Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
December 2012 - Japan Special Weapons News
- China: Detained Chinese Fishermen Released in Japan VOA 31 Dec 2012 -- China's state news agency said Japan has released a Chinese fishing crew detained on Saturday for poaching in Japanese waters.
- Japan's New PM Tours Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant VOA 29 Dec 2012 -- As Japan's newly installed prime minister toured the crippled Fukushima power plant Saturday, he made it clear he is set to review the previous government's plan to phase out nuclear power.
- Japan to Carefully Consider Stationing Officials on Disputed Islands VOA 28 Dec 2012 -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said the new Japanese government will carefully consider stationing officials on the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in a interview on December 28, according to JiJi Press, a Japanese news agency.
- Abe Named New Japanese Prime Minister VOA 26 Dec 2012 -- Japan has a new prime minister. The Diet (parliament) on Wednesday selected Shinzo Abe to again lead the country after his Liberal Democratic Party scored a solid comeback in elections this month. That ends a three-year stay in power for the Democratic Party of Japan.
- Shinzo Abe Favors Greater Global Role for Japan VOA 26 Dec 2012 -- Japan's newly elected prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is a long-time conservative politician who has pushed for a more aggressive foreign policy and a greater role for Japan on the world stage.
- China on Alert After Japan Scrambles Jets over E. China Sea VOA 25 Dec 2012 -- China says it is on alert after Japan dispatched fighter jets over the East China Sea.
- China, Japan new heads predicted to seek dialogue over Diaoyutais row CNA 24 Dec 2012 -- China's new leader and Japan's new prime minister would seek dialogue in an effort to address the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands, despite tension in the region, Taiwan's security chief predicted Monday.
- China Says Geology Boosts Island Claims VOA 19 Dec 2012 -- In an attempt to bolster its claims to disputed islands in the East China Sea, China has presented the United Nations what it says is geological evidence proving the islands belong to Beijing.
- Japan Conservatives Regain Power in Landslide Election RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2012 -- Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its traditional partner New Komeito party won 325 seats in the 480-seat lower house of parliament during elections on Sunday securing an impressive return to power after three years in opposition.
- China Keeps Close Eye on Japan Politics VOA 17 Dec 2012 -- China says it is highly concerned about the direction of Sino-Japanese relations following Sunday's elections in Japan, which will bring a conservative government to power. Relations between the two countries have been strained in recent months over an island dispute in the East China Sea.
- Japan's Governing Party Resoundingly Ousted in Shift to Right VOA 16 Dec 2012 -- Japan's governing party has suffered a crushing election defeat. Results of parliamentary elections Sunday show the next government will be formed by the Liberal Democratic Party. The conservatives and their allies are expected to take a more hawkish approach in confronting the country's neighbors, but what they plan to do to reverse Japan's long economic decline remains murky.
- China Defends Flight Over Disputed Islands VOA 14 Dec 2012 -- China has defended the flight of a government plane in disputed airspace near contested islands in the East China Sea, an incident that provoked a diplomatic dispute with Japan.
- Japan Deploys Anti-Missile Shield Against North Korea Rocket RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2012 -- Japan has deployed anti-missile defense systems in anticipation of an imminent North Korean rocket launch, Japanese Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto told a press conference Saturday.
- Japan Deploys Warships Ahead of N.Korean Launch RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2012 -- Tokyo began deploying warships on Thursday in anticipation of a rocket launch by North Korea later this month, media reports said.
- Japan Deploys Patriot Missiles Ahead of N.Korea Launch RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2012 -- A Japanese naval transport ship has delivered Patriot missile interceptor systems to the southern island of Ishigaki to counter any threat posed by North Korea’s planned space launch.
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