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  • Japanese leader 'speechless' over apparent beheading by Islamic State

    01/25/2015 7:44:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | By PATRICK J. MCDONNELL
    A video distributed Saturday on the Internet showed what appears to be a Japanese hostage saying that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed and outlining a new militant demand for his release. In the video, the hostage, a man identified as Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist, appears to be holding a photo of his countryman, Haruna Yukawa, who has been beheaded. The case has drawn a great deal of attention in Japan and spawned a crisis for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had vowed to do what he could to save the two men. Abe said...
  • The World Misery Index: 108 Countries [ Venezuela, Argentina ..]

    01/23/2015 3:40:49 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | January 22, 2015 | Steve H. Hanke
    The five most miserable countries in the world at the end of 2014 are, in order: Venezuela, Argentina, Syria, Ukraine, and Iran. In 2014, Argentina and Ukraine moved into the top five, displacing Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe. The five least miserable are Brunei, Switzerland, China, Taiwan, and Japan. The United States ranks 95th, which makes it the 14th least miserable nation
  • BREAKING: ISIS Says Japanese Hostages Were Executed -Video in Production

    01/23/2015 1:30:01 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 50 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 01/23/2015 | Jim Hoft
    FOX News reported that ISIS announced the hostages were dead. A tweet from a Twitter account linked to ISIS said the hostages had been killed “because of Japan’s choices.” The tweet, on the same one that previously posted the countdown clock, warned that a new video was “being sent to production.”
  • Experts say ISIS ransom clip faked as deadline for Japanese hostages passes

    01/23/2015 9:12:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/23/2015
    The deadline imposed by ISIS for Japan to pay $200 million to free two captives passed, starting what the terrorist group called a countdown clock on Friday, even as questions swirled about the authenticity of the initial tape and whether the pair is even alive. A tweet from a Twitter account linked to ISIS said the hostages had been killed "because of Japan's choices." The tweet, on the same one that previously posted the countdown clock, warned that a new video was "being sent to production." Intelligence sources told Fox News the claim the hostages had been killed could not...
  • The Japanese Man Who Got Captured By ISIS Is a Confirmed Muslim Jihadist

    01/21/2015 8:13:21 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | January 20, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    Last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $200 million in non-military assistance to support countries affected by the campaign against ISIS during an ongoing six-day Middle East tour. Today ISIS released a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a $200 million ransom in the next 72 hours. What the media is not telling you is the true scoop: one of these two Japanese is a Muslim jihadi who converted to Islam and that Tokyo is unlikely to pay a $200 million ransom to free the two hostages and if they are beheaded (which most likely they...
  • Nearly 50 per cent of Japanese adults 'not having sex'

    01/20/2015 5:16:56 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 76 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | Julian Ryall
    Nearly 50 per cent of all Japanese adults are not having sex, according to a study, dealing a new blow to government efforts to halt the sliding birth rate. The report, conducted by the Japan Family Planning Association, determined that 49.3 per cent of the 3,000 people interviewed had not had sex in the previous month. Of the men interviewed, 48.3 said they had not had sex for a month, while 50.1 per cent of women had abstained. Both figures were up about 5 percentage points from the previous study, conducted in 2012. Asked why they were not having sex,...
  • Japan PM vows to save ISIS hostages threatened with beheading in new video

    01/20/2015 6:53:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/20/2015
    Japan's Prime Minister vowed Tuesday to save the lives of two Japanese hostages, one a freelance journalist and the other a soldier for hire, threatened with beheading in an online video purportedly released by the Islamic State terror group. In the video, identified as being made by the Islamic State group's al-Furqan media arm and posted on militant websites associated with the extremist group, a militant threatened to kill the men unless a $200 million ransom was paid within 72 hours. If confirmed to be from Islamic State, better known as ISIS, the video would mark the first public demand...
  • ISIS Gives Japan 72 Hours to Save Hostages

