The Tokyo stock market fell back on Thursday. Trading was closed in the afternoon with a widening decline. High valuations have spread to semiconductor-related, electronic parts, and pharmaceutical stocks in response to rising US long-term interest rates, pushing down the index.
The United Kingdom will apply for membership of the Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement – Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – the British Ministry of International Trade announced on Saturday. International Trade Minister Liz Truss will officially ask for the UK to join this free trade agreement on Monday.
The Japanese government decided to halt plans pertaining the extraction of the molten and the damaged fuel from the Fukushima Diichi nuclear power plant in the 2021. The information was released on the December 27 via the Asahi Shimbun publication. In 2011, following the earthquake that led to the tsunami that caused a nuclear disaster on the Fukushima Diichi nuclear plant.
Russia and China believe that Germany will not be able to upgrade to permanent member status on the United Nations Security Council. Furthermore, a Russian diplomat stated that Russia will not miss Germany when its term expires a the end of this month. The comments came on the heels of a scandal that broke out during the UN Security Council meeting.
The three major U.S. stock indexes oscillated higher after opening lower. The Dow regained its 30,000-point mark at the end of the session. The S&P 500 index fell for 3 consecutive trading days. The Dow rose 47.11 points, or 0.16%, to 30046.37; the Nasdaq fell 27.94 points, or 0.23%, to 12,377.87; the S&P 500 index fell 4.64 points, or 0.13%, to 3,663.46 points.
Over half of the 15 member states of the UN Security Council on Friday denounced in a joint statement the constant crimes against humanity that take place in North Korea as a result of “policies established from the highest level of the Kim Jong Un led administration.”
The Japanese embassy representative gifted the Russian history museum in the Minusinsk that caused a scandal. The gift is map that shows Kuril Islands being part of Japan. It should be noted, the Kuril Islands are under Russian jurisdiction.
The fourth Free Russia Forum just wrapped up. Due the Coronavirus pandemic, the forum was held virtually. At the end of the forum, the participants were offered a draft resolution pertaining to the situation in Belarus and preventing the “crimes” of the illegitimate ruling Belarusian regime.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Friday that, at the invitation of Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyungwa, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay an official visit to Japan and South Korea from November 24 to 27.
On Friday, the three major U.S. stock indexes collectively opened lower. The Dow fell 0.44%, the Nasdaq fell 0.74%, and the S&P 500 fell 0.58%. The first estimate released by the US Department of Commerce on Thursday showed that the actual (GDP) of the United States in the third quarter increased.
According to reports, a senior official at the Bank of Japan (BOJ) stated that the move to launch a digital currency depends on public support. He said that although the Bank of Japan has announced that it will start testing digital currencies next year, it still has not made a final decision on this matter.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga made his first overseas meeting since taking office last month. At the conference, an agreement was reached with the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, to improve cooperation in defense and protection in reaction to Chinese increased involvement in the region.
The Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank, released its 2020 “Asia Power Index” on Sunday, which shows that the United States is still the most influential country in Asia. However, in the face of China’s rise and improper handling of the COVID-19 epidemic, America’s global prestige has been declining.
The Japanese scientists from the Department of Chemistry, School of Science at the University of Tokyo created a new way to update the technology that is use for the data storage and the recording on the magnetic video. Solid-state drives (SSDS), Blu-ray disks and the other modern storage technologies allow to write and read information very quickly.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced plans to build a hydrogen fuel plant on the moon. There are no technical data for this project yet. While we can only guess, however, if you look at the history of space research in Japan, we can assume that by 2035 the first fuel station for interplanetary flights will actually work on the moon.
Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga spoke for the first time with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday. The leaders of the two countries agreed to “closely cooperate” on bilateral and international issues but did not discuss Xi Jinping’s plan for a state visit to Japan.
It is now official that Yoshihide Suga is Japan’s new prime minister. It is after about 70 percent of the lower house of the Japanese parliament today officially appointed him as the successor to the former prime minister, Shinzo Abe. With the title of Prime Minister of Japan follows the responsibility for an economic powerhouse.
Japan’s Prime minister, Shinzo Abe, resigned on Friday, citing health problems. The outgoing premier is battling ulcerative colitis, a disease that attacks the intestines. Abe took the opportunity to apologize to the people of Japan for being unable to fulfill his duties well during the coronavirus pandemic.
On the 75th anniversary of Japan’s unconditional surrender in World War II, the Japanese Minister of the Environment, Shinjiro Koizumi, visited the Yasukuni Shrine on the morning of the 15th. It was the first time in four years that members of the Japanese cabinet visited the Shrine on the anniversary of its defeat.
Heavy rains have pounded northeastern part of Japan causing extensive flooding. No deaths have been recorded, but authorities did say that one person was injured. The overnight downpour caused major rivers to burst their banks, leading to floods in residential areas.
A majority of flood victims in Japan have opted to shelter in their own cars for fear of the coronavirus pandemic. Evacuees have flocked the shelters, but are forced to stay in the parking lots. “Shelters should be reserved for those with no other alternatives,” one nonprofit organization said.
Heavy rains continue pounding Japan, causing deadly floods in the southern part of the country. The floods have triggered landslides that have destroyed homes and made roads impassable. As of Thursday the death toll had risen to 59 as search and rescue operations continue.
