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24/7 News Coverage About Japan
September 19, 2017
MISSILE DEFENSE
Japan deploys missile defence to northern island: minister



Tokyo (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Japan deployed Tuesday an additional missile defence system on its northern island of Hokkaido, days after North Korea launched a missile over the island, sparking emergency warnings to take cover. "As part of measures to prepare for emergencies, we will today deploy a PAC-3 unit" to a base of the nation's Ground Self-Defense Force in the southern tip of Hokkaido, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters. The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 system arrived at the base later on Tuesday, a lo ... read more

NUKEWARS
NK crisis boosts Japan's PM; China, Russia urge end to vicious cycle
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
The North Korea crisis has been like "divine aid" for hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, experts say, burnishing his nationalist credentials and possibly tempting him into a snap election. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
To shoot down or not? NKorea launch highlights intercept issues
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
North Korea's latest missile launch over Japan set sirens blaring and triggered alerts telling people to seek shelter - yet neither Tokyo nor Washington tried to shoot the rocket down. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
'Take cover' - but where? Japanese helpless over N.Korea threat
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
Take cover in a sturdy building or get underground. ... more
NUKEWARS
North Korea seeks military 'equilibrium' with US
Seoul (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
North Korea said Saturday it was bent on nothing less than military "equilibrium" with arch-enemy the United States with a full nuclear arsenal, forcing UN powers into fresh crisis talks. ... more
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NUKEWARS
UN condemns 'highly provocative' N. Korea missile launch
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
The UN Security Council on Friday strongly condemned North Korea's "highly provocative" launch of a missile that flew over Japan as US President Donald Trump scheduled talks with leaders of Japan and South Korea to address the crisis. ... more
NUKEWARS
Will China turn off North Korea's oil?
Beijing (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
China feeds North Korea's energy needs through the "Sino-DPRK Friendship Oil Pipeline", but Washington wants Beijing to turn off the tap to pressure its neighbour into abandoning its nuclear programme. ... more
TECH SPACE
Infostellar closes new funding for satellite antenna sharing platform with Airbus Ventures
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Infostellar has announced a $7.3 million Series A investment, led by Airbus Ventures, with additional funds from WERU Investment, D4V, Sony Innovation Fund, and existing investors, FreakOut Holdings ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Trump plans to visit China, Japan, S. Korea in November
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he intends to visit China, Japan and South Korea later this year, a blockbuster maiden presidential visit to Asia. ... more
SPACEMART
India, Japan Set to Boost Space Cooperation
New Delhi (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's upcoming visit to India starting Wednesday is expected to set the pace for greater cooperation between the two countries, especially in the aerospace sector. ... more
TECH SPACE
Physicists predict nonmetallic half-metallicity
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A team of researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and the Institute for Theoretical and Applied Electrodynamics (ITAE) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), in col ... more


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OIL AND GAS
Expansion for energy-hungry Asia-Pacific robust, but uncertain
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
The demand prospects for some of the energy-hungry economies in the Asia-Pacific are robust, but there are uncertainties about sustainability, Moody's said. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
EU parliament opposes bid to reduce testing of Fukushima food imports
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
The European Parliament on Wednesday warned against easing health controls imposed on food products imported from the Fukushima region in Japan in the wake of the nuclear disaster of 2011. ... more
CAR TECH
VW recalls 4.86 million vehicles in China over airbag concerns
Beijing (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Volkswagen will recall almost five million vehicles in China over airbag concerns, Chinese authorities said Thursday, dealing a new blow to the German automaker in the world's largest car market. ... more
FAST TRACK
Modi, Abe to kick-start India's first bullet train project
Ahmedabad, India (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will break ground on India's first bullet train project on Thursday in western Gujarat state, as the country seeks faster travel for millions. ... more



