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  • Just how bad was the North Korea missile launch last night?

    02/07/2016 4:23:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 104 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    This story actually broke just as we were warming up for the debate last night and our readers were discussing it in comments while most of the political sphere was focused on New Hampshire. Ahead of their original schedule, Kim Jong-un launched a missile into orbit allegedly carrying an “Earth observing satellite” over the objections of pretty much everyone else on the planet. Like we needed this on top of everything else that’s going on.(WaPo) North Korea on Sunday declared that it had successfully put an "earth observation satellite" into orbit under the direct orders of leader Kim Jong Un,...
  • Japan: North Korea launches 'missile'

    02/06/2016 5:03:40 PM PST · by Nextrush · 100 replies
    NHK World ^ | 2/6/2016 | NHK
    The Japanese government says North Korea launched what's widely believed to be a long-range ballistic missile on Sunday. The government said the missile was launched at 9:31 AM Japan time from the western coast of North Korea toward the direction of Okinawa Prefecture.
  • Japan Takes Hard Line on North Korean Missile Threat

    02/03/2016 2:41:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2016 | Austin Bay
    North Korea's nuclear extortion drama, the repeated threat of nuclear attack followed by demands for food and financial aid, has exhausted South Korean and Japanese diplomatic patience. Last year, Japan indicated that North Korea should expect more than expressions of anger the next time it put a ballistic missile on a launch pad in preparation for a test. Pyongyang's threat theater often starts with erecting a missile and announcing a test flight. Alternatively, Act 1 begins with a nuclear test. North Korea allegedly conducted a nuclear test on January 6. Weapon range and reliability play a role Tokyo's and Seoul's...
  • Japan orders SDF to shoot down North Korean missile [If...]

    02/03/2016 1:11:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    japantimes ^ | 02/03/2016 | Reiji Yoshida and Ayako Mie
    The government ordered Aegis ballistic missile defense warships of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and land-based Patriot PAC-3 rocket units to respond should projections show components falling in Japanese territory. “This will effectively mean the firing of a ballistic missile. It would be a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and a grave, provocative act against the security of our country,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a Lower House session Wednesday. “Japan, in cooperation with the United States and South Korea, will strongly urge North Korea to refrain from (conducting) the launch,” Abe said. On Tuesday night, North Korea...
  • Japan's new stealth fighter is a futuristic marvel

    02/03/2016 4:15:19 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    The Week ^ | February 2, 2016 | James Simpson, War is Boring
    Japan's Advanced Technology Demonstrator-Experimental, also known as the ATD-X or X-2, will fly from Nagoya Airport to Gifu Air Base at the end of February, according to the Japanese defense ministry. This will be the first flight of the high-tech testbed and a major step toward Tokyo's plans for a domestic stealth fighter. The Ministry of Defense had planned for the prototype to fly back in 2014, but early last year ministry officials reported that issues with engine restarts had forced a delay to the end of 2015. Reports at the end of last year then suggested a January flight,...
  • Stealth fighter prototype unveiled

    02/03/2016 3:18:26 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 29, 2016 7:28 am JST | Nikkei Asian Review
    TOKYO -- A demonstration unit of the X-2 stealth fighter made its debut Thursday, with the Japanese-built experimental aircraft promising greater maneuverability than other stealth planes. The jet will take its maiden flight the week of Feb. 15 or Feb. 22. Designer and builder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will hand it over to the Ministry of Defense's Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency at the end of March. The X-2 is under development as the government
  • Behold Unintended Consequences: Japan Cancels 10Y Auction For First Time Ever Due To Sub-Zero Rates

    02/02/2016 11:55:43 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 31 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | February 2, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Dear Bank of Japan, how do you spell unintended consequences: •PLANNED MARCH SALE OF 10-YEAR JAPANESE GOVERNMENT BONDS THROUGH BANKS TO BE CANCELED AMID EXPECTED BELOW-ZERO YIELDS - NIKKEI •JAPAN'S MINISTRY OF FINANCE IS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE WEDNESDAY THE FIRST-EVER DECISION TO CALL OFF SALES OF 10-YEAR JGBS- NIKKEI Here is the full Nikkei report on this absolute stunner of a development: The planned March sale of 10-year Japanese government bonds through banks to retail investors, municipalities and others will be canceled amid expected below-zero yields following the Bank of Japan's recent move to adopt negative interest rates. The Ministry...
  • Bank of Japan introduces negative interest rates

