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  • Aircraft with 11 heading to USS Ronald Reagan crashes, rescue operation underway

    11/22/2017 12:39:04 AM PST · by csvset · 42 replies
    WAVY TV ^ | 22 NOV 2017 | Wire
    TOKYO (AP) — An aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean Wednesday while on the way to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the Navy said. The Japan-based 7th Fleet said in a statement that the search and rescue operation was launched from the carrier. “Personnel recovery is underway and their condition will be evaluated by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff,” the statement said. It said the ship was operating in the Philippine Sea, which is east of the Philippines, when the crash occurred at 2:45 p.m. Japan time. The names of the crew and passengers...
  • Restrictions placed on U.S. service members in Japan

    11/19/2017 8:27:39 PM PST · by Ronin · 69 replies
    US Forces Japan ^ | Nov. 20, 1325 | USFM
    Effective immediately, U.S. service members on Okinawa are restricted to base and to their residences. Until further notice, alcohol consumption is prohibited. This includes in residences and public locations such as bars and clubs, and hotels. Additionally, U.S. service members on mainland Japan are prohibited from purchasing or consuming alcohol, on or off base. The new restrictions follow an accident Sunday morning in Naha in which a Okinawan man was killed when his vehicle was struck by a truck being driven by a U.S. service member. Alcohol may have been a factor. Commanders across Japan will immediately lead mandatory training...
  • Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel

    11/19/2017 1:15:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    nyt ^ | 11/19/2017 | Martin Fackler
    Earlier robots had failed, getting caught on debris or suffering circuit malfunctions from excess radiation. But the newer version, called the Mini-Manbo, or “little sunfish,” was made of radiation-hardened materials with a sensor to help it avoid dangerous hot spots in the plant’s flooded reactor buildings. ... After three days of carefully navigating through a shattered reactor building, the Manbo finally reached the heavily damaged Unit 3 reactor. There, the robot beamed back video of a gaping hole at the bottom of the reactor and, on the floor beneath it, clumps of what looked like solidified lava: the first images...
  • USS Benfold sustains minor damage in collision with Japanese tugboat

    11/18/2017 12:21:48 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 41 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov. 18, 2017 | Courtney Kube
    A U.S. Navy destroyer was involved in a minor collision with a Japanese tugboat Saturday during a scheduled exercise, according to the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet. The USS Benfold, a guided-missile destroyer, sustained minor damage when a tugboat lost propulsion and drifted into the ship, the Navy said. No one was injured on either vessel and an initial assessment of the damage showed that the destroyer only sustained minimal damage including scrapes. But the accident comes at a time when the Navy's 7th Fleet and the U.S. Pacific Command have come under increased scrutiny after several deadly collisions in the...
  • US warship collides with Japanese tug boat, latest mishap for the Navy's 7th Fleet

    11/18/2017 10:54:56 AM PST · by OwenKellogg · 67 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/18/17 | JULIA JACOBO Luis Martinez EMILY SHAPIRO Morgan Winsor
    A U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tug boat in Japan's Sagami Bay on Saturday, marking the fifth time this year that a ship in the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash. The Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise. The U.S. guided-missile destroyer sustained minimal damage, and there were no reported injuries on either vessel, according to a press release from the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet. The USS Benfold, which is awaiting a full damage assessment, remains at sea under its own power....
  • Navy will carry out rare 3-carrier exercise in Sea of Japan

    11/12/2017 11:01:32 PM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 8, 2017 | Luis Martinez
    The U.S. Navy has announced that it will carry out a rare exercise this weekend in the western Pacific involving three aircraft carriers. The exercise will take place in the Sea of Japan east of the Korean peninsula and is intended to send a message to North Korea of America's security commitments in the region, according to U.S. officials. "It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three," said Adm. Scott Swift, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, in a statement. "Multiple carrier strike force operations are very complex,...
  • In Japan, Trump and Abe Offer Alternative to China’s ‘Belt and Road’

    11/08/2017 8:59:50 AM PST · by snarkpup · 10 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 08, 2017 | Shannon Tiezzi
    U.S. President Donald Trump was in Japan on November 5 and 6, the first stop on his week-long Asia tour. Unsurprisingly, North Korea was a major focus of discussions between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Yet while the question of how Washington and Tokyo will combat North Korea’s nuclear ambitions drew headlines, another potentially significant development went largely overlooked: The United States and Japan unveiled their governments’ joint effort to offer an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI is China’s plan to build infrastructure (from roads and railways to telecommunications and energy links) stretching...
  • The hamburger Trump ate in Japan sells out as diners track down the presidential meal

