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August 2012 - Japan Special Weapons News
- U.S.-Japan Joint Statement on Aid Coordination in the Pacific Region US Dept. of State 31 Aug 2012
- South Korea Rejects Japan Island Proposal RIA Novosti 30 Aug 2012 -- South Korea rejected Japan’s proposal to take the two countries’ territorial dispute over the Takeshima Islands to the International Court of Justice.
- Taiwan believes U.S. has no stance on disputed Tiaoyutais CNA 30 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan believes the United States' decision to officially use the Japanese name for the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands is unrelated to the islands' sovereignty and does not signify a U.S. stance.
- Disputed Islands May Dominate Upcoming APEC Summit VOA 29 Aug 2012 -- China and Japan are locked in an increasingly bitter dispute over islands in the East China Sea, a topic bound to dominate this week's trip to Asia by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
- Taiwan, Japan have dialogue mechanism for Tiaoyutais: minister CNA 29 Aug 2012 -- Foreign Minister Timothy Yang said that Taiwan and Japan already have a mechanism for dialogue on the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Japan, North Korea Meet for First Time in 4 Years VOA 29 Aug 2012 -- Japan and North Korea have held their first talks in four years, in an effort to overcome decades of tension and mistrust.
- KCNA Commentary on Japan and Tok Islets KCNA 28 Aug 2012 -- Japanese Foreign Minister Kenba: "Tok Islets are part of the territory of Japan in the light of history and international law."
- Taiwan dismisses Tokyo governor's 'unilateral' claim to Tiaoyutais CNA 28 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan does not recognize any unilateral move or argument by Japanese officials on the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands.
- Russia to Release Japanese POW Records RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2012 -- Japanese officials announced that Russia will release its records of Japanese prisoner movements in Siberian and Mongolian labor camps after World War II.
- Taiwan: Nationalism unwelcome over Tiaoyutais dispute CNA 23 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan hopes the tension in the East China Sea will not continue to grow as a result of nationalism amid the dispute over the Tiaoyutai Islands.
- Japan Increases Rhetoric Against S. Korea Over Island Dispute VOA 24 Aug 2012 -- Japan's top government officials and lawmakers are continuing to turn up the heat on two neighboring countries with claims on islands that Japan considers its own.
- S. Korea to Return Japan's Protest Letter Amid Island Dispute VOA 23 Aug 2012 -- A simmering territorial dispute between South Korea and Japan continued, with Seoul saying it would return a protest letter sent by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
- Dempsey, Japanese Counterpart Bolster Partnership Across Domains AFPS 23 Aug 2012 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff welcomed his Japanese counterpart to the Pentagon today as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen military ties between both countries.
- Tensions Remain Between Japan, S. Korea Over Disputed Island VOA 22 Aug 2012 -- Japan has returned its ambassador to South Korea after recalling him over a territorial dispute that involves an island in the Sea of Japan.
- Nationalism Fuels Japan-China Island Dispute VOA 22 Aug 2012 -- An escalating dispute between Japan and China over an island chain in the East China Sea is focusing attention on increasingly nationalistic moves by the rival Asian powers.
- Chinese Activists Return From Expedition to Disputed Island VOA 22 Aug 2012 -- After causing a diplomatic incident by planting the Chinese flag on the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands last week, a group of Chinese nationalists from Hong Kong arrived home.
- Anti-Nuclear Demonstrators Confront Japan's PM VOA 22 Aug 2012 -- Japan's prime minister met with activists who have been organizing weekly protests in front of the prime minister's office.
- Japan, S. Korea Disputed Island Spat Heats Up VOA 21 Aug 2012 -- Japan delivered a diplomatic document to South Korea proposing that the two countries should take their territorial dispute over a group of small islets to the primary judicial entity of the United Nations.
- President Ma suggests taking Tiaoyutai disputes to international court CNA 21 Aug 2012 -- President Ma reiterated Taiwan's sovereignty over the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands.
- Taiwan not to join with China against Japan on island dispute: Ma CNA 21 Aug 2012 -- President Ma insisted his administration has no intention to join with China against Japan in the territorial dispute.
- Taiwanese operating near Tiaoyutais will be protected: MOFA CNA 21 Aug 2012 -- Taiwanese sailing in waters in the vicinity of the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands will be protected, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs vowed.
- Taiwan summons Japanese envoy to protest over Tiaoyutais CNA 19 Aug 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou's East China Sea Peace Initiative to help resolve the dispute over the Tiaoyutai Islands has received a positive response from the U.S. authorities, Taiwan's representative to the United States said Friday.
- Japanese Activists Land on Disputed Islands in Japan-China Row RIA Novosti 19 Aug 2012 -- A group of Japanese nationalists has landed on a chain of uninhabited islands claimed both by China and Japan amid an escalating territorial dispute between the two countries, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.
- Japanese Activists Land on Disputed Islands VOA 19 Aug 2012 -- Japanese activists have landed on disputed islands in the East China Sea amid escalating diplomatic tensions with China. The landing came two days after Japanese authorities expelled Chinese activists who had landed in the same islands carrying the flags of China and Taiwan.