    01/19/2015 11:17:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    INN ^ | 1/20/2015, 9:15 AM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    The Islamic State (ISIS) group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom within 72 hours, in a video posted on jihadist websites on Tuesday. In the video, a black-clad terrorist brandishing a knife addresses the camera in English standing between two hostages wearing orange jumpsuits. “You now have 72 hours to pressure your government into making a wise decision by paying the $200 million to save the lives of your citizens,” he says. The terrorist says that the ransom demand was to compensate for non-military aid that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to support...
  • Mission impossible: How one man bought China its first aircraft carrier

    01/19/2015 9:20:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 19 January, 2015 | Minnie Chan
    It was a mission like no other. In the aftermath of the Soviet Union's collapse, one businessman armed with cash and a casino cover story scooped the world to buy the unfinished hulk of a Ukrainian aircraft carrier that would become the centrepiece of the PLA Navy. Speaking to the media for the first time, the Hong Kong-based businessman at the heart of the undertaking reveals in a two-part series the details of the little-known, behind-the-scenes odyssey to realise China's long-held dream of owning such a warship. Xu Zengping disclosed that the militarily sensitive original engines of the carrier were...
  • University lecturer found naked on campus in Tokyo

    01/18/2015 12:12:15 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    JapanToday ^ | Jan. 18, 2015 - 06:23AM JST | RocketNews24
    TOKYO — Ever find yourself in a really awkward or compromising situation? The kind where you wish the earth would split open and swallow you up, or you could somehow be whisked away to some magic faraway land where you’d never have to show your face to the real world again? We’re pretty sure that’s what this 55-year-old university lecturer was feeling when he was found on campus, wearing nothing but his birthday suit. How he ended up that way is an even more interesting issue. According to the letter posted on Taisho University’s website, the part-time lecturer (whose name...
  • Japan Record Defense Budget Aims At Curbing China Threat

    01/16/2015 10:02:47 AM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 16, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Military Spending: In the face of an expansionist China seeking to dominate the East and South China Seas, Tokyo has set its largest defense budget ever to help defend islands that it rightfully considers Japanese territory. As its military, economy and ambitions grow, so too does China's assertiveness about control of the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the larger South China Sea. Chinese military doctrine refers to establishing dominance over what it calls the "first island chain," which encompasses the East China Sea. Beijing has long declared the South China Sea to be its territorial waters and has...
  • North Korea asked Russia for Su-35 fighter jet supplies - reports

    01/09/2015 7:44:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | January 09, 2015
    TOKYO, January 9. /TASS/. North Korea has requested Russia to provide it with Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo daily has reported citing a military source. The particular proposal was made during the November visit to Russia of Choe Ryong Hae, a top Communist Party official and close ally to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “Choe Ryong-hae, who visited Moscow as a special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in November last year, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets,” the report said, citing the source. North Korea is capable of producing...
  • Japan offers Britain submarine-hunting planes

    01/09/2015 7:28:44 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Telegraph, UK ^ | 07 Jan 2015 | Ben Farmer
    Japan is trying to sell Britain submarine-hunting patrol jets to replace the RAF’s axed Nimrod planes, as the country pushes arms exports for the first time in decades. Officials proposed a sale of P-1 maritime patrol aircraft last year during a visit to the UK, in a deal that could top Ł600 million. Britain scrapped its own Nimrod patrol planes after the 2010 cost-cutting defence review and has since had to rely on allies including France, Canada and America to fill the gap. The Ministry of Defence admitted last month that it had called on allies to send four planes...
  • Japanese Leader to 'Express Remorse' (but not apologize) for World War II

    01/05/2015 6:43:00 AM PST · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    Daily Standard ^ | January 5, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe will "express remorse" for World War II, the Associated Press reports. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that his government would express remorse for World War II on the 70th anniversary of its end in August. [Snip] He said the government would draft a new statement "that includes Japan's remorse for the war," though he stopped short of saying it would apologize. The Japan Times has more on the move:
  • Falling Oil Spells Boon for Most of Asia’s Economies

    01/05/2015 4:48:02 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 4, 2015 | ERIC YEP
    Tumbling oil prices could prove to be a boon for the many Asian economies that depend on crude imports. With oil at its lowest price in more than five years, governments in countries such as India and Indonesia can spend money on much-needed infrastructure and other growth projects without stoking inflation. Falling crude prices also give China’s flagging economy a boost, allowing its central bank—and others in the region—to ease rates even as a recovering U.S. looks to do the reverse, economists say. Combined with loose monetary policy and a gradual recovery in global demand for goods and services, falling...
  • 2015: Will China Continue to Probe its Neighbors?

