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  • U.S. Government's Foreign Debt Hits Record $5.29 Trillion

    08/16/2012 10:08:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 16, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The money the U.S. government owes to foreign entities rose to a record $5.2923 trillion in June, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury Wednesday afternoon. In May, the U.S. Treasury had owed $5.2581 trillion to foreign entities. On net, in June, the U.S. government borrowed an additional $34.2 billion from foreign entities in order to fund U.S. government operations. The U.S. government’s indebtedness to foreign interests has grown by 72.3 percent during President Barack Obama’s term in office. In January 2009, when Obama was inaugurated, the U.S. government owed $3.0717 trillion to foreign entities, according to the Treasury...
  • Japan marks 67th anniversary of WWII surrender, as frictions with neighbors mount

    08/15/2012 3:28:47 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 3 replies
    Washington Post/Associated Press ^ | 14 August 2012 | Staff
    TOKYO — Japan marked the 67th anniversary of its World War II surrender with a somber ceremony in the capital Wednesday, while renewed tension over territorial disputes and animosity over its wartime actions heated up across the region. Renewing Japan’s pledge to maintain its war-renouncing policy, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda mourned for the war dead and apologized to victims of Japanese wartime atrocities. “We have caused tremendous damage and pain to many countries, particularly the Asian people, during the war. We deeply regret that and sincerely mourn for those who were sacrificed and their relatives,” Noda said. “We will not...
  • China/Japan: HK activists land on Diaoyu Islands, plant flag

    08/15/2012 2:53:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Morning Whistle ^ | 08/15/12 | Xu Weiwei
    August 15, 4:59 pm | By Xu Weiwei HK activists land on Diaoyu Islands, plant flag Pro-China activists from Hong Kong Wednesday planted the five-starred red Chinese flag on the Diaoyu islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan, according to Phoenix TV. Phoenix TV said seven activists have landed on the islands on 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday but three of them were controlled by Japan. Body conflicts didn't happen. A Hong Kong activist group of 14 people set sail on Sunday for the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, in an attempt to join forces with counterparts from the...
  • Fukushima 'caused mutant butterflies' in Japan

    08/14/2012 4:44:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 08/14/12
    Fukushima 'caused mutant butterflies' in Japan Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies from near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, scientists said on Tuesday, raising fears radiation could affect other species. 10:11AM BST 14 Aug 2012 Around 12 per cent of pale grass blue butterflies that were exposed to nuclear fallout as larvae immediately after the tsunami-sparked disaster had abnormalities, including smaller wings and damaged eyes, researchers said. The insects were mated in a laboratory well outside the fallout zone and 18 per cent of their offspring displayed similar problems, said Joji Otaki, associate professor at Ryukyu...
  • Japan's Economy Slows

    08/12/2012 6:40:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    wsj.com ^ | August 12, 2012, 8:37 p.m. ET | TAKASHI NAKAMICHI
    The Japanese economy grew at a weaker-than-expected annualized pace of 1.4% in the April-June quarter, as exports slowed and a domestic-demand led recovery showed signs of faltering. The preliminary gross domestic product data, released by the Cabinet Office on Monday, marked a sharp slowdown from the previous quarter's revised 5.5% expansion. It was the fourth-straight quarter of growth in the world's third-largest economy. Economists polled by Dow Jones Newswires had expected a 2.7% annualized rise. Japan's economy minister, Motohisa Furukawa, said at a news conference that while he expects the recovery to continue in the coming quarters, the government "needs...
  • Japan's Democrats offer polls in 'near future' to save tax plan

    08/11/2012 7:26:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Reuters via Chicago Tribune ^ | August 7, 2012 | Yuko Yoshikawa and Tetsushi Kajimoto
    Japan's ruling Democrats on Wednesday offered to call an election in the "near future" to save their sales tax increase plan after the opposition demanded a commitment to early polls in return for backing the bill in an upper house vote. The opposition has yet to formally respond to the pledge, but first reactions suggested it was too vague. "(Noda) will go to the people in the near future when the bill is enacted," Fumio Kishida, parliamentary affairs chief for the opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), quoted his Democrat counterpart as saying. It is the first time the Democrats have...
  • Aug 6, 1945: American bomber drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

