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October 2018 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Ronald Reagan Strike Group Conducts ACSA Logistics Exchange during Keen Sword 19 NNS 31 Oct 2018 -- The Ronald Reagan Strike Group participated in an Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA) Logistics Exchange with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) on Oct. 31, during Keen Sword 19.
- Japan to Resume Construction of Airfield for US Troops in Okinawa - Minister Sputnik 30 Oct 2018 -- The Japanese government wants to resume work on the construction of a new airfield for the US armed forces in the southwestern prefecture of Okinawa in the near future, Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Tuesday.
- Extended Deterrence Dialogue Between the United States and Japan US Dept. of State 29 Oct 2018 -- The United States and Japan will hold a session of the Extended Deterrence Dialogue (EDD) on October 29-31 in Tokyo, Japan.
- U.S. and Japan Kick Off Exercise Keen Sword NNS 29 Oct 2018 -- Units from the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) began exercise Keen Sword at military installations throughout Japan and surrounding waters, Oct. 29.
- India, Japan Sign Maritime Pact to Monitor Chinese Warships in Asia-Pacific Sputnik 29 Oct 2018 -- This agreement will shore-up the monitoring wherewithal of the two countries against the backdrop of the increased presence of Chinese warships in their respective waters. The two countries have also instituted Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue (2+2) on the line of a similar kind of arrangement between India and the US.
- Japan Set to Build Military Base in East China Sea to 'Deter Beijing' – Report Sputnik 29 Oct 2018 -- Tokyo and Beijing have long been involved in a territorial dispute over the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea which are referred to by China as the Diaoyu Islands and which are located next to important shipping routes, as well as potentially large oil and gas fields.
- Japan's Okinawa to hold referendum on moving US base Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- Local politicians in Japan's Okinawa Island have decided to hold a referendum on a government plan to relocate a US military base away from its present urban location.
- Japan, China ties at 'historic turning point' as Abe is in Beijing Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- China has welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a rare trip to the country, where the two regional powers are due to sign a number of deals amid deepening trade dispute with the United States.
- Japan, China Work to Elevate Ties Despite Differences VOA 26 Oct 2018 -- Japan and China took an important step Friday to elevate their relationship, marking what Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a historic turning point in ties between the two Asian neighbors.
- India, Japan to Sign Maritime Pact to Monitor Chinese Warships in Asia-Pacific Sputnik 23 Oct 2018 -- The Indian Navy had earlier said that at any given time, China has six to seven warships, including submarines, deployed in the Indian Ocean. Earlier this month, the Indian Navy reported it had spotted a Type 039A Yuan class Chinese submarine in the ocean for the first time in over a year.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis' participation in tri-lateral meeting with Japan and the Republic of Korea. DoD 19 Oct 2018
- Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis' meeting with Japan Minister of Defense Taeshi Iwaya at the 2018 ADMM-Plus. DoD 19 Oct 2018
- Japan Plans to Buy 20 More F-35A Fighter Jets Amid New Defense Plan - Reports Sputnik 13 Oct 2018 -- Japan plans to include 20 US-made advanced stealth F-35A fighter jets in its new medium-term defense plan for the 2019-2023, Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Saturday.
- Japan Dials Up Pressure on China Over Southeast Asian Sea VOA 12 Oct 2018 -- Warfare exercises in the disputed South China Sea over the past two months reveal a sustained, long-term escalation of Japanese activity in a region where Tokyo has strategic interests that include keeping Beijing in check.
- Japan asks US to ensure sanctions don't hurt Iran trade Press TV 12 Oct 2018 -- Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso has pressed his US counterpart Steven Mnuchin to ensure Japanese firms are not hurt by Washington's sanctions on Iran, Kyodo news agency reported Friday.
- Flag Stirs South Korean Anger at Japan VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- South Korea's Jeju Island welcomed nearly 20 fleets from more than ten countries as it kicked off a five-day international naval review. However, the ghost and painful memory of World War II atrocities appeared this week when Japan, a key U.S. ally in the region and less than 1,000 kilometers away, elected to skip this year's event after Seoul requested ships from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force not to fly their naval ensign, the 16-ray rising sun flag. Despite Tokyo's absence from the event, the dispute over the flag is expected to continue between the two countries even after its conclusion.
- Japan's Navy Sets Sights on More Women in Service - But Not Because of Equality Sputnik 10 Oct 2018 -- Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force wants more women in the service, but it has nothing to do with gender equality.
- U.S., Philippines and Japan conduct amphibious landing in the Philippines USMC News 08 Oct 2018 -- U.S. and Philippine Marines aboard U.S. assault amphibious vehicles launched from the U.S. Navy's USS Ashland and Philippine Navy's BRP Davao del Sur as part of a counterterrorism and humanitarian response based exercise. The ship-to-shore movement brought the U.S., Philippine and Japanese militaries together to advance amphibious capabilities.
- India, Japan Resume Submarine-Hunting Drill After Five Years Sputnik 08 Oct 2018 -- The current policy of the Indian government dictates that the Indian Navy may not enter into any kind of a collaborative operation or joint patrolling of the South China Sea with the Japanese naval force. However, the two navies intend to augment the maritime capacity of countries in the Indo-Pacific region.
- Remarks With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe US Dept. of State 06 Oct 2018 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- US-Japan Advance New Amphibious Capability NNS 05 Oct 2018 -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) became the first U.S. Navy ship in the 7th Fleet to conduct amphibious operations with the newly established Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) troops and their equipment Oct. 2.
- Treasury Sanctions Individuals and Companies Associated with Japan's Major Organized Crime Syndicate, the Yakuza US Treasury 02 Oct 2018 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against two companies and four individuals in Japan associated with the Yamaguchi-gumi, the largest and most prominent Japanese Yakuza syndicate.
- Okinawa Residents Seek $10 Million in Damages Over US Aircraft Noise Pollution Sputnik 02 Oct 2018 -- A group of nearly 3,000 Japanese residents has sued the Japanese government over excessive noise from US aircraft flying over Okinawa, where the US maