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US, Japanese troops begin joint military exercise amid North Korea threat | Fox News

The exercise, known as Northern Viper 17, will take place on Hokkaido — Japan’s northern-most main island — and will last until Aug. 28. According to the U.S. Pacific Command, the drill will include 500 Marines and 18 aircraft operating out of the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, on the northern tip of the island of Honshu. “We are improving our readiness not only in the air, but as a logistical support team,” Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, said in a statement. “We are in a prime location for contingency purposes and this exercise will only build upon our readiness in the case a real-world scenario occurs.”

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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/10/us-japanese-troops-begin-joint-military-exercise-amid-north-korea-threat.html

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Japan Slaps 50% Tariff on Some U.S. Beef – WSJ

TOKYO—Japan said Friday it would impose a temporary 50% tariff on frozen beef from the U.S. and several other countries, a move that could inflame trade tensions, although Tokyo officials described it as a required response to a recent surge in imports. The move, the first such step in 14 years involving beef, comes after President Donald Trump named Japan as one of the countries contributing to the U.S. trade deficit. Japanese officials said the tariff increase was mandated under a framework that took effect following a 1994 global trade deal. The framework was to be scrapped under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed 12-nation trade deal that included the U.S. and Japan, but Mr. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the TPP before it went into effect.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/japan-slaps-50-tariff-on-some-u-s-beef-1501224760

Record radiation level detected inside damaged Fukushima reactor


TOKYO —
A record radiation level has been detected inside the No. 2 reactor at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, with the estimated reading of up to 530 sieverts per hour, the plant operator said Thursday.

The reading means a person could die from even brief exposure, highlighting the difficulties ahead as the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. grope their way toward dismantling all three reactors that melted down in the March 2011 nuclear disaster.

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https://www.japantoday.com/smartphone/view/national/record-radiation-level-detected-inside-damaged-fukushima-reactor