    11/08/2017 4:31:15 AM PST · by smileyface · 48 replies
    Sora News ^ | Nov 7, 2017 | OOna McGee
    This Tokyo small business owner is at the centre of attention after his signature burger was selected to be served to the President. In amongst all the speeches and outings held during Trump’s first visit to Japan as U.S. President, the one thing that stood out for many people was the fact that during his visit to a golf course with the Japanese Prime Minister, the two chose to eat hamburgers. While some criticised the decision to shun the country’s UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage-listed traditional cuisine, others immediately started searching the Internet to find out where they could get their...
  • The hamburger Trump ate in Japan sells out as diners track down the presidential meal

    11/07/2017 7:40:43 PM PST · by llevrok · 79 replies
    Sora News 24 (Japan) ^ | 11/7/2017 | Oona McGee
    This Tokyo small business owner is at the centre of attention after his signature burger was selected to be served to the President. In amongst all the speeches and outings held during Trump’s first visit to Japan as U.S. President, the one thing that stood out for many people was the fact that during his visit to a golf course with the Japanese Prime Minister, the two chose to eat hamburgers. While some criticised the decision to shun the country’s UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage-listed traditional cuisine, others immediately started searching the Internet to find out where they could get their...
  • Korean F-16s Upgraded To Carry Israeli Weapon

    11/07/2017 7:21:15 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    AIN online ^ | November 7, 2017 | Chen Chuanren
    A Korean F-16D, some of which have been upgraded to carry precision weapons such as (inset) the Rafael Spice glide bomb. (Photos: Chris Pocock and KForce News) The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has performed numerous live drops of the Rafael Spice 2,000-pound guided glide bomb this year, suggesting that the weapon is fully certified on its F-16 fleet. The Israeli company does not discuss customers, but reports indicate that Seoul signed a deal with Rafael in late 2015, with deliveries due in the second half of 2016. The weapon was seen in a quick-response exercise mounted by the...
  • South Korea 'in talks to buy nuclear submarine' from US: Reports

    11/07/2017 8:07:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | 07th November 2017
    SEOUL: South Korea is negotiating with the United States to buy nuclear-powered submarines to guard against threats from Pyongyang, local reports said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump said Seoul would buy "billions of dollars" of US weapons. Nuclear-powered submarines can stay submerged for months, giving them a far greater range than their diesel-powered counterparts, and are also crucial to any seaborne nuclear deterrent. Such a purchase would redraw the balance of power in northeast Asia, and could trigger a regional arms race. Japan -- another US ally -- does not have nuclear-powered submarines, and is barred from having a military...
  • Donald Trump shuns Japanese food for American burger

    11/06/2017 6:34:06 PM PST · by Simon Green · 224 replies
    News.am ^ | 11/06/17 | News.am
    Japan might be routinely hailed as one of the best places in the world for food but that has not inspired Donald Trump to deviate from his strict all-American diet, Independent reported. There was not a trace of ramen, sushi or tempura on President Trump’s plate at a casual lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday. The billionaire property developer instead relished in eating a hamburger sourced from American beef during his first trip to Japan as President. Mr Trump chose to have his burger well-done as he has become so famed for doing with his steaks. President...
  • Melania Trump’s Shimmering Manolo Metallic Stilettos Steal the Show in Tokyo

    11/06/2017 2:44:59 PM PST · by drewh · 128 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 nov 2017 | John Binder
    First Lady Melania Trump stepped out in shimmering metallic stilettos on her second day abroad in Tokyo, Japan Monday to visit Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School. Melania coordinated her caped, circle-skirt navy Christian Dior dress with Japanese First Lady Akie Abe, who also wore a long-sleeve navy dress and patent leather belt. But it was Melania’s metallic — almost iridescent — Manolo Blahnik snakeskin stilettos that glimmered through her otherwise pared-down ensemble. As Breitbart News reported, Melania grabbed worldwide headlines when she arrived in Tokyo in a multicolored, embellished Fendi coat. Later that evening, for dinner with President Trump, Japanese Prime...
  • Trump, wife pay visit to Emperor, Empress

