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John Ismay
For John Ismay's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 18, 2023
Pentagon sends U.S. arms stored in Israel to Ukraine
The Pentagon is tapping into a vast but little-known stockpile of American ammunition in Israel to help meet Ukraine’s dire need for artillery shells in the war with Russia.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 26, 2022
Artillery is breaking in Ukraine. It’s becoming a problem for the Pentagon.
Ukrainian soldiers are firing thousands of shells daily, forcing the U.S. to replace gun barrels across the border in Poland.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 26, 2022
Why is Russia suddenly talking about ‘dirty bombs’?
The idea of radiological dispersal devices is not new, and Russia's claim that Ukraine would build and use one has been met with scorn from the West.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 18, 2022
As Russia runs low on drones, Iran plans to step in, U.S. officials say
The potential delivery of hundreds of Iranian drones would help the Kremlin replenish a fleet that has suffered steep losses in Ukraine.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 3, 2022
U.S. technology, a longtime tool for Russia, becomes a vulnerability
While the technology made by American and European companies has been turned against Ukraine, the situation has also given the U.S. and its allies a source of leverage against Russia.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 27, 2022
As diplomacy hopes dim, U.S. marshals allies to furnish long-term military aid to Ukraine
Germany's announcement that it would send heavy weapons to Ukraine was one of among many signals that pointed to a further escalation in the war and a disappointment for diplomacy.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 26, 2022
Emboldened by Ukraine’s grit, U.S. wants to see Russia weakened
The U.S. not only wants to thwart the Russian invasion but also aims to weaken Russia so that it can no longer carry out such military aggression anywhere.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 9, 2022
Land mines on a timer, scattered over a Ukrainian town
When Sergiy, 47, got out of bed Sunday morning in this small town in northeastern Ukraine, he discovered a chilling new hazard in a war filled with them: He had woken up in a minefield.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 16, 2022
U.S. arms sent to Ukraine would blunt but not stop a Russian invasion
Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $2.7 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, according to the Pentagon, including a $200 million package in December.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
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