    12/31/2014 10:07:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2014 | Austin Bay
    A nudge by air in 2013. A probe by sea in 2014. Will China take a crack on land in 2015? For the sake of world peace, let's hope not. However, China's nudge and probe record, especially over the last two years, should worry diplomats and alert headline writers. In 2013, China tested Japanese and South Korean political and military reactions by extending its Air Defense Identification Zone over contested islets and maritime boundaries. Tensions spiked as Tokyo and Seoul threatened retaliation. Beijing's 2014 sally into the South China Sea -- a huge oil exploration ship entering disputed waters off...
  • China May Have Started Construction of Next Generation Destroyer Type 055 for the PLAN

    12/30/2014 8:14:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 30 December 2014
    A picture has just emerged on the Chinese internet showing that construction of the first Type 055 destroyer may have started. The Type 055 guided missile destroyer is the next generation destroyer designed for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy). According to Chinese sources, the picture was taken last week at the Changxing Jiangnan shipyard (member of CSSC - China State Shipbuilding Corporation) near Shanghai. It shows a sign with the mention "Commencement Ceremony for the Construction of 055 destroyer number 1". Such ceremonies are common practice in Chinese naval shipyards and should the picture be authentic,...
  • Japan plans law to speed up overseas deployment of troops

    12/29/2014 4:38:41 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Dec. 29, 2014 - 04:00PM JST | AFP
    TOKYO — Japan plans to draw up a law to speed the deployment of troops overseas for peacekeeping operations and to support allies, reports said Sunday, in a move that could strain relations with neighbours wary about Japan’s wartime history.
  • Abe lays out detailed plan for expanding defense powers (Japan)

    02/06/2014 6:57:12 AM PST · by mac_truck · 6 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | 2/6/2014 | Press
    In hopes of persuading a nervous coalition partner and skeptical public, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday mapped out a three-step path for allowing Japan to use force to defend allies without altering its pacifist constitution. "We're now facing disadvantages because we don't have" the ability to exercise the right to collective self-defense, Abe told the upper house budget committee Wednesday. By spelling out his plans in detail, Abe hopes to sway the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's dovish coalition partner, New Komeito, which has been reluctant to go along with his effort to expand Japan's military role. The prime minister...
  • China: PLA drills sandwich Japan from north and south

    12/28/2014 5:27:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-12-28
    PLA drills sandwich Japan from north and south Staff Reporter 2014-12-28 13:10 (GMT+8) The People's Liberation Army appears to be strategizing on how it would sandwich Japan from the north and south in the event of a military conflict, says a Taiwanese military expert. Ching Chang, a research fellow at Taiwan's Society for Strategic Studies, made the comments in response to a series of naval drills conducted by the PLA's three main fleets — the North Sea Fleet, the East Sea Fleet and the South Sea Fleet — earlier this month. On Dec. 4, the North Sea Fleet's flagship Harbin...
  • Japan inflation slows as oil price falls, keeps BOJ under pressure

    12/25/2014 4:30:12 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 2 replies
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese annual core consumer inflation slowed for a fourth straight month in November due largely to sliding oil prices, highlighting the challenges the central bank faces in achieving its 2 percent inflation target. Factory output unexpectedly fell and household spending remained weak, separate data showed, suggesting that any rebound in the economy from recession will be mild and fragile.
  • Sony could launch The Interview on YouTube: Firm is considering releasing the controversial film

    12/23/2014 6:07:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 22, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston
    Following cinema chains across the US pulling Sony Pictures' The Interview, the California-based firm is now considering ways in which the controversial film can be shown online. Sites such as YouTube, Netflix and Crackle are among the options currently being discussed to make sure the film gets distributed. During an interview with CNN, Sony Entertainment boss Michael Lynton said the movie will be released, but it just needs to work out the best way of doing so.
  • How Japan Bankrupted Itself: The story of Japan’s decline — and the lessons for Europe.

