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  • Man Guilty of Owning Sexy Images of Cartoon Children

    10/20/2014 7:39:44 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 21 replies
    Reason ^ | Oct. 20, 2014 | Lenore Skenazy
    A man in Britain has been convicted for his fantasies. Robul Hoque, 39, was found guilty of downloading "prohibited images" of cartoon girls, some in school uniforms, doing dirty deeds. The fact that these manga drawings are available on legitimate sites did not sway the judge. Nor did the fact that—oh yeah—there were no actual humans in the pictures. No humans. So how old, exactly, is a cartoon? Is the cartoon 7, or 9, or just shy of 18? Trick question: A cartoon doesn't have an age, because a cartoon is never born. The life meter never started ticking. If...
  • Technology change to boost Japanese bid to replace Collins subs (Li-ion Batteries)

    10/20/2014 7:51:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | OCTOBER 21, 2014 | Rick Wallace & Cameron Stewart
    JAPAN is preparing to change the sub-surface propulsion system for its Soryu submarines, dumping German and Swedish technology in a move that could clear a potential barrier to Australia purchasing the Japanese boats. Tokyo’s plans to switch from the Kockums propulsion system to specially developed lithium ion batteries eliminates the potential embarrassment for Australia in ­rejecting German and Swedish bids in favour of using a sub that is powered by their intellectual property. The Kockums air-independent propulsion (AIP) system was designed in Sweden but licensed to Kawasaki Heavy Industries to incorporate into the Soryu class to power the subs on...
  • Container Ship Adrift off British Columbia Coast

    10/17/2014 3:08:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 17, 2014
    A Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia's northern coast Friday, a scenario a nearby First Nation community described as its "worst fear." The Canadian Forces' joint rescue coordination center in Victoria said the Russian carrier Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia. Canadian Navy Lt. Paul Penderghast said the ship was drifting nine nautical miles from shore, though he said it was largely maintaining that position. "It...
  • Oil price drop threatens to hit Russia, Iran harder than sanctions

    10/14/2014 11:30:02 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    latimes.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Paul Richter
    A drop in global oil prices, driven in part by a boom in U.S. shale oil production, is threatening to hit the economies of energy-exporting Russia and Iran harder than Western economic sanctions have done.
  • To confront US allies China needs 1,200 J-10B fighters: Russian media

    10/12/2014 3:18:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-10-12
    China will need to produce about 1,200 fourth-generation fighters to be able to confront the air forces of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, if the three nations are successful in their bids to acquire advanced American fighters, in any potential conflict, according to the Moscow-based Russian Military Analysis on Oct. 9. Even though Taiwan maintains close economic ties with mainland China, the Russian-language newspaper said that the Taiwanese government under the leadership of Ma Ying-jeou has not given up its intention of purchasing advanced fighters from the United States such as the F-16C/D and even the F-35. Japan and South...
  • Germany fights for Australian submarine defence contract after Japan makes a bid for it

    10/13/2014 5:38:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | OCTOBER 14, 2014
    A HIGH-POWERED German submarine delegation is in Canberra to demand an open competition for the nation’s biggest ever defence contract — a new navy submarine. German giant ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), the parent company of leading submarine builder HDW, has launched an aggressive bid to head off Japan for the multi-billion dollar job. And in good news for thousands of shipyard workers at the ASC yard in Port Adelaide and elsewhere around the nation, TKMS said it would be happy to build the boats in Australia. The company has built more than 160 diesel powered submarines and it has promised...
  • Nuclear War threat from Ukraine crisis threatens world, Nobel Peace Laureate warns

    10/10/2014 11:26:10 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    baltimorepostexaminer.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Martin Sieff
    The United States and Russia are dangerously close to stumbling into a war over Ukraine that could go nuclear and kill hundreds of millions of people in a single day, a Nobel laureate who is one of the world’s leading experts on the dangers of nuclear weapons warned in Washington this week. “It’s an incredibly dangerous situation. …If there’s a nuclear war tonight, that’s the Northern Hemisphere (of the entire world) gone, Dr. Helen Caldicott told a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday. She was speaking on the topic: “Ukraine: Is Nuclear Conflict Likely?” Caldicott is an Australian...
  • Typhoon Phanfone Lashing Japan; One Airman Found Dead In Okinawa, Two Still Missing