    08/06/2012 6:08:40 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 59 replies
    http://www.history.com/ ^ | 08/06/2012 | STAFF
    On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world's first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout. U.S. President Harry S. Truman, discouraged by the Japanese response to the Potsdam Conference's demand for unconditional surrender, made the decision to use the atom bomb to end the war in order to prevent what he...
  • ANALYSIS: Okinawa the front line of Japan's defense

    08/01/2012 8:02:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    asahi.com ^ | August 01, 2012 | NANAE KURASHIGE
    Okinawa serves as a vital bulwark against China as the giant neighbor presses territorial claims and flexes its military muscle in waters around Japan, according to this year's defense white paper. By emphasizing the strategic importance of Okinawa, the Defense Ministry apparently seeks to highlight the deterrence power of U.S. military forces stationed in the southernmost prefecture. It says the U.S. military presence is a "lifeline" for Japan in terms of the Japan-U.S. alliance. The document, released July 31 at a Cabinet meeting, cites the importance of defending the Nansei Islands, which extend some 1,000 kilometers near major sea lanes...
  • Harry Truman grandson to visit Hiroshima

    07/30/2012 5:10:13 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 30 July 2012 | Martin Foster
    Clifton Truman Daniel will visit Japan from August 2, and attend ceremonies in Hiroshima August 6, and Nagasaki on August 9, according to Kyodo News as reported in the Nihon Keizai Shinbun. It is the first time a member of the late president’s family will attend the ceremonies, and will holds a deep symbolic meaning for the Japanese. Public papers from his time in office reveal a man with no regrets about using the A-bomb, but his grandson told Kyodo News that the late-president was horrified by the destructive power of the Bomb.
  • "US Fouls Up Again On Prime Minister's Name"

    07/30/2012 2:21:37 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 15 replies
    Pic courtesy another major Japanese national TV network, TBS For those who have been following this, the Japanese press is filled with snippets, chortling and stories and about the keystone-cop-ish US White House (specifically the National Security Council under Tom Donilon) and the White House website, which mistakenly listed the first name of Japan's Prime Minister (the third largest economy in the world you recall) as a common Japanese "female first name", "Yoshiko" (sic), and now the Chunichi Shimbun News off a Kyodo News Agency story (which is the blue ribbon equivalent of AP), has run an article saying...
  • As China Eyes Indian Ocean, Japan and India Pair Up on Defense

    07/28/2012 10:40:01 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 27, 2012 | The New York Times
    For two days last month, ships from the Indian and Japanese naval forces held joint military exercises in waters off Tokyo. By military standards, the exercises were small in scale. But they were heavy with symbolism and brought to light another facet of the growing relationship between the two countries — defense. Such joint exercises might be standard practice in international military-to-military exchanges, but with growing regional tensions — like in the South China Sea, located between India and Japan — they take on a more complex meaning. “If you look at it through a containment of China prism, it...
  • Japanese equestrian defies Father Time as the oldest competitor at London Olympics

    07/28/2012 12:32:29 PM PDT · by DFG · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 07/28/12 | Martin Rogers
    The oldest competitor at the 2012 Olympic Games has revealed the extraordinary sacrifices he has made in order to remain a medal contender well past retirement age. Hiroshi Hoketsu, who will represent Japan in the equestrian discipline of dressage at the age of 71, told Yahoo! Sports how chasing a slice of history and becoming the oldest Olympian in the last 92 years is the result of a fanatical commitment to the sport.
  • F-16C jet crashes off coast of Hokkaido [USAF from Misawa AFB]