Japan staged a protest against a Russian plan to conduct geological exploration in the Sea of Okhotsk for the next three months. The area covers the four disputed Kuril Islands of Shikotan, Iturup, Habomai and Kunashir. In Japan, they are referred to as the “Northern Territories” or “or Southern Chishima.”
On Monday June 8, Honda was forced to shut down its manufacturing plants around the globe. It forced the employees around the world to be off work. The reason behind the shutdown was a mass-scale cyber attack that affected electronic and computer equipment. It is reprehensible given the fact that world economies continue to suffer due to the coronavirus.
Japan, with a population of 125 million people, lifted its state of emergency ahead of schedule. The coronavirus has, so far, killed fewer than 900 people in Japan. The low mortality rate is considered a great success. But where are the shrinking ratings of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the outcry calling for his resignation?
Coronavirus continues to be a global pandemic. Currently, there are over 6.2 million cases and over 370,000 deaths around the world. At this time, according to the released data by the Russian government over 400,000 people are infected with COVID-19. Russia approved a new drug to treat coronavirus.
The Japanese Cabinet has announced an initiative to create a future society as part of the Moonshot Research and Development program. The main goal of the program is to free people from physical, mental, temporal and spatial restrictions by 2050. By 2030, the government of Japan plans to develop technology for piloting robotic avatars. By combining AI, biotechnologies, and a super-fast network, a single person can control up to 10 avatars simultaneously to perform various tasks from the comfort of their own home and regardless of their physical capabilities.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today announced the total lifting of the state of emergency that was still in effect in some of the country’s regions, including in Tokyo, the nation’s capital city. “Today we will lift the state of emergency nationwide,” said Abe, during a live press conference broadcast on public broadcaster NHK.
Information was leaked pertaining to the F-3 sixth-generation fighter jet. Japan is expected to start development of the F-3 in 2021. Currently, Japan needs to protect themselves from China. Japan always had tumultuous relations with China. Conflicts between Beijing and Tokyo go back centuries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill to postpone the end of World War II from September 2 to September 3, 1945. This revision has important political and diplomatic implications. The bill was signed on April 24, 2020. According to Kremlin, the bill is aimed at restoring historical truth and strengthening Russia’s national unity.
Scientists in the UK are working on a promising Covid-19 treatment that apparently “stops the virus in its tracks.” Researchers working on the project are optimistic that the drug, which is already approved for use, can be used as both preventive medicine and treatment for coronavirus sufferers.
A new research paper has been published related to Venus. It is collaborative work between US and Japanese scientists. The main focus of the research is to answer a question that has been unanswered until now: Why does the atmosphere of Venus rotate 60 times faster than the surface of the planet? At the Earth’s equator, the speed of Earth’s spin is about 1,000 miles per hour (1,600 km per hour).
The world is not going to be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic. The US Government is working on quantifying the damages coronavirus caused to the economy and China’s liability. The projected number is over $10 trillion. Also, there is a discussion of US defaulting on debt to China. Even though many nations are slowly starting to reopen their economies and providing plans in phases to reopen, the virus is still here.
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BepiColombo a joint project between the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) aimed to exploring the Mercury planet will have its one and only flyby on April 10, 2020. The spacecraft is going to Mercury on a research mission. BepiColombo is Europe’s first mission to Mercury. Launched on October 20, 2018, it is on a seven year journey to the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System.
A Japanese man who fatally stabbed 19 residents of a care home for people with disabilities has been sentenced to death by hanging by presiding judge Kiyoshi Aonuma. “The attacks were premeditated, and the defendant was acting consistently to achieve his goal,” Aonuma said, citing the violence of his crime.
Japan will close all schools to curb the spread of the coronavirus until the end of March. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that the measure will take effect on Monday, and will cover all elementary, middle and high schools. The government has also called for major events to be canceled or postponed within the next two weeks.
The total number of deaths due to the new coronavirus now exceeds 3000 worldwide. The vast majority of them have occurred in China. The latest deaths in China have all occurred in the Hubei Province, the virus epicenter, Chinese health authorities said Monday morning local time.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a compelling television speech on Saturday, strengthening crisis management in the coronavirus epidemic. After announcing a plan to close all schools on Thursday, he also called on the public to help “fight against the invisible and unknown virus.”
This week there was a discussion in Russia about the possible countermeasures the US is planning against China’s One Belt One Road Initiative. Interestingly, due to the coronavirus and China, the stock markets are experiencing a turmoil.
The reason for the discussions is to develop additional strategies between Russia and China pertaining to the One Belt, One Road initiative, despite the virus outbreak. US Secretary Mike Pompeo also announced that US President Donald Trump has invited Southeast Asian leaders for a meeting in Las Vegas next month. The summit is supposed to take place March 12, 2020.
Previously, JSC Kalashnikov presented a semi-automatic sniper rifle Chukavin Sniper Rifle or SVCh. It is much more than just a rifle. The SVCh is a promising platform for the entire line of small arms. The Chukavin Sniper Rifle is expected to replace the Kalashnikov rifle. The semi-automatic Chukavin is also slated to replace the Dragunov sniper rifle, a semi-automatic sniper/designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62×54mmR and developed in the Soviet Union. (VIDEO)
This week China’s first Type 055 Destroyer Nanchang was commissioned by the PLA Navy, according to the CGTN news. The People’s Liberation Army Navy, also known as the PLA Navy or PLAN, is the naval warfare branch of the People’s Liberation Army, which is the armed wing of the Communist Party of China and, by default, the national armed forces of the People’s Republic of China.