Dec 06

Trump Tweets Japan’s SoftBank Will Invest $50 Billion In The US, Create 50,000 New Jobs:

On Tuesday afternoon, the billionaire founder and CEO of Japan’s Softbank and was seen entering the Trump Tower, to meet with the President-elect. It appears that they had fruitful conversations, because just a few minutes later, Trump – who earlier in the day lambasted Boeing over charging too much for Air Force 1 sending its stock lower – tweeted some words of praise for the Japanese businessman.

At 2:10pm eastern, Trump tweeted “Masa (SoftBank) of Japan has agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S. toward businesses and 50,000 new jobs…” and in a follow up Tweet added “Masa said he would never do this had we (Trump) not won the election!” Continue reading »

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Dec 04

Japan again sends fighters to head off Chinese warplanes near mainland:

Japan has once again scrambled fighter-interceptors in response to a flight by Chinese fighters and bombers through a strategic passage into the Pacific Ocean between Okinawa and Mikyako Island.

Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighters to intercept a pair of Chinese Su-30 fighters and H-6 bombers, Stars and Stripesreported. The Defense Ministry added that the Chinese planes were intercepted Friday, and the flight did not infringe into Japanese territorial airspace. That said, the flight took place through a politically sensitive area. Continue reading »

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Dec 01

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Nov 30

China has also been buying oil like crazy. 

“Let the next financial crisis begin.”


Japan Leading an Unprecedented Oil and Gas Asset Buying Spree

H/t reader kevin a.

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Nov 27

Tokyo – First snow observed on the ground in November in 142 years

H/t reader kevin a.

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Nov 27

H/t reader squodgy:

“Worldwide shipping is in dire straits.

We have seen the BDI (the index of future shipping capacity bookings) trundling along at the lowest level for over three years now.

Both Hanjin (http://www.marinelink.com/news/bankruptcy-hanjin-files414930)

and Nautilus (http://www.marinelink.com/news/bankruptcy-container371718)

have filed for bankruptcy as global trade grinds to a halt.

A.P. Moller, the biggest Container Ship Company in the world with all those blue MAERSK LINE ships we see everywhere, have been investing in 18000TEU giant ships of late.

One would really think they more than anyone would see the slump coming.
But quite obviously they are lacking in responsible management. But no.

http://www.4-traders.com/AP-MOELLER-MAERSK-A-S-1412885/news/AP-Moeller-Maersk-A-S-Maersk-Issues-Profit-Warning-on-Weaker-Shipping-Market-21252169/

So it shouldn’t come as a shock to read this….

http://wolfstreet.com/2016/11/24/shipbuilding-in-japan-korea-china-collapses-in-death-spiral-of-orders/”


Shipbuilding in Japan, Korea, China Collapses in Death Spiral of Orders:

“Worse than the one following the Global Financial Crisis.”

New orders received by Chinese shipyards – now infamous for undercutting competitors and sinking into bankruptcy – have plunged 58.5% so far this year through October, compared to last year, according to shipping industry data provider BIMCO, cited by the Nikkei. At South Korean shipyards, which include the three largest in the world, orders have plunged 84.2%; at Japanese shipyards, 90%.

They all focused on large dry-bulk vessels, tankers, and containerships. But this year, orders for tankers globally plunged 80% and for container ships 84%. Continue reading »

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Nov 24

Russia deploys anti-ship missiles on disputed isles off Hokkaido:

The Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet has deployed state-of-the-art anti-ship missile systems on two of the islands off Hokkaido claimed by Japan, the fleet’s newspaper reported recently.

The Bastion missile system has been installed on Etorofu Island and the Bal system on Kunashiri Island, according to the report.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in March his country would deploy the surface-to-surface missiles systems on the islands before the end of the year. Continue reading »

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Nov 22

Breaking: “Fukushima Cooling System FAILS” After Tsunami, 7.4 Earthquake Hits Japan:

Update 9:22 PM EST: The cooling systems for the reactor at Fukushima is reportedly back on, and the situation has been averted. Tsunami waves maxed out at waves reaching heights of about 4.5 feet (1.4 meters), but no significant damage or loss of life has been reported. The magnitude of the earthquake has also been downgraded from earlier reports of a 7.4 to a much weaker 6.9 earthquake.

One of the worst case scenarios is happening again.

According to reports, Fukushima is being struck again by a tsunami after a large 7.4 earthquake – just updated from reports of a 7.3 earthquake – struck off the main island directly in front of the Fukushima Prefecture where the beleaguered TEPCO nuclear plant is situated.

via CNN:

A tsunami warning is in effect for Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Honshu at 5:59 a.m. Tuesday (3:59 p.m. Monday ET), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.A tsunami wave of 1-3 meters (3-10 feet) is possible, according to the agency.

