Category Japan

U.S. Arrests Former Green Beret, Son, In Connection With Carlos Ghosn Escape From Japan

U.S. Arrests Former Green Beret, Son, in Connection with Carlos Ghosn Escape From Japan Michael and Peter Taylor are arrested in Ghosn case, extradition to Japan is sought By Mark Maremont and Nick Kostov Updated May 20, 2020 11:26 am ET U.S. authorities arrested a former Green Beret and his son on suspicion they […]

Japan Could Carry The Day In A U.S.-China Conflict

Excerpts: Defense-related spending in Japan has traditionally aimed chiefly to shield against neighboring North Korea’s nuclear threat. But the new ramped up spending is more clearly pointed towards an expansionist and increasingly assertive China, according to Japanese military insiders. “It is China, not North Korea, that is the main concern,” said a Japanese official who […]

Why The U.S. Withdrew Its Bombers From Guam

David Maxwell Comment:  “Strategic reassurance. Strategic resolve.  This author thinks we are giving them up.”    Conclusion:   From within the US, questions are bound to arise about America’s commitment to maintaining forward deterrence while a major potential adversary, China, is building up capabilities and adding impressive technology-based systems to its arsenal. Why the US […]

Kim Rumors Rekindle Fears Of A ‘Weak’ North Korea | The Japan Times

David Maxwell Comment:  “Excuse me.  There is a rest of the story here (see excerpts below).  I was one of those in the 1990s (and now) who worry about all these scenarios.  What should be remembered is that the regime in the north was saved by the ROK Sunshine Policy and Peace and Prosperity Policy […]

Update: Japanese Media Claims Kim Jong Un Is In A ‘Vegetative State’

David Maxwell Comment:  “Japanese media reports are notoriously inaccurate”   Other reporting just in that Chinese doctors recommended taking Kim off life support and he is now dead. RCP Japanese media claims kim Jong Un is in a ‘vegetative state’ Daily Mail · by Sophie Tanno · April 25, 2020 China has dispatched a team to North Korea including medical experts to […]

North Korea’s Interesting Defense Moves

Excerpts: When inspecting the “test firing of a tactical ballistic missile” on March 21, Kim stated that “the new weapons system and the tactical and strategic weapons system under development” is a “most trustworthy war deterrent.” These comments are worth noting. In the past, North Korea claimed that it had secured an American deterrent with […]

COVID-19 Slams West’s Nuke Carriers While China Signals Taiwan, Japan

Excerpts: Navy officials say it’s still unclear how COVID-19 made it aboard the TR. Many observers have pointed to its March 4 port call in Da Nang, Vietnam, blaming Capt. Brett Crozier for the visit. However, the port call had been signed off on by his boss’ bosses, Indo-Pacom commander Adm. Philip Davidson and Adm. […]

China Seizes Covid-19 Advantage In South China Sea

China seizes Covid-19 advantage in South China Sea China ramps up military drills and energy exploitation in contested waterway while US military bogged down in virus crisis at home by Richard Javad Heydarian April 1, 2020 MANILA – With the Covid-19 pandemic mostly contained in China and now wreaking havoc on the United States, security analysts are […]

Some Key Financial Data Releases Will Impact Stocks This Week — What To Look For

Some Key Financial Data Releases Will Impact Stocks This Week — What To Look For      After a sharp melt-up in stocks last week, the near-term is likely treacherous for short-term traders. I sold Thursday afternoon last week ahead of what I thought would be a Friday selloff in stocks — after […]

North Korea Fires 2 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles Into East Sea

(2nd LD) N. Korea fires 2 short-range ballistic missiles into East Sea: JCS | Yonhap News Agency · by 오석민 · March 29, 2020 (ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead with the latest info; ADDS more details in paras 2-4) By Oh Seok-min SEOUL, March 29 (Yonhap) — North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles […]