#AceNewsReport – Nov.01: Tokyo police officials said the attack happened inside the Keio train near the Kokuryo station: The attacker’s motive was not immediately known: Television footage showed a number of firefighters, police officials and paramedics rescuing the passengers, many of whom escaped through train windows……
#AceDailyNews says according to MailOnline a man with knife stabs at least ten people on a Tokyo train: NHK public television said at least 10 passengers were injured, including one seriously: The attacker, only identified as a man in his 20s, was arrested on the spot and is being investigated, NHK said….
The attack was the second involving a knife on a Tokyo train in two months: In August, the day before the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony, a 36-year-old man stabbed 10 passengers on a commuter train in Tokyo in a random burst of violence. The suspect later told police that he wanted to attack women who looked happy.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.21: They were moved to the western part of Iwo Jima to form a port, as the island had no port facilities at the time: The seabed has started to rise due to the seismic activity from Mount Suribachi, in particular the western part of the island.
#AceDailyNews says according to the MailOnline report Japanese ghost ships that were sunk by the US during WWII at Battle of Iwo Jima have risen from ocean floor after seismic activity from one of island’s most active volcanoes
As a result of the activity, the sunken ships are sitting on volcanic ash.
The ships were used as a breakwater to protect other ships that were unloading soldiers and materials.
The island was known as Brown Beach on invasion maps, which was reportedly done so to create an artificial naval base to support a U.S. military base before the assault on mainland Japan.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.17: Japan has been expanding its Self-Defense Forces, adding state-of-the-art F-35 fighter jets and converting warships to aircraft carriers for them. It is also building new destroyers, submarines and missiles, all the while noting its military expenditure still pales in comparison with China’s increased military spending.
“Against Chinese action to Senkaku Islands and other parts of the East China Sea … we have to demonstrate that the government of Japan is resolutely defending our territory with the greater number of Japanese coast guard vessels than that of China,” Kishi said. “There is no territorial dispute relating to the Senkaku Islands between Japan and other countries,” he added.
Tensions over the uninhabited rocky chain — 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo but only a third of that distance from Shanghai — have simmered for years, and claims over them date back centuries.
When tensions spiked over the islands in 2012, it sparked a groundswell of nationalist sentiment in China. Public protests broke out in dozens of Chinese cities, with Japanese-branded cars smashed, Japanese stores and restaurants vandalized, and debris hurled at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing.
At the governmental level, China has been just as strident as Kishi is in claiming the island chain.
Minamikojima, Kitakojima and Uotsuri islands, part of the five main islands in the Senkaku group in the East China Sea, on September 11, 2013.
“The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are an inherent part of China’s territory, and it is our inherent right to carry out patrols and law enforcement activities in these waters,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement last year.China has been backing its claims in the region with its ships, and by establishing new laws that give its coast guard expanded powers.
According to Japanese authorities, Chinese Coast Guard vessels have ventured into Japanese territorial waters, or within 12 nautical miles of Japanese land, a total of 88 times between January 1 and the end of August. While in the contiguous zone, waters between islands but not within 12 miles of shore, there have been 851 Chinese incursions.
Experts say China’s strategy is to put its forces in places in and around contested areas and exert Beijing’s law and authority over them. Such action makes the Chinese claims seem like due course.
“Exercising coastal state rights is an important step in corroborating sovereignty through practice,” said Alessio Patalano, professor of war and strategy at King’s College in London.
Kishi has taken notice.
China Marine Surveillance vessels (front and middle) cruise with a Japan Coast Guard ship near Kitakojima and Minamikojima of the disputed Senkaku Islands on April 23, 2013.
“There are actions that continue to challenge an integral part of Japan’s sovereign territory. These actions are making it a fait accompli,” he said.
That “integral” Japanese territory extends even closer to another possible flashpoint in the Japan-China relationship.
Taiwan’s importance to Japan
Japan’s westernmost island is at the very end of a string of Japanese possessions paralleling the Chinese coast and extending south some 700 miles (1,125 kilometers) from the main island of Kyushu, through the military hub of Okinawa and the resort island of Ishigaki, to the tiny island of Yonaguni.
With its 11 square miles of rock and population of fewer than 2,000 people, Yonaguni sits only 68 miles (110 kilometers) from Taiwan, the democratically governed island over which Beijing claims sovereignty.
Taiwan and mainland China have been governed separately since the end of a civil war more than seven decades ago.
Taiwanese soldiers are seen holding grenade launchers and machine guns and driving tanks, during a military exercise, in Tainan, Taiwan, on September 14, 2021.
