Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan: study

NATIONAL OCT. 27, 2014 – 07:06AM JST ( 26 )

Japan could be nearly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption over the next century, putting almost all of the country’s 127 million-strong population at risk, according to a new studyAFP
TOKYO —

Japan could be nearly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption over the next century, putting almost all of the country’s 127 million-strong population at risk, according to a new study.

“It is not an overstatement to say that a colossal volcanic eruption would leave Japan extinct as a country,” Kobe University earth sciences professor Yoshiyuki Tatsumi and associate professor Keiko Suzuki said in a study publicly released last Wednesday.

The experts said they analyzed the scale and frequency of volcanic eruptions in the archipelago nation over the past 120,000 years and calculated that the odds of a devastating eruption at about one percent over the next 100 years. Continue reading “Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan: study”

Brain Wave May Be Used to Detect What People Have Seen, Recognize

Brain activity can be used to tell whether someone recognizes details they encountered in normal, daily life, which may have implications for criminal investigations and use in courtrooms, new research shows.

The findings, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggest that a particular brain wave, known as P300, could serve as a marker that identifies places, objects, or other details that a person has seen and recognizes from everyday life.

Research using EEG recordings of brain activity has shown that the P300 brain wave tends to be large when a person recognizes a meaningful item among a list of nonmeaningful items. Using P300, researchers can give a subject a test called the Concealed Information Test (CIT) to try to determine whether they recognize information that is related to a crime or other event.

This is a photo of a cordoned-off crime scene.Most studies investigating P300 and recognition have been conducted in lab settings that are far removed from the kinds of information a real witness or suspect might be exposed to. This new study marks an important advance, says lead research John B. Meixner of Northwestern University, because it draws on details from activities in participants’ normal, daily lives. Continue reading “Brain Wave May Be Used to Detect What People Have Seen, Recognize”

More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll

NATIONAL SEP. 11, 2014 – 06:50AM JST ( 25 )


A Japanese F-15 jet approaches a Chinese plane (out of frame) in a spot where the two countries’ air defense zones overlap, in June.AFP
TOKYO —

More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan in the future, a new poll revealed Wednesday, after two years of intense diplomatic squabbles.

A survey conducted in both nations found that 53.4% of Chinese envisage a future conflict, with more than a fifth of those saying it would happen “within a few years”, while 29% of Japanese view military confrontation as a possibility.

The findings come ahead of the second anniversary Thursday of Japan’s nationalisation of disputed islands in the East China Sea that have formed the focus of tensions between the Asian giants.

Underlining the lingering row over the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands, four Chinese coast guard vessels sailed into their territorial waters on Wednesday morning.

China regards them as its territory and calls them the Diaoyu Islands.

The survey was conducted by Japanese non-governmental organisation the Genron NPO and the China Daily, a Chinese state-run newspaper, in July and August.

It questioned 1,000 Japanese aged 18 or older and 1,539 Chinese of the same age range in five cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenyang and Xian. Continue reading “More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll”

Chinese ships sail in disputed waters after Japan warning ” fears grow over a potential military clash “

→National Aug. 07, 2014 – 06:30AM JST ( 25 )

TOKYO —

Chinese coast guard ships sailed into waters off Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea on Wednesday, officials said, after Tokyo’s annual defense paper warned over China’s “dangerous acts” near the disputed archipelago.

The report, published Tuesday, said frequent appearances by Chinese ships in the area could lead to “unintended consequences”, as fears grow over a potential military clash between the Asian powers.

English: Aerial Photo of Kitakojima and Minami...
English: Aerial Photo of Kitakojima and Minamikojima of Senkaku Islands, Ishigaki City, Okinawa, Japan, 1978. 日本語: 北小島・南小島(尖閣諸島):沖縄県石垣市、東シナ海 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three Chinese vessels sailed into territorial waters that extend 12 nautical miles around one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, the Japanese coast guard said.

The ships entered the area around 10 a.m. and left about two hours later, it said.

Continue reading “Chinese ships sail in disputed waters after Japan warning ” fears grow over a potential military clash “”

Another Guilty Plea in Navy Corruption Ring

SAN DIEGO (CN) – A retired Navy lieutenant commander pleaded guilty to federal charges of overcharging the Navy for port services for U.S. ships and using some of the money “to treat Navy officials to lavish dinners, cocktails and entertainment,” federal prosecutors said.

Edmond A. Aruffo, 45, who retired in 2007, is the seventh defendant charged, and the fourth to plead guilty, in what the U.S. Attorney’s Office called an “expanding corruption scandal” involving defense contract Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA).

Aruffo, who became manager of GDMA’s Japan operations in 2009, pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States. He faces up to 5 years in prison at his Oct. 3 sentencing.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement that Aruffo, of San Diego, was “part of a massive fraud and bribery scheme that cost the U.S. Navy more than $20 million.”

Continue reading “Another Guilty Plea in Navy Corruption Ring”

Japan, China trade claims over latest aerial provocation

 

by Reiji Yoshida and Mizuho Aoki

Jun 12, 2014

Tokyo and Beijing traded blame Thursday over the second close and potentially dangerous encounter in just over two weeks between Chinese SU-27 fighter jets and Japanese reconnaissance planes over the East China Sea.

 

The close encounter took place Wednesday where the air defense identification zones of China and Japan overlap due to their claims to the Senkaku Islands, a defense official told The Japan Times.

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Continue reading “Japan, China trade claims over latest aerial provocation”

Diaoyu Islands vow ‘may backfire / Obama’s remarks may lead to unforeseen problems because the military commitment

‘By Zhang Yunbi (China Daily) 07:26, April 25, 2014

The PLA is fully capable of safeguarding China’s Diaoyu Islands, says spokesman

US President Barack Obama’s promise of military cover for Japan’s claim on the Diaoyu Islands faces the potential of backfiring, observers said.

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Continue reading “Diaoyu Islands vow ‘may backfire / Obama’s remarks may lead to unforeseen problems because the military commitment”

Japan warns China that seizure of ship could have consequences

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 April, 2014, 5:12pm

 Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

Tokyo warned on Monday that the seizure of a Japanese ship in Shanghai over pre-war debts threatened ties with China and could undermine the very basis of their diplomatic relationship.

Authorities in Shanghai seized the large freight vessel in a dispute over what the Chinese side says are unpaid bills relating to the 1930s, when Japan occupied large swathes of China. Continue reading “Japan warns China that seizure of ship could have consequences”

China stands to benefit as Russia clashes with West over Ukraine

” the 2005 Anti-Secession Law permits the use of military force against Taiwan, should it declare independence through a referendum or some other official mechanism.”

 

 PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 April, 2014, 6:01am

Whenever Russia and Western powers face off, China stands to gain geopolitical leverage.

This maxim has played out once again amid the crisis in Ukraine.

Faced with the most dangerous confrontation between Russia and US-led Western powers since the end of the cold war, China must avoid angering an ally as well as harming ties with the world’s leading superpower.

Russia and China have been allies in the United Nations, acting as a counterweight to the West’s domination of global affairs over the past decade.

China was the only member nation on the Security Council to abstain from a resolution to condemn Russia for its actions in Crimea. But analysts say Beijing’s support for Moscow faces limits.
Continue reading “China stands to benefit as Russia clashes with West over Ukraine”

Fukushima radiation might reach US coast at 3rd anniversary of catastrophe

EEV: Please review bottom links also… Getting mixed reports on the severity, from serious to of no concern.

Fukushima radiation might reach US coast at 3rd anniversary of catastrophe

Photo: EPA

Radioactive water from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown is expected to reach the West Coast by next month, according to one recently publicized scientific model, which will be the 3rd anniversary of the catastrophe, said Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Specialist, at Beyond Nuclear, anti-nuclear group.

The Fukushima meltdown scared millions of people across the world who were afraid that the radiation would spread to their shores. How valid do you think their fears are, and how much of it is just hysteria? Continue reading “Fukushima radiation might reach US coast at 3rd anniversary of catastrophe”

Crimea crisis stirs dispute over Russian-held islands off Hokkaido

A high school student prays at the grave of a Japanese resident of Etorofu, off Hokkaido, during a rare visit to the Russian-held island in 2007. |AFP-JIJI

Scenes of apparent Russian troops in southern Ukraine are stirring up grim memories half a world away among Japanese who were forced off their islands by Soviet troops in the last days of World War II.

Tokyo and Moscow remain at odds over the sliver of a Russian-held archipelago off Hokkaido, with the nearly 70-year-old dispute long stalling a bilateral post-war peace treaty, despite warming diplomatic and economic ties.

The Ukraine crisis, now centered on the Crimean Peninsula, has also created a big diplomatic headache for conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he tries to strike a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the territorial dispute while joining Western allies in condemning the apparent deployment of Russian forces into Crimea. Continue reading “Crimea crisis stirs dispute over Russian-held islands off Hokkaido”

Tank-commanding anime girls capture fans for SDF ( Japan )

–  decade ago, around one in 10 candidates said they wanted to be a soldier for love of country. These days it’s closer to one in three

TOKYO —

By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo Mar. 16, 2014 – 06:25AM JST

Being a soldier in Japan after World War Two was seen as a job for failed police recruits and unemployed youth from depressed rural towns. But as tension with China chips away at Japan’s postwar pacifism, the military is regaining its prestige – helped by a blitz of television dramas, movies and anime.

Patriotic zeal is now a more compelling reason to enlist. A decade ago, around one in 10 candidates said they wanted to be a soldier for love of country. These days it’s closer to one in three, according to recruitment data obtained by Reuters. Continue reading “Tank-commanding anime girls capture fans for SDF ( Japan )”

Japan ASDF scrambles jets to intercept three Chinese planes

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The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled jets Sunday after three Chinese planes approached Japanese airspace, defense officials said.