    01/28/2016 9:43:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    CNN Money ^ | January 28, 2016: 11:29 PM ET | Jethro Mullen
    The Bank of Japan is stepping up its efforts to kick-start the country's struggling economy by taking interest rates into negative territory. The central bank announced Friday that it will introduce an interest rate of minus 0.1% and will go even lower if needed. In theory, negative rates encourage consumers to save less and spend more. They can also weaken a country's currency, helping exporters. ...
  • Japan Unveils First Stealth Fighter

    01/28/2016 5:10:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 28, 2016 | ERIC PFANNER & CHIEKO TSUNEOKA
    NAGOYA, Japan—Japan on Thursday unveiled its first radar-evading stealth aircraft, aiming to close a gap with neighbors such as China and Russia, which have been flying fighter planes equipped with the technology for more than five years. Confronted with regional challenges such as China building artificial islands in the South China Sea and North Korea testing nuclear devices, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has eased postwar restrictions on the country’s military and is trying to bolster its limited weapons-building capabilities. In the latest move, the Ministry of Defense showed off a test aircraft called X-2 in a heavily guarded hangar...
  • Zero fighter flies over Japan for 1st time since WWII

    01/27/2016 6:22:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 111 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 27, 2016 7:54 AM EST | Miki Toda
    One of Mitsubishi's legendary Zero fighter planes took to the skies over Japan on Wednesday for the first time since World War II. The restored plane made a brief flight to and from a naval base in southern Japan. Decorated former U.S. Air Force pilot Skip Holm flew the aircraft. Zero fighters were considered one of the most capable fighter planes in World War II, rivaling the British Spitfire. Their long range allowed them to play a prominent role in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Only a few are still in operating condition. ...
  • Delayed U.S. license halts S. Korea's Taurus missile adoption: sources

    01/26/2016 11:01:40 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- The U.S.' stalled decision over the export of a key GPS system is causing a major delay in South Korea's plan to introduce Taurus missiles by the end of this year, sources said Tuesday. The U.S. government is currently delaying its decision on whether to approve the export of a military GPS receiver for the local project to arm its fighter jets with the made-in-Germany air-to-surface missiles, military and defense procurement officials said. Any decision on the matter is expected to come after August, according to the officials. The GPS component is an integral part...
  • Japan accepts 27 refugees last year, rejects 99%

    01/24/2016 4:27:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Global Post ^ | January 22, 2016 | Agence France-Presse
    Japan accepted only 27 refugees last year and rejected almost all applications, officials said Saturday, as rights groups urged the government to allow more people in. The country has long been nervous about an influx of refugees into its homogeneous society and has tightly restricted the number it accepts. Of the thousands seeking refugee status, five were Syrian, only three of which were accepted -- a far cry from the massive influx of Syrians into Europe from the war-torn Middle East nation last year....
  • China to Get Russia's Lethal Su-35 Fighter This Year

    01/20/2016 10:08:45 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The National Interest ^ | January 20, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will start receiving its first Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighters from Russia later this year. "Supplies of fighter jets will start in the 4th quarter of this year. For now, everything goes according to plan," a Russian military-diplomatic source told the TASS late last week. Russia signed a contract to deliver twenty-four Su-35 fighters worth more than $2 billion to China late last year. The contract will be filled within three years according to TASS’s source. Production of a modernized S-108 communications system—which was part of Beijing’s requirements—has already started. While the addition of...
  • North Korea says peace treaty, halt to exercises, would end nuclear tests

    01/15/2016 2:45:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo News ^ | 1/15/16 | Tony Munroe
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a ceremony to award party and state commendations to nuclear … SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Saturday called for the conclusion of a peace treaty with the United States and a halt to U.S. military exercises with South Korea to end its nuclear tests. The isolated state has long sought a peace treaty with the United States, as well as an end to the exercises by South Korea and the United States, which has about 28,500 troops based in South Korea. "Still valid are all proposals for preserving peace and stability...
  • Beijing Builds ‘Monster’ Ship for Patrolling the South China Sea

    01/14/2016 5:38:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 13, 2016 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    China has finished construction on a second 10,000-ton China Coast Guard (CCG) cutter destined for patrols in the South China Sea, Chinese state media reports. The ship, designated CCG 3901, “has been completed recently and is ready to start protecting China’s maritime rights,” The Global Times announced. A sister ship, the CCG2901, already deployed to the East China Sea in 2015. The CCG 3901, constructed at Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard, has been dubbed the ‘monster’ by the media due to its unusual large size for a coast guard vessel. According to some sources, the vessel could have a displacement 12,000 to...
  • Zhou Chengjian latest billionaire missing among China's disappearing executives

