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« Reply #30 on: November 18, 2023, 09:24:35 PM »

Military Responding to "Emergency" In Kalasin

Jūkichi Taguchi
11/18/2023

In a statement issued by the Ministry of War, Okimoto Esashi informed the nation—and indeed the entire world—that personnel belonging to the Army and Naval Landing Corps were responding to, quote, an "emergency of a significant magnitude" near the town of Aleywa in Phichit Province, Kalasin. Per the statement, soldiers belonging to the 11th Infantry Brigade entered the town of Aleywa at 4:30 AM on the morning of the 17th of November, clearing the town of any hostile presence over the next few hours. During that time, soldiers belonging to the 1st Infantry Battalion were tasked with investigating rumors of a Kalasinese refugee camp approximately eight kilometers to the northeast of the city, believing it to be cover for a PAFK training camp. Unfortunately, we have the task of informing the world that this camp was not a training camp, but rather, something far worse. Words can scarcely cover the horrors that were uncovered in what local officials called "Holding Camp No.5", but which soldiers who have been interviewed have varyingly called a "rape camp" or an "extermination camp". For the sake of our readers, however, the images of this camp, as well as its "sister camp" located nearby, will not be displayed in this article.

Thus far, the discovery of the camps near Aleywa have reportedly caused the ongoing offensive in Phichit province to come to a temporary halt as Daitōjin forces have moved to provide whatever assistance they can for the victims of the camps. According to records recovered from offices in the camps, anywhere between 13,000 and 20,000 individuals were being held at the camp at any given time, however, by the time that the "holding camps" were liberated, according to preliminary headcounts, just three thousand people were left in the camps, with the rest currently being unaccounted for. There is some hope at this time that many escaped, however, someone familiar with the situation has stated that it is likely that casualty figures are going to rise in the next few days, both due to recently liberated survivors dying due to poor health and due to the discovery of mass graves near the site. Another source noted that the camp's commander, one "Wittaya Sriroj", had been captured, while they noted that the situation at Aleywa is being investigated as an act of genocide by the proper authorities. With this grim situation being uncovered, we will keep our readers updated on the situation as it evolves, but we ask, now more than ever, that those who read this article pray for the survivors.
NASDA Launches Space Station

Heisuke Nakamura
11/18/2023

Roaring into the sky early this morning, the mighty Tenjin VII rocket has placed the first module of the Deep Space Platform on a trajectory that will take it into a near-rectilinear halo orbit around the moon. The DSP, as has been touched upon several times in the last few months, will serve as an outpost for ūchunauts who will perform extensive missions on the lunar surface, where they will perform experiments and tend to autonomous ground equipment operated by NASDA and international partners. When brought into operation, the station, which will have a maximum capacity of eight upon completion, is set to be made open to various nations who have historically cooperated with the agency, most notably the Achkaerinese Space Agency and the Rokkenjiman Imperial Space Exploration Agency. The first crew, made up of four ūchunauts, is now officially set to launch as early as the 6th of December, 2023, however the crew will not spend any time on the surface, instead devoting their time to making the station itself operational and running experiments aboard it.
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« Reply #31 on: November 24, 2023, 03:58:28 AM »

"Not Guilty" Judge Rules in Prince Hidehiko Case

Harukichi Yada
11/23/2023

In a surprise ruling many across the Empire, Prince Hidehiko has been acquitted on all charges by a panel of lay judges, who voted five to one in favor of the verdict. In an opinion published by Haruhiko Nagai, the professional judge presiding over the case, he stated that the charges levied against the Prince were not adequately supported by evidence, much of which was deemed circumstantial on the part of the Prosecution. Although the Prince, now legally a free man, has been acquitted of all charges, it is likely that the reputation he has earned over the last year will continue to haunt him for some time, while many across the country have begun to spread rumors that he may have been hired by the Special Higher Police in order to infiltrate Sachio Heike's inner circle. For his part, Emperor Eijirō has reportedly welcomed the news about his brother's acquittal, reaffirming his belief that the Prince was innocent. Despite this, Prince Hidehiko, having spent half a year in jail while awaiting his trial, is unlikely to return to his normal duties within the Imperial Family for some time, seeking instead the opportunity to recover from the ordeal.
Army Enters Ranong

Jūkichi Taguchi
11/23/2023

Forces belonging to the Imperial Daitōjin Army's 4th Armored Division and 2nd Infantry Division alongside members of the NLC's 3rd Regimental Combat Team have entered the outskirts of the city of Ranong, a spokesperson for Minister Okimoto Esashi's office disclosed in a statement issued earlier today. The force, numbering approximately 30,000 personnel in total, arrived on the outskirts of the city early in the morning of Tuesday, the 21st of November before successfully cutting the city off by the end of the day. Evacuation corridors were established the same day, with civilians in the city being asked to flee the city ahead of the now-ongoing Battle of Ranong. In the statement, the spokesperson noted that the city's defenders include roughly 26,000 regulars mostly belonging to the country's 1st Infantry Division, alongside anywhere between 4,000 and 7,500 insurgents belonging to the PAFK and other aligned groups. Fighting in the city has reportedly been intense, with Daitōjin forces taking "comparatively high" casualties as opposed to the Battle of Songkhla, wherein the city's scant few defenders killed three and wounded 16. Although the battle is expected to go on for some time, we will continue to update you as it progresses.
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« Reply #32 on: December 12, 2023, 08:21:05 AM »

Shinzō Koizumi, Former Prime Minister, Dead at 87

Genzō Miyagawa
12/11/2023

Shinzō Koizumi, the 25th Prime Minister of Daitō, died on Monday in his Shinkyō home at the age of 87. Koizumi, a career politician who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1967, formally retired from politics following in 2009, citing his advanced age. However, the former Prime Minister, throughout the years following his premiership, served in an advisory role to every Prime Minister that followed him, save perhaps for Hirotaka Seiji, whom had long feuded with the former Prime Minister over domestic policy. However, Prime Minister Koizumi is most well-known for his actions during the Second Great Patriotic War, when he successfully advocated for the shipment of arms to the Royalist forces through the nation's western-most provinces. Although he would not remain in power long enough to see the war come to a close, he continued, even after the war, to push for closer diplomatic ties with the newly-established First Empire.

"Shinzō Koizumi, soldier, career politician, and Prime Minister of the Empire of Fusan, died on December 12, 2023. He was 87 and is survived by four children and their spouses, eleven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and his younger brother," the former Prime Minister's office said in a statement. "He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-six years, Kayoko Koizumi, and two siblings, Yuriko Miura and Fumio Koizumi."

Prime Minister Konishi and Emperor Eijirō have reportedly offered their condolences to Shinzō Koizumi's family, with the former also announcing that Friday, the 15th of December, will be designated as a National Day of Mourning, adding that he and his wife will be attending the former Prime Minister's funeral later this month. Prime Minister Koizumi will lay in state in the Imperial Diet Building from the 14th until the seventeenth, during which time the public will be allowed to visit and pay homage to the recently departed.
Temperatures to Drop across Daitō

Heisuke Nakamura
12/11/2023

Winter has come early to Daitō as temperatures across the country continue to drop, bringing with it light snow to parts of the country as far north as Ishikari. Meteorologists belonging to the Fusan Meteorological Agency predict that this month could be on track to be the coldest December in nearly twenty years, with early predictions suggesting parts of Hirosaki Prefecture could reach as low as -13.4°C by the 21st of December. The Agency is also watching a series of weather patterns, including an Antarctic High Pressure system—a "dip" in the jet stream—which is beginning to settle south of the Ardian Peninsula. Likewise, it has been noted that the subtropical jet is extended far further north than usual, reaching only to roughly the northern border of Rokkenjima. Some at the FMA have expressed concern that these phenomena could result in the formation of a "significant" extratropical cyclone in the coming weeks, and as a result, the agency has issued a winter weather advisory across large parts of the country until this time next week.
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« Reply #33 on: December 16, 2023, 02:09:23 PM »

Daitōjin Cities Gripped by Record Snowfall

Heisuke Nakamura
12/16/2023

Daitō suffered a spectacular blizzard late last week, during which time more than 1,000 vehicles became trapped on a single highway for two days. More than two meters were recorded falling over the city of Higashiomi over the course of the last three days, setting an all-time record for snow depth in the city, while Shinkyo and Otsu reported 1.6 meters of snowfall over the same period. Many neighbouring locations also saw record-breaking depths. Local authorities were forced to distribute blankets and food to stranded motorists, with many still stuck as the weekend rolls in. More than 20,000 homes were also left without power across the country as a result of the storm. Unfortunately, authorities in several prefectures have confirmed that at least nineteen people have been killed as a result of the blizzard, while 97 others have been injured due to a variety of factors ranging from frostbite to whiteout-induced traffic accidents. The scope of the winter storm has been unprecedented, with some parts of the country reporting three times their average snowfall for the season. Officials have urged that people in affected regions remain home, calling the storms a "very dangerous life-threatening situation".
Arasaka Working on a Hinode-powered AI called "Kaibyo"
Fuyu Hiraiwa
12/16/2023

Tech giants around the world are diving into the AI game, with Arasaka, Abstergo, and many others flexing their digital muscles to outdo each other. Although overshadowed by the announcement of Abstergo's Lexa AI assistant, Arasaka unleashed Hinode, its latest and most powerful large language model, rocking multimodal skills and promising to outshine anything we've seen before. Hinode was immediately made available in some form on Issie—the company's PaLM-based chatbot—and the Horizon 11 Pro, and it will soon integrate with other Arasaka products. Now, a report says that the company plans to harness Hinode's power to create Kaibyo, a virtual assistant with more tricks up its sleeve than your usual Arasaka Assistant. Sure, Arasaka Assistant reigns supreme for Sakura users, showing other digital assistants how it's done, but the Shinkyo Reporter claims that Arasaka is developing a new AI assistant called Kaibyo, a Sakura-exclusive assistant aiming to tackle situations where Arasaka Assistant falls short.

According to the report, which cites unnamed sources privy to the matter, the AI assistant could make its way to Konoha OS as well as its mobile variant on the Horizon 12 and 12 Pro in the coming year. This is consistent with Arasaka's promise to improve the user experience with some AI-powered tricks. Kaibyo is supposed to rock all the usual skills of Assistant, but dropping some new tricks that the existing AI can't match. It would supposedly bring Hinode Nano into the mix, the same powerhouse that's already running on the Horizon 11 Pro. This slimmed-down version of Hinode runs natively on Horizon devices and doesn't need an internet connection to do things like summarize recordings or fire off instant replies. If this is accurate, it looks like Kaibyo just might outshine Arasaka Assistant.

