Anticipating more muscular missions, MSDF launches new minesweeper

Oct 27, 2015

Anticipating more muscular missions, MSDF launches new minesweeper

Amid the national debate over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s proactive security policy and newly enacted laws, a state-of-the-art minesweeper built for the Maritime Self-Defense Force was launched Tuesday in a ceremony in Yokohama. The 690-ton Awaji is the first of three planned Awaji-class minesweepers, ...

Oct 20, 2015

Yamaguchi-gumi split, toughened laws will weaken gangs: experts

The recent fracturing of the Yamaguchi-gumi, the country’s largest and most powerful crime syndicate, will considerably weaken the gang organization and all yakuza groups in general, two noted experts told a news conference Tuesday in Tokyo. “I believe all crime syndicates will lose momentum ...

UNESCO strikes political nerve with Nanking Massacre documents

| Oct 19, 2015

UNESCO strikes political nerve with Nanking Massacre documents

A fierce battle is raging over UNESCO’s stewardship of history. Last week, Japan — the biggest donor to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization — created an international stir by threatening to suspend or reduce its financial contributions after the body accepted ...