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  • China's navy no longer so inferior to Japan's, experts say

    07/29/2014 3:54:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Sunday, 27 July, 2014
    China's loss of the first Sino-Japanese war has been attributed to a disorganised navy. Although the northern fleet equalled, some say exceeded, the Meiji navy in terms of firepower, it was annihilated because it lacked coordination among its military units. Today while Japan's navy may have a qualitative advantage over China's, the People's Liberation Army is catching up, analysts say. In sheer manpower, China has the upper hand, with Beijing putting the PLA Navy's strength at 235,000, or more than five times the number in the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force. But the Japanese navy has being training with modern warfare...
  • Kim Jong Un may have ordered missile launch

    07/27/2014 8:55:22 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 13 replies
    NHK World ^ | July 27, 2014 | NA
    North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Saturday. The launch came the day before the 61st anniversary of the Korean War armistice. South Korean military officials say the North fired a Scud missile from around Ryongyon county in South Hwanghae Province on the western coast near the military demarcation line on Saturday night. North Korean media on Sunday suggested the country's leader Kim Jong Un himself ordered the missile to be fired. The official Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim directed a firing drill after checking on the deployment of US forces in...
  • Japanese Inflation Holds Near 23 Year Highs As Food, Energy, & TV Costs Soar

    07/24/2014 4:59:38 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/24/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Japanese CPI printed 3.6% in June, modestly down from May's 3.7% YoY, but hotter than the expected 3.5% YoY analysts predicted. If you don't eat food or use energy then inflation merely bit 2.3% of your income this year but if you did then you may have noticed that energy costs are 9.1% higher YoY, TVs +8.0%, and Food +4.1%
  • Japan to express concern about French warship sale to Russia

    07/24/2014 12:48:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    japantimes.co.jp ^ | July 24, 2014
    Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera plans to tell his French counterpart that Japan has strong concerns about France’s planned sale of two helicopter carriers to Russia, according to a Japanese government source. In a move meant to show support for the stance of the United States, Onodera will tell French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who will visit Japan next week, that the sale of amphibious assault ships to Russia “would not be appropriate in view of the international situation” following the recent downing of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, the source said. The Mistral-class warships to be sold to Russia...
  • China’s Mega Warship Plans Become Clearer With New Photos

    07/24/2014 3:13:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 07.23.2014 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Five months after the first pictures surfaced in February 2014, the Type 055 cruiser testing rig at Wuhan has taken significant steps towards completion. The advantages of a land based test rig allow Chinese naval engineers to make cheaper adjustments and modifications to the electronics, compared to rebuilding an expensive cruiser on sea trials. Once launched, the Type 055 cruiser will be among the world's most powerful surface combatant warships, giving the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) a multipurpose warship useful for both blue water expeditionary warfare and anti-access/area denial missions. While much scaffolding remains, the photos show recent additions...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Welfare ruling stuns foreigners (Japan)

    07/19/2014 9:43:31 PM PDT · by chajin · 12 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | July 19, 2014 | Tomohiro Osaki
    Friday’s landmark decision by the Supreme Court that permanent foreign residents of Japan are not entitled to welfare benefits will discourage more municipalities than ever from doling out such aid amid ballooning public assistance expenditures, experts said Saturday. Responding to a lawsuit filed by an 82-year-old Chinese resident of Oita, the top court stated in the first ruling of its kind that, legally speaking, permanent foreign residents don’t qualify for public assistance because they aren’t considered Japanese nationals. The ruling is significant in that it finally clarifies whether permanent residents are eligible to claim welfare...
  • Abe: Japan's collective defense is limited

    07/14/2014 3:48:22 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | July 14, 2014
    Abe: Japan's collective defense is limited Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stressed the country will only use its right to collective self-defense in limited cases. Abe spoke at a Lower House committee of the Diet on Monday. It was Abe's first time to speak at the Diet on his Cabinet's approval to change the interpretation of the Constitution to enable Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense. Masahiko Koumura, vice president of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, questioned Abe on whether the Cabinet's latest decision will allow Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense as stipulated in...
  • Japan’s new stealth jet fighter has been officially unveiled

    07/13/2014 8:12:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jul 12 2014 | David Cenciotti
    Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin stealth fighter has rolled out. Last month, a leaked, blurry image provided an interesting preview of the first prototype of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X), the indigenous war plane that Japan Air Self-Defense Force will operate in the air defense role, replacing the ageing Mitsubishi F-2. On Jul. 12, the first official photos of the ATD-X (serialled 51-0001) were released by the Japanese Ministry of Defense Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), the Ministry of Defense’s agency that has developed the Shinshin (“spirit of the heart”, an early codename within the Japan Self Defense Force) for research...
  • World View: Australia Joins Japan, Vietnam, Philippines in Opposing China

    07/13/2014 12:32:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | July 11, 2014 | John J. Xenakis
    ---snip--- Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines have been forming an alliance against China, as China has been moving to annex other countries' territories in the South and East China Seas. Relations between Vietnam and China have become particularly hostile since China deployed an oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). (See "China's neighbors react to new South China Sea claims" from last week.) Now Australia is signaling that it is also joining this alliance. The change in policy was indicated in a statement by Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, during a visit by Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe to...
  • Japan's fighter jets face down Russian, Chinese rivals

    07/12/2014 1:52:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    dw.de ^ | July 11, 2014
    The Japanese Air Force has been repeatedly tested since April, with fighter jets being sent to monitor unidentified aircraft approaching Japanese airspace no fewer than 340 times in the space of twelve weeks. Embroiled in territorial disputes with all its immediate neighbors, Japan encountered Russian aircraft on 235 occasions, up from 204 year on year. Of the remainder, the vast majority turned out to be Chinese military aircraft operating in the air-defense zone which Beijing unilaterally declared over a vast area of the East China Sea in November of last year, but which both Japan and the United States dispute....
  • 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Fukushima, Tsunami Warning Issued

    07/11/2014 12:57:46 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 14, 2014
    Moments ago, at 4:22am local time, a major 6.8 magnitude quake struck eastern Japan, off the Fukushima coast. FLASH:M6.8 QUAKE JOLTS OFF FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN, TSUNAMI ALERT EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING ISSUED FOR JAPAN, OFF FUKUSHIMA:JMA EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING ISSUED FOR JAPAN, OFF FUKUSHIMA:JMA TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED AFTER JAPAN QUAKE: AP From the USGS: So far there have been no reports of damage. Those curious can keep track of Fukushima in real time at the live webcast below:
  • BBC Warns—Gaza Photos Aren’t Really from Gaza

    07/08/2014 3:53:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 7/8/2014, 1:19 PM | Gil Ronen
    Many of the graphic images being shared on social media are really from Syria or Iraq, finds the broadcaster. […] “A #BBCtrending investigation has found that many of these images are not from the latest conflict and not even from Gaza. Some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.” …
  • Typhoon Neoguri whips Okinawa with heavy wind and rain

    07/08/2014 3:29:11 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | July 8, 2014 | Michael Pearson and Jethro Mullen
    Hong Kong (CNN) -- Denise Fettig-Loftesnes lives just 50 feet from the East China Sea on the Japanese island of Okinawa -- prime territory to witness the swirling winds of Typhoon Neoguri as they lashed the island Tuesday. "The wind sounds like a freight train is coming towards you," the CNN iReporter said. "It is hard to sometimes hear people in the same room with you because the wind is so loud." Her building -- she lives on the sixth floor -- is swaying with the wind, so she's not going outside to check for damage.
  • Japan upset as Chinese paper prints mushroom clouds on map

    07/08/2014 2:25:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    solarnews.ph ^ | Tue, July 08, 2014
    Japan on Tuesday (July 8) vowed to make a stern protest to China after a regional Chinese newspaper printed a map of the country with mushroom clouds hovering over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and accused the Japanese of wanting war again. The neighbors have a long history of tense relations. Beijing bristles at Japan's inability to properly atone for its invasion of China before and during World War Two, and its occupation of large parts of the country. The newspaper, the weekly Chongqing Youth News from the southwestern city of Chongqing, printed the picture in its latest edition,...
  • Philippine president backs Abe's military moves

    07/08/2014 10:23:58 AM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Spacewar ^ | June 24, 2014 1:18 PM
    Philippine president backs Abe's military moves by Staff Writers Tokyo June 24, 2014 Philippine President Benigno Aquino, whose country was brutally invaded by Japan in World War II, said Tuesday he supports Shinzo Abe's plan to expand the scope of his country's armed forces. The comments, during a one-day trip to Tokyo, highlight the huge shifts in attitude in the region and show how alliances are being forged as Asia adjusts to an increasingly muscular Beijing pressing territorial claims in nearby waters. Aquino praised the path Japan had taken in the decades since its troops invaded the Philippines. "Very few...
  • China criticises Japan's move to expand military role

    07/08/2014 9:59:19 AM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Space Daily ^ | July 02, 2014
    China criticises Japan's move to expand military role by Staff Writers Beijing July 02, 2014 Japan PM says military shift of historic significance Tokyo July 02, 2014 - Japan's prime minister has likened the relaxation of strict rules on the country's military to the seismic shift of the Meiji Restoration -- a moment widely understood as the birth of the modern nation -- a report said. The comments emerged Tuesday after Shinzo Abe proclaimed Japan's powerful military had the right to go into battle in defence of allies, so-called "collective self-defence", in a highly contentious change in the nation's pacifist...
  • The First Super Typhoon of 2014 Is a True Monster (Storm Sat Photos @ Link)

    07/08/2014 9:12:39 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 19 replies
    City Lab ^ | July 8 2014 | John Metcalfe
    All eyes in Japan are on Super Typhoon Neoguri, a tremendous storm set to create 40-foot-tall waves. Airports have shut down and at least 500,000 people have received evacuation advisories in southern Japan due to this: a monster storm throwing 40-foot-waves in the Pacific called Super Typhoon Neoguri. A "super typhoon" is a typhoon so powerful its maximum sustained winds hit 150 mph or higher, equivalent to the fury of a Category 4 or 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. Neoguri had supersized itself with 150-mph winds when the Suomi NPP satellite snapped the above image of the tempest approaching Okinawa...
  • PLA YJ-12 missile the most dangerous threat to US Navy: US expert

    07/06/2014 6:08:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2014-07-05
    In an article written for the Washington-based military website, War on the Rock, Robert Haddick, an American military analyst said that the People's Liberation Army Navy's YJ-12 anti-ship cruise missile is the most dangerous threat to the US Navy in the Western Pacific. On page 40 of the Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2014 published by the Pentagon for congress indicated, this cruise missile provides an increased threat to naval assets, due to its long range and supersonic speeds. In addition, the YJ-12 is capable of being launched from PLA Navy Air Force's H-6 strategic...
  • TYPHOON NEOGURI

    07/06/2014 6:04:57 AM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 25 replies
    Kadena AB Weather ^ | 7/6/14 | Kadena AB Weather
    Big storm to hit Okinawa Japan. 1. THIS IS THE LATEST BULLETIN ON TYPHOON NEOGURI (08W). AS OF 06/1930L, OKINAWA IS IN TROPICAL CYCLONE CONDITION OF READINESS 3. AT 06/1500L, TYPHOON NEOGURI WAS LOCATED 18.5 DEGREES NORTH AND 131.4 EAST, WHICH IS 520 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF KADENA. IT HAD WINDS GUSTING TO 145 KNOTS NEAR ITS CENTER AND WAS MOVING TO THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT 15 KNOTS. 2. IF TYPHOON NEOGURI CONTINUES TO MOVE AS FORECAST, DAMAGING WINDS OF 50 KNOTS OR GREATER (SUSTAINED) ARE ANTICIPATED TO OCCUR FROM 08/0900L TO 08/2000L. THE STRONGEST WINDS ON OKINAWA ARE EXPECTED TO...
  • What's making US economy a world beater? 5 factors(How about those rising prices and taxes?)