    07/23/2012 9:17:10 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 8 replies
    F-16.net ^ | 7/22/2012 | Asif Shamim
    July 22, 2012 (by Asif Shamim) - An F-16C crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of northern Japan today. The pilot ejected and was rescued according to the Japanese Coast Guard some six hours after the aircraft went down. The jet from the 35th Fighter Wing, took off from Misawa air base in Aomori and crashed about 11.30hr Japan time (02.30 GMT) some 200 miles North-East of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, the spokesperson said. "One person, the pilot, was on board. Efforts are currently underway to retrieve the pilot," she said, reading from a statement. Reuters have gone...
  • TEPCO subcontractor used lead to fake dosimeter readings at Fukushima plant

    07/22/2012 12:32:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    THE ASAHI SHIMBUN TEPCO subcontractor used lead to fake dosimeter readings at Fukushima plant Workers at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were ordered to cover their dosimeters with lead plates to keep radiation doses low enough to continue working under dangerous conditions, the Asahi Shimbun has learned. Some refused the orders. Others raised questions about their safety and the legality of the practice. But the man in charge, a senior official of a subcontractor of Tokyo Electric Power Co., warned them that they would lose their jobs--and any chance of employment at other nuclear plants--if they failed to...
  • Navy eyeing off new Japanese submarines (Australia)

    07/09/2012 5:18:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Canberra Times ^ | July 9, 2012 | Hamish McDonald
    Navy eyeing off new Japanese submarines THE admiral in charge of planning for Australia's next generation of submarines and the chief defence scientist are studying an advanced new submarine in service with the Japanese navy. Rear-Admiral Rowan Moffitt, head of the Royal Australian Navy's Future Submarine Program, and Dr Alexander Zelinsky, the Chief Defence Scientist, travel to Japan this month to look at the Soryu-class submarines, which started service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force three years ago. Access to the Soryu technology was discussed during a visit to Australia last month by the Japanese navy's chief, Admiral Masahiko Sugimoto....
  • Militarizing Japan Frightens Allies

    07/08/2012 4:32:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    RealClearWorld.com (via Korea Times) ^ | July 5, 2012 | Donald Kirk
    Since the end of World War II, the U.S. has managed to hold revanchist Japanese military aims in check while the Japanese pursued economic success. The rise of China, however, poses a threat that Japanese militarists believe requires a response. Would a military build-up be what’s needed to jumpstart the stagnating Japanese economy? … Then there’s the historic question of the era of Japanese colonialism and militarism. Those days may be long gone, but the memory lingers on. Fears of a Japanese renaïssance as an aggressive imperial power won’t go away. Under the circumstances, it’s easy to understand widespread worries...
  • Japan: Fukushima plant "great risk": head of nuclear accident probe panel(fragile structures)

    07/06/2012 11:51:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Kyodo News ^ | 07/06/12
    Fukushima plant "great risk": head of nuclear accident probe panel TOKYO, July 6, Kyodo The head of a Diet-appointed panel to investigate the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster said Friday that the crippled plant in northeastern Japan remains in a dangerous situation because of its fragile structure. "Fukushima remains at a very high risk, not only because of the spent fuel issues, but also because of its fragile structure," Kiyoshi Kurokawa, also professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, told a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, noting that another huge earthquake like the one last...
  • Japan to go broke by October? Standoff threatens to 'collapse' budget

    07/06/2012 5:28:18 AM PDT · by John W · 3 replies
    Reuters via MSNBC ^ | July 6, 2012 | Reuters
    TOKYO - Japan's government could run out of money by the end of October, halting all state spending including salaries, pensions and unemployment benefits, because of a standoff in parliament that has blocked a bill to finance the deficit. The deficit financing bill, which would allow the government to sell bonds needed to fund almost half of the budget, has languished in parliament as the ruling Democratic Party tussles with opposition parties that can use their control of the upper house to reject legislation. "Without this bill, the budget will collapse," Finance Minister Jun Azumi said on Friday, pleading for...
  • Japan switches on Ohi nuclear reactor amid protests

