Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ES Spain - Eggs and egg products

Health and food audits and analysis - Audit reports
ES Spain - Eggs and egg products 

IoTは金融業界を変える?人と物のデータがFinTechを深化させる

みずほ情報総研 Vol.590「産業保安とIoT ―攻めの保守管理に向けた取り組み―」ほか

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     IoTは金融業界を変える?人と物のデータがFinTechを深化させる
     http://www.mizuho-ir.co.jp/publication/contribution/2016/thefinance160824_01.html?rt_bn=mm 

Where is the Border?

Pulitzer Center

Where is the Border?
Joshua Kucera

   With his left foot in Asia and his right foot planted firmly in Europe, grantee Josh Kucera reports from a village in Azerbaijan that straddles the somewhat arbitrary border between East and West.

Nordic Europe after the Brexit Vote

Tobias Etzold, Christian Opitz

2016 Stiftung Wissenschaft und PolitikContact

Nordic Europe after the Brexit Vote
http://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publications/swp-comments-en/swp-aktuelle-details/article/nordic_europe_after_the_brexit_vote.html
The Five Nordic Countries Are Reassessing Their Relations with the EU
The UK’s EU referendum is making waves in the Nordic countries. The
vote could give a boost to Euro-critical parties across the region.
However, it seems unlikely that EU members Denmark, Finland and Sweden
will head for the exit in the foreseeable future or that non-members
Norway and Iceland will loosen their ties with the EU to any
significant extent. Nonetheless, with the UK’s exit, the Nordic
countries face the prospect of losing one of their key allies within
the EU and will be compelled to rethink their positions in and towards
the Union. There are already initial signs of adjustment – based on
sometimes shared and sometimes divergent priorities. If the five
countries are able to capitalise on their commonalities, Nordic
cooperation in the context of an EU-27 may well gain traction. SWP
Comments 2016/C 42, September 2016, 4 Pagesmore

Theresa May has contained the Brexit turbulence - so far

Theresa May has contained the Brexit turbulence - so far

Mohamed A. El-Erian, Project Syndicate
    The Brexit negotiations will be equivalent of replacing an aircraft's engines while in-flight, argues the leading fund manager. But so far, the May government appears to be doing the key things right. In particular, it has (with the aid of the Bank of England) managed to clamp down on the volatility and uncertainty that followed the vote. It will need further reserves of resilience and agility in the months ahead.

GMOs: Commission Approves new GMO for Food /Feed

GMOs: Commission Approves new GMO for Food /Feed
The Commission authorised 11 genetically modified maizes, which have gone through a full authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by EFSA. This authorisation is valid for 10 years and does not cover cultivation.
For more information...

How Clinton and Trump differ on economic issues

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Crime in the United States 2015

EARL GREGG SWEM LIBRARY

Crime in the United States 2015


     Latest annual U.S. crime statistics which show a 3.9% increase in violent crime and a 2.6% decrease in property crime compared to 2014.  The violent crime total was 16.5% below the level of ten years earlier.  Also reports on losses related to property crimes, firearms used in murders and robberies, and human trafficking offenses.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

1師団「しらせ」72空 防災功労で総理表彰

1師団「しらせ」72空 防災功労で総理表彰

Asagumo Shimbunsha Inc.

 各地域での防災活動などに功績のあった個人・団体をたたえる「防災功労者内閣総理大臣表彰」の表彰式が9月12日、首相官邸で行われ、4個人38団体が安倍首相から表彰を受けた。
 自衛隊からは平成27年9月の関東・東北豪雨災派で孤立者の救助などを行った1師団(練馬)災派部隊と同協同・支援部隊、今年2月の豪州観測船座礁時に同船乗員を救助した海自砕氷艦「しらせ」(横須賀)、離島からの急患輸送などに尽力した海自72航空隊(大村)の3団体が表彰された。
 防衛省からは稲田大臣、鈴木良之人教局長、住田和明統幕副長らが出席。受賞部隊を代表して西浩徳1師団長、大鋸寿宣「しらせ」艦長、林隆司72空司令が式に臨んだ。
 安倍首相はあいさつで「受賞された皆さまは各種の災害に対し、住民の安全確保や人命救助、被害の軽減などに尽力され、防災思想の普及や防災体制の整備に尽くされた。これまでの貢献に対し、心から敬意を表するとともに深く感謝する」と述べた。
 1師団は昨秋の関東・東北豪雨で被災した2015人を救助し、行方不明者1人を収容。「しらせ」は南極で57次観測支援活動に従事中、豪州観測船「オーロラ・オーストラリス」の観測隊員66人らを救助した。72空は航空救難の専任部隊として長崎県などの離島に892回出動、893人の急患輸送を実施している。

