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Trump signs order to create U.S. Space Command as China, Russia, threats to satellites grows

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

A camera outside the International Space Station captures a view of Hurricane Florence in September. U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered the creation of

President Donald Trump launched the Pentagon’s new Space Command Tuesday, an effort to better organize and advance the military’s vast operations in space that could ...

Ex-Trump adviser Michael Flynn admits he knew lying to FBI was a crime

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn leaves after the delay in his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington Tuesday. President Donald Trump's former national security chief Flynn received a postponement of his sentencing after an angry judge threatened to give him a stiff sentence. | AFP-JIJI

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said on Tuesday he knew lying to the FBI was a crime as he stood by ...

French pair invent plastic-to-fuel recycling system fit for African bush

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Sacks of recycled green polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flakes sit at a Junyoung Industrial facility in Gimpo, South Korea, April 19. | BLOOMBERG

A French actor and a self-taught inventor have designed a low-tech machine that converts plastic waste into diesel and gasoline, which they say could help ...

Better than Netflix?: ‘El Chapo’ trial becomes New York’s latest tourist attraction

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Australian tourists Wayne Burg and his daughter, Lydia, stand in front of Brooklyn's federal courthouse in New York, where they were viewing the trial of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin

There was a time, after a spectacular prison escape, when Joaquin Guzman was the most wanted man in the world.The thrill of being able to ...

Media freedom group records increase in journalists slain this year as toll hits 63

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Media freedom group Reporters Without Borders says it has recorded an increase in the number of journalists killed and imprisoned worldwide this year.The Paris-based group ...

As tumultuous year comes to a close, Xi’s defiant remarks indicate the U.S.-China trade war is far from over

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to present a medallion during a conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up policy at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. | AP

Anyone betting that Chinese President Xi Jinping would back down quickly in a trade war with U.S. President Donald Trump better think again.Xi told a ...

Ex-head of bankrupt kimono firm Harenohi gets 30 months in prison for fraud

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

The former head of a bankrupt rental kimono firm was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday for swindling banks of money to keep his ...

Stigma and legal battles show Japan still has tattoo complex even as Olympics loom

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Tattoo artist Noriyuki Katsuta, a member of Save Tattooing in Japan, displays his tattoos at his studio in Tokyo on Nov. 15. | AFP-JIJI

When Mana Izumi got her first tattoo at 18, she wasn’t trying to rebel or shatter any taboos — just copy pop diva Namie Amuro’s ...

Male cabin crew increasingly taking flight in Japan

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Japan Airline Co. flight attendant Hiroki Nakamura (center) talks with colleagues at a meeting in November at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. | KYODO

More men are taking jobs as flight attendants in the traditionally female-dominated profession as smaller Japanese airlines actively look to distinguish themselves from their larger ...

Japan shrugs off aircraft carrier constitutional concerns, but question remains: Are the warships necessary?

By Keita Nakamura
- via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

The Izumo helicopter carrier at the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture on Tuesday | KYODO

Although Japan’s defense policy appears to have taken a new twist with a decision to deploy an aircraft carrier, doubts remain over whether the plan ...

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