAV Technology Company has reportedly claimed in a product catalogue that its active electronic scanned array (AESA) radar incorporates "decades of field-proven experience" from Elta Systems, a subsidiary of the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). In the mid-2000s, IAI was embroiled in controversy after it canceled a radar deal with China due to strong opposition from the US government. The AESA radar being promoted by the Chinese...
  • Veterans honored on 70th anniversary of WWII end

    08/17/2015 1:32:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Conducted in coordination with similar ceremonies held around the world, local military and civilian officials, state agency representatives, and the friends and families of veterans of World War II gathered at Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery on Sunday to honor those who served in the last world conflict. Taking place within days of the 70th anniversary of the Japanese announcement of its surrender and the end of the war, the ceremony was an opportunity to continue to recognize and honor the millions of men and women who served at home and abroad during World War II, said...
  • Japan economy shrinks in second-quarter in setback for 'Abenomics'

    08/16/2015 8:10:46 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 16, 2015 | Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto
    Japan economy shrinks in second-quarter in setback for 'Abenomics' TOKYO | By Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto Japan's economy shrank at an annualized pace of 1.6 percent in April-June as exports slumped and consumers cut back spending, a bad omen for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy drive to lift the economy out of decades of deflation. China's economic slowdown and its impact on its Asian neighbors have also heightened the chance that any rebound in growth in July-September will be modest, analysts say. The gloomy data adds to signs that Japan's economy is at a standstill and may rekindle market...
  • U.S. Planned to Drop 12 Atomic Bombs on Japan

    08/15/2015 11:52:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 133 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 14, 2015 | Don Hale
    A week after Nagasaki, Tokyo had still not surrendered. A third weapon was already on its way and a dozen were to follow.LONDON — American military archives reveal that if the Japanese had not surrendered on August 15, 1945, they would have been hit by a third and potentially more powerful atomic bomb just a few days later and then, eventually, an additional barrage of up to 12 further nuclear attacks. Documents highlighted during commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima on August 6, and Nagasaki on August 9, which forced the end of World War...
  • Japan's emperor: 'Deep remorse' for World War II

    08/15/2015 7:49:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/15/15 | Curt Mills
    Japanese Emperor Akihito Saturday expressed "deep remorse" for his country's role in World War II, 70 years to the day following Japan's surrender to the Allies. Akihito makes a highly ritualized comment on this anniversary day every year, but this this is first year featuring such a statement. Akihito was born in 1933, and has reigned since 1989. He is the son of Hirohito, who was the reigning emperor during the war. Though the emperor's formal powers were degraded in the settlement with the Allied Powers, Hirohito was allowed to retain his throne in a largely ceremonial fashion, and famously...
  • Taiwan's CSIST Unveiled the Sea Oryx Naval Air Defense System Similar to RAM at TADTE 2015

    08/13/2015 10:48:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 13 August 2015
    At the TADTE (Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition) 2015 defense exhibition held this week in Taipei, the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) unveiled for the first time the Sea Oryx naval air defense missile system. The system appears close in concept to the American/German RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) system developed by Raytheon/Diehl/RAM-SYS or to the Chinese Type 710.SJ01-24 launcher for HQ-10 missile. Taiwan's new Sea Oryx naval air defense missile system unveiled for the first time during the TADTE 2015 exhibition in Taipei. The Sea Oryx missile is derived from the locally developed Infra-Red short range air-to-air...
  • Japan restarts first nuclear reactor under new safety rules

    08/12/2015 6:50:16 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | AUGUST 12, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    On August 11, Kyushu Electric Power Company's 846 megawatt (MW) Sendai Nuclear Power Station Unit 1 became the first reactor to restart after nearly two years with no generation from nuclear power plants in Japan. Following the disaster at Fukushima in 2011, Japan began a temporary shutdown of all nuclear power plants as each reactor entered scheduled maintenance and refueling outages. By September 2013, all 54 reactors in Japan's nuclear fleet were shut down. Following its restart, Sendai Unit 1 will begin generating electricity within days and return to normal operation in early September. The restart of Japan's nuclear power...
  • Why dropping the bomb 70 years ago was necessary, and why we need to be ready to do it again