    12/22/2014 4:18:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Globalist ^ | 12/22/2014 | By Daniel Stelter
    Following the start of Abenomics in 2012, Japan moved back to the center of attention of global financial markets. After two and a half decades of economic stagnation, hopes were high that Japan would escape its long stagnation and deflation. Plenty of economists around the globe hoped that, in so doing, Japan would show the western world, mainly the Eurozone, the way to do the same and avoid a similar long period of low growth and stagnating incomes. Conversely, the failure of AbeÂ’s plan for JapanÂ’s recovery would not only be a disaster for the country of the rising sun....
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Shinzo Abe sets sights on Japan’s pacifist constitution after election win

    12/19/2014 10:13:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Tuesday 16 December 2014 00.22 EST | Justin McCurry
    Japan’s re-elected prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has said he is determined to rewrite the country’s pacifist constitution—drawing an immediate sour response from China. A day after securing another four years in office with Sunday’s landslide election victory, Abe signaled he would pursue his long-cherished goal of changing the US-authored constitution. Abe, a conservative, has made no secret of his desire to remove what he regards as unfair constraints on Japan’s military, seven decades after its surrender at the end of a war that saw it occupy neighbors, including China, and attack countries further afield in the Pacific. …
  • Update on Sony Investigation (New FBI Statement Says North Korea Responsible)

    12/19/2014 9:04:38 AM PST · by kristinn · 20 replies
    The Federl Bureau of Investigations ^ | Friday, December 19, 2014
    Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). In late November, SPE confirmed that it was the victim of a cyber attack that destroyed systems and stole large quantities of personal and commercial data. A group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace” claimed responsibility for the attack and subsequently issued threats against SPE, its employees, and theaters that distribute its movies. The FBI has determined that the intrusion into SPE’s network consisted of the deployment of destructive malware and the theft of proprietary information...
  • Romney urges Sony Pictures: Fight back and release “The Interview” for free online

    12/18/2014 10:13:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    By gum, he sounds like presidential material to me. Your move, Jeb. .@SonyPictures don’t cave, fight: release @TheInterview free online globally. Ask viewers for voluntary $5 contribution to fight #Ebola.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 18, 2014 More than 13,000 retweets as I write this. Clearly there’s a demand for countermeasures among an American public that doesn’t like the idea of foreigners, especially savages like the Kim cabal, holding veto power over their culture. (Too bad China, Kim’s chief patron, already sort of does.) Am I right, though, in thinking that no major Republican pol aside from Romney has said anything...
  • The West Should Not Let Russia Fall Apart

    12/19/2014 3:23:15 AM PST · by edpc · 14 replies
    Fortune ^ | 18 Dec 2014 | Cyrus Sinati
    The West shouldn’t stoke the fires engulfing Russia’s wounded economy. Talk in Washington and Brussels this week of levying further economic sanctions on Russia seems counterproductive and will only make matters worse for all parties involved. Like it or not, Russia’s economy has grown simply “too big to fail,” and its political and military might is too dangerous to ignore. The West might have better luck in advancing its goals in the region by helping, not hurting, the Russian bear in its time of need.
  • McDonald's Japan rations fries as U.S. West Coast port dispute drags on

    12/17/2014 11:48:30 PM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/15/2014
    TOKYO (Reuters) – McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) Ltd has embarked on the emergency measure of only offering small-sized french fries to customers as a protracted labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports has contributed to long delays in imports. The fast-food chain said it was importing more than 1,000 tonnes of frozen fries by air, which began arriving last Monday and had begun routing another 1,600 tonnes through ports on the U.S. East Coast which should begin arriving in late January. Those steps alone, however, are not sufficient to prevent a shortage. “Unfortunately without this sales restriction step, we would...
  • RUSSIA'S SINKING ECONOMY BECOMING A GLOBAL THREAT

