December 2017 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Deployment of US Aegis Systems in Japan Has No Relation to INF Treaty - Tokyo Sputnik 29 Dec 2017 -- The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), signed by the Soviet Union and the United States, does not apply to Japan and does not have any relation to the deployment of the US Aegis ballistic missile defense system on Japanese territory, Japan's Foreign Ministry told Sputnik Friday.
- South Korea, Japan Weighing F-35B Acquisitions Sputnik 29 Dec 2017 -- The South Korean and Japanese governments are considering buying Lockheed Martin's F-35 aircraft and helicopter-carrier variant, the F-35B, in addition to major orders of F-35A jets already in the pipeline.
- South Korea Launches Drills on Defense of Islets Disputed by Japan Sputnik 28 Dec 2017 -- South Korea has begun two-day military drills aimed at defense of the disputed group of the Liancourt Rocks islets, called Dokdo by South Korea and Takeshima by Japan, the Republic of Korea Navy Headquarters said.
- Japan Eyes Buying More F-35s, and an Aircraft Carrier to Transport Them Sputnik 26 Dec 2017 -- Japan has reportedly expressed interest in purchasing more Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters, including F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) fighters that would be perfect to accompany an aircraft carrier - a type of ship Japan has not possessed since World War II.
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- Japan Reportedly Holds Drills With PAC-3 Air Defense Missile System in Nagasaki Sputnik 22 Dec 2017 -- The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) conducted military exercises on Friday with the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile interceptor in the Nagasaki prefecture, local media reported.
- Japan government approves record high military budget Press TV 22 Dec 2017 -- Japan's government has approved a record military budget, which allocates significant funding to the purchase of American-made weaponry.
- Japan Approves Record Defense Budget Amid Fears of North Korean Nuclear Threat Sputnik 22 Dec 2017 -- The Japanese cabinet on Friday voted for the largest budget on record for the next fiscal year that envisages high defense and social spending.
- Japan to procure two destroyers to monitor China's maritime activities People's Daily 20 Dec 2017 -- "The minister of finance approved the allocation of 105.5 billion yen for the procurement of two new destroyers under the fiscal 2018 draft budget, as we need more destroyers for surveillance purposes due to China's maritime expansion and other factors," said Itsunori Onodera, Japan's minister of defense on Tuesday, who added that China has been using the most advanced destroyers for its surveillance activities.
- Japan approves deployment of new US missile system Press TV 19 Dec 2017 -- Japan's cabinet has approved the deployment of the US military's ground-based Aegis missile interceptor system in an attempt to counter perceived threats from North Korea.
- Japan Approves Deployment of US Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Systems - Reports Sputnik 19 Dec 2017 -- The Japanese government has approved the deployment of two land-based US missile defense systems Aegis Ashore systems in order to enhance the country's defense capability amid North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, local media reported.
- Japan to Buy Two US-Built Anti-Missile Systems VOA 19 Dec 2017 -- Japan will purchase a U.S.-built, land-based missile defense system in response to what it considers the rapidly growing threat from North Korea.
- CNO Meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe NNS 18 Dec 2017 -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Monday, in Tokyo to strengthen the military alliance between the United States and Japan.
- Japan Mulls Reinforcing Missile Defenses to Intercept Cruise Missiles - Reports Sputnik 17 Dec 2017 -- The Integrated Air and Missile Defense system that uses data obtained by the US military may violate the country's Article 9 of the constitution.
- Tokyo, Seoul, Washington Practice Detecting North Korean Missiles in Joint Drill Sputnik 12 Dec 2017 -- Japan, South Korea and the US began joint military exercises on Monday to test their ability to track potential ballistic missile launches from North Korea, as tensions on the Korean Peninsula continue to build with few signs of calming.
- US, South Korea, Japan start missile tracking drill amid heightened tensions Press TV 11 Dec 2017 -- The United States, South Korea and Japan have started joint war games amid high tensions on the Korean Peninsula over the North's military program.
- US, Japanese, S Korean Drills Not Contributing to Region's Security – Beijing Sputnik 11 Dec 2017 -- China has repeatedly reiterated its call on the parties involved to consider Beijing-Moscow plan aimed at settling the conflict, which stipulates the simultaneous halt of the US-South Korean war games and North Korea nuclear tests.
- Japan to host joint missile drills with US, South Korea Press TV 10 Dec 2017 -- Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has announced that a joint drill with the United States and South Korea will be held this week amid an escalated stand-off in the region over North Korea's missile and nuclear tests.
- Japan's Defense Ministry Seeks Extra $6.4Mln for Aegis Ashore Systems Deployment Sputnik 10 Dec 2017 -- Japan reportedly seeks to deploy two land-based US missile defense systems amid North Korea's growing ballistic missile capability.
- Japan plans to provide its fighters with long-range missiles, in defense SPA 08 Dec 2017 -- Japan today announced it was planning to provide its fighter planes with long-range cruise missiles.
- Japan Announces Plan to Equip Fighter Jets With Longer-Range Missiles Sputnik 08 Dec 2017 -- Japan has announced its intention to bolster its military with missiles with a range of up to 1,000 km; Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera made the announcement in the aftermath of a ballistic missile test by North Korea which landed in Japanese waters.
- U.S. defends Japan's control of Diaoyutai Islands CNA 01 Dec 2017 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in August voiced the opposition of the U.S. and Japan to any unilateral action that seeks to undermine Japan's administration of the Diaoyutai Islands, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan.
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