Numerous aftershocks, somewhere in the range of 5.0 to 5.4 are being widely reported as well. Continue reading »

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Nov 21

*****

H/t reader squodgy:

“We’ll see, but it will be dumbed down whatever….

Let’s face it it can’t make it any worse can it?”

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Tsunami About to Hit Fukushima…:

UPDATE
  • USGA initially put the quake at a magnitude of 7.3, has since downgraded to 6.9
  • This compares with the devastating March 2011 quake which had a magnitude 9.1 (if you are unfamiliar with the Richter scale, it is a logarithmic scale, a M9 quake is 10 times larger than an M8 quake, for example)
  • The two nuclear power plants in operation in Japan have been shut down in response. Both are located in the southeast of the country, near this quake

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Nov 14

FYI.


Nov 6, 2016

clif high, Web Bot Report, 2016 Predictions, Nuclear Fallout, Megaquakes, Epidemics, Weather Wars

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Nov 14

Fukushima medical survey confirms 14 new child thyroid cancer cases:

The number of child thyroid cancers discovered in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has reached 131, with the latest panel review adding 14 to the list of those suffering from the deadly disease, along with dozens of new suspected cases.
After the latest review of the ongoing second round of medical checkups conducted on almost 300,000 children who were aged 18 or younger at the time of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March 2011, the prefecture-run program announced that a total 131 people have now been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Continue reading »

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Nov 14

Crippled Fukushima reactor fully exposed for first time since meltdown:

Fukushima’s Nuclear Plant reactor No. 1 has been fully exposed for the first time since the March 2011 tragedy, after the utility company safely removed the last cover sheet of the temporary protective construction.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) used an industrial crane to lift the last of its 18 protective panels Thursday. Each of the panels weighs around 20 tons and measure 23 by 17 meters. Continue reading »

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Nov 11

H/t reader squodgy:

“At last, someone is talking time lapse.
But it makes little difference.”


Fukushima has destroyed the Pacific coast and will take 16 million years for the contamination to dissipate:

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is one of the biggest environmental terrors  of our generation. An entire region of Japan was turned into a complete disaster area because of the negligence of one corporation. As horrifying as the initial disaster was, the longterm effects are what we should all be focused on — because it will have negative consequences on the world as a whole.

The Fukushima disaster has left the entire Pacific Ocean completely contaminated, and experts believe that it will take roughly 16 million years for the contamination to dissipate totally. Millions and millions of years are needed in order to relieve this disaster, which is frightening to say the least. Continue reading »

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Nov 10

Nov 9, 2016

With the polar vortex centered directly over Asia 2016-2017 winter, snow and cold records are already being set. Snowbrains calling for record snow in Japan due to La Nina and record cold across central Asia and China. I myself am calling snow in downtown Taipei 2017 winter.

Japan Record Snow November http://mainichi.jp/articles/20161107/…
https://iceagenow.info/record-early-s…
China snowstorms https://iceagenow.info/china-snowstor…
http://newscontent.cctv.com/NewJsp/ne…

Continue reading »

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Nov 08

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Giant sinkhole swallows Japanese city street:

A giant sinkhole appeared in the middle of a busy Japanese city on Tuesday, swallowing part of a five-lane street near the main railway station.

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Nov 03

Most Japanese See US as a Threat, Survey Reveals:

A poll conducted earlier this year revealed the majority of Japanese view the US as a threat to Japan, despite playing a less important role in the world than they did a decade ago.

A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in April and May in Japan revealed that the majority of Japanese people view their ally, the United States, as one of the major threats to their country. They also believe the US is playing a less important role in the world than it did 10 years ago. Perhaps paradoxically, however, most of the 1000 respondents still share a favorable view of the US. Continue reading »

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Nov 03

Smoke rises from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this still image from video footage

Fukushima – The Untouchable Eco-Apocalypse No One is Talking About:

The most important ecological crisis of the world has ever seen has been underway since March 11th, 2011, yet there is nary a mention of it in the corporate media, and no political body in the world is championing its resolution. Continue reading »

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Nov 01

H/t reader squodgy:

“The German Central Bank is out of its depth with the Deutsche Bank toxic debt dilemma, but the European Central Bank, doesn’t give a shit and will enjoy its destruction which opens opportunities for Draghi’s tentacles on behalf of the Rothschilds.
Very messy…but lo & behold….the Clintons appear out of the fog to find a bolt hole via Qatar.”