    12/16/2014 3:14:47 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 87 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | Josh Boak
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy. With economies in Europe, Japan, China and Latin America already ailing, fresh threats have emerged from Russia's shriveled currency, its move to dramatically boost interest rates, the damage from plummeting oil prices and Western sanctions over Russia's action in Ukraine. The alarming 10 percent drop in the ruble over the past two days has amplified the economic turmoil in Russia. Investors fear that Russia may default on its foreign debt obligations - a move that would inflict hundreds of billions...
  • Saudi Arabia’s oil war against Iran and Russia

    12/14/2014 2:08:05 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 56 replies
    NYP ^ | 14 Dec 14 | Ralph Peters
    This week, oil fell through the price floor of $60 a barrel and gas at my local filling station was $2.26 a gallon. That’s great news for commuters and almost every business, but wonderfully bad news for our ugliest enemies. If oil prices remain low through next year, the effect on rogue governments, from the Russian Federation to Venezuela, will go from damaging to devastating. But Western economies (and China’s) stand to benefit, with cheap oil possibly tickling Europe’s snoozing markets awake. Even most underdeveloped states will get a welcome break.
  • Rand Paul: America Partly To Blame For Pearl Harbor, World War II

    03/31/2014 8:24:21 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 129 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 03/31/2014 | Caleb Howe
    At the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin this weekend highlighted a video of Rand Paul speaking in 2012 about sanctions on Iran. In it, Paul disparages the notion of use of force, and for some reason claims the United States was partly to blame for World War II! “There are times when sanctions have made it worse. I mean, there are times .. leading up to World War II we cut off trade with Japan. That probably caused Japan to react angrily. We also had a blockade on Germany after World War I, which may have encouraged them … some of...
  • What Oil Shock and Repub. Cave Mean to Stocks and GDP; Investment & Finance Thread - Dec. 14

    12/14/2014 7:43:31 AM PST · by expat_panama · 158 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Dec. 14, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    So while nobody knows the future we still need to know what to expect from the week's two big headlines, even though our view can easily (and will probably) be muddied w/ other factors.  So we deal with an unknown future by checking the historical record for clues on at what the news means to our future investment returns.  What oil bargains do:  namely, what's it doing to the economy and to investments; here's what tanking oil's done in the past (ya gotta LOVE the fed's data site) and how real oil prices (2014$ per barrel) track real GDP-- [click...
  • Lower Oil and King Dollar Are Unambiguously Good Don’t listen to the naysayers.

    12/13/2014 5:58:18 AM PST · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    nat review ^ | 12/12/14 | l kudlow
    We all know that the American energy revolution, led by the new technologies of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, has created a flood of new shale-oil and natural-gas production that has overwhelmed world markets and driven prices down by roughly 40 percent. End-of-week crude oil closed near $57 a barrel, and the national average gasoline price finished at $2.60. No matter what the naysayers are trying to sell, the new energy reality is unambiguously good for the U.S. and global economies. There may be some dislocations among countries, sectors, or companies, but the overwhelming impact is positive. In fact, the...
  • Feds Creating Robots for Old People

    12/13/2014 12:04:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is financing the creation of robots that can assist the elderly and make sure they are eating healthily.A nearly $800,000 project from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pairing the University of Pennsylvania with a robot company to create the machines, which will be able to deliver glasses of water to senior citizens.The government said that the project is necessary due to a demographic crisis in America where soon there will not be enough young people to take care of their elders.“This Partnership For Innovation project develops and tests the use of service robots to monitor and...
  • Japan's Gov't Pension Fund Warning For Citizens: Abenomics Better Work, Or Your Pensions Are Toast

    12/12/2014 7:49:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/12/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Once upon a time, the world's biggest government pension fund, Japan's $1.1 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund, or GPIF, was apolitical, and merely focused on preserving the people's wealth. Then everything changed, and with the reckless abandon of a junkie on a crack cocaine binge, aka Abenomics, the GPIF management was kicked out, and its entire mandate was flipped from preserving wealth, to gambling on #Ref! P/E stocks, in hopes of recreating the wealth effect of the super-rich (the only problem: Japan has reached its breaking point and the higher the USDJPY, and thus the Nikkei rises, the more...
  • TABLE-Construction plans for Japan's coal power stations

