U.S. torture report med with a shrug in Middle East

Dec 11, 2014

U.S. torture report med with a shrug in Middle East

This week’s revelations about the CIA’s harsh treatment of terrorism suspects in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks have been met with a collective shrug in most parts of the Middle East, where they merely reinforced a long-held view of American brutality — ...

Soccer-playing robots eye their own world cup

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-playing robots eye their own world cup

by Rob Lever

When robots play soccer, it looks like a game played by 5-year-olds: they swarm around the ball, kick haphazardly and fall down a lot. However, robot teams have made strides in recent years, and some researchers believe the humanoids could challenge the world’s best ...

May 8, 2014

Minutes of NSC meetings to be kept under wraps, document says

Japan has decided not to disclose the minutes of the new National Security Council’s meetings from December to March to avoid compromising Japan’s intelligence gathering capabilities and national security, a document obtained Thursday said. The government decided on May 1 not to make the ...

Neanderthals not incompetent dimwits: study

May 3, 2014

Neanderthals not incompetent dimwits: study

by Will Dunham

No offense, but your ancestors probably were no brighter than a Neanderthal. That is the message a pair of researchers have delivered after analyzing archaeological evidence detailing the capabilities of Neanderthals, our closest extinct human relatives, compared to the early modern humans who first ...

Apr 5, 2014

Crows offer clues to cognition

by Sharon Begley

A species of crow native to islands east of Australia has long wowed scientists with its intelligence, and now it has shown it can solve at least one puzzle as well as the average 7-year-old child, scientists reported recently. Like other research on the ...

Apr 1, 2014

Japanese students rank third in creative problem-solving

Japanese students ranked third in creative problem-solving in a global academic achievement survey for 2012, the OECD said Tuesday. They scored an average of 552 points in the assessment area in the triennial Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA. A total of 44 ...

Dec 31, 2013

Integrated operation of GSDF intelligence, special units being mulled

The Ground Self-Defense Force has been studying the idea of jointly operating its secret intelligence unit and special units to engage in overseas hostage rescues, infiltrations, target surveillance and base attacks since around 2008, former senior defense officials said Monday. The existence of the ...

Ex-GSDF spy recalls sending agent to North

Nov 28, 2013

Ex-GSDF spy recalls sending agent to North

A former member of a special Ground Staff Office unit has told Kyodo News about intelligence activities long conducted without the knowledge of the prime minister or defense minister, including paying several million yen to collaborators and sending a spy to North Korea. The ...

Abe defense posture welcome: U.S. intel expert

Oct 15, 2013

Abe defense posture welcome: U.S. intel expert

by Mizuho Aoki

In contrast to neighboring countries, former U.S. National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair welcomes the efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reinterpret the pacifist Constitution and bolster the nation’s defense capabilities, saying Japan needs to adapt itself to the changing security landscape of the ...

Aug 1, 2013

Large numbers of communist spies active in Japan, U.K. said in 1983

British officials believed in the early 1980s that Japanese institutions had been “slightly” penetrated by communist intelligence services, according to documents declassified Thursday at the National Archives in London. The documents from 1983 assert that there were approximately 220 communist intelligence officers working in ...

WikiLeaks' founder may be next target

| Jul 31, 2013

WikiLeaks' founder may be next target

The conviction of U.S. Army Pvt. Bradley Manning on espionage charges Tuesday makes it increasingly likely that the United States will prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a co-conspirator, according to his attorney and other civil liberties groups. Judge Denise Lind, an army colonel, ...