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Posted in: Japan chooses to go to the moon See in context

Going to the moon is also the first stop in mining asteroids. Japan is not thinking about space exploration, Japan is thinking of space exploitation.

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Posted in: Japan's military, among world's strongest, looks to build See in context

Desert Tortoise

It's next to impossible to manually load and shoot a round while the tank is making high speed slalom turns like the type 10 tanks does.

Automation will replace that kind of manual labor.

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Posted in: Japan's military, among world's strongest, looks to build See in context

Japan should develop next generation aircrafts able to operate even without needing a pilot and invest more in drones technology.

Actually JASDF has done research on fixed wing aerial drones that can land and take off by itself two decades ago. The project name was TACOM.

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%84%A1%E4%BA%BA%E6%A9%9F%E7%A0%94%E7%A9%B6%E3%82%B7%E3%82%B9%E3%83%86%E3%83%A0

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Posted in: Japan's military, among world's strongest, looks to build See in context

Hypersonic missile is a good indicator of each country's military prowess.

Right now, there are five countries working on air-breathing hypersonic missiles. They are

1) Russia

2) China

3) Korea

4) US

5) India

LoL. A nation that can't even launch a rocket right that Japan had capabilities from the 1970s.

Korea is always making these kind of announcement that they cannot carry out and the mess with their homemade weapons makes even China blush.

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Posted in: Japan considers dropping plan to procure U.S.-made anti-ship missiles See in context

Samit BasuJune 20 09:19 pm JST

1) ASM-3 was never deployed due to F-2's antiquated avionics system unable to operate it.

2) ASM-3ER is under development, but its target is F-3, which may not be developed due to huge cost. Money is a scarce resource that JSDF doesn't have anymore.

ASM-3A was developed with the F-2 in mind as the platform. JASDF used the F-2 in developing the ASM-3 dxmmy.

The ASM-3A with a range of 200Km has started large scale manufacturing this fiscal year.

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Posted in: Japan considers dropping plan to procure U.S.-made anti-ship missiles See in context

Desert TortoiseToday 06:02 am JST

A 400km range means the launch platform will have to get through the Chinese aircraft carrier's air wing and their outer ring of HQ-9B missiles to reach their launch point. Good luck with that! HQ-9B alone has a range beyond 400Km. Since the launch platform is 4th gen at best and the missile requires higher launch altitudes (artwork of the weapons employment show it is a high diver, not a sea skimmer) the Chinese are going to see the Japanese airplanes coming from a long way away.

The HQ-9b is a land based missile, the ship launch variant HQQ-9 only has a range of 200Km.

ASM-3's speed is above Mach 3, it will reach it's target within 5 minutes, so PLAAN will have a hell of a time to engage and shoot down a barrage of ASM-3s.

At cruising height of 5000m the line of sight is beyond the horizon the ship will only see the missile coming is when it reaches 252Km. If the missile cruising height is 1000m they will only identify it when the missile reaches 112Km, in which case they will only have around 1 minute to react.

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Posted in: Japan considers dropping plan to procure U.S.-made anti-ship missiles See in context

It's because Japan has started in developing an stand off anti-ship missile already with the ASM-3 with 200Km and ASM-3A which will obtain a range of over 400Km.

ASM-2 will also be boosted in range when the land launched variant type 12 surface to ship missiles will extend it's range to 900Km around 2025.

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Posted in: Putin says Russia ready to continue peace treaty talks with Japan See in context

2036?

I doubt Russia will be in its present state at the end of this decade.

Russia's main source of foreign currency is natural resources, namely oil and natural gas but with the present rate renewable energy is being introduced and ban on fossil fuel, Russia's precious and only source of cash will diminish within the next five to ten years and the nation will break up further into smaller states.

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Posted in: What are the 10 most popular Japanese sake brands? New poll reveals the favorites of sake lovers See in context

The No 5. to No 10. mentioned on this list are the big breweries like Budweiser and/or other big names.

They are famous of their marketing power not necessarily for the refined nuances within the beverage they offer.

I will take a small scale posh brewery that makes small batches over these big names any day.

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Posted in: What are the 10 most popular Japanese sake brands? New poll reveals the favorites of sake lovers See in context

Meaningless list if you ask me.

