Although the number of launches is disturbing, it is consistent with North Korea’s ongoing policy of continuously ramping up missile development and production, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Yet two short-range missile tests announced in North Korea caused little stir in either the United States or South Korea. Among the items disclosed were a “missile to strike and annihilate any strategic targets within a range of 15,000 kilometres,” a “hypersonic gliding flight warheads,” an “solid-fuel engine-propelled inter-continental underwater and ground ballistic missile” (ICBM: Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile), and a “underwater-launch nuclear strategic weapon” (SLBM: Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile). (© Korea News Service/Kyōdō)More Diversified Missile Development AheadMeanwhile, North Korea has continued its development and testing of the Hwasong series. Thus far, Japan has not been able to come up with an answer to North Korea’s diversified missile development.
These and other leading stories from October 2022. Japanese astronaut Wakata Kōichi gives a thumbs up prior to launch from the Kennedy Space Center on October 5, 2022. 20The Japanese yen falls to a 32-year low against the US dollar, dipping below the ¥150 level briefly during trading in Tokyo. A monitor at FX transaction company Gaitame.com in Minato, Tokyo, shows the yen trading below ¥150 to the dollar on October 21, 2022, marking the currency’s lowest level since August 1990. Banner photo: Murakami Munetaka, center, of the Yakult Swallows holds aloft a board commemorating his fifty-sixth home run of the season during a game at Jingū Stadium in Tokyo on October 3, 2022.2 months ago nippon.com
Hashimoto Daiki with his gold medal for the individual all-around competition at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool on November 4, 2022. Kimura Takuya (left) as Oda Nobunaga, alongside fellow actor Itō Hideaki at the Gifu Nobunaga Festival in Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, on November 6, 2022. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio (left) shakes hands with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on November 13, 2022. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio (left) with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 17, 2022. 23Japan opens its campaign at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar with a historic 2–1 victory over Germany.1 month ago nippon.com
Fearing that this trend, if left unchecked, would plunge the Japanese economy into a dismal future, Prime Minister Abe moved to change the trend through a program of bold quantitative easing. A Growth Strategy Reduced to Emergency SpendingThe third arrow of Abenomics was a growth strategy intended to spark private-sector investment. We had seen a fundamental shift in how the growth strategy was put together. At the same time, though, the Abenomics growth strategy has not produced the hoped-for results in other areas. I believe this is because the government shifted course away from sustainable economic growth and toward robust, shorter-term fiscal stimulus before the growth strategy had time to gain momentum.2 months ago nippon.com
The jerseys the men’s squad are wearing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar follow in this tradition by borrowing from the ancient art of origami. The 2022 national team uniform is designed by Adidas and worn by the Japanese men’s and women’s squads for home games. “It motivates me to do everything possible to help the team win.”Minamino Takumi shows off the new national team uniform. (© Kyōdō)2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan (result: Round of 16)Concept: Mount FujiThe simple design was intended to express Japanese beauty. Kumamon, joined by soccer officials from Kumamoto shows off his Japanese team jersey on May 17, 2018, at the Kumamoto Prefectural Office.2 months ago nippon.com