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December 2016 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Japan Criticized by East Asian Neighbors for Visit to Controversial WWII Shrine VOA 29 Dec 2016 -- Japan is being roundly criticized by neighboring countries after its top military official Thursday visited a controversial shrine that honors its war dead, including convicted war criminals.
- Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Pay Respects at Pearl Harbor AFPS 28 Dec 2016 -- President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met yesterday at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to pay their respects to the victims and honor the survivors of the attack 75 years ago that drew the United States into World War II.
- Abe offers no apology during Pearl Harbor visit People's Daily 28 Dec 2016 -- Hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday offered no apology during his visit to Pearl Harbor for a sneak attack in World War II that claimed more than 2,400 American lives.
- Japan to Keep Close Watch in the Pacific Over China's Lone Aircraft Carrier Sputnik 26 Dec 2016 -- Japan will closely monitor China's aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which was spotted earlier in the Pacific, the Japanese government's top spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Monday.
- Statement from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the U.S.-Japan Agreement in Principle for DoD Civilian Component in Japan DoD 25 Dec 2016
- Japan Spots Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passage in East China Sea - Reports Sputnik 25 Dec 2016 -- Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force caught sight of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning passage in the East China sea for the first time, local media reported on Sunday, citing the Defense Ministry officials.
- Record-high defense budget causes concern over Japan's future People's Daily 24 Dec 2016 -- On Dec. 22, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved a record-high budget of 5.13 trillion yen ($43.6 billion) for defense spending in 2017, up 1.4 percent from 2016. The hike has caused widespread concern among both media and the Japanese people.
- U.S. Forces Japan returns 9,852 acres of Okinawan land USMC News 22 Dec 2016 -- The Okinawa Defense Bureau hosted a land return ceremony Dec. 22 in Nago City.
- Japan to boost coast guard near disputed islands Press TV 22 Dec 2016 -- Japan's government has announced plans to boost its coast guard fleet in the East China Sea in waters disputed by China.
- U.S. Returns 10,000 Acres of Okinawan Training Area to Japan AFPS 21 Dec 2016 -- The return of land on Okinawa's Northern Training Area will reduce the footprint of U.S. forces on the Japanese island by 20 percent, officials in Japan said today.
- US returns part of Okinawa's WWII-occupied land to Japan Press TV 21 Dec 2016 -- The United States government has officially returned a large chunk of occupied land on Okinawa Island to Japan, but is pushing ahead with plans to stay on the prefecture despite public outrage.
- Japanese PM to Take Non-apology Tour to Pearl Harbor VOA 21 Dec 2016 -- Next week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to engage in a now familiar diplomatic offensive to reconcile lingering resentment over his country's wartime past when he visits the Pearl Harbor memorial in Hawaii. Japan's surprise attack on the U.S. naval base in 1941 killed over 2,000 Americans and drew the United States into World War II.
- Russia-Japan peace deal remains elusive Press TV 16 Dec 2016 -- The leaders of Russia and Japan have failed to reach a peace deal to formally end World War II hostilities between them following a meeting in the Japanese capital of Tokyo.
- No Breakthrough On Russia-Japan Islands Dispute RFE/RL 16 Dec 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's trip to Japan has produced an agreement to hold talks on joint economic development of four islands claimed by both countries, but no breakthrough in the territorial dispute that dates back to World War II and beyond.
- Tokyo Expects Detailed Discussions on Peace Treaty During Putin's Visit Sputnik 15 Dec 2016 -- The Japanese authorities expect to hold a detailed discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the issue of a peace treaty and the future of bilateral relations, Japan's Foreign Ministry Press Secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura told Sputnik Thursday.
- Putin, Abe Agree to Restore Frozen Military Contacts - Lavrov Sputnik 15 Dec 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to restore frozen military contacts, as well as contacts in the 2+2 format, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
- No Breakthrough Apparent On Island Dispute As Putin, Abe Meet In Japan RFE/RL 15 Dec 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have discussed possible joint economic projects on an island chain both countries claim, but no breakthrough was reported in the territorial dispute that has poisoned ties since World War II.
- Russia leader in Japan to discuss ties, peace deal on islands row Press TV 15 Dec 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is on an official visit to Japan to discuss bilateral issues, including a territorial dispute between the two countries which has lingered on since the end of World War II.
- III MEF Commander addressed MV-22 incident off the coast of Okinawa USMC News Release 14 Dec 2016-- The Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Force, Lt Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, held a press conference here following the landing of an MV-22 Osprey in the shallow waters off the coast of Okinawa.
- Japan Lodges Protest Against China's Claims Concerning Air Incident Near Okinawa Sputnik 12 Dec 2016 -- Japan's government lodged a protest on Monday against the Chinese authorities' claims that Japanese fighter jets approached at a close range endangering the safety of the Chinese aircraft near Japan's Okinawa island.
