Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
January 2017 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Trump in Phone Conversation With Abe Reaffirms Commitment to Japan's Security Sputnik 28 Jan 2017 -- White House press office said that Donald Trump in a phone conversation with Shinzo Abe reinstated Washington's commitment to ensuring Japan's security and the two agreed to cooperate on North Korean nuclear threat response.
- Japan Defense Minister Says Tokyo Covers Over 80% of US Military Presence Costs Sputnik 26 Jan 2017 -- The Japanese share in costs spent on US military presence in the Asian country exceeded 80 percent in 2015, Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said.
- Japan Seeks Reassurance About Security Alliance with US VOA 25 Jan 2017 -- Japan is unlikely to embrace China as a security partner or build its own nuclear weapons, despite growing alarm about the fate of its treaty alliance with the United States under the presidency of Donald Trump. That is the consensus of Japanese policy and security scholars in Washington, who are gathering more information about the nascent White House administration for their nervous fellow citizens.
- First Ever: 'Pacifist' Japan Launches Military Communications Satellite Sputnik 25 Jan 2017 -- Japan has launched a large military satellite from a base on the country's southern-most islands, just across from China, an area in which Tokyo and Beijing have clashed over the gas-rich East China Sea.
- Japan Says It Intercepted Three Russian Warplanes Near Its Borders RFE/RL 25 Jan 2017 -- Japan scrambled fighter jets to intercept three Russian military aircraft that were approaching the country's borders on January 24, Tokyo's Defense Ministry said.
- Japan launches X-band defense communications satellite People's Daily 24 Jan 2017 -- Japan launched an X-band defense communications satellite on Tuesday for the Japanese Ministry of Defense.
- US military holds naval drills with S Korea, Japan to counter N Korea Press TV 21 Jan 2017 -- The US military starts joint naval missile-defense drills with South Korea and Japan to counter the "growing threat" posed by North Korea.
- S.Korea, U.S., Japan to hold joint maritime drills against DPRK missiles People's Daily 20 Jan 2017 -- South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold joint maritime drills this week to enhance capability to detect and trail ballistic missiles from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Yonhap news agency reported on Friday citing South Korea's navy.
- Japan, S Korea, US Conduct Military Drills to Counter N. Korea's Missile Threat Sputnik 20 Jan 2017 -- Japan, South Korea and the United States are conducting military drills on January 20-22 to prepare for a potential missile launch from the territory of North Korea, media reported Friday, citing a source in the South Korean military.
- Will UK's Joint Missile Project With Japan Be More Trouble Than It's Worth? Sputnik 18 Jan 2017 -- Japan and Britain are pushing ahead with the development of a new air-to-air missile in 2017 and the technical feasibility study for the Joint New Air-to-Air Missile (JNAAM) is slated to be completed before the end of this year, Sankei News reported.
- South Korea Slams Japan's Repeated Territorial Claims to Dokdo Islets Sputnik 17 Jan 2017 -- The South Korean Foreign Ministry called on Japan on Tuesday to stop its claims to the disputed Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan, which both countries claim ownership of.
- Growing Global Ambitions: Japan and UK Developing Stealth Fighter Super-Rocket Sputnik 16 Jan 2017 -- The governments of Japan and the United Kingdom are working to develop modern rocket fighter weapons, in a further indication of the two countries' deepening defense relations.
- Japan to Provide Vietnam With 6 Patrol Boats to Boost Security in S China Sea Sputnik 16 Jan 2017 -- Tokyo is expected to give Hanoi six patrol boats to help its maritime security efforts in the South China Sea, Kyodo news agency reported Monday, citing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
- US, Japan Sign Update to Status of Forces Treaty, Limit Base Worker Protections Sputnik 16 Jan 2017 -- The US and Japan signed a treaty that will limit Status of Forces protections for some US contractors working in Japan.
- Indonesia, Japan vow to deepen military ties Press TV 15 Jan 2017 -- Leaders of Japan and Indonesia have vowed to beef up their military cooperation, especially in the sea, in an apparent bid to counter China's increasing claims over disputed territories.
- Japan Seeks to Limit China as Abe Visits Philippines VOA 13 Jan 2017 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Philippines this week shows U.S. ally Tokyo's ambition to keep up with growing Chinese influence in the geopolitically strategic Southeast Asian country by ensuring steady flows of aid and investment, analysts say.
- Japanese prime minister visits Philippines to boost ties Press TV 12 Jan 2017 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in the Philippines for a two-day state visit aimed at boosting bilateral ties.
- US THAAD in Japan Aimed at Containing Russia, China's Nuclear Capabilities Sputnik 10 Jan 2017 -- Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada plans to visit the US territory of Guam on Thursday in order to see the newest Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in a search for better defense capabilities against a possible nuclear attack by North Korea.
- Japan Scrambles Jet Fighters Amid Flight of Chinese Aircraft Over Korean Strait Sputnik 09 Jan 2017 -- Japanese Air Self-Defense Forces were scrambled in response to Chinese Air Force aircraft flying over the Korean Strait near the islands of Tsushima and Kyushu, local media reported on Monday.
- What's in a Name? China Tries to Give Sea Features Around Japan Chinese Monikers Sputnik 07 Jan 2017 -- China has ramped up its seafloor-naming activities this year and applied to give Chinese names to a number of features near Japan's exclusive economic zone, including features that already have Japanese names.
- Key Outcomes of the U.S.-Japan-R.O.K. Trilateral Vice Foreign Ministerial Meetings US Dept. of State 05 Jan 2017 -- The following is a joint fact sheet on the key outcomes of the U.S.-Japan-ROK trilateral vice foreign ministerial meetings
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