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June 11, 2021
AEROSPACE
Air Force probe raises concern over KC-46 spares price



Washington DC (UPI) Jun 8, 2021
A U.S. Air Force probe into its recent contract award to Boeing for Japan's KC-46 tankers spare parts has raised concerns about unfair pricing. Service officials confirmed to Defense News the Air Force's recent $88 million contract award to Boeing for the spare parts included about $10 million in costs they could not determine to be fair or reasonable. The KC-46 has been subject to issues in the past with problems in development and the necessary fixes leading to delays in the aircraft's ... read more

TRADE WARS
G7 countries move closer to tax plan for US tech giants
San Francisco (AFP) June 11, 2021
G7 countries that make up lucrative markets for US tech giants have moved closer to a plan to squeeze more tax money from the coffers of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. ... more
FLOATING STEEL
Vice Adm. Bill Merz visits USS Ronald Reagan while at sea
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 4, 2021
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was visited by 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Bill Merz this week while in the Philippine Sea, the U.S. Navy said on Friday. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Japan donates more than 1 million AstraZeneca jabs to Taiwan
Tokyo (AFP) June 4, 2021
Tokyo is donating more than one million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines to Taiwan, Japan's foreign minister announced Friday, as Taipei struggles to secure jabs, accusing China of interference. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Japan donates more than 1 million Covid-19 jabs to Taiwan
Taipei (AFP) June 4, 2021
More than one million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine donated by Japan arrived in Taiwan on Friday, as the island struggles to secure jabs and accuses China of interference. ... more


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CHIP TECH
Japan approves chip development project with Taiwan's TSMC
Tokyo (AFP) June 1, 2021
Japan has signed off on a $338 million semiconductor research project to develop cutting-edge chip technology in the country with the market-leading Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). ... more
FLOATING STEEL
USS Ronald Reagan strike group conducts exercise with Japan
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 1, 2021
Ships and aircraft from the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group 5 and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force conducted integrated operations that concluded Saturday, according to the Navy. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Defense Dept. eases COVID-19 travel bans at most installations
Washington DC (UPI) May 26, 2021
COVID-19-related travel restrictions were lifted at four U.S. military installations this week, allowing unrestricted travel to 90 percent of all installations. ... more
DEMOCRACY
Japan could freeze all Myanmar aid, foreign minister warns
Tokyo (AFP) May 21, 2021
Tokyo could freeze all aid to Myanmar, Japan's foreign minister warned in an interview published Friday, as the military junta continues to use lethal force against opponents of its coup. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Japan must 'radically' speed defence build-up: minister
Tokyo (AFP) May 20, 2021
Tokyo must boost its military at a "radically different pace" than in the past to counter Beijing's growing capacity, Japan's defence minister said in an interview published Thursday. ... more


USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group departs Japan

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SPACE TRAVEL
Russia to send film crew, Japanese billionaire to space
Moscow (AFP) May 13, 2021
Russia said Thursday it would send an actress and a director into space to make the first feature film in the cosmos and also deliver an eccentric Japanese billionaire to the International Space Station. ... more
TRADE WARS
Asian and European markets rise but virus, inflation fears linger
Hong Kong (AFP) May 18, 2021
Markets rallied in Asia and Europe on Tuesday as investors looked past rising coronavirus infections in the region and bet on global recovery, with Tokyo brushing off data showing the Japanese economy shrank more than expected in the first quarter. ... more
UAV NEWS
U.S. Navy drones to move from Guam to Japan
Washington DC (UPI) May 17, 2021
Two U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton drone aircraft will move from Guam to Japan this month, Japan's defense ministry and the U.S. Navy announced. ... more
CYBER WARS
French Toshiba unit hit by ransomware attack
Paris (AFP) May 14, 2021
A French subsidiary of Japanese industrial giant Toshiba said Friday it was hit by a ransomware attack this month by the same shadowy group that disrupted a major US fuel pipeline. ... more
TRADE WARS
Toshiba returns to net profit, welcomes 'credible' buyout offers
Tokyo (AFP) May 14, 2021
Toshiba on Friday announced a return to an annual net profit and stressed it would consider "credible" buyout offers, after a proposal from a private equity fund stirred turmoil within the storied Japanese firm. ... more
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