24/7 News Coverage About Japan
September 03, 2019
Japan 'to set up police unit' for disputed islands

Tokyo (AFP) Sept 2, 2019
Japan will launch a special police unit equipped with submachine guns and helicopters to patrol disputed isles in the East China Sea - a source of tension between Tokyo and Beijing, according to police and media. The deployment near the tiny islands known as the "Senkakus" in Japanese and the "Diaoyu" in Chinese could take place early next year, public broadcaster NHK reported on Monday. The National Police Agency said it had put in a budget request for an additional 159 officers to head off "i ... read more

With eye on China, Japan urges 'affordable' Africa investment
Yokohama, Japan (AFP) Aug 30, 2019
Japanese and African leaders Friday stressed the importance of "affordable" investment in the continent, in an apparent swipe at China whose Belt and Road policy has been accused of saddling poor countries with debt. ... more
Iran turns to Asian allies to seek relief from US sanctions
Beijing (AFP) Aug 26, 2019
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif kicked off his Asian tour in Beijing Monday, presenting a 25-year plan to cement Iran's ties with its biggest Asian trading partner amid biting US sanctions. ... more
Japan PM warns Africa about debt as China grows presence
Yokohama, Japan (AFP) Aug 29, 2019
Japan's prime minister on Thursday warned African leaders against accumulating too much debt, in an apparent reference to Chinese infrastructure projects some blame for damaging the finances of developing nations. ... more
Lockheed to build F-35 maintenance, repair facility for Japanese fleet
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2019
Lockheed Martin Co. will build a maintenance repair and upgrade facility in Japan for its F-35 fighter plane fleet under a $25.2 million contract announced by the U.S. Defense Department. ... more

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Two dead as Japan orders 870,000 to flee heavy rains
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2019
Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday as heavy rains pounded southwest Japan, prompting flood and landslide warnings and orders for 870,000 people to seek safety. ... more
Tokyo: North Korea aims to 'break through' Japan's missile defense zone
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 28, 2019
Japan released more information on the North Korean missile that was launched on Saturday, when Pyongyang tested what it has described as a "super large multiple rocket launcher." Japanese Def ... more
US urges S.Korea, Japan to unite as rift escalates
Washington (AFP) Aug 28, 2019
The United States on Wednesday called on Japan and South Korea to put aside differences and focus on challenges posed by China and North Korea as a rift showed no signs of easing. ... more
State Department approves $3.3B missile sale to Japan
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2019
A proposed $3.3 billion missile sale to Japan was approved by the U.S. State Department, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said. ... more
Australia set to welcome JAXA's Hayabusa2
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Aug 27, 2019
To learn more about the solar system's origin and evolution, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is investigating typical types of asteroids. Analysing samples from asteroids enables us to ... more
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US approves $3.3bn sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan
Washington (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
Washington approved the $3.3 billion sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan Tuesday, following close behind a series of new ballistic missile tests by North Korea that could threaten the US ally. ... more
South Korea slams Japan as 'white list' removal takes effect
Seoul (AFP) Aug 28, 2019
South Korea on Wednesday slammed Japan for effectively downgrading Seoul's trade status and accused Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of treating the neighbour as an "adversary". ... more
S.Korea scrapping Japan pact helps China: US official
Washington (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
South Korea's decision to end a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan will benefit China and reduce the allies' ability to respond in crises with North Korea, US officials said Tuesday. ... more
Japan to host Africa aid forum as China looms large
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
Japan hosts development talks with African leaders this week, looking to boost its presence on the continent and offer an alternative to investments by an increasingly assertive China. ... more
Trump sparks confusion before doubling down on China tariffs
Biarritz, France (AFP) Aug 25, 2019
President Donald Trump doubled down Sunday on his hard line against China after sowing confusion with statements that he might be willing to soften a trade war G7 partners fear threatens the world economy. ... more

South Korea to scrap military intel-sharing pact with Japan

S. Korea says will share military intel with Japan through US
Seoul (AFP) Aug 23, 2019
South Korea said Friday it will share military intelligence with Japan through the United States after terminating a pact that enabled the two key Washington allies to exchange such information directly. ... more