    07/01/2012 4:22:06 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Japan has restarted the first nuclear reactor since the meltdown at the Fukushima power plant last year. Hundreds gathered near the plant in the town of Ohi to protest against the move, which has divided public opinion. Last month, the prime minister urged support, saying a return to nuclear power was essential for the economy. All 50 of Japan's nuclear plants were shut after the meltdown at Fukushima, which was triggered by a tsunami and earthquake. The crisis was regarded as the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. Road blocked It will take until Wednesday before the No 3...
  • Japanese Manufacturing Output Falls for First Time in 2012

    07/01/2012 7:52:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The short term effect of Japanese stimulus following the earthquake and tsunami has now worn off. All Japan has to show for that stimulus is a bigger pile of debt, proving once again the Broken Window Fallacy. In the real world, Japan has a debt-to GDP ratio of 225% and rising. Japan's export machine has stalled. So has Japanese manufacturing in general. Markit reports Japanese manufacturing output falls for first time in 2012 to date June data pointed to the first month-on-month reduction in manufacturing output since December 2011, as both new business and new export orders fell. Backlogs of...
  • Three to a space: the folding car

    06/25/2012 1:30:42 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 25 June 2012 | By Jim Motavalli, Mother Nature Network (mnn.com)
    If you're of a certain age - or just watch a lot of Hulu or Nick at Nite - you probably remember the folding (and flying) car from "The Jetsons." The forthcoming Hiriko Fold doesn't fly, but it does fold. To make this work, regular controls had to be replaced with drive-by-wire, and the accelerator, steering wheel and brake are gone in favor of an aerospace-type yoke that (as in a Segway), is moved forward to move the vehicle forward, and back for reversing. Left and right are for steering. Just like in the Jetsons' car (and the 1950s BMW...
  • Japan: Seafood caught off Fukushima goes on sale for first time since disaster

    06/25/2012 8:12:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 06/25/12 | Yuri Kageyama
    Seafood caught off Fukushima goes on sale for first time since disaster By Yuri Kageyama National Jun. 25, 2012 - 08:50PM JST ( 50 ) TOKYO — The first seafood caught off Japan’s Fukushima coastline since last year’s nuclear disaster went on sale Monday, but the offerings were limited to octopus and marine snails because of persisting fears about radiation. Octopus and whelk, a kind of marine snail, were chosen for the initial shipments because testing for radioactive cesium consistently measured no detectable amounts, according to the Fukushima Prefectural fishing cooperative. They were caught Friday and boiled so they last...
  • Japan gives nuclear industry a reason to cheer

    06/22/2012 11:19:55 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | June 22, 2012, 12:01 a.m. EDT | Myra P. Saefong, MarketWatch
    Restart of reactors may boost nuclear power, uranium prospectsSAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Japan’s devastating disasters last year derailed some growth in the nuclear industry world-wide, but demand for uranium is poised to strengthen after the nation that fed doubts over safety approved its first restart of nuclear reactors since the catastrophe. “Stealthily … developments in the nuclear industry are moving ahead,” said Jeb Handwerger, a natural-resource analyst and editor of GoldStockTrades.com. “Homage was paid to Fukushima,” but it did not deter companies in the nuclear power industry “from continuing the development of nuclear energy.”
  • 'National security' amendment to nuclear law raises fears of military use(going nuclear)

    06/21/2012 6:46:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 06/21/12 | Akira Ozeki and Seiji Tanaka
    'National security' amendment to nuclear law raises fears of military use June 21, 2012 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN Supporters of an amendment quietly slipped into Japan’s nuclear power law saying it should contribute to "national security" are denying it could provide cover for military use of nuclear technology. The provision, which says nuclear safety should be guaranteed not only to defend lives, people's health and the environment but also to "contribute to Japan's national security," became part of the Atomic Energy Basic Law on June 20. Critics say the change to the 1955 basic law, known as the "constitution" of nuclear...
  • Japanese Airline Tells Customers Flight Attendants Will Not Help Them