    08/09/2015 10:16:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The National Post ^ | August 9, 2015 | George Jonas
    On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, shortly after 8:00 a.m. local time, a lone American B-29 was conducting what seemed to be a reconnaissance flight at high altitude over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. At about 16 minutes after 8:00, the aircraft released an object over the centre of town. Attached to parachutes, the object floated down slowly enough to give the four-engine Boeing Superfortress time to turn and lumber out of the airspace. The atom bomb exploded at about 1,900 feet above the centre of Hiroshima. The devastation was cataclysmic. Immediate casualties, dead and injured, numbered approximately 115,000....
  • The human cost of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was worth paying

    08/09/2015 2:49:19 PM PDT · by NRx · 91 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08-09-2015 | Christopher Booker
    ...In 1945, however, we also soon heard much of the other side of the story, and how that same appalling tragedy might have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of American and British servicemen who could well have died in the invasion of Japan which would otherwise have been necessary to end the war. Only more slowly did it come to light how the atom bombs had also saved the lives of anything up to a million prisoners in camps across south-east Asia, whom the fanatical Japanese commander, Marshal Terauchi, intended to massacre if the allies landed on the...
  • No Apologies For Hiroshima or Nagasaki

    08/08/2015 4:27:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 104 replies ^ | August 8, 2015 | John Hawkins
    This week was the 70th anniversary of the United States nuking Hiroshima and as expected, there has been plenty of second guessing, attacks on America, and claims that nuking the Japanese wasnÂ’t necessary. Understandably perhaps, thatÂ’s how the Japanese feel. I can tell you that with certainty because back in 2008, the Japanese equivalent of PBS flew me out to New York to be part of an online discussion between a crowd of Americans and a group of people from Hiroshima. Again, perhaps understandably, the tone from the people of Hiroshima was very self-pitying. They asked us to look at...
  • Russia calls for military tribunal on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    08/07/2015 12:22:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    United Press International ^ | August 6, 2015 | Jared M. Feldschreiber
    MOSCOW, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- An international military tribunal should be formed to examine the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Russian officials suggested at a roundtable discussion at Moscow State University. State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said historians and military science specialists have long argued whether nuclear weapons should ever be allowed in war. A tribunal would examine international law as it relates to wartime practices. In May, Naryshkin labeled the bombings in Japan at the end of World War II a "crime against humanity, which still has not been correctly assessed." At the time, he was speaking...
  • History made with 3-carrier swap

    08/07/2015 6:55:46 AM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 36 replies
    San Diego Union ^ | 8/5/15 | Jeannette Steele
    Call it the Three Presidents Crew. In a historic game of naval musical chairs, sailors from San Diego’s aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan will serve on three different flattops over the next six months. The Navy is saving $41 million by doing a massive, complicated crew swap involving 9,000 sailors and the carriers George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt, in addition to the Reagan. At the end, the U.S. Navy will have a new face in Asia, and an American aircraft carrier will enter a mid-life nuclear overhaul that was at one time uncertain. Also, San Diego will have a new hull...
  • Photo report: 24 Hours Aboard a PLAN (Chinese Navy) Type 052C Luyang II class Destroyer

    08/07/2015 6:30:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 07 August 2015
    Journalists from a Chinese naval magazine were able to spent some time aboard People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN or Chinese Navy) Type 052C Destroyer Changchun (hull numer 150). They published an interesting photo report with one picture every hour during an entire day (24 hours) showing the life of the crew on board a PLAN destroyer. Pictures were taken in July 2015 while the vessel was deployed in the western Pacific ocean. Type 052C (Luyang II class) Destroyer Changchun (hull number 150) is the third vessel of the class The Type 052C destroyer (NATO designation Luyang II class) is a...
  • Hiroshima 70th Anniversary: A Just End To World War II

    08/06/2015 11:03:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 72 replies ^ | August 6, 2015 | Jarett Siteman
    Seventy years ago, the B-29 Enola Gay, piloted by Paul Tibbets, Jr., dropped an atomic bomb, Little Boy, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The blast and ensuing radiation killed an estimated 150,000 people. Though the devastation from the bombing was astounding, it did not bring American’s war with Japan or World War II to an immediate end. Three days later, the United States dropped another atomic bomb, Fat Man, on Nagasaki, and the Empire of Japan’s leaders finally capitulated.