Japan

Japan's $3.5-trillion Stimulus Drives Wealth Polarisation, Hardly Helps Economy

Several new reports suggest the Japanese economy is still struggling to find a solid footing for sustainable long-term growth, as inflation and GDP growth are still underperforming, despite years of massive central bank stimulus.
Related topics: Inflation, Banking

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Beijing: Tokyo’s New Defence Guidelines Jeopardize Regional Stability

BEIJING (Sputnik) - China opposes Japan’s criticism of its military development as well as incitement of a so-called Chinese security threat in Tokyo's recently approved defense guidelines, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
Related topics: China, Beijing, Tokyo, Military

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This “pacifist” Nation Is Now The Biggest Foreign Buyer Of American F-35 Fighter Jets

Japan, which defines itself in its constitution as a “pacifist” nation, will soon be deploying an aircraft carrier and adding dozens more stealth fighter jets to its fleet, all in the name of self-defense. Prime minister Shinzo...

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Japan To Buy More Stealth Jets, Radar To Counter China, Russia

Japan will accelerate spending on advanced stealth fighters, long-range missiles and other equipment over the next five years to support U.S. forces facing China's military in the Western Pacific, two new government defense papers said. The plans...
Related topics: China, Russia, Military

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Water-resistant Iphone Saves Lives When Group Is Forced To Abandon Capsized Boat

You’ll never realize how important it is to have a water-resistant smartphone on you until you have to use one to call for help while you’re treading water. That’s what happened to a group of friends visiting Japan recently after their boat...

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Japan Returns To Militarism

Authored by Brian Cloughley via The Strategic Culture Foundation, On December 11 Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reported that “Japan plans to effectively upgrade its helicopter carriers to enable them to transport and launch fighter jets.”...

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A Fire-breathing Dragon Helps Fight Ember Attacks On Thatched-roof Buildings

Visitors to the historic mountain villages in central Japan marvel at the elegance of the steep thatched-roof farmhouses found there. Known as "gassho-zukuri," Japanese for "constructed like hands in prayer," the architectural style emerged more...

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A Fire-breathing Dragon Helps Fight Ember Attacks On Thatched-roof Buildings

Researchers conducted a special fire test to learn how to protect steep thatched-roof farmhouses that emerged more than 250 years ago to ruggedly withstand Central Japan's heavy winter snowfalls.

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Russian Troops And Families Moving Into Barracks On Archipelago Claimed By Japan

Russia's Ministry of Defense announced Monday that it would be moving troops and their families into newly built barracks on two islands claimed by Japan. The decision threatens already tense relations with Tokyo over the disputed archipelago, ahead...
Related topics: Russia, Tokyo

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Bad Advice From The Financial Times

The Financial Times is hardly alone in misdiagnosing Japan’s problems, but I can’t resist commenting on this misguided advice from the Editorial Board: Yet it is still puzzling that such an extreme monetary policy, which has seen the...

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Suspected Gas Explosion Destroys Eatery In Japan, Hurts 42

The explosion caused nearby apartment buildings and houses to shake.

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Netanyahu Jr. Draws Flak For Saying Muslims Should Depart Israel

Yair Netanyahu, the key figure in the so-called "Strippergate" fallout, said this week that Muslims should leave Israel so that there is peace in the region and that Iceland and Japan do not suffer from terrorism because there are no Muslims there....
Related topics: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, Iceland, Terrorism

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Just 30 Seconds Over Tokyo: How The Doolittle Raid Doomed The Japanese Empire

Michael Peck Security, An incredible story.  Bombs fell on ten targets. By the standards of the thousand-bomber raids over Germany, the later fire raids on Tokyo, and the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Doolittle Raid barely qualified...
Related topics: Tokyo, Germany

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The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk: The Airplane That Imperial Japan Hated

Warfare History Network Security, Asia The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk helped the Allies hold back the Japanese. During the first year of American participation in World War II, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (Kittyhawk or Tomahawk to the British) came to...

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It’s Official: 2018 In Japan Was A ‘disaster’

The Chinese character (kanji) “wazawai” or “sai” (災) has been named the kanji that best symbolizes the year 2018 for Japan. The kanji is unveiled each year at historic Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto. Screencap from ANN News...

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Foreign Minister: Japan Moving Forward To Ensure 'free, Fair, Secure' Cyberspace

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Japan seeks to ensure a free and fair cyberspace, and in order to achieve this goal Tokyo is cooperating with over a dozen countries and regions, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has stated while addressing participants at the...
Related topics: Russia, Moscow, Tokyo

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Iwo Jima: The Most Horrific Of All World War Ii Battles?

Warfare History Network Security, Asia Eight-square-mile Iwo Jima became the focus for some of the most intense fighting of World War II. No foreign army in the 5,000-year history of Japan had ever successfully conquered Japanese territory. In...

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Woman Says Water-resistant Iphone Helped Save Her Life After Rough Waters Capsized Her Boat In Japan

We often hear stories of the Apple Watch saving people’s lives, but this time it’s someone’s iPhone receiving the life-saving credit. While on a trip to Japan, Rachel Neal and her friends chartered a boat to visit an island off the coast of...

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There Is Only 1 Thing Stopping Japan From Building Real Aircraft Carriers

Robert Farley Security, Politics. Japan has decided to refit its Izumo-class light carriers to operate the F-35B stealth fighter. So modified, the Izumos will carry about a dozen F-35Bs each, giving the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force a...

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Leave The Laptop At Home, The Ipad Pro Is The Travel Buddy To Take On Vacay

The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet that's perfect for creatives and professionals. How does it fare when traveling with it as a laptop replacement? We took it on a two week trek in Japan to find out. The post Leave the laptop at home, the iPad Pro is...

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