The ASDF response was prompted by a Chinese Y-8 surveillance plane and two H-6 bombers that were flying in international airspace over the East China Sea between southern Japanese islands. The Chinese planes entered skies over the Pacific Ocean before heading back toward China along the same route Sunday morning, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff said. Continue reading “Japan ASDF scrambles jets to intercept three Chinese planes”

Police say number of people in organised crime syndicates fell below 60,000 for first time on record last year

Membership of Japan’s yakuza crime gangs falls to all-time low

Agence France-Presse in Tokyo
theguardian.com,              Thursday 6 March 2014 07.25 EST                
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Members of the largest yakuza group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, at a funeral in the 1980s. Photograph: AP

The number of people belonging to Japan‘s notorious yakuza crime groups fell to an all-time low in 2013, slipping below the 60,000-member mark for the first time on record, police say.

The National Police Agency credited its crackdown on the organised crime syndicates for membership falling to 58,600 last year, down from about 63,200 in 2012. Continue reading “Police say number of people in organised crime syndicates fell below 60,000 for first time on record last year”

Commentary: It’s U.S., Japan that need to clarify military intentionsBy

EEV: A commentary from the Peoples Daily Online are views of the Chinese Government. Language is very symbolic in this region. This is a pretty serious escalation. It was just a week a ago they publicly mocked Ambassador Locke.

The South China Sea, showing surrounding count...
The South China Sea, showing surrounding countries and neighbouring seas and oceans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

-Japan, for its part, has already become a recidivous troublemaker in the region and set the world’s nerves on edge as increasingly rampant rightist elements attempt to deny history, sabotage the postwar world order and scuttle the pacifist constitution.

Deng Yushan (Xinhua) 11:23, March 06, 2014

BEIJING, March 5 — The newly revealed 12.2-percent increase of Chinese military spending to 132 billion U.S. dollars in 2014 has unsurprisingly met with an immediate outcry of “concerns” and “worries” from certain countries. Continue reading “Commentary: It’s U.S., Japan that need to clarify military intentionsBy”

China boosts defence budget by 12.2 pc after warning military will respond if provoked

UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 March, 2014, 10:42am

Agence France-Presse in Beijing

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Delegates from the People’s Liberation Army arrive for parliamentary talks in Beijing. Photo: AP

China will raise its official defence budget by 12.2 per cent this year, the finance ministry announced Wednesday, a day after warning that its military would respond if ‘provoked’ by neighbours.

The Asian giant has for years boosted spending on its People’s Liberation Army, reflecting its military ambitions as it asserts its global standing and claims in a series of territorial disputes with Japan and other countries in the region. Continue reading “China boosts defence budget by 12.2 pc after warning military will respond if provoked”

Southern air defence zone ‘crucial for China in long term’, PLA expert says

–  “The establishment of another ADIZ over the South China Sea is necessary for China’s long-term national interest.”

UPDATED : Saturday, 22 February, 2014, 4:51am

Minnie Chan and Reuters in Washington

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US Army Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno and General Wang Ning salute while reviewing an honour guard in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Establishing a second air defence zone – this time over the South China Sea – was in China’s long-term interest, a senior People’s Liberation Army researcher said yesterday.

Senior colonel Li Jie , of the PLA Navy’s Military Academy, said a senior US intelligence officer’s remarks last week about China’s intention to declare another air defence identification zone (ADIZ) were meant to deter China from making such a move. Continue reading “Southern air defence zone ‘crucial for China in long term’, PLA expert says”

How fast is YOUR 4G phone? US has second slowest speeds in the world, new study reveals – while Australia tops the table

  • US average data rate dropped to 6.5Mbps from 9.6 megabits over last year
  • T-Mobile had the best data rate at 11.2Mbps
  • AT&T rated 8.9Mbps, Verizon 7.6Mbps, and Sprint 4.2Mbps

By Mark Prigg

UPDATED:          13:22 EST, 21 February 2014

4G data speeds on mobile devices are dropping at an alarming rate in the US, a new study has warned.

In the February 2014 report, the United States ranked 15th of 16 countries for download speeds, as the average data rate dropped to 6.5Mbps from 9.6 megabits per second in the February 2013 report.

The authors say US networks ‘uniformly perform poorly’ for speed – increasing claims the technology has not yet lived up to the hype surrounding its launch.

Global speeds: The United States ranked 15th of 16 countries for download speeds, as the average data rate dropped to 6.5Mbps from 9.6 megabits per second in February 2013.

Global speeds: The United States ranked 15th of 16 countries for download speeds, as the average data rate dropped to 6.5Mbps from 9.6 megabits per second in February 2013. Continue reading “How fast is YOUR 4G phone? US has second slowest speeds in the world, new study reveals – while Australia tops the table”

Senior Navy intelligence officer ” China was training its forces to be capable of carrying out a “short, sharp” war with Japan in the East China Sea “

Pentagon plays down intelligence officer’s provocative China assessment

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Source: Reuters – Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:31 AM

Author: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Thursday played down remarks by a senior Navy intelligence officer who told a public forum that he believed China was training its forces to be capable of carrying out a “short, sharp” war with Japan in the East China Sea.

The comments by Captain James Fanell, director of intelligence and information operations at the U.S. Pacific Fleet, were little noticed when he made them last week at a conference on maritime strategy called “West 2014” in San Diego. They can be seen here: http://link.reuters.com/qyq96v Continue reading “Senior Navy intelligence officer ” China was training its forces to be capable of carrying out a “short, sharp” war with Japan in the East China Sea “”

China starts shooting Unit 731 documentary

(Xinhua) 08:01, February 20, 2014

HARBIN, Feb. 19 — Filming of a documentary about the atrocities of Japan’s notorious Unit 731 during World War II (WWII) began in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin on Wednesday.