RCAPS20周年記念シンポジウム開催

JIIA-ASPI共催フォーラム「アジア太平洋地域での質の高い、包括的な通商秩序の構築に向けて」(2016年9月16日開催)

Transnational organized crime is undermining security and governance in the Pacific

UNODC Report: Transnational organized crime is undermining security and governance in the Pacific

http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2016/September/unodc-report_-transnational-organized-crime-is-undermining-security-and-governance-in-the-pacific.html?ref=fs5

Shale gas and fracking

Shale gas and fracking
Published Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06073
   The regulatory regime for fracking in the UK is covered in this note along with comment on environmental concerns. It also covers the new access provisions and debate on fracking in during the Infrastructure Bill’s passage through Parliament.

Why It’s Time to Get Serious about Migration and Development

The Paris Climate Change Conference

The Paris Climate Change Conference
Published Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7393
The Paris Climate Conference in December 2015 reached agreement, to be implemented in 2020, to keep global increases in temperature well below 2 °C. The UK has signed the Agreement, and momentum is increasing for ratification in 2016.

Saudi Arabia pivoting towards Israel?

Saudi Arabia pivoting towards Israel?

Publication Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
    A recent report from the kingdom indicates that dropping hostility to Israel is part of the Saudi regime's far-reaching reform plans. Israel should respond.
 The Institute of World Politics

パリ協定の下での野心引き上げメカニズム

The Climate Edge Vol.25 / ニュースレター「クライメート・エッジ」
パリ協定の下での野心引き上げメカニズム
(2016年9月)IGES 気候変動とエネルギーエリア

Monday, September 26, 2016

Why do our spies keep telling us everything?

Why do our spies keep telling us everything?

David Mitchell

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/25/mi6-spies-recruitment-justification-austerity-david-mitchell

Guardian News 

Clinton-Trump: Not Such A Melodrama

Clinton-Trump: Not Such A Melodrama

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, September 25, 2016
  Voters and politicians are not as polarized as they seem—they want less guns abroad and more butter at home.

Strategic Survey 2016: The Annual Review of World Affairs

熊本地震災派部隊と 伊勢志摩サミット支援部隊に1級賞状

熊本地震災派部隊と
伊勢志摩サミット支援部隊に1級賞状

Asagumo Shimbunsha Inc.

今年4月に発生した熊本地震で人命救助や生活支援を実施した3自衛隊の災派部隊と5月の伊勢志摩サミットを支えた11部隊に9月12日、稲田防衛相から1級賞状が授与された。
 大臣室で行われた表彰式には若宮副大臣、宮澤、小林両政務官、黒江事務次官、河野統、岡部陸、武居海、杉山空各幕僚長が立会。
 稲田大臣は熊本地震での災派部隊と同支援部隊に対し「救命救助や生活支援活動を整斉と実施し、高い・・・

Clinton vs. Trump on the issues

WP news
Ahead of tonight’s debate, brush up on the candidates’ positions on the biggest issues of the campaign, and see how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stack up against each other — or against Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, who didn’t qualify for the debate.

After Brexit and almost losing Spotify, Stockholm adapts to stay competitive

After Brexit and almost losing Spotify, Stockholm adapts to stay competitive
Marek Gootman and Elizabeth Patterson
Brookings Brief

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Post-Brexit EU security policy to be more constrained

Post-Brexit EU security policy to be more constrained

   Brexit means the loss of a key member state with an active and outward-looking security policy stance
Oxford Analytica

SIPRI Yearbook 2016 out now: trends in peace operations, sanctions on Iran, and the ongoing peace process in Mali

SIPRI Yearbook 2016 out now: trends in peace operations, sanctions on Iran, and the ongoing peace process in Mali

https://www.sipri.org/media/press-release/2016/sipri-yearbook-2016-out-now-trends-peace-operations-sanctions-iran-and-ongoing-peace-process-mali

Europeans and the Migratory Issue

Europeans and the Migratory Issue


20/09/2016   The issue of immigration have never been as high on the political agenda of European democracies since the migratory crisis, significant since the beginning of the 2000's, erupted due to the increased flows of Syrian refugees coming from Turkey and Lebanon, and the worsening conflict in Libya, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Kurdistan. This crisis, in its premise, as well as in its development, seems to be affecting European public opinion and is contributing towards the political and electoral strengthening of national-populism in Europe.

the Robert Schuman Foundation 

IMPROVED TIES BETWEEN ISRAEL, GCC

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

IMPROVED TIES BETWEEN ISRAEL, GCC

September 19, 2016
   A set of common interests (if not values) has emerged in Israel and the GCC states in the turbulent aftermath ...

