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Japan (News/Activism)

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  • ‘Alex Salmond is like Japanese soldier who thought WW2 was still happening’ (ex-Scotland PM)

    10/21/2014 10:29:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Aberdeen Press and Journal ^ | 21 October 2014 | Calum Ross
    Outgoing First Minister Alex Salmond has been compared to a Japanese soldier who believed World War II was still happening years after peace was declared. Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, made the remarks as he called on the SNP leader to accept the result of last month’s independence referendum. […] Mr. Salmond appeared to open the door to an early re-run of the vote last week, saying “circumstances obviously can change” and that a breach of the pre-referendum “vow” to Scotland could pave the way for another ballot. …
  • Drone with radioactive sign found on Japanese PM’s office roof

    04/22/2015 8:22:44 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 9 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 22, 2015 | Reuters
    A drone marked with a radioactive sign was found on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office on Wednesday and media said it tested positive for a “minuscule” amount of radiation. The radiation was so low it was not harmful to humans, media quoted police as saying. Public broadcaster NHK said the bomb squad was called in to take away the drone, which was carrying a small camera and a water bottle. Police would investigate, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said, adding that the country may need to consider regulating the devices. [...]
  • Hiroshima Airport closed after crash landing (no deaths)

    04/14/2015 7:26:26 AM PDT · by chajin · 15 replies
    NHK World News ^ | 04/14/2015 | news article
    A South Korean airliner overran the runway at Hiroshima Airport Tuesday evening. Reports to the transport ministry say Asiana Airlines flight 162 veered off the runway while landing. The ministry says 74 passengers and 7 crew members were on board the Airbus A320. All of the passengers and crew got out the plane. Firefighters say about 20 people were injured. Aviation officials say the plane left South Korea's Inchon Airport and was due to arrive at Hiroshima at 8 PM local time. Hiroshima airport has been closed since the incident.
  • Fukushima robot stranded after stalling inside reactor

    04/13/2015 12:33:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Justin McCurry
    Decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has suffered a setback after a robot sent in to a damaged reactor to locate melted fuel stalled hours into its mission and had to be abandoned. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said the robot stopped moving on Friday during its first inspection of the containment vessel inside reactor No 1, one of the three reactors that suffered meltdown after the plant was struck by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Tepco, which recently conceded that the technology for robots to retrieve the nuclear fuel had yet to...
  • Japan Defies Obama — Plans On Building 43 Coal Plants

    04/13/2015 6:17:21 AM PDT · by thackney · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/09/2015 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    As Japan promises the United Nations it will cut carbon dioxide emissions, the country simultaneously plans on building 43 coal-fired power projects to make up for shuttered nuclear power. Japan told the reporters it would cut carbon dioxide emissions 20 percent below 2013 levels by 2030, reports AFP. It joined a U.S.-led effort to build support for a global warming treaty to be approved this December in Paris. It’s an issue President Barack Obama has staked his legacy on, and is using whatever diplomatic tactics he can to get other countries to join him. So far, only 35 parties (when...
  • Russia Confirms Arms Deal to Supply China With S-400 Air Defense Systems

    04/13/2015 4:54:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    China has signed a contract with the Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport for the purchase of the S-400 air defense systems, the company's chief executive Anatoly Isaikin said in an interview with the Russian daily Kommersant. "I will not disclose the details of the contract, but yes, China has indeed become the first buyer of this sophisticated Russian air defense system. It underlines once again the strategic level of our relations," Isaikin said, when asked whether it was true that Beijing signed a contract for the purchase of four S-400 divisions in September 2014. Isaykin also said that "many countries"...
  • Japan Buries More Dolphins After Mass Beaching

    04/13/2015 12:03:45 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    ndtv.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    ...Suggestions abounding on social media that the mass-beaching was a harbinger of a powerful earthquake were dismissed as "unscientific". Net users had pointed out that several dozen melon-headed whales had beached themselves six days before a huge 9.0 magnitude earthquake in 2011 that sparked a catastrophic tsunami.
  • Watch Out, China: Japan Readies Test of New Stealth Fighter Jet