    10/05/2014 7:16:20 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    Weather Channel ^ | 10-5-2014 | Jon Erdman and Nick Wiltgen
    One U.S. airman has been found dead and two others are missing after waves caused by Typhoon Phanfone swept them away in Okinawa, according to a U.S. military official.  "Three airmen were washed out to sea from the northwest coast of Okinawa," the U.S. Air Force at Kadena Air Base said at 3:45 p.m. local time Sunday.  Typhoon Phanfone is lashing southern Japan with strong wind, high waves and torrential rain as millions brace for what looks to be a direct impact. At one point on Saturday, the U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center analyzed 150 mph winds within Phanfone, designating it...
  • Japan's Groundbreaking Bullet Train Is Officially 50 Years Old [No fatal accidents in five decades!]

    10/04/2014 12:21:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/04/2014 | Benjamin Zhang
    The iconic image of majestic bullet train blasting past the snowcapped peaks of Mount Fuji has become a symbol of Japan's growth into an economic and technological juggernaut. This month, the blue-and-white liveried Shinkansen Bullet Train that stars in the photo above is officially 50 years old. Over the past half century, the Bullet Train has become inextricably linked with the nation and the people it has served so diligently. Since its debut in 1964, the Shinkansen has grown from a single line connecting Tokyo and Osaka to lines linking all parts of the country. These days, the BBC reports...
  • Japanese zoo fails to breed two hyenas after both turned out to be male

    10/03/2014 3:25:19 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 63 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 3, 2014
    Zookeepers in Japan have abandoned a years-long attempt to have two spotted hyenas mate and reproduce as both turned out to be male. The Maruyama zoo in Sapporo, northern Japan, said in a statement this week that it was given the animals as a “male and female couple” in October 2010 from a zoo in the South Korean city of Daejon. “We have attempted to house them together for breeding many times but they often fought against each other and never engaged themselves in breeding behaviour,” the statement said.[SNIP]
  • Japan’s Largest Warship Since World War II Takes To Sea

    09/29/2014 1:10:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 62 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 29, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    Japan’s largest warship since World War II has left for its first set of sea trials last week ahead of entering the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF)fleet next year. JS Izumo (DDH-183) departed Tokyo Bay on Sept. 23, as seen as in a video on YouTube, for the first round of what will be about six months of sea trials ahead of the ship’s commissioning next year, a JMSDF official told Jane’s Defence Weekly on Monday. The 24,000-ton helicopter carrier is the first of two planned ships. Izumo will enter the JMSDF force next year. DDH-184 will enter the...
  • Volcano erupts in Japan; injuries reported

    09/27/2014 1:23:16 AM PDT · by John W · 24 replies
    AP via Fort Wayne News Sentinel ^ | September 27, 2014 | AP
    TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted in central Japan on Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and seriously injuring at least one person. With a sound likened to thunder, Mt. Ontake spewed large white plumes high into the sky, sending people fleeing and covering surrounding areas in ash. Several people were injured, including one who was unconscious, according to Japanese media reports.
  • question about sumo

    09/27/2014 6:46:40 AM PDT · by chajin · 17 replies
    vanity | 09/27/2014 | chajin
    I know there are a number of Japanophiles out there in Freeperland, who might be able to answer a question I have about the Akibasho, Fall Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, which will conclude early tomorrow US time. As all the sumo followers know, tournaments are 15 days long, with each wrestler having one match, and the wrestler with the most wins being crowned the tournament champion. Hakuho, the top wrestler in sumo, is 13-1 going into the last day of the tournament, but Tochinoshin, who began the tournament as juryo (the sumo equivalent of baseball's AAA), is 14-0. My question:...
  • Mt. Ontake in central Japan erupts

    09/27/2014 12:11:47 AM PDT · by VanShuyten · 7 replies
    NHK a World ^ | Sept. 27, 2014 | NHK
    Japan's Meteorological Agency is warning people to stay away from Mount Ontake in central Japan following a volcanic eruption. The agency said the volcano on the border between Nagano and Gifu prefectures erupted shortly before noon on Saturday. Video taken by an NHK helicopter shows the volcano spewing gray smoke up into the sky. The agency upgraded its 5-stage volcanic alert level to 3 -- which urges people not to approach the mountain. Firefighters say about 200 climbers have taken shelter at a cottage near the top. They say a few people are reportedly injured. Mount Ontake last erupted 7...
  • New idol group exists to pay off debts