    06/17/2012 8:32:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07 Jun 2012 | Julian Ryall
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government filed a complaint against Japanese budget carrier Skymark Airlines and the Consumer Affairs Agency requested that it remove the notices, which informed passengers that Skymark would not accept complaints during flights. Instead, passengers were told to direct any complaints to public consumer centres. Hirohiko Fukushima, the head of the Consumer Affairs Agency, said in Tokyo, "We cannot condone an attitude of directing complaints about a company's services to public organisations." Skymark's eight-point "Service Concept" guidelines were introduced aboard its aircraft in mid-May and stated that cabin staff would not help passengers stow their bags, that attendants...
  • Aum fugitive Takahashi arrested/Last cultist wanted over 1995 sarin attack captured in Tokyo cafe

    06/16/2012 3:50:02 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 12 replies
    The Daily Yomiuri Online ^ | 6/17/2012 | Staff
    Katsuya Takahashi, a former Aum Supreme Truth cult member sought over the March 1995 sarin gas attack on Tokyo's subway system, was arrested Friday in Tokyo after 17 years on the run.... The arrest of the last Aum member on a special wanted list marks a new chapter in the investigation of a series of crimes allegedly committed by the cult that shocked and horrified the nation, including sarin gas attacks in Tokyo and Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, and the sending of a parcel bomb addressed to the then Tokyo governor.
  • Top Yakuza Member Released on $19 mil. Bail

    06/15/2012 8:07:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Tokyo Times ^ | Jun 13th, 2012
    Kiyoshi Takayama, considered to be the second most important man in the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza group, was awarded a Y1.5 billion ($19 million) bail and could be freed ahead of his trial. Takayama, 64, is charged with extortion, being accused of taking some Y40 million from a construction company in 2005 and 2006. Currently he is in the hospital due to poor health according to press reports. The Yamaguchi-gumi is Japan’s biggest yakuza group. The yakuza engages in activities like gambling, prostitution and drugs, while conducting business through front companies. The yakuza gangs have long been tolerated by the Japanese authorities,...
  • Osaka Bay Looking Yellow (Earthquake fears?)

    06/13/2012 2:34:13 PM PDT · by PuzzledInTX · 67 replies
    Fukushima Diary ^ | June 13th, 2012 | Mochizuki
    At this moment, people in Osaka and Kobe are tweeting the color of Osaka bay looks strange. From the picture, it looks pale yellow. From local citizens, it became strange color before The great Hanshin earthquake (1995) as well. They might need to stay informed just in case.
  • Why Japan prefers pets to parenthood

    06/12/2012 10:32:34 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 41 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 8 June 2012 | Ruth Evans and Roland Buerk
    In a smart and expensive neighbourhood of Tokyo, Toshiko Horikoshi relaxes by playing her grand piano. She's a successful eye surgeon, with a private clinic, a stylish apartment, a Porsche and two pet pooches: Tinkerbell, a chihuahua, and Ginger, a poodle. "Japanese dog owners think a dog is like a child," says Horikoshi. "I have no children, so I really love my two dogs." Many Japanese women like Horikoshi Startlingly, in a country panicking over its plummeting birthrate, there are now many more pets than children. While the birthrate has been falling dramatically and the average age of Japan's population...
  • PRC Sold Mobile ICBM Transport Vehicles to N. Korea; Obama Admin. Covered It Up (Breaking)

    06/12/2012 9:26:34 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 25 replies
    JNN News Network, Tokyo, Japan (in Japanese) ^ | 14 Junwe 2012 | JNN News Network (Freeper Translation)
    The news report is HERE:LINK.This is from Japanese TV news today, it reports that the sale occured in August last year (4 mobile transporters used in North Korea's massive military parade showcasing the mobile nature of their ICBM program, including modified Scud, Nodong, etc.). Japan caught wind of this dangerous, nefarious PRC-DPRK deal in October. The United States also came to know this material fact.The sale marks a complete violation of UN embargoes on such material and equipment for export to the DPRK for thier intermediate and long range missile program. Japanese news notes the US kept silent about...
  • Panel: Gov't Meddling Added To Japan Nuclear Crisis