    12/12/2014 5:02:36 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters
    The closure of Japan's nuclear power plants following the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami increased fossil fuel consumption and led to a wave of new coal plant construction. Japan plans to build 28 new coal-fired power generation units with total capacity of as much as 14,800 megawatts, due to come online in the next decade or so. Total = 28 units 13,801-14,801 megawatts. Individual plants and start dates excepted
  • Ted Cruz: Return to foreign policy of Reagan - Appears to have eye on 2016 in Heritage speech

    12/11/2014 12:46:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 10, 2014 | Jerome R. Corsi
    WASHINGTON – In a speech at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday that sounded like the first foreign policy address of a presidential campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called for a return to the international politics of President Ronald Reagan. Cruz contrasted Reagan’s approach with the Obama-Clinton policy of not putting distance between the U.S. and traditional allies, such as Britain and Israel, in the hope of “domesticating” long-standing enemies such as Russia and Iran. “This backfired,” Cruz argued. “The end result is that Churchill is no longer welcome in the Oval Office. He recalled one of Obama’s first acts...
  • Unforgettable Photos From The Attack On Pearl Harbor, 73 Years Ago Today

    12/07/2014 10:20:41 AM PST · by PROCON · 54 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Dec. 7, 2014 | Amanda Macias
    December 7, 1941 began as a perfect Sunday morning for the troops serving the US fleet at Pearl Harbor. Under a early morning South Pacific sun, softball teams were lining up on the beach. Pitchers warmed up their arms, while batting rosters were finalized and the wives and kids came over from seaside church services.
  • Japan, Russia to hold high-level talks aimed at Putin visit

    12/08/2014 12:39:14 AM PST · by wetphoenix
    The Japan Times ^ | Dec 6, 2014
    Japan and Russia are arranging to hold talks at the director-general level in Tokyo on Monday to pave the way for bringing Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan next year, government sources said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Putin held talks in November in Beijing and agreed to reschedule Putin’s visit for 2015. The original plan was for Putin to visit this year, but that fell through after Japan joined the United States and European nations in sanctioning Russia in March for annexing part of Ukraine. Japan is keen to make progress with Russia on negotiations concerning four Russian-held islands...
  • Loud + Weak = War (Victor Davis Hanson)

    03/25/2014 2:58:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 25, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    China and Russia are no more impressed with empty bluster today than Japan was in 1941. The Roosevelt administration once talked loudly of pivoting to Asia to thwart a rising Japan. As a token of its seriousness, in May 1940 it moved the home port of the Seventh Fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor — but without beefing up the fleet’s strength... --snip-- Being weak is sometimes dangerous. Being loud, self-righteous, and weak is always very dangerous indeed.
  • Report: Chinese Navy’s Fleet Will Outnumber U.S. by 2020

    12/03/2014 5:04:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 12/03/2014 | KRIS OSBORN
    China has plans to grow its navy to 351 ships by 2020 as the Chinese continue to develop their military’s ability to strike global targets, according to a new report. The 2014 U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission recommended to Congress the U.S. Navy respond by building more ships and increase its presence in the Pacific region – a strategy they U.S. military has already started. The commission asked Congress to increase its Pacific fleet up to 67 ships and rebalance homeports such that 60-percent of the force is based in the region by 2020. The commissions’ recommendations, which are...
  • Japan downgraded by Moody's amid rising fears over debt (from Aa3 to A1)

    12/02/2014 8:02:33 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 December 2014
    1 December 2014 Last updated at 14:22 Japan downgraded by Moody's amid rising fears over debt Moody's has cut Japan's credit rating by one notch over rising doubts about its ability to reduce debt levels. The decision by the ratings agency sent the yen to a seven-year low against the US dollar. The downgrade comes less than a two weeks before a snap general election called by prime minister Shinzo Abe. His economic stimulus policies and a decision to delay a second sales tax rise will be among the key campaign issues. Tom Byrne, regional credit officer of Moody's, said...
  • How China Will Track—and Kill—America’s Newest Stealth Jets