There are around 2000~5000 labels with various different type of sake based on the polishing rate, type of yeast, fermentation method, if it was watered down, fortified, vintage, etc.

As for warm sake, you are not supposed to boil it, just warm it to around the same as body temperature.

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Posted in: Japan, Indonesia sign arms transfer pact amid China concerns See in context

The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program cited in the article was cancelled by the Secretary of Defense due to high cost. The EFV was to be tracked and very fast, but the technical requirements were proving too hard to meet and costs were going to the moon, hence its cancellation. It was replace with the current Amphibious Combat Vehicle program which BAE and Iveco won and in which no Japanese firm competed. This is a much simpler and a bit slower in the water 8 wheeled vehicle along the lines of the LAV or Stryker.

No since it is still is in research by Mitsubishi and NOT an US initiative.

The US formally withdrew from the ABM Treaty in 2002 after the 9-11 attacks, effectively ending the treaty. The concerns were driven by North Korea and Iran and the possibility one or both of these nations could supply ballistic missiles to terrorist organizations. Hence the production and sale of SM-3 in all its variants is legal and it may be sold to any nation that the US and Japan for Blk 2 care to sell it to.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2009/10/25/national/u-s-urges-japan-to-export-sm-3s/

Nicalon and Tyranno mentioned in the lawsuit are not stealth coatings. They are reinforcing fibers used structural composites subject to high temperatures where other fibers would fail. They are not a classified stealth coating.

Both Nicalon nor Tyranno are used in the engine if that is what you are trying to imply since they do not meet the tougher requirements mandated by Boeing. It's a super improved version called Hi-Nicalon that is used for CMC.

Both Silicon carbide materials have high microwave absorbent properties that is ideal for stealth capabilities though.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316019330_Mechanical_and_Microwave_Absorbing_Properties_of_Tyranno_R_ZMI_Fiber_Annealed_at_Elevated_Temperatures

https://clintonwhitehouse3.archives.gov/WH/EOP/OSTP/CTIformatted/chap7/7matrls.html

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Posted in: Japan, Indonesia sign arms transfer pact amid China concerns See in context

There is no treaty prohibiting the US from selling SM-3 Blk2 to anybody. The US had a treaty with Russia governing ground based intermediate range ballistic and cruise missiles, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces or INF treaty.

Here read these;

https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/abmtreaty

Where did that come from? The competitors were a Lockheed-Martin Patria team and a BAE Iveco team. Then L-M dumped Patria and came up with a fully in house design. When the competition was over the BAE Iveco design won the contract to build the Amphibious Combat Vehicle for the US Marines and they are in production now. The first units hit the fleet in October 2020 with Full Rate Production commencing December 2020. There was no Japanese design considered.

https://www.businessinsider.com/r-mitsubishi-eyes-technological-leap-and-exports-with-armored-vehicle-2015-6

And I have to say you cannot possibly know anything about the coatings on the F-22 as they are highly classified.

http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions/DAMICH.ZOLTEK012309.pdf

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Posted in: Japan, Indonesia sign arms transfer pact amid China concerns See in context

Which is why Korea was able to develope jets and other military equipment so quickly and sell them overseas with competitive offerings. Eventually they will use this knowhow they gained from foreign firms to develope their own domestic suppliers of jet engines, avionics, electronic warfare systems, radars etc. I believe this is the same strategy Korea used to develope their own submarines and tanks. Last I heard Korea became the worlds tenth largest arms exporter by revenue. What military equipment has Japan sold overseas since export restrictions were lifted in 2014 by Abe?

Which can't be exported without authorization by the nation who provides the technology or out right banned which was why Indonesia backed out from the KFX joint development project since there was almost no technological transfer from Korea which was why they agreed to join in the first place.

As for Japan export of military technology, the SM-3 blk2A was a joint development with the US and Japan has signed agreements to sell them to NATO since the US is prohibitted due to a treaty with Russia, Land based radar system was exported to the Philippines, patrol boats have been exported to various SE Asian nations, the AESA radars to be installed on the advanced Metor AA missiles, most all Carbon Composite material utilized on various planes including military plans are from Japan, the F-22 stealth material known as Tyranno fiber are also from Japan which is heavily regulated by the Japanese government.