    04/09/2015 6:16:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The National Interest ^ | April 8, 2015 | Zachary Keck
    Japan is preparing to test its first ever domestically built stealth fighter jet, Chinese and Taiwanese media are reporting. “The highly anticipated F-3, Japan's first domestically-made stealth jet, is aiming to conduct test flights this summer,” the Taiwan-based Want China Times reported, citing a story in the PLA Daily, the official publication of the Chinese military. Japan has been building a prototype stealth fighter as part of its advanced technology demonstrator-experimental (ATD-X) program. Some of the first images of the prototype were first published on the web last year. The ATD-X program, which is being run by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries...
  • US Bomber Crew Shot Down Over Japan Dissected While ALIVE In Horrific WW2 Experiments

    04/07/2015 12:14:43 PM PDT · by drewh · 69 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 13:11 EST, 7 April 2015 | By ELAINE O'FLYNN FOR MAILONLINE
    A Japanese university has opened a museum acknowledging that its staff dissected downed American airmen while they were still alive during World War Two. The move is a striking step in a society where war crimes are still taboo and rarely discussed, although the incident has been extensively documented in books and by US officials. A gruesome display at the newly-opened museum at Kyushu University explains how eight US POWs were taken to the centre’s medical school in Fukuoka after their plane was shot down over the skies of Japan in May 1945. There, they were subjected to horrific medical...
  • Okinawa protests intensify as Futenma relocation construction begins

    04/06/2015 4:10:52 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 4, 2015 | Matthew M. Burke and Chiyomi Sumida
    For more than a decade, the protest movement over the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Camp Schwab was largely characterized by smiling elderly Okinawans holding sit-ins. The most provocative action of these Western-friendly protesters was perhaps temporarily blocking a gate or tying colored ribbons on the chain-link fences surrounding the seaside Marine Corps base. But 2014 brought a new development: Local politicians who spoke against the construction of a controversial runway at Oura Bay on the northern part of the island were swept into power. And when those politicians were unable to fulfill campaign promises to put...
  • China to Commission 3 Nuclear Submarines: Report

    04/05/2015 6:09:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | April 03, 2015
    BEIJING: China would soon commission three indigenously-built advance nuclear-powered attack submarines having a vertical launcher capable of delivering its latest supersonic anti-ship missiles, state media reported today. China Central Television (CCTV) showed a satellite picture earlier this week of three submarines anchored at an unidentified port, and reported that the vessels were China's most advanced Type-093G nuclear-powered attack submarines, just completed by a Chinese shipyard and awaiting delivery. With a teardrop hull, the submarine is longer than its predecessor, the Type-093, and has a vertical launching system, China Daily reported. RELATED Ubisoft Announces New Assassin's Creed Games Set in India,...
  • Taiwan to join China-led regional bank, Japan says not now

    03/31/2015 2:41:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2015 5:24 PM EDT | Elaine Kurtenbach
    Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up to an initiative opposed by Washington. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan, the world’s No. 3 economy, is still seeking answers about how the regional financing institution would be governed. “As of today, Japan will not join AIIB and a clear explanation has not been received from China,” Suga said. The U.S. has found itself isolated in its resistance to the bank, with more than...
  • Pelosi heads trade-oriented trip to Asia (while Boehner heads for Israel)

    03/28/2015 11:27:18 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 28, 2015, 10:57 am | Jesse Byrnes
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is leading a congressional delegation to several Asian nations, including two that are part of a controversial trade agreement the Obama administration is negotiating. The trip includes stops in Cambodia, Myanmar, Korea, Vietnam and Japan, the latter two of which are among the dozen nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks. “We arrive at an important moment for the United States’ relationship with these countries, and find ourselves presented with fresh opportunities and familiar challenges in the region," Pelosi said in a statement Saturday. “Members are particularly interested in gaining further understanding of how...
  • Scott Walker Lands Former Senator as National Security Expert for 2016 Race

    03/27/2015 12:19:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ken McIntyre
    What were Talent’s first impressions?“I found him to be exactly what he appears to be: He’s very down to earth, he has an air of confidence about him but there’s no arrogance with it. I like that. He’s just a regular guy.”Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has added one of Washington’s leading advocates of military readiness to the ranks of advisers helping prepare him for a likely campaign for president. Jim Talent, who represented Missouri in both the House and Senate before becoming a fellow at The Heritage Foundation, confirmed Thursday that he has joined Walker’s budding national security and foreign...
  • New Chinese Nuclear Sub Design Includes Special Operations Mini-Sub