The upcoming AI is not stopping at just being a snazzy assistant. The report claims that Kaibyo will be diving into your digital life, mining data from your Dmail and Maps activities to learn your preferences. The sources didn't give many details, but they did mention there's a rush to introduce Kaibyo to the more budget-friendly Horizon A-series and even the Horizon Watch in the future. Arasaka is also said to be developing futuristic glasses that can identify whatever catches your eye using AI. And if you need help with a math problem or figuring out which end of the hammer to use, these glasses will presumably give you advice.
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« Reply #34 on: December 28, 2023, 01:30:56 PM »

One Year into Premiership, Konishi's Popularity Soars to Record High

Yuichi Kurata
12/28/2023

Prime Minister Sadazane Konishi's job approval rating reached 78.3% this week, marking the fifth month that his approval rating passed 70% this year. During the latest polls, the War in Kalasin came to a close, while a number of infrastructure bills were passed by the Diet and Prince Hidehiko returned to his position in the House of Peers. It seems clear that the impact of the 25th of July attack on Awara, which provided a significant boost to the Prime Minister's then-relatively poor (44.7%) approval rating from June, as well as the successful execution of the War in Kalasin has done much to boost his job approval, with many other members of the ruling YFD likewise seeing higher approval ratings than before the war. While rank-in-file Democratic Party supporters' ratings of Konishi have remained lower, hovering at around 55% since October, members of the other parties have been far more variable. Approval among YFD members is presently 82%, up slightly from last month's 79.1%.

With the general elections not scheduled to be held until the 31st of October, 2025, Konishi and his faction within the YFD seems to be secure going into the new year, especially with the election of Hiroaki Ryo—a political ally of the Konishi government—as Speaker of the House in November and a tightened hold on the Diet following July's snap elections, which may permit the current Prime Minister, if trends hold, to better pursue his agenda for 2024, whatever that may be. The Diet remains out of session until the 24th of January.
Daitojin Economy Gained Rapid Speed; Best Growth Since 2005

Daizen Takahashi
12/28/2023

Daitojin economic growth accelerated in the fourth quarter as businesses replenished depleted inventories to meet strong demand for goods, helping the nation to post its best performance since the aftermath of the 2004 East Ardian Financial Crisis. Gross domestic product increased at a quarterly rate of 4.8%, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said in its advance GDP estimate on Wednesday. That followed a 2.5% growth pace in the third quarter. Economists polled by YHK had forecast GDP growth rising at a 4.3% rate. Estimates ranged from as low as 3.1% to as high as a 6.4% rate during the quarter. The economy in total grew 2.85%, a stable growth rate which was only made possible by the uptick in domestic consumption and partially fueled by a string of new investments in infrastructure and housing by the Imperial Government. Yet while some may say that this appears to be a return to normal, there are many in the country who are looking forwards to 2024, with economists predicting record growth in Daito's economy in the coming year. For now, however, all we can do is wait and see. As always, YHK will continue to cover the economy going into the New Year.
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« Reply #35 on: January 05, 2024, 05:14:10 AM »

"Molecular Jackhammers" Destroy Cancer Cells Through Vibration, Says Saito Study

Yoriyuki Ando
01/04/2024

Researchers at Saito University have demonstrated that cancer cells can be killed by using light to stimulate strong mechanical vibrations in a fluorescent dye that is commonly used for medical imaging. By rupturing the membrane of the cancer cells, these molecular versions of a jackhammer were shown to destroy 99% of human melanoma cells grown on lab cultures. When used to treat live mice that had human melanoma tumors, half of the 10-strong group were cancer-free after seven months. The research team, led by Dr. Reiji Maruya, has previously shown that molecular motors—which have a chain of atoms that can be activated by light to spin continually in the same direction—can be used to drill through the outer membrane of infectious bacteria, cancer cells, and treatment-resistant fungi. In this case, however, the light was used excite plasmons in the small dye molecules, causing all of the atoms in their core to vibrate at the same time. This plasmonic approach generates molecular motion on miniscule timescales, more than a million times faster than can be achieved with spinning molecular motors. The collective vibrations can also be also activated using near-infrared light, which penetrates further into the body than the visible frequencies needed to induce motion in other molecular machines. Light at these longer wavelengths can travel up to around ten centimeters through biological tissues, compared to just 0.5 centimeters with visible light.

The fluorescent dyes used in this study have a nearly symmetrical structure, with an additional arm that helps to anchor them to the membrane of the cancer cells. “These molecules are biocompatible, stable in water, and very good at attaching themselves to the fatty outer lining of cells,” said the study's lead author, one Yuna Iwasa from Saito University. “Due to their structure and chemical properties, the nuclei of these molecules can oscillate in sync when exposed to the right stimulus.” Experiments by the team showed that the vibronic modes induced in these molecules could kill cells up to 50 times faster than with photothermal or photodynamic therapies. The method is also effective, the research revealed, with much lower concentrations of dye molecules and requires less than a tenth of the light intensity to activate the cell-destroying mechanism.

"This is the first time a molecular plasmon has been used to excite the whole molecule and to produce mechanical action that achieves a particular goal—in this case, tearing apart the cancer cells’ membrane,” says Iwasa. "This study offers a different way to treat cancer by using mechanical forces at the molecular scale.” The team is now working to identify and synthesize other small molecules that can support these vibronic modes. Potential applications include the selective regulation of active sites in enzymes, the modulation of protein channels and controlling the structure or function of large biological assemblies for use in pharmacology.
Emperor to Take Questions From Press, Public On Tenchō Setsu
Yuichi Kurata
01/04/2024

The Imperial Household Ministry has confirmed that His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Eijirō will be taking questions from the press next week during the celebration of the Tenchō Festival, which marks the occasion of his birthday. These questions will be answered during the Emperor's televised address to the nation that evening, which will be broadcast here on YHK as well as numerous other channels and services across the Empire. It has further been confirmed that a select number of questions from the public will also be answered, with submissions being made at www.kunaicho.go.fs/e-kunaicho/submissions. Submissions for questions during the TV special will be closed on the 9th of January. Furthermore, the Emperor and a select number of members of the Imperial Family will appear before the public on the grounds of the Imperial Palace as usual.
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« Reply #36 on: January 13, 2024, 06:02:19 AM »