    07/05/2014 9:49:57 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 38 replies
    AOL news ^ | Jul 5th 2014 | PAUL WISEMAN
    How does the U.S. economy do it? Europe is floundering. China faces slower growth. Japan is struggling to sustain tentative gains. Yet the U.S. job market is humming, and the pace of economic growth is steadily rising. Five full years after a devastating recession officially ended, the economy is finally showing the vigor that Americans have long awaited. Last month, employers added 288,000 jobs and helped reduce the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008. June capped a five-month stretch of 200,000-plus job gains - the first in nearly 15 years. After having shrunk at a 2.9...
  • Mitsubishi Electric eyes F-35 missile deal with Europe's MBDA: sources

    07/04/2014 8:47:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 3, 2014 | TIM KELLY AND NOBUHIRO KUBO
    (Reuters) - Japan's Mitsubishi Electric (6503.T) has agreed to take the first step towards a partnership with European missile maker MBDA to develop a medium-range air-to-air missile for the F-35 stealth fighter, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The preliminary deal marks an extension of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bid to launch Japan's military suppliers into the global arms market through international tie-ups, and thereby bring down costs for Japan's defense procurement. If successful, it would represent the first time Japanese-built components had been used on a missile sold overseas, one of a string of potential international arms...
  • Japanese politician weeps during press conference [Hilarious!!!]

    07/03/2014 11:27:59 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 11 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 3, 2014 | canoe.ca
    Sometimes you just need to have a good cry. And Japanese politician Ryutaro Nonomura did just that during a press conference in Kobe – unfortunately for him, the cameras were rolling. Nonomura, 47, was addressing reports that he had allegedly used public funds to go on 195 trips in a single year, 106 of which were reportedly to a hot spring resort. During the press conference, Nonomura can be seen breaking down in tears, while pounding the desk with his fists. No word yet on whether he will have a press conference to address the press conference. Video - Ryutaro...
  • Japan to lift some sanctions on North Korea

    07/02/2014 8:53:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 2014 11:35 PM EDT | Eric Talmadge
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday his government will lift some of its sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s decision to create a committee to investigate the fate of at least a dozen Japanese who were abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s. Abe said he was satisfied the committee has the mandate to carry out a serious investigation into the abductions, though previous deals with the North have fallen through. Japan will continue to abide by UN-sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs. …
  • Japan cabinet approves landmark military change

    07/02/2014 11:52:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1 July 2014 | Last updated at 10:08 ET
    Japan’s cabinet has approved a landmark change in security policy, paving the way for its military to fight overseas. Under its constitution, Japan is barred from using force to resolve conflicts except in cases of self-defense. But a reinterpretation of the law will now allow “collective self-defense”—using force to defend allies under attack. PM Shinzo Abe has been pushing hard for the move, arguing Japan needs to adapt to a changing security environment. …
  • Chinese Ships in Disputed Waters as Tokyo Moves on Military

    07/01/2014 12:45:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Two Chinese government ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea Monday, the Japanese coastguard said, as Tokyo prepared to strengthen its military posture. The two vessels were sailing in territorial waters extending 12 nautical miles around one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, as of 10:30 am (0130 GMT). Since Tokyo nationalised some of the islands in September 2012, Chinese vessels and aircraft have regularly approached them, playing cat and mouse with the Japanese coastguard.
  • Japan PM to overturn pacifist defence policy

    06/30/2014 11:47:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 06/30/2014 | Justin McCurry
    Postwar constitution bans use of force in international disputes, which Shinzo Abe says inhibits country's ability to protect itself. Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is to defy public opinion and announce a dramatic shift in the country's defence policy that would make it easier for its troops to fight in overseas conflicts. Abe's cabinet is expected to adopt a resolution on Tuesday that would end Japan's long-standing ban on exercising collective self-defence, or coming to the aid of an ally under attack even if Japan itself is not threatened. Japan's postwar constitution prohibits the use of force to settle international...
  • Japanese man sets self on fire over military rule change

    06/29/2014 3:51:31 PM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 June 2014
    A man set himself on fire in central Tokyo in protest at a proposed law which could allow Japan to deploy its military overseas. The man was taken to hospital after being hosed down but his condition was not immediately known, officials said. Japan's government could make the change to its pacifist constitution as early as next Tuesday. The US-drafted constitution bans war and "the threat or use of force" to settle international disputes. Witnesses said the middle-aged man, wearing a suit and tie, climbed onto a pedestrian bridge at Tokyo's Shinjuku station. "He was sitting cross-legged and was just...
  • China Now Claims Japan’s Okinawa