The US is also seriously mulling on buying the Assault Amphibious Vehicle Japan is presently developing.

On the other hand, Korea's new MTB's power pack is German and cannot be exported without Germany's permission.

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Posted in: Japan, Indonesia sign arms transfer pact amid China concerns See in context

LOL, what are you talking about? You can kick tires on KF-X and the jet is rolling out of factory in a week, while Japan's jet doesn't exist except on computer screen. Korea is a decade ahead of Japan in fighter jet technology.

Laughing right back at you, KFX's engines are US, so are the avionics, the radar system is Israeli design, the weaponry are from various European nations and the whole welding knowhow is from the US as well.

Which part is exactly Korean technology? ROFL

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Posted in: Japan, Indonesia sign arms transfer pact amid China concerns See in context

Samit BasuToday 09:29 am JST

@Desert Tortoise

So which weapon has Japan actually sold for cold hard cash, not given away for free?

Australia and India say no. UAE also passed.

It"s the new Mogami class FFMs.

As for UAE they have not decided on the middle class cargo carrier yet and Japan's C-2 is still under consideration.

Much better than SK's reputation where Indonesia has stated that they will cease further acquisition of the Stolen copied type 212 class subs and the already outdated KFX development program.

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Posted in: Studies find having COVID-19 may protect against reinfection See in context

This article basically shows that there are no such thing as her immunity for this virus since the antibody only remains active for a certain amount of months leaving that person liable to contract COVID after the antibody becomes dormant (Loses effect).

It also means we will need to get injected of the vaccine ever few months to maintain immunity against the virus.

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Posted in: Defense Ministry to team up with Keidanren to promote arms exports See in context

ReasonandWisdomNipponToday 03:15 am JST

I do agree with your view that Japan is behind S. Korea in some military technologies

Could you name a single example?

To my knowledge SK weaponry is mediocre at best. Knock off design of other nation's equipment, failing to reverse engineer other nation's patents, taking apart black box components and being able to re-assembling them again hiring help from other nations then claiming it is 100% domestically made so on and so forth.

Even their own military do not trust domestically made weapons saying they lack accuracy and reliability.

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Posted in: Lockheed Martin to help Japan build stealth fighter See in context

Aughh, Japan has as much to share with the US as US is sharing with Japan.

The slim engine prototype that can generate 107.9 kN dry and 147.10 kN wet with a diameter less then a 1M is nothing to sneeze at.

Another would be the smart-skin sensor system and the newly developed GaN powered AESA radar system which will also act as a microwave weapon against incoming missiles.

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Posted in: Defense Ministry to team up with Keidanren to promote arms exports See in context

The East Asian regional consensus view is that the Southern Kurils were Russian to begin with, Imperial Japan seized as spoils of war after the Russo-Japanese War, and were reverted back to Russia at the end of WW2. It's as simple as that.

I get a great laugh whenever I see someone who talks completely ignorant of what they preach.

For you information the four islands were agreed MUTUALLY between Russia and Japan in signing the the Treaty of Shimoda in 1855 designating the national borders between Japan and Russia instated between Etorofu and Urup.

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Posted in: Green hydrogen: A fuel bursting with climate-saving potential See in context

Hydrogen generation is seeing new green technology with the recent method utilizing microwave energy.

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Posted in: Japan set to ban sales of new gasoline cars in mid-2030s: reports See in context

wtfjapanToday 08:31 pm JST

actually no China has similar problems as Japan many live in apartments, so theyve developed battery swaps stations that can change out the entire car battery within 5 minutes, youre basically leasing the battery which makes the car cheaper and its still cheaper per milage to run an electricity instead of gas.

charging stations are also modile so can be moved to where peak demand is, book your battery swap with a phone app.

This doesn't really work since the batteries are situated below the sits above the floor panel and the mono-cox body of a car requires a rim to maintain stiffness to the overall structure. If place the batteries above the rim part then the you will need to heighten the overall structure then you add more weight.

