Japan to decide by end of month on expanded SDF peacekeeping protection role


The government plans to make a decision by the end of this month over whether to expand the role of the Self-Defense Forces under the new security laws, allowing them to undertake rescue missions of foreign troops under attack during U.N. peacekeeping operations.

The SDF is also scheduled to start a joint exercise with the U.S. military next month under the assumption that the new regulations — which allow the right to collective self-defense — are approved.

Collective self-defense is the right to aid allies under armed attack, even if Japan itself is not attacked.

The concept was a key part of the controversial security laws that were passed by the Diet on Sept. 19, 2015.

On Wednesday, a Ground Self-Defense Force unit set to be dispatched to South Sudan in November to join U.N. peacekeeping operations began practical training for rescuing nongovernmental organization members and others under attack in remote locations.

The government will make a decision on the SDF’s new role after assessing progress in the GSDF unit’s training and the overall security situation in the African country at an upcoming National Security Council meeting.

It will also decide whether to give the SDF another new task of jointly protecting camps during peacekeeping operations with troops of other countries.

Once the decisions are made, the government will at a Cabinet meeting revise the current operational plans for SDF dispatches. The decision will also allow the SDF to begin training in preparation for situations that fall under the purview of collective self-defense.

In October and November, all three branches of the SDF are slated to participate in the Keen Sword exercise with the U.S. military. Those drills will be held in waters around Japan, where the SDF will practice, among other scenarios, defending a U.S. warship from attack.

The security laws also allow Japan to provide ammunition to the U.S. military and refuel U.S. jets when Japan itself is not under direct attack.

Tokyo and Washington are expected to sign a revision to the bilateral acquisition and cross-servicing agreement (ACSA) to enable such cooperation soon. The Abe government is aiming to have the revised ACSA enacted during the extraordinary Diet session that begins next Monday.

Still, observers say the government has its work cut out for it in explaining to a skeptical public the need for Japanese troops being deeply involved in operations with the U.S. military.

Taxi cameras planned to rein in abusive behaviour



A taxi group representing a third of the 18,000 cabs in Hong Kong said on Monday that it plans to install recording devices in the vehicles to try to prevent unscrupulous behaviour.

The Association for Taxi Industry Development said the plan was aimed at countering the government’s proposal to introduce premium taxi services.

It hopes installing video cameras in taxis could prevent drivers from overcharging, refusing hire and from being rude. It said this would also help enhance their service.

Under the plan, recording would begin when a journey starts and the data would be encrypted to ensure it could not be tampered with. The association said the recordings will only be given to the police when they are asked to assist in investigations.

The association hopes to install the devices in about 2,000 taxis within a year. Each device will cost around HK$1,000 and the association will bear the cost.

A spokesman for the group, Chan Man-keung, said they have consulted the Privacy Commissioner’s office that said it will have no objections so long as certain conditions were fulfilled.

But the Privacy Commissioner, Stephen Wong, said his office has not, and will not support the move.

In a statement, he said his office thinks a balance has to be struck between public interest and protecting passengers’ privacy.

The office recommends that the taxi trade consider other options and evaluate the risk of invading people’s privacy.

Has The Infamous Lecturer Who Trashed Sir Tim Hunt Had Her Course Hours Cut?

The ugly fat lying cunt facing karma


University journalism lecturer and (alleged) journalist, Connie St. Louis, has seemingly had her postgraduate course at City University in London downgraded or axed, with her teaching hours apparently cut, Heat Street has established.

If so, St. Louis would also be presenting herself as the director of a non-existent course – following many similar ’embellishments’ of her CV.

Last year, St. Louis accused Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Tim Hunt of making “sexist” remarks at a conference for women in South Korea.

While giving a toast at the conference, Hunt joked: “It’s strange that such a chauvinist monster like me has been asked to speak to women scientists. Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry. Perhaps we should make separate labs for boys and girls? Now, seriously, I’m impressed by the economic development of Korea. And women scientists played, without doubt an important role in it. Science needs women, and you should do science, despite all the obstacles, and despite monsters like me.”

St Louis was later found to have quoted Hunt selectively,  but by falsely claiming his words were misogynist she triggered a worldwide debate and ultimately derailed his career. Among her many lies were that Hunt had gone ‘on and on’, when he joked for two minutes, that he sat down to a ‘deathly silence’ when there was applause and laughter, and that a lunch that finished normally five minutes later was ‘ruined’. St. Louis also lied to other journalists stating that Tim Hunt had refused to answer her questions during a later session he was not present at; she confused him with a Wall Street Journal reporter and never apologised for this lie.

Futhermore, St. Louis and her co-conspirators Ivan Oransky and Deborah Blum failed to report that the exact same people who had hosted the lunch invited Sir Tim Hunt to open the WCSJ that very night. Sir Tim’s persecutor Deborah Blum happily shared the stage with him the evening after the uneventful lunch, and the WCSJ’s head of PR was photographed clapping him enthusiastically.

St. Louis then attended a two hour reception with Sir Tim Hunt during which time she never put any of her false allegations to him.

The BBC apologised to Louise Mensch and to Mary Collins and Tim Hunt for putting the words of the Today Show’s presenter in Hunt’s mouth. They also admitted that their understanding of Connie St. Louis basic credibility had ‘evolved’ as the scandal of her gross misresporting grew.

Incorrect and misleading quotes weren’t the only problem for the university lecturer.

The Daily Mail ‘s superb investigative journalist, Guy Adams, had a look at her CV and exposed outright lies and fabrications in her alleged experience as a journalist.

Now it appears St Louis’ misfired crusade against a pioneering scientist is coming back to haunt her.

City University in London, where she used to be the MA director in Science Journalism, appears to have dropped her course, according to a timetable seen by Heat Street  – the only one in the university’s journalism department to apparently suffer this fate.

As a result she will have plenty more free time to play with: the university seems to have given her only one 2 hour-long class to teach every week for two months.