    06/27/2014 11:57:16 AM PDT · by robowombat · 20 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | 25 July 2012 | Gordon Chang
    China Now Claims Japan’s Okinawa 25 July 2012 The Global Times, the newspaper run by China’s Communist Party, ran an editorial this month suggesting that Beijing challenge Japan’s control of Okinawa, part of the Ryukyu island chain. Why would China want to start a fight over Okinawa? At the moment, China, Taiwan, and Japan are engaged in a particularly nasty sovereignty dispute in the East China Sea over five islands and three barren rocks called the Senkakus by the Japanese and the Diaoyus by the other claimants. The disputed chain is north of the southern end of the Ryukyus and...
  • Japanese Parliament to Women: Breed, Don't Lead

    06/23/2014 7:48:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 06/23/2014
    “Hey idiot, hurry up and get married!” Japan is up in arms about insensitive and sexist remarks made by male members of The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly (the equivalent of a U.S. State Government Assembly) toward a female representative during her presentation earlier this week. She was speaking on issues of raising children in Japan. Ayaka Shiomura, a 36-year-old member of the opposition Your Party, called for the Tokyo metropolitan government to support women who need assistance while pregnant or raising children during a June 18 assembly session. She also suggested that the government should help Japanese women who have fertility...
  • Germans submarines now appear the safer replacement bet (Australia)

    06/19/2014 12:13:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Australian Financial Review ^ | 19 JUN 2014 | JOHN KERIN
    Within the space of a few weeks the Abbott government has presided over a shake-up of the options for a fleet of submarines to replace the ageing ­Collins class. While an evolved Collins class was a short-price favourite at the end of the Labor era, an almighty spat between the Swedish government and German industrial giant Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems means a German design could now fall over the line. The nuclear option remains off the table despite the US indicating it would be amenable to an Australian approach on the Virginia class submarines. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s enthusiasm for...
  • Japan's Abe unveils plan to cut corporate tax rate to spur growth

    06/18/2014 1:57:30 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 13 June 2014 | Tetsushi Kajimoto, Antoni Slodkowski
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled a plan on Friday to cut the corporate tax rate below 30 percent in stages to help pull the economy out of two decades of sluggish growth and deflation. Investors have been scrutinising whether Japan can substantially lower the corporate tax rate - among the highest in the world - to spur growth in the world's third-largest economy. Abe also needs to strike a delicate balance between stimulating growth and reining in snowballing public debt, twice the size of its $5 trillion economy. The corporate tax cut is a major issue to be included...
  • Japan: How The Government Pension Fund Plans A Masssive Bond Dump Into A Dead JGB Market

    06/18/2014 1:55:15 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Conta Corner ^ | 11 June 2014 | David Stockman
    So this is how it works. Japan has the most massive public debt in the world relative to national income, but the implicit aim of Abenomics is to destroy the government bond market. After all, if inflation goes to 2% or higher, government bonds yielding 0.6% will experience thumbing losses. Even the robotic Japanese fund managers no longer want to hold the JGB—- as evidenced by another session when no future contracts on either the 10-year or 20-year bond changed hands. As Zero Hedge noted, You know things have got a little too strange when the largest government bond market...
  • Japan bans child porn, but excludes manga, anime

    06/18/2014 3:31:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 5:54 AM EDT | Elaine Kurtenbach
    Japan’s parliament has passed a law which bans possession of child pornography, but excludes sexually explicit depictions of children in comics, animation and computer graphics. […] The law provides for prison terms of up to one year and fines of up to 1 million yen ($9,800) for having pornographic photographs or videos of children. It allows a grace period of one year for people owning such materials to dispose of them. […] Child advocates and other critics of the new legislation say it is a long-overdue improvement, but are unhappy with the exclusion of depictions of sexual fantasies involving children...
  • N Korea 'develops Russian cruise missile'

    06/17/2014 8:34:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17 June 2014
    <p>A North Korean propaganda film has revealed footage of a newly developed cruise missile, according to experts.</p> <p>The missile is believed to be similar to the Russian KH-35 missile, which came into service in 2003.</p> <p>Cruise missiles are short-range weapons guided by on-board computers, used to attack specific targets. The majority of the North's known missiles are much larger, longer-range missiles.</p>
  • Japanese defense contractors make overseas pitch after weapons export ban eased

