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China WARNED: Japan and Australia form Asia-Pacific alliance amid looming Beijing threat

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull is meeting his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Tokyo to finalise a defence pact which could see both nations’ armed forces train in each others’ countries. Diplomatic and military ties between the two are strengthening as tensions rise on the Korean peninsula and China becomes more aggressive in its territorial claims in the South China Sea. The two leaders meet as Russia began deliveries of S-400 surface-to-air missile system to China under the terms of a contract signed in 2014. Efforts to build partnerships across the…

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Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's 'Winter White House,' Has Been Cited for Poor Maintenance

Broken staircases, improper food storage and inadequate smoke detectors — President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort in Palm Beach was cited for maintenance violations which could have posed a threat to public health, safety and welfare, according to a recent inspection of the 1920s beachfront property. The bed and breakfast part of the resort required emergency repairs to pass its most recent inspection in November, according to state records reported by the Miami Herald. The B&B was cited for two high priority violations “which could pose a direct or significant threat”…

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Japan to hold drills with Australia as Tokyo defends against China’s growing power

The historic defence agreement will allow ammunition and material to be transported more easily between the two countries. Under the deal, Japanese troops could conduct military exercises out of Darwin – almost 76 years since Japan’s airforce bombed the city in World War II. But the drills are also being seen as a clear warning shot to China – which has growing influence and power in the Indian and Pacific Ocean. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will visit Tokyo on Thursday for an annual leaders talks with his Japanese counterpart…

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MAY’S WARNING TO KIM: British warship arrives in Gibraltar before heading to North Korea

HMS Sutherland, affectionately known as the Fighting Clan, sailed into Gibraltar for a logistic stop before heading east. The warship left Devonport on Tuesday and will head to Australia, the Far East and the Persian Gulf region over the next seven months. It is one of two vessels being deployed to the Pacific amid escalating tensions with North Korea. In August, Theresa May promised Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe she would send HMS Argyll to the region to join British allies already stationed there following a series of provocative missile…

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Japanese PM in PLANE ALERT: Wing panel FALLS OFF Shinzo Abe’s Boeing 747

Officials noticed the panel was missing from the Boeing 747, one of two jetliners used by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for foreign trips, after it flew from Tokyo to its base on the northern island of Hokkaido. A spokesman for the Japan Air Self Defence Force (ASDF) said the part, measuring 15in by 10in has not been found.  It is believed to be an access panel near the pylon connecting one of the engines to the right wing. The ASDF spokesman said the air force would conduct an urgent investigation…

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‘Embarrassment capes,’ singing drones aim to shame Japan’s workaholics

TOKYO — It might seem more appropriate at a children’s costume party, but a purple cape has become an unlikely weapon in Japan’s efforts to get its workers to work fewer hours. Employees at a Tokyo-based IT services company were recently forced to wear such “embarrassment” capes if they worked late on the third Wednesday of the month. The shaming tactic worked: The amount of overtime worked was cut in half, according to Yoshie Komuro, the founder and head of Work-Life Balance, a firm that helps Japanese businesses change an…

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North Korea threat: Japan and South Korea envoys to meet ahead of talks with Pyongyang

The announcement from South Korea’s foreign ministry comes after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his country faces the greatest danger since World War Two because of North Korea’s “unacceptable” provocations. The envoys are set to meet on Monday before high-ranking officials of the two Koreas sit down on Tuesday in the truce village of Panmunjom to discuss the North’s participation in the PyeongChang Olympic Games in February.  The rare move comes after Kim Jong-un announced North Korea was open to talks with its southern rival despite issuing a threat…

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Two minor quakes 'wrongly trigger' Japan's alert system

Japan launched the world’s first earthquake early warning system in 2007 (AFP Photo/Behrouz MEHRI) More Millions of people in Tokyo received a loud alert Friday that a “strong” earthquake was about to hit — but it proved to be a false alarm apparently triggered by geological chance. Text messages and whooping alarms were sent to the phones of millions in and around the Japanese capital, warning: “A quake has occurred off Ibaraki. Prepare for strong jolts.” But officials suspect the early alert, issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency, was triggered…

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Donald Trump befriended these strongmen in 2017

LONDON — Some might call them strongmen. Some might call them dictators. President Donald Trump might also call them friends. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippines President (and self-confessed murderer) Rodrigo Duterte are among the world leaders Trump has invested time in during his first year in office. Trump has also hosted less controversial foreign leaders, such as Japan’s Shinzo Abe and Britain’s Theresa May, for visits that included jocular press conferences and in some cases even golf. He is also far from the first U.S.…

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North Korea threat: Japan sparks World War 3 PANIC with first jet fighter ship since WW2

The Japanese development of an aircraft carrier – fit to carry US-made F-35 fighter jets – has shocked its Asian neighbours. Earlier this week, Japan revealed its plan to convert a helicopter warship into a stealth fighter aircraft carrier for the first time since the devastation of the Second World War.  China has been alarmed by the escalation in Japan’s militarization and warned that this move violates their constitutional “no-war” clause.  An expert in Asian affairs, Andrew Leung, said the move could be a “pretext for a larger military force”.  Following…

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