    01/10/2016 12:11:51 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 9, 2016 | unattributed
    Zhou Chengjian is a rags to riches story as he used his skills as a tailor to launch the clothing line, Metersbonwe, which was one of China's first nationwide brands. His net worth of $2.4 billion today makes him one of the richest people in China. The Spread It reports that Zhou has been missing since Wednesday. In the wake of China's stock market crash, 36 companies have reported their executives as missing back in 2015 from January to September. The CEO of the telecom giant China Telecom resigned at the end of 2015 and now he is among the...
  • North Korea Shows Latest Submarine Missile Test Launch

    01/08/2016 7:20:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 8, 2016 | Bill Gertz
    North Korean missile engine ignites / Screen Capture Two days after conducting a provocative underground nuclear test, North Korea on Friday released video showing what the government said was a successful submarine-launched ballistic missile test launch last month. State-run Korean Central Television, in a 54-minute video, included a report that said the missile launch was observed in December by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who was shown standing on a ship as the missile is ejected from underneath the water and then blasts off. The missile test was first reported Monday by the Washington Free Beacon. Defense officials said...
  • Why this recent Japanese contract win is huge for Northrop Grumman

    01/08/2016 6:55:00 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | Jan 8, 2016 | James Bach
    Falls Church-based Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) is taking its latest model of reconnaissance aircraft global and Japan’s Ministry of Defense will be the first taker. With the announcement this week that Northrop was going to deliver its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning platform to Japan under a $286 million contract, the company wasn’t just upgrading a longtime partner’s reconnaissance fleet, but readying itself for further efforts to put this plane in the hands of more international customers. “E-2D for Japan is huge,” said Jay Mulhall, director of global strategy mission solutions for the E-2 program. “We believe it’s...
  • Can South Korea Fight North Korea Without America?

    01/08/2016 5:00:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 61 replies
    The National Interest ^ | January 7, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    As tensions with North Korea rise following Pyongyang’s alleged hydrogen bomb test, there is the specter of a renewed war on the peninsula. In the years following the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953 — which ended the conflict in a ceasefire without formally terminating hostilities — the U.S. military was the guarantor of the Republic of Korea’s security. More than 60 years later, United States Forces Korea — led by U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti — maintains a force of over 28,500 troops in South Korea to defend Seoul from Pyongyang’s depredations. But by-and-large, South Korea is defended by its...
  • RAF fighters 'bound for Japan for first time in decades' as UK builds military ties

    01/08/2016 4:40:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 08 Jan 2016 | Ben Farmer
    Britain is considering sending fighter jets to Japan for the first time in decades for joint combat exercises in the country, amid heightened tension in the region over China’s territorial claims. The announcement of closer military ties with Tokyo came as the Foreign Secretary said that any attempt to restrict air or sea travel in the disputed South China Sea would be viewed as a "red flag". Philip Hammond said freedom of navigation and overflight in the region, where tensions are high over territorial disputes between China and its neighbours are “non-negotiable” for Britain. Britain will hold at least one...
  • Saudi Arabia Plans 'Thatcherite Revolution'

    01/07/2016 11:35:14 AM PST · by EBH · 14 replies
    Saudi Arabia is mulling the sale of shares in Aramco, believed to be the world's most valuable company, as part of plans to repair its finances and open up its economy. The announcement was made by the country's deputy crown prince as Saudi's secretive, state-owned oil firm grapples with the effects of oil prices nearing 12-year lows . Mohammed bin Salman told The Economist: "That is something that is being reviewed, and we believe a decision will be made over the next few months." The Saudi economy has taken a battering from the oil price decline and the finance ministry...
  • 5.1 magnitude quake detected close to North Korea nuclear test site

    01/05/2016 6:22:28 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 104 replies
    AFP ^ | January 6, 2016
    5.1 magnitude quake detected close to North Korea nuclear test site by Agence France-Presse January 6, 2016 A 5.1 magnitude tremor was detected close to North Korea’s nuclear test site on Wednesday, triggering concerns that Pyongyang had conducted a fresh atomic explosion. The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the quake was in the northeast of the country, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of Kilju city, placing it right next to the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
  • Saudi Arabia vs Iran: The oil war that isn't coming

