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February 16, 2017
WAR REPORT
Japan's 'Battleship island' haunted by ghosts of its past



Hashima, Japan (AFP) Feb 14, 2017
The haunting silhouette of "Battleship Island" rises up from the sea, an abandoned testament to what was once the most densely populated city on earth. Thousands of men, women and children lived and worked on the island, harvesting undersea coal mines that powered Japan's rapid industrial rise from the late 19th century. But over the years, it made less and less economic sense and in 1974 operator Mitsubishi Mining abandoned the site, just off the coast of Nagasaki. Known in Japanese as Gun ... read more

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No sad endings for Japan's virtual romance fans
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Sticky gels turn insect-sized drones into artificial pollinators
As bees slip onto the endangered species list in the United States, researchers in Japan are pollinating lilies with insect-sized drones. The undersides of these artificial pollinators are coated wi ... more
CYBER WARS
Japan taps Elbit subsidiary for cybersecurity training help
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UAE Aims to Launch Its First Ever Mars Mission in 2020
The United Arab Emirates has set an ambitious goal of sending nation's first mission to Mars in 2020, launching its unmanned orbiter from Japan's space center. The unmanned orbiter Hope, desig ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China ships sail near disputed isles after Mattis visit: Japan
Japan said Chinese coast guard vessels sailed Monday into its territorial waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea, days after the new US defence chief vowed to defend Tokyo's control of them. ... more
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US Defense Secretary James Mattis told his Japanese counterpart on Saturday that their alliance remained a "cornerstone" of regional stability as he wrapped up a visit aimed at reassuring key Asian allies about Washington's commitment to their security. ... more
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