    09/26/2014 11:37:06 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    The Japan Times Online ^ | Sep 26, 2014 | Kazuaki Nagata, Staff Writer
    Japan’s entertainment industry has become so filled with idol groups that some call this is the age of the “idol war.” Finding commercial success amid this fierce competition can be tough, but an idol group that debuted this week is making no secret about its true intentions. The members of the group, called the Margarines, are out for money, pure and simple. The gimmick is that they’re pursuing the idol dream in order to pay off their debts. The nine members, ranging in age from 19 to 30, owe a total of around about ¥127 million.
  • Japan steps up sanctions as tensions rise with Russia

    09/25/2014 10:57:43 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 24 September 2014 | bbc
    Japan has imposed additional sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis. The move comes amid signs of tension between Moscow and Tokyo over their own territorial dispute. The new sanctions curtail the activities of Russian banks in Japan and step up controls on arms exports.
  • Japan again looks to get domestic fighter jet off ground

    09/23/2014 8:45:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | September 22, 2014 | YUKIO TAJIMA and YOSHIFUMI UESAKA
    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is embarking on an ambitious quest to develop an entirely domestic fighter jet for the first time since the end of World War II. It will work with major defense contractors such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI on the project, which is a milestone in Japan's defense procurement policy. The project will start in earnest in fiscal 2015, with work on a prototype engine and assessments of the aircraft's stealth capabilities. The outlook for the costly undertaking is murky, however, given that the U.S. has never supported Japan's efforts to develop a fighter on...
  • Ministry eyes Japan-made AEW aircraft

    09/22/2014 12:43:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan ^ | September 21, 2014
    The Defense Ministry is set to start research aimed at domestically manufacturing early-warning aircraft for the first time, with the aim of increasing surveillance on possible incursions into the nation’s territorial airspace, according to ministry sources. The move is part of an effort to boost the ministry’s preparedness to deal with the increasingly severe security environment in areas surrounding this nation, largely due to China’s increasing military spending in recent years. The ministry will seek to build the country’s first domestically produced early-warning plane by the mid-2020s, hoping to see it replace the aging U.S.-made aircraft model currently used by...
  • Brainy girls have marriage handicap

    01/02/2005 2:29:21 PM PST · by FormerACLUmember · 519 replies · 9,416+ views
    the Australian ^ | January 03, 2005 | "correspondents in London"
    A HIGH IQ is a hindrance for women wanting to get married, while it is an asset for men, according to a study by four British universities. The study found the likelihood of marriage increased by 35 per cent for males for each 16-point increase in IQ. But for females, there was a 40 per cent drop for each 16-point rise. The findings, by the universities of Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow, were published in Britain's Sunday Times newspaper. The study was based on the IQs of 900 males and females between their 10th and 40th birthdays. Paul Brown, a...
  • AMERICAN FIGHTERS INTERCEPTED RUSSIAN WARPLANES OVER ALASKA

    American fighters intercepted the Russian warplanes over Alaska United States officials have attributed the provocation in the sky with the visit of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko US fighters intercepted six Russian military aircraft in the area of ​​Alaska. About it on his Twitter said CNN journalist Jim Skuitto. "Russian planes stormed the US airspace larger group than usual: Two fighters, two bombers and two tanker" - wrote the correspondent. Skuitto reported that the Americans intercepted the Russians. According to him, officials of the United States associated with the arrival of a provocation President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko States. On...
  • Navy wants to harvest retired Japanese helos for parts

    09/15/2014 9:49:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Virginian Pilot ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    It's unusual for the United States - by far the biggest defense spender in the world - to seek scrapped military equipment from other nations. Typically, those roles are reversed. But for the past several years, according to internal emails obtained by The Virginian-Pilot, the U.S. Navy has been negotiating to acquire Japan's retired fleet of MH-53E Sea Dragons. The Navy wants to harvest the old helicopters for parts to help keep its own Sea Dragons flying until 2025. "It's telling when we are put in a position where we need to buy scrapped aircraft to keep ours going," said...
  • Japan To Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