  • James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

Addressing the crisis of tomorrow: the sustainability of European health systems

EPC news

Addressing the crisis of tomorrow: the sustainability of European health systems 
21 September 2016

There is a strong rationale for the EU member states to work together in tackling the challenges affecting European health systems

Perpetuating power: politics and security in Ethiopia

Perpetuating power: politics and security in Ethiopia


   What is the relation between Ethiopia's history, its political system and how the country has organised its security? This report seeks to identify and understand logic and patterns between these elements in a bid to acquire greater understanding of the country’s current development trajectory

Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael'

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The State as Investment Market: Kyrgyzstan in Comparative Perspective

UI news

Engvall, J. (2016) 'The State as Investment Market: Kyrgyzstan in Comparative Perspective' University of Pittsburgh Press.

第4次産業革命におけるデジタルプラットフォームの覇権争い』他

The Heritage Insider: work requirements, drug prices, Reed Larson, and financial privacy

The Heritage Insider: work requirements, drug prices, Reed Larson, and financial privacy

Work requirements have worked, so why are liberals trying to repeals them now? California has a misguided idea for controlling drug prices. And so do all the states that want to ban copays. Reed Larson, R.I.P. Banks spend $7 million reporting on their customers for each money-laundering conviction.


No need to turn back the clock on welfare reform. The current push to repeal work requirements in welfare is based not on evidence that work requirements have failed, but on the claim that repealing them is the only way to help hardship cases. That’s wrong, explains Lawrence M. Mead: “Opposition to conditionality and work first has arisen initially, not because the evidence has changed, but because of problems in TANF implementation. The ‘detached’ mothers have become an issue in part because some states have made TANF benefits too hard to get. They do this by requiring that mothers who are eligible on an income basis look too long for jobs up front before they can even apply for benefits. Or applicants must provide too much paperwork. […] To prevent hardship, policymakers need not go back to entitlement, which would simply mean less work and higher welfare rolls. Rather, federal administrators should ensure that state welfare agencies allow application for TANF without unreasonable prerequisites.” [American Enterprise Institute]

Trying to legislate lower prices: Can a state save money simply by passing a law that says its health care programs won’t pay more for specific drugs than the Veterans Administration does? Some in California want to give it a try and they have put the idea to the voters in the form of Prop. 61. But, as Paul Howard writes, the possible unintended consequences of such a scheme include higher prices charged to the VA instead of lower prices to California, fewer drug choices if manufacturers refuse to sell at VA prices, higher outlays for more expensive alternatives if California cannot secure VA prices, lots of lawsuits as the state tries to discover what VA prices actually are, and less investment in California’s biotech industry. [Manhattan Institute]

If you think EpiPens are expensive now, just wait till they’re free. Legislators around the country are proposing laws to limit insurance copayments for drugs. As Devon Herrick explains, copays aren’t just a way to encourage economizing by drug consumers; they are a way to discipline drug makers, too: “Since drug maker Mylan acquired EpiPen in 2007, a two-pen set has increased in price from just over $100 to just over $600 in 2016. An EpiPen has an expiration date of about 1 year, which means families often have to throw them out and replace them each school year. The company dismisses charges that it is price gouging by saying it offers a $100 coupon to help cover copays so most familes pay nothing. But obviously the insurer is paying $500 per set or $1,000, with the spares. This is an example of why consumers need to be enlisted in the battle to control drug spending. Without consumers complaining about cost-sharing, there would be no stopping price hikes.” [National Center for Policy Analysis]

Reed Larson, R.I.P. Longtime leader in the right-to-work movement Reed Larson died last Saturday at the age of 93. In 1954, Larson took a leave of absence from his job as an engineer to lead a campaign for right-to-work legislation in Kansas. Right-to-work laws, now in effect in 26 states, make it illegal to require workers to join a union as a condition of employment. Larson succeeded in making Kansas a right-to-work state in 1958 and then he led the National Right to Work Committee for the next 45 years. The group promoted right-to-work legislation in other states—winning four such campaigns—and defended right-to-work laws from attacks by organized labor. In 1968, Larson established the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation to fight for worker freedom in the courts, and he led that group also until 2003. [National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation]

