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April 2016 - Japan Special Weapons News

  • Taiwan patrol boats to protect fishermen near disputed Japanese atoll CNA 30 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan will send two patrol ships Sunday to international waters near a Japanese-controlled atoll in the Western Pacific to protect Taiwanese fishermen operating in the area.
  • $40 Billion Submarine : France Sinks Japanese Defense Industry Sputnik 30 Apr 2016 -- Japan once had the inside track on one of the world's most lucrative defense contracting deals, but a late bid by the French government and inexplicable missteps by Tokyo have ended the country's immediate plan of reconstructing its industrial sector.
  • Japan to Abandon ASTRO-H Astronomical Satellite After Communication Lost Sputnik 29 Apr 2016 -- The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said that it would abandon the Hitomi (ASTRO-H) X-ray astronomy satellite over a month after communication with the spacecraft was lost.
  • Taiwan patrol boats to protect fishermen near disputed Japanese atoll CNA 29 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan will send two patrol ships to international waters near a Japanese-controlled atoll in the Western Pacific to protect Taiwanese fishermen operating in the area, Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration said Friday.
  • Taiwan proposes international arbitration for Okinotori dispute CNA 29 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Friday that Japan's claim that the Okinotori atoll is an "island" violates the rights of fishermen everywhere and that Taiwan is not ruling out the idea of submitting the dispute to international arbitration.
  • Taiwan ups the ante in protest against seizure of fishing boat (update) CNA 29 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan's Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) on Friday summoned Japan's de facto ambassador in Taipei to lodge a formal protest against the seizure earlier this week of a Taiwanese fishing boat on the high seas near a Japanese-controlled atoll.
  • Taiwan to lodge strong protest with Japan for fishing boat detention CNA 28 Apr 2016 -- Foreign Affairs Minister David Lin (林永樂) will summon Japan's representative to Taiwan Friday to convey Taiwan's strong protest against the Japanese coast guard's detention of a Taiwanese fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean early this week.
  • Taiwan to uphold rights to fish on high seas: president CNA 28 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) reaffirmed Thursday that Taiwan will uphold the freedom of its fishermen operating on the high seas and will not budge on this position.
  • Japan's claim that Okinotori is an island is 'illegal': president CNA 27 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) issued a stern statement Wednesday condemning Japan's detention of a Taiwanese fishing boat in a disputed area of the Pacific, saying Japan's claim that Okinotori Atoll is an island violates international law.
  • Japan's Warship Arrives in Philippines to Balance China's Influence Sputnik 26 Apr 2016 -- A Japanese warship arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday, signaling the strengthening of cooperation between Tokyo and Manila and in an effort to balance Beijing's growing influence in the South China Sea, Japanese media reported.
  • Japan Dispatches Record Number of Jets as E. China Sea Tensions Flare Sputnik 26 Apr 2016 -- According to Japan Air-Self Defense Force (JASDF), fighter jets were dispatched 571 times in 2015 to stop Chinese military aircraft approaching or intruding into Japanese airspace in the East China Sea (Sea of Japan), according to the Japan's Defense Ministry.
  • Taiwan disputes Japan's claim of rights over Okinotori reefs CNA 26 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan stressed Tuesday that it does not accept Japan's claim that the Okinotori reefs in the Pacific Ocean are entitled to a 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone, noting that it is a disputed issue and needs further negotiations among the parties involved.
  • Japan lodges official protest over DPRK's latest missile launch People's Daily 26 Apr 2016 -- Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday that Japan had lodged an official protest with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) over its latest missile launch.
  • Taiwan disputes Japan's right to detain fishing boat near Okinotori CNA 25 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday Japan's detention of a Taiwanese fishing boat in a disputed area of the Pacific was unacceptable, while the family of detained captain Pan Chien-peng (潘建鵬) has prepared NT$1.7 million (US$52,527) as a "security deposit" to seek his early release.
  • 31st MEU ends support to earthquake relief efforts USMC News 25 Apr 2016 -- Marines and MV-22 Ospreys with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit ended operations today in support of Joint Task Force Chinzei, led by the Japanese Self-Defense Force. United States Forces, Japan, announced today the end of direct U.S. airlift support to Government of Japan earthquake relief efforts in the Kumamoto, Japan, area.
  • JSDF, U.S. Marines continue earthquake relief efforts USMC News 25 Apr 2016 -- Two MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit completed the fifth day of disaster relief flight operations in support of Joint Task Force Chinzei, led by the Japan Self Defense Force, after the island of Kyushu was hit by a series of earthquakes.
  • Japan Successfully Tests Fifth Generation Stealth Jet Sputnik 22 Apr 2016 -- Japan has successfully carried out the first test of its stealth jet.
  • Marines continue support for Kyushu earthquake victims USMC News 22 Apr 2016 -- Two MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit completed the fourth day of disaster relief flight operations in support of Joint Task Force Chinzei, led by the Japan Self Defense Force, after the island of Kyushu was hit by a series of earthquakes.
  • U.S. Military Delivers 30 Tons of Supplies for Japan Earthquake Relief AFPS 21 Apr 2016 -- The U.S. military has delivered more than 30 tons of supplies to help the people of Japan following two powerful, deadly earthquakes there, a Pentagon spokesman said here today.