    11/06/2017 1:40:42 PM PST · by Innovative · 44 replies
    Japan News ^ | Nov. 6, 2017 | Jiji Press
    Visiting U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, had an audience with the Emperor and Empress for the first time at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday. The president and the first lady arrived at the palace around 11 a.m. in the presidential state car. Smiling, Trump shook hands with the Emperor and Empress and introduced his wife to the Imperial couple, who greeted them at the entrance. In the meeting of about 20 minutes, Trump told the Emperor that he was very honored to meet with him, according to the Imperial Household Agency. The Japan-U.S. relationship is...
  • Trump's Koigate Is Fake News Spun by Shameless White House Press Corps

    11/06/2017 8:49:16 AM PST · by RightGeek · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/6/2017 | Patrick Poole
    One of the contributing factors to Donald Trump's election last year was the widespread perception that the media elites were completely detached from the rest of the country. Many see the media, with its credibility shredded, alternate between reckless mishandling of the truth and pathological lying. Take, for instance, an entirely manufactured controversy taken from President Trump's current visit to Japan. An otherwise uneventful photo op with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been falsely spun by the White House press corps as a massive diplomatic blunder. During the photo op, Trump and Abe were feeding koi in a pond...
  • Trump shakes Japanese emperor's hand but doesn't repeat groveler-in-chief Obama's deep bow (ed)

    11/06/2017 8:38:24 AM PST · by RightGeek · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/6/2017 | David Martosko
    Full title: 'Not his style – never has been': Trump shakes Japanese emperor's hand but doesn't repeat groveler-in-chief Obama's deep bow President Donald Trump met with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Monday, sharing a brief handshake eight years after his predecessor became a global laughingstock by bowing deeply before the monarch. Visiting with the emperor and empress is routine for heads of state visiting Tokyo, and Trump did his part a few hours before a joint press conference with Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, who wields more power than the aging figurehead. Trump nodded his head slightly, but did...
  • Once Formidable, Taiwan’s Military Now Overshadowed by China’s

    11/05/2017 9:38:56 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | NOV. 4, 2017 | STEVEN LEE MYERS and CHRIS HORTON
    ZUOYING NAVAL BASE, Taiwan — The Hai Pao, one of Taiwan’s four navy submarines, began its service as the Tusk, an American vessel launched in August 1945 at the end of World War II. Its sister submarine, the Hai Shih, is a year older. Neither can fire torpedoes today, though they can still lay mines. The submarines, said Feng Shih-kuan, Taiwan’s minister of national defense, “belong in a museum.” The Hai Pao — with its paint-encrusted pipes, antiquated engines and a brass dial with a needle to measure speed in knots — will instead remain in service past its 80th...
  • Trump, Abe enjoy golf in Tokyo

    11/05/2017 10:34:43 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    Rediff ^ | Matsuyama | ANI
    Rediff.com  » News » Trump, Abe enjoy golf in Tokyo Trump, Abe enjoy golf in Tokyo November 05, 2017 20:21 IST United States President Donald Trump was seen enjoying golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Tokyo, the planned site of the 2020 Olympics golf tournament, shortly after arriving in Japan on Sunday. IMAGE: US President Donald Trump gestures to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as Japanese professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama looks on, as they play golf at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, north of Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Japan's Cabinet Public Relations Office/Kyodo/Reuters Taking to Twitter, US President Trump uploaded a video...
  • More details of PLA’s ace Type 055 destroyer unveiled

    11/05/2017 7:00:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Asia Times ^ | NOVEMBER 3, 2017
    China has accelerated the deployment of its ace guided-missile destroyers, known as Type 055, as four of the latest-generation warships, capable of attacking targets onshore, offshore and underwater, are being built at the nation’s two largest shipyards in Shanghai and Dalian. The latter is also the home port of the first Chinese-built aircraft carrier. When the first ship of the 055 class was launched at the end of June in Shanghai, China’s official media offered scant details of the brand-new destroyer, though some observers reckoned that it might be the largest warship in the Asia-Pacific region except for aircraft carriers....
  • 'Abe, Trump to Discuss Evacuation Plan for their Citizens in S. Korea'

    11/05/2017 1:06:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    KBS ^ | 2017-11-05
    'Abe, Trump to Discuss Evacuation Plan for their Citizens in S. Korea' Write : 2017-11-05 12:13:20 Update : 2017-11-05 13:19:00 United States President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will reportedly discuss how to evacuate their citizens in South Korea in the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula. Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun daily reported on Sunday that the two leaders will discuss the matter during their summit talks on Monday in Tokyo. The paper said that Trump is not excluding military options against North Korea, noting that roughly 60-thousand Japanese citizens and more than 200-thousand Americans currently...