    09/14/2014 8:52:30 PM PDT · by jonatron · 8 replies
    Japan’s nuclear watchdog has given the green light for two reactors to restart but the operator still has to persuade local communities they are safe. sendai-plant Widespread anti-nuclear sentiment has simmered in Japan ever since an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 caused meltdowns at the Fukushima power plant, sparking the worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl. The country’s nuclear reactors were switched off after the catastrophe. Two reactors were briefly restarted last year but all of Japan’s nuclear plants are currently offline. The go-ahead from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) for two reactors at the Sendai plant (pictured) in southern...
  • (Video Link) Automated Conveyor Belt Sushi, Or, Why $15 Minimum Wage Will Doom Fast Food Workers

    09/11/2014 7:28:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Chonday ^ | Peter Barakan
    Conveyor Belt Sushi, Japan A dining concept that lets you pick from a wide range of one of Japan's best-known foods. NOTE: Click on the referenced link to watch the video. P.S. This technology will doom the SEIU/$15.00 minimum wage movement.
  • Exclusive - Japan, U.S. discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo - Japan officials

    09/09/2014 9:52:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 10, 2014 | NOBUHIRO KUBO
    (Reuters) - Japan and the United States are exploring the possibility of Tokyo acquiring offensive weapons that would allow Japan to project power far beyond its borders, Japanese officials said, a move that would likely infuriate China. While Japan's intensifying rivalry with China dominates the headlines, Tokyo's focus would be the ability to take out North Korean missile bases, said three Japanese officials involved in the process. They said Tokyo was holding the informal, previously undisclosed talks with Washington about capabilities that would mark an enhancement of military might for a country that has not fired a shot in anger...
  • AP Seems Stunned That Japan's Economy Is Shrinking After Huge Tax Hike

    09/08/2014 10:54:11 AM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8 Sep 14 | Tom Blumer
    The smug self-confidence of financial analysts and writers who predicted that Japan's monstrous sales tax increase would have no long-term effect on its economy should be severely shaken. An Associated Press report tonight by business writer Elaine Kurtenbach tells readers that the Land of the Rising Sun's economy "contracted at a larger than earlier estimated annual rate of 7.1 percent in April-June, as companies and households slashed spending following a tax hike." This means that the "experts" who assured everyone that the second-quarter contraction would be smaller than or merely offset the brisk first-quarter expansion of 6 percent were horribly wrong. The...
  • Australia Nears Deal to Buy Up to 10 Japanese Submarines

    09/08/2014 7:23:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 8, 2014 | ROB TAYLOR
    CANBERRA, Australia—Australia is close to buying up to 10 submarines from Japan for as much as 20 billion Australian dollars (US$18.7 billion) in a move that would turn the north Asian country into a weapons exporter for the first time since World War II. The deal, which senior defense officials said they expect to be signed this year, risks stoking regional tensions since it positions Tokyo as a major guarantor of Australia's security at a time when relations between China and some of its neighbors, including Japan, are strained. A purchase of Japanese submarines also sits uncomfortably next to the...
  • Japan’s Shinzo Abe appoints pro-China MPs in bid to mend fences with Beijing

    09/06/2014 4:42:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Wednesday 3 September 2014 08.26 EDT | Justin McCurry
    Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has signalled a rare attempt to mend fences with China when he appointed two MPs considered friendly towards Beijing to two senior posts in his governing Liberal Democratic party (LDP). […] In his first cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, Abe also increased the number of female ministers to five—equaling a record set by his LDP predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi, in 2001—as part of his program to increase the number of women in the workforce, a key part of his long-term growth strategy. His decision to appoint Sadakazu Tanigaki as LDP’s secretary general, and veteran MP Toshihiro Nikai...
  • Japan and India Put Nuclear Energy as a Priority

    09/04/2014 4:59:19 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Market Pulse ^ | September 2, 2014 | Alfonso Esparza
    Indian PM Narendra Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe have agreed at a summit in Tokyo to accelerate talks on a nuclear energy pact. They also agreed to strengthen security ties and Mr Modi welcomed Japan's easing of restrictions on exports of defence equipment and technology. Mr Modi is on his first major foreign visit since winning May's election. The trip is being seen as an attempt by the two democracies to balance the rising weight of China across Asia. Mr Modi arrived in Japan on Saturday and visited the former imperial city of Kyoto over the weekend. "The two prime...
  • Japan Enters Global Submarine Market With Soryu Offering