  • MCIPAC supports Kyushu earthquake relief USMC News 20 Apr 2016 -- Four MV-22 Ospreys left the Philippines April 17, transited through Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and arrived at MCAS Iwakuni to assist with recovery efforts within seven hours in support of the Government of Japan's relief efforts after the island of Kyushu was hit by a series of earthquakes, causing significant damage and up to 40 deaths.
  • Marines step up relief support for Kyushu earthquake victims USMC News 20 Apr 2016 -- Two MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit completed the third day of disaster relief operations in support of Joint Task Force Chinzei, led by the Japan Self Defense Force, after the island of Kyushu was hit by a series of earthquakes.
  • Marines position for Japan earthquake relief USMC News 19 Apr 2016 -- Four MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni today at the request of the Government of Japan to support the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force with relief efforts after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu earlier this week.
  • Marines deliver earthquake relief supplies to Kyushu USMC News 19 Apr 2016 -- Two MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered relief supplies to Hakusui Sport Park on the island of Kyushu, Japan today in support of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force relief efforts after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu earlier this week.
  • China urges Japan to stop hyping up maritime issues People's Daily 18 Apr 2016 -- A Chinese spokesman on Monday urged Japan to stop hyping up maritime issues to avoid further disturbing the bilateral relations.
  • U.S. Military Aids Japanese in Earthquake Aftermath AFPS 18 Apr 2016 -- U.S. military forces in Japan are providing support to relief efforts by the government of Japan as it responds in the aftermath of two damaging earthquakes that have occurred in the region, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said here today.
  • VMM-265 provides operational airlift support for Japanese government relief efforts USMC News 18 Apr 2016 -- For the first time in history, two MV-22B Ospreys deployed in support of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in Japan April 18, 2016.
  • VMM-265 arrives at MCAS Iwakuni USMC News 18 Apr 2016 -- MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, April 17, 2016.
  • Yokota aids Japan with earthquake relief AFNS 18 Apr 2016 -- The 374th Airlift Wing sent two C-130 Hercules aircraft and aircrew to the Kyushu region April 18, supporting the government of Japan in their relief efforts for the series of earthquakes that took place in Kumamoto Prefecture and surrounding areas.
  • US Forces Join Japan Quake Recovery Effort VOA 17 Apr 2016 -- Four U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft took off from Okinawa Sunday as American forces in Japan joined the earthquake recovery effort in the southern part of the country.
  • U.S. Forces in Japan Prepare to Support Earthquake Relief Efforts AFPS 17 Apr 2016 -- U.S. forces in Japan are is preparing to provide operational airlift in support of the Japanese government's relief efforts following yesterday's devastating earthquake near Kumamoto.
  • Marines of 31st MEU prepare to assist disaster relief in Japan USMC News 17 Apr 2016 -- Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, today to assist with recovery efforts in support of the Government of Japan's relief efforts after the island of Kyushu was hit by a series of earthquakes, causing significant damage and up to 40 deaths.
  • Taiwan protests Japan's claim to Diaoyutais in diplomatic paper CNA 15 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan on Friday issued a strong protest over Japan's claim in its annual diplomatic paper that the disputed Diaoyutai Islands are part of its territory.
  • Japan Self-Defense Forces 'Ready' for Possible N Korea Missile Launch Sputnik 13 Apr 2016 -- Japan's Self-Defense Forces (SDF) have implemented all readiness measures for a possible intercontinental ballistic missile launch by North Korea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.
  • Russia-Japan Peace Treaty Can't Be Reduced to 'Territorial Claims' - Lavrov Sputnik 12 Apr 2016 -- The Russia-Japan peace treaty issue cannot be reduced to "territorial claims," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
  • Japanese Warships Arrive in Vietnam to Join Drills in South China Sea Sputnik 12 Apr 2016 -- Two ships of the the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) arrived on Tuesday in the Vietnamese naval base of Cam Ranh Bay in the South China Sea to join the naval drills aimed at keeping a check on China amid territorial disputes, media reported.
  • Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Visit to Japan US Dept. of State 11 Apr 2016 -- Special Briefing by Senior State Department Official
  • South China Sea: Japanese Warships Dock in Philippines Near Disputed Waters Sputnik 04 Apr 2016 -- A Japanese submarine and two destroyers have arrived to the major Philippine port of Subic located in the vicinity of the disputed South China Sea water routes, to uphold "peace and stability" in the region, the Philippine Navy have said.
  • Japanese submarine, destroyers arrive in Philippines near disputed waters Press TV 03 Apr 2016 -- A Japanese submarine, along with two guided-missile destroyers, has docked at a Philippine port near the South China Sea, where there is a territorial dispute with China.
  • Constitution Does Not Ban Japan from Owning, Using Nuke Weapons: Japan Gov't People's Daily 02 Apr 2016 -- Japan's Cabinet Council on April 1 issued a statement saying that Japan's Constitution does not necessarily ban the owning and use of nuclear weapons, an answer for the questioning on nuclear weapons from Takako Suzuki, a non-partisan in House of Representatives.



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