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"Everything went strictly ‘by the book,’ using means that were permitted by the constitution. At first there were ‘emergency decrees’ by the president of the Reich, and later a bill was passed by a two-thirds majority of the Reichstag giving the government unlimited legislative powers, perfectly in accordance with the rules for changing the constitution." -- Sebastian Haffner, Defying Hitler (paperback, Kindle, audiobook)

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Super-typhoon forces NINE MILLION people to evacuate in Japan leaving at least two dead and hundreds of thousands more without power MikeRivero Tue, 09/20/2022 - 08:46

Nine million people in Japan have been told to evacuate their homes as the country is hit by one of the worst typhoons in its history, killing two and leaving 300,000 homes without power.

Nearly 90 people have been injured by Typhoon Nanmadol, which brought ferocious winds of up to 145mph and record rainfall to the west of the country yesterday.

Transport has been disrupted, manufacturers have been forced to suspend operations and tens of thousands of people spent last night in emergency shelters.

Deadly typhoon Nanmadol slams Japan prompting evacuations of millions of residents MikeRivero Tue, 09/20/2022 - 07:39

Nine million people have been told to evacuate their homes as Japan is battered by one of the worst typhoons the country has ever seen. The super typhoon Nanmadol has killed two people and injured almost 90.

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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