However, Beijing continues to view Taiwan as an inseparable part of its territory even though the Chinese Communist Party has never governed it.
China has been stepping up its military pressure on Taiwan. In June, it sent over two dozen warplanes near the island, prompting Taiwan to alert its air defenses.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping says Taiwan must be brought under Beijing’s control and has not ruled out the use of force in making that happen.
That, said Kishi, has Tokyo in a constant state of vigilance.When Tokyo released its annual defense white paper in July, it contained its strongest language ever on Taiwan, saying “stabilizing the situation surrounding Taiwan is important for Japan’s security.”
At the time, Kishi said it should be monitored with “a sense of crisis.”
In his interview with CNN, he gave specifics.
“What’s happening in Taiwan is directly linked to Japan,” he said, noting the island sits astride his country’s “energy lifeline.”
“Ninety percent of energy that Japan uses is imported through the areas around Taiwan,” Kishi said.
It’s a vulnerability that Tokyo has to mitigate.
“What could happen in Taiwan could likely be an issue for Japan, and in that case, Japan will have to take the necessary response to that situation,” Kishi said, while stressing that tension should be diffused through dialogue, not violence.
But Tokyo isn’t just using words to back up its claims. It’s also beefing up its military defenses, putting missiles and troops on Yonaguni and planning to do the same to nearby Ishigaki in the near future.
“This is to demonstrate our strong will to defend our southwestern area of Japanese territory,” Kishi said.
In that regard, Tokyo has a key ally in its corner, the United States.Tokyo and Washington share a mutual defense treaty, meaning the US is obligated to defend Japanese territory.
US President Joe Biden reaffirmed that security commitment shortly after his inauguration in January, with a White House statement specifically mentioning the Senkakus.
Kishi said this week that alliance is being strengthened, and in commenting on the Senkakus situation, said Washington has Tokyo’s back.
“We will continue to conduct bilateral training with the US and multilateral training with other partners to strengthen our posture and contribute to the peace and stability of this region,” he said, noting that naval exercises have been held or scheduled with partners including France, the United Kingdom and Germany.
While lining up partners, Japan is also improving its own arsenal, including developing and acquiring weapons systems that can strike areas well beyond Japanese territory.
Without saying what areas those longer range systems might target, the Japanese defense minister said it was important for the country’s military to have the right equipment to defend it from any threat.
CNN’s Eric Cheung, Emiko Jozuka and Junko Ogura contributed to this report.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.07: Police arrested the 36-year-old man in another part of Tokyo after he slashed and stabbed people in the attack at about 8:40 pm on Friday on a train on the Odakyu Line in the western part of the city, media reported.
#AceDailyNews says that at least ten passengers have been injured after knife attack on Tokyo train after a man has alleged to have wounded 10 people in a knife attack on a Tokyo commuter train last night he told police he became incensed when he saw women who “looked happy” and wanted to kill them according to RTE News
One victim, a female university student, was seriously wounded, while the rest suffered less severe injuries.
The Sankei newspaper reported that suspect told police: “I began feeling like I wanted to kill women who looked happy about six years ago. Anyone was fine, I just wanted to kill a lot of people.”
Other media, including broadcaster NHK, reported similar quotes from suspect.
A police spokesman said they had nothing further to share on the details of case when asked about the media reports on Saturday.
Violent crime is rare in Japan, but there have been a spate of knife attacks by assailants unknown to the victims.
In June 2008, a man in a light truck drove into a crowd in the popular Akihabara district and then jumped out of the vehicle and started stabbing pedestrians, leaving seven dead.
#AceNewsReport – June.22: Overseas spectators are already banned but organisers said domestic fans could attend providing crowds did not exceed 50% of a venue’s capacity:
#TokyoOlympics2020 – Up to 10,000 Japanese fans will be permitted at Olympic venues: they are scheduled to begin on 23 July, while the Paralympics follow a month later, from 24 August and will be notified by July.15:
Fans will not be allowed to shout or speak loudly, and must wear face masks at all times while in venues.
The Olympics are scheduled to begin on 23 July, while the Paralympics follow a month later, from 24 August.
Spectator numbers for the Paralympics will be confirmed by 16 July, said a joint statement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the government of Japan.
The decision to allow spectators comes despite the release of a report last week by Japanese medical experts that said holding the Games without spectators was the “least risky” and most desirable option.
“There are so many cases, domestically and internationally [of] sports events with spectators,” said Tokyo 2020 organising committee president Seiko Hashimoto.
“By exercising thorough measures and based on the government criteria, we believe we can hold the Games with spectators.
“The entire world is facing the same issues and we have to work together to overcome them.”
Delegates and sponsors will be classed as organisers, and therefore will not be included in the 10,000 spectator limit.
Should there be a rapid increase in Covid-19 infections and impact on Japan’s healthcare systems, the five parties will consider further restrictions.
This could include further reducing spectator numbers at venues.
There are fears that the Games may trigger a surge in coronavirus infections in Japan.
As a result, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga last week encouraged the Japanese public to watch the Games on television, rather than attending events in person.
On Sunday, a state of emergency in Tokyo was lifted, five weeks before the start of the Olympics.
Emergency Covid-19 restrictions had been in place in Japan’s capital and other prefectures since late April amid a surge in infections.
However, some “quasi-emergency” measures will remain in some areas, including Tokyo, until 11 July.
On Saturday, a Ugandan athlete because the first to test positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Japan.
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes takes a look at how the athletes’ village hopes to mitigate the risk of Covid
#AceHealthReport – Apr.24: Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo from April 25 through May 11, as the coronavirus variant first identified in the UK spreads in the four prefectures:
#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Japan declares third COVID-19 state of emergency, just three months before Olympics as the U.K. variant spreads into Tokyo and 4-prefectures’
Posted Yesterday at 9:25pm, updated 9h ago
Daily infections in Japan briefly dipped in March, but have since risen to exceed 5,000 by Wednesday: Osaka recorded 1,162 new COVID-19 cases Friday, while Tokyo had 759.
The step is largely intended to be “short and intensive” to stop people from traveling and spreading the virus during Japan’s “Golden Week” holidays, from late April through the first week of May, Mr Suga said.
“I sincerely apologise for causing trouble for many people again,” said Mr Suga, who earlier had pledged to do his utmost to prevent a third emergency.
This latest state of emergency comes only a month after an earlier emergency ended in the Tokyo area.
Experts, municipal leaders call for stronger prevention measures
Japan, which has had about half a million cases and 10,000 deaths, has not enforced lockdowns.
Mask-wearing, staying home and other COVID-safe measures for the public remain non-mandatory, and experts worry if they will be followed.
The state of emergency now allows prefectural governors to issue binding orders for businesses to shorten hours or close in exchange for daily compensation of up to 200,000 yen ($2,393), while imposing fines of up to 300,000 yen ($3,589) for violators.
There are also shutdown requirements for bars, department stores, shopping centres, theme parks, theatres and museums.
Schools will stay open, but universities are asked to return to online classes.
But people are becoming impatient and less cooperative and have largely ignored the ongoing measures as infections have accelerated.
This has prompted experts and local leaders to urgently call for tougher steps.
Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura, who on Tuesday requested the emergency, said the semi-emergency measures were not working and hospitals were overflowing with patients.
COVID-19 treatment is largely limited to a handful of public-run hospitals, while many small private institutions are not assisting or even prepared to mobilise for infectious diseases.
Mr Suga said he would ensure enough vaccines are delivered to local municipalities so all of the country’s 36 million senior citizens can receive their second shots by the end of July — a month behind an earlier schedule.
Suga says IOC is the reason why the Olympics is still going ahead
The May 11 deadline for the latest round of emergency measures occurs ahead of an expected visit by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, triggering speculation that the government is prioritsing the Olympic schedule over people’s health.
Mr Suga said Japan had no choice but to follow the IOC decision to hold the games.
“The IOC has the authority to decide and the IOC has already decided to hold the Tokyo Olympics,” Mr Suga said.
“We aim to hold the games while taking strong measures to protect people’s lives from the further spread of infections.”
Mr Suga has been reluctant to hurt the already pandemic-damaged economy and faced criticism for being slow to take virus measures.
Japan’s inoculation campaign lags behind many countries, with imported vaccines in short supply while its attempts to develop its own vaccines are still in the early stages.
Inoculations started in mid-February but progress has been slow amid shortages of vaccines and healthcare workers.
The rapid increase in patients flooding hospitals has raised concerns of a further staff shortage and delay in vaccinations.
#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – October 28 – After recent wrangles with TEPCO and the people’s dismay with Japan’s government decisions. Today it was announced that a town of 100,000 in south-west Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Tuesday,Reuters reported.
‘First Nuclear Power Plant to Open Since Fukushima ‘
Satsumasendai, which hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power Co plant, is 1,000km south-west of Tokyo.
The town has long relied on the Sendai plant for government subsidies and jobs. Nineteen of the city’s 26 assembly members voted in favour of restarting the plant.
The restart of Japan’s first reactors, under new rules imposed since the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011, is unlikely until next year as Kyushu Electric still needs to pass operational safety checks.
#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – October 24 – Japanese prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters said.
A citizens’ panel ruled in July that three former TEPCO executives should be indicted over the nuclear disaster, and the Tokyo’s District Prosecutors Office started to reinvestigate the case.
Prosecutorial Review Commissions, made up of citizen appointees, are a rarely used but high-profile feature of Japan’s legal system introduced after World War Two to curb bureaucratic over-reach.
They were given the power to force prosecutions in 2009.
Last year, prosecutors declined to charge more than 30 TEPCO and government officials.
#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – Braces itself for another powerful Typhoon called Vongfong which is presently churning toward Japan’s main islands Sunday after strong winds and heavy rain left 35 injured in the south.
The monster storm hit the southern Okinawan islands on Saturday and is now moving toward the main Kyushu and Honshu islands, where it is due to make landfall as early as Monday morning, the national weather agency said.
Vongfong—the season’s 19th typhoon—was in the southern area of Kagoshima at midday Sunday, the meteorological agency said, placing it around 230 kilometers west of Amami-Oshima island.
It is packing gusts of up to 180 kilometers per hour as it moves north-northwest.
“The typhoon is expected to make landfall on Kyushu on Monday morning,” meteorologist Hiroshi Sasaki told reporters of AFP that it will hit landfall around midday Monday.
#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – October 10 – Japan has launched public debates on restarting nuclear power plants with a first in a series of town hall meetings held in Satsumasendai, a coastal city south-west of Tokyo, that hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power Co facility, Reuters reported.
Organizers had to introduce a lottery system for those who wanted to attend, due to the high interest.
The authorities were criticized for limiting the number of participants and for banning certain questions, like evacuation plans, from discussion.
Greenpeace has described the meetings as a “farce.” Following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, opposition to nuclear power has been strong in Japan.
The country halted its last nuclear reactor a year ago. PM Shinzo Abe’s government would like to see the plants back on-line, and has promised tougher security measures.
#AceNewsServices – PARIS – October 09. /TASS/. The Polish Catholic mission in Paris has been allowed to place a statue of Pope John Paul II, a work of Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, near the French capital’s landmark cathedral, Notre Dame, the archbishop of the Polish city of Lodz said on Thursday.
‘ Statue of Pope John Paul II by Russian Sculptor to be Placed Near Notre Dame ‘
The 3.6-meter bronze statue weighing 1.5 metric tonnes, Tsereteli’s gift to the mission, will be placed in Square Jean XXIII, named after Pope John XXIII, on October 25.
Tsereteli’s sculptures can be found all over the world, from New York and London to Jerusalem and Tokyo.
Among them is a giant statue of Peter the Great in Moscow and the Tear Drop monument in New Jersey commemorating 9/11 victims.
#AceWorldNews – JAPAN (Tokyo) – October 05 – Following closely on from the recent Volcano erupting, killing 50 people to date and causing major disruption to the centre of Japan, the people brace themselves for the latest onslaught of a Typhoon Phanfone.
At least 22,000 households have been left without power in the Amami area in Kagoshima Prefecture, on the most south-westerly main island of Kyushu as powerful typhoon Phanfone moves in, reports Japan’s national public broadcaster NKH.
At least 58 residents of the area were evacuated.
According to Japan’s Meteorological Agency, the typhoon is 180km east of the island of Amami and is moving north at 15kph.
The typhoon is expected to strike the country’s main islands at about 17:00 GMT on Sunday.
It was only back on July 08 2014 when another Typhoon Neoguri slammed into Okinawa.
#AceWorldNews – JAPAN (Tokyo) – July 27 – The Japanese government lodged a protest and denounced North Korea’s Saturday missile launch which came in “violation of UN Security Council resolutions," local Mainichi newspaper reported. "We need to let them know that nuclear and missile development and economic revival won’t go together," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a trip to Mexico.
Japan’s defence minister, Itsunori Onodera, ordered to gather information and stay on full alert, a ministry official told local media.
North Korea fired a short-range missile into the Sea of Japan on Saturday at 21:40 local time in a north-eastern direction without advanced warning; neither a no-fly nor no-sail zone were imposed, according to South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff.
#AceWorldNews – JAPAN (Tokyo) – July 10 – Three people died as Typhoon Neoguri hit Japan’s southwestern Kyushu island early on Thursday, bringing with it heavy rains and raging winds, Japan Today reported.