English: Unit 731 Complex
English: Unit 731 Complex (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The documentary entitled “731” will interview witnesses and scholars and disclose historical archives.

The documentary, consisting of five 60-minute episodes, will be jointly shot by the Harbin municipal government and China Central Television. It is expected to be broadcast by the end of the year. Continue reading “China starts shooting Unit 731 documentary”

Man arrested after forcing 9-year-old stepson to play violent video games

By Philip Kendall

Feb. 17, 2014 – 06:18AM JST

TOKYO —
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Police in Kyoto have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of coercion after it was claimed that he had repeatedly forced his nine-year-old stepson to play violent and age-inappropriate video games over the course of six months whenever his mother was absent. Continue reading “Man arrested after forcing 9-year-old stepson to play violent video games”

China welcomes neighbors’ prosperity, firmly safeguards peripheral security

EEV: Continued Escalation

China's first aircraft carrier, the Soviet-era Liaoning, entered service last year

(Xinhua) 07:08, February 08, 2014

BEIJING, Feb. 7 — Recent events have demonstrated that while China sincerely share neighbors’ joy in making achievements, it never hesitates to safeguard peripheral peace and security.

When Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Russia to attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, he told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he came to offer his congratulations in person, as is customary for Chinese to do upon their neighbors’ joyous occasions. Continue reading “China welcomes neighbors’ prosperity, firmly safeguards peripheral security”

US lead in science and technology shrinking

– U.S. and Europe has decreased, respectively, from 37 percent to 30 percent and from 26 percent to 22 percent.

Press Release 14-022 

Emerging economies shifting global S&T landscape

Cover of 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators report.

Indicators is a widely-used resource, reporting on R&D trends, the STEM workforce, and more. Credit and Larger Version

February 6, 2014

The United States’ (U.S.) predominance in science and technology (S&T) eroded further during the last decade, as several Asian nations–particularly China and South Korea–rapidly increased their innovation capacities. According to a report released today by the National Science Board (NSB), the policy making body of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and an advisor to the President and Congress, the major Asian economies, taken together, now perform a larger share of global R&D than the U.S., and China performs nearly as much of the world’s high-tech manufacturing as the U.S. Continue reading “US lead in science and technology shrinking”

Some unimpressed with ‘Caroline Kennedy fever’

– What, it asks, has Caroline done two months into her tenure? Played much and worked little, is its verdict.

– Was that a time, the weekly asks, for the U.S. ambassador to indulge in private sightseeing? As it happened, it adds, the embassy’s No. 2 official was away that day too – skiing

– “An insult to Japan” is how Winston Lord, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs under President Bill Clinton, characterized Kennedy’s appointment, according to Shukan Shincho. How long, the magazine wonders, is “Caroline fever” likely to last?

 

Kuchikomi Feb. 03, 2014 – 06:19AM JST

TOKYO —

“Fevers” come and fevers go. Japan is especially prone to them, says Shukan Shincho (Jan 30). Still fresh in the collective memory are: “Makiko Tanaka fever,” “Junichiro Koizumi fever,” “Toru Hashimoto fever” – the once frenzied, now forgotten or much deflated adulation surrounding these individuals (a former foreign minister, a foreign prime minister and the current Osaka mayor, respectively). Continue reading “Some unimpressed with ‘Caroline Kennedy fever’”

China Japan Diplomacy quickly crossing the Rubicon

China hits back at Abe over World War I analogy

Jan. 25, 2014 – 04:18PM JST

China hits back at Abe over World War I analogy
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on January 22, 2014 in MontreuxAFP

DAVOS —

China has hit back at Japan’s Prime Minister over a claim that current tensions in East Asia are akin to those between Britain and Germany on the eve of World War I.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he believed the analogy employed by Japanese premier Shinzo Abe was misplaced.

In the latest salvo in a simmering diplomatic spat, Wang also reiterated China’s anger over Abe’s recent visit to a shrine which honors the memory of 14 convicted war criminals along with millions of other Japanese war dead. Continue reading “China Japan Diplomacy quickly crossing the Rubicon”

China warns foreign military planes entering defense zone

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN

Jan. 25, 2014 – 06:46AM JST ( 14 )

BEIJING —

China said Friday it has begun issuing warnings to foreign military planes entering its self-declared air defense zone over the East China Sea amid heightened tensions with its neighbors, especially Japan.

Bitter rhetoric between the neighbors has spiked since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a late-December visit to a war shrine in Tokyo that outraged Beijing. Abe this week compared the tense relationship to the pre-World War I rivalry between Britain and Germany. Japanese officials say the comment was meant as a warning to avoid war. Continue reading “China warns foreign military planes entering defense zone”

U.S. Pacific forces chief concerned over Japan-China tension

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON

Jan. 24, 2014 – 03:00PM JST

WASHINGTON —

The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said Thursday the tensions between China and Japan are likely to grow unless they talk to each other.

