Dec 20 2018
It calls for the defence ministry to upgrade two flat-top Izumo-class destroyers to enable them to launch fighters with short take-off and vertical landing abilities, like the F-35B stealth fighter. The conversion should be completed within five years.
China, the world's second biggest economy, is deploying more ships and aircraft to patrol waters near Japan, while North Korea has yet to fulfil a pledge to dismantle its nuclear and missile programmes.
China's Global Times newspaper, however, slammed the plan, accusing Japan of resorting to the "China threat theory as an excuse to do what it wants".
The step is a major shift to Japan's postwar naval defence, which has lacked aircraft carriers in part out of concerns that they may remind Japan's Asian neighbours of aggression by Japan's wartime Navy. "This policy needs to be immediately implemented given China's hegemony".
But much attention is being paid, however, to the proposed upgrades to the Izumo as its new-found offensive capability will go well beyond that of self-defense and despite a pacifist Constitution, which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to amend by 2020.
"Due to historical reasons, neighbouring countries in Asia and the worldwide community have always been highly concerned about Japan's moves in military and security fields", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing.
AFP 2018 KAZUHIRO NOGIJapan Army Helicopter Possibly Crashed Debris Found- Defense Minister
He argues expanding Japan's military capability will make it a "normal country" and allow it to counter potential threats from North Korean rockets and China.
Defence officials have attempted to deflect criticism by describing the aircraft carriers as "multifunctional warships" that would only be used to defend the country from an attack. Japan plans to spend 235 billion yen ($2.8 billion) to buy a pair of land-fixed US missile defence systems, Aegis Ashore, as well as other American missile interceptors.
Tokyo's decision to increase its aircraft purchases came after Trump openly criticized a trade deficit between the two nations, and called on Japan to spend "massive amounts" on American defense products. The F-35B is apparently the only candidate to fulfil this role, and the hefty Japanese defense budget also includes buying 42 such fighters over the coming decade.
The new plan marks a significant upgrade to Japan's defence capabilities, as it seeks to form a "multi-dimensional joint defence force" to cope with an increasingly hostile security environment. Japan's USA arms purchases have surged, and the Defence Ministry came under criticism by the government's Board of Audit for agreeing too easily to Washington's hefty asking price.
US President Donald Trump, who has threatened to impose tariffs on Japanese vehicle imports, thanked Abe for buying the F-35s when the two met at a summit in Argentina this month. It was unclear whether the F-2 successor would be made-in-Japan or jointly developed.
The government also endorsed guidelines for a 10-year defense policy that puts renewed emphasis on cyber security as well as space defense.
Fears about AI are "very legitimate" says Google's CEO
Zoe Lofgren questioning, Google CEO , asked him to explain and convince them that there's no conservative bias in Google. Google , so long has never played a highly significant role in the popularizing of bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies.
France Yellow Vest protest: President Macron vows HUGE €100 pay rise
The government was forced to suspend a fuel tax last week, addressing the original reason for the demonstrations. The crucial impact of Yellow Vest protests was admitted in a survey published by the Bank of France on Monday.
5 missing Marines declared dead in warplanes crash off Japan's southern coast
Jahmar Resilard, 28, of Miramar, Florida. "The change in status comes at the conclusion of search and rescue operations". The crash is said to have occurred during a refuelling exercise but the United States military has not confirmed this.
Dec 20 2018
Mary Poppins Returns Reviews: What CinemaBlend Thought Of The New Musical Sequel
They both looked visibly nervous, as one would if you were trying to perform 22 musicals in 12 minutes without messing up once. Corden then took on a banjo-ed Kermit in The Muppet Movie before Blunt nailed The Wizard of Oz's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
Dec 20 2018
Bipartisan criminal justice reform passed overwhelmingly by Senate
For example, the Koch brothers-backed group, Americans for Prosperity, applauded senators for putting "policy ahead of politics". An array of liberal and conservative advocacy groups rallied in support of the bill. "That is not respectful of crime victims".
Dec 18 2018
Federal judge strikes down Obamacare as unconstitutional, Trump praises decision
There is not now a viable alternative to the law that can pass the House and Senate and get signed into law by President Trump . Some health-care law experts were quick to critique the judge's reasoning and predicted the ruling will be overturned.
Dec 17 2018
Liverpool v Bayern, Man Utd v PSG in Champions League last 16
The pair went on to win two German titles together, but now find themselves as adversaries in search of a place in the last eight of the Champions League .
Dec 15 2018
Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik 'sorry' after last-gasp save from Liverpool's Alisson
Burnley have faced four of the top six so far this season and are yet to pick up a point, scoring one goal and conceding 14. They lost 2-1 to Inter in the San Siro in their first meeting in September.
Dec 15 2018
Donald Tusk chose to convene European Union summit: the reason
May added that she had spoken to "a number of European Union leaders" over the weekend in advance of a bloc meeting on Thursday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a stark message for Theresa May on Tuesday: The Brexit deal can not be renegotiated.
Dec 14 2018
Chinese companies buy more than $180 million worth of USA soybeans
The German company BMW AG also exports its sports utility vehicles to China from the U.S. , and it saw its shares go up by 1.8%. The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Dec 09 2018
Comey testifies at House hearing he calls 'desperate' attack on investigators
On Twitter , President Trump decried what he called "total bias and corruption at the highest levels of previous Administration". Comey had previously expressed displeasure over this idea , fearing "selective leaking" by Republicans.
Dec 09 2018
Mueller accuses Manafort of lying, but not about Russian Federation collusion
He was motivated to do so by personal greed, and repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends. I discuss the 38-page sentencing memo filed by the Southern District prosecutors in the adjacent post.
Dec 09 2018
More countries threaten Huawei ban as arrest clouds US-China ties
FILE - A salesclerk looks at his smartphone in a Huawei store at a shopping mall in Beijing, July 4, 2018. Chinese state media accused the United States of trying to "stifle" Huawei and curb its global expansion.
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