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A language skills deficit is damaging diplomacy, warns British Academy

A language skills deficit is damaging diplomacy, warns British Academy | Diplomacy between Japan and the U.S. | Scoop.it
National security and Britain's diplomatic influence are under threat from a lack of language skills, a report by the humanities body has found

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It is said that many Japanese lack of ability for  foreign language. It can cause serious problem in diplomacy.

It is important to make good environment for foreign language. 

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Britain's language skills deficit is threatening its diplomatic influence and national security, a report by the British Academy has found.

The British Academy, the national body for the humanities and social sciences, calls for government to address the lack of language skills across all its departments and to prioritise the development of these skills among current staff and future generations. The report warns that if more is not done to bridge the languages gap that exists within government, Britain's diplomatic influence will be damaged.

"Languages are a critical tool through which UK diplomats and government staff can deepen their knowledge and build the trust that is necessary to promote and protect British values and interests internationally," Robin Niblett, chair of the British Academy inquiry steering group, said.

"If steps are not taken to reverse the current declining trend in language skills, Britain may indeed be in danger of becoming 'lost for words'."

Language skills and expertise are currently not an explicit part of the job appraisal process for key government departments. A perceived stigma attached to language learning was found, despite the existence of various financial incentives to boost its professional profile.

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China Critical of U.S. Senate South China Sea Resolution - USNI News

China Critical of U.S. Senate South China Sea Resolution - USNI News | Diplomacy between Japan and the U.S. | Scoop.it
Chinese officials ‘strongly’ oppose a Monday U.S.

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This is a big problem in Japan and China.

I think Japan should negotiate with China.

The U.S. should not do.

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Japan to dissolve parliament, hold snap elections after news of recession

Japan to dissolve parliament, hold snap elections after news of recession | Diplomacy between Japan and the U.S. | Scoop.it
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for snap parliamentary elections for next month, following news that the country had slipped into a recession.
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I do not know why he wants to held election.

However, it is good decision to delay to raise Tax.

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oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: The Hidden Cost of the "New Economy": New-Type Depression

oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: The Hidden Cost of the "New Economy": New-Type Depression | Diplomacy between Japan and the U.S. | Scoop.it

Charles Hugh Smith continues his look at Japan's economic swamp and what it likely means in relation to America's future. Here's the beginning paragraphs:

 

"Two decades of economic stagnation and rising insecurity have unleashed work-based "new-type depression" in Japan.

 

"Today I continue to explore the theme that Japan's two decades of economic stagnation may offer guidelines for what lies ahead "for the rest of us" as the global malaise deepens in the years ahead. I have been a student of Japan for 40 years, having studied the language, history, literature, geography and art/film, in university and thereafter. We have many Japanese friends and have visited a number of times. (I have also been a student of the Chinese and Korean cultures.)

 

"Japan is quite different from the U.S. and Europe, with a homogeneous populace and a culture rooted in Confucian values and social hierarchies. Despite the many differences, including definitions of depression, I think it is self-evident that the rising insecurity and workplace changes in Japan result from long-term economic stagnation.

 

"I suspect "new-type depression" may have some universal aspects, as rising insecurity and new demands in the workplace characterize Western economies as well. ..."


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Marines land Osprey on Japanese ship - YouTube

A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft made an unprecedented landing Friday on a Japanese naval vessel off the California coast.

The tilt-rotor aircraft flew from San Diego's Marine Corps Miramar Air Station to the Japanese ship Hyuga as part of an 18-day drill aimed at improving Japan's amphibious capabilities.

The Osprey has sparked protests in Japan over concerns about its safety record, which includes two crashes last year in Florida and Morocco.

The Japanese government approved the deployment of 12 Ospreys in 2012 to Okinawa after receiving additional assurances from the Pentagon.

Military officials say the Osprey is critical for regional security efforts. The hybrid aircraft can take off and land like a helicopter. Marines demonstrated its versatility and speed Friday in an exercise that required coordination between the Navy, Marine Corps and Japan's military members.

"The very first landing of an MV-22 Osprey on a Japanese ship is a historic moment," said Marine Brig. Gen. John Broadmeadow, adding that the exercise provided the U.S. military "an opportunity to enhance our longstanding relationship with the Japanese and to highlight the capabilities of the MV-22 Osprey, which allows the Marine Corps to quickly respond to a crisis when launched from sea or land."

U.S. military officials say strengthening Japan's amphibious capabilities is vital as the U.S. focuses more attention on developing an Asia-Pacific strategy amid ongoing Defense Department budget cuts. The region has been roiled by tensions due to North Korean long-range rocket and nuclear tests and maritime territorial disputes between China and its neighbors.

Japan's navy is among the world's best-equipped and best-trained, but its skills storming beaches and other amphibious capabilities have been weak since its national defense force formed in the 1950s.

Military officials say the training also will help Japan to better respond to natural disasters, like the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in which Marines were called in to rescue people from devastated coastal areas.

Largely in response to China's growing military might _ including the acquisition of its first aircraft carrier last year _ Japan has been buying amphibious landing craft and strengthening training for potential conflicts in or around small islands. Japan is also repositioning its troops to better monitor and defend its southern borders and sea lanes.


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Osprey and the U.S. military base in Japan are big topics between Japan and the U.S.. This situation should not have been hold because many Japanese have opposed to Osprey air plain.

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China's carrier group secretly assembling: reports - Taiwan News Online

China's carrier group secretly assembling: reports - Taiwan News Online | Diplomacy between Japan and the U.S. | Scoop.it
Voice of the People, Bridge to the World - China's carrier group secretly assembling: reports

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The Temptation to ‘Just Wait for 2016′ Already Emerges

The Temptation to ‘Just Wait for 2016′ Already Emerges | Diplomacy between Japan and the U.S. | Scoop.it
With the midterm election a mere two weeks in the past, some in both parties already are starting to think, and even to say: "Just wait until 2016." It is a sentiment that, if it becomes too widespread, could seriously crimp prospects for...
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The result of midterm election is not good. I think he needs to change policy.

However, 2 years is left, so I'm sure he can do that.

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