“It landed near Akune City shortly before 7 a.m.,” a Japan Meteorological Agency official said.
The typhoon is expected to move through Kyushu and then continue along the Japanese archipelago.
The typhoon came from Okinawa, where it injured dozens of people.
#AceWorldNews – JAPAN (Tokyo) – July 01 – Japan took a step away Tuesday from a US-drafted constitution that has long imposed self-imposed limits on the country’s use of military force, AP said.
The Cabinet approved a plan to allow greater use of force in a reversal of limits introduced after the end of World War II, reinterpreting the constitution on military affairs. Since the end of World War II, the Japanese constitution has forbidden the use of military force against other nations. It may only use its armed forces in self-defence.
Japan’s military has not engaged in combat since 1945.
One of the biggest changes to Japanese security policy since the war will allow the military to help defend other nations in “collective self-defence” operations.
But the prime minister says the change is needed because of regional tensions – particularly China’s military expansion, and missile and nuclear threats from North Korea.
Thousands gathered outside the Japanese prime minister’s office to protest constitutional changes that would expand Japan’s military role and allow overseas deployment.
It comes one day after a man set himself on fire in protest against a proposed law.
Protest organizers have estimated that 10,000 people – including students, pensioners, and women – attended the rally outside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office in Tokyo.
However, police put the number of participants at “several thousand.”
#AceWorldNews – JAPAN (Tokyo) – June 23 – Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant restarted its trouble-plagued water decontamination system for the first time in three months, AFP reported, citing the utility.
Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) has been forced to repeatedly switch off its Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS), which attempts to decontaminate radiation-tainted water.
The move followed a series of glitches plaguing the system since trial operations began last year.
Tepco is struggling to handle a growing volume of contaminated water at Fukushima.
#AceNewsServices – JAPAN (Tokyo) – June 22 – Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have sky-rocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal.
The nuclear industry and its apologists continue to deny this public health tragedy. Some have actually asserted that “not one person” has been affected by Fukushima’s massive radiation releases, which for some isotopes exceed Hiroshima by a factor of nearly 30.
(Nuclear Industry Denies Link to Fukishima)
But the deadly epidemic at Fukushima is consistent with impacts suffered among children near the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island and the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl, as well as findings at other commercial reactors.
In evaluating the prospects of new reactor construction in Canada, the Commission says the rate “would rise by 0.3 percent at a distance of 12 kilometers” from the accident. But that assumes the distribution of protective potassium iodide pills and a successful emergency evacuation, neither of which happened at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl or Fukushima.
The numbers have been analyzed by Mangano. He has studied the impacts of reactor-created radiation on human health since the 1980s, beginning his work with the legendary radiologist Dr. Ernest Sternglass and statistician Jay Gould.
Speaking on www.prn.fm’s Green Power & Wellness Show, Mangano also confirms that the general health among downwind human populations improves when atomic reactors are shut down, and goes into decline when they open or re-open.
“But in Asia on the Asian battlefield, the leaders of Japan, which caused harm and which lost the war, are to this day still trying to reverse the course of history and deny their history of invasion,” Hong stressed.
(VOA ) – China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public remorse for the Nazi regime to Japan, where repeated official apologies for wartime suffering are sometimes undercut by contradictory comments by conservative politicians.
Ties between the two Asian rivals worsened on December 26 when Japanese Prime MinisterShinzo Abe visited Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, which China sees as a symbol of Tokyo’s past militarism because it honors war criminals along with millions of war dead.
“Germany’s sincere remorse has won the confidence of the world,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily news briefing, when asked about the D-Day anniversary.
#AceNewsServices – TOKYO – May 31 – Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned Beijing over increasing territorial assertiveness.
The Japanese coastguard said the vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile band of territorial waters around one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, around 10 am (0100 GMT).
Chinese vessels and aircraft have regularly approached the East China Sea archipelago — thought to harbour natural resources — since Tokyo nationalised some of the islands in September 2012, setting off the latest spate of incidents in a long-running territorial dispute.
Saturday’s incursion was the first of official Chinese vessels into the disputed waters since May 2 and the 12th this year.
China is also locked in territorial disputes, in the South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost entirely.
There have been incidences of Vietnam and China ramming each other’s vessels recently while in 2012 the Philippines lost control of rich fishing grounds after a tense stand-off with China.
Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam — claim parts of the sea, with Manila and Hanoi being the most vocal in opposing China’s claims. Taiwan is also a claimant.
At the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore Saturday, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel accused China of “destabilising actions” in the South China Sea.
Reuters – Japan Today – Straits Times
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