Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
July 2014 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Tokyo Says Japan Prepares to Implement New Sanctions Against Russia RIA Novosti 30 Jul 2014 -- Japan is in the process of preparing for the implementation of its sanctions against Russia, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference in Tokyo.
- Japan, France Agree on Expanding Defense Cooperation RIA Novosti 29 Jul 2014 -- France and Japan will expand defense cooperation and conduct joint military exercises as part of a treaty signed in Tokyo by Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.
- Japanese Minister Says French Mistral Deal With Russia Can Affect Japan's Security RIA Novosti 29 Jul 2014 -- The sale of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia may have a negative impact on Japan's security, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said during a meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Tokyo.
- Japan's New Sanctions Against Russia 'Unfriendly, Short-Sighted' – Moscow RIA Novosti 29 Jul 2014 -- Japan's announcement of further sanctions against Moscow is "unfriendly and short-sighted," Russia's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday in a commentary.
- UK defence secretary supports Japan self-defence stance UK MOD 18 Jul 2014 -- Michael Fallon welcomes Japanese announcement on collective self-defence.
- Japanese Security Council Approves Export of Sensors for US Missile Systems – Reports RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2014 -- Japan's National Security Council approved the export of high-performance sensors produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to the United States, making it the first arms export since Tokyo lifted its self-imposed ban on such materials in April, Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday.
- Japan Outlines Constitution Change Impact VOA 17 Jul 2014 -- Japan's ambassador to the Philippines, Toshinao Urabe, says the proposed "reinterpretation" of Japan's pacifist constitution would allow it to help if a country it has a "close relationship" with is attacked.
- Joint Press Briefing by Secretary Hagel and Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 11 Jul 2014 -- Presenters: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera
- Hagel, Onodera Discuss Reinterpretation of Japan's Constitution AFPS 11 Jul 2014 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has held his first meeting with his Japanese counterpart since the government in Tokyo announced it would reinterpret the country's pacifist constitution to allow Japan to take on greater military responsibilities beyond self-defense.
- Japan must correct attitude as prerequisite for leaders' meeting: spokesman People's Daily 11 Jul 2014 -- China on Friday urged Japan to correct its attitude on history and territorial issues as a prerequisite to mend strained bilateral ties.
- This historic tragedy must not be repeated People's Daily 10 Jul 2014 -- 77 years ago, on July 7 1937, Japanese military planes bombed the city of Wanping. On that day, Japan launched its war of aggression against China, and that was the day on which the Chinese nation began its courageous resistance against the aggressors. This war, involving a degree of savagery unprecedented in history, caused an awakening and a vigorous popular uprising against the invader, and represented the first blow in the battle against fascism in the east.
- US, China Split Over More Active Japanese Military VOA 08 Jul 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are in Beijing for talks with their Chinese counterparts on economic and military issues. Washington and Beijing disagree over Japan's military taking a more active role in conflicts outside its borders.
- Xi criticizes denial of Japan's aggression on war anniversary People's Daily 07 Jul 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday underscored the intractability of history as the nation commemorated the start of the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression 77 years ago.
- China Lambasts Japan's Wartime Aggression to German Chancellor VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Beijing where she met Monday with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
- Australia's tie with Japan in strategic coalition 'unwise': strategist People's Daily 06 Jul 2014 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping shared concerns over Japan's reinterpretation of its pacifist constitution during their luncheon meeting, the South Korean presidential office said Friday.
- Xi, Park share concerns over Japan's constitution reinterpretation People's Daily 04 Jul 2014 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping shared concerns over Japan's reinterpretation of its pacifist constitution during their luncheon meeting, the South Korean presidential office said Friday.
- DPRK to Conduct All-inclusive and Comprehensive Probe into Japanese in Country KCNA 04 Jul 2014 -- The DPRK organized the 'Special Investigation Committee' which will start an all-inclusive and comprehensive investigation into all Japanese residing in the DPRK from July 4, 2014 under an agreement reached between the governments of the DPRK and Japan.
- Xi Slams Japan's 'Barbaric' Militarists VOA 04 Jul 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has denounced what he called Japan's 'barbaric' colonial aggression against China and Korea as he continues his two-day visit to Seoul.
- Japan's removal of ban on collective self-defense stirs international unease People's Daily 03 Jul 2014 -- The Japanese cabinet has approved a resolution that would allow the country to exercise the right of collective self-defense by reinterpreting the Pacifist Constitution.
- China media slam Japan military role expansion Iran Press TV 02 Jul 2014 -- Chinese media have leveled harsh criticism against Japan's easing of constitutional constraints that would expand the country's military role and allow overseas deployment.
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Japan's Collective Self-Defense Decision DoD 01 Jul 2014
- China urges Japan not to harm its sovereignty, security interests People's Daily 01 Jul 2014 -- China on Tuesday urged Japan to respect Asian neighbors' security concerns and not to harm China's sovereignty and security interests as Japan approved a resolution to allow it a larger military role in Asia.
- Japan's cabinet approves larger military role Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- Japan's cabinet has approved a landmark change in security policy, easing constitutional constraints that have kept its military forces from fighting overseas since World War II.
- Japan invokes right to exercise 'collective self-defense' VoR 01 Jul 2014 -- Japan loosened restrictions on its powerful military on Tuesday, allowing it to go into battle in defense of allies, in an extremely controversial and massive shift for the country's pacifist stance.
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