Japan is racing to build up its armed forces

Japan is racing to build up its armed forces in the face of increased political and military assertiveness by China, even as it struggles to reconcile the nationalist ambitions of its prime minister with the demands of its pacifist constitution. In a defence white paper Shinzo Abe’s government spelt out its growing anxiety about China and the urgency of upgrading the Self-Defence Forces, as its army, navy and air force are called. It condemns Beijing’s almost daily dispatch of ships into areas around disputed islands that are controlled by Japan but claimed by the Chinese. Monica Gomez, the councillor responsible … Continue reading Japan is racing to build up its armed forces

A Japanese man has been sentenced to death after killing 19 disabled people

A Japanese man has been sentenced to death after killing 19 disabled people in a knife-wielding rampage in 2016. Satoshi Uematsu, 30, admitted to stabbing to death or injuring the victims at a care centre for people with mental disabilities where he had once worked in Sagamihara, southwest of Tokyo. It was the standout development of a joust overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic. Originally scheduled to take place in Phoenix, Arizona, the debate was moved to Washington and had no studio audience. The two candidates’ podiums were placed precisely six feet apart, in accordance with public health guidelines, and they … Continue reading A Japanese man has been sentenced to death after killing 19 disabled people

High sulphur dioxide levels at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak could be a sign of mass cremations

High sulphur dioxide levels at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak could be a sign of mass cremations, it has been claimed.  Satellite maps in recent days have shown alarming levels of SO2 around Wuhan, the Chinese city where the outbreak began. Members of a World Health Organization expert mission flew to China to help coordinate the response to the virus, which has infected more than 40,000 people and killed at least 908. The country reported 97 deaths on Sunday, its largest toll in a single day since the outbreak was detected in December. Meanwhile, a further 60 cases were … Continue reading High sulphur dioxide levels at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak could be a sign of mass cremations