    01/05/2016 4:46:00 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1/4/2016 | Everett Rosenfeld
    Armchair analysts have been predicting an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Iran for a while now, and escalating tensions between the countries would seem to portend a major market disruption. But that war may never come. Saudi Arabia announced Monday that it will sever all commercial ties with Iran, a day after the kingdom said it would cut diplomatic relations with Iran. Protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran earlier Sunday, and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, predicted "divine vengeance" for the Saudi execution of a major Shiite cleric. Saudi Arabia is predominantly Sunni and home...
  • Japan Wants to Sign a Peace Treaty With Russia After 70 Years

    01/06/2016 1:06:25 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 26 replies
    time.com ^ | Jan. 4, 2016 | TIME Staff
    Japan Wants to Sign a Peace Treaty With Russia After 70 Years TIME Staff Jan. 4, 2016 The two nations never got around to it at the end of World War II Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, has said that Tokyo would like to sign a peace treaty with Moscow.
  • North Korea: When a Democrat does something bad and a Republican doesn't fix it

    01/06/2016 4:07:20 AM PST · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    1/6/2015 | Self
    "In war there is no substitute for victory" were the words of General Douglas MacArthur as he spoke to a joint session of Congress in 1951 after being fired by then President Harry Truman for wanting to use tactics aimed at winning the Korean War like America's previous wars had been won. Democrat Harry Truman had the power to fire MacArthur, but he didn't have the ability to survive the backlash and was forced to withdraw his name from consideration for re-election in 1952. The Republicans nominated General Dwight Eisenhower, who won in a landslide promising to do something about...
  • FLASHBACK: Obama Echoes Bill Clinton’s North Korea Nuclear Deal Announcement [VIDEO]

    01/05/2016 10:33:09 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 14 replies
    In announcing a nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama echoed many of the same sentiments of another Democratic president announcing a similar deal. On Oct. 21, 1994, President Bill Clinton announced the “Agreed Framework,” a deal negotiated with North Korea to end their pursuit of a nuclear weapon from the exact spot in the White House where President Obama announced his deal with Iran. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/07/15/obama-echoes-bill-clintons-north-korea-nuclear-deal-announcement-video/#ixzz3wRYmcQqa
  • (LEAD) White House condemns any violation of U.N. resolution, vows never to accept N.K. as nuclear..

    01/05/2016 9:30:22 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/01/06 | Chang Jae-soon
    (LEAD) White House condemns any violation of U.N. resolution, vows never to accept N.K. as nuclear state 2016/01/06 14:07 (ATTN: ADDS details, background, byline) By Chang Jae-soon WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (Yonhap) -- The White House said Tuesday that it cannot confirm North Korea's claims of a successful H-bomb test but condemns any violation of U.N. resolutions banning the communist nation from nuclear tests. It also said that the United States won't accept the North as a nuclear state. "We are aware of seismic activity on the Korean Peninsula in the vicinity of a known North Korean nuclear test site and...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea says it has conducted hydrogen bomb test

    01/05/2016 7:44:32 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 84 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/01/06
    (LEAD) N. Korea says it has conducted hydrogen bomb test 2016/01/06 12:43 (ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; ADDS more info) SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- North Korea announced Wednesday it has succeeded in conducting a hydrogen bomb test, hours after what seems to be an artificial earthquake was detected close to the North's nuclear test site. In a "special" announcement aired on the North's state television station, North Korea said it conducted an H-bomb test at 10:00 a.m. (Pyongyang Time).
  • North Korea claims it has hydrogen bomb; experts skeptical

    12/10/2015 2:07:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | December 10, 2015 | Jason Hanna and Tim Hume
    State media indicated Thursday that North Korea has added the hydrogen bomb to its arsenal, a development that, if true, would represent a major leap in its nuclear weapons capabilities. But outside observers were skeptical, saying that such an advance in the country's nuclear technology seemed unlikely. Analysts in recent years have believed that North Korea may have been working toward -- but didn't yet have the capability to produce -- a hydrogen, or thermonuclear, bomb. It can be hundreds of times more powerful than an atomic bomb....
  • Vietnam, Philippines protest Chinese test flight on disputed reef

    01/03/2016 4:35:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | 01/03/2016 | te-ping chen
    [Red] China said it landed a test flight on a newly completed airfield in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, a sign of its growing military capabilities in the region. The flight drew a quick protest from Vietnam, which said China had “seriously violated” its sovereignty. A Philippines foreign ministry spokesman said Manila, another claimant in the Spratlys, also planned to lodge a protest with the Chinese.
  • Cracks appear in Japan-South Korea deal on war-time sex slaves

    12/31/2015 9:33:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Washington Post / Boston Globe ^ | December 31, 2015 | Anna Fifield
    Just days after the Japanese and South Korean governments announced a surprise agreement to resolve a decades-old dispute over war-time sex slaves, opposition on both sides is threatening to derail it. In Tokyo, government officials were saying that the $8.3 million it agreed to put into a fund for the remaining 46 South Korean "comfort women," who were forced into sexual servitude during World War II, would not be paid until a statue to the women was removed from outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul. Meanwhile in Seoul, supporters of the women said they would put up other statues if...
  • Amid maritime disputes, China confirms building second carrier

    12/31/2015 4:08:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu, 31 Dec 2015 | Ben Blanchard and Megha Rajagopalan
    BEIJING, Dec 31 (Reuters) - After months of speculation, China confirmed on Thursday it is building a second aircraft carrier to go with an existing one bought second-hand, as neighbours worry about Beijing's new assertiveness to claims in the South China Sea. Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said the carrier had been designed in China and was being built in the port of Dalian. Foreign military analysts and Chinese media have for months published satellite images, photographs and news stories purporting to show the second carrier's development. "China has a long coast line and a vast maritime area under our...
  • China appears ready to begin mass production of first stealth fighter jet, state media suggest

    12/31/2015 2:55:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Monday, 28 December, 2015 | Stephen Chen
    A photo that appears to show China’s J-20 stealth fighter, still coated in yellowish paint typically used before radar absoprbing materials are applied. Photo: Xinhua China “may” have started mass production of its first stealth fighter, the J-20, a state media report suggests. The clue came in slightly blurry photos that Xinhua published on Sunday. They show a plane parked on a runway at an unidentified military airfield, coated in a yellowish paint typically used before the application of radar absorption material. The jet was identical to ones believed to be J-20 prototypes seen in public in previous years. But...
  • Japan Court Clears Way to Restarting Kansai Electric Nuclear Plants

    12/24/2015 11:35:37 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    "Voice of America" ^ | 12/24/2015 | Reuters
    A Japanese court on Thursday cleared the way for Kansai Electric Power Co. to restart four nuclear reactors, rejecting legal claims against Japan's second-biggest utility to keep the reactors idled over safety concerns. The Fukui District Court overturned an injunction that has prevented the restart of two reactors at Kansai's Takahama power station, and rejected a request for an injunction to block the restart of two reactors at its Ohi plant, plaintiffs' lawyers said. The decision paves the way to restart the units in western Japan nearly five years after the Fukushima crisis. The ruling signals judicial support for Japan's...
  • China Confronts Anti-Access Judo

    12/23/2015 7:07:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2015 | Austin Bay
    Think of it as Asian strategic judo. Confronting China's increasingly aggressive military behavior, Vietnam, the Philippines and now Japan have purloined a Chinese strategy for countering American military forces operating near the Asian mainland. They have begun to practice their own versions of anti-access/area denial, or A2/AD. A2/AD is Pentagon shorthand for a Chinese strategy that, in concept, has some things in common with guerrilla war and a martial art, such as judo. Martial artists excel in using unexpected leverage to disrupt the assault of a more powerful opponent. Guerrillas try to lure their stronger enemy into an ambush where...
  • [N. Korea] Japan: Kim Jong-Un's Fishing Edict Behind Corpse-Filled 'Ghost Ships' Mystery

    12/22/2015 8:14:39 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Breibart ^ | Dec 17, 2015 | Frances Martel
    Japan: Kim Jong-Un's Fishing Edict Behind Corpse-Filled 'Ghost Ships' Mystery by Frances Martel 17 Dec 2015 When dozens of ships carrying decaying bodies began to wash ashore near Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, theories abounded regarding who were on the ships, where they were coming from, and what led to their deaths. Japanese officials are now saying they believe they have solved the mystery: the ghost ships belong to North Korean fishermen, urged by dictator Kim Jong-un to brave unreasonably dangerous weather for a bigger catch to bring home to the North Korean military. While similarly-constructed ships - often boasting barely-visible Hangul...
  • Trump Lead Grows Nationally; 41% of His Voters Want to Bomb Country From Aladdin; Clinton ...

