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  • Mr. Noodle (2007 obit of maker of Raman Noodles)

    08/25/2012 9:11:59 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 16 replies
    nyt ^ | January 9, 2007 | LAWRENCE DOWNES
    The news last Friday of the death of the ramen noodle guy surprised those of us who had never suspected that there was such an individual. It was easy to assume that instant noodle soup was a team invention, one of those depersonalized corporate miracles, like the Honda Civic, the Sony Walkman and Hello Kitty, that sprang from that ingenious consumer-product collective known as postwar Japan. But no. Momofuku Ando, who died in Ikeda, near Osaka, at 96, was looking for cheap, decent food for the working class when he invented ramen noodles all by himself in 1958. His product...
  • Japan plans to cut state spending, could run out of money in a month

    08/30/2012 10:42:45 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/31/2012
    Japan's government is planning to suspend some state spending as it could run out of cash by October, with a deficit financing bill blocked by opposition parties trying to force Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda into an early election. Yoshihiko Noda The impasse in Japan's parliament has raised fears among investors that the world's third largest economy is being driven towards a "fiscal cliff". "The government running out of money is not a story made up. It's a real threat," Finance Minister Jun Azumi told a news conference, making a last-ditch appeal for cooperation by opposition parties to pass the bill....
  • Poo powered motorcycle kicking up a stink in Japan

    08/28/2012 11:00:10 AM PDT · by massmike · 25 replies ^ | 08/28/2012 | n/a
    An eco-friendly motorbike powered by poo has been kicking up a stink across Japan after being unveiled this week. Created by Japan's leading toilet makers TOTO, the energy efficient bike certainly meets the motor industry's demand for more climate friendly vehicles. Talks to turn the ambitious project into reality have been on-going since 2009, with the latest version of the 'Toilet Bike Neo' making its debut at s showroom in Fujisawa, near Tokyo, on Thursday. The environmentally friendly three-wheel 250cc motorcycle features a specially customised toilet-shaped seat that runs on bio-fuel from the discharge of livestock or waste water. Despite...
  • Toyota Japanís sexy new topless ad featuring transgender model shocks viewers

    08/24/2012 10:45:05 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 48 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 24AUG2012 | Steven Simonitch
    TOKYO ¬ó A racy new Japanese ad campaign launched for the 2012 Toyota Auris, or Corolla as it¬ís known in some markets, has been causing a commotion for boldly challenging convention ¬ó and probably not in the way you would think. Have a look at the commercial here. The star of the commercial is 19-year-old Ukrainian transgender model Stav Strashko. The commercial ends with the campaign¬ís tagline ¬ďTurn Your Rear to Common Sense¬Ē (ŚłłŤ≠ė„Āę„ĀäŚįĽ„ā팟τĀĎ„āć). Check out a short interview with Stav about the commercial here.
  • China Is Entering A 'Danger Zone' [Charts]

    08/21/2012 6:07:44 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-21-2012 | Mamta Badkar
    China Is Entering A 'Danger Zone' [Charts] Mamta Badkar Aug. 21, 2012, 8:25 PM Even as China promises to maintain a "firm grip" on real estate, many are still concerned about a property bubble and hard-landing, in terms of a slowdown and financial crisis. In a speech in Sydney, Kiyohiko G. Nishimura, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan said China is now "entering the danger zone" that could lead to a financial crisis. Looking back at Japan's experience in the 1990s, and the American experience in the 2000s, that triggered "malign" as opposed to benign bubbles and led to...
  • China bubble in 'danger zone' warns Bank of Japan

    08/21/2012 2:48:32 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/21/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    China risks a repeat of Japanís boom-bust disaster 20 years ago as exorbitant property prices combine with a demographic tipping point, a top Japanese official has warned. ďChina is now entering the 'danger zoneí,Ē said Kiyohiko Nishimura, the Bank of Japanís deputy-governor and an expert on asset booms. The surge in Chinese home prices and loan growth over the past five years has surpassed extremes seen in Japan before the Nikkei bubble popped in 1990. Construction reached 12pc of GDP in China last year; it peaked in Japan at 10pc. Nishimura said credit and housing booms can remain ďbenignĒ so...
  • Tensions between Japan and China close to boiling point after Japanese activists scramble