- Japan denies its fighter jets endangered Chinese aircraft Press TV 12 Dec 2016 -- Japan says it has filed a strong protest with China over Beijing's allegation that Japanese warplanes had endangered Chinese military aircraft over the East China Sea.
- China lodges solemn representations against Japan in Miyako Strait incident People's Daily 11 Dec 2016 -- China is seriously concerned and makes "solemn representations" regarding an incident on Saturday where Japanese fighter jets closely harassed and shot decoy projectiles at Chinese air force planes, Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said in a press release.
- China, Japan agree on early launch of air, maritime contact system People's Daily 10 Dec 2016 -- China and Japan have agreed to work for the creation of an air and maritime contact system between their defense ministries as early as possible.
- US, Japan service members simulate defense of Japan during Yama Sakura 71 USMC News 09 Dec 2016 -- U.S. Marines and Japanese service members began a command post training exercise here today to rehearse a series of fictional contingency operations in and around Japan.
- Japanese Prime Minister Welcomes Carter to Tokyo AFPS 07 Dec 2016 -- The U.S.-Japan alliance has a strength that is unlike any other, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.
- Carter, Japanese Defense Minister Assure Enduring Security, Peacekeeping Alliance AFPS 07 Dec 2016 -- Seventy-five years since the attacks on Pearl Harbor that spurred U.S. involvement in World War II, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada met in Tokyo today to affirm an enduring alliance of peace, stability and security within the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
- Joint Press Conference by Secretary Carter and Japanese Defense Minister Inada in Tokyo, Japan DoD 07 Dec 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada
- Remarks by Secretary Carter and Japanese Defense Minister Inada in Tokyo, Japan DoD 07 Dec 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe DoD 06 Dec 2016
- Remarks by Secretary Carter and Prime Minister Abe in Tokyo, Japan DoD 06 Dec 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
- Remarks by Secretary Carter at a Troop Event in Yokosuka, Japan DoD 06 Dec 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- US returning parts of occupied land in Okinawa to Japan Press TV 06 Dec 2016 -- The United States is returning some of the Japanese territories it has been occupying since the Second World War, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says.
- Japan's new missile weak in real battle: military expert People's Daily 06 Dec 2016 -- Chinese military expert Du Wenlong said in a recent interview with CCTV that Japan's new surface-to-ship missile (SSM), which has a range of 300 kilometers, will hardly serve its purpose in real battle, pointing out that the weapon's threat is only theoretical.
- US to Return Half of Military Training Area to Japan on December 22 Sputnik 06 Dec 2016 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Defense Secretary Ash Carter agreed to hold the ceremonial returning of about half of the US military training grounds in the prefecture of Okinawa to Japan on December 22, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
- Washington, Tokyo Pledge to Cooperate to Return Land to Japan - Pentagon Sputnik 06 Dec 2016 -- Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have pledged to return a large US training area in Okinawa to Tokyo, Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook said in a release on Tuesday.
- Japan: Abe Will Not Apologize at Pearl Harbor VOA 06 Dec 2016 -- What is billed as the last big gathering of survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor takes place Wednesday in Hawaii – 75 years to the day after the bombing which brought the United States into World War II.
- U.S.-Japan Alliance Never Stronger, Secretary Says AFPS 05 Dec 2016 -- The U.S. alliance with Japan has never been stronger, Defense Secretary Ash Carter today told reporters traveling with him on an around-the-world trip.
- Will South Korea-Japan Intelligence Deal Change Status Quo? VOA 03 Dec 2016 -- An intelligence-sharing deal between South Korea and Japan allows the two countries to bypass the United States as they work together to combat the growing threat of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
- Moscow, Tokyo Pledge to Cooperate on UNSC North Korea Resolution - Tokyo Sputnik 03 Dec 2016 -- Moscow and Tokyo have agreed to jointly work on the effective implementation of the latest UN Security Council resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea following its nuclear test in September, the Japanese Foreign Ministry's deputy press secretary said Saturday.
- Japan Finally Acquires First Beleaguered F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Sputnik 03 Dec 2016 -- The Japan Air Self-Defence Force received the first of its Lockheed Martin F-35s this week at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona according to IHS Jane's.
- First Japanese F-35A arrives at Luke AFNS 02 Dec 2016 -- The F-35 program hit another milestone Nov. 28 with the arrival of the first foreign military sales F-35 here.
- Japan to Boost Military Spending in 2017 Fiscal Year to Record $46Bln Sputnik 02 Dec 2016 -- Japan's government plans to boost military spending in the next fiscal year, starting in April, to a record 5.1 trillion yen (roughly $46.4 billion).
- South Korea, Japan Add to Sanctions on North Korea VOA 02 Dec 2016 -- South Korea and Japan have imposed unilateral sanctions on their nuclear-armed neighbor, North Korea.
- Japan Working on Strengthening Unilateral Sanctions Against N Korea Sputnik 01 Dec 2016 -- Tokyo is about to finalize sanctions against Pyongyang after the UNSC sanctions imposed after North Korean nuclear test in September.
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