The two Asian powers are at loggerheads over remote islands that are administered by Japan but also claimed by China. Beijing has also been angered by a recent visit by Japan’s prime minister to a controversial war shrine.

Maritime claims in the South China Sea

Adm. Samuel Locklear told a news conference that “the risk calculation can grow” when two large powers have a disagreement but aren’t talking to each other and when there’s no clear resolution in sight. Continue reading “U.S. Pacific forces chief concerned over Japan-China tension”

Abe tells world to stand up to China or face consequences

 Jan. 23, 2014 – 06:55AM

Abe tells world to stand up to China or face consequences
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his special address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday.AFP

DAVOS, Switzerland  —

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday told the world it must stand up to an increasingly assertive China or risk a regional conflict with catastrophic economic consequences.

In a landmark speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Abe issued what amounted to an appeal for international support in a potentially explosive dispute with its superpower neighbor over islands in the East China Sea.

“We must restrain military expansion in Asia … which otherwise could go unchecked,” Abe told the annual meeting of global business and political leaders, which Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is due to attend on Friday. Continue reading “Abe tells world to stand up to China or face consequences”

Dropping ‘no-war’ pledge a part of Abe’s strategy

 

By CAI HONG, ZHOU WA and REN QI (China Daily) 08:41, January 20, 2014

Increases the bookmark digg Google Delicious buzz friendfeed Linkedin diigo stumbleupon Qzone QQ Microblog Experts say move represents another gesture embracing militarist past

A longtime no-war pledge has disappeared from Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party’s annual working policy revealed on Sunday, while the ruling party vowed to continue visits to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine and push ahead constitutional revision, in another move leading the country in a far-right direction, observers said.

At its 81st LDP annual convention in Tokyo, the party removed the pledge that Japan would “never wage a war”, China Central Television reported on Sunday. Continue reading “Dropping ‘no-war’ pledge a part of Abe’s strategy”

China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud

Politics Jan. 20, 2014 – 02:59PM JST

China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud
South Korean conservative activists burn placards during a protest to complain against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visiting the Yasukuni war shrine, in Seoul on Dec 27.AFP

BEIJING —

A new Asian diplomatic row broke out Monday after China unveiled a memorial to a Korean national hero who assassinated a Japanese official a century ago—with Tokyo condemning him as a “terrorist”.

In 1909, Ahn Jung-Geun shot and killed Hirobumi Ito, Japan’s first prime minister and its top official in Japanese-occupied Korea, at the railway station in the northeast Chinese city of Harbin.

Ahn was hanged by Japanese forces the following year, when Korea also formally became a Japanese colony, heralding a brutal occupation that lasted until the end of World War II in 1945. Continue reading “China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud”

Japan condemns China fishing curbs; vows to defend islands

Map of the South China Sea
Map of the South China Sea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Kiyoshi Takenaka

National Jan. 13, 2014 – 06:35AM JST

– require foreign fishing vessels to obtain approval to enter disputed waters in the South China Sea, which the local government says are under its jurisdiction

NARASHINO —

Japan on Sunday joined the United States in criticizing China’s new fishing restrictions in the South China Sea, saying the curbs, coupled with the launch last year of an air defense zone, has left the international community jittery. Continue reading “Japan condemns China fishing curbs; vows to defend islands”

US tested weapons to harm rice crop in Japan, report claims ( rice blast fungus )

– The same experiments were conducted on the US mainland and in Taiwan
–  rice blast fungus – known to occur in 85 countries – was released over rice fields and data was collected on how it affected rice production
UPDATED : Monday, 13 January, 2014, 12:47am

Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

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An aerial photo of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan. Photo: The Washington Post

The US army tested biological weapons that could harm rice cropping on the Japanese island of Okinawa in the early 1960s, a report claimed yesterday.

The same experiments were conducted on the US mainland and in Taiwan, Kyodo news agency said, citing US military documents.

The US is “believed to have had China and Southeast Asia in mind in developing such crop-harming agents”, the report said.

In tests conducted at least a dozen times between 1961 and 1962, rice blast fungus – known to occur in 85 countries – was released over rice fields and data was collected on how it affected rice production, Kyodo said.

Rice blast disease causes lesions to form on the plant, threatening the crop.

The US government decided in 1969 to discard all biological weapons in its possession, Kyodo said. In 1975 an international convention against production and possession of biological weapons came into force.

Okinawa was under post-second world war US rule until 1972. The US government has previously disclosed information about chemical and biological warfare tests at sea and on land in such places as Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Utah.

The obtained documents mention test sites including Nago and Shuri, both in Okinawa, but it is not known whether the experiments were conducted within the premises of US bases there, Kyodo said.

In the tests, the army “used a midget duster to release inoculum alongside fields in Okinawa and Taiwan”, measuring dosages at different distances and the effect on crop production.

One document said: “Field tests for stem rust of wheat and rice blast disease were begun at several sites in the [US] midwest and south and in Okinawa with partial success in the accumulation of useful data.”