    08/20/2012 1:52:23 PM PDT · by traumer · 24 replies
    * The dramatic assault by a dozen Japanese nationalists infuriated China, which issued an official protest to Tokyo * It sparked a number of anti-Japanese rallies across China Tensions between Japan and China threatened to boil over yesterday in a row over a group of disputed islands. Around ten right-wing Japanese activists swam ashore the main island in the Senkaku archipelago and raised the national flag. They carried out the stunt to call on China to give up its claim to the islands, which are under Japanese control. Infuriated, Beijing issued an immediate rebuke as thousands of Chinese took to...
  • Anti-Japan Protests Held Across China

    08/20/2012 12:13:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Voice of America News ^ | August 19, 2012
    Anti-Japanese demonstrations spread to more than 20 cities in China Sunday, as Tokyo dismissed China's opposition to Japanese activists landing on disputed islands in East China Sea. Chinese demonstrators waved national flags and chanted angry slogans as they protested the arrest of Chinese activists who landed last week in the islands known as Senkaku in Japan and as Diaoyu in China. In some cities, protesters vandalized Japanese made vehicles and clashed with police who tried to restrain them. Earlier Sunday, a group of 10 Japanese activists, including local lawmakers, swam ashore and unfurled Japanese flags on one of the disputed...
  • A Japanese History of the L85 (Video)

    08/17/2012 10:21:34 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    Japan explains in their own, ah, unique way, the history of the L85. In animated form (starts properly around 0:46). Video
  • Japan looks to methane under sea floor

    08/16/2012 6:17:34 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 25 replies
    Cosmos Online ^ | 15 Aug 2012 | Achim Eberhart
    Large quantities of methane gas are stored as ice-like gas hydrates below the ocean floor and these could be used as an energy source, a Japanese geologist said....ďOne cubic metre of gas hydrate contains 164 cubic metres of methane,Ē said Ryo Matsumoto from the University of Tokyo, who presented his research at the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane, Australia. ďGas hydrates are very effective containers of methane.Ē....estimates suggest that the total amount of carbon contained in gas hydrates could match or even exceed that bound in fossil fuels.
  • Butterflies in the Fukushima Region Plagued by ďGenetic DamageĒ and ďSevere AbnormalitiesĒ

    08/15/2012 2:50:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    IO9 ^ | August 15, 2012 | Annalee Newitz
    Butterflies in the Fukushima Region Plagued by ďGenetic DamageĒ and ďSevere AbnormalitiesĒ A study of the pale grass blue butterfly in the regions around the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, site of the 2011 radiation disaster, has revealed that the insects are giving birth to mutants at an alarming rate. Indeed, the butterflies collected from younger generations have more abnormalities than butterflies born directly after the power plant began leaking radioactive particles into the environment. That means the genetic damage caused by the radiation leak has been inherited by subsequent generations. Above, you can see images taken from the study, published...
  • Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Gavutu: American Perseverance in the Summer of '42

    08/15/2012 5:06:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | August 15, 2012 | Austin Bay
    The Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese surprise air strike on Pearl Harbor and subsequent attacks on American bases in the Philippines dealt U.S. naval and air forces a savage material blow. For six months, Japan maintained what military analysts call "the strategic initiative." Japan acted, the U.S. and its allies reacted. Japanese forces, with their fast aircraft carriers providing the offensive muscle, seized territory and threatened allied lines of communication in the central, western and southern Pacific. Japanese commanders determined when and where major combat action would occur. The heady, fast-paced and sensational days of Japanese offensive superiority lasted until the...
  • 10 Things You Don't Know About The Japanese Surrender

    08/14/2012 5:30:44 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 71 replies
    10 Things You Don't Know About ^ | August 14, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    (Today marks the 67th anniversary of the announcement on August 14 (August 15 Tokyo time) 1945 by Emperor Hirohito of the acceptance of the Potsdam terms for unconditional surrender (with the condition that he could remain as a figurehead emperor). I find the period from Hirohito's announcement until the formal surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri on September 2 to be a fascinating period chock full of things you probably don't know. Although my last blog entry was about the Guadalcanal campaign, the next edition will be about a completely different topic than WWII.) 1. Although the formal surrender of...
  • China: HK, Taiwan, mainland activists plan to land on Diaoyu islands

