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Neocon Abe retains high support among Japanese, but his policies draw strong opposition.

From http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-history-haunts-shinzo-abes-vision-for-japan-1430076754

U.S., Japan to unveil new defense guidelines amid China's rise

Source: Reuters

The Japanese military could expand its role and missions around the world under new U.S.-Japan defense guidelines that are expected to be released on Monday and may cause unease in China.


The conservative Japanese leader, who is scheduled to meet U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday, will likely want fresh assurances that America will come to Japan's aid if necessary in a clash with China, Japanese politicians and experts said.


They are expected to be unveiled when Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Ash Carter see Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Gen Nakatani in New York on Monday as a week of choreographed diplomacy unfolds.


His speech coincides with pressure from critics to ease concerns that he wants to whitewash Japan's wartime past, at the same time his conservative domestic allies feel that after 70 years of peaceful policies, fresh apologies are unneeded.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/27/us-usa-japan-defense-idUSKBN0NI08O20150427

Japan's revisionist WWII history on 'comfort women'


Japan's revisionist WWII history on 'comfort women'

Article by: WILLIAM ANDREWS Updated: April 26, 2015 - 7:03 AM

The country must truly apologize for this and other atrocities to earn global honor.

On Wednesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address the U.S. Congress to promote his position that Japan should play a more prominent role in world affairs. Japan has not earned that right. It has never fully come to terms with the atrocities they committed before and during World War II — especially the forced sexual slavery of women euphemistically called “comfort women.”

The estimated number of women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese varies depending on who is doing the counting. Some Japanese say that there were fewer than 20,000 and that they were former prostitutes or willing volunteers. But the evidence supports a much higher number. Today, most historians agree there were as many as 200,000 to 300,000. They were Filipino, Chinese, even Dutch, but the majority were Korean. Some were as young as 13.


The only “official” apology was the Kono statement issued in 1993 by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, which quickly came under fire and is still debated to this day. In fact, last summer, the Abe administration set up a committee to look into the research that led Kono to issue his apology, ostensibly to discredit it. The outrage from Korea and China caused Abe to quickly disband the committee.

It’s clear that Abe, the first prime minister born after World War II, is a historical revisionist. On the home page of his website before he was prime minister, he questioned the extent to which the Japanese used coercion toward comfort women. In March 2007, Abe publicly stated that there was no evidence that the Japanese military had kept sex slaves. Abe also led the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform that published the New History Textbook, which whitewashes the criminal actions of Japan during World War II. Schools throughout Japan use the textbook today.


Effort by Japan to Stifle News Media Is Working


Effort by Japan to Stifle News Media Is Working

TOKYO — It was an unexpected act of protest that shook Japan’s carefully managed media world: Shigeaki Koga, a regular television commentator and fierce critic of the political establishment, abruptly departed from the scripted conversation during a live TV news program to announce that this would be his last day on the show because, as he put it, network executives had succumbed to political pressure for his removal.


The outburst created a public firestorm, and not only because of the spectacle of Mr. Koga, a dour-faced former top government official, seemingly throwing away his career as a television commentator in front of millions of viewers. His angry show of defiance also focused national attention on the right-leaning government’s increased strong-arming of the news media to reduce critical coverage.


Mr. Abe’s efforts have had a chilling effect on coverage at a time when he is pushing ahead with a conservative agenda to dismantle the nation’s postwar pacifist consensus and put forth more positive portrayals of Japan’s World War II-era behavior. Experts warn that muzzling the press makes it easier for the government to make big changes that might not enjoy broad popular support, such as rewriting the pacifist Constitution, or even restarting the nation’s stalled nuclear industry.


This is a point conceded by many Japanese journalists, who say they have no choice but to get along with a prime minister who appears set to remain in power for several years in the absence of credible opposition. Other journalists say they do not want to suffer the fate of The Asahi Shimbun, a liberal newspaper that came under fierce criticism last fall and seemed to capitulate by cutting back on critical, investigative coverage of sensitive issues like the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.

Scholars describe a mood of fear spreading beyond the news media into the broader society, including in education where the Abe government is pressing textbook publishers to adhere more closely to the official line on topics like the 1937 Nanjing massacre and the use of so-called comfort women in wartime military brothels.


NBC Fell for Syrian False Flag Operation, Increased Nuclear Risk - by Martin Hellman


NBC Fell for Syrian False Flag Operation: Increased Nuclear Risk
Posted on April 18, 2015

Bias in our media’s international reporting is one of the greatest risks to our national security. Read on to find out why I say that, and to see the latest example to come to light. In this new instance, NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel fell hook, line, and sinker for a false flag operation which blamed Syrian President Assad for Engel’s harrowing kidnapping, when in fact, it was Assad’s opponents who were at fault. Engel blamed not only Assad, but also Iran for his kidnapping. While he has now retracted those allegations, it’s hard to repair the damage. “Confirmation bias” causes his initial, false accusations to find a more prominent place in the American psyche than his retraction because our minds emphasize evidence which confirms our current beliefs, no matter how wrong they might be.

Whenever it occurs, media bias is a problem. But why do I see it as so dangerous to our national security?

