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2008 Japan Special Weapons News

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  • Japanese Troops Conduct Successful Patriot Firings at Fort Bliss Raytheon 24 Nov 2008 -- Two Japanese Patriot crews recently engaged targets in a successful practice firing at Fort Bliss, Texas. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) provided operational support for the annual service practice conducted by Japan Air Self-Defense Force troops.
  • Japan/U.S. Missile Defense Flight Test Completed MDA 19 Nov 2008 -- Rear Admiral Tomohisa Takei, Director General of Operations and Plans, for the Japanese Maritime Staff Office (MSO), Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), and Lt. General Henry "Trey" Obering, United States Missile Defense Agency director, announced the completion today of a cooperative sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense intercept flight test off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii
  • UN atomic watchdog to send team to assess Japanese nuclear plant hit by quake UN News Centre 04 Nov 2008 -- A team of global experts led by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will visit Japan next month as part of the latest round of assessments on the impact of a strong earthquake last year on the world’s largest nuclear power plant located in the centre of the Asian nation.
  • Lavrov says compromise needed on islands dispute with Japan RIA Novosti 01 Nov 2008 -- Russia wants to reach a compromise with Japan on the territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands.



  • Taro Aso takes over as Japan's prime minister RIA Novosti 24 Sep 2008 -- Conservative former foreign minister Taro Aso became Japan's prime minister on Wednesday, after the ruling party outvoted the opposition in the divided parliament.
  • Japan to Withdraw Air Force From Iraq VOA 11 Sep 2008 -- Japan says it will withdraw its air defense forces from Iraq by the end of the year.
  • Japan 'postpones naval drills' with Russia RIA Novosti 02 Sep 2008 -- The Japanese government has decided to postpone joint exercises with the Russian Navy citing recent events in the Caucasus and tensions between Russia and the West, a Japanese defense source said on Tuesday.








  • Japan's Building of Missile Shield under Fire KCNA 22 Feb 2008 -- Recently the Japanese military deployed PAC-3s in the area south-west of Tokyo. Earlier, the military deployed missile defence installations made up of launching pad and radar in two bases around Tokyo.
  • Japan Accused of Standing in Way of Six-Party Talks KCNA 20 Feb 2008 -- Japan had better quit the six-party talks of its own accord, admitting it lacks any political ability to handle such sensitive and crucial issue as the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Boeing Delivers First KC-767 Tanker to Japan Boeing 19 Feb 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today delivered the first Japan KC-767 Tanker to the Itochu Corp., for Japan's Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).


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