“Shinzo Abe to Become First Japanese Leader to Visit Pearl Harbor”


NEW YORK TIMES

Mr. Abe, the prime minister of Japan, said on Monday that he will join President Obama this month at the site of the Japanese attack 75 years ago. By NHK, VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS on Publish Date December 5, 2016. Photo by Jason Szenes/European Pressphoto Agency. Watch in Times Video »
Mr. Abe, the prime minister of Japan, said on Monday that he will join President Obama this month at the site of the Japanese attack 75 years ago. By NHK, VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS on Publish Date December 5, 2016. Photo by Jason Szenes/European Pressphoto Agency. Watch in Times Video »
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“Trump Continues To Crumble By Botching First Post-Election Visit With Foreign Leader”


POLITICUS USA

The laziness he has displayed during the transition seems to indicate that he was never really serious about becoming president in the first place.
The laziness he has displayed during the transition seems to indicate that he was never really serious about becoming president in the first place.

“John Kerry Makes Historic Visit To Hiroshima Memorial”


HUFFINGTON POST

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) prepares to lay a wreath at the cenotaph with Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L), Britain's Foreign Minister Philip Hammond and other fellow G7 foreign ministers at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima, Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo April 11, 2016. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. THIS IMAGE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY, AN UNPROCESSED VERSION WILL BE PROVIDED SEPARATELY.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) prepares to lay a wreath at the cenotaph with Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L), Britain’s Foreign Minister Philip Hammond and other fellow G7 foreign ministers at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima, Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo April 11, 2016. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo ATTENTION EDITORS – FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. THIS IMAGE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY, AN UNPROCESSED VERSION WILL BE PROVIDED SEPARATELY.

“Massive airbag recall confusing car owners”


CBS

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“Prince William’s Japan visit rekindles memories of Diana”


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“New ISIS hostage video includes change in tactics”


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“Can Biden rescue the Asia pivot?”


POLITICO

By Josh Gerstein

President Barack Obama’s much-touted pivot to Asia — a foreign policy drive which has languished recently amidst a lack of high-level direction — could be reinvigorated by Vice President Joe Biden, analysts said.

Biden is on a swing through Asia this week amid heightened tensions following China’s announcement last week of a new air defense zone over long-disputed waters between that country and Japan.

The pivot to Asia was a central foreign policy theme of Obama’s first term, underscoring a need many policymakers saw for the United States to shift its diplomatic, security and economic attentions from the traditional focus on Europe and the Middle East to the rising powers in the Pacific — most notably, China. [EXCERPT]

(Also on POLITICO: Biden arrives in Tokyo)

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/joe-biden-asia-pivot-100620.html#ixzz2mUxhEHEp

JUST WHO OWNS THESE ISLANDS?


CNN

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U.S., Japan don’t recognize claim

China sent fighter jets into its newly claimed air defense zone above the East China Sea, the same day that Japan’s military firmly insisted its own patrols over the area wouldn’t stop.
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“Raw: Marines Land Osprey on Japanese Ship”


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“North Korea warns that U.S. bases in Guam, Japan are within range”


CNN

By Jethro Mullen, CNN

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Flag of the Korean People’s Army Português: Bandeira do Exército Popular Coreano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(CNN) — The North Korean military issued a fresh burst of ominous rhetoric Thursday, warning that U.S. bases in Guam and Japan are within its “striking range.”

The statement from the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army, carried by the North’s state-run news agency, follows the announcement by the United States this week that its B-52 bombers were making flights over South Korea as part of annual military exercises.

“The U.S. should not forget that the Anderson Air Force Base on Guam where the B-52s take off and naval bases in Japan proper and Okinawa where nuclear-powered submarines are launched are within the striking range of the DPRK’s precision strike means,” the North Korean military said Thursday.

DPRK is short for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea’s official name.  FULL  ARTICLE

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