    09/03/2014 9:38:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | September 03, 2014 | Robert Farley
    With the Soryu-class submarine, Japan can compete with the best the global submarine market has to offer. As Clint Richards noted earlier, it now appears likely that Japan will sell advanced Soryu-class submarines to Australia. In addition to strengthening the relationship between Australia and Japan, and making Australia’s submarine force considerably more lethal, this represents a major move by Japan into the global submarine market. Germany, France, and Russia have long dominated the existing market for diesel-electric submarines. The German Type 209 submarine serves in over a dozen navies, with more than 60 boats currently in service. While the design...
  • Japan Rolls Out Campaign To Stockpile Toilet Paper

    09/01/2014 11:10:44 AM PDT · by blam · 41 replies
    AP ^ | 9-1-2014 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press TOKYO (AP) -- A message Japan began delivering Monday is a bit unusual, but true enough: Don't wait until it's too late to think about toilet paper. The government and paper companies kicked off a "Let's stockpile toilet paper!" campaign to mark Disaster Prevention Day, warning of a possible crisis because nearly half of the supply comes from one of Japan's most earthquake-prone areas. Officials said people immediately think of food and water as emergency supplies, but easily forget toilet paper, and get desperate when it's too late. "After running out of toilet paper, people start...
  • Japan rolls out campaign to stockpile toilet paper

    09/01/2014 1:05:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2014 3:51 AM EDT | Mari Yamaguchi
    A message Japan began delivering Monday is a bit unusual, but true enough: Don’t wait until it’s too late to think about toilet paper. The government and paper companies kicked off a “Let’s stockpile toilet paper!” campaign to mark Disaster Prevention Day, warning of a possible crisis because nearly half of the supply comes from one of Japan’s most earthquake-prone areas. Officials said people immediately think of food and water as emergency supplies, but easily forget toilet paper, and get desperate when it’s too late. …
  • Pizza Hut Hired This Cat To Work In One Of Their Stores In Japan. This Is What He Does.

    08/30/2014 2:07:35 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    This is just hilarious. I’ve watched it four times already and still can’t stop laughing. I guess the biggest question I have is how do you come up with such a brilliant idea? Yes, I am jealous. So, the video was shared with us by Reddit user nomer2 under the title This cat was hired to work at pizza hut in japan. This is his job.
  • Japan defense budget request highest ever as Abe boosts military

    08/29/2014 9:03:41 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 - 04:40PM JST | By Kiyoshi Takenaka
    Japan’s defense planners are seeking their biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year to pay for stealth fighters, drones and a hi-tech submarine, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bolsters the military amid an intensifying rivalry with China. The Defense Ministry on Friday requested a 3.5% increase to 5.05 trillion yen for the year starting next April. If approved, this third increase in a row will more than reverse the decade of cuts that Abe ended after coming to office in December 2012. Abe, taking a more assertive stance on national security, has also ended a ban on Japanese soldiers...
  • Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results

    08/27/2014 7:33:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2014 10:12 AM EDT | Elaine Kurtenbach
    The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results. Scientists at the government-affiliated Riken Center for Developmental Biology said they are still trying to match results reported in two papers published by the journal Nature in January and then retracted in July. […] (Riken scientist Haruko) Obokata and other researchers in Boston and Japan participating in the project said they used a simple procedure to turn ordinary cells from mice into stem cells. They exposed cells from spleens of newborn mice to...
  • Japan's GDP Shrinks 6.8% As Sales Tax Bites

    08/26/2014 3:04:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Sky ^ | Aug 12, 2014
    Japan's GDP Shrinks 6.8% As Sales Tax Bites A sales tax rise takes its toll on spending by consumers and businesses but the painful effects are expected to be temporary. Efforts to shore up Japan's public finances have had a negative impact on its economy, with GDP shrinking 1.7% in the second quarter alone. A sales tax increase from 5% to 8%, which came into force in April, was blamed for the contraction in output during the period which came in at at annualised rate of 6.8%. The decline in GDP was the worst since the economic tailspin that followed...
  • US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

