Japan sets up defences ahead of North Korea rocket launch

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Japan has set up anti-missile defences on the Okinawa islands ahead of a planned rocket launch by North Korea.

A Japan naval vessel transported Patriot missiles and related radar equipment to the port of Ishigaki island on Wednesday.

The North Korean state news agency announced a week ago, the intended launch of a satellite into space, some time between the 10th and 22nd of   December.

Senior representatives from Japan the US and South Korea condemn the launch as a disguised ballistic missile test that violates UN resolutions.

“We all agree that we will continue diplomatic efforts until the last minute. The international community will take firm action if North Korea goes ahead with the launch,” said Shinsuke Sugiyama, Head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau.

The J-alert emergency warning system has been tested across Japan, to swiftly let the public know if the missile falls into Japanese territory.

The flight path is similar to that of a failed launch in April.

The Japanese government has given orders to intercept the rocket if it appeared to be falling towards Japan.

Heartbreaking Olympic controversy

I have just heard this story about a women’s Olympic fencing competition and I just felt so sorry for the poor girl involved and had to share it. After four years of preparation, dedication and hard work Shin A Lam of South Korea is facing Britta Heidemann of Germany the women’s individual epee. With just one second to go she just has to hold off the German to go through to the gold medal fight. After a couple of doubles, the score stays the same, the clock stays at one second for another move and then down to zero 0. The Korean should go through but for some reason a full second is put back on the clock. They reset, the German manages to score and Shin is out of gold medal contention. Her hopes of gold gone in a split second, literally. Qfter this Shin staged a 75 minute sit down protest on the piste, for much of the time crying as she could not believe that victory had been snatched away from her in this way, but the result was unchanged. Shin went on to lose her bronze medal fight and Heidemann lost the gold. Thank you to hbuechel for posting the video youtube. What do you think about this? Comment below.

Video game addiction

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This piece was to highlight the problems of video game addiction.  The film was made in response to news that a Chinese man had died due to self neglect after gaming for 48 hours straight.

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