Media bias stands stands out as one of the first steps in most “accident chains” which had the potential to cause us to teeter at the edge of the nuclear abyss...


So what’s the latest example of media bias? In 2012, NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his crew were kidnapped in Syria in what he recently admitted was a false flag operation. While the kidnappers had multiple motives, one of them was to make the Assad regime look bad. Before he became aware that he had been taken in by the ruse, Engel told Rachel Maddow:

I think I have a very good idea of who (my kidnappers) were. This was a group known as the Shabiha. This is a government militia. These are people who are loyal to President Bashar al Assad. They are Shiite. They were talking openly about their loyalty to the government, openly expressing their Shia faith. They are trained by Iranian revolutionary guard. They are allied with Hezbollah.

Engel’s recent retraction admits that he got it all backwards:

The group that kidnapped us was Sunni, not Shia.

The group that kidnapped us put on an elaborate ruse to convince us they were Shiite Shabiha militiamen.


Joe Rogan Experience #634 - Abby Martin

Joe Rogan Experience #634 - Abby Martin
Published on Apr 15, 2015

Abby Martin is an American journalist and former host of "Breaking the Set" for RT America.
Check out her work at http://mediaroots.org

Man Behind Moore’s Law Bankrolling Cubesat Mission


Man Behind Moore’s Law Bankrolling Cubesat Mission
by Peter B. de Selding — April 21, 2015

PARIS — Clyde Space of Scotland will build two 4-kilogram cubesats to be launched in 2017 to study ocean color worldwide in a mission financed by a private U.S. foundation, Glasgow-based Clyde announced April 20.


The mission’s total value is $1.675 million. Program managers are aiming at a launch in early 2017.

Financing is from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, created by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and his wife. Moore’s Law about computer power doubling every 18 months or so is one of the reasons why cubesats today are able to perform functions that would require much larger satellites even a few years ago.

Clyde Space, formed in 2005, is now developing 33 satellites at its Glasgow facility, the company said.

Seven Whistleblowers to Speak at News Conference: "The Obama Administration’s War on Whistleblowers"

Source: ExposeFacts

April 27 at 10 a.m. – National Press Club

At an unprecedented news conference with U.S. government whistleblowers spanning a wide range of eras and “national security” agencies, seven former officials with the NSA, CIA, FBI, State Department and Pentagon will assess the Obama administration’s current policies toward whistleblowers.

Speakers will include: William Binney (NSA), Thomas Drake (NSA), Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers), Raymond McGovern (CIA), Jesselyn Radack (Justice Department), Coleen Rowley (FBI) and Kirk Wiebe (NSA).

Biographical information is below.

The news conference is sponsored by ExposeFacts.org, a project of the Institute for Public Accuracy.

For more information, contact: info@exposefacts.org; (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858, (415) 488-3606

Background on News Conference Speakers:


Read more: https://exposefacts.org/seven-whistleblowers-to-speak-at-news-conference-the-obama-administrations-war-on-whistleblowers/

AFRL Gives Seal of Approval to British Air-breathing Engine Design


AFRL Gives Seal of Approval to British Air-breathing Engine Design
by Peter B. de Selding — April 17, 2015

PARIS — The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has answered with a qualified “yes” the question of whether a British company’s revolutionary air-breathing rocket engine, designed for a horizontal-takeoff vehicle climbing to orbit with a single stage, holds promise.

AFRL’s Aerospace Systems Directorate looked at Reaction Engines Ltd.’s Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, SABRE, as part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement.


AFRL’s conclusion is that SABRE is an interesting technology that is technically feasible and that may find earlier applications in two-stage-to-orbit rockets or defense applications.


“The question to answer next is what benefit SABRE could bring to high-speed aerospace vehicles compared to other propulsion systems,” Hellman said. “Although application of the SABRE for single-stage-to-orbit space access remains technically very risky as a first application, the SABRE may provide some unique advantages in more manageable two-stage-to-orbit configurations. Furthermore, the heat exchanger technology also warrants further investigation for applications across the aerospace domain.”

Reaction Engines said in a statement that the company and AFRL are planning further joint work on the SABRE, including “testing of SABRE engine components and exploration of defense applications for Reaction Engines’ heat-exchanger technologies.”


Japan's first nuclear reactor restart may be delayed: Regulator

Source: Reuters

Japan's nuclear regulator on Thursday poured cold water on the schedule for the first restart of a reactor under new safety rules introduced since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, a day after a court cleared the way for the resumption of operations.

Kyushu Electric Power's plan to restart the first of two reactors at its Sendai plant in southwestern Japan from mid-July is too optimistic, Nuclear Regulatory Authority Commissioner Toyoshi Fuketa told officials from the utility at a publicly televised safety review meeting.


Kyushu Electric, which is due to report a fourth year of losses for the 12 months through March this year, is desperate to restart the reactors to cut costs from importing fossil fuels to generate electricity.


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has been pushing to bring some of the country's reactors back online, arguing they are key to economic growth, but opinion polls show a consistent majority oppose restarts, even though power bills have risen.


Read more: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/japans-first-nuclear-reactor-restart-may-be-delayed-regulator/articleshow/47024323.cms

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