    12/20/2015 10:03:43 AM PST · by EveningStar · 57 replies
    Public Policy Polling (PPP) ^ | December 18, 2015
    Full title: Trump Lead Grows Nationally; 41% of His Voters Want to Bomb Country From Aladdin; Clinton Maintains Big Lead PPP's newest national Republican primary poll finds Donald Trump holding his largest lead yet in the wake of Tuesday night's debate. He's at 34% to 18% for Ted Cruz, 13% for Marco Rubio, 7% for Jeb Bush, 6% for Ben Carson, 5% for Chris Christie, 4% each for Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee, 2% each for John Kasich and Rand Paul, 1% each for Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum, and less than 1% each for Jim Gilmore and George Pataki...
  • Tokyo set to OK building of efficient coal power plants

    12/17/2015 4:45:54 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | December 17, 2015 | Nikkei
    Japan will likely allow construction of new efficient coal-fired power plants to continue, even as it aims to reduce the fuel's contribution to its energy mix and cut overall emissions. The government has outlined regulations on fossil-fuel-based power generation, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, in the wake of United Nations climate talks that ended in Paris last week. Japan said at the meeting that it intends to cap coal's contribution to its energy mix at 26% by 2030. Under the new framework agreed to in Paris, nations are required to draw up voluntary targets for measures to fight...
  • Trump Edges Cruz in Iowa; His Supporters Think Japanese Internment Was Good(Trump 28% Cruz 25%)

    12/15/2015 9:51:08 AM PST · by Red Steel · 247 replies
    ppp ^ | December 15, 2015
    [Full title] Trump Edges Cruz in Iowa; His Supporters Think Japanese Internment Was Good; Clinton Still Well Ahead of Sanders In State PPP’s newest Iowa poll finds Donald Trump and Ted Cruz at the top of the heap with 28% and 25% respectively. Marco Rubio at 14% and Ben Carson at 10% are also in double digits with Jeb Bush at 7% the only other candidate who clears even 3%. Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee all hit that level with John Kasich and Rand Paul each getting 2%, Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum each getting 1%, and Jim...
  • Bad Business with China 101

    12/14/2015 7:36:38 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 11, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Those who warn of the dangers of professors making pronouncements outside their area of expertise may have been a bit too hasty. A case might be made for encouraging business professors to look at foreign policy. "It amazes me that Americans don’t see China as a threat," Dr. Peter Navarro said at a briefing at the Center for a New American Security on December 7, 2015, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Dr. Navarro, a professor at the Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine, is the author of Crouching Tiger: What China’s...
  • 'The characteristic is secrecy': Behind the scenes on Japan's state-of-the-art submarine

    12/13/2015 2:52:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/13/2015 | Matthew Carney
    Until now, the Soryu submarine and its unique technology have been a closely guarded state secret. But the Japanese navy, or the Maritime Self Defence Forces as they are known, gave North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney an exclusive look at the Soryu at the Yokosuka Naval base on the outskirts of Tokyo. Many believe the Soryu is best conventional submarine in the world and should be the leading contender to replace the Collins class submarines. The Japanese are now in a race with the Germans and the French to win Australia's biggest ever defence contract worth nearly $50 billion. I...
  • Japan and India agree bullet train, nuclear deals

    12/12/2015 9:25:15 AM PST · by entropy12 · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Today 12/12/15 | AFP
    Japan will build India's first bullet train under a sweeping tally of agreements made following talks in New Delhi Saturday, deepening a partnership Prime Minister Narendra Modi said would "shape the course of Asia". The Indian premier spoke warmly of his friendship with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the power of their political alliance, after agreeing deals on the $15 bn high-speed train, defence technology and civil nuclear cooperation. Both Modi and Abe are right-wing nationalists and economic reformers who have forged an unusually close relationship since the Indian leader came to power last year, partly to counter China's...
  • Drone squad to be launched by Tokyo police

    12/11/2015 7:27:28 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | December 11, 2015 | Unattributed
    A drone squad, designed to locate and - if necessary - capture nuisance drones flown by members of the public, is to be launched by police in Tokyo. The police unit will patrol important buildings such as the prime minister's office. If a suspicious drone is detected, the operator will be warned via loudspeakers on the ground. But if he or she fails to respond, police will launch drones equipped with nets to bring down the device. "Terrorist attacks using drones carrying explosives are a possibility," a senior member of the police department's security bureau told the Asahi Shimbun website....
  • The World That Pearl Harbor Created is Coming to An End

