Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
April 2014 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Tokyo's Sanctions Against Russia Will Not Go Unanswered – Moscow RIA Novosti 29 Apr 2014 -- Moscow will respond to Tokyo's sanctions against a number of Russian citizens, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
- Japan Announces New Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine RIA Novosti 29 Apr 2014 -- The Japanese government said Tuesday it will impose additional sanctions against Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the Kyodo news agency reported.
- The U.S. and Japan are playing with fire in Asia People's Daily 28 Apr 2014 -- The U.S.-Japan alliance targeted at China has been strengthened during US President Barack Obama's visit to Japan.
- U.S.-Japan security treaty should not cover Chinese territory: Chinese envoy People's Daily 26 Apr 2014 -- The U.S.-Japan security treaty is a bilateral arrangement and should not cover Chinese territory, Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai said on Friday.
- Chinese ships return disputed waters after Obama's visit to Tokyo VoR 26 Apr 2014 -- Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea Saturday, the Japanese coastguard said, two days after US President Barack Obama declared his support for Japan. Chinese ships last entered the area on April 12, according to the Japanese coastguard.
- Joint Press Conference with President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan The White House 24 Apr 2014
- Obama: U.S. Treaty Commitment to Japan is "Absolute" AFPS 24 Apr 2014 -- President Barack Obama, making the first state visit by an American president to Japan in nearly two decades, made clear today the United States would be obligated to come to Japan's defense in any confrontation with China over islands both nations claim in the East China Sea.
- Obama backs Japan in China island row, urges China to help contain N Korea VoR 24 Apr 2014 -- US President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to protect Japan from potential attack by China over a tense territorial dispute, but also urged Beijing to help stop North Korea from further developing its 'dangerous' nuclear program. Obama described China's role in keeping its wayward ally in check as 'critically important' after South Korea said heightened activity at the North's main nuclear test site could point to an imminent test - its fourth.
- Misreading Obama's commitment over Diaoyu islands is dangerous People's Daily 24 Apr 2014 -- After serving his guest at Tokyo's most celebrated sushi restaurant, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finally got a long-awaited commitment from U.S. President Barack Obama.
- Obama's four-nation Asia trip: a peacemaker or a troublemaker? People's Daily 24 Apr 2014 -- 'The American 'rebalancing strategy' in the Asia-Pacific is not intended as a move to constrain China,' said US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel earlier this month. Hagel also said that the US welcomes the rise of a prosperous, powerful and responsible China, which is in the interests of both sides. These words have been repeated by American politicians - in as much as they welcome China's rise, but the country should be 'responsible'. What is behind these words is the implication that China has not yet become a responsible country, a reference to the establishment of our air identification zone in the East China Sea and the safeguarding of Chinese sovereignty in the East and South China Sea.
- Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting The White House 23 Apr 2014
- Right-leaning Japan becomes Washington's liability in Asia-Pacific People's Daily 23 Apr 2014 -- President Barack Obama, priding himself on being 'America's first Pacific President,' starts his four-nation Asia tour in Japan late Wednesday, aiming to consolidate Washington's long-promised engagement with the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.
- Repeated shrine visits reflect Japanese politicians' infatuation with militarism People's Daily 22 Apr 2014 -- BEIJING, April 22 -- Despite fresh protests from Beijing and Seoul, a Japanese cabinet minister and nearly 150 lawmakers on Tuesday paid homage to a war shrine, showing their infatuation with militarism and aggravating regional tensions.
- Russian Military Flights Pose No Threat to Japanese Security – Moscow RIA Novosti 21 Apr 2014 -- Russian military flights near the border of Japan do not threaten the country’s security, Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoly Antonov told reporters Monday.
- Japan begins military expansion first time for 40 years, risks angering China VoR 19 Apr 2014 -- Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan. The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim.
- Japan to arm remote western island risking more China tension VoR 18 Apr 2014 -- Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia's biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim.
- Russia to boost military presence on Kuril Islands Iran Press TV 18 Apr 2014 -- Russia has decided to boost its military presence on its eastern coast by building new compounds on the Kuril Islands that are the subject of a territorial dispute with neighboring Japan.
- Russia to Build 150 Military Facilities on Kuril Islands RIA Novosti 18 Apr 2014 -- Russia will build more than 150 military facilities on the Iturup and Kunashir islands, part of the Kuril chain disputed by Japan, a senior military commander told reporters Friday.
