Japan - Japon
Army Suspends Commander in Japan American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, June 7, 2013 – Maj. Gen.
Author: Karl Gustafsson, Lund University On Wednesday 15 May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had earlier suggested that his Cabinet did not necessarily support the Murayama Statement of apology for Japan’s actions in World War II, clearly stated support for it: ‘My administration upholds the statement as a whole’. Why did Abe do such an about-face? The Murayama Statement, issued by Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama on 15 August 1995, was a clear apology to the victims of Japanese aggression in the war. However, earlier this year Abe began discussing a possible revision of the statement , and in late April he argued that what is labelled ‘aggression’ may be viewed differently depending on what side you are on .
Manifestement soucieux d'éviter les polémiques, le spécialiste japonais de l'alimentation pour animaux domestiques Michinoku Farm a stoppé, mercredi 29 mai, la vente de produits pour chiens élaborés à partir de rorqual commun, une espèce menacée. La commercialisation de ces produits à 3 780 yens (28,7 euros) les 500 g avait été dénoncée, la veille par l'ONG, japonaise Ikan. L'entreprise, qui s'adresse à une clientèle plutôt aisée et propose également des aliments à base de cheval mongol ou encore d'autruche, a vite réagi.
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority is expected to indefinitely suspend operations of the Monju fast breeder reactor due to concerns about safety and violations of inspection procedures. The reactor will not be allowed to restart unless its operator, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, conducts a comprehensive review of its safety management system and overhauls the equipment inspection program. The Monju reactor was most recently shut down after an accident in August 2010 . It was expected to begin operations in March 2014, but it will be unable to do so as a result of the NRA actions. Also, Japan was reported considering closing the reactor down entirely.
Avec notre correspondant à Tokyo, Frédéric Charles Plus de 150 hommes des forces spéciales japonaises, appuyés par des hélicoptères de l’armée et des garde-côtes, participent à ces manœuvres autour des deux sites nucléaires de Fukushima. Ils simulent entre autres la prise d’assaut d’un bateau chargé d’explosifs, piloté par des terroristes qui cherchent à pénétrer dans la centrale par son port. Toujours très fragilisée, vulnérable même à des rongeurs qui ont provoqué des courts-circuits dans ses systèmes de refroidissement, la centrale de Fukushima est une cible privilégiée à une éventuelle attaque terroriste.
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Le Japon a annoncé cette semaine (comme nous le laissions entendre sur ce blog ) qu'il avait retenu le F-35A comme futur avion de combat. L'appareil de Lockheed-Martin était en compétition avec le Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet et l'Eurofighter Typhoon d'EADS. Le Rafale ne participait pas à cette compétition. Que peut-on penser de ce choix ?
Au moins cette fois-ci, tout le monde est sûr et certain by Jan 4
We're not hearing enough about this from the mainstream media (h/t Browser ): Japan is exceptionally well-prepared to deal with natural disasters: it has spent more on the problem than any other nation, largely as a result of frequently experiencing them... ...The overwhelming response of Japanese engineering to the challenge posed by an earthquake larger than any in the last century was to function exactly as designed.
Japan's post-earthquake nuclear problems have escalated, with major accidents at two or more nuclear reactors, which are the most serious since the Three Mile Island meltdown in 1979 and the Chernobyl accident in 1986. While the consequences and implications from these accidents will take weeks, months and likely years to settle and be analysed by technical and policy types alike, speculation is already rife as to what the accident will mean for the international nuclear landscape. Uranium stocks have plunged on the Australian market as Japanese authorities assess the risk of radiation contamination following damage to nuclear reactors in the country.
Author: Peter Drysdale
Individuals are doing it, banks are doing it — faced with the horrific news and pictures from Japan, everybody wants to do something, and the obvious thing to do is to donate money to some relief fund or other.
Updated 11 hours 15 minutes ago One of Japan's rising political stars has sparked controversy by saying the use of wartime sex slaves was necessary for brave soldiers risking their lives. It is believed thousands of women were forced to serve as Japanese army "comfort women" during World War II. Around three quarters of comfort women died, while many survivors were left scarred and infertile. Speaking to reporters, Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto said Japan needed to reflect on and apologise for the massive pain it inflicted during the war. But he went on to say that the use of comfort women was necessary for brave soldiers who were risking their lives.