    08/13/2012 7:25:18 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    HK, Taiwan, mainland activists plan to land on Diaoyu islands A Hong Kong activist group set sail on Sunday for the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku in Japan, in an attempt to join forces with counterparts from the mainland China and Taiwan to assert China's sovereignty over the islands. The official Global Times reported that the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands set sail at noon from the Tsim Sha Tsui pier in Hong Kong with four crewmembers and 11 activists aboard, including one Macanese and one mainland Chinese. Chan Miu-tak, chairman of...
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki: the reckoning

    08/13/2012 7:59:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 63 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 13, 2012 | Dan Jones
    ĎThere are no civilians in Japan.Ē This was the judgment of a US Air Force intelligence report produced before the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during August 1945. The meaning was clear. The global conflict that had raged since 1939 had become a total war. London, Coventry, Berlin, Dresden, Tokyo and many other cities had all suffered ďstrategic bombingĒ. The leading participants in the Second World War did not view civilian population as pure collateral. By 1945 they were the principal targets. The bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 respectively were the...
  • 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...
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Was Imperative

    08/10/2012 11:02:37 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 53 replies
    Self | August 10, 2012 | Self
    We now mark the 67th anniversary of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. The generations which developed the information and made the decisions for World War II, including dropping the atomic bombs on Japan, 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 listen increasingly to revisionist contra-factual analyses as they expound on what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. In support of dropping the atomic bombs historians often...
  • 10 Things You Don't Know About Guadalcanal

    08/07/2012 3:18:37 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 90 replies
    10 Things You Don't Know About ^ | August 7, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    Today marks the 70th anniversary of the first offensive land operation taken by the United States in World War II. On August 7, 1942, the U.S. Marines landed at Guadalcanal. The general outlines of that battle which lasted which lasted 6 months until February 9, 1943 are known by many but here are 19 things about Guadalcanal that you might not know. This is the first of my regular "20 Things You Don't Know" posts that I hope will encourage the History Channel to bring back that series. You can read my full mission statement about this in my...
  • The Third Atomic Bomb Was Going To Be Dropped On 19 August

    08/05/2012 4:49:23 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 61 replies
    National Security Archive ^ | 13 August 1945 | General Hull and Colonel Seaman
    This is a telephone conversation transcript between Colonel Seaman of the Manhattan Project and General Hull of Marshall's staff that took place on 13 August 1945. The subject is atomic bomb deployment and production timeline.
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan was Unavoidable

    08/05/2012 1:27:24 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 46 replies
    Self | August 5, 2012 | Self
    Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Unavoidable We now mark the 67th anniversary of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. Once again we must listen to the contra-factual analysis of revisionists as they expound on what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. In support of dropping the atomic bombs historians often cite the inevitability of horrifying casualties, if troops had landed on the home islands. They extrapolate from 48,000 American and 230,000 Japanese losses on Okinawa to estimates of 500,000 American and millions of Japanese casualties for mainland invasions. However,...
  • Jarring Images Show Japanese Gymnast Handing $100 Bills To Judges To Appeal A Score (It's LEGAL)

    07/31/2012 7:27:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/31/2012 | Tony Manfred
    Chaos struck the men's team gymnastics competition in London yesterday when the Japanese team was awarded the silver medal after originally coming in fourth. Here's what went down: Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura stumbled off the pommel horse in the last event of the competition, and the judges gave him a terrible score ‚ÄĒ leaving Japan in fourth place behind China, Great Britain, and Ukraine. But the Japanese team thought the judges mis-scored Uchimura's routine, so they appealed. And that's when things got interesting. There's a rule in Olympic gymnastics that says teams must pay a fee to make an appeal....
  • "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...
  • WHITE HOUSE GAFFE: Uses Female First Name for Japan's (Very) Male PRIME MINISTER (Donilon Trip)

    07/29/2012 12:23:38 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 50 replies
    < The Japanese major television network JNN (and others) reported on its national news today as well as website a hefty diplomatic faux pas by the Obama White House and national security team in advance of White House's National Security Advisor Tom Donilon's trip here to Tokyo.The gaffe is referred to in this short video clip (at link) of JNN Network News today.Go to link, hit white arrow in center of photo to stream; stream may be up one more day and may not work on all systems. Hilarious.
  • 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 ó defense. Such joint exercises might be standard practice in international military-to-military exchanges, but with growing regional tensions ó like in the South China Sea, located between India and Japan ó they take on a more complex meaning. ďIf 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-16 fighter jet splash down in Pacific near Kurils (US jet crashes near Russia)