    03/26/2015 6:30:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    USNI News ^ | March 25, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    China’s latest nuclear submarine design appear to include a shelter capable of holding a miniature submarine for special operations forces (SOF) not unlike vehicles used to deliver Navy SEALs to shore from U.S. nuclear attack boats, according to an image in wide circulation in Chinese online networks. The Chinese boat — a Type-93T or Shang-class nuclear attack submarine — features a hangar for the SOF submersible that would allow People’s Liberation Army troops to discrete deployment much like U.S. forces, according to a translation of a March 17 story in the state-run Reference News. The image was first reported in...
  • Japan Commissions Largest Warship Since World War II

    03/26/2015 6:28:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    USNI News ^ | March 25, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    A 24,000-ton helicopter carrier has formally entered the fleet of Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) on Wednesday making the ship the largest warship Japan has fielded since the close of World War II. The commissioning ceremony JS Izumo (DDH-183) — the first of two for the JMSDF — was held in Yokohama and attended by Defense Minister Gen Nakatani. Billed by the Japanese as a platform to assist in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) operations, the ship has flared regional tensions in neighbors— China especially — who view the ship as a power projection...
  • Japan uses climate cash for coal plants in India, Bangladesh

    03/26/2015 5:27:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    AP via UT San Diego ^ | MARCH 25, 2015 | KARL RITTER and AIJAZ RAHI
    Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh, The Associated Press has found. The AP reported in December that Japan had counted $1 billion in loans for coal plants in Indonesia as climate finance, angering critics who say such financing should be going to clean energy like solar and wind power. Japanese officials now say they are also counting $630 million in loans for coal plants in Kudgi, India, and Matarbari, Bangladesh, as climate finance. The Kudgi project has...
  • Miss Japan beauty queen criticized for not being Japanese enough

    03/25/2015 11:31:16 PM PDT · by Cronos · 82 replies
    CNN ^ | 25.Mar.2015 | will Ripley
    <p>Half-Japanese and half African-American, Miss Nagasaki Ariana Miyamoto is the first-ever mixed-race Miss Universe Japan.</p> <p>But changing perceptions here can be an uphill struggle. In a culture that typically prefers pale -- where "pure Japanese" white skin is considered a symbol of beauty -- the darker skinned Miyamoto's crowning last week was a revolution on the runway.</p>
  • JAPANESE TV COVERS TED CRUZ ANNOUNCEMENT AT TOP OF NEWS, GOOD CLIP, FACTUAL STORY (TBS-TV)(VIDEO)

    03/24/2015 11:11:07 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 15 replies
    TBS Network Japan (in Japanese) ^ | 24 March 2015 | TBS Japan Network
    Major Japanese network showed the announcement of the presidential run by candidate Ted Cruz, did a great voice over, showed that the field has no clear front runner, and mentioned Cruz's trademark "Courageous Conservatism", in addition to his promised gutting of the unpopular Obamacare. All in all a fair clip.
  • Japanese navy gets biggest flat-top since WWII-era aircraft carriers

    03/24/2015 10:27:33 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 26 replies
    YOKOHAMA (Reuters) - Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force on Wednesday took delivery of the biggest Japanese warship since World War Two, the Izumo, a helicopter carrier as big as the Imperial Navy aircraft carriers that battled the United States in the Pacific. The Izumo with a crew of 470 sailors is a highly visible example of how Japan is expanding the capability of its military to operate overseas and enters service as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks lawmaker approval to loosen the restraints of Japan's pacifist post-war constitution. The 248 meter (813 feet) long Izumo resembles U.S. Marine Corp amphibious...
  • Monsanto Settles Farmer Lawsuits over (Escaped) Experimental GMO Wheat

    03/22/2015 4:03:55 PM PDT · by jonatron · 13 replies
    Organic Consumers ^ | 11/12/14 | Carey Gillam
    Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" wheat, which was never approved by U.S. regulators and which the company said it stopped testing a decade ago, was found growing in an Oregon farmer's field in 2013. The company had said all the experimental grain was destroyed or stored away. South Korea and Japan temporarily halted purchases of U.S. wheat after the announcement on fears the unapproved wheat, engineered to withstand Roundup...
  • #DearMe! Michelle Obama in Japan Strikes Again

