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KOBE nike air max 2017 red womens uk , Japan, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Kobe and its surrounding areas marked on Sunday the 21st anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake that claimed the lives of 6,434 people in 1995.

Some 9,000 people gathered early in the morning in Higashi-yuenchi Park, central Kobe, where the Earthquake Memorial Monument is located.

At 5:00 a.m. local time, over 7,000 bamboo lanterns were lit in the park nike air max 2017 red uk , featuring the pattern of "1.17" and the kanji meaning "future".

At 5:46 a.m., the exact time when the deadly earthquake struck the city 21 years ago, people in the park mourned in silence, praying for the souls of the earthquake victims.

"I lost my mother in the quake. Now 21 years have passed, yet the sadness and sufferings brought by the quake remain unchanged. I would uphold the memory of my beloved mother," said 42-year-old Hiromi Yamamoto in an eulogy on behalf of the families who lost their loved ones in the quake.

Kizo Hisamoto, mayor of Kobe, said the city office will work to impart lessons learned from the quake to the next generation.

On Sunday nike air max 2017 pink womens uk sale , around 60 memorial events were held in Kobe and its neighboring areas.

In the city of Awaji, people sang in chorus the song "Flowers Open" at a park to mourn the quake victims. In the city of Takarazuka, over 650 people took part in a parent-child anti-disaster walk activity to visit disaster prevention facilities and learn how to react in case of a disaster.

Meanwhile, some problems left from the quake remain unresolved and affect the residents' life, one of which is a housing problem.

In the aftermath of the quake, governments of the disaster-hit cities concluded a 20-year lease contract with private owners to provide housing for thousands of people who had been rendered homeless by the quake.

However, in the chaotic circumstances, the authorities failed to inform the residents of the time limit. With the lease contract expiring in 2015 nike air max 2017 pink womens uk , many residents have trouble moving to new home due to advanced age and other problems.

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall speaks in Portsmouth, Virginia, on January 2, 2014

China poses an increasing challenge to the US military's technological edge while budget pressures are hampering Washington's effort to stay ahead, a senior defense official warned on Tuesday.

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer, told lawmakers that when it comes to "technological superiority nike air max 2017 pink uk , the Department of Defense is being challenged in ways that I have not seen for decades, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region."

Citing China's major investments in anti-ship missiles, stealth fighter jets, hypersonic vehicles and other hi-tech weaponry, Kendall said the United States could lose its dominant position if it failed to respond to the altered strategic landscape.

"Technological superiority is not assured and we cannot be complacent about our posture," he told the House Armed Services Committee.

Asked to assess what one lawmaker called an arms race between the two countries, Kendall said there was cause for concern as China dramatically increases its military spending.

"Their budget is far smaller than ours, but their personnel costs are also far smaller than ours nike air max 2017 orange womens uk sale ," said Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

"Our budgets are going in the opposite direction. So just by that metric alone, it's not positive."

Lawmakers and defense analysts say China is making strides in modernizing its military, particularly in the area of so-called "anti-access" weapons -- such as missiles and electronic jamming systems -- that could potentially limit the reach of US aircraft carriers or warplanes.

Kendall said when he returned to the Pentagon after being away for 15 years, he was "struck immediately by the nature, scope and quality of the investments that are being made in A2AD, as we call it nike air max 2017 orange womens uk , anti-access area denial capabilities."

As a result, the Pentagon is "looking very carefully at Pacific Command's requirements and what they need for the operations in that area," he said.

Kendall added that Washington was concerned about China exporting its newer weapons abroad.

Echoing Kendall's wider concerns, Admiral Samuel Locklear, head of US Pacific Command, said last week that the American military's "relative dominance" is declining as other countries invest in sophisticated weapons.

The admiral, however, said it was "not something to be afraid of" and that the US had to be "pragmatic" as it plans for the future.

Kendall nike air max 2017 orange uk , however, said that mandatory budget cuts adopted by Congress were tying the Pentagon's hands as it tries to maintain America's military power.

"Our ability within the department to respond to that challenge is severely limited by the current budget situation," he cautioned.

While the department grapples with the uncertainty triggered by the automatic budget cuts, "we are losing time, an asset that we can never recover," he said.


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