    An American F-16 fighter jet went down in a Russian exclusive economic zone near the Kuril Islands on Sunday. The pilot successfully ejected before the jet plummeted into the waters below. ďThe Kamchatsky territorial naval rescue center reported at 8:30 am local time (8:30 pm GMT) that an aircraft was in distress over the Pacific Ocean near the northern Kurils,Ē Andrey Orlov, a spokesman for the Russian Border Guard Service in the Far East said. Later on it turned out to be an American F-16. The Russian Antias border patrol vessel and an An-72 patrol aircraft were dispatched to the...
  • Japan probes alleged cover-up at nuclear plant

    07/22/2012 5:41:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AP ^ | 22 Jul. 2012 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    Japanese authorities are investigating subcontractors on suspicion that they forced workers at the tsunami-hit nuclear plant to underreport the amount of radiation they were exposed to so they could stay on the job longer. Labor officials said Sunday that an investigation had begun over the weekend following media reports of a cover-up at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which suffered multiple meltdowns following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters. A subcontractor of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, acknowledged having nine workers cover their dosimeters with lead plates late last year so the instrument would indicate a lower...
  • Obama Wins Bronze Medal in Government Debt Growth (IMF)

    07/16/2012 8:37:30 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/16/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a report 100206742-IMF2 showing that Spain and Japan are officially Zombielands. That is, their debt ratio will not stabilize over the forecast period. Unfortunately, the U.S. is in third place in the Zombieland derby and is showing signs of rigor mortis with escalating debt and government spending and flat-lined GDP growth (just above 1%). So, President Obama receives a bronze medal in the race for debt issuance. The IMF has two interesting charts dividing the world into fast growth and slow growth economies. The U.S. is in the slow growth group. Look at...
  • BERNANKE BONDS: Under Obama Fedís Holdings of U.S. Debt Have Jumped 452%!

    06/07/2012 10:51:53 AM PDT · by · 21 replies ^ | June 7, 2012 | Terry Jeffrey
    ( - Since President Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, the Federal Reserveís holdings of U.S. government debt have quintupled, according to the Fedís official monthly balance sheet. On Jan. 28, 2009, a week after Obamaís nomination, the Fed owned $302 billion in U.S. Treasury securities. On April 25, 2012, the latest date reported, the Fed owned five and a half time that much in U.S. Treasury securities--$1.668 trillion. That is an increase from January 2009 of $1.366 trillionóor 452 percent. Under Obama, the Federal Reserve has become the single largest owner of U.S. government debt. When Obama entered...
  • 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 (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 whatís needed to jumpstart the stagnating Japanese economy? Ö Then thereís 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 renaÔssance as an aggressive imperial power wonít go away. Under the circumstances, itís easy to understand widespread worries...
  • India, Republic of Korea, Japan hold a trilateral meet; discuss South China Sea

    06/30/2012 6:20:29 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 3 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | 29 June, 2012 | The Economic Times
    NEW DELHI: Noting that the South China Sea was witnessing "competing claims", India today strongly pitched for co-operation instead of competition in the seas and oceans at a trilateral meeting with Japan and South Korea. Asserting that India, Japan and Republic of Korea depend heavily on the Sea Lanes of Communications (SLOCs) for their energy security which are also the mainstay for trade and connectivity, Sanjay Singh, Secretary (East) in Ministry of External Affairs, said "there is indeed a compelling case for us to cooperate on maritime security." "India has a valued geostrategic location straddling the SLOCs. The Indian Ocean...
  • Indian Americans ahead of all other ethnic minorities in US

    06/22/2012 9:04:03 PM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 90 replies
    Indian-Americans are richer and better educated than all other ethnic groups in the US but are least likely to marry out of the community , says a new study. And, as most other Asian-Americans they lean politically towards the Democratic Party,Party, but unlike them take longer to give up their Indian citizenship The study by Pew Research Center released on Tuesday uses existing data and new survey to chart ó as the title says ó the rise of Asian Americans. Indian Americans are the third largest Asian American group at 3.18 million, behind Chinese and Filipino origin Americans at 4.01...
  • Roman jewellery found in ancient Japan tomb

