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Russia conducts multiple bomber missions near Alaska, Canada: Pentagon

via The Japan Times    Apr 25, 2017

An F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz escorts a Russian Tu-95 Bear, long-range bomber aircraft south of Japan in 2008. Russian warplanes last week flew a series of missions near Alaska, prompting the North American air defense agency to scramble U.S. and Canadian jets, officials said Monday. | U.S. NAVY / HANDOUT / VIA AFP-JIJI

Russian warplanes last week flew a series of missions near Alaska, prompting the North American air defense agency to scramble U.S. and Canadian jets, officials said Monday. The North American Aero...

Hanyu looks at raising bar going into Olympic season

By Jack Gallagher
- via The Japan Times    Apr 25, 2017

World champion Yuzuru Hanyu attempted five quadruple jumps during his free skate on Friday night at the World Team Trophy in Tokyo. Hanyu is considering having five quads in his free skate for the Olympic season. | AP

Yuzuru Hanyu’s greatness is unquestioned. Olympic champion, world champion, holder of multiple world records, he is quickly becoming the giant of his generation. Now the ...

Russian bombers detected off Alaska coast four times in recent days

via The Japan Times    Apr 22, 2017

The U.S. military says Russian military aircraft have approached the coast of Alaska four times this week, and U.S. fighter jets intercepted them twice. The military says the latest incident happen...

Trump meets Italian leader, talks trade and security

via The Japan Times    Apr 21, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump (right) and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni stand together following a joint news conference at the White House in Washington Thursday. | REUTERS

Weeks before President Donald Trump’s first official overseas trip, trade and security matters were top items of discussion going into his meeting Thursday with the prime minister of Italy, o...

Pesticide maker pushes Trump administration to kill studies showing risk

via The Japan Times    Apr 21, 2017

Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or enda...

Arctic seas called dead end for plastic waste floating from U.S., Europe

via The Japan Times    Apr 20, 2017

The Arctic is a dead end for floating plastic waste dumped in the Atlantic Ocean off Europe and the United States and swept north by ocean currents to a polar graveyard, scientists said on Wednesda...

U.S. Raptors intercept two Russian Bear bombers off Alaska’s coast

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2017

The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska’s coast. Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, says a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft interce...

Osaka building with distinctive wind sculptures has enduring appeal

By Yasuyuki Saito
- via The Japan Times    Apr 16, 2017

The Wind Kaleidoscope — that’s what people named the large geometric panels slowly moving in the breeze atop a building framed by vivid yellow metal. Walking along the Okawa River, a ma...

Hard Power’s Essential Soft Side

By Joseph S. Nye Jr.,Zachary Laub
- via Foreign Affairs    Mar 30, 2017

President Trump’s proposal to build up the military while slashing funds for diplomacy and foreign assistance misses how “soft power” can advance the national interest, says Josep...

Will Trump Carry Out His Foreign Policy Pledges?

By Claire Felter,Zachary Laub,James McBride
- via Foreign Affairs    Jan 30, 2017

President Donald Trump delivers remarks at Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

President Donald J. Trump has wide latitude to enact the sweeping changes to U.S. foreign policy that he has promised, but his executive authority is constrained by congressional legislation, treat...

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