    06/17/2014 6:32:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    THE ASAHI SHIMBUN ^ | June 17, 2014
    PARIS--Japanese defense contractors for the first time displayed their wares at the Eurosatory international exhibition, taking advantage of the Abe government’s move in April to lift the three-decade ban on weapons exports. But Japan still faces a number of diplomatic and technological hurdles before it can become a major arms exporter. About 1,500 defense companies from 58 countries will exhibit their latest weapons and other defense equipment at the Eurosatory in Paris through June 20. The trade show is expected to draw 58,000 military officials and industry participants from 90 countries. Participant companies displayed large items, such as tanks and...
  • The truth about military aircraft encounters in East China Sea

    06/17/2014 12:32:37 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | June 10, 2014 7:00 pm JST | HIROYUKI AKITA, Nikkei senior staff writer
    TOKYO -- Tensions have been running high in the East China Sea, with Chinese fighter jets flying unusually close to Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) aircraft, the latest of a recent spate of dangerous incidents in disputed airspace. The flybys have raised concerns within the Japanese government that China's military might not have full control of some of its members.
  • Documentaries salute Houston's WWII contributions

    09/23/2007 7:13:58 PM PDT · by Dubya · 3 replies · 24+ views
    Houston Chroncile ^ | Sept. 23, 2007 | MIKE McDANIEL
    Two locally made documentaries will run in conjunction with this week's premiere of Ken Burns' film The War. Our Nation's Highest Honor (9 p.m. Monday, Channel 8) is a half-hour report on those in the Houston area who have received the Medal of Honor. Interviews with descendants are included. The special, unavailable for preview, was produced by longtime KUHT documentary maker Jim Fisher. Fisher is also producer of Cruiser Houston: Of Pride and Purpose (9 p.m. Tuesday, Channel 8), an excellent hourlong report on the USS Houston and its crew. Remarkable footage and superb sound editing hallmark this special, which...
  • POW awarded medals 60 years after WWII bravery

    03/27/2003 5:46:35 PM PST · by Dubya · 24 replies · 1,574+ views
    BP NEWS ^ | Mar 26, 2003 | Erin Curry
    Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. - Romans 13:7 (NASB) GALLATIN, Tenn. (BP)--March 25, 2003, Chief Petty Officer Jordan Joseph Garrett, United States Navy (Retired), received honors long overdue for actions that "reflected great credit" upon himself, the United States Navy and the United States of America. When the USS Houston was attacked by Japanese ships on March 1, 1942, Garrett refused to leave the vessel until the third "abandon ship" alert was issued. With two broken feet, shrapnel in his...
  • Japan to slash corporate tax rate to below 30%

    06/14/2014 5:00:05 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 3 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 14 July 2014 | Anonymous
    The Japanese government said Friday it was slashing Japan’s corporate tax rate, one of the world’s highest, as the country’s top central banker called for speedier reforms to unshackle an economy long mired in red tape. The cuts would bring the levy under 30% within a few years, resulting in a tax rate ranging from 20% to 29%, depending on the jurisdiction. Company taxes, including a rate of 35.6% in Tokyo, are the second-highest in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) behind the United States, which some critics say has held back the world’s number three economy.
  • China Displays World’s Largest Conventional Submarine

    06/12/2014 9:08:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | June 13, 2014 | Zachary Keck
    State media report that China’s new Type 032 Qing-class submarine was displayed at an expo last week. China’s state-run media is reporting that Beijing publicly displayed what is believed to be the largest conventional submarine in the world last week. According to Want China Times, which cited a Chinese-language report in the state-run Guangming Daily, China’s new Type 032 Qing-class test submarine was on display last week at the Sixth Shipping Expo held in Guangdong province in southern China from June 6 to June 8. IHS Jane’s also noted the report was carried in China’s state media outlets. The Type...
  • Saudi Graduate Student Vandalizes & Destroys Ancient Buddha Statues in Japan (Video)