Five Takeaways from the Emperor's Tenchō Setsu Address

Harukichi Yada
01/12/2024

His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Eijirō, delivered an address to the nation Thursday evening at the conclusion of festivities on Tenchō Setsu, a celebration of his birthday. During the address, which was made prior to him taking questions from the public, he thanked the public for their well wishes and struck notes of the traditional message of unity, but also touched on the war in Kalasin and efforts to reduce tensions between the country and Rokkenjima. He also spoke about domestic policy being undertaken by the government, including measures to provide affordable housing to those who were struggling to own a home of their own as well as new expansions to the Shinkansen High Speed Rail network. With that being said, here are five takeaways from his address and interview:

1. The Emperor plans to issue an ordinance Regarding the name of the country
Following the Banwa Restoration, which saw the government take a more nationalistic stance, many suspected that it would formally drop the name "Daito", a Toshikawan name used in parlance, in favor of any number of native names. These range from the short, such as Mizuho and Yakuni to the more historically significant—and long—Akitsukuni and Toyoashihara no mizuho no kuni. However, the most commonly proposed name, "Fusan", has long been the official English name for the country, and thus is came as no surprise that, during the interview following his address, Eijirō confirmed that he would be issuing an ordinance requiring the renaming of the country. This ordinance, set to go into effect on the 11th of February—National Foundation Day—will be debated by the Diet when its next session begins later this month. Insiders within the government have noted that it will likely be passed into law.

2. Elections will be held in Kalasin next month
During his address, the Emperor noted that, as the fighting in Kalasin dies down, the Allied Provisional Authority led by General Hayao Okuda will prepare to relinquish authority in the region to elected civilian authorities under a Transitional Government. The new Kalasinese Transitional Government will formally be under the Union State, as it will be acting under the 2018 Constitution of the Republic of Kalasin, however he stressed that the Provisional Authority has, with the cooperation of the Kalasinese people and the Union Government led by President Kaikaew out of Ranong, begun the process of drafting a new constitution for the recently reincorporated region. His Imperial Majesty further noted that regions within the Republic of Kalasin will be permitted to hold plebiscites to determine their fate within the Union, to be supervised by Coalition forces throughout the process, while the government in Ranong is reportedly considering sweeping reforms within its power structure in order to prevent another war.

Per both the Emperor and messaging from the Kaikaew administration, the Union government is reportedly preparing to authorize coalition forces to remain in the region through 2027 as peacekeepers, eager to not repeat the mistakes made by the previous administration following the end of the Second Kalasinese War in 2017. However, while some have celebrated this decision, a few others, although only a minority at this point, have urged for Daito to withdraw from Kalasin once more, tired of the cycle wherein Daitojin forces have been repeatedly deployed to Kalasin since the 1960s. Nonetheless, War Minister Esashi has stated that, as it stands, Daitojin troops will likely remain in the country until then, barring a change in the current arrangements.

3. A proposed trip to NASDA's space station remains on the cards
Perhaps one of the more surprising details from the program was that a proposed mission to Zenshoen by TransOrbital remains on the table. This mission, which differs from their usual fare of flights contracted to NASDA, would see a crew of six, including none other than His Imperial Majesty himself, visit the station for some time. While the mission is controversial among some, who see it as little more than a publicity stunt by the corporation or as an accident waiting to happen, there are many within the nation's scientific community who see it as a major coup for them in their fight for a larger budget each year. In their eyes, if they can show that even the Emperor, a figure whose security is seen as paramount, were to visit the station—and perhaps beyond—then their case for further funding would fall on fewer deaf ears. There is no confirmation as to whether the visit to the station, which could last as long as a month in total, could also see the "delegation" visit the newly-operational Deep Space Platform and perhaps even an excursion to the lunar surface, but in those cases, it is far more likely to not be the case.

4. The Emperor will endorse new infrastructure projects in Daito
On a far less surprising note, Eijirō stated that he was prepared to personally endorse a number of new infrastructure projects across the nation, including the expansion of the Shinkansen rail network and an expansion in coverage of fibre-optic internet access throughout much of the country. Such construction projects would add a great number of jobs to the economy while helping to strengthen it going into the next fiscal year.

5. International outreach will be a major goal of the government in 2024
Finally, His Imperial Majesty noted that one of the main goals of the government going into 2024 will be a greatly expanded program of international outreach, seeking to forge new ties and to strengthen those that already exist. While Daito recently helped to found the ADSN, the Emperor noted that it was the belief of the government that ties to the developing world, which includes countries such as Lijiang and Asadal, as well as many others across Mundus, were worth exploring new ties with, while of course he reaffirmed his commitment towards detente with the Rokkenjiman government. As already mentioned, he also stated that the government should also seek to further bolster already existing ties with a number of countries, including Achkaerin, the Union of the Matildas, and the Peninsular nations. What form this new open foreign policy will truly take remains to be seen, as it will be shaped by the Imperial Diet when it begins its next session later this month.
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Could Uechi Technologies' Hypersonic Rotating Detonation Engine Breakthrough Revolutionize Aviation?

Yukari Murai
01/16/2024

The race to field reusable hypersonic aircraft became far more interesting last month, with Uechi Technologies announcing a breakthrough in high-speed jet engine design that could potentially allow conventional aircraft to fly at speeds that exceed Mach 10. According to Uechi's press release, the company recently demonstrated, quote, "what is believed to be a world-first hypersonic dual-mode ramjet (DMRJ) test rig with rotating detonation combustion (RDC) in a supersonic flow stream." This, of course, means leveraging rotating detonation combustion—which happens to be a far more efficient means of power production—within a dual-mode ramjet, also known as a dual-mode scramjet. Ramjets and scramjets are air-breathing jet engines that simply do not function well at lower speeds, however, they are quite capable of powering an aircraft or weapon from around Mach 3 up to Mach 5 and beyond. If these claims are in any way accurate, then this would mark a significant development toward producing dual-mode ramjet/scramjets with far greater range, but could represent an even bigger breakthrough if combined with a similarly Rotating Detonation Combustion-equipped turbofan engine in what’s commonly called a turbine-based combined cycle (TBCC) propulsion system. And we do have evidence to suggest that such a breakthrough is being made. Uechi first acknowledged that it was working with the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on an RDC-equipped TBCC engine during a press conference last June.

   "Uechi engineers are now testing the transition mode at high-supersonic speeds as thrust transitions from the RDE-equipped turbine and the dual-mode ramjet/scramjet,” Uechi Technologies, Defense & Systems CEO Mitsuko Takahashi said during the conference.

This TBCC engine would combine four different forms of air-breathing jet engine technologies into a single combined system, providing an aircraft with the capability of taking off and landing under conventional turbofan power, while also achieving hypersonic speeds under scramjet power during sustained flight, a concept which has been proposed by numerous firms in the past. But Uechi's design is the first to incorporate Rotating Detonation Combustion, which could make such an engine far more compact and efficient than previous efforts, potentially resulting in a far more practical approach to hypersonic flight.
How does Uechi's hypersonic engine compare to other designs?

One of a Few Publicly Released Images of EMAC's "Switchblade" Engine
Last February, the world was taken by storm after the East Moreland Aircraft Company (EMAC) successfully demonstrated that their turbine-based combined cycle "Switchblade" engine could successfully transition from turbojet to ramjet power in a high speed wind tunnel. Later in the year, although it did not receive major media attention at the time, Aomori-based Akikawa secured nearly 文300 million from the AFRL to continue development on an even more capable turbofan-to-scramjet design that would function similarly but which could potentially achieve much higher speeds. And of course, while not officially confirmed, it is generally understood that Aizawa-Shinoda has long been working to create a similar turbofan-to-dual-mode-scramjet design as part of the ever-elusive "Project Darkstar", which was first leaked to the public in 2014 and which has since spawned numerous conspiracy theories. Yet while these designs are each very promising, this new announcement out of Uechi Technologies may represent the most promising combined cycle hypersonic propulsion system revealed to date, as it incorporates a similar turbofan-to-dual mode scramjet as the Darkstar and Akikawa efforts, but adds yet another exotic propulsion system into the mix in the form of a rotating detonation engine.

This addition could help to overcome the biggest technical hurdle Aizawa-Shinoda's Darkstar program is believed to face: bridging the gap between speeds attainable under turbofan power and scramjet power. Based on Uechi's claims, their Hypersonic Dual-Mode Ramjet with Rotating Detonation Combustion engine could not only achieve similar or even greater speeds than other hypersonic engine designs, but could offer a significant boost in fuel economy—and, as a result, range—in what may prove to be an overall smaller and lighter package. This program has been underway for only about a year, according to the Uechi press release, but it has reportedly matured rapidly thanks, in no small part, to Uechi's acquisition of hypersonic-focused Ōshiro LLC. last year. Ōshiro brought a great deal of talent in the development of high-speed inlet designs, which play a key role in the function of any jet engine. In a dual-mode scramjet, however, the inlet geometry must not only be precise but also needs to be adjustable to manage the placement of shockwaves in the airstream at different flight speeds.

Uechi Technologies believes they will be able to demonstrate a flight-ready prototype of this exotic new engine system later this year.
What Does This Mean for the Future of Aviation?

A Conceptual Hypersonic Airliner Design by Zayasu Heavy Industries
Put simply, if the technology which Uechi is developing pans out, then it is quite likely that every part of the modern aerospace industry could be affected. But for the sake of brevity, we will limit this discussion significantly. For starters, there is the ever-present issue of weight. One of the biggest challenges to fielding an effective TBCC engine is this exact issue. Weight is always a concern in aircraft design, but the issue becomes even more pronounced when your aircraft is forced to carry more than one form of engine. When flying under turbojet or turbofan power, the ramjet/scramjet is nothing but dead weight and vice versa. But engines that use rotating detonation combustion can help to offset this weight issue.

   "RDC enables higher thrust generation more efficiently, at an overall smaller engine size and weight, by combusting the fuel through detonation waves instead of a standard combustion system that powers traditional jet engines today,” Uechi says in their press release.

According to Dr. Hajime Kuroda, a professor of hypersonic and aerospace engineering for the University of Awara, this could also allow for a shorter overall engine length, which is itself another important consideration for aircraft design, as larger internal space requirements lead to larger overall aircraft designs, thus requiring more materials and ultimately meaning that the vehicle weighs more. And perhaps most importantly, more efficient engines reduce fuel requirements or extend ranges for the same amount of fuel carried. This would be essential for any Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) or precision-strike platform, which would need to cover great distances. The R-3's unrefueled range of 6,300 km requires an internal load of 28,500 kg of fuel, for example, while the Rokkenjiman AR-7 requires 31,800 kg of fuel to travel 4,600 without refueling. While it is certainly difficult to predict the fuel economy for Uechi's experimental new engine design in an aircraft, it stands to reason that it would be far more efficient but would aim for significantly higher speeds, making the balance of weight to range just as essential as it is in supersonic designs.