    03/22/2015 7:40:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 63 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/22/2015 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Instead, as part of her usual spring fling, Mrs. Obama decided to take Asia by storm. Stopping in Japan before heading toward Cambodia, Michelle gleefully ran up exorbitant bills on travel and car service, tripped over her own feet, and scared the hell out of a few small-statured Asian people. In addition to revealing her clumsiness on the world stage, while in Japan Mrs. Obama worked out her biceps on a Taiko drum, counted red gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, had tea at the Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, and ate raw fish out of a dainty Bento box. Then Mrs....
  • Spies like us: ASIS training Japanese (Australia training Japanese spies)

    03/20/2015 11:19:58 PM PDT · by Dundee · 11 replies
    The Australian ^ | MARCH 21, 2015 | Paul Maley
    AUSTRALIA’S overseas intelligence agency, ASIS, has been training Japanese spies in the tradecraft of espionage as Tokyo seeks to establish its first foreign spy service since World War II. ...ASIS has taken a key role in training Japan’s fledgling spies since Tokyo decided to ­establish a foreign intelligence service to gather information on looming regional security challenges, such as those posed by North Korea, the rise of China and the threat of Islamist terror. Japan’s intention to establish a spy service was flagged in a cable published by WikiLeaks... ...Japanese intelligence officers have been posted to Australia as part of...
  • Rental Cars for Michelle O’s Kyoto Visit Cost $78,741

    03/20/2015 3:12:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 20, 2015 5:00 am | Elizabeth Harrington
    First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to a Buddhist Temple in Kyoto is costing taxpayers nearly $80,000 for rental cars, according to a government contract. Mrs. Obama, who is traveling to Japan and Cambodia for a girls’ education initiative, will arrive in Kyoto, Japan, on Friday. According to the White House press office, “The First Lady will travel to Kyoto on March 20 and visit the Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple and the Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine. She will also greet staff from the U.S. Consulate in Osaka.” …
  • Mystery Threat to American Warships Is Likely North Korean

    03/20/2015 11:49:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | MARCH 19, 2015 | KYLE MIZOKAMI
    In 2013, the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet hinted at a mysterious and “newly discovered threat” to American warships. Whatever it was, it was serious — and had America’s admirals spooked. We knew the threat was probably a missile, because the Navy’s only mention of it was inside a contracting request for a new electronics countermeasures system designed for surface ships. The Navy awarded a $65-million contract to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to develop the system within a “critically short” time frame. Military & Aerospace Electronics, which first noticed the request, suggested that the threat was a radar-guided anti-ship missile from a...
  • Wow, China Has a Lot of Different Early-Warning Planes

    03/17/2015 6:37:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 16, 2015
    New photos recently emerged of China’s KJ-500 airborne early-warning and control plane. It’s Beijing’s fifth unique fixed-wing AEW&C aircraft. Which is kind of a big deal. While hardly glamorous, these all-seeing planes are incredibly important to any modern air force. They transmit instructions and data — such as the presence of enemy fighters — with their powerful radars and sensors. If an air-to-air battle was an office, AEW&C planes would be the managers. An air force with one of these planes in the air can see far more — and at much longer ranges — than an enemy without one. But by any measure, five different types of...
  • White House issues embarrassing apology to Charles Krauthammer over Churchill bust gaffe

    08/01/2012 7:17:31 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    Tthe Telegraph ^ | 1 Aug 2012 | Nile Gardine
    The Obama presidency is fond of issuing apologies for America on the world stage, but very rarely makes them at home to Americans. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer has just issued one to Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer, who last week wrote an op-ed berating the Obama administration for removing a bust of Sir Winston Churchill from the Oval Office when it came to power. Pfeiffer had issued a stinging attack on Krauthammer, alleging that his Churchill bust reference was “100 percent false.” Krauthammer was of course 100 percent correct, and the British Embassy in...
  • Euro Falls To Near 1-Year Low Vs Dollar On Greece Worries

    04/23/2010 12:23:53 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 524+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 4/23/2010 | Andrew Monahan
    1:43 a.m. Concerns that the Group of 20 industrialized and developed nations may not come up with an effective plan to address Greece's debt problems prodded short-term investors to sell the euro in Asia Friday, sending the currency to its lowest level against the dollar in nearly a year. In morning trade in Japan, the euro dropped to $1.3201, its lowest level since April 30, 2009. Dealers said mounting anxiety that Greece could default on its debt may drag the common currency below $1.3000 next week. The focus throughout Asian trading was on the possible outcome of discussions among top...
  • Japan signs arms deal with France to broaden military role

