Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
September 2016 - Japan Special Weapons News
- China warns Japan against patrols with US in disputed sea Press TV 29 Sep 2016 -- China has warned Japan against plans to carry out joint training cruises with the United States in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, describing the patrols as an instance of "playing with fire."
- Japan's Naval Chief Rules Out Joint-US Freedom of Navigation Patrols VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- Japan's top naval officer has said Tokyo has no plans to conduct freedom of navigation (FON) operations in the South China Sea, either alone or with the U.S. Navy, contradicting earlier comments by Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada.
- Japan Scrambles Jets in Response to China's Military Air Drills Near Okinawa Sputnik 26 Sep 2016 -- Over 40 China's H-6K bombers, Su-30 fighter jets and air tankers flew through Japanese islands on Sunday while heading to large-scale military drills in the Western Pacific.
- Tokyo objects to Chinese planes flying over disputed territory Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- Japan has warned China against expanding its military activity to the skies over disputed East China Sea islands after Chinese warplanes flew near the area over the weekend.
- Japan Leery About China Fighter Jet Activity VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- Japan warned China Monday about sending fighter jets over a disputed territory that both countries claim in the East China Sea.
- Defense Minister Demands US to Ground Flights Until AV-8 Jet Crash Investigated Sputnik 24 Sep 2016 -- Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada demanded on Saturday a ban on the United States flying McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II ground-attack jets out of its Kadena Air Base in Japan's Okinawa prefecture until the recent jet crash near the region's coast is properly investigated.
- Government of Japan - KC-46A Aerial Refueling Aircraft DSCA 21 Sep 2016 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for KC-46A aerial refueling aircraft and related equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $1.9 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- China urges Japan to take neighbors' security concerns seriously People's Daily 20 Sep 2016 -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tuesday urged Japan to take its neighbors' security concerns seriously and act prudently in military and security fields.
- China slams Japan's South China Sea plans Press TV 19 Sep 2016 -- China has voiced deep disappointment over Japan's conduct in the South China Sea after Tokyo announced it may set up training patrols with the United States in the region.
- Chinese Media Warns US-Japan 'Fishing for Trouble' in South China Sea Sputnik 19 Sep 2016 -- China's Xinhua news suggests that Japan has "ulterior motives" for intervening in the South China Sea including cozying up to the United States and garnering influence towards its own territorial dispute over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands.
- Washington's Will: Japan to Increase 'Engagement' in South China Sea Sputnik 17 Sep 2016 -- In the latest South China Sea escalation, Japan's new Defense Minister has announced plans to conduct provocative "freedom of navigation" exercises through the region.
- Japan Court Rules Against Okinawa Governor Attempt to Bloc Relocation of US Base Sputnik 16 Sep 2016 -- A Japanese court of Friday ruled against Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, who had canceled his predecessor's decision to enable relocation of a US air base within the prefecture, local media reported.
- China, Japan agree to speed up negotiations on air, maritime contact mechanism People's Daily 16 Sep 2016 -- China and Japan reached an agreement on speeding up the negotiation process on the air and maritime contact mechanism between the defense ministries of the two countries in the fifth round of high-level consultations on maritime affairs held here on Wednesday and Thursday.
- US supports Japan maritime activities in South China Sea Press TV 16 Sep 2016 -- The US military has welcomed Japan's interest in boosting its maritime activities in the disputed South China Sea.
- Japan's largest opposition party elects first female leader People's Daily 16 Sep 2016 -- Japan's main opposition Democratic Party (DP) elected its first female leader Thursday as 48-year-old former TV newscaster Renho won the leadership election by a large margin.
- USNH Yokosuka Teams with Multiple US, Japan Forces During Big Rescue Kanagawa 2016 NNS 15 Sep 2016 -- Staff members of U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Yokosuka were among the many participants who braved severe inclement weather to conduct Big Rescue Kanagawa 2016 at Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Camp Takeyama, Sept. 11.
- Japan-India Nexus in South China Sea 'Disgraceful' Says China Sputnik 14 Sep 2016 -- Japan is interested in reviving an almost 'dead deal' regarding the sale of 12 amphibious aircraft to India to counter Chinese actions in the South China Sea.
- Japan's parliament committees pass resolutions to condemn DPRK nuke test People's Daily 14 Sep 2016 -- Japan's parliament condemned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for conducting its fifth nuclear test in separate resolutions adopted Wednesday by two of its committees.
- Japan Coast Guard Detects Four Chinese Ships Near E China Sea Disputed Islands Sputnik 11 Sep 2016 -- Four Chinese ships entered Japanese territorial waters on Sunday near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Japan Coast Guard said.
- Chinese vessels sail near disputed islands in East China Sea: Japan Press TV 11 Sep 2016 -- Four Chinese ships have sailed near islands in the East China Sea that are administered by Japan but also claimed by Beijing, Tokyo says.
- Chinese Coastguard Vessels Patrol Waters Near Disputed Islands in East China Sea Sputnik 11 Sep 2016 -- Several Chinese coastguard vessels are patrolling the waters near a disputed group of islands in the East China Sea, a local broadcaster reported Sunday.
- Japan's PM calls DPRK nuke test "intolerable," will lodge protest with Pyongyang People's Daily 09 Sep 2016 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abesaid Friday that Japan had confirmed the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had conducted a nuclear test earlier in the day and described the latest move following a series of ballistic missile launches and fourth nuclear test in January as "intolerable."
- Japan Accuses Chinese Coast Guard of Entering Disputed Waters in East China Sea Sputnik 08 Sep 2016 -- Three ships of China's Coast Guard have conducted patrols near the disputed Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands in the East China Sea, controlled by Tokyo and claimed by Beijing, the Japan Coast Guard (formerly the Maritime Safety Agency) said on Thursday.
- Japan Developing New Alert System Amid N Korea's Missile Launches Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- The Japanese government is developing a new emergency system to issue faster warnings in case of Pyongyang's missile launches, media reported on Wednesday.
- Japan's Abe 'seriously concerned' about China's territorial claims Press TV 07 Sep 2016 -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Tokyo is "seriously concerned" about China's claims in the East and South China seas.
- Tokyo Has No Plans to Discuss Handing Over Two Kuril Islands to Japan Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- Tokyo has no plans to raise the issue of Russia handing over two of the four South Kuril Islands to Japan, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday, denying recent media reports.
- Russia, Japan to work on draft deal to end islands row Press TV 02 Sep 2016 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to continue talks on the disputed Kuril islands in preparation for a meeting aimed at striking a deal to end the territorial row by December.
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