- U.S. Disregards S. Korea in Tok Islets Issue: Specialist KCNA 18 Aug 2012 -- A spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department reiterated that Japan and south Korea should resolve the territorial dispute over a pair of islands in the Sea of Japan through dialogue.
- Japan deports Hong Kong activists in Tiaoyutai row CNA 17 Aug 2012 -- Seven of the 14 activists from Hong Kong who allegedly violated Japan's immigration law by landing on the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea earlier this week were deported by air Friday, according to a Japanese TV report.
- Japan 'furtively occupying' Tiaoyutais: MOFA CNA 17 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) described the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands Friday as being 'furtively occupied' by Japan, the first time it has used such a critical phrase in the territorial row.
- Provocation unhelpful in island dispute: U.S. State Department CNA 16 Aug 2012 -- The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that territorial disputes should be resolved peacefully, after 14 people from Hong Kong were arrested by the Japanese authorities for traveling to a disputed island group in the resources-rich East China Sea.
- No plans for president to visit Taioyutais: Foreign Ministry CNA 16 Aug 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou has no plans to visit the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday in response to a call from a local official for Ma to make such a trip.
- Taiwan urges Japan to recognize disputes over Tiaoyutai Islands CNA 16 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan on Thursday called on Japan to recognize that there are indeed disputes over the sovereignty of the Tiaoyutai Islands, over which Taiwan and China lay claims.
- Japanese Ministers Visit Controversial War Shrine VOA 15 Aug 2012 -- Two Japanese cabinet ministers have visited a controversial war shrine seen by many as a symbol of Tokyo's imperialist past, in a move likely to anger neighboring China and South Korea.
- Protests in Taipei, Beijing following Yasukuni Shrine visit CNA 15 Aug 2012 -- Activists in Taipei and Beijing launched protests Wednesday against Japan's territorial claims over the Tiaoyutai Islands and a visit made by Japanese ministers to honor war dead at the Yasukuni Shrine the same day.
- Japan Recalls S. Korean Ambassador Over Island Visit VOA 10 Aug 2012 -- Japan has recalled its ambassador to South Korea to protest South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak's visit to a group of islands claimed by both countries.
- South Korean President Visits Islets Disputed with Japan VOA 10 Aug 2012 -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has visited a set of disputed islets in the sea between Japan and Korea, causing a diplomatic rift between the two nations.
- Japan Defense Minister flies in Osprey USMC News 10 Aug 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, in a joint press conference Aug. 3 with Japan Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto, said the military has complete confidence in the MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft it recently delivered to Marines in Japan.
- Japanese nuclear plant ‘remarkably undamaged’ in earthquake – UN atomic agency UN News Centre 10 Aug 2012 -- The nuclear plant closest to the epicentre of the March 2011 earthquake that struck Japan was “remarkably undamaged,” according to a report delivered by the UN nuclear watchdog.
- Japan Marks Nagasaki Atomic Bombing Anniversary VOA 09 Aug 2012 -- Japanese officials are calling for a move away from nuclear power as the nation marks the 67th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city of Nagasaki.
- Taiwan has tacit agreement with Japan over economic waters: MND CNA 08 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan has developed a tacit agreement with Japan on how to enforce their respective laws in their overlapping exclusive economic waters.
- Taiwan hopes to use peace plan to discuss Tiaoyutai issue with Japan CNA 08 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan will base its communications with Japan on the Tiaoyutai Islands issue on the spirit of a peace initiative for the East China Sea.
- Japan open to East China Sea cooperation, firm on Tiaoyutais CNA 07 Aug 2012 -- Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said Tuesday that his country is open to promoting cooperation in the East China Sea region, but he reiterated Japan's sovereignty over the Tiaoyutai Islands, known in Japanese as the Senkakus.
- U.S. expects Tiaoyutai dispute to be resolved peacefully CNA 06 Aug 2012 -- The US expects the territorial dispute over the Tiaoyutai Islands to be addressed through peaceful means, a U.S. official said.
- Survey ship harassed by Japanese in Taiwan's economic zone: MOFA CNA 06 Aug 2012 -- A marine survey ship that cut short its mission a day early after being harassed by a Japanese Coast Guard aircraft was in a part of Taiwan's exclusive economic zone that overlaps with Japan's.
- On anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing, Ban urges elimination of nuclear weapons UN News Centre 06 Aug 2012 -- Marking the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries to work together to eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons.
- Japan Marks 67th Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing VOA 06 Aug 2012 -- Hiroshima marked the 67th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack, amid a rising tide of anti-nuclear sentiments in Japan.
- Panetta: Ospreys Grounded in Japan Pending Investigation AFPS 03 Aug 2012 -- The Marine Corps will deliver the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to Japan on time, but they will remain grounded for the short term, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters today during a joint Pentagon press conference with Japanese Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto.
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