In terms of more practical applications, while of course it would be exceedingly difficult to replace the current turbofan and turbojet engines used on modern aircraft, the application of this new engine could serve to completely flip the script on air travel, with the potential for hypersonic airliners taking to the skies sooner rather than later if this engine proves successful. Likewise, alongside the development of ceramic radar absorbent materials (CRAM)—which some have suspected might be related to the development of hypersonic platforms—the technology could play a role in the development of sixth-generation military aircraft just as much as it does in current efforts to field a hypersonic reconnaissance platform. While Dr. Kuroda was quick to point out that alone, these engines would not allow their development as they would require an oxidizer, in our interview with him, he suggested that if a vehicle were to carry enough oxidizer onboard, then, quote, "you might potentially be able to build a single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane." Regardless of whether you believe these claims, it is abundantly clear that hypersonic aircraft are coming, and they are far closer than you might think.
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Diet Convenes for First Session of 2024

Yuichi Kurata
01/26/2024

The Diet opened an ordinary session on Wednesday. The primary focus of debate is on political reform including the role of the Prime Minister, which, although amendments have been proposed throughout the years, is not necessarily formalized under the constitution. With a clear majority in the Diet, some suspect that Sadazane Konishi may be able to push through such an amendment, however as of now no details with regards to what it might entail have been published. The House of Peers opened their plenary session at 10:00 AM local time by offering a silent prayer for the Imperial Family, which lost His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Eikō, on the 20th. The chairs of the chamber's standing committees were then appointed. At 1:00 PM, an opening ceremony was held with Emperor Eijirō attending, during which time he delivered a brief address to a joint session, after which he received the traditional banzai salute seen at the end of such addresses.

Prime Minister Konishi then addressed the Diet, reporting on the previous year's budget, the nation's economy, news, and other key fields before setting his priorities and those of the Diet for the session. Among these priorities, he stressed the need for transparency by the government with regards to political funding, noting a recent scandal within the Yakumo provincial assembly wherein five members of the YFD failed to disclose funding for their campaigns on the part of DAIPEX. He further stressed that without this transparency, it would be difficult for the people to maintain their faith within the government, potentially risking its stability and the continued health of democracy within the country. Later on in his address, the Prime Minister alluded to his support for an amendment with regards to the office of Prime Minister, stating, quote, "...it has been 135 years since the Constitution was promulgated, and yet even today, the Head of the Government only fills that role through procedure and laws passed after the fact."

Yet while many observers see Konishi at the peak of his popularity, it cannot be said that he lacks any detractors. Though his response to the attack on Awara, which resulted in a return of Fusanese troops to Kalasin, did serve to quiet dissent for a time, recent actions along the Kalasinese-Kusanese border have called into question whether he is truly up to the task of protecting the nation and ensuring a proper transition to democracy within the troubled region of the Union State. This, combined with what some see as an unsatisfactory resolution to the conflict over the Tokara Islands last year followed by attempts at rapprochement with the Rokkenjiman government, will likely continue to haunt the Konishi government for some time, however an insider within the administration seemed hopeful when he spoke about their prospects going ahead into the year.

Thursday saw the Diet vote to confirm Imperial Decree 14067, which requires that, from the 11th of February onwards, the government cease the use of the name "Daito" in all official business of state and that the name "Fusan" or, in its full form, the "Empire of Fusan", be the sole official name of the nation in international affairs. The vote on "House Resolution 2743", officially referred to as the "National Naming Conventions Act", passed the Diet 392 to 68, with five representatives voting present. The resolution then passed to the House of Peers, who voted 153 to 95 in favor, with Emperor Eijirō signing it into law early this morning. As per what was stipulated under Imperial Decree 14067, the act will go into effect on the 11th of February, 2024. The session is scheduled to last for 150 days through the 21st of June.
"Fortresses of Our Own": Yezo Work to Build a Sense of Community in Fusan

Haruhisa Mori
01/26/2024

The sound of mukkuri resonates at the Yezo Thanksgiving Festival in 2023 in Akashi. The traditional Yezo musical instrument is made of bamboo and can mimic the sounds of nature, including wildlife. During the festival, dancers perform a pororimse ring dance, which typically marks the end of Yezo feasts. These are common scenes across Fusan's north, but they are likely unfamiliar to most in a city like Akashi. The festival was organized by Etsuko Yoshida, the head of a group aligned with the larger Utari Mosir that aims to increase awareness of Yezo culture in the Shinkyo region and to connect community members with their heritage through language and traditions.

Yoshida was born into a Yezo family in Hokuriku. At the age of 20, she moved to Toyokawa, a city near Shinkyo, to work for the Fusan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Yoshida recalls what it was like adjusting to urban life. "There are many Utari living in Hokuriku and many people there are quick to discriminate against us as Utari," she explains. "Here in the city, we are often seen as foreigners or as half-Fusanese, even in spite of claims by the government that such discrimination does not exist. Yet when I first experienced that, I thought maybe it's preferable in a strange way."

Yoshida quickly realized that this discrimination was rooted in an ignorance of Yezo culture. Someone told her people would say things to their Yezo acquaintances like, "What do you eat?" and "Why don't you go back to your own country?" Yoshida says such barbs have led many Yezo to conceal their heritage. Yoshida was no exception. She attempted to hide her Yezo identity whenever possible. She says that's so common in her community that some parents don't even tell their children they're Yezo. In fact, she tells us that she has friends who only learned about their true heritage later in life. Yoshida says only about 200-300 of the thousands of Yezo in the Shinkyo area are engaged in Yezo cultural activities or try to raise awareness about their heritage. In 2012, the Fusanese government expressed its intention to promote policies based on the recognition that the Yezo are an indigenous people. But lacking any legal bearing, the declaration failed to result in measures to enhance their status or increase awareness and respect among the larger population. Consequently, the issues faced by the Yezo remained unresolved and the struggle continued.

Early on in her new career as an indigenous rights activist, Yoshida drew inspiration from a region with a strong indigenous heritage—one which, though part of Fusan, is more than 4,500 kilometers away—Tsukishima. In 2012, the same year that the government issued its declaration with regards to the Yezo, she met Yi Sung-Nam, who throughout the 1970s and 80s, worked tirelessly to secure full recognition for the Dalseomin, relatives of the Paechonese and Kusanese, as an indigenous people within Fusan. She told him about the challenges faced by Yezo people and and how impressed she was with the way in which Dalseomin people have been able to assert their rights. She said she wanted to take young Yezo to Tsukishima in order to meet members of the Dalseomin community and learn from them. Yi responded by arranging a month-long exchange program.

"I think the discussion with Etsuko, and how she talked about the plight that Yezo people face, how she presented herself, moved us to say, 'We want to help you,'" he notes. "You've got to decolonize people's minds about their own culture and about who they are and what's happened to them. You have to tell them about their history because then people will move."

The following year, Yoshida travelled to Tsukishima alongside a group of young Yezo and visited pildeu and marae, traditional Dalseomin and Maori meeting houses. Though used by different cultures, these meeting houses are clearly descended from those used in what is now the Commonwealth of The Unified Iwi, with many scholars noting that it is likely that Paechonese settlers on the island likely adopted the idea behind them as part of their efforts to distinguish themselves from their homeland. These meeting houses are located across the island and are seen as gathering places for local communities. They host celebrations, rituals, discussions on current issues and, in some cases, serve as sporting venues or canteens. Among the indigenous Tsukishimans, whom it must be made clear are distinct from the Dalseomin even in spite of their intertwined history, these marae are each named after an ancestor, creating a sort of emotional bridge to the past. This idea resonated with Yoshida, as did the role the meeting houses play in bringing the community together.

"When you are within a pildeu or a marae, you don't say anything bad about people," she explains. "These spaces are where you meet and talk openly about things. You can hold essential conversations about how to conduct yourselves and how to move forward," says Yoshida. "We Yezo need similar spaces." Yoshida named her organization Casi An Kar, which means "Fortresses of Our Own" in Yezo.

The festival in Akashi is a step toward the creation of a space resembling the pildeu and marae in mainland Fusan. The main obstacle is cost, and the event—now in its tenth year—serves as a means to raise both awareness and funds. Last year, the celebration saw around 300 people attend. The three-hour celebration was a tribute to those who have worked to strengthen the sense of community among the Yezo and to increase awareness among the wider population. Yoshida gave a rendition of a Yezo-language song from the 1960s, written by a Yezo living in the Shinkyo area about struggling with city life.
   "No matter how long the road is
    No matter how hard life is
    As a true human being
    I want to walk with everyone
    As a true human being"


Some in the audience said that it was their first opportunity to experience a Yezo performance. For others, the festival was a chance to reconnect with old friends in the community. Afterwards, Yoshida said she always knew it would be a long struggle. But she added that she is determined to keep working to provide a richer experience of Yezo culture in the city for both members of the community and the wider population.
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Fusan Celebrates National Foundation Day

Fusako Arishima
02/11/2024

Today, the 11th of February, 2024, Fusan commemorates the birth of the nation, a day steeped in legend and tradition. The annual celebration, known as National Foundation Day or Kigensetsu, marks the accession of Emperor Shinō to the Celestial Throne in 660 BC. Emperor Shinō, a descendant of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu and the Storm God Susanoo, is revered as the founder of Fusan. According to ancient texts such as the Kojiki and the Fusō Shoki, Shinō embarked upon a formidable journey from Amakusa to Yamato, where he established his imperial court. Shinō's victory over rival clans and his subsequent unification of Fusan have gone on to become the cornerstones of the nation's historical narrative, symbolizing unity and resilience in the face of adversity. It was this unity and resilience that allowed Fusan, even in the darkest hours of the Greater East Ardia War, to nonetheless push forwards, ready to sacrifice itself for the future of its rising generations as well as for peace in East Ardia. Likewise, it was this unity that helped the nation to rebuild, returning to its pre-war peak by the start of the 1950s, and in that same spirit, to come together in the aftermath of last year's attack.

First established in 1873 under Emperor Keiō, National Foundation Day is typically celebrated with pomp and grandeur, featuring parades, ceremonies, and fireworks. Though initially merely a celebration of imperial rule, the holiday has become a day to remember Fusan's rich history and the perseverance of its people. Indeed, the Imperial Armed Forces held a parade in Shinkyo as part of its own celebrations, also using the opportunity to rehearse the upcoming National Victory Celebration that will supplant the standard Armed Forces Day parade next month. Also during the events of the day, Prime Minister Konishi delivered an address to the nation, where he urged every citizen to enjoin with great resolve to continue the prosperity of Fusan for the sake of future generations. Teido shrines and Buddhist temples alike held festivals known as kenkoku-sai, with Mikoshi being carried through the streets as part of the celebrations.

Emperor Shinō's legendary journey, marked with unparalleled courage and determination, continues to resonate with the Fusanese people. His legacy, encapsulated within the spirit of National Foundation Day, serves as a reminder of the importance of unity and resilience in the face of adversity. And as Fusan continues boldly into the new era, much as it has done a thousand times before, the story of Emperor Shinō and his founding of the nation will remain a powerful symbol of hope and endurance, inspiring generations to come from now unto eternity.
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Asteroid Enters Lunar Orbit This Week

Heisuke Nakamura
03/02/2024

NASDA has successfully placed an asteroid into lunar orbit as part of its Asteroid Retrieval and Utilization (ARU) mission on Friday, marking the beginning of its efforts to study in depth the composition of Near-Mundus Asteroids, as well as marking its first successful redirection of an asteroid. While the agency has completed other missions to asteroids, the multi-billion Mon robotic explorer, named Prosperity, carries with it a docking port and several scientific experiments that will be performed by ūchunauts in Low Mundus Orbit. Already, preparations are reportedly underway for the crew of DSP Expedition 1, which departed from Zenshoen in late February, to briefly depart the station and rendezvous with Prosperity and the asteroid, 641376 Takenaka, sometime next week. The crew will spend three days at the asteroid, where they will conduct a number of EVAs and perform experiments with the object.

As far as asteroids go, Takenaka is on the smaller end, with a maximum diameter of just under six meters. Discovered in 2011, the asteroid appears to have an intensely dark surface that is known to reflect a number of unusual colors, this being in spite of long-exposure images released by NASDA which often depict it as a gray mass. Takenaka is a C-type asteroid, something which both made it difficult to discover and which made its discovery all the more interesting to researchers on Mundus, as it means that it is a so-called "Primitive Asteroid," one which could be rich in carbon, organic materials and frozen water. That means, according to NASDA, studying the asteroid could help "clarify interactions between the building blocks of Mundus and the evolution of its oceans and life," as well as to understand more about how the solar system works. But just because the asteroid has been recovered and will be visited doesn't mean that the agency is done with them. Already, planners are considering a visit to a similar asteroid as part of Sojourner's mission to Nergal in the coming years, likely following a flyby of Ishtar on the way home. Whatever may come of those plans, one thing can be certain: the next few weeks will be quite interesting for researchers at NASDA.
Scientists, AI May Have Solved Major Challenge for Fusion

Hajime Matsui
03/02/2024

Illuminating businesses and homes with the star-sustaining power of fusion will be one of the greatest engineering challenges in human history. In order to recreate the energy-generating physics at the center of our Sun—which uses a lot of gravity to squeeze atoms together—reactors on Mundus have to compensate for this lack of mass with an immense increase in heat. At around 100M °C, light nuclei in the form of an electron soup known as plasma can overcome strong electric repulsion and fuse via quantum tunneling. While that is a good thing, there is a problem involved: containing that ultra-hot plasma in the first place. That is because plasma has a tendency to escape the magnetic fields which contain it in a reactor, which immediately ends a fusion reactor when it happens. But scientists from Misaki University, as well as the Misaki Plasma Physics Laboratory (MPPL), are employing AI to avoid these plasma mishaps and hopefully keep future fusion reactions from this particular form of self-sabotage. Using Fusan's ISTX experimental fusion reactor in Katashina, researchers demonstrated that their AI model trained on experimental data could detect what are known as “tearing mode” instabilities—a type of plasma disruption when plasma-containing magnetic field lines break—sometimes as much as 300 milliseconds in advance. Although not enough time for humans to react, AI can readily change parameters to avoid the tear, and thus keep the reaction stable. The results of this work were published in the Fusanese Journal of Research (FJR) last week.

"Tearing mode instabilities are one of the major causes of plasma disruption, and they will become even more prominent as we try to run fusion reactions at the high powers required to produce enough energy,” first author Giichi Urata, a professor of Physics at Kudoyama University in Yakumo who performed the work as a postdoctoral researcher at Misaki, said in a statement. "Previous studies have generally focused on either suppressing or mitigating the effects of these tearing instabilities after they occur in the plasma, but our approach allows us to predict and avoid those instabilities before they ever appear.”

Teaching AI to control a fusion reaction is similar to how other AI models are trained for complicated tasks—a large amount of real-world data and ultra-quick pattern recognition. This AI model used a “reinforcement learning algorithm” that allowed the program to work out best containment methods via trial and error within a simulated environment. Eventually, the program learned to achieve high power output without the “punishment” of instability. Co-author Nae Sun-Yung, also a member of the Misaki group, compared training the model to learning to fly an aircraft, saying a controller needs lots of time on an intricate simulator before “they’ve learned enough to try out the real thing.”

Now that the AI has passed the real-world test with flying colors, the researchers say they need more data on the AI's performance at the ISTX reactor, and if all goes well, the team could begin training the program to recognize other fusion instabilities as well. But containing plasma in real-time is only one piece of the fusion puzzle. Engineers, for example, still need to develop new materials capable of withstanding the immense heat of fusion for not just minutes, hours, or days, but years if the technology has any hope of one day powering homes across the world. Fusion may very well be the greatest feat of engineering in human history, and it very well may also be the biggest in AI history, too.
Navy Prepares to Launch New Class of Submarine

Harunori Kōno
03/02/2024

A new predator will soon stalk the world's oceans and seas, as the Imperial Fusanese Navy prepares to launch the IFN Barakuda, the lead vessel of her class, later this month. The ship, with its complement of 125 sailors, marks the culmination of a decades-long effort to field a replacement for the fleet's Itachizame-class of diesel-electric hunter-killer submarines, which were retired at the turn of the new millennium. The vessel differs from its peers in the Navy's silent service by forgoing the ability to launch missiles, instead coming equipped with an impressive arsenal of torpedoes, including both Type 69 "HATEs" and the newer Type 75 ULTRA, whose range, though not officially stated by the navy, is believed to be in excess of 65 kilometers and can carry a 405 kg explosive warhead. The submarine is expected to be launched later this month and will begin its shakedown cruise on the 17th of April, coinciding with the year's Armed Forces Day celebrations.