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Jul 11 12:25

Japan closes door to further cooperation with North Korea — expert

Japan’s strict position created obstacles for successful cooperation with North Korea in the future and intensified the conflict over denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, expert from the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Yuliya Kryachkina said on Wednesday. "Tokyo has introduced such a far-reaching sanctions regime against Pyongyang which made negotiations impossible. The Land of the Rising Sun closed the door to further cooperation, having no communication channels, having cut transport communication, visa issuance and so on and insisting on the preservation of this regime," the expert said. She highlighted that the position of Japan’s authorities is linked to the pending issue of the Japanese citizens who were abducted in the 1970-1980s by North Korean intelligence services. Still, Tokyo’s actions to introduce economic sanctions against Pyongyang make it impossible for the countries to approach the agreement on the specified issue.

Jul 09 07:26

Millions are evacuated and at least 81 people killed after 'unprecedented' rain sparks landslides in Japan - with PM warning that country faces a 'race against time' to save people

At least 81 people have died in Japan as the country is battered by the worst rains and flooding in the country's history.

Thousands of people were said to have been left stranded in the Hiroshima prefecture as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned authorities face a 'race against time' to save them.

So far 1.5million people have been forced to leave their homes, with 3million more advised to do so or face the devastating consequences brought by the flooding.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said three hours of rainfall in one area in Kochi prefecture reached an accumulated 26.3 centimeters (10.4 inches), the highest since such records started in 1976.

Jul 08 08:04

Millions are evacuated and more than 60 people killed after 'unprecedented' rain sparks landslides in Japan - with PM warning that country faces a 'race against time' to save people

At least 60 people have died in Japan as the country is battered by the worst rains and flooding in the country's history.

Thousands of people were said to have been left stranded in the Hiroshima prefecture as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned authorities face a 'race against time' to save them.

So far 1.5million people have been forced to leave their homes, with 3million more advised to do so or face the devastating consequences brought by the flooding.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said three hours of rainfall in one area in Kochi prefecture reached an accumulated 26.3 centimeters (10.4 inches), the highest since such records started in 1976.

Jul 06 02:05

Primate punch-up: Macaques launch flying kicks and punches at each other while playing at zoo in Japan

A British photographer has captured hilarious primate punch-ups.

David Williams, who lives in Japan, has documented the bananas playfights of the troop of Japanese macaque, also known as the snow monkeys, at Tama Zoo, in Tokyo.

The cheeky monkeys are seen throwing human-like punches at each other - all in the name of fun, of course.

Jul 03 11:34

Private Japanese Rocket Crashes to Earth in Fiery Launch Failure

A private Japanese rocket crashed to Earth in a fiery explosion on Saturday (June 30) just moments after lifting off from a test site near the town of Taiki on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.

This was the second failed launch attempt for the startup Interstellar Technologies, which became the first Japanese company to launch a privately funded space rocket 11 months ago, on July 30, 2017. Its first rocket, Momo-1, crashed into the ocean after losing contact with flight controllers about 70 seconds after liftoff, The Japan Times reported.

Its second mission, Momo-2, went out with more of a bang. After lifting off at 5:30 a.m. local time on June 30 (8:30 p.m. GMT on June 29), the uncrewed rocket had barely left the launchpad before it lost its upward thrust and succumbed to gravity, smashing back down onto the launchpad after less than 10 seconds of flight.

Jul 03 07:31

Japan hailed as 'an example for all teams' after leaving dressing room spotlessly clean with a note of thanks in Russian after dramatic World Cup defeat by Belgium

After the agonising nature of their last-16 defeat by Belgium, Japan's World Cup squad and their thousands of fans would have been forgiven for leaving the Rostov Arena as swiftly as possible.

A number of Japan players were in tears after being knocked out of the tournament when a late, late goal from Nacer Chadli sealed a 3-2 comeback victory for Belgium.

But, as revealed by FIFA general coordinator Priscilla Janssens on Twitter, Japan's squad went to extra lengths to thank their hosts in Russia as they bowed out.

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Now THAT is a class act!

Jun 29 07:34

Mattis seeks to allay Japanese concerns in North Korea denuclearization effort

The United States will uphold its commitment to Japan’s security while it seeks to implement President Trump’s nuclear deal with North Korea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday.

