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October 2012 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan: Protection of fishermen's rights in disputed waters a priority CNA 31 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan has sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Six Chinese ships enter waters off Diaoyutais CNA 30 Oct 2012 -- Six Chinese ships entered waters off the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, marking the fifth time this month that Chinese vessels have sailed into the disputed area.
- Taiwan hoping for talks with ASEAN states on territorial dispute CNA 30 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan is hoping to hold discussions with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on a code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea, the foreign ministry said.
- Taiwan, Japan discussing meetings on fishery talks: ministry CNA 30 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan and Japan are still discussing holding preparatory meetings before a 17th round of bilateral fishery talks can take place, a Taiwanese foreign affairs official said.
- KCNA Commentary Slams Japanese Visits to Yasukuni Shrine KCNA 30 Oct 2012 -- The Japanese have frequently paid visits to the Yasukuni Shrine amid the mounting atmosphere of turning Japan to the right.
- Japan Plans to Launch New Carrier Rocket in 2013 RIA Novosti 30 Oct 2012 -- Japan is planning to launch its new light-class Epsilon carrier rocket in summer 2013.
- China Threatens Force if Japan Challenges Sovereignty RIA Novosti 27 Oct 2012 -- Beijing vows to make no concessions on its territorial sovereignty and threatens to use force, against Japan among other countries, in response to any challenge to its territorial integrity.
- Radiation Levels in Fukushima Fish Not Dropping VOA 26 Oct 2012 -- New research indicates that radioactive cesium levels in many kinds of fish caught off the coast of Fukushima have not declined in the year following Japan's nuclear disaster.
- Japan Spots Chinese Ships Near Contested Islands VOA 25 Oct 2012 -- Japan says four Chinese government ships entered waters near contested Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea, as a territorial dispute between the two Asian giants drags on.
- Russia-Japan Defense Dialog Broadens RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2012 -- Russian Security Council Chief Nikolai Patrushev, visiting Japan, welcomed the expansion of ties between the two countries.
- Fiery Tokyo Governor Quits to Form New Party VOA 25 Oct 2012 -- Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, whose outspoken nationalism has often angered neighboring China, says he is resigning to form a new political party ahead of a general election.
- Tokyo Confirms Talks with China on Island Dispute VOA 24 Oct 2012 -- Japan says it is engaged in talks with China to resolve a territorial dispute that has disrupted ties between the two Asian powers.
- Orient Shield Promotes U.S.-Japan Readiness, Interoperability AFPS 24 Oct 2012 -- The U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force kicked off Orient Shield 2012 in Japan.
- Opening ceremony launches Orient Shield 12 Army News 24 Oct 2012 -- Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division joined with Japan Ground Self Defense Force members in a ceremony that initiated the annual bilateral, tactical level field training exercise known as Orient Shield 12.
- Taiwan concerned by Panama's support of Japanese claim to Diaoyutais CNA 23 Oct 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed grave concern over Panama's support for Japan's claim to the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Resumption of fishery talks with Japan not a done deal: ministry CNA 23 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan and Japan are still negotiating the resumption of bilateral talks on fishing rights, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
- KCNA on Japan's Ambition to Grab Tok Islets KCNA 23 Oct 2012 -- The Japanese are escalating their moves to grab Tok islets.
- ROC reaffirms Diaoyutais sovereignty as Japan admits China row CNA 22 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan reiterated its sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands in light of reports of an official admission by Japan that it has a sovereignty dispute with China over the island group in the resource-rich East China Sea.
- Japan-U.S. military drill might be cancelled: report CNA 20 Oct 2012 -- Japan and the United States are considering cancelling a joint military drill, which was scheduled to be held in the Ryukyu Islands, because of opposition by the islands’residents.
- Rodong Sinmun on U.S. Projected Deployment of New Type Stealth Fighters in Japan KCNA 20 Oct 2012 -- The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced its plan to deploy F-35 fighters in Kadena air force base in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
- Alleged Assault Results in Curfew for U.S. Forces in Japan AFPS 19 Oct 2012 -- An alleged assault of a female Japanese citizen in Okinawa by two U.S. service members Oct. 16 has drawn an apology from the commander of U.S. forces in Japan and imposition of a curfew throughout the country.
- US Imposes Curfew on All American Troops in Japan VOA 19 Oct 2012 -- The commander of U.S. forces in Japan has imposed an nationwide curfew for all military personnel in Japan after the arrest of two American sailors for the alleged rape of an Okinawan woman.
- Pentagon Assists Japan in Rape Case with US Servicemen RIA Novosti 19 Oct 2012 -- Pentagon is “closely cooperating” with the Japanese authorities in investigating the alleged rape of a Japanese woman by two suspected US military servicemen.
- China, S. Korea Criticize Japanese Ministers' War Shrine Visit VOA 18 Oct 2012 -- China and South Korea are criticizing the latest visits to a controversial Tokyo war shrine by members of the Japanese cabinet.
- Japan urged to recognize Diaoyutais sovereignty dispute CNA 18 Oct 2012 -- Japan should recognize the existence of the sovereignty dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, a former Republic of China representative to the United States said.
- Taiwan keeping close tabs on military vessels near Diaoyutais CNA 17 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan is keeping a close eye on military vessels passing through waters near the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- 2 US Sailors Arrested for Alleged Rape in Japan VOA 17 Oct 2012 -- The latest alleged crime committed by American servicemen in Japan threatens to ignite escalated protests on the southern island of Okinawa against the U.S. military presence there.
