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Japanese airborne troops jump from U.S. aircraft onto Japanese soil for first time

Japanese airborne troops jump from U.S. aircraft onto Japanese soil for first time

Business
Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A C-130J Super Hercules Special Operations cargo and transport plane from the U.S. Air Force 36th Airlift Squadron became the first U.S. aircraft to drop Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers on Hiju-dai drop zone in Japan as part of the Keen Sword exercises. The jump took place in Oita prefecture, Japan, on Nov. 4, during exercise Keen Sword with 120 paratroopers from the JGSDF's 1st Airborne Brigade and observers from the U.S. Army. "It is great that we are finally able to drop JGSDF paratroopers from U.S. aircraft in Japan," Keen Sword C-130J mission commander and 36th AS C-139J pilot Capt. Jeffrey Larkin said in a press release. "Also, this is the first time that the 36th AS will fly over Hiju-dai drop zone. This is another exciting moment for us because we can fly ...
Former Japanese 'comfort woman' Ha Jeon-yeom dies at 97

Former Japanese 'comfort woman' Ha Jeon-yeom dies at 97

World
SEOUL, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A 97-year-old woman, a victim of Japanese wartime military sexual slavery, died of old age on Friday. The death of Ha Jeon-yeom leaves the total number of surviving victims of Japanese military sexual slavery during World War II -- euphemistically called "comfort women" -- at 27, down from a total of 240 victims officially registered, according to Yonhap News. Ha was forced to serve in Japanese military brothels in several places in Asia where Japanese troops fought, including Taiwan; Hainan Island and Guangdong, China; Hong Kong; and Sumatra, Indonesia, according to House of Sharing, a shelter for sexual slavery victims. Ha returned to South Korea in 1946, a year after the war ended and had lived in Seoul. She stayed at the shelter for later years of her life. Su...
Japanese supply ship heads to space station after delays

Japanese supply ship heads to space station after delays

Technology
An unmanned Japanese space capsule is headed to the International Space Station filled with cargo including food, experiments and new batteries. The craft was launched Sunday at 2:52 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. It will take 4 ½ days to reach the space station. The launch was delayed for about two weeks because of bad weather and a mechanical problem. The delay has led NASA to postpone two space walks to install the six lithium-ion batteries until new crew members arrive next month. They will replace aging nickel-hydrogen batteries for the station's electric power, enabling an extension of its operations. The supply ship is a 9-meter- (30-foot-) long cylinder that will be retrieved by the space station's robotic arm. It is named Kounotori, which means ...
Japanese space agency launches hopping probes

Japanese space agency launches hopping probes

Technology
A hopping space probe which will land on the surface of a large asteroid has been launched by the Japanese Space Agency. The agency's spacecraft released two small exploration robots in a research project to find clues to the origin of the solar system.Both Minerva-II rovers were lowered from the unmanned Hayabusa2, on to the asteroid Ryugu.The rovers move around by hopping, because the gravity on the asteroid makes rolling difficult. Each hop lasts 15 minutes. Image: The probe can be seen as a shadow on the asteroid The spacecraft travelled to the asteroid, which is 170 miles (280m km) from Earth, and arrived in June.The space agency (JAXA) said it would know if the robots have landed on Saturday, when they will send...
Japanese whale hunters kill 122 pregnant minke

Japanese whale hunters kill 122 pregnant minke

Science
Japanese hunters caught and killed 122 pregnant minke whales as part of its Antarctic summer "field survey".A report sent to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) reveals hunters caught 333 minkes in total.The team left Japan in November 2017 for the Southern Ocean and returned in March 2018.Japan says its whaling programme is for scientific purposes, despite a 2014 UN ruling against its "lethal research" and widespread condemnation.In a new research plan published after the UN ruling, Japan said it was "scientifically imperative" to understand Antarctica's ecosystem through collecting and analysing animals.How many whales did Japan catch?The country's New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean (NEWREP-A) s...