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Japan (News/Activism)

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  • U.S. masses planes at Japan base to show foes and allies it can handle coronavirus

    05/21/2020 5:04:29 AM PDT · by EBH · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/21/2020 | Tim Kelly
    TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Air Force transport aircraft on Thursday massed at Washington’s key Asian military air transportation hub, Yokota Air Base in Japan, to show potential foes and allies it was ready for action despite the coronavirus emergency. “It shows both our adversaries as well as our allies in Japan the importance of our placement, the importance of our ability to execute our mission,” base Vice Commander, Colonel Jason Mills, said. U.S. forces are stationed in Japan to defend Washington’s key Asian ally from attack from North Korea, but also to check China’s growing influence in the wider region,...
  • U.S. Arrests Former Green Beret, Son, in Connection with Carlos Ghosn Escape From Japan

    05/20/2020 9:33:35 AM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 20 May 2020 | Mark Maremont and Nick Kostov
    U.S. authorities arrested a former Green Beret and his son on suspicion they helped smuggle auto titan Carlos Ghosn out of Japan inside a musical equipment box. In a criminal complaint, federal prosecutors said they were acting on a request from Japanese authorities to extradite Michael L. Taylor and his son, Peter M. Taylor, for their alleged roles in helping Mr. Ghosn escape from Japan. Michael and Peter Taylor didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Mr. Ghosn, a former Chairman and Chief Executive of Nissan Motor Co., had been charged in Japan with financial crimes and was living in...
  • North Korea mysteriously locks down major border city (Russian border. Rason, a city of 20,000)

    05/14/2020 6:56:35 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5-13-2020 | Lee Brown
    North Korea has mysteriously locked down a major border city, a move reportedly connected to either the coronavirus — or a planned event for missing-again despot Kim Jong Un. The Hermit Kingdom — one of the few nations on Earth claiming to be coronavirus-free — barred entry earlier this month to Rason, a city of 20,000 that is a major hub for trade with Russia and China, sources told Radio Free Asia Tuesday. The notoriously secretive nation has refused to tell its citizens why the city was suddenly locked down, RFA said. Many fear that it could be a sign...
  • North Korea ousts spy chief, head of Kim Jong Un’s security: report

    05/14/2020 6:05:25 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 14, 2020 | Lee Brown
    North Korea has axed its spy chief as well as the long-running head of Kim Jong Un’s security — signs of a major shakeup during the ongoing mystery over the dictator’s status. Jang Kil Song was ousted as head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), the North’s military intelligence agency, according to the Korea Herald, citing a report by South Korea’s Unification Ministry. The RGB is behind the Hermit Kingdom’s most high-profile attacks as well as spy missions, including those against the US, the report says.
  • Japanese Fasting Study Reveals Complex Metabolic Changes in the Human Body

    05/12/2020 9:57:53 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 64 replies
    getpocket.com/ ^ | Peter Hess
    Fasting is gaining popularity among biohackers looking for an edge, but there’s remarkably little information on what happens inside the body during a fast. While some research has shown that caloric restriction can increase lifespans in lab animals, and plenty of intermittent fasting enthusiasts swear it boosts their cognition and helps them lose weight, the molecular mechanisms have remained somewhat vague — limited mostly to the fat-burning phenomenon of ketosis. To start filling in this knowledge gap, a small new study shows that fasting’s effects on human metabolism are actually much broader than previous research has shown, and intermittent fasting...
  • Trump Says He’s ‘Glad to See’ Kim Jong Un Back

    05/03/2020 5:45:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 05/03/2020 | Jack Phillips
    President Donald Trump responded to reports about North Korean despot Kim Jong Un, reposting state media photos that purport to show Kim attending a ceremony at a fertilizer factory. “I, for one, am glad to see he is back, and well!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Kim’s attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony was the first public appearance he’s made in about three weeks, and it comes amid speculation about his health. Several news outlets in Asia had reported that Kim, 36, was brain dead or had died, although South Korean officials said he was alive and still in control of the...
  • Japan’s Coronavirus Cases Fall Sharply Without Compulsory Measures

