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Ball point pen on todays newsprint China Prime Minister Wen Jiabao demands Japan release a fishing trawler captain caught fishing in Japanese waters. China has blocked the export of rare earth minerals used by Japan to produce hybrid cars, wind turbines and guided missiles.  Wen threatened further actions if Japan does not comply. Stay tuned ...

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Ball point pen on todays newsprint Last August I promised to stay tuned to Yokio Hatoyama who rose to Prime Minister of Japan on a campaign platform to end American-dominated globalization, to reorient Japan towards Asia and to reconsider American military presence in Japan. After eight months in office, Hatayama says his failure to move an American base off Okinawa led to erosion of support and the reason for his stepping down. ...

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