Thought for the day

"I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered." -- Martin Luther King 

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.

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.

In this article, we have collected some rare photographs from the 1870s taken by Shinichi Suzuki (1835–1918), who photographed Japan for a foreign news magazine called The Far East.

 

After his woodworking family business was destroyed by a tsunami in 1854, Suzuki traveled to Yokohama, where he became an established photographer. Many of his photographs were hand-coloured, which is why they appear more realistic and modern than the black and white photographs of the period.

 

Japan Building Military Ports Closer To Taiwan In Preparation For Cross-Strait Crisis MikeRivero Fri, 09/09/2022 - 07:34

Japan is upping the ante in its longstanding simmering tensions with China, given Tokyo leaders have over the past year much more overtly sided with Taiwan amid the crisis which has seen a series of US delegations visit Taipei, most especially Nancy Pelosi's August 2nd visit.

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ONE APRIL AFTERNOON in Tokyo, the U.S. president made a welcome promise to reduce his military’s presence in Okinawa. Three U.S. service members had raped a 12-year-old Okinawan girl the previous September, and enraged locals had spent months protesting the Japanese prefecture’s dense network of U.S. bases.

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Japan and China Are Bracing As ‘Super Strong’ Typhoon Approaches (Video)

Typhoon Hinnamnor is expected to hit East Asia this week. The typhoon, so far, the strongest global storm this year, has ground travel to a halt in Japan, China, and South Korea. China’s eastern cities and North Korea suspended ferry services, while Japan and Taiwan canceled flights.

Tokyo Gas, the largest city gas supplier in Japan, has signed a long-term LNG agreement with the new Russian operator of the Sakhalin-2 project to keep supply volumes from the project, a spokesperson for the Japanese company told Reuters on Tuesday in a second such deal between a firm from Japan and the new operator.