    04/27/2020 12:29:08 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 27, 2020 | Alastair Gale
    Tokyo reported its lowest daily level of new coronavirus cases in more than three weeks, a fresh sign that Japan may be succeeding in suppressing the outbreak without compulsory social distancing and with limited testing. Unlike many Western countries, Japan hasn’t imposed a lockdown backed with fines or other penalties. Instead, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked people to reduce their contact with others by 80% and encouraged businesses to reduce hours of operation or close. Restaurants may open but are asked to close by 8 p.m. Japan has also shunned widespread testing for the virus, instead focusing on targeting...
  • Japan to extend entry ban to Russia, 13 other countries: Abe

    04/27/2020 3:04:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Kyoto News Agency ^ | April 27, 2020
    Japan will deny entry to foreign travelers from a further 14 countries including Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, strengthening its border controls to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday. With the ban effective from Wednesday, those who have been to the countries within two weeks of their arrival in Japan will be turned away at the border. Speaking at a meeting of the government's task force on the coronavirus response, Abe also said Japan will extend its suspension of visas issued to foreign travelers to the end of May. Japan...
  • Kim Jong-Un Talks! Sort Of; Issues Statement of Appreciation to Workers

    04/26/2020 5:27:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/26/2020 | Taylor Millard
    North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is ah-live! Maybe. He sent a message giving his appreciation to people building a complex at his father’s hometown on the border of China although state radio didn’t say anything about the 36-year-old’s health. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported no photos of Kim have been published since his vanishing on April 11th amid speculation heart problems either felled or left him comatose. South Korea’s official stance is Kim remains in the realm of the living. South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s foreign policy adviser sent a statement to American media saying Kim is “alive...
  • Kim's Alive! South Korea says despot Jong-un is NOT dead as defectors from his evil regime also say they believe he is still healthy

    04/26/2020 10:09:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 144 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/26/2020 | By JAMES GANT and LUKE ANDREWS and WILLIAM COLE
    North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is 'alive and well', a South Korean official has said. Foreign policy adviser Chung-in Moon said his government's position is firmly that the despot is not dead. The aide said Kim had been living in the Wonsan area of the country since April 13, adding to Fox: 'No suspicious movements have so far been detected.' Rumours of his death emerged from the vice director of Hong Kong Satellite Television Shijian Xingzou, who claimed a 'very solid source' told her Kim was dead. She has 15million followers on Chinese social media Weibo, and is also the...
  • North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un rumored to be dead

    04/25/2020 11:18:18 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 709 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 25, 2020 | 12:36pm | Dana Kennedy
    Kim Jong Un is rumored to be dead, according to a Hong Kong broadcast network, while a Japanese magazine is reporting that North Korea’s rocket man is in a “vegetative state” after he underwent heart surgery earlier this month.
  • Report: North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un Is Brain Dead

    04/20/2020 8:11:58 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 267 replies
    forexlive.com ^ | Tue 21 Apr 2020
  • Worried about offending Trump, 'flaky' Trudeau 'humiliated' fellow leaders during [2017] TPP trade talks: former Aussie PM

    04/21/2020 3:43:01 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 11 replies
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Tuesday April 21, 2020 | Stuart Thomson
    ... After discussions with each country’s trade ministers, the leaders were under the impression that all that was left was to shake hands and smile for the cameras. For Vietnam, which was hosting the conference, the new deal was set to be a major diplomatic coup. The leaders noticed that Abe and Trudeau were late for the meeting and some murmuring broke out. Abe soon came striding into the meeting looking “very flustered,” according to Turnbull. When Turnbull asked him what was going on, Abe said, “Justin won’t sign. He’s pulling out.” Asked if Trudeau was trying to scuttle the...
  • Hokkaido, Japan Ended Its Coronavirus State Of Emergency Last Month. This Week It Reimposed It

