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Xi Jinping may have showed how he plans to cripple US tech and defense giants in the trade war with a visit to a Chinese magnet factory

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited a rare earth magnet factory in eastern China on Monday. He was accompanied by Vice Premier Liu He, China's top economics adviser who has been leading trade negotiations with the US. The highly-publicized photo op suggests that China may be planning to weaponize the rare earth industry to make the US back down in the ongoing trade war. The US heavily relies on Chinese exports of rare earth materials, which can be found in products ranging from batteries to s...
Tags: Japan, White House, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Earth, Beijing, Xi Jinping, New York Times, Treasury, Trade, Donald Trump, Pacific, Trump, Pete Souza


Trump delays imposing auto tariffs on auto imports and parts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is delaying any decision to impose auto tariffs on car and auto part imports, deciding against ratcheting up trade disputes or impacting talks with European nations and Japan. Trump announced his decision to delay for up to six months in a proclamation issued by the White House on Friday. […]
Tags: Japan, News, Washington, White House, Ap, Nation, Donald Trump, Trump


Japan Prepares To Ban Flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Under the Influence of Alcohol

Drinking and droning? It could soon cost you up to a year in jail in Japan, where an amendment to the country's civil aeronautics law being debated in the Diet would make it illegal to operate unmanned aerial vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. From a report: According to the transport ministry, there were 79 incidents involving drones in the last financial year. None of them involved a drunk operator but tighter restrictions were nonetheless regarded as a necessary pre-emptive move. ...
Tags: Japan, Diet, White House, US, Tech


Wall Street rallies as Trump ‘delays car tariffs’ - business live

Germany’s economy has returned to growth, but retail spending has fallen in China and the USLatest: Trump to delay car tariffs US retail sales disappointChinese retail sales growth hits 16-year lowIntroduction: Germany grew by 0.4% in last quarterMinister: It’s a ray of hope 7.21pm BST Technology companies are leading today’s Wall Street rally.Alphabet (Google) is one of the top risers on the S&P 500, up over 4%, with Facebook (+3.3%) and Twitter (+3%) also standing proud on the leaderboard....
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Business, Japan, Washington, White House, China, Germany, US, International Trade, Economics, Eu, UK News, Stock Markets, Beijing, Tokyo


Auto Industry Waits (And Waits) To See Whether Trump Will Slap New Tariffs On Cars

President Trump's tariff tit-for-tat with China is not the only trade tension in town. The White House is weighing the possibility of tariffs on cars and car parts from Europe and Japan.(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Tags: Europe, Japan, News, White House, China, Trump


Auto Industry Waits (And Waits) To See If Trump Will Slap New Tariffs On Cars

President Trump's tariff tit-for-tat with China is not the only trade tension in town. The White House is weighing the possibility of tariffs on cars and car parts from Europe and Japan.(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Tags: Europe, Japan, News, White House, China, Trump, Trump Will Slap New Tariffs On Cars


The United States Constitution is Not Dysfunctional

For the symposium on Sanford Levinson and Jack M. Balkin, Democracy and Dysfunction (University of Chicago Press, 2019).Steven G. Calabresi May 12, 2019 Providence, Rhode Island Dear Jack and Sandy: Thank you enormously for inviting me to comment on your new book.  While I believe the U.S. constitutional system is badly in need of some reforms, I think the U.S. Constitution, as amended, is the best such document in any of the G-20 constitutional democracies today, and I think you bo...
Tags: South Korea, Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, Tibet, Supreme Court, Putin, Obama, Congress, Indonesia, Australia, Montana, North Korea, Mexico, France, Scotland


North Korea launches two ballistic missiles amid stalled talks with US

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, in its second weapons test in less than a week, South Korea’s military said.  One missile travelled 260 miles and the other 170 miles in an easterly direction after being launched from a site northwest of the North’s capital, Pyongyang, the South’s joint chiefs of staff confirmed in a statement.  The launch marks an escalation from a test just five days ago of long-range multiple rocket launchers and another short-range ballistic ...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, News, Indonesia, Washington, North Korea, White House, US, United States, UN Security Council, North, Kim, Oxford University, Donald Trump, Seoul, Pyongyang


Trump’s tariffs could knock Tesla’s Autopilot off course

The White House has refused to exempt the “brain” of Tesla’s Autopilot technology from punitive import tariffs, a decision that could endanger the company’s self-driving ambitions, TechCrunch has learned. At a special “autonomy day” event last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled advanced Autopilot 3.0 hardware, including a new custom chip intended to enable full self-driving (FSD) operation for all of its new vehicles. This hardware is now standard in all new Model 3, S and X vehicles. Custom...
Tags: Apple, TC, Transportation, Verizon, Japan, Elon Musk, White House, China, Samsung, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Washington Dc, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs


Japanese Emperor Abdicates

Emperor Akihito has formally abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne after a 30 year reign. Japanese emperor Akihito has ended his reign after 30 years in charge, handing the crown to his son Naruhito. The emperor has cited age and declining health as his reasons for standing down; Akihito is the first emperor in over 200 years […]
Tags: Japan, Politics, History, Anime, Royalty, Akihito, Naruhito


The Real Iran Threat to the Strait of Hormuz (Causing Oil Prices to Skyrocket)

Late last month, the Trump administration kicked its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran into high gear when it announced that it would no longer provide waivers to countries like China, India and Japan to continue buying Iranian oil without facing sanctions. These countries and their respective companies now face the prospect of being excluded from the American market if they don’t immediately stop buying Iranian crude. The push is part of the White House’s effort “to bring Iran’s oil expo...
Tags: Japan, News, Navy, Washington, White House, Iran, United States, Trump, Strait Of Hormuz, Irgc, China India, John Bolton, Strait, Mohammad Bagheri, Alireza Tangsiri, Tangsiri


Japan Has Big Plans for a U.S. Summit. But Trump Just Wants to Talk Cars and Military Costs

Few foreign leaders have tried as hard as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to establish some personal rapport with President Donald Trump. But as the two meet again at the White House and at Trump’s golf course outside Washington, the chances of reaching even a modest agreement to ease trade tensions between the two allies…
Tags: Japan, News, Washington, White House, Uncategorized, Shinzo Abe, Foreign Policy, Donald Trump, Trump


Japanese city gets its first ever female politician

Misuzu Ikeda becomes first assemblywoman in Tarumizu city as record numbers of women elected nationwideMisuzu Ikeda has struck a rare blow for Japanese women in politics by becoming the first female candidate to be elected to the local assembly in the southern city of Tarumizu.Ikeda hugged supporters on Sunday night when she finished third out of 17 candidates for the 14-seat assembly in Tarumizu, which is officially recognised as a city despite its relatively small population of 15,000. Continu...
Tags: Gender, Japan, Politics, Women, World news, Asia Pacific, Women in politics, Ikeda, Tarumizu, Misuzu Ikeda, Tarumizu Ikeda


Japanese Political Posters Tell Women “Go Back to the Kitchen!”

A controversy has developed after posters telling women to stay out of politics and go back to the kitchen were spotted in Okinawa. Posters in Okinawa telling women to stay away from politics and go back to the kitchen have been spotted in the run-up to a local election. It has been speculated that the […]
Tags: Japan, Politics, Feminism, Anime, Okinawa


The Popdose Interview with Howard Jones

He’s been releasing albums on a fairly consistent basis since the beginning of his career, but for the first time in a long time, it feels like timing is on Howard Jones’ side. There’s a Republican in the White House – just like there was during Jones’ entire chart run from 1983 to 1992 – and the world is in desperate need of Jones’ trademark eternal optimism, which we’re pleased to say has not waned one bit.  Armed with a new album Transform, which features three collaborations with electronic...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Music, Japan, London, White House, Wikipedia, Bt, John Lennon, Stevie Wonder, Paul Mccartney, Miami, Herbie Hancock, States, Grammys, Dolby


The Popdose Interview: Howard Jones

He’s been releasing albums on a fairly consistent basis since the beginning of his career, but for the first time in a long time, it feels like timing is on Howard Jones’ side. There’s a Republican in the White House – just like there was during Jones’ entire chart run from 1983 to 1992 – and the world is in desperate need of Jones’ trademark eternal optimism, which we’re pleased to say has not waned one bit.  Armed with a new album Transform, which features three collaborations with electronic...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Music, Japan, London, White House, Wikipedia, Bt, John Lennon, Stevie Wonder, Paul Mccartney, Miami, Herbie Hancock, States, Grammys, Dolby


What makes the EU, the UN, and their peers legitimate?

