US Trade Deficit in October Reaches $55.5 billion, 10-Year High

US Trade Deficit in October Reaches $55.5 billion, 10-Year High
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US trade deficit jumped to a 10-year high in October, suggesting the tariffs imposed this year on allies and adversaries alike by US President Donald Trump to shrink the trade gap have so far been ineffective.

The US Commerce Department said the monthly trade deficit increased 1.7 percent to $55.5 billion, the highest level since October 2008 and the fifth straight month it has increased, press tv reported.

Led by shipments of medicine and cars, overall imports rose 0.2 percent to a record $266.5 billion. Exports fell 0.1 percent to $211 billion.

The trade deficit with China, a politically sensitive issue in the US, surged 7.1 percent to a record $43.1 billion in October.

The United States, the world’s largest economy, is locked in a bitter trade war with China.

The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports to force concessions on a list of demands that would change the terms of trade between the world’s two largest economies.

China has responded with import tariffs on $110 billion worth of American goods, including soybeans.

Trump has long railed against China’s massive trade surplus with the United States, saying it has contributed to the decline of US manufacturing and loss of factory jobs.

On Saturday, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to halt imposing more tariffs for 90 days while they try to negotiate a deal to end the trade dispute.

In addition to the duties on Chinese goods, Washington has slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the United States this year.

The huge trade gap, along with reports of weak housing and business spending on equipment, suggests US economic growth will slow down in the fourth quarter.
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UK has provided ‘guarantees’ Assange won’t be extradited to face death penalty

UK has provided ‘guarantees’ Assange won’t be extradited to face death penalty – Ecuador’s president
Britain has provided enough guarantees that Julian Assange will not be extradited to any country where he would face the death penalty if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London, according to Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.

Speaking during a radio interview on Thursday, Moreno said his administration has received written assurances that the UK will not extradite Assange to any nation where he will face the death penalty.

That has long been a concern for Assange and those advocating for him, as he could potentially face the death penalty if extradited to the US for his leak of a huge trove of diplomatic cables in 2010. He faces charges of espionage, conspiracy, theft of government property, and computer fraud in the US, and Donald Trump's administration has stated that the Wikileaks founder's arrest is a top priority.

Moreno didn't say that his country would force Assange out of the embassy, but said the Wikileaks founder's legal team is considering its next steps.

"There is a path for Mr. Assange to take the decision to exit into near freedom," Moreno said in the local radio interview, while noting that the whistleblower still faces jail time in the UK for violating bail terms when he sought asylum to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning in a sexual assault investigation.

However, the UK has reportedly told Ecuador that his jail time for skipping bail would not exceed six months.

Assange and the Ecuadorian embassy, which the 47-year-old has called home since 2012, have experienced tensions in recent months, with Ecuador cutting off Assange's communications in March, after he discussed topics online that could have damaged the country's diplomatic relations. Those included tensions between London and Moscow and Catalonian separatism.

Ecuador also issues a nine-page memo which informed Assange that he must refrain from making political statements and clean the bathroom in the embassy. He was told that his cat would be confiscated if he didn't take better care of its "well-being, food, and hygiene."

Assange responded by suing Ecuador, accusing it of violating his "fundamental rights and freedoms."

Addressing Assange's residency in the embassy, Moreno said: "I do not like the presence of Mr. Assange in the Ecuadorean embassy, but we have been respectful of his human rights and with that respect in mind we think that six years is too long for someone to remain nearly incarcerated in an embassy."
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インストールされたWindows10のバージョンはWindows10 Home 1809。