    08/25/2014 4:28:33 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 Aug 2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    $1bn lawsuit accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about radiation levels that have caused health problems to themselves and their families stationed in Japan The first time it occurred to James Jackson that there could be lasting damage from his US Navy service during Japan’s tsunami and nuclear disaster came when his eldest son, Darius, was diagnosed with leukaemia.Darius, now 15, spent a month in hospital in early 2013, soon after his diagnosis. “I thought I was going to have to bury him,” Jackson recalled. The teenager who aspired to play college basketball now has...
  • Health impacts of Japan disaster relief (Fukushima/USS Reagan crew) **UPDATE**

    08/24/2014 6:29:46 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 2 replies
    multiple | 08/26/2014 | multiple
    Okay. I'm not sure how I missed the updates/reports other than the fact that they appear not to have been posted here at FR. Principal source link is the PDF report to Congress in regards to a prior post here:("Final Report to the Congressional Defense Committees in Response to the Joint Explanatory Statement Accompanying the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014, page 90, “Radiation Exposure” "). (link will open/download the PDF) An update on the USS Ronald Reagan crew lawsuit re their mysterious illnesses in the wake of Operation Tomodachi is here: ("USS Reagan Sailors’ Lawsuit Found ‘Lacking’ Nuclear Expert...
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Was Imperative

    08/14/2014 8:21:40 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 25 replies
    Self | August 14, 2014 | Self
    We now mark the 69th anniversary of VJ-Day preceded by dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. The generations which made the decisions for World War II have passed away. The generation which faced the tragic violence required for carrying out those decisions is rapidly leaving us. As this personal knowledge becomes ever rarer, we must increasingly listen without response to revisionist contra-factual analyses expounding about what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. The arguments advanced display a pleasing, deliberate ignorance which burnishes this peculiar new morality. However, these views...
  • Japan's creepy sex doll industry 'reaches next level' (shortened)

    08/14/2014 9:59:42 AM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 69 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 12 August 2014 | Jennifer Newton
    A Japanese company claims to have reached the next level in developing the most genuine looking sex doll which comes complete with realistic feeling skin and authentic looking eyes. Orient Industry say their new range of dolls, made from high quality silicon, are so realistic there is very little to distinguish them from a real girlfriend at first glance. The dolls, which are non inflatable, are sold under the name 'Dutch Wives', a Japanese term for a sex doll, and adverts in the media boast that anyone who buys one will never want a real girlfriend again.
  • Japanese ate Indian PoWs, used them as live targets in WWII

    08/13/2014 8:07:05 PM PDT · by cold start · 27 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 11 August 2014 | Manimugdha S Sharma
    NEW DELHI: On April 2, 1946, the Reuters correspondent in Melbourne, Australia, cabled a short message, which was carried by all newspapers a day later, including The Times of India. It read: "The Japanese Lieutenant Hisata Tomiyasu found guilty of the murder of 14 Indian soldiers and of cannibalism at Wewak (New Guinea) in 1944 has been sentenced to death by hanging, it is learned from Rabaul." The nationalist narrative has long projected the Second World War as a clash between the patriots of the Indian National Army (INA), supported by the Japanese Empire, and the evil British Empire. The...
  • Hiroshima's Lessons for the War on Terror

    08/12/2014 5:22:25 AM PDT · by Bigg Red · 12 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | August 10, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    In the summer of '45, the United States concluded a war that had come to be seen by some as unwinnable after the carnage at Iwo Jima with a bang. ~~snip~~ The two bombs stand in stark contrast to our endless nation-building exercises in which nothing is ever finished until we give up. Instead Truman cut the Gordian Knot and avoided a long campaign that would have depopulated Japan and destroyed the lives of a generation of American soldiers.
  • China seen behind Japan's failed Turkey arms deal

    08/11/2014 11:53:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | August 3, 2014 | TETSUSHI TAKAHASHI
    TOKYO -- Nearly three months after lifting its long-standing arms embargo, Japan recently approved plans to supply missile parts to the U.S. and conduct joint military research with a British company. Behind the scenes, however, there was a deal that fell through. Under new guidelines governing the transfer of defense equipment and technology, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 17 convened the National Security Council to look into two applications submitted by private companies. One was Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' request for permission to export seeker gyros used in Patriot surface-to-air missiles to the U.S. The other involved Mitsubishi Electric, which...
  • Japan offers vessels to Vietnam to boost its sea strength

