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  1. 2012-04-20 08:04:57.0Cai HongJapan flexing its military muscleJapan, China, Asia, US sac longchamp pliage, military, troops, defense, strategy11011501Op-Ed Contributors2@webnews/enpproperty--> <p> <p> Japan is building its military muscle to play a bigger role in Asia and the rest of the world, and it is making its military might more visible. <p> Japan changed its defense policy last December to allow Japanese companies to export weapons and collaborate with countries other than its main ally, the US. <p> During British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to Tokyo last week, it inked a deal with Britain on jointly developing and building defense equipment. It was Japan's first weapons-building covenant with a country other than the United States since the World War II. <p> Japan's desire to build up its military strength has been fueled by the pivoting of the US' strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region. <p> In January US President Barack Obama outlined a new national defense strategy refocusing on what he described as a smaller, more agile force across Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East in line with the country's planned cuts in defense spending. The new defense strategy called on US allies to boost their military roles in the years ahead. <p> Japan and the US have jointly conducted weapons research and development to step up their security alliance, but that's not enough as Japan is expected to play a greater role in international peacekeeping, humanitarian support and to contribute to anti-piracy and anti-terrorism efforts, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said. <p> The easing of the ban allows Japanese defense contractors to get access to cutting-edge weapons technology from other countries. <p> "We should acquire the most advanced defense technology to upgrade the capability of Japanese defense industry and cut production costs by pursuing international joint development and production of defense equipment," Fujimura said. <p> The joint development deal between Japan and Britain is the first step. <p> Although Japan's Constitution forbids offensive military operations, Japan has quietly built one of the most capable armed forces in the world. It has more than 250,000 men and women in uniform and its annual defense budget is about $56 billion, among the six largest in the world. <p> Japan is also extending its military presence overseas and focusing on the operational flexibility of its forces. <p> Japan managed to send the Maritime Self-Defense Force to the sea off Somalia in 2009 by using the pretext of "counter-piracy" actions in the region. <p> Now Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has established its first overseas military base in Djibouti since World War II in the name of fighting piracy. <p> Djibouti rests at the confluence of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, across from strife-torn Yemen, and borders the northwest corner of equally conflict-ridden Somalia. The narrow span of water separating it from Yemen is the gateway for all maritime traffic passing between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean via the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. <p> However, the Japanese Constitution does not allow the SDF to be sent abroad even to "counter" pirates. This is clear from the official government interpretation that the SDF is the minimum unit of organized force to defend Japan. <p> In a further move to flex its military muscle, Japan's Foreign Ministry is also planning to dispatch officials to the Philippines in May to determine the type and number of patrol vessels to be sent to the country, according to Kyodo News. <p> The government is considering providing the Philippines with patrol vessels and a sea-ground communications system as part of its official development assistance <p> Using China's growth as an excuse, Japan is raising the capabilities of its forces and moving further away from the principles of its pacifist constitution. <p> This is no good news for the victim nations of Japanese military aggression during World War II. <p> The author is a senior writer with China Daily. E-mail: <p> <p>(China Daily 04/20/2012 page8)</p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p> </p>2012-02-21 08:11:57.0Treat low-end workers betterrecruitment, China, labor shortage, Spring Festival, job, worker11011502From Chinese Press2@webnews/enpproperty--> <p>Experience has shown that the shortage of workers always peaks after Spring Festival in big cities like Beijing. What needs reflecting on is that most of the jobs vacated are the low-end and poorly paid ones. If employers treated low-end workers better it would not be that difficult to recruit, says an article in Qianjiang Evening News. Excerpts: </p><p>Low-end service workers are more discriminated against than high-end workers, such as those in the financial sector. The low-end service workers have a humble social status sac longchamp, earn much less and are finding it increasingly difficulty to deal with the soaring living costs in big cities like Beijing. </p><p>Just two years ago, the Bejing authorities tried to control the population by reducing the number of low-end workers in the city. </p><p>Some experts also suggested high thresholds for housing prices and educational expenses to curb the city's population growth. </p><p>Now, no wisdom needs to be applied to the issue, as those low-end workers are feeling their own wisdom exhausted in trying to afford the rising rents, bear the pressure of poor living conditions, crowded buses and congested roads, and have opted to stay away. </p><p>Especially as their children cannot be enrolled in public kindergartens, and they need to pay an extra 700 yuan ($111) or more to get their children enrolled in privately-run preschools. </p><p>Commonly, a low-end worker earns some 2,000 yuan a month, so we cannot help but ask if any kind of wisdom will help in dealing with the pressures of trying to live on this meager income in expensive cities like Beijing. </p><p>However, even with the rising costs of living forcing more low-end workers to leave Beijing, we cannot expect the city to become high-end. </p><p>Without these workers, there will be no one to serve in restaurants, no one to clean the roads or deliver parcels. Even persons and property would be more vulnerable as there would be fewer security guards. </p><p>
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