Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
August 2015 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Massive Protest Against Japanese Military Legislation VOA 30 Aug 2015 -- Tens of thousands of Japanese gathered near parliament in Tokyo Sunday to protest legislation that would authorize the military to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two.
- Tokyo: Obama Expressed 'Regret' For Spying Scandal in Japan VOA 26 Aug 2015 -- Japan says U.S. President Barack Obama has expressed regret over the alleged U.S. surveillance of senior Japanese officials.
- Obama apologizes to Japan’s Abe over spying: Spokesman Press TV 26 Aug 2015 -- A Japanese government spokesman says US President Barack Obama made an apology to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over Washington’s spying on Tokyo.
- Japan’s Concerns Matched by Military Expansion Plans Sputnik 24 Aug 2015 -- Japanese-Chinese tensions look set to continue with news that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won’t be attending next month’s Victory Day events in Beijing amid criticism of China’s military build-up in the region.
- Japan Launches Kounotori-5 on Mission to ISS Sputnik 19 Aug 2015 -- The launch was originally scheduled for Sunday, August 16, but bad weather conditions at the launch site postponed the mission.
- Japan's army forces launch annual live-fire drills Press TV 18 Aug 2015 -- Japanese military forces have launched four-day live-fire drills near Mount Fuji as Tokyo seeks to expand the role of the army.
- PLA vessels sail through Tsushima Strait near Japan CNA 17 Aug 2015 -- A fleet of seven Chinese naval vessels sailed through the Tsushima Strait near Japan on Monday afternoon as it sailed to Russian waters where a joint China-Russia naval drill will take place later this month, according to the China News Service.
- People's Daily slams lack of sincerity in Abe's WWII statement Xinhua 16 Aug 2015 -- China's People's Daily on Saturday called on Japan to face up to its wartime history.
- On WWII Anniversary, Abe Sends Offering to War Shrine VOA 15 Aug 2015 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to a controversial war shrine.
- Divided Koreas No Closer to Unification on WWII 70th Anniversary VOA 15 Aug 2015 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye expressed muted criticism of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
- Japanese emperor expresses ‘deep remorse’ at WWII memorial service Xinhua 15 Aug 2015 -- Emperor of Japan Akihito on Saturday expressed his "deep remorse" over the past war for the first time at an annual national memorial service.
- Statement by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, August 14, 2015 Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet 14 Aug 2015
- Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II The White House 14 Aug 2015
- Abe Expresses ‘Deepest Remorse’ on WWII Anniversary VOA 14 Aug 2015 -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed feelings of “profound grief” and “sincere condolences’ to those who suffered and died from Japan’s past military aggression while making his highly anticipated public statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
- Commentary: Abe's watered-down apology fails sincerity test Xinhua 14 Aug 2015-- By mentioning the Japanese government's previous apologies in his WWII anniversary statement Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes to take a step forward toward reconciliation with his country's neighbors.
- The Abe Statement: Apology, Abapology or Abomb? Xinhua 14 Aug 2015 -- As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe releases an official statement later Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of his country's surrender at the end of World War II (WWII), he is standing at a critical crossroad.
- Japan restarts first nuclear reactor after 2-year hiatus People's Daily 11 Aug 2015 -- Japan restarted a nuclear reactor in the Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu.
- Japan Restarts Sendai Nuclear Reactor VOA 11 Aug 2015 -- A Japanese power company restarted a nuclear reactor on Tuesday, the first one to come back online under new safety regulations put in place following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
- Abe's statement to include ‘apology’ People's Daily 11 Aug 2015 -- Sources close to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that the Japanese leader's statement on Friday will include key words such as "apology".
- Japanese gov't forced to suspend relocation work for U.S. base in Okinawa People's Daily 10 Aug 2015 -- The Japanese government suspended all preparatory work for land reclamation and other construction plans connected to the relocation of a controversial U.S. airbase within the country's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa.
- Roundup: Abe's anni. statement remains unclear on whether to offer apology People's Daily 10 Aug 2015 -- Japanese media reported contradictorily over whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's planned statement will include keywords of "aggression and colonial rule" and "apology."
- Commemorating Nagasaki bombing, Ban lauds efforts to achieve nuclear-weapon-free world UN News 09 Aug 2015 -- In a message commemorating the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to all those in the Japanese city and around the globe who are striving to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
- Chinese FM rejects Philippine, Japanese, U.S. claims on South China Sea issue People's Daily 07 Aug 2015 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made clear China's stance on the South China Sea issue on Thursday, rejecting the claims of the Philippines, Japan and United States.
- Japan - DDG (guided missile destroyer) 7 and 8 AEGIS Combat System (ACS), Underwater Weapon System (UWS), and Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) DSCA 07 Aug 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for DDG 7 and 8 AEGIS Combat System, Underwater Weapon System, Cooperative Engagement Capability and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 4, 2015.
- Pacifist No More? US Approves $1.5Bln Weapons Sale to Japan Sputnik 07 Aug 2015 -- Japan's constitution prohibits a standing army. Its troops are called self-defense forces and their functions have been severely limited until recently. In July, the lower house of Japan's parliament endorsed a package of security bills allowing the army to fight abroad for the first time since WWII.
- Japan Offers Philippines Aircraft to Spy on Disputed South China Sea Waters Sputnik 07 Aug 2015 -- As part of its increasing involvement in the South China Sea, Japan could soon provide the Philippines with patrol aircraft.
- 'No more Hiroshimas. No more Nagasakis,' Ban declares on anniversary of atomic bombing UN News 06 Aug 2015 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his resolve to advance the goal of achieving a world "free of the nuclear shadow," in a message to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
- DPRK, Japan foreign ministers hold rare talks in Malaysia People's Daily 06 Aug 2015 -- Foreign Ministers of Japan and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held bilateral talks here Thursday on the sidelines of a series of regional meetings, a DPRK spokesman confirmed.
- Japan Expresses 'Serious Concern' Over US Spying Reports VOA 05 Aug 2015 -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed 'serious concern' over allegations the United States spied on senior Japanese government and business officials.
- Japan to temporarily halt preparation work on new US base Press TV 04 Aug 2015 -- Japan is set to suspend preparation work for the construction of a new US military base on the southern island of Okinawa, a government official says, amid widespread local protests against the facility's relocation.
- Three Chinese Ships Briefly Intrude Japan's Waters Near Disputed Islands Sputnik 02 Aug 2015 -- Three Chinese Coast Guard vessels entered the Japanese waters near disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
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