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as US ‘tested weapons to harm rice crop in Japan’
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Honeywell under investigation for Chinese-made parts in US warplanes

– The Pentagon repeatedly waived laws banning Chinese-built components on US weapons to keep the $392bn F-35 fighter

Sensors and magnets for F-35 fighter jet were made in China • Pentagon issued waivers to ban on Chinese-made components

Reuters in Washington

theguardian.com,   Sunday 12 January 2014 09.28 EST

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The Pentagon repeatedly waived laws banning Chinese-built components on US weapons to keep the $392bn F-35 fighter programme. Photograph: US Navy/Reuters
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The US Justice Department is investigating export and import procedures at Honeywell International Inc after the firm included Chinese parts in equipment it built for the F-35 fighter jet, three sources familiar with the matter said. Continue reading “Honeywell under investigation for Chinese-made parts in US warplanes”

Japan claims 280 uninhabited islands

Tokyo announces plan to register 280 isolated isles as state property, as National Security Council is launched, tightening Abe’s grip

UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 January, 2014, 1:29am

Kristine Kwok and Teddy Ng

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Japan claims 280 uninhabited islands

Japan yesterday said it will accelerate the nationalisation of 280 uninhabited islands in a bid to strengthen control of the country’s maritime territory.

Ichita Yamamoto,  minister for oceanic policies and territorial issues,  said Tokyo would formally register the remote islands, which are among the more than 400 land features that define Japan’s territorial waters.

“We will register the remote islands as state property to enhance their management,” Yamamoto  said. Continue reading “Japan claims 280 uninhabited islands”

Is World War Three about to start… by accident? Max Hastings asks whether rising tensions between China and Japan could boil over

  • Chinese diplomat argued that Japan risks ‘serious threat to global peace’
  • He even compared Japan today to Lord Voldemort, from Harry Potter
  • It comes just weeks after China declared its own Air Defence Zone
  • Japan’s prime minister has threatened to shoot down any Chinese drones

By Max Hastings

UPDATED:          03:16 EST, 3 January 2014

Perhaps it is possible — and how nice it would be to believe this — that war between the greatest nations on earth has been abolished.

The cost and the threat of nuclear escalation is so horrendous that reason argues that nothing remotely resembling the 20th century’s vast global clashes can ever happen again.

Assuredly, there can be no more Dunkirks or D-Days, because no Western nation — even the United States — can deploy a mass army.

Japan’s population falls by record 244,000 in 2013

National Jan. 02, 2014 – 06:20AM JST

Japan's population falls by record 244,000 in 2013
Japan’s population fell by a record 244,000 in 2013, according to health ministry estimates released on Wednesday, highlighting concerns over an ever-dwindling workforce supporting a growing number of pensionersAFP

TOKYO —

Japan’s population fell by a record 244,000 in 2013, according to health ministry estimates released on Wednesday, highlighting concerns over an ever-dwindling workforce supporting a growing number of pensioners. Continue reading “Japan’s population falls by record 244,000 in 2013”

Chinese leaders will not speak with Abe / the Chinese people will certainly not welcome him

(Xinhua) 07:11, December 31, 2013

BEIJING, Dec. 30 — Chinese leaders will not have any dialogue with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said here Monday.

“In regard to such a Japanese leader, the Chinese people will certainly not welcome him, and the Chinese leaders will unquestionably not speak with him either,” Qin said at a regular press briefing.

Qin made the remarks in response to a question on whether China will allow Abe to visit China or whether Chinese leaders will meet with Abe.

“Abe has made wrong calculations on China-Japan relations and made one mistake after another,” Qin said. Continue reading “Chinese leaders will not speak with Abe / the Chinese people will certainly not welcome him”

China must retaliate for Japanese prime minister’s war shrine visit: official media

Official media warns China will become a ‘paper tiger’ if countermeasures against Japan are not taken over Yasukuni visit

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 December, 2013, 11:46am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 December, 2013, 12:16pm

Agence France-Presse in Beijing

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Japan’s ambassador to China Masato Kitera (centre) in Beijing after being summoned by China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Photo: Reuters

China must take “excessive” counter-measures after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial war shrine visit, state-run media urged on Friday, reflecting the smouldering resentment among Chinese at its onetime invader. Continue reading “China must retaliate for Japanese prime minister’s war shrine visit: official media”

China-made software collects text data without users’ knowledge

 

 The government’s National Information Security Center has warned about 140 organisations, not to use a Japanese input method editor developed by Baidu Inc.ch.

Yomiuri Shimbun/ANN | 26-12-13

The government’s National Information Security Center has warned about 140 organisations, including government ministries and agencies as well as universities and research institutes, not to use a Japanese input method editor developed by Baidu Inc., China’s biggest search engine company, after it was found that text data typed into computers are sent to the company’s server without the users’ knowledge, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

The NISC said it cannot be denied that important information might have been leaked from those organisations.

According to an investigation by The Yomiuri Shimbun, Baidu IME is installed in some computers at the Foreign Ministry and at least 12 universities, including the University of Tokyo.

If the software is used in default settings, words and texts typed in a search window, e-mail, word-processing software and others are automatically sent to Baidu’s server.

In Japan, about two million people are using Baidu IME, according to Baidu’s Japanese unit.