Bank regulations come at a cost—including privacy. Current bank reporting requirements, write David Burton and Norbert Michel, are too costly and infringe too heavily on financial privacy: “Financial privacy is a key component of life in a free society, and the U.S. system of government was designed to ensure individuals a private sphere free of government involvement, surveillance, and control. The current U.S. financial regulatory framework has expanded so much that it now threatens this basic element of freedom. For instance, individuals who engage in cash transactions of more than a small amount trigger a general suspicion of criminal activity, and financial institutions of all kinds—including jewelry stores—have to report such transactions. Regulations have imposed an enormous compliance burden on these firms, and the companies have essentially been forced into a quasi-law-enforcement role. […] [T]he costs of the current U.S. [Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering] regime are estimated to be between $4.8 billion and $8 billion annually, at least $7 million for each [money laundering] conviction. Nonetheless, the BSA/AML framework has expanded for the past few decades without any meaningful cost-benefit analysis of these rules.” [The Heritage Foundation]

Trump’s chances of taking the electoral vote are slim

ELECTION 2016

Brexit and the Labour Market

IPPR news

Brexit and the Labour Market


Author: Clare McNeil
About: Brexit, jobs, economy

Brexit vote hits finance vacancies

Brexit vote hits finance vacancies


Finance vacancies are down 10 per cent since the Brexit vote according to new IPPR research. 

Read the research  >>  

The Economics of Brexit: It’s not about the Internal Market

Strategy matters – 2015 - 2016

Strategy matters – 2015 - 2016

Book - 23 September 2016

   Following up on the previously published ‘Defence Matters – EU Key Documents 2013’ and ‘Strategy Matters – EU Key Documents 2003-2014’, this compendium presents the two major documents released by the EEAS in June 2015 and June 2016 as part of the process of strategic reflection leading to the EU Global Strategy (EUGS) on foreign and security policy, elaborated under the aegis of HR/VP Federica Mogherini.

NEASE-Net第11回フォーラム&国際シンポジューム「激変する世界情勢と北東アジア戦略の再構築」のお知らせ。

per Concordiam Volume 7, Number 2 - Jul 26th 2016

Marshall Center news

The Marshall Center's 'per Concordiam' magazine

http://www.marshallcenter.org/mcpublicweb/mcdocs/files/College/F_Publications/perConcordiam/pC_V7N2_en.pdf

Foreign Terrorist Fighters: German Islamists in Syria and Iraq and What Can be Done about Them

Marshall Center  news

Foreign Terrorist Fighters: German Islamists in Syria and Iraq and What Can be Done about Them
Authors: Daniel H. Heinke - Date: September 2016
http://www.marshallcenter.org/mcpublicweb/mcdocs/files/College/F_Publications/secInsights/security_insights_15.pdf

Most California voters support legalizing recreational marijuana, poll finds

Marshall Center Transnational Weekly - Sep 20th 2016

Most California voters support legalizing recreational marijuana, poll finds

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-pot-survey-20160913-snap-story.html

No More Snowdens? Start by Reforming the House Intelligence Committee

  • No More Snowdens? Start by Reforming the House Intelligence Committee by Daniel Schuman, Just Security, September 21. "The secretive nature of the HPSCI's work fosters an unusually tight relationship with the agencies it oversees while virtually eliminating the public-minded counterbalance of civil society organizations and democratic accountability."
FAS news

FBI investigation of leaked NSA hacking tools examines operative's 'mistake'

The Diarist Spy

Pages: 832-835
Published online: 13 Jun 2016
International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence

Voting for a Better US Political System

Voting for a Better US Political System

Op-Ed, Project Syndicate
By Jeffrey Frankel, James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth
    CAMBRIDGE – The American political train has gone off the rails, and it seems farther than ever from getting back on track. There has been a lot of finger pointing, with commentators blaming issues like gerrymandering, rising economic inequality, the campaign finance system, and unbalanced journalism. But the public cannot address these genuine flaws in the system directly. What they can do is tackle another fundamental problem: low voter turnout.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nigeria Expands Its ‘War on Terrorism’ to the Niger Delta

The Jamestown Foundation news

Nigeria Expands Its ‘War on Terrorism’ to the Niger Delta


Though Nigeria’s southern Delta region has abundant oil reserves that should provide amply for the future of both the region and the nation, the Delta has become consumed by environmental degradation, unrestrained oil theft,...