The first “Brexit” is almost a century old, and it did not even involve Britain. It occurred on 14 June 1926, when Brazil notified the League of Nations it would leave the world organization. Paraguay, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chile, Venezuela, and Peru, together with Germany, Italy, Spain, and Japan, followed in the 1930s. These mass withdrawals from the League were widely interpreted as a sign that the organization was in crisis.Brexit is not a singular phenomenon. In legal...
Tags: Books, Japan, Politics, UK, New York, Featured, France, China, Singapore, India, Africa, US, David Cameron, Eu, Britain, United States


Japan’s New Era Named “Reiwa”

Come the nearly imminent conclusion of the Heisei era, Japan has unveiled the sophisticated name of the era that will usher in their new emperor’s reign: “Reiwa” (令和). The Heisei era began on the 8th of January in 1989 and will officially end on April 30th of this year; Crown Prince Naruhito’s ascension will take […]
Tags: Japan, Politics, Events, History, Anime, Announcements, Heisei, Naruhito, Reiwa


Middle-Aged Hikikomori in Japan Reach 600,000

The hikikomori crisis in Japan has seemingly hit a new “milestone” as it has been counted that there are now over 600,000 middle-aged hikikomori, a disastrous event bound to have many curious what will happen to them (if anything). Data from a recent government survey detailed that over 600,000 middle-aged people have become hikikomori (recluses […]
Tags: Japan, Politics, Statistics, Anime, Hikikomori, NEETs


Trump Wants Countries Hosting US Troops To Pay Large Premiums For Them

President Trump wants countries hosting American troops to pay the full price of each deployed soldier as well as an additional premium, Bloomberg reported. According to several administration officials and others who spoke to Bloomberg, the Trump administration is drafting language that would demand Germany and Japan pay the full price for the troops, as well as 50 percent or more of that cost for the “privilege” of having them there, in Bloomberg’s words. The White House intends to eventuall...
Tags: Japan, News, White House, Germany, US, Bloomberg, Military, Nato, Donald Trump, Trump, Nicole Lafond


Foreign Leaders Lavished Trump With More Than $140K In Gifts In 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign leaders showered President Donald Trump and his family with more than $140,000 in gifts during their first year in the White House, with China and Saudi Arabia among the most lavish givers. According to the State Department’s annual accounting of such gifts, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave Trump and first lady Melania Trump the two most expensive presents in 2017: an ornate calligraphy display and presentation box worth $14,400 and a porcelain dinnerware set that in...
Tags: Japan, New York, News, Washington, France, Saudi Arabia, White House, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Jerusalem, Ap, Canada, United States, Xi Jinping, Italy


Japanese Military Attacked For “Sexual Harassment” Strike Witches Panchira Recruiting Ad

Japan’s armed forces have been harried over a recent Strike Witches recruitment ad, with the usual low-T losers taking umbrage at a Hikari Karibuchi and Yoshika Miyafuji panchira shot featuring so prominently – going so far as to denounce it as “sexual harassment”. The Japanese Self-Defense Force’s collaboration with Strike Witches may have become the […]
Tags: Japan, Politics, Marketing, Military, Feminism, Anime, Strike Witches, JSDF, Hikari Karibuchi, Yoshika Miyafuji


History of Canada's BeaverTail donut

The sweet aroma as you approach the little red-roofed chalet signals fresh pastries straight ahead. But these aren’t just any baked goods. They’re a giant, deep-fried delicacy called BeaverTails, and they’re as symbolically Canadian as the buck-toothed rodent they’re named after. They’re not real beaver tails, of course (although a smaller number of people eat those as well). This BeaverTail is a ball of whole-wheat dough that’s hand-stretched into a long, flat oval — the same shape as its na...
Tags: Travel, Japan, South Park, Toronto, Barack Obama, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Vancouver, Whistler, Montreal, Halifax, Grant, Ottawa, Banff, Niagara Falls, All