- China refutes Abe's criticism on changing 'status quo' People's Daily 18 Apr 2014 -- China has refuted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's criticism claiming that Beijing has tried to 'change the status quo' in maritime disputes.
- Over 200 Tons of Radioactive Water Dumped Into Wrong Fukushima Reservoir RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2014 -- Around 240 tons of highly radioactive groundwater stored at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has been dumped into an unprepared facility due to a technical malfunction, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported Monday.
- Bird flu infection sounds alarm in Japan Iran Press TV 13 Apr 2014 -- Japan has ordered the slaughter of over 110,000 chickens following the confirmation of bird flu infection at a poultry farm in the south of the country.
- Three Chinese ships sails through disputed waters - Japan coastguard VoR 12 Apr 2014 -- Three Chinese coastguard ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea Saturday, the Japanese coastguard said, the latest such incident in a bitter territorial row between the Asian giants.
- Three China ships enter disputed waters Iran Press TV 12 Apr 2014 -- Three Chinese ships have entered disputed waters surrounding a chain of islands controlled by Japan in the East China Sea, Japan's coastguard says.
- Japan to Reactivate Nuclear Energy Program RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2014 -- The government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a new energy policy Friday providing for the reactivation of idled nuclear power plants, reversing an earlier plan to shutter the country's 48 reactors by 2030.
- Hagel: U.S. to Send 2 More Aegis Ships to Japan AFPS 06 Apr 2014 -- For reasons a senior defense official said included North Korean provocations, treaty commitments to Japan and U.S. national security interests, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today that the United States will send Japan two more Aegis-equipped ballistic-missile defense ships by 2017.
- Joint Press Conference with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera DoD 06 Apr 2014 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera
- US to deploy 2 more destroyer ships with Aegis anti-missile systems in Japan by 2017 VoR 06 Apr 2014 -- The US is going to deploy two more destroyer ships equipped with Aegis anti-missile systems in Japan's waters by 2017. Thus, the number of such US destroyers in Japan will increase to 7. This was announced by US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during his visit to Japan.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe DoD 05 Apr 2014
- Media Availability with Secretary Hagel En Route to Japan DoD 05 Apr 2014 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
- Remarks by Secretary Hagel at a Troop Event at Yokota Air Base, Japan DoD 05 Apr 2014 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
- Hagel: U.S.-Japan Partnership Critical to Regional Security AFPS 05 Apr 2014 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel landed in Japan today as part of his fourth official trip to the Asia-Pacific region to reassure the nation's leaders that the U.S.-Japan relationship is one of America's strongest partnerships, friendships and treaty relationships.
- Hagel Discusses U.S.-Japan Defense Relations in Interview AFPS 05 Apr 2014 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the defense relationship between the United States and Japan, the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, U.S. and partner-nation efforts to promote peace and stability in the region, and other issues during his question-and-answer interview with The Nikkei newspaper.
- Hagel: US committed to protecting Japan Iran Press TV 05 Apr 2014 -- US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the United States is strongly committed to protecting Japan's security amid territorial disputes with neighbors.
- Japan ready to shoot down North Korean missiles Iran Press TV 05 Apr 2014 -- Japan has ordered a warship in the Sea of Japan to shoot down any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Korea in the coming weeks, official sources say.
- Japan orders to shoot down any new N Korea ballistic missile launches VoR 05 Apr 2014 -- Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Koreain the coming weeks after Pyongyang fired a Rodong medium-range missile over the sea, a government source said on Saturday.
- Japan arms sales shift rings alarm People's Daily 02 Apr 2014 -- China said Tuesday it is highly concerned about Japan's lifting of its arms export ban, the first major overhaul in nearly half a century, amid strained relations between the two Asian powers.
- Japan approves new arms export rules, triggering concerns People's Daily 01 Apr 2014 -- The Japanese Cabinet on Tuesday approved new principles and guidelines on arms export, marking a major change on the war-renouncing country's defense stance for the first time in nearly half a century.
- China concerned about Japan's arms exports readjustment People's Daily 01 Apr 2014 -- China is greatly concerned about Japan's decision to lift a ban of nearly half a century on weapons exports, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday.
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