    06/11/2012 8:13:01 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 2 replies
    Manufacturing.Net ^ | June 11, 2012 | Mari Yamaguchi
    TOKYO (AP) -- A panel investigating Japan's nuclear disaster said Saturday that the ex-prime minister and his aides caused confusion at the height of last year's crisis by heavily interfering in the damaged and leaking plant's operation. Shuya Nomura, a member of the parliamentary panel, said that Naoto Kan's aides made numerous calls to the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, often asking basic questions and distracting workers, thus causing more confusion. They did not follow the official line of communication -- through the regulator, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency -- under the country's nuclear disaster management law, he said.
  • Wildlife groups sue US over lead bullets

    06/07/2012 4:47:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    AFP - ^ | 08 June 2012
    Seven US conservation groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the government of failing to regulate the use of toxic lead bullets in hunting. Lead bullets have been shown to fragment upon impact, leaving bits behind in carcasses that other animals scavenge. The practice can cause lead poisoning in species such as the endangered California condor, eagles, swans and more. A petition by 100 environmental groups to the EPA in March, asking for the agency to regulate the components of ammunition used in hunting under the Toxic Substances Control Act, was refused amid strong opposition...
  • Japanese dock torn off in tsunami floats to beach in Oregon

    06/07/2012 12:04:10 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 7, 2012 | Nick Allen
    Video @ link...A 66ft long floating dock that was ripped from the shores of Japan during last year's tsunami has arrived on a beach 5,000 miles away in Oregon.
  • US troops take part in LGBT Pride Month reception at US Embassy in Tokyo

    06/06/2012 5:46:16 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 5, 2012 | Charlie Reed
    TOKYO — Master Sgt. Marc Maschhoff revels in the turns his life has taken in the last year. Last summer, Maschhoff had to keep his sexuality a secret or risk being kicked out of the Air Force. On Monday, he was happily introducing his boyfriend to diplomats and politicians from around the world as the U.S. ambassador to Japan held a reception in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month. . . Maschhoff traveled with his boyfriend — who is also an airman — from Misawa Air Base in northern Japan to Tokyo for the event. Maschhoff said...
  • US Navy marks Battle of Midway's 70th anniversary

    06/04/2012 9:36:03 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Six months after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan sent aircraft carriers to the Pacific atoll of Midway. Despite those odds, the U.S. Navy sank four Japanese aircraft carriers the first day of the three-day battle and put Japan on the defensive. And though intelligence was a key reason behind a U.S. victory, other factors came into play, such as brave heroics by Navy dive bomber pilots.
  • N. Korea denounces Japan's move to deploy destroyers near S. Korea(new NK scenario?)

    06/04/2012 6:38:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 06/04/12
    2012/06/04 16:23 KST N. Korea denounces Japan's move to deploy destroyers near S. Korea SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's propaganda Web site on Monday lashed out at Japan's move to deploy Aegis destroyers in international waters between South Korea and China. The Uriminzokkiri associated Japan's plan with what it claimed was South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's "toadyism" to the United States and Japan, accusing Lee of seeking to collude with Japan in military affairs. The criticism came days after Japan's Kyodo news agency reported Tokyo plans to deploy the destroyers to waters near the Yellow Sea to improve...
  • Navy marks Battle of Midway's 70th anniversary (It happened 70 years ago today)

    06/04/2012 5:35:05 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    AP/Boston Globe ^ | June 4, 2012 | Audrey McAvoy
    Six months after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan sent four aircraft carriers to the tiny Pacific atoll of Midway to draw out and destroy what remained of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. But this time the U.S. knew about Japan's plans. U.S. cryptologists had cracked Japanese communications codes, giving Fleet Commander Adm. Chester Nimitz notice of where Japan would strike, the day and time of the attack, and what ships the enemy would bring to the fight. The U.S. was badly outnumbered and its pilots less experienced than Japan's. Even so, it sank four Japanese aircraft carriers the...