 

http://www.digitalone.com.sg/news/article/28526

 

U.S. slaps sanctions on 4 senior members of yakuza gang

Crime Dec. 20, 2013 – 11:55AM JST

– The sanctions freeze any U.S. assets the four mobsters may have and prohibit U.S. citizens from doing business with them. Continue reading “U.S. slaps sanctions on 4 senior members of yakuza gang”

China bitterly attacks Japanese prime minister over air zone remarks / “The Diaoyus are an inherent territory of China. Japan’s seizure and occupation of the islands are illegal and invalid”

China bitterly attacks Japanese prime minister over air zone remarks

Shinzo Abe’s comments that Beijing is violating freedom of aviation are condemned as ‘malicious slander’

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister

Staff and agencies in Beijing

theguardian.com, Sunday 15 December 2013 00.02 EST

 

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, at an Asean meeting in Tokyo where he criticised China’s air zone over islands claimed by both countries. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

China has condemned Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, for “maliciously slandering” its self-proclaimed air defence zone, ratcheting up the war of words between the neighbours over Beijing’s annexation of the skies over a group of disputed islands.

Abe told a news conference that China’s recent announcement of the air defence identification zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea was “unjustly violating the freedom of aviation over the high seas” and demanded Beijing rescind it.

In the most bitter remarks so far in the dispute, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei defended the zone, which has triggered protests from Japan, the United States and South Korea.

“We express strong dissatisfaction with Japan’s leader using an international occasion to maliciously slander China,” Hong said in a statement seen on the ministry website on Sunday.

The islands are claimed by Beijing as the Diaoyus and by Tokyo as the Senkakus.

“The Diaoyus are an inherent territory of China. Japan’s seizure and occupation of the islands are illegal and invalid,” Hong said, arguing that the air zone was in line with international laws and practices, and did not affect aviation freedom. Continue reading “China bitterly attacks Japanese prime minister over air zone remarks / “The Diaoyus are an inherent territory of China. Japan’s seizure and occupation of the islands are illegal and invalid””

Impending Japan-China war has the makings of a Clancy classic

by Mark Schreiber

  • Online: Dec 07, 2013
  • Print: Dec 08, 2013
  • Last Modified: Dec 08, 2013
On Nov. 23, China announced the creation of a newly expanded air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, overlapping a large expanse of territory also claimed by Japan. The move has produced a visceral reaction in the Japanese vernacular media, particularly the weekly tabloids. Five out of nine weekly magazines that went on sale last Monday and Tuesday contained scenarios that raised the possibility of a shooting war.

One can only wonder what sort of tale American “techno-thriller” writer Tom Clancy — author of “The Hunt for Red October” (1984, involving the Soviet Union) and “Debt of Honor” (1994, involving Japan) — might have spun from the scenario that’s now unfolding in the East China Sea.

Alas, Mr. Clancy passed away of an undisclosed illness on Oct. 1, so instead the task has fallen to Japan’s gunji hyōronka (military affairs critics) or gunji jānarisuto (military affairs writers), whose phones have been ringing off the hook.

First, let’s take Flash (Dec. 17), which ran a “Simulated breakout of war over the Senkakus,” with Mamoru Sato, a former Air Self-Defense Force general, providing editorial supervision. Flash’s scenario has the same tense tone as a Clancy novel, including dialog. On a day in August 2014, a radar operator instructs patrolling F-15J pilots to “scramble north” at an altitude of 65,000 feet to intercept a suspected intruder and proceeds from there.

Sunday Mainichi (Dec. 15) ran an article headlined “Sino-Japanese war to break out in January.” Political reporter Takao Toshikawa tells the magazine that the key to what happens next will depend on China’s economy. Continue reading “Impending Japan-China war has the makings of a Clancy classic”

New Yellow Sea naval drills seen as warning message

 

 
PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 December, 2013, 1:24pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 December, 2013, 3:33am
 

Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com

 

 

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A ship gun fires during last month’s exercises. Photo: SCMP
 

The PLA Navy launched eight days of naval drills in the Yellow Sea and Bohai Strait yesterday – a day after US Vice-President Joseph Biden departed China for South Korea.

The drills were confirmed by a navigation warning issued by the Liaoning Maritime Safety Administration, which oversees the area. The notice banned all civilian vessels from northern portions of the Yellow Sea and Bohai Strait from 4pm yesterday to the same time next Friday.

The administration said the area would be used for a military mission, suggesting that the People’s Liberation Army would be conducting naval drills similar to those conducted in the area last month.

The previous drills ended a day before the Ministry of National Defence announced the creation of an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over mos of the adjacent East China Sea, drawing protests from Seoul, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington. The zone includes the disputed Diaoyu, or Senkaku, islands, which are claimed by Japan, as well as Taiwan.

Continue reading “New Yellow Sea naval drills seen as warning message”

Japan agency offers travel for your teddy bear

Travel Dec. 07, 2013 – 06:12AM JST

Japan agency offers travel for your teddy bear
Tour operator Sonoe Azuma holds a stuffed toy during a visit to a station in Tokyo, on October 4, 2013

Tokyo (AFP) —

Unable to get to that must-see tourist site but can’t bear for your teddy to miss out? Then Japan has just the thing for you—a travel agency that takes stuffed toys on package tours and even provides the holiday snaps to prove it.