    08/11/2014 9:49:19 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 16 replies
    Thanh Nien News ^ | 1 August 2014 | Thanh Nien News
    Japan will give six navy boats to Vietnam to boost its patrols and surveillance in the East Sea (aka South China Sea), Japan's foreign minister said on Friday, in the latest sign of a strengthening of alliances between states locked in maritime rows with China. The used vessels, worth 500 million yen (US$4.86 million), would be accompanied by training and equipment to help the coastguard and fisheries surveillance effort, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said after talks with Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh. The deal represents a notable shift in the two countries' close diplomatic and investment ties towards defense,...
  • Poland asks US to import apples banned by Russia

    08/10/2014 5:03:40 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/89/2014 | AFP
    Poland has asked the United States to open its market quickly to Polish apples banned by Russia in a sanctions war over the crisis in Ukraine. Poland's ambassador to Washington, Ryszard Schnepf, said he had met Michael Scuse, a senior official in the US Department of Agriculture, about the steps needed to open up the US market, the Polish press agency PAP reported. "We are interested in a quick decision because the situation is extraordinary," Schnepf was quoted as saying. "He told us to begin the procedure. We have a new meeting planned for August 18 with the heads of...
  • Kerry seeks to calm South China Sea tensions [From failure to failure]

    08/09/2014 5:02:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    chron.com ^ | 8/9/14 | Matthew Lee
    Already scrambling to confront multiple simultaneous international crises, the Obama administration stepped up efforts Saturday to avert another, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on China and its smaller neighbors to take new steps to ease tensions over maritime disputes in Asian waters that many fear could spark conflict....
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Was Imperative

    08/09/2014 6:48:04 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 21 replies
    Self | August 9, 2014 | Self
    We now mark the 69th anniversary of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. The generations which made the decisions for World War II have passed away. The generation which faced the tragic violence required for carrying out those decisions is rapidly leaving us. As this personal knowledge becomes ever rarer, we must increasingly listen without response to revisionist contra-factual analyses expounding about what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. The arguments advanced display a pleasing, deliberate ignorance which burnishes this peculiar new morality. However, these views can be countered...
  • Japanese Researchers Find New Giant Picture On Peru's Nazca Plateau

    04/20/2006 3:07:33 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies · 2,075+ views
    Mainichi ^ | 4-20-2006
    Japanese researchers find new giant picture on Peru's Nazca Plateau The new Nazca Plateau image discovered by the research team from Yamagata University. (Photo courtesy of Yamagata University)A new giant picture on the Nazca Plateau in Peru, which is famous for giant patterns that can be seen from the air, has been discovered by a team of Japanese researchers. The image is 65 meters long, and appears to be an animal with horns. It is thought to have been drawn as a symbol of hopes for good crops, but there are no similar patterns elsewhere, and the type of the...
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Was Imperative

    08/06/2014 8:24:20 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 63 replies
    Self | August 6, 2014 | Self
    We now mark the 69th anniversary of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. The generations which made the decisions for World War II have passed away. The generation which faced the tragic violence required for carrying out those decisions is rapidly leaving us. As this personal knowledge becomes ever rarer, we must increasingly listen without response to revisionist contra-factual analyses expounding about what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. The arguments advanced display a pleasing, deliberate ignorance which burnishes this peculiar new morality. However, these views can be countered...
  • Japanese War Criminal Confession Reveals Murder of 13 Chinese

    08/04/2014 2:03:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2014-8-4
    Japanese World War II officer Shigeta Kage's written confession, published on Monday, reveals the murder of at least 13 Chinese. According to the original document, available on the State Archives Administration (SAA) website, the Japanese garrison army killed at least five anti-Japanese armed guerrilla soldiers and staff in Liuhe County in May 1937. Kage admitted to killing one of them with a Japanese sword himself, according to the document. The criminal recalled that the Japanese army forced some 6,500 households in Liuhe to move out of their houses to create depopulated zones starting July 1936. During that period, Kage killed...
  • Japanese Man Executed in China Over Drug Smuggling

    08/02/2014 7:23:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Chinese authorities executed on Friday a Japanese man who had been sentenced to death in connection with stimulant drug smuggling, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said. The identity of the man is not immediately known. Kishida told a news conference that while it is up to China to decide what kind of penalty should be imposed on criminals, "We have conveyed to the Chinese side that we have taken a heightened interest in the death penalty handed down to Japanese nationals." China informed Japan of the execution in the morning, Kishida said. A court in Dalian in northeastern China conveyed...