Merkel: One More Time




       Yogi Bera – that immortal American philosopher – once said that it is tough to make predictions, especially about the future. Well, here is one prediction. A year from now, Angela Merkel will be approaching the closing days of her election campaign, if she chooses to enter it in 2017. And she will win that

Pakistan’s Jamaat-ul-Ahrar: A Violent Domestic Threat

Pakistan’s Jamaat-ul-Ahrar: A Violent Domestic Threat


    Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), once a disgruntled breakaway faction of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has been behind a series of deadly attacks across Pakistan since March 2016, apparently contradicting the Pakistani Army’s claim to...

The Jamestown Foundation news

を掲載しました。実施中のプロジェクト

NIRA news

研究レポート“Urban Transformation and Gentrification’s Impact”を掲載しました。実施中のプロジェクト「民主主義2.0」関連記事。

What's the UN Good For, Anyway?

Mobile Coverage in the UK: Government plans to tackle ‘mobile not-spots’

Mobile Coverage in the UK: Government plans to tackle ‘mobile not-spots’
Published Thursday, September 22, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07069
   This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper summarises Government and industry proposals to extend mobile coverage across the UK. Mobile 'not-spots' and 'partial not-spots' - areas where there is currently no mobile coverage and areas which have coverage from some but not all of the 4 mobile networks - currently affect parts of the UK, particularly rural areas.

空自のF2戦闘機と米空軍B1B爆撃機 九州周辺で共同訓練

空自のF2戦闘機と米空軍B1B爆撃機
九州周辺で共同訓練

Asagumo Shimbunsha Inc.

空自は9月13日、9日の北朝鮮の核実験を受け東アジアに飛来した米空軍第34遠征爆撃飛行隊(米グアム)所属のB1B戦略爆撃機2機と九州周辺の訓練空域で共同訓練を実施した。
 空自の参加部隊は・・・

The Arctic Council at 20

The Arctic Council at 20

The Arctic Council was created 20 years ago as a consensus-based forum for cooperation, coordination, and interaction between Arctic states and, significantly, with the participation of Arctic Indigenous communities. However, its founding principles alone obscure the complexity of lengthy negotiations that mark the day-to-day operations of the Council. World Policy Institute’s Arctic in Context initiative, directed by Erica Dingman, presents a series of expert assessments of the Arctic Council at this critical juncture.

Klaus Dodds analyzes a video produced to mark the occasion of the Arctic Council’s 20th anniversary, noting a lack of acknowledgment of the role of non-state actors in policy deliberations.
 
Rob Huebert explains that while the Arctic Council today represents a significant advancement in regional relations, security concerns threaten to undermine the cooperative spirit the forum has fostered.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Japan Defense Focus No.80

Japan Ministry of Defense
Japan Defense Focus No.80 published

Congressman: Charlotte protesters ‘hate white people, because white people are successful’

How German cities are finding solutions to resettle refugees

NEW RESEARCH
How German cities are finding solutions to resettle refugees 
Bruce Katz, Luise Noring, and Nantke Garrelts
Brookings Brief

Republicans vote to take legal action against StemExpress, despite Democrat walkout.

Republicans vote to take legal action against StemExpress, despite Democrat walkout. The effort to hold the fetal tissue procurement company StemExpress in contempt of Congress moved forward Wednesday, despite Democrats walking out of the vote. After the six Democrats on the special House panel physically exited the room in protest, the Republicans investigating the fetal tissue market voted unanimously to take legal action against StemExpress for refusing to hand over its accounting records, reports The Daily Signal's Kelsey Harkness.

The Effect of State Marijuana Legalizations

CATO news

MI6 to recruit hundreds more staff in response to digital technology

The latest news and comment on the US National Security Agency

Guardian News

MI6 to recruit hundreds more staff in response to digital technology

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/sep/21/mi6-recruit-digital-internet-social-media

How Will Brexit Affect British Border Control?

How Will Brexit Affect British Border Control?
On June 23, much of the world waited with bated breath to see the outcome of the British national vote known as Brexit (for British exit from the European Union). The result of the vote was wholly unexpected and sent both global... »
http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/correspondents-watch/single-article/how-will-brexit-affect-british-border-control/30ff6727173ada75973bbcafe14d5b6f.html

八代尚宏(昭和女子大学特命教授)