Potential dangers to the Chagos Islands | Letters

Jonathan Hunt says most of the islands are uninhabitable and Paul Tattam says there is a risk of China playing Britain at its own game of gunboat diplomacyBritain has rightly been criticised by the international court for its appalling treatment of former inhabitants of the Chagos archipelago almost 50 years ago (Britain ordered to return Chagos Islands to Mauritius, 26 February). But the court displays little knowledge of the situation today. All but Diego Garcia and just one of the larger isla...
Tags: Food, Japan, Politics, Law, China, Animals, Africa, Environment, UK News, World news, Britain, Military, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Wildlife, Conservation


Why Asia and America are trading places

Less Asians are traveling to America, and this is partly because many U.S.-based top-tier schools have extension campuses in the East. Asia is becoming a melting pot itself because countries such as China and Japan are attracting immigrants from across the region, not only to attend the notable universities, but also to find jobs in caring for aging people. The tenure of an expat who moves to Asia, if she or he is part of a lucrative business, has extended significantly. This said, there are man...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Politics, Technology, China, Future, America, Economics, United States, Innovation, Tokyo, East Asia, Parag Khanna, SINGAPORE HONG KONG


Honda's decision is a vote of no confidence in Britain’s future

There is a sense that while the Swindon plant’s days were numbered, Brexit tipped the balanceHonda claims Brexit had nothing to do with the decision to shutter its Swindon plant, but almost nobody seems to be buying it.The consensus among industry pundits is that it suits Honda to avoid dipping its toe into the toxic pool of Brexit. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Automotive Industry, Swindon, Honda, Brexit


Carmakers quitting Britain won't blame Brexit – it's not in their interest | Phillip Inman

Business leaders know that mentioning the B-word just isn’t worth the risk of souring consumer sentimentIn 2012 a wave of anti-Japanese nationalism griped China. Angry crowds burned down Japanese-owned factories, smashed Japanese-made cars and pelted Tokyo’s embassy in Beijing with eggs. It was an experience that jolted Japanese business leaders and they decided to make sure they never again relied on one country for essential widgets, and especially the finished article.In the months before the...
Tags: Business, Japan, Politics, China, Eu, UK News, World news, Beijing, Britain, Asia Pacific, Shinzo Abe, Tokyo, Automotive Industry, Toyota, Panasonic, Honda


‘Never Said I Didn’t’: Abe Is Tight-Lipped On Trump Nobel Prize Nomination Claim

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kept quiet Monday over President Donald Trump’s claim that he had nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize, but praised him and emphasized he did not deny doing so. Trump’s assertion Friday that Abe had nominated him for the honor and sent him a copy of the letter has raised questions and criticism in Japan. Questioned in parliament, Abe praised Trump for his dealings with North Korea but said, “In light of the Nobel committee’s policy of not disc...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, News, Obama, North Korea, White House, Singapore, Barack Obama, World news, Ap, Shinzo Abe, Moon, Tokyo, Kim, Donald Trump, Trump


Japan almost cancelled Brexit talks due to 'high-handed' letter – report

Trade talks will go ahead despite reported dismay at language used by Liam Fox and Jeremy Hunt Japanese officials have reportedly accused Jeremy Hunt and Liam Fox of taking a “high-handed” approach towards a post-Brexit free trade deal, and briefly considered cancelling bilateral talks due to take place this week.The Financial Times cited unnamed officials in Tokyo who reacted with dismay to a letter sent on 8 February in which Hunt, the foreign secretary, and Fox, the international trade secret...
Tags: Japan, Politics, UK News, World news, Fox, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Tokyo, Jeremy Hunt, Liam Fox, Brexit, Hunt, The Financial Times


Report: Abe Nominated Trump For Nobel Prize In Response To ‘Informal’ U.S. Request

Japanese Primer Minister Shinzō Abe nominated President Donald Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize after the U.S. government “informally” requested the nomination, the Asahi newspaper reported Sunday. Citing unnamed Japanese government sources, the United States’ request for a Peace Prize nomination came after Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June of last year. Abe, in the paper’s words, was “acceding to a request from Washington” with the nomination. Trump mentioned A...
Tags: Japan, News, Obama, Washington, North Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Barack Obama, United States, Shinzo Abe, Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump, Trump, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Abe, Asahi



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