Tag: Japan

Japan scrambling warplanes as often as Cold War era amid growing activity by China, Russia

Japan’s government says the number of scrambles by the country’s warplanes has surged in recent years to levels nearly matching the Cold War era amid growing activity by China and Russia in the region.   The Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the Self Air-Defense Force scrambled its jets 943 times during a 12-month period through […]

Tokyo district OKs Japan’s first same-sex partner certificates

A Tokyo council voted on Tuesday to issue “partnership” certificates to gay couples, the first such recognition of same-sex unions in Japan.   Assembly members in Shibuya district — a business and shopping hub that is home to international firms and embassies — passed an ordinance that will allow their officials to start giving out […]

World War III: Ominously Close, Inevitable

How close are we? By Rick Brinegar   “Extremely Fragile” Nuclear Global Order Widespread nuclear conflict could erupt at any moment in any of several regions of the world. The United States has aligned with members of the European Union to impose punitive sanctions against Russia for Russia’s seizure of Crimea and her support for […]

Outrage After Claim That ISIS Killed Japanese Hostage

The Japanese government condemned the purported beheading of a second of its citizens by the Islamist terror group ISIS, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying he was “left speechless” and vowing, “Japan will never succumb to terrorism.” President Barack Obama called the apparent killing of Kenji Goto “heinous.”   “Considering the agony of the families. […]

Jordan vow after IS beheading of Japan hostage Goto

Jordan has vowed to do all it can to secure the release of a pilot captured by Islamic State, after a video was released appearing to show the beheading of a Japanese hostage.   Jordan echoed Japan in strongly condemning the murder of Kenji Goto.   The pilot, Lt Moaz al-Kasasbeh, was captured when his […]

WH, Feinstein make clear US won’t negotiate with ISIS over hostages, interfere with Japan

Top Washington Democrats said Sunday that the U.S. won’t try to meddle in a potential hostage-prisoner exchange between the Islamic State and Japan but suggested that compromising with the ruthless extremist group is a step in the wrong direction.   California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Fox News that the negotiations are “obviously” between both […]

Japan PM vows to save ISIS hostages threatened with beheading in new video

Japan’s Prime Minister vowed Tuesday to save the lives of two Japanese hostages, one a freelance journalist and the other a soldier for hire, threatened with beheading in an online video purportedly released by the Islamic State terror group.   In the video, identified as being made by the Islamic State group’s al-Furqan media arm […]

Globalization, here we come!

The pace of globalization has been given a further spurt by Sol Sanders It is obvious that the fall-out of the U.S. financial crisis, not only in the U.S., but throughout the world will be enormous and unfathomable for months to come as the debris is sorted out. But one effect already seems to be clear […]