    06/03/2012 3:50:59 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 87 replies
    utsandiego.com ^ | 3 June 2012 | Peter Rowe
    Spanning hundreds of leagues and four days, June 4-7, 1942, the Battle of Midway pitted an overmatched American fleet against a Japanese armada in a desperate struggle for command of the Pacific. What unfolded more than 1,000 miles northwest of Hawaii was, British historian John Keegan maintains, “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare.” Saturday in San Diego, the U.S. Navy celebrated this triumph’s 70th anniversary. Aboard the retired aircraft carrier named for the battle, 1,000 guests were to hear videotaped comments from a handful of survivors. They included aviators, Marines and one plucky steward....
  • Tokyo Hits 28-Year Low Amid Global Rout

    06/04/2012 3:23:45 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 4, 2012 | By: Reuters with CNBC.com
    The Tokyo market slumped to a 28-year low on Monday as Asian shares dived on fears of a nightmare scenario of euro-zone breakup, U.S. economic relapse and a sharp slowdown in China. Investors hedged against global financial and economic crisis, heading for havens such as the benchmark 10-year Japanese government bond whose yield fell below 0.80 percent to its lowest since July 2003. Ten-year JGB futures prices jumped to a 19-month high.
  • Asia stocks tumble, Tokyo hits 28-yr low amid global rout

    06/03/2012 8:49:08 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 47 replies
    reuters ^ | 6/3/12 | Chikako Mogi
    TOKYO, June 4 (Reuters) - Asian shares tumbled on Monday, pushing the broader Tokyo market to a 28-year low, as investors extended a rout of global stocks and worried about a nightmare scenario of euro-zone breakup, U.S. economic relapse and a sharp slowdown in China. Tokyo's broader Topix index lost 2.1 percent to 693.35, a level not seen since late 1983, as Asian markets plumbed new lows for 2012. Japan's Nikkei average fell 2 percent after last week marking its ninth straight week of losses, the longest such losing streak run in 20 years.
  • Japan stocks tumble on U.S. data, rising yen

    06/03/2012 7:09:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 6/3/2012 | Michael Kitchen
    Japanese stocks opened sharply lower Monday, with stocks hit across the board in reaction to weak U.S. jobs growth and Wall Street losses, as well as gains for the yen hitting exporters. The Nikkei Stock Average -2.03% shot down 2.1% to 8,259.51 in the early minutes, while the broader Topix lost 2.2% to 693.51, falling below the 700 level to hit lows reportedly not seen since the 1980s. With the Japanese yen up significantly against the U.S. dollar and euro, shares of globally exposed firms were among the leading decliners. Toshiba
  • Tokyo cat cafes told to close early

    06/01/2012 10:43:16 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    The curfew is among revisions to the Animal Protection Law and designed to safeguard the welfare of all pets, but was particularly targeted at stores in busy entertainment districts that have been doing a roaring late-night trade in cute puppies and kittens among people who have had too much to drink.
  • Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

    05/28/2012 7:01:21 PM PDT · by thecodont · 42 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Monday, May 28, 2012 | ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer
    (05-28) 12:48 PDT LOS ANGELES, (AP) -- Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/05/28/national/a120114D60.DTL#ixzz1wDhpH1BO
  • Krugman, Fingleton, and Japan (Krugman: Japan, now a role model)

