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”

7 things that surprise Japanese people working in offices overseas

By Rachel Tackett

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


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.

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Malware slurps rocket data from Japanese space agency


Secrets of Epsilon go out the door

By Iain Thomson in San Francisco

Posted in Security, 30th November 2012 22:58 GMT

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Malware on a computer in the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been stealing data on the latest Nipponese solid-fuel rocket system.

JAXA said that a security sweep of its systems on November 21 showed that a single computer had been subverted by the malware, and it was not clear if this was a targeted cyber-attack for espionage purposes. But data on Japan’s Epsilon rocket system, which JAXA has spent ¥15bn developing, had been sent out of the organization to persons unknown.

The Epsilon program is building an advanced solid-fuel rocket that can further Japan’s space-exploration and satellite industry. But unfortunately, governments around the world would also be interested in the technology for military purposes.

Solid-fuel rockets have a number of advantages over other designs. Liquid-fueled rockets don’t make a good mobile-missile solution, and can’t sit around long when fueled up since the liquids involved are highly corrosive. With solid fuel you can assemble the missile and it’s ready to go whenever.

The first Epsilon rocket is close to takeoff, with the first launch scheduled for next summer. By this time almost all of the final testing will have been carried out, and if the attackers were interested in espionage, they may have got hold of some very valuable data indeed.

This is the second time JAXA has been hit in this way. In January the agency reported a similar malware data loss [1], that time for its H-II cargo transfer vehicle. ®

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