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住宅過剰時代 日本の歴史上初めての事態



歩いていると空き家が多い 千葉市営住宅に白骨遺体 


Japan giving away free homes to fill millions of 'ghost' houses
Japan is giving citizens free homes and selling them at heavily discounted prices in an effort to fill the estimated 8.2 million vacant ‘ghost’ houses cursed by Japanese superstition.
Most of the homes are located in rural areas that younger generations have left in favor of city life. To meet the strict requirements for the scheme family members must be under the age of 43 and have children young enough to attend junior school. They must also agree to stay in the town permanently.
Japan’s population has dropped by over 100,000 in the last decade. It currently stands at 127 million but that number is expected to tumble to about 88 million by 2065.
It's predicted that by 2033 more than 20 million houses, (30 percent of all Japanese homes) will be abandoned. By 2040, nearly 900 towns and villages across Japan will no longer exist, leaving Akiya as their last bid for survival.
In Japan purchasing an ‘Akiya’ home can be considered a ‘social failure’ and many express concerns over the unknown abandoner of the property and what rights they may have if they should claim ownership one day.
Many of the houses remain vacant because they are associated with suicide, murder or ‘lonely deaths’ and so have been deemed ‘unlucky’ by Japanese superstition. However the price of new builds in Japan average at $790,000, leaving an ‘Akiya’ home the only option for many young families.
The homes are part of the ‘Akiya’ scheme – meaning ‘vacant’ or ‘abandoned’ – developed to help young families get onto the property ladder, while also addressing the growing number of deserted properties.
The scheme gives homes to young families for free, or for a very low price, to encourage people to occupy the, often spacious homes, located in the Japanese countryside. Local governments have also been handing out subsidies to renovate the properties if they have become decrepit over the years.



栃木市空き家バンク あったか住まいるバンク









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米軍2機が空中接触し墜落 2人発見、5人なお捜索中



KC-130 refueling aircraft and a F/A-18 fighter jetとあるから給油訓練時の接触か? 岩国基地から飛び立って日本沖で訓練をしていた。乗組員合計7人。

US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway
The US Marine Corps says two of its aircraft were involved in a "mishap" off the coast of Japan, and a search-and-rescue operation is underway. Very few details have been made public after the initial USMC news release.

Rescue operations are underway off the coast of Japan for survivors of an aviation “mishap” during a training exercise, according to the USMC.

Reports citing Marines officials indicate the incident involved a KC-130 refueling aircraft and a F/A-18 fighter jet, carrying 7 personnel in total. The aircraft had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan at around 2am local time on Thursday.

Japanese rescue crews have so far found one Marine, while the other six are still missing, according to Marine Expeditionary Force spokeswoman, Lieutenant-Colonel Kelly Frushour.
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Ansar Al-Forqan Terrorist Group Likely Responsible for Chabahar Attack
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ansar al-Forqan terrorist group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the Thursday morning suicide blast in Iran's Southeastern city of Chabahar which killed at least 2 people and wounded several others.

Foreign media outlets said that Ansar al-Forqan has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack but no official has yet confirmed the report.

"A bomb blast was heard some minutes ago near a police station on a street in Chabahar city and security forces and aid groups were immediately deployed in the region," Deputy Governor-General of Sistan and Balouchestan province for Security and Law Enforcement Affairs Mohammad Hadi Mara'ashi told FNA on Thursday.

He added that the bomb which was planted inside a car killed 2 people and wounded 3 others.

Local sources also said that at least 2 law enforcement police have been killed in the terrorist attack. The suicide bomber meant to open his path into the Law Enforcement command center, but was forced to stop where he blew up himself and the car.

Meantime, Caretaker of Chabahar city's Governor-General Office Bameri confirmed the death and injury of a number of people in the bomb blast, stressing that conditions are under control now.

He added that the bomb was planted inside a pickup truck near the Law Enforcement Police's station.

"A number of women, children and local business owners are among the wounded people who were transferred to Imam Ali (AS) hospital," Bameri said, but did not specify the numbers.

But the latest reports by Chabahar medical officials said that 27 wounded people have so far been admitted to the city's hospitals, among them a pregnant woman and a 16-year-old adolescent.

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour visited the blast site on Thursday.

Also, the chief commander of Chabahar's Law Enforcement Police dismissed media claims that he was killed in the terrorist attack.

In June 2017, the IRGC Ground Force killed the ringleader of Ansar al-Forqan terrorist group, Jalil Qanbar Zehi, in clashes in the heights of Qasr-e Qand region, Southeastern Iran.

IRGC's public relations office announced in a statement at the time that the IRGC Ground Force destroyed a Takfiri terrorist team in Qasr-e Qand in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan.

Several terrorists were killed and wounded in clashes with the IRGC forces in Qasr-e Qand region, including the ringleader of Ansar al-Forqan, it added.

The statement said that after being tipped off about the presence of a Takfiri terrorist group in Qasr-e Qand region, several units of IRGC ground troops were dispatched to the scene and attacked the terrorists.
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