Tokyo-based Unagi (Eel) Travel has a range of offers to suit every cuddly companion’s purse.

For instance, a day trip around sightseeing spots in the Japanese capital is $45, plus travel—by parcel post—from and to the toy’s home address.

The more adventurous bear might like to see some of the grand temples and shrines of the ancient capital of Kyoto for $95, or unwind in the hot spring baths that dot volcanic Japan—a snip at $55.

“Some clients join tours simply because it seems fun but there are also people who want to send stuffed animals as their proxies since they can’t travel by themselves, because they are in hospital, handicapped or too busy,” tour operator Sonoe Azuma told AFP.

“A client asked me to take her companion up some stairs and walk through narrow streets she can’t go into with her wheelchair.

“Another client wanted her animal to get a lot of sunshine as she can’t go outside because of a skin disease.”

Continue reading “Japan agency offers travel for your teddy bear”

China pulls out of UN process over territorial dispute with Philippines

• Move underscores China’s tough geopolitical stance in region • Territorial claims continue to dominate visit by Joe Biden

 

in Washington

theguardian.com,              Friday 6 December 2013 13.25 EST

Joe Biden in China
Fallout over China’s territorial claims has become the dominant issue for Joe Biden. Photograph: HAP/Quirky China News/Rex

China is taking the highly unusual step of refusing to participate in a United Nations arbitration process over a territorial conflict with the Philippines, one of five countries challenging Beijing’s claims of ownership over the oil-rich South China Sea.

The legal dispute underscores the tough geopolitical approach China is adopting in the Pacific region. It has adopted an aggressive approach toward neighbours over a 2,000-mile stretch that also includes the East China Sea, over which it recently declared the air defence identification zone that has inflamed tensions with Japan and South Korea.

Continue reading “China pulls out of UN process over territorial dispute with Philippines”

7 things that surprise Japanese people working in offices overseas

By Rachel Tackett

Lifestyle Dec. 05, 2013 – 06:20AM JST ( 24 )

TOKYO —

Here’s a collection of seven observations that Japanese people made while doing business in foreign countries.

1. The lack of overtime

In Germany and Spain, there is practically no overtime. Spending time with the family is paramount. Work does not infringe on a person’s personal life. In Australia, people go home precisely at the end of their work hours. They can be somewhat lax when it comes to meeting other deadlines, but if their work day lasts until five, then at five sharp they are out the door.

Continue reading “7 things that surprise Japanese people working in offices overseas”

State media calls for ‘timely countermeasures’ against Japan over air zone “We are willing to engage in a protracted confrontation with Japan.”

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 November, 2013, 4:02am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 November, 2013, 5:56am

Agence France-Presse in Beijing

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Japan and South Korea both said on Thursday that they had disregarded the air defence identification zone that Beijing declared last weekend, showing a united front after unarmed US B-52 bombers also entered the area. Photo: EPA

State media yesterday called for “timely countermeasures” to be taken “without hesitation” if Japan violates the country’s newly declared air zone, after Beijing sent fighter jets to patrol the area following defiant military overflights by Tokyo.

Japan and South Korea both said on Thursday that they had disregarded the air defence identification zone (ADIZ) that Beijing declared last weekend, showing a united front after unarmed US B-52 bombers also entered the area.

The Global Times newspaper, which often takes a nationalistic tone, said in an editorial: “We should carry out timely countermeasures without hesitation against Japan when it challenges China’s newly declared ADIZ.

Continue reading “State media calls for ‘timely countermeasures’ against Japan over air zone “We are willing to engage in a protracted confrontation with Japan.””

China scrambles military planes after US and Japan fly sorties into new zone

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Tensions rise as US and Japan fly sorties and South Korea puts contested island in its own zone

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Kristine Kwok kristine.kwok@scmp.com

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 November, 2013, 10:26am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 November, 2013, 11:49pm

Chinese military aircraft were scrambled yesterday after US and Japanese planes flew into the mainland’s new air defence identification zone.

Earlier, South Korea announced plans to include a tiny island contested with China under its own air defence zone, potentially raising the diplomatic temperature further.

PLA Air Force spokesman Shen Jianke said the air force ordered Su-30 and Qian-11 planes to verify the identity of the aircraft inside the zone yesterday morning.

The PLA identified two US aircraft and 10 Japanese aircraft. The US planes made two sorties across the zone, while the Japanese made seven.

Continue reading “China scrambles military planes after US and Japan fly sorties into new zone”

China tells Japan it would ‘consider cancelling air zone in 44 years’

UPDATED : Thursday, 28 November, 2013, 6:04pm

Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com

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Yang Yujun, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defence, briefs reporters at a recent Beijing news conference. Photo: CNS

China’s defence ministry on Thursday hit back forcefully at Japan’s objections to its newly-established Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea that covers long-disputed islets claimed by both countries.

“Japan has absolutely no right to make irresponsible comments regarding China setting up the East China Sea ADIZ,” ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told media in a routine press conference, according to China’s Ministry of National Defence website.

Continue reading “China tells Japan it would ‘consider cancelling air zone in 44 years’”