    05/27/2012 5:24:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 05/26/12 | James Fallows
    Krugman, Fingleton, and Japan By James Fallows May 26 2012, 10:22 AM ET /snip This is a case I sympathize with, and have made various times -- for instance, in the Atlantic two years ago. I am sure that Fingleton has noticed that Paul Krugman, long a skeptic of the "Japan is stronger than it looks" view, now agrees. Or so a new interview with Martin Wolf in the FT suggests: The conversation turns to the Japanese crisis of the 1990s. In retrospect, I [Wolf] suggest, the Japanese seem to have managed the aftermath of their crisis quite well. He...
  • Japan: No. 2 reactor source of most contamination

    05/26/2012 8:09:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    No. 2 reactor source of most contamination The Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo Electric Power Co. has revealed that the damaged containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was the main source of radiation contamination in Iitate and neighboring areas in northeastern Fukushima Prefecture. The damaged No. 2 reactor's containment vessel released an estimated 160,000 terabecquerels of radioactive substances on March 15, causing the soil in Iitate and surrounding areas to become heavily contaminated, TEPCO said Thursday. One terabecquerel is equal to 1 trillion becquerels. The amount of radioactive material that leaked into the...
  • Japan minister visits nuke plant amid safety worry (bulging wall of reactor #4 building)

    05/26/2012 7:52:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/26/12
    Japan minister visits nuke plant amid safety worry TOKYO – Japan's environment and nuclear minister visited the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on Saturday to inspect a spent fuel pool at the center of safety concerns and said it appeared to have been properly reinforced. The visit by Goshi Hosono, apparently aimed at demonstrating the safety of the facility, came amid renewed concerns about conditions at the plant's No. 4 reactor after its operator reported a bulging of the building's wall. Nuclear regulators ordered a new investigation and seismic tests of the building and its pool. The building was...
  • WHO Fukushima Report - Good And Bad News

    05/24/2012 8:53:55 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 6 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | 24 May 2012 | World Health Organization
    A World Health Organization (WHO) preliminary estimate report on the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant found that human risk of cancer did not increase in most of the country, but that some infants in a nearby town who were exposed to radioactive iodine-131 may have a higher lifetime risk of developing thyroid cancer.
  • Four dead as earthquake strikes northern Italy

    05/20/2012 4:36:08 AM PDT · by John W · 4 replies
    RTE News ^ | May 20, 2012 | RTE News
    A magnitude-6.0 earthquake shook northern Italy early today killing at least four people and toppling some buildings, emergency services and news reports said. The quake struck at 4.04am Italian time between Modena and Mantova, about 35 kilometres (22 miles) north-northwest of Bologna at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles), the US Geological Survey said. It was one of the strongest quakes to shake the region, seismologists said, and initial television footage indicated that older buildings had suffered damage: roofs collapsed, church towers showed cracks and the bricks of some stone walls tumbled into the street. As dawn...
  • 73-year-old Japanese woman scales Mount Everest

    05/20/2012 3:33:08 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 5/19/12 | BINAJ GURUBACHARYA
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A 73-year-old Japanese woman climbed to Mount Everest's peak Saturday, smashing her own record to again become the oldest woman to scale the world's highest mountain. Tamae Watanabe reached Everest's 8,850-meter-high (29,035-foot-high) summit from the northern side of the mountain in Tibet on Saturday morning with four other team members, said Ang Tshering of the China Tibet Mountaineering Association in Nepal. Watanabe had climbed Everest in 2002 at the age of 63 to become the oldest woman to scale the mountain. She had retained the title until she topped herself a decade later.
  • Japan and Europe Are Killing Themselves

    05/19/2012 6:19:21 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/16/2012 | Steve Forbes
    Can the U.S. lead the world back to prosperity? The global economy is lurching toward the cliff. Twice before over the last 75 years Washington took the necessary action, and after November, with a new President and Congress, there will be the opportunity—and imperative—to do so again. The 1970s were a decade of economic turmoil and stagnation. The 1930s were worse. And now the world is headed to the brink again. ~snip~ The destruction of Bretton Woods in early 1970s led to a horrific, inflation-wracked decade. The U.S. experienced a stagnant economy and rising inflation and was seen as a...