    12/02/2014 3:46:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 02/12/2014 | Bill Sweetman
    A gang of advanced missiles and a bleeding edge radar unveiled at a Chinese air show could mean big trouble for the Pentagon’s best fighters. Once, no magic act was complete without the magician’s revealingly dressed assistant. Her job was not merely to be sawn in half but to dominate the mostly male audience’s attention at moments when a focus on the whereabouts of the rabbit might blow the gaff. That was a useful lesson to bear in mind at last month’s Zhuhai air show—China’s only domestic air and defense trade show, held once every other year. If anything at...
  • Moody’s downgrades Japan credit rating, citing debt

    12/01/2014 5:34:50 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    Japan Times ^ | Dec 1, 2014 | AFP-JIJI
    Moody’s downgraded Japan’s credit rating Monday, citing “rising uncertainty” over the country’s debt situation and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s faltering efforts to kick-start the world’s No. 3 economy. The ratings agency said it cut Japan’s rating by one notch to A1 from Aa3, after the economy sank into recession during the third quarter.
  • Kepco inspects aging Takahama reactors for chance at 20-year extension

    12/01/2014 5:30:16 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Dec 1, 2014 | Japan Times
    OSAKA – Kansai Electric Power Co. on Monday began checking the safety of two aging nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture that are nearing the end of their certified lives to see if it can keep them going for another two decades. The reactors are the No. 1 and No. 2 units at the Takahama nuclear plant. Safety requirements adopted after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis include a provision requiring operators to shut and dismantle reactors when they are 40 years old. But the nuclear regulator may grant a one-time extension of up to 20 years if utilities carry out thorough...
  • Vast majority of ruling bloc candidates favor rebooting reactors

    12/01/2014 5:25:07 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Dec 1, 2014 | Japan Times
    A huge majority of those planning to run in the Dec. 14 Lower House election on the ticket of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party or its junior coalition ally, Komeito, favor restarting the nation’s idled nuclear reactors, a Kyodo News poll showed Sunday. A total of 90.7 percent of those eyeing a run on the LDP ticket and 79.4 percent of prospective Komeito candidates said they support the reboot of reactors, which generated around 30 percent of the country’s total electricity before the 2011 triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. All of the nation’s 48 reactors are...
  • Moody's downgrades Japan as concerns grow

    12/01/2014 5:22:21 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/01/14
    Fears over the future of Japan's economy are growing – and Moody's, the credit ratings agency, reflected this on Monday by cutting its credit rating to A1 from AA3. The news came just after the country's main stock market, the Nikkei, closed at a seven-year high.
  • Japan Household Spending Down 4%, CPI Drops to 0.9%; Bankruptcies Soar in Yen Collapse

    11/30/2014 2:21:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    <p>In spite of the Yen falling 35% since 2011, Japan once again borders on deflation. Please consider Japan’s CPI falls to 0.9%.</p> <p>Japanese core inflation last month fell below 1 per cent to a 13 month low, just weeks before prime minister Shinzo Abe heads to the polls to garner fresh support to push back a scheduled rise in sales tax.</p>
  • Reminder #43: Obama Really Doesn’t Believe that America has a Right to Exist

    11/28/2014 11:56:22 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 11-28-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    November 28, 2014 Reminder #43: Obama Really Doesn’t Believe that America has a Right to Exist By Daniel Greenfield Obama went down to Chicago and continued his usual sneering promotion of amnesty. There was a time when Obama tried to play noble. He’s given that up for smug and condescending until he sounds exactly like his hipster advisers.“I was just traveling in Asia — you go to Japan, they don’t have problems with certain folks being discriminated against because mostly everybody is Japanese,” Obama said. Obama doesn’t seem to know that… 1. There’s plenty of discrimination in Japan, including internal...