    12/04/2015 10:12:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen
    In my youth, Dec. 7 was always a big deal, as we remembered Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Today, most of those alive on that fateful day in 1941 are no longer with us, and the collective memory of the event has faded. Subsequent generations have other powerful dates to remember. Nov. 22, the day President Kennedy was assassinated, loomed large in the lives of Baby Boomers. More recently, Sept. 11 has become the day we must never forget. This is the natural course of history moving on. In a generation or two, even Sept. 11 will become just...
  • US to hasten return of some Okinawa military-held land to Japan, amid anger over base move

    12/04/2015 6:10:41 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 04, 2015 | Associated Press
    TOKYO – The U.S. and Japan said Friday they are hastening the return of some land the American military holds in Okinawa, seeking to soothe local resentment over the issue on the southern Japanese island. U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced a plan to return two sites totaling 7 hectares (17 acres) now controlled by U.S. bases to local authorities by the fiscal year that ends in March 2018.
  • First Details on Likely Future Type 75 LHD for PLAN Showed Up on China Government Website

    12/03/2015 4:41:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 03 December 2015
    The first details on a future landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) may have emerged on a government website in China. Poster showing an LHD design on CSOC (China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Company) stand during AAD 2014 in South Africa An article published on an official website of the Shanghai communist party mentions a company, Hudong Heavy Machinery Co., LTD (member of CSSC China State Shipbuilding Corporation, the largest shipbuilding group in China) that has been contracted to built "16PC2-6B" diesel engines for a new project of amphibious assault ship. The...
  • How Offering Tomahawks for Foreign Military Sales Will Strengthen Allies and Deter Adversaries

    11/30/2015 8:38:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 30, 2015 | Robert Crumplar
    The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) has long been a mainstay of the U.S. strike weapon inventory. Launching from ranges out to 1,000 miles and armed with a 1,000-pound warhead, it is the Navy’s “Kick Down the Door” weapon, attacking well-defended high-value land targets. The BLK IV missile is the latest variant in a steady progression of capability, incorporating mission planning, navigation and guidance, and command and control upgrades designed to improve responsiveness and target flexibility. Combat-proven and operationally reliable, Tomahawk remains a weapon of choice for planners and commanders alike. The FY 2016 budget maintains production and inventory levels,...
  • South Korea’s rapid weapons exports expansion causes strains with U.S.

    11/30/2015 5:05:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | November 26, 2015 | YOSHIHIRO MAKINO
    SEOUL--South Korea has increased its weapons exports more than 12-fold over the past decade, triggering friction with the United States because much of the technology involved originated there, sources say. It was stopped from selling the T-50 advanced trainer aircraft to Uzbekistan this year, according to a source knowledgeable about South Korea-U.S. relations. "The United States did not want the technology to go to a nation that once belonged to the Soviet Union," the source said. The T-50 is among the more popular South Korean defense systems and is manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI). The company is seeking...
  • China Launched its 8th Type 052D Destroyer while the 4th Started Sea Trials with PLAN

    11/29/2015 8:37:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 29 November 2015
    Based on several pictures that have been released by Chinese spotters, it appears that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) fourth Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer started sea trials. In the meantime, another Type 052D was launched on November 28th. It is the 8th vessel in the class and the first one launched at the Dalian naval shipyard (Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company member of CSIC - China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation). The fourth Type 052D Destroyer seen during sea trials. Chinese spotter photo published November 22 2015. The first vessel of of the class,...
  • 'Large' Chinese military fleet flies near Japan islands: media

    11/27/2015 11:10:23 PM PST · by Mariner · 18 replies
    AFP ^ | 28 November 2015 | Unattributed
    TOKYO (AFP) - Japan scrambled jets after 11 Chinese military planes flew near southern Japanese islands during what Beijing said was a drill to improve its long-range combat abilities, reports said Saturday. The planes -- eight bombers, two intelligence gathering planes and one early-warning aircraft -- flew near Miyako and Okinawa on Friday without violating Japan's airspace, the Japanese defence ministry said in a statement released on Friday. Some of them flew between the two islands while others made flights close to neighbouring islands, the ministry said. A Chinese air force spokesman said several types of planes, including H-6K bombers,...