America asks: How did eight people die in Florida nursing home?
Miami (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Shocked Americans were struggling on Thursday to understand how eight elderly people in a Florida retirement home - directly across the street from a hospital - could have died in the days following Hurricane Irma's devastating passage. The matter is now in the hands of the law. Making the drama even more shocking, the deaths could perhaps have been prevented by hooking up an emergency ... more
Naples, United States (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Trump views flooding's aftermath in hurricane-ravaged Florida
Pointe-a-Pitre (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
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Dar Al Kabirah, Syria (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
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Dormant, Yet Always-Alert Sensor Awakes Only in the Presence of a Signal of Interest
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Here's your task. Build a tiny sensor that detects a signature of infrared (IR) wavelengths characteristic of a hot tailpipe, a wood fire, or perhaps even a human being. Design the sensor so that it can remain dormant and unattended but always alert, even for years, without drawing on battery power. And build the sensor so that the act of detection itself can initiate the emission of a signal th ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
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Oxford, UK (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
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Boston MA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
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Taking a deep breath in the North Atlantic
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The Labrador Sea in the North Atlantic is one of the few areas in the world ocean where cold, saline seawater sinks to large depths and forms deep water. This convection process also transports oxygen into the deep sea. A team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego, California), Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research ... more
London (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
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Sydney (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
Giant sea snail plan to rescue Barrier Reef
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Old fish are rare in today's heavily fished oceans
New insights into nanocrystal growth in liquid
Richland WA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Many seashells, minerals, and semiconductor nanomaterials are made up of smaller crystals, which are assembled together like the pieces of a puzzle. Now, researchers have measured the forces that cause the crystals to assemble, revealing an orchestra of competing factors that researchers might be able to control. The work has a variety of implications in both discovery and applied science. ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
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Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
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To shoot down or not? NKorea launch highlights intercept issues
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
North Korea's latest missile launch over Japan set sirens blaring and triggered alerts telling people to seek shelter - yet neither Tokyo nor Washington tried to shoot the rocket down. The test follows one in August that saw another rocket soar over Hokkaido. In that case too, much-vaunted Japanese and US missile-intercept capabilities were not used. Now some in the United States are wo ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
'Take cover' - but where? Japanese helpless over N.Korea threat
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Japan deploys missile defence to northern island: minister
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
Navy tests AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
One of Chinese startups appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has lately laid out its own project of reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country's first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 (also known as Xin Gan Xian 1) launch vehicle, which could compete with SpaceX's Falcon 9 in the future. Link Space uncovered the desi ... more
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
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Artificial 'skin' gives robotic hand a sense of touch
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices. The work, reported in the journal Science Advances, describes a new mechanism for producing stretchable e ... more
Dulles VA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
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Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
NASA awards SSL new funding for Dragonfly on-orbit assembly program
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
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New wave of leaders step into breach for jailed HK democracy activists
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
The jailing of Hong Kong's best-known democracy activists has pushed a new wave of young leaders to take the helm as they seek to keep the movement's message alive. Joshua Wong and Nathan Law, who carved out international reputations with their campaigning, were both sent to prison last month in what rights groups slammed as politically motivated prosecutions. Alongside fellow activist A ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
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Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
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Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
For a few weeks over the summer in 2011, teams of scientists from around the world converged on a small patch of ponderosa pine forest in Colorado to carry out one of the most detailed, extended survey of atmospheric chemistry ever attempted in one place, in many cases using new measurement devices created especially for this project. Now, after years of analysis, their comprehensive synthesis o ... more
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Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
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Foodies cheesed off as China says 'non' to France's finest
Beijing (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Fans of French cheeses in China have received news they may find hard to digest: the country's food hygiene authorities have turned their noses up at some people's favourite fare, blocking imports of Camembert, Brie and Roquefort. "We haven't been able to get our orders through customs for three weeks," Vincent Marion, co-founder of Cheese Republic, one of China's leading online cheesemonger ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
EU chamber urges China to lift cheese ban
Aqaba, Jordan (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
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Melbourne FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
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Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Astronomers have discovered that the well-studied exoplanet WASP-12b reflects almost no light, making it appear essentially pitch black. This discovery sheds new light on the atmospheric composition of the planet and also refutes previous hypotheses about WASP-12b's atmosphere. The results are also in stark contrast to observations of another similarly sized exoplanet. Using the Space Tele ... more
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
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Paris, France (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
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Boston MA (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
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Carbohydrates may be the key to a better malaria vaccine
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
An international research team has shown for the first time that carbohydrates on the surface of malaria parasites play a critical role in malaria's ability to infect mosquito and human hosts. The discovery also suggests steps that may improve the only malaria vaccine approved to protect people against Plasmodium falciparum malaria - the most deadly form of the disease. The research, ... more
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Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
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Pro-Biafra supporters clash with Nigerian troops
Warri, Nigeria (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Pro-Biafra supporters clashed with troops in southeast Nigeria on Sunday, with claims that five people were killed, although the army quickly denied any loss of life. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement claimed in a statement that five of its members were killed when soldiers and police tried to kill its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, at his home in Umuahia. The IPOB is demanding a sep ... more
Bamako (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
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Luanda (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
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