You also need to guarantee the amount of charge within the batteries for a fixed lease price but batteries will wear down as they grow older resulting to less charge in which the station will dispose the batteries which can only charge less than 75% meaning the burden will fall to the station while the user may swap good batteries with bad ones after getting better batteries at the station.

The other may happen as well resulting to breakdown of customer/service provider relationship.

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Posted in: Japan set to ban sales of new gasoline cars in mid-2030s: reports See in context

I doubt that battery powered will become the majority.

Fuel cell powered cars have much more potential in becoming the mainstay with it's much shorter fueling time.

Most people do not wants to wait 3 to 12 hours waiting for their car to recharge.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 533 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,518 See in context

TakaraToday 05:47 pm JST

it's impossible because if you test 4times more you should have more cases not 4times more cases but you won't get similar number when testing 1500 and 9000 it can not be for the logic: more you test, more you will find.

They are not doing random testing. The people are screened either showing symptoms or had prior close contact with a known patient of COVD-19 or people asking to be tested.

Basically if you have a test group that has high probability rate that would test positive then results will naturally be also high skewing the stats.

Japanese doctors had also announced that wearing masks will lower the risk of becoming contagious based on actually counting the number of particles will penetrate the masks. Another group also announced that consuming Catechin (Epigallocatechin gallate), abundantly found in tea, will decrease the chances of contracting COVD-19 since Catechin attaches itself to the COVD-19 virus rending it to not be able to attach itself to human cells.

Two probable reasons why Japan has a lower contraction rate.

Khan, Mohammad Faheem, et al. "Identification of Dietary Molecules as Therapeutic Agents to Combat COVID-19 Using Molecular Docking Studies." (2020)

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Posted in: Defense Ministry seeks record ¥5.49 tril budget See in context

Chinese SOEs are defaulting left and right. It is rumored that a Chinese SOE may default early next year with debts with up to 10 billion US dollars.

Russia is also at the brinks of collapse due to the embargo exacerbated by the shrinking demand for oil.

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Posted in: 'Accident properties' are cheaper, but are the savings worth it? See in context

The list changes through time since if there is any previous tenants borrowing the space and nothing had happen during that time then the room is no longer considered as a jiko-bukken.

On the other side there are flats that always remain on the list no matter how many previous tenants had rented the place. Those are the real deal haunted flat that no one remains no matter how cheap it is.

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Posted in: Japan's exports extend double-digit decline See in context

Ping AnToday 05:52 pm JST

And how many ships left port towards US compared to last year same month?

Basically it could be an aggregated delivery compiling several months of goods.

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Posted in: Japan's exports extend double-digit decline See in context

This kind of news makes you wonder how much truth is behind the numbers announced from the nations next door like PRC.

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Posted in: Japan tells U.S. of plan to build ships solely for missile defense See in context

By the 2030's, basic ABM strategy will be direct energy weapons(1Mw+ laser weapons) that can shoot any incoming weapons regardless of trajectory making ballistic (HSCM) missiles obsolete.

US Navy have tested 150Kw laser weapon this year and says there are no technological barriers to develop a 1Mw class laser.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 211 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 612 See in context

drluciferToday 09:57 pm JST

Going by your argument a country that is not testing might not the true number of deaths due to the virus

if it doesn't test every fatality that wasn't tested before they passed away. We know that those that appear in

the fatality count due the virus are only those who tested positive prior to passing away.

The whole thing is smoke and mirrors

Complete false.

Statistically the number of death does not change dramatically year by year unless there is an anomaly like this pandemic in which you can calculate a ball park estimate of who past away through the known pandemic patients against other statistically known causes.

In other words there will be a large spike of unknown catalogued deaths or anomalies spikes in death within other categories to what you call "Smoke and Mirrors" since there will be no spikes in death statistically that cannot be explained in this modern world that records all.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 211 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 612 See in context

klausdorthToday 04:03 pm JST

Just waiting for the deniers, those who claim that everything is under control.

It definitely is not, and please don't start comparing these numbers with those of other countries.

Because then you also would have to compare the amount of those tested.

While you are at it why don't you mention the comparison concerning screen criteria for testing as well?

In Japan you would need to have either symptoms or had close contact with a known carrier to even consider to be tested.

No testing without those two points and not many will considered to be tested without them either.

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