- Two US Navy Sailors Arrested in Japan on Rape Charges RIA Novosti 17 Oct 2012 -- Two US Navy sailors were arrested in Japan on Tuesday on suspicion of raping a woman in the country’s southern prefecture of Okinawa.
- Japan Reports Chinese Ships Near Disputed Islands VOA 16 Oct 2012 -- Japan says it has spotted seven Chinese naval ships near one of its islands, as tensions between the two Asian powers remain high over a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.
- Chinese military vessels spotted moving toward Diaoyutai Islands CNA 16 Oct 2012 -- Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force spotted seven Chinese military vessels moving toward the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Report: Asian Powers Beef up Military Spending VOA 16 Oct 2012 -- Security analysts say a new study on regional military spending indicates Asia's major powers, led by China, are getting serious about defense matters.
- Taiwan-Japan fishery talks to highlight fishing rights CNA 14 Oct 2012 -- The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture said Sunday that it will protect the fishing rights and traditional fishing grounds of local fishermen at fishery talks with Japan that could be resumed in November, despite the ongoing territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands.
- Japan may take more conciliatory approach toward China in islet row CNA 10 Oct 2012 -- The Japanese government is considering adopting a more conciliatory attitude toward China in the two countries' territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday.
- Taiwan shows propriety in protest over disputed islands: president CNA 08 Oct 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that both the private and government sectors have shown propriety in the recent protest against Japan over disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Taiwan hopes to resume fishery talks with Japan in November: official CNA 08 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan is hoping to resume its long-stalled fishery talks with Japan around November, despite their current territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands, a high-level Taiwanese official said Monday.
- Japan to resume fishery talks with Taiwan by year-end: media CNA 07 Oct 2012 -- Japan will resume long-stalled fishery talks with Taiwan by the end of the year to keep Taiwan from aligning with China in the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands, the Japanese-language Yomiuri Shimbun reported Sunday.
- Japan's call for calm in handling disputes seen as 'goodwill' CNA 06 Oct 2012 -- The Japanese foreign minister's call for calm in dealing with 'pending issues' in relations between Taiwan and Japan demonstrated goodwill, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday.
- MOFA urges Japanese to respect Taiwan's fishing rights near islets CNA 06 Oct 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged Japan on Saturday to respect Taiwan's fishing rights in waters near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands and cooperate in holding a new round of fishery talks.
- Chinese vessels patrolling Diaoyutai waters: Japanese media CNA 05 Oct 2012 -- Four Chinese maritime surveillance vessels were spotted in waters near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands, in what may become a routine occurrence in the near future.
- Japan agrees with 'spirit' of Taiwan's East China Sea initiative CNA 05 Oct 2012 -- Japan agrees with the basic concept and spirit of Taiwan's East China Sea Peace Initiative, Japan's foreign minister said.
- Japan Protests South Korean Media Tour to Disputed Isle VOA 05 Oct 2012 -- Japan has officially complained to South Korea about a trip to a disputed rocky island organized for selected foreign media organizations.
- ROC envoy to Japan returns to post CNA 04 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan's representative to Japan, Shen Ssu-tsun, returned to his post in Tokyo to resume his official duties, which include promoting bilateral relations.
- China Vows to Continue Patrols Near Disputed Islands VOA 03 Oct 2012 -- The Japanese Coast Guard says three Chinese government ships have entered the waters near a hotly disputed island chain in the East China Sea.
- Tokyo Protests Trespassing Chinese Ships RIA Novosti 03 Oct 2012 -- Tokyo has lodged an official protest with Beijing after Chinese ships entered the territorial waters of disputed islands in the East China Sea.
- New Taiwan FM hopeful on resuming fishing talks with Japan CNA 03 Oct 2012 -- Foreign Minister David Lin, appearing at his first press conference since assuming his post, praised the state of communications between Taiwan and Japan.
- Crisis Watch report includes Taiwanese boats' Diaoyutais protest CNA 02 Oct 2012 -- The Belgium-based International Crisis Group mentioned Taiwanese fishing boats' recent protest near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands and the subsequent standoff between Taiwanese and Japanese coast guard vessels.
- No date set for Taiwan-Japan fishery talks: officials CNA 02 Oct 2012 -- Taiwan and Japan are still discussing the issues that should be covered in the next round of bilateral talks on fishing rights and when they should be held, despite escalating tensions between the two sides over the Diaoyutai Islands.
- Taiwan, Japan coast guards spar in waters near Diaoyutais CNA 01 Oct 2012 -- Coast guard vessels from Taiwan and Japan sparred in waters near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands over their countries' conflicting claims to the uninhabited island chain in the East China Sea.
- Resolving Diaoyutais dispute through ICJ will be difficult: envoy CNA 01 Oct 2012 -- It will be difficult for Taiwan to resolve a territorial dispute involving Japan through the International Court of Justice because Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, Shen Ssu-tsun, Taiwan's representative to Japan, said.
- U.S. Ospreys Deployed to Futenma Base in Okinawa RIA Novosti 01 Oct 2012 -- U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft were deployed to the U.S. Futenma airbase in southern Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture despite strong public opposition.
- Japan’s Prime Minister Reshuffles Cabinet RIA Novosti 01 Oct 2012 -- Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced the makeup of the new government that reshuffles 10 of 18 Cabinet positions.
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