China hosts Japan and South Korea in show of regional unity
Beijing (AFP) Aug 21, 2019
Foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea made commitments Wednesday to diffuse regional tensions and make progress towards the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, although there was no sign of improving ties between Tokyo and Seoul. ... more
New images from asteroid probe yield clues on planet formation
Washington (AFP) Aug 22, 2019
Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu offer new clues about its composition, insights that are expected to help scientists understand the formation of our solar system. ... more
The near-Earth asteroid Ryugu - a fragile cosmic 'rubble pile'
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Aug 23, 2019
In the summer of 2018, the asteroid Ryugu, which measures only approximately 850 metres across, was visited by the Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft. On board was the 10-kilogram German-French Mobile As ... more
Thomas Pesquet on a new underwater lunar adventure
Paris (ESA) Aug 21, 2019
Over the next two weeks ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Drew Feustel and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai will take part in a new NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) m ... more
In high-tech Japan, cash is still king
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 21, 2019
Once a pioneer in cashless transactions, Japan is now lagging behind as the world's biggest economies increasingly embrace electronic payments - because its ageing population still prefers physical money. ... more
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Desperate calls for help from Bahamas; As Floridians flee or bunker down
Port Saint Lucie, United States (AFP) Sept 2, 2019
The message was desperate, despondent and urgent. "Anybody who can help me, this is Kendra Williams. I live in Heritage. We are under water; we are up in the ceiling. "Can someone please assist us or send some help. Please." "Me and my six grandchildren and my son, we are in the ceiling." The text message was forwarded to AFP by Yasmin Rigby, a resident of Freeport. Authorities ... more
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In NASA Glenn's Virtual Reality Lab, Creative-Minded Employees Thrive
Cleveland OH (SPX) Sep 02, 2019
Film, animation, illustration, computer science and even game design majors are integral to one of NASA Glenn's most visually-adept laboratories. Inside the Graphics and Visualization Laboratory, known as GVIS, people with various creative educational backgrounds help weave data and analyses from engineers and scientists into colorful, engaging projects using virtual reality, augmented rea ... more
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A battery-free sensor for underwater exploration
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 23, 2019
To investigate the vastly unexplored oceans covering most our planet, researchers aim to build a submerged network of interconnected sensors that send data to the surface - an underwater "internet of things." But how to supply constant power to scores of sensors designed to stay for long durations in the ocean's deep? MIT researchers have an answer: a battery-free underwater communication ... more
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Physicists create world's smallest engine
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Aug 23, 2019
Theoretical physicists at Trinity College Dublin are among an international collaboration that has built the world's smallest engine - which, as a single calcium ion, is approximately ten billion times smaller than a car engine. Work performed by Professor John Goold's QuSys group in Trinity's School of Physics describes the science behind this tiny motor. The research, published in intern ... more
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Russia receives India's advance payment for S-400 air defence systems
Zhukovsky (Sputnik) Aug 30, 2019
Washington has repeatedly criticised India's defence cooperation with Russia since it sees the country as its major partner in Southern Asia. The United States made an attempt in 2018 to prevent India from reaching the deal with Russia on purchasing the S-400s. Russia has received from India an advance payment for S-400 air defence missile systems, the Federal Service for Military-Technica ... more
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China's KZ-1A rocket launches two satellites
Jiuquan, China (XNA) Sep 02, 2019
Two satellites for technological experiments were sent into space by a Kuaizhou-1A, or KZ-1A, carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Saturday. The rocket blasted off at 7:41 a.m. and sent the two satellites into their planned orbit. Kuaizhou-1A, meaning speedy vessel, is a low-cost solid-fuel carrier rocket with high reliability and a short prep ... more
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NASA Robots Compete Underground in DARPA Challenge
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 15, 2019
Robots from all over the world will compete to find objects in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge Systems Competition, held Aug. 15-22 in mining tunnels under Pittsburgh. Among them will be a team led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, that features wheeled rovers, drones and climbing robots that can rise on pinball-flipper-shaped treads to scale obstacles. Held by ... more
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Scorned in China, the Hong Kong singer who chose politics over career
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 2, 2019
Denise Ho has been pulled from concerts, her records are banned in China and she has been smeared as "poison", but the Cantopop star says standing with the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement outshines all the damage to her career. The short-haired 42-year-old is a rare and instantly recognisable face among the masked crowds at this summer's huge rallies. She marches with the masses, gives ... more
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Philippine Airborne Campaign Targets Weather, Climate Science
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 27, 2019
NASA's P-3B science aircraft soared into the skies over the Philippines on Aug. 25 to begin a nearly two-month-long investigation on the impact that smoke from fires and pollution have on clouds, a key factor in improving weather and climate forecasts. The Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex) is the most comprehensive field campaign to date in Maritime Sou ... more
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Crowdsourced archaeology shows how humans have influenced Earth for thousands of years
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 02, 2019
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Exoplanets Can't Hide Their Secrets from Innovative New Instrument
Hilo HI (SPX) Aug 30, 2019
A cunning new instrument at Gemini Observatory has achieved what was once thought impossible - namely, the characterization of an exoplanet orbiting a binary star and determining which star of the pair it orbits. In an unprecedented feat, an American research team discovered hidden secrets of an elusive exoplanet using a powerful new instrument at the 8-meter Gemini North telescope on Maun ... more
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Butembo, Dr Congo (AFP) July 18, 2019
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Yokohama, Japan (AFP) Aug 30, 2019
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India not poor, has resources for space program says ISRO chief
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 28, 2019
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Paris, France (AFP) Sept 2, 2019
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