01.11.2016

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Oct 24

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Fukushima: The Extinction-Level Event That No One Is Talking About

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Oct 04

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Toyota unveils Kirobo Mini, a robot baby intended to make lonely people more happy:

The little machine is four inches tall and costs £300

Toyota has created a tiny robot baby that it hopes can make lonely people more happy.

The company’s Kirobo Mini is meant to help provide a companion. It looks like a baby – and could even serve that purpose for people in Japan, where it will be sold and where falling birth rates mean there are fewer and fewer children.

The little robot is four inches tall, speaks like a baby and will cost £300 when it goes on sale. It is a small version of the original Kirobo robot – which had a lot more capabilities and was sent into space in 2013.

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Oct 02

Fukushima Radiation Has Contaminated The Entire Pacific Ocean (And It’s Going To Get Worse)

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Sep 26

FYI.


A force of 40 Chinese bombers and fighters has overflown Japanese waterways:

JAPAN has reacted with alarm after China surged 40 fighters and bombers past its islands during a drill designed to test their ability to enforce a controversial ‘air defence zone’.

China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) sent nuclear-capable H-6K bombers, Su-30 heavy fighters, radar and tanker aircraft through the Miyako Strait in the East China Sea on Sunday.

Beijing says it was part of a “routine drill … in accordance with the needs of the Air Force to defend national sovereignty and security, as well as to maintain peaceful development.” Continue reading »

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Sep 19

Japandemonium: Government Blasts “Sexual Apathy” Amid Worrying Number Of Virgins:

Japan’s demographic challenges are well-known: It’s home to the world’s oldest population and has a shrinking birthrate and an astonishing number of single people. But, as The Independent reports, it seems that, despite government efforts to incentivize marriage and child-rearing, things aren’t quite trending in the right direction.

According to the Japan Times, a new survey of Japanese people ages 18 to 34 found that 70 percent of unmarried men and 60 percent of unmarried women are not in a relationship. It gets worse: Around 42 percent of men and 44.2 percent of women admitted that they were virgins. Continue reading »

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Sep 17

Japan steps up activity in disputed South China Sea region:

JAPAN has announced its intention to step up its activity in the disputed South China Sea region.

Japanese Defense Minister Tomoomi Inada said the country will conduct joint training patrols with the United States and bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies, Reuters reports.

Inada justified the decision by saying Japan shared similar concerns with the US about China’s rise to power and aggressive pursuit of territorial claims. Continue reading »

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Sep 08

Eye on Social Mood: Stock Market Bubble Will Pop, Social Mood Will Get Extremely Ugly

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Sep 08

Alert: Typhoons cause failure of ‘ice wall’ around Fukushima reactors — Highly radioactive water flowing into ocean — Structure “critically affected” — Fears over multiple sections of barrier that have thawed — Expert: “The plan to block groundwater is failing” (VIDEO)

H/t reader squodgy:

“Never had a chance. They are so desperate they’ll be asking spiders to build a protective web next.”

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Sep 08

Rare Pokemon planted in Fukushima to lure tourists back; catch a Pokemon in the game, get radiation poisoning in real life

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Sep 07

Totally insane.


Japan’s $320 Million Gamble at Fukushima: An Underground Ice Wall

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H/t reader kevin a.

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Sep 01

A ¥9 Trillion Hole Emerges Inside The BOJ’s Balance Sheet: “It’s A Pretty Dangerous Situation”:

“In preparation for an eventual exit from stimulus, the BOJ last year started adding to its reserves to guard against bond losses, but if profits decline, there’s a chance that they won’t be able to continue that,” Japan Research Institute’s Kawamura said. “It’s a pretty dangerous situation now, even before they start to exit.”

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Aug 30

You know it’s bad, when …


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QE, End of the Private Sector? Japanese Government Now Largest Shareholder of 474 Big Companies:

The two biggest buyers of Japan Inc. are flying blind and don’t care.

The Bank of Japan and the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) have been buying stocks to inflate the market, create some kind of “wealth effect,” and bamboozle regular Japanese into pouring once again into stocks, after many of them lost a big chunk of their savings when the prior bubble imploded without ever recovering.

In 2014, the GPIF – buckling under the pressure from the Abe administration – decided to plow about 25% (“±9%”) of its assets into Japanese stocks. With assets at the time of still about $1.4 trillion, 25% would amount to about $350 billion. So the fund has been buying a lot! And it has been a disaster! [Read…  Japan Mega-Pension Fund Dives into Stocks, Foreign Assets, Loses Shirt. People Not Amused] Continue reading »

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