    06/12/2014 5:36:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    The Gateway Pundit. ^ | June 12, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Sudden Jihad Syndrome Japan– A Saudi graduate student vandalized and destroyed several ancient Buddhas that were designated as important Japanese cultural symbols in downtown Tokyo. One of the statues was 300 years old. The incident happened around midnight. The man said he carried out a similar attack at another temple.
  • How Japan Blew Its Savings Surplus: What A Keynesian Dystopia Looks Like

    06/11/2014 12:32:39 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Conta Corner ^ | 11 June 2014 | David Stockman
    Financially speaking, Japan is fast becoming a Keynesian dystopia. Its entire economy is now hostage to a fiscal time bomb. Namely, government debt which already exceeds 240% of GDP and which is growing rapidly because even the recent traumatic increase in the sales tax from 5% to 8% does not come close to filling the fiscal gap. Moreover, even at today’s absurdly low and BOJ rigged bond rate of 0.6% nearly 25% of government revenue is absorbed by interest payments. Now comes the coup de grace. Japan’s savings rate has collapsed (see below) and its vaunted current account surplus is...
  • Japan, Australia agree on stealth technology deal

    06/11/2014 11:27:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Associated Press ^ | June 11, 2014 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    TOKYO — Japan and Australia agreed Wednesday to jointly develop stealth submarine technology, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushes his country toward a more assertive global military role. The submarine technology was a top item at talks among the nations' foreign and defense ministers in Tokyo and was included in an agreement to step up cooperation in defense equipment and technology. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told a joint news conference after the talks that the ministers agreed to begin the research next year. It will focus on technology that is applicable to any vessel including submarines, he said, but...
  • kume explosion

    05/22/2014 1:19:26 AM PDT · by Therapsid · 23 replies
    jap news ^ | 5/22
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  • New N.Korean Anti-Ship Missiles Threaten Older Patrol Boats

    06/09/2014 9:02:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    North Korea has a new anti-ship missile with a range of 130 km that poses a big threat to South Korea's elderly patrol corvettes. A recent propaganda film shown on North Korean state TV shows the missile is similar to the U.S.' Harpoon missile, a military source here said Sunday. "It's probably either the Russian-developed Kh-35 Uran or a copy." The missile was shown among the country's closely guarded submarines, which were also featured for the first time. The Kh-35 was developed in Russia in the mid-90s and has been exported to Burma, India and Vietnam. It is hard to...
  • Corporate Tax in Japan, Benefits for American Veterans, and Overweight British Kids

    06/09/2014 12:32:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    FinanceTownhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The title of this post sounds like the beginning of a strange joke, but it’s actually because we’re covering three issues today. Our first topic is corporate taxation. More specifically, we’re looking at a nation that seems to be learning that it’s foolish the have a punitive corporate tax system. By way of background, the United States used to have the second-highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. But then the Japanese came to their senses and reduced their tax rate on companies, leaving America with the dubious honor of having the world’s highest rate. So did the United...
  • Buried relics uncovered at Angkor Wat.

    07/21/2002 1:43:44 PM PDT · by vannrox · 13 replies · 452+ views
    Pacnews, Agence France-Presse (AFP) ^ | 14:12:10 AEST | Editorial Staff
    Buried relics uncovered at Angkor Wat. Japanese archaeologists have made a rare underground find of relics at the temples of the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. The archaeology team comes from from Sophia University, a Jesuit school in Tokyo. It dug up 103 pieces of Buddhist statues in mid-March, at Banteay Kdei temple, one of the dozens of temples built near the northern Cambodian town of Siem Reap between the 9th and 14th centuries. The pieces likely date back to the Angkorian period from the reign of Jayavarman VII, who ruled at the end of the 12th century. Cambodian...
  • Bataan March survivor Elias Saavedra dies at 96

    06/05/2014 3:32:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | June 5, 2014 | BY RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    Elias Saavedra, one of the last survivors of the Bataan Death March, died Wednesday. He was 96. Saavedra died of natural causes at his San Rafael, New Mexico, home after battling a number of illnesses, his son Alfred Saavedra said. Born in 1918 in San Rafael, Saavedra joined the New Mexico National Guard at the outset of World War II. He was one of 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers taken captive by the Japanese in World War II when U.S. forces surrendered in the province of Bataan and Corregidor Island in April 1942. In all, tens of thousands of troops...