Jun 26 11:03

A Japanese Probe Is Closing in on an Asteroid 180 Million Miles from Earth

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft is closing in on its asteroid target ahead of a planned rendezvous just a few days from now.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) released several new images that Hayabusa2 snapped recently of the asteroid Ryugu, whose shape has now become clear.

"From a distance, Ryugu initially appeared round, then gradually turned into a square before becoming a beautiful shape similar to fluorite (known as the 'firefly stone' in Japanese)," Hayabusa2 project manager Yuichi Tsuda wrote today (June 25) in a description of the newest photos, which the probe took Saturday and Sunday (June 23 and 24), from as close as 25 miles (40 kilometers). [Photos: Japan's Hayabusa2 Asteroid Mission in Pictures]

"Now, craters are visible, rocks are visible and the geographical features are seen to vary from place to place," Tsuda added. "This form of Ryugu is scientifically surprising and also poses a few engineering challenges."

Jun 26 09:19

North Korea Says No Talks Unless Japan Scraps Military Buildup, Drills

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has had successful summits with President Trump, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, and China’s President Xi Jinping. A visit to Moscow for a presumptive meeting with Putin is also planned, as North Korea pursues diplomatic avenues region-wide.

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has expressed his own interest to meet Kim, but North Korean state media was very dismissive of that idea on Monday. They warned Japan would continue to be “passed over” on diplomacy unless they made substantial changes.

Abe has made remilitarization a major foreign policy priority, and that has not escaped North Korean notice. The state media piece says Japan needs to end large-scale military drills directed at North Korea, as well as ending their general policy of building up their military capabilities.

Jun 26 08:54

Tokyo is opening a museum devoted to digital art

Mark the island of “Odaiba” as your next art destination.

The wildly creative, 400-strong Japanese tech-art collaborative teamLab announced plans to open its first permanent exhibition space in Tokyo this summer. Called “Digital Art Museum,” (full name: “MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM teamLab Borderless”) the new 10,000 sq.m (107,639 sq. ft) gallery space will be established in the Palette Town section of Odaiba, a man-made islet in Tokyo Bay. Based on teamLab’s reputation for blockbuster immersive exhibitions, Digital Art Museum promises to draw legions of art lovers—especially those enamored by taking art selfies in dazzling environments.

Jun 25 13:21

Japan Suspends Missile Evacuation Drills

While the American media is still uncomfortable proclaiming that President Trump achieved anything in Singapore, it appears the Japanese are willing to believe it made a difference.

As Frank Sellers reports at The Duran, in solidarity with the peace making process, the Japanese are willing to suspend certain missile evacuation drills...

Jun 24 09:40

United States demands that Japan stops buying oil from Iran

Washington has asked Tokyo to halt all crude purchases from Iran, insisting that its allies cease all trade with the country, according to Bloomberg.

The request was made during a meeting between US and Japanese officials in Tokyo this week, according to the media. No decision has been made yet, though, and talks will continue.

This means that Washington is taking a harder stance on Iran than it did in 2012. Six years ago, before the nuclear deal, the US demanded that its allies should reduce oil purchases from sanctioned Iran, rather than stop them completely.

Japan is Asia’s fourth-largest buyer of Iranian crude, which accounts for 5.3 percent of its oil consumption, or 172,000 barrels per day.

Jun 21 14:53

A massive, 'semi-infinite' trove of rare-earth metals has been found in Japan

Researchers have found hundreds of years' worth of rare-earth materials underneath Japanese waters — enough to supply to the world on a "semi-infinite basis," according to a study published in Nature Publishing Group's Scientific Reports.

Suck it China

Jun 21 09:40

Rape And Abuse of Japanese Women By American Soldiers During WW2

Japanese historian Oshiro Masayasu writes about the large scale rape by American soldiers in Okinawa in 1945. He reports the incident at a village in Motobu peninsula where GIs landed and found only women, children and old folks there. What followed was abominable. There was a hunt in broad daylight for Japanese women who were ravaged mercilessly.

Jun 19 07:22

Japan angry as South Korea holds war games to defend against ‘island attack’

Drills come just days after US President Donald Trump announced the suspension of long-running US joint exercises with South Korea – aimed at deterring North Korea.

