Thought for the day

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." -- Thomas Sowell

By definition, a midget submarine is less than 150 tons, has a crew of no more than eight, has no onboard accommodations, and mates with a mother ship to provide accommodations and other support. Works.

The Japanese Navy built at least 800 midgets in 7 classes, but only a fraction had any noticeable effect on the war. Their intended purpose was initially to be deployed in front of enemy fleets, but their actual use would be in port attacks and coastal defence.

China Mocks Japan and Britain as Dead Empires: Little Brothers of the U.S. MikeRivero Fri, 09/23/2022 - 09:27

China’s Global Times government newspaper expressed outrage on Wednesday at the fact that the prime ministers of Japan and Britain — Kishida Fumio and Liz Truss, respectively — made time to meet with each other at the United Nations General Assembly, dismissing both countries as “little brothers” of America.

Fukushima: Japan attempts to safely remove nuclear fuel from crippled reactors MikeRivero Fri, 09/23/2022 - 08:33

Nuclear experts pondering the safest way to decommission the three crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi atomic energy plant have devised a new plan to recover highly radioactive debris at the site, with even anti-nuclear campaigners giving the proposal their qualified support.  

After much bluster and jawboning, the BOJ's repeated verbal intervention attempts to keep the USDJPY below 145 proved to be nothing but one giant bluff, at least for now.

Asian currencies - especially those like China and Japan refuse to tighten in sympathy - were already under huge pressure on Thursday after the Federal Reserve continued to tighten U.S. monetary policy when the Bank of Japan decided to counter the global tightening trend again, and stuck to its ultraloose stance.

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Super-typhoon forces NINE MILLION people to evacuate in Japan leaving at least two dead and hundreds of thousands more without power MikeRivero Tue, 09/20/2022 - 08:46

Nine million people in Japan have been told to evacuate their homes as the country is hit by one of the worst typhoons in its history, killing two and leaving 300,000 homes without power.

Nearly 90 people have been injured by Typhoon Nanmadol, which brought ferocious winds of up to 145mph and record rainfall to the west of the country yesterday.

Transport has been disrupted, manufacturers have been forced to suspend operations and tens of thousands of people spent last night in emergency shelters.

Deadly typhoon Nanmadol slams Japan prompting evacuations of millions of residents MikeRivero Tue, 09/20/2022 - 07:39

Nine million people have been told to evacuate their homes as Japan is battered by one of the worst typhoons the country has ever seen. The super typhoon Nanmadol has killed two people and injured almost 90.

Japan has been hit by a major typhoon, triggering a warning for millions of people to evacuate.

Typhoon Nanmadol struck Japan’s southern coastline on Sunday as residents are warned of extreme weather conditions.

Much of the nation has already been impacted by widespread power outages and a massive evacuation is underway.

The Japan Meteorological Society said the typhoon could unleash up to 20 inches of rain by Monday.

After World War II ended, surrendering Japan was devastated. All major cities, industries and transport networks were badly damaged. The acute shortage of food continued for many years.

Allied forces led by the United States occupied the nation and began the resettlement of the Japanese state. Between 1945 and 1952, the US occupation forces led by General Douglas A. MacArthur implemented extensive military, political, economic, and social reforms.

This photo was taken directly after Yamaguchi stabbed Asanuma and is seen here attempting a second stab, though he was stopped before it could happen. Otoya Yamaguchi was a member of a right-wing extremist Japanese group.

Inageiro Asanuma was the leader of the Socialist Party in Japan. He was unusual for his vigorous advocacy of socialism in post-war Japan, and his support of the Chinese Communist Party was particularly controversial.

Samurai were a class of people who served the elite with weapons. The term first appeared in a document from the Heian period; Before that time such people were called mono-no-fu or bushi. mono means 'object' and foo means 'man'; i.e. men who deal with things - in this case 'things' means weapons.

The word bushi means "man of arms." Another document from the Heian period listing various occupations includes bushi as well as other specialists such as men of letters, doctors, singers, dancers and others.