    03/13/2015 2:29:59 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 13 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Mari Yamaguchi
    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and France signed an arms transfer agreement Friday, paving the way to develop drones and other unmanned equipment together as Japan seeks to play a greater international military role. In talks on diplomacy and national security, the two countries' foreign and defense ministers reached an agreement aimed at exchanges of defense equipment, services and technology and starting talks on specific projects. The ministers signed the agreement at a joint news conference following the talks.
  • Why China Will Lose the War It is Planning

    03/12/2015 7:07:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/12/2015 | David Archibald
    How do we know the war is coming in the first place? Because the advertising for it is out. Amongst plenty of other evidence, one Chinese front organisation conducted a poll on Australian attitudes to the ANZUS treaty and a Chinese attack on Japan. Why would they conduct such a poll unless they are going to attack Japan? Not that they were interested in the results as such. They just wanted to be able to publicize the poll in order to try to keep Australia on the sidelines of their war. The war will have two functions for China. Firstly,...
  • Euro slips to new 12-year low against US dollar ($1.05)

    03/11/2015 9:09:49 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 3-12-2015 | Reuters
    The euro slipped to a fresh 12-year low against the US dollar on Thursday as the common currency continued to buckle under pressure felt since the European Central Bank launched its massive quantitative easing scheme at the start of the week.
  • Chinese immigrant spared prison for Chicago Merc trade secrets theft

    03/09/2015 5:41:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 03/03/2015 | Kim Janssen
    A Chinese immigrant who stole trade secrets from the Chicago Merc worth an estimated $50 million was spared prison Tuesday by a federal judge who cited his otherwise “exemplary life.” Chunlai Yang, 50, of Libertyville, was instead sentenced to just four years probation for stealing software that underpinned the CME Group’s Globex trading platform. Yang, who worked as a high-ranking programmer for the Merc from 2000 until his arrest in 2011, pleaded guilty in 2012 to the theft, admitting he was trying to create a similar product in China when he illegally downloaded more than 10,000 computer source code files....
  • Man accused of fatally stabbing five neighbors in Japan

    03/09/2015 9:31:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | 3/9/2015 | Yoko Wakatsuki
    Police in Japan say they have arrested a 40-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing five neighbors in a farming community in Sumoto city. The man has admitted stabbing three women aged 59, 76 and 84, as well as two men aged 62 and 82, Deputy Police Chief Keizo Okumoto told CNN. He said the accused refused to comment further as he was awaiting his lawyer.
  • In a Test of Wills, Japanese Fighter Pilots Confront Chinese (Japan is rearming)

    03/08/2015 7:27:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08 March 2015 | MARTIN FACKLER
    ...Under its nationalistic prime minister, Shinzo Abe, Japan has embarked on the most sweeping overhaul of its defense posture in recent memory. Not only has Mr. Abe reversed a decade-long decline in military spending as part of what he calls “proactive pacifism,” but his government is also rewriting laws to lift restrictions on Japan’s armed forces, which are already taking a more active role as far afield as the Gulf of Aden.
  • ICE Raids 20 ‘Maternity Hotel’ Californias Full of Pregnant Foreign Women

    03/03/2015 5:57:06 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 3 Mar 2015 | Robert Wilde
    Tuesday Federal Agents forced entry into twenty Southern California locations believed to be orchestrating “maternity tourism” scams for pregnant alien women aiming to gain U.S. citizenship for their soon to be born child. According to U.S. immigration officials, the “maternity hotels,” which housed predominantly women from China, cost anywhere from $15,000 to 50,000 depending on negotiated services. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE, reported that locations for the “maternity hotels” included Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. No one was arrested in connection with the scheme, reported Reuters. It is not illegal for women coming from foreign...
  • The Saudi project, part two Oil is back over $60 a barrel. Is the market returning to normal?