    04/17/2020 7:23:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/17/2020 | John Sexton
    Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido is home to about 5 million people. When the coronavirus began spreading around the world in February, Hokkaido was the first place in Japan to declare a state of emergency. And that early decision appeared to work. The number of new cases dropped and the emergency order was lifted. When the emergency ended, Hokkaido Gov. Naomichi Suzuki said, “There was no surge of infected patients that led to the collapse of the medical environment. We overcame without the fearful circumstance.”In essence, Hokkaido had flattened the curve without overwhelming the health system. The emergency was...
  • Japan urges citizens to isolate as reports warn of 400,000 deaths

    04/15/2020 12:29:35 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 70 replies
    Reports in Japanese media citing an undisclosed health ministry projection said fatalities could reach the 400,000-mark without mitigation measures. It also estimated that as many as 850,000 people could need ventilators.
  • Japan is NOT locked down.

    04/06/2020 10:37:54 PM PDT · by jerod · 22 replies
    Youtube | Live CAM
    For those who claim Japan is locked down... Does this look like a lock down to you.. Shibuya Scramble Crossing Live Camera Or this?
  • US Warns 'Americans To Leave Japan', Citing Significant Increase in CCP Virus Cases.....

    04/03/2020 8:51:58 PM PDT · by caww · 13 replies
    theepochtimes. ^ | 3/3/2020 | BY REUTERS
    “Japan is experiencing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. Over the past 72 hours, more than 650 individuals across the country have tested positive, an increase of approximately 200 cases per day. On April 2, Japan saw the largest increase in cases since the outbreak of the virus,” the warning warning from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo to American citizens on Friday read. “The Japanese Government’s decision to not test broadly makes it difficult to accurately assess the COVID-19 prevalence rate,” the Embassy said on its website, referring to the illness caused by the virus. “While we have confidence in...
  • Japanese VP: The WHO Should be Renamed the ‘Chinese Health Organization’

    04/01/2020 5:34:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    Summit News ^ | 04/01/20 | Paul Joseph Watson
    For its role in helping Beijing cover up coronavirus.The deputy prime minister of Japan says that the WHO should be renamed the ‘Chinese Health Organization’ for its role in helping Beijing cover-up the severity of the coronavirus outbreak.Referring to a petition which now has almost 700,000 signatures calling on WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom to resign, Taro Aso tore into the organization for conspiring with China and failing to stop a global pandemic that could have been prevented.“People think the World Health Organization should change its name. It shouldn’t be called the WHO, it should be renamed the Chinese Health Organization (CHO). This...
  • Nafamostat is expected to prevent the transmission of new coronavirus infection (COVID-19)

    03/30/2020 10:17:53 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    EurekAlert ^ | 03/30/2020 | THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO
    Nafamostat mesylate (brand name: Fusan), which is the drug used to treat acute pancreatitis, may effectively block the requisite viral entry process the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) uses to spread and cause disease (COVID-19). The University of Tokyo announced these new findings on March 18, 2020. According to the new research, Nafamostat can prevent the fusion of the envelope of the virus with host cell surface membranes, the first step in infection with the causative virus SARS-CoV-2. Nafamostat can inhibit the membrane fusion at a concentration less than one-tenth that of Camostat mesylate (brand name: Foypan)
  • Japan's Virus Success has Puzzled the Word. It it's Luck Running Out? (Times hopes for more deaths in Japan)

    03/26/2020 9:48:04 PM PDT · by jerod · 60 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 26, 2020 | By Motoko Rich and Hisako Ueno
    TOKYO — Japan had only a few dozen confirmed coronavirus infections when the 30-something nurse with a slight sore throat boarded a bus to Osaka, the country’s third-largest city, to attend a Valentine’s weekend performance by pop bands at a music club. Less than two weeks later, she tested positive for the virus, and the authorities swiftly alerted others who had been at the club. As more infections soon emerged from three other music venues in the city, officials tested concertgoers and their close contacts, and urged others to stay home. All told, 106 cases were linked to the clubs,...