Jun 15 07:37

Japan suspends sale of Canadian wheat over discovery of Monsanto-made GMO

The Japanese Agriculture Ministry suspended its tender and sale of wheat from Canada on Friday. This comes as grain containing a genetically-modified trait was discovered last summer in Canada’s Alberta province.

“We are suspending the tender and sale of Canadian wheat until we confirm that the Canadian wheat that Japan buys contains no GMO,” an official at the Japanese farm ministry said. Japan was the top buyer of Canadian wheat until the mid-2000s, importing millions of tons.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the wheat discovered near a rural road in Alberta underwent herbicide spraying and was not approved for commercial use. It contained a genetically-modified trait developed by Monsanto to withstand the weed-killer Roundup, the CFIA said on Thursday.

Jun 13 08:09

Japan to cooperate with US, South Korea, China, Russia to solve North Korean issue

Japan will closely cooperate with the United States and South Korea, as well as China and Russia to solve the issue of North Korean missile and nuclear programs, the country’s Prime Minister Shizno Abe said on Tuesday.

"We will do our best to solve (those issues) in cooperation with the US and South Korea, as well as China and Russia," he said when commenting the results of the meeting between the US and North Korean leaders, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, in Singapore.

According to Abe, the recent summit has become an important step towards settlement of the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Jun 12 10:30

Japanese Probe Photographs Target Asteroid Ryugu for Sample-Return Mission

A Japanese asteroid-sampling spacecraft has its target in sight.

The Hayabusa2 probe has photographed Ryugu, the space rock it's scheduled to start orbiting late this month.

One newly released image, which was captured on Sunday (June 10) by Hayabusa2's Optical Navigation Camera-Telescopic (ONC-T), shows the 3,000-foot-wide (900 meters) Ryugu shining like a star against the blackness of space. [Photos: Japan's Hayabusa2 Asteroid Mission in Pictures]

Another Sunday ONC-T shot, which featured a much shorter exposure time (0.09 seconds versus 178 seconds), suggests that the asteroid is not significantly elongated, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) officials said.

Jun 12 08:52

US Firestorming of Tokyo Rivaled the Hiroshima Bombing

In the early hours of 10 March 1945, as America’s heavy aircraft dropped over 1,600 tons of bombs on Tokyo, a firestorm larger and hotter than ever before was brewing. During the firebombings of Dresden and Hamburg, temperatures reached 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, but in Tokyo it soared to a blinding 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.

Such was the heat unleashed by US bombers over the Japanese capital, that civilians in their air raid shelters were beginning to suffocate. Rather than be overwhelmed, they fled into the streets, becoming glued to the melting asphalt under their feet. Those now stuck in the roads or pavements were helpless, many of whom were heavily charred by the rapidly growing fires.

Jun 11 11:09

US demands Japan reduce its plutonium stockpiles

The U.S. has called on Japan to reduce its high levels of stockpiled plutonium, a move that comes as the Trump administration seeks to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, Nikkei has learned.

The request was made by the U.S. Department of State and National Security Council ahead of next month's extension of a bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement, according to people familiar with the matter.

Japan has about 47 tons of the radioactive element -- enough to produce around 6,000 nuclear warheads. Foreign and domestic critics have pointed to these reserves as a ready source of bomb-making material should Japan choose to become a nuclear weapons state.

Plutonium production is banned in principle, but energy-poor Japan has been allowed to extract the material from spent nuclear fuel rods under the bilateral pact.

May 30 11:12

Japan New Stealth Fighter Jet – X-2 Shinshin

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Looks like it out-performs the F-35!

May 23 11:23

Japan, Russia, Turkey bring potential U.S. tariff retaliation to $3.5 billion

Japan, Russia and Turkey have warned the United States about potential retaliation for its tariffs on steel and aluminum, the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday, bringing the total U.S. tariff bill to around $3.5 billion annually.

May 20 09:19

Japan to dispatch senior diplomat Kenji Kanasugi to Singapore for U.S.-North Korea summit

Tokyo will dispatch a senior diplomat to Singapore to collect information on the planned summit next month between the United States and North Korea, Japanese government sources said.

Japan aims to use the momentum generated by their improving ties to help resolve the long-standing abduction issue.

The vexing issue involving Japanese kidnapped by Pyongyang in the 1970s and 1980s has prevented the two countries from formally establishing diplomatic ties.

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