    02/20/2015 4:33:23 AM PST · by thackney · 61 replies
    The Economist ^ | Feb 21st 2015 | The Economist
    STAGE one of Saudi Arabia’s plan—or perhaps hope—to restructure the oil market is taking longer than expected. By refusing to rein in production while prices fell, the Saudis permitted a big surplus to grow and served notice on higher-cost rivals (Russia, Venezuela, American shale-oil producers) that they would not prop up other people’s profit margins at the expense of their own market share. That signal has been weakened by the growing amount of oil in storage, which is absorbing most of the glut. World oil stocks rose about 265m barrels last year and Société Générale, a French bank, reckons they...
  • Japanese LED traffic lights just too cool when snow falls

    02/23/2015 3:18:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/23/15 | AFP
    Tokyo (AFP) - Energy-saving LED traffic lights seemed like a cool way to cut back on electricity costs, but Japanese police said Monday they might just be too cool -- because they don't melt snow. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) account for around 45 percent of all of Japan's stop-and-go signals .. But in wintery northern Japan the lights have encountered a problem -- drivers can't see them because they don't get warm enough to melt accumulated snow. Akira Kudo of Aomori Prefectural Police said snow has to be removed manually between December and mid-February during blizzards. "We don't have enough staff...
  • Figures. #ObamaLovesAmerica So Much He Just Made an Internment Camp a National Monument

    02/20/2015 2:34:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/12015 | Jim Hoft
    After Rudy Giuliani made his comments this week that Barack Obama does not love America the White House tweeted this out: The White House        ✔ @WhiteHouse Follow Obama: “I’m using my powers as President to announce America’s 3 newest National Monuments." #ObamaLovesAmerica 12:11 PM - 19 Feb 2015 “Obama loves America” because he announced three new National Monuments.The only problem is that one of Obama’s national monuments is the Japanese internment camp in Hawaii. 
  • West Coast paralysis: Some winners...sort of

    02/20/2015 10:29:20 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | Allen Wastler
    West Coast docks are paralyzed as employers and longshoremen continued to spat about contracts and congestion problems. There are plenty of losers. Exporters, like farmers and ranchers, can't get their perishables to Asian markets during the Lunar New Year when demand for fruit and meat is particularly high. And importers large and small are beginning to report shipment delays and inventory shortages. Are there winners? Kind of … Air Freight. Some importers, like electronics dealers and luxury retailers, can afford to put their cargo on planes, despite at least a ten-fold increase in shipping costs. ... East Coast/Gulf Coast ports....
  • Japan, France, Germany invited to compete for subs contract

    02/19/2015 6:27:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2015 11:03AM | Sarah Martin
    TONY Abbott says the nation’s $50 billion submarine project will create at least 500 new jobs in South Australia, as the government reveals a shortlist of foreign partners to design and build the new fleet. The Prime Minister has moved to end months of uncertainty over the project in a visit to Adelaide this morning, saying government-owned shipbuilder ASC would be guaranteed more work “under any possible scenario”. “There will be at least 500 new jobs in South Australia,” he said. Mr Abbott said the government would select a foreign contractor by the end of the year, but has narrowed...
  • 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake off Japan

    02/16/2015 3:17:06 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 50 replies
    Weather Channel Twitter ^ | 02/16/2015 | n/a
    BREAKING: Preliminary M7.0 earthquake off the east coast of Japan at 6:06pm US EST. Monitoring for any tsunami concerns.
  • Henn-na Hotel staffed by robots to open in Japan

    02/12/2015 10:38:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 09 February 2015 | Andrew Griffin
    A hotel staffed by ten multilingual robots is set to open later this year in Japan. When the Henn-na Hotel opens in July, it will be run by robots that can greet guests before carrying their luggage to their rooms. When guests leave, the robots will be able to clear their rooms, ready for the next human to come and stay. The robots are styled to look like a young Japanese woman. They can speak fluent Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English, and can respond to guest’s body language, eye contact and tone. …
  • Book featuring Muhammad cartoons goes on sale in Japan

    02/10/2015 3:46:22 PM PST · by Ronin · 14 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | Jan. 11, 2015 | KYODO
    Tokyo-based publisher Daisan Shokan released a book Tuesday containing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad previously published in the French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo. About 500 bookstores nationwide have expressed interest in selling the book, titled “Islam Heito Ka, Fushi Ka” (“Anti-Islam Hate, or Satire?”), but will use discretion in deciding whether to stock it. Others have said they will not stock it in response to opposition by Muslims in Japan. Riot police from the Metropolitan Police Department were stationed around Daisan Shokan’s headquarters in Shinjuku Ward on Tuesday morning.
  • New law to require workaholic Japanese to take days off

