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, ...

Jun 26, 2013

Breast-fed infants 'more socially mobile'

People breast-fed as infants have a 24 percent better chance than their formula-fed counterparts of climbing the social ladder, a study said Tuesday. Conversely, being fed mother’s milk as a baby also reduced one’s chances of social demotion later in life by as much ...