    06/22/2012 3:03:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies ^ | Friday, June 22, 2012 | AFP
    Glass jewellery believed to have been made by Roman craftsmen has been found in an ancient tomb in Japan, researchers said Friday, in a sign the empire's influence may have reached the edge of Asia. Tests have revealed three glass beads discovered in the Fifth Century "Utsukushi" burial mound in Nagaoka, near Kyoto, were probably made some time between the first and the fourth century, the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties said. The government-backed institute has recently finished analysing components of the glass beads, measuring five millimetres (0.2 inches) in diametre, with tiny fragments of gilt attached. It...
  • '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 Japanís 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...
  • 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 Japanís 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,...
  • The Battle of Saipan - 15 June 1944

    06/15/2012 5:08:13 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 17 replies
    June 15 2012
  • 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.
  • Village in Gunma Prefecture Recycles Contaminated Soil and Uses It in the Village Soccer Field

    06/13/2012 10:48:11 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 5 replies ^ | June 12, 2012 | ex-skf.
    SNIP The latest idiocy comes from a village in Gunma Prefecture where many have pointed out that the radiation levels are rather high. Villagers "decontaminated" the public places in the village by removing the contaminated soil. What then did the village do with the contaminated soil? They used it in the soccer field. From Sankei Shinbun local version for Gunma (6/13/2012):„ÄÄ Soil removed by decontamination work was used in the soccer field, and Kawaba-mura says "No problem" It was revealed during the June 12 meeting of the [Gunma] prefectural assembly special committee on radiation countermeasures that the soil contaminated with...
  • Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination During the 1934 Tour of JapanĒ

    06/12/2012 12:22:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 8 | T. Rees Shapiro
    From their foxholes on Cape Gloucester in the South Pacific, U.S. Marines fighting Japanese forces in 1944 heard an unusual war cry from their enemies: ďTo hell with Babe Ruth!Ē Almost 10 years had passed since 500,000 Japanese crowded the streets of Tokyo to welcome the Sultan of Swat and 14 other all-star American baseball players taking part in a barnstorming tour of the country. Part diplomatic mission and part vacation for the players, the 1934 tour was organized as a way to bring the two baseball-loving countries closer together during a particularly rough period. As baseball historian Robert K....
  • 1,000 US High School Students to Do Volunteer Cleanup, Tree-Planting in Fukushima

    06/11/2012 12:14:11 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 50 replies ^ | June 10, 2012 | ex-skf and Japan Times
    Full TItle: 1,000 US High School Students to Do Volunteer Cleanup, Tree-Planting in #Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Ibaraki and Observe Japan's Recovery Following the footsteps of the students from Middle Tennessee State University, 1,000 high school students from across the United States will be volunteering in the disaster affected Tohoku, in Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, and Ibaraki Prefectures. Activities will include clean-up and planting trees, according to the Japanese government foundation who invited them. From Japan Times (6/10/2012): 1,000 U.S. high school students to start volunteer work in tsunami zones Kyodo Around 1,000 high school students and youths from the United States...
  • Top Customer: Under Obama, Fedís Holdings of U.S. Debt Have Jumped 452%

    06/10/2012 8:41:41 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 33 replies ^ | 6/7/2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - Since President Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, the Federal Reserveís holdings of U.S. government debt have quintupled, according to the Fedís official monthly balance sheet. On Jan. 28, 2009, a week after Obamaís nomination, the Fed owned $302 billion in U.S. Treasury securities. On April 25, 2012, the latest date reported, the Fed owned five and a half time that much in U.S. Treasury securities--$1.668 trillion. That is an increase from January 2009 of $1.366 trillionóor 452 percent. Under Obama, the Federal Reserve has become the single largest owner of U.S. government debt. When Obama entered...
  • 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.
  • (VANITY) What if the USN had a terrible defeat at Midway?

    06/05/2012 1:21:45 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 129 replies
    5 June 2012 | me
    Enterprise, Hornet and Yorktown are sunk with their 231 aircraft. The Japs take Midway. All 4 Jap CVs are undamaged. Can the Japanese launch an invasion of Hawaii before the American carriers roll off the line in 1943? 4 Essex class CVs and 5 Independence class CVLs will be in commission by 1 July 1943. 7 Essex class CVs, 9 Independence class CVLs and 19 Casablanca class CVEs in commission by 1 January 1944.
  • 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...

    06/03/2012 3:50:59 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 87 replies ^ | 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, ďthe most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare.Ē Saturday in San Diego, the U.S. Navy celebrated this triumphís 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....
  • 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...
  • 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
    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.