    02/06/2015 6:20:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2015 8:13 AM EST | Yuri Kageyama
    College-educated and gainfully employed 36-year-old Eriko Sekiguchi should be a sought-after friend or date, planning nights on the town and faraway resort vacations. But she works in Japan, a nation where workaholic habits die hard. Often toiling 14 hours a day for a major trading company, including early morning meetings and after-hours “settai,” or networking with clients, she used just eight of her 20 paid vacation days last year. Six of those days were for being sick. […] The government wants to change all that. Legislation that will be submitted during the parliamentary session that began Jan. 26 aims to...
  • Departing From Japan’s Pacifism, Shinzo Abe Vows Revenge for Killings

    02/03/2015 1:42:28 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 42 replies
    NYT ^ | February 1, 2015 | MARTIN FACKLER
    When Islamic State militants posted a video over the weekend showing the grisly killing of a Japanese journalist, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacted with outrage, promising “to make the terrorists pay the price.” Such vows of retribution may be common in the West when leaders face extremist violence, but they have been unheard of in confrontation-averse Japan — until now. The prime minister’s call for revenge after the killings of the journalist, Kenji Goto, and another hostage, Haruna Yukawa, raised eyebrows even in the military establishment, adding to a growing awareness here that the crisis could be a watershed for...
  • 'Kenji Has Died, And My Heart Is Broken': Mother of Japanese Hostage Beheaded By Jihadi John

    02/01/2015 10:29:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    DailyMail(UK) ^ | February 01, 2015
    'Kenji Has Died, And My Heart Is Broken': Mother of Japanese Hostage Beheaded By Jihadi John Grieves While Jordan Still Offers Prisoner Swap To Save Their Pilot FOR MAILONLINE 1 February 2015 The family of the Japanese ISIS hostage who appeared in a video allegedly showing his beheading by British militant Jihadi John has paid tribute to his memory. The mother and brother of journalist Kenji Goto, 47, spoke of their loss following confirmation that he had passed away, although the authenticity of the video has yet to be proven. This comes as the Jordanian government has pledged to do...
  • Departing From Country's Pacifism, Japanese Premier Vows Revenge Against ISIS for Killings

    02/01/2015 7:05:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/01/2015 | By MARTIN FACKLER
    TOKYO — When Islamic State militants posted a video over the weekend showing the grisly killing of a Japanese journalist, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacted with outrage, promising “to make the terrorists pay the price.” Such vows of retribution may be common in the West when leaders face extremist violence, but they have been unheard of in confrontation-averse Japan — until now. The prime minister’s call for revenge after the killings of the journalist, Kenji Goto, and another hostage, Haruna Yukawa, raised eyebrows even in the military establishment, adding to a growing awareness here that the crisis could be a...
  • Japanese PM: We Will Never Forgive Terrorists

    01/31/2015 3:59:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 72 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/2/15
    A visibly upset Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to "never forgive terrorists" after the Islamic State (ISIS) released a video purportedly showing the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. "I am extremely angry about these heinous and despicable terrorist acts. We will never forgive terrorists," Abe told reporters in Tokyo on Sunday morning (local time), according to the AFP news agency. "We will cooperate with the international community to make them atone for their crimes," he declared. The ISIS claim was made in a video released online that included no mention of a Jordanian pilot also being held...
  • ISIS releases new video appearing to show Jihadi John beheading second Japanese hostage

    01/31/2015 1:04:23 PM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 31, 2015 | Chris Pleasance
    Terror group Islamic State has released a new video which seems to show Japanese hostage Kenji Goto being beheaded by the militant fighter known as Jihadi John. The 1 minute and 7 second clip shows Mr Goto kneeling in a rocky gorge while the masked murderer delivers a scripted message to the camera. The killer then lowers his knife and the footage goes black, as is common in ISIS propaganda films. When the footage begins again Mr Goto's body is shown lying on the desert floor.
  • Online Video Purports To Show Islamic State Group Beheading Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto

    01/31/2015 12:47:41 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Online Video Purports To Show Islamic State Group Beheading Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto Japan says working closely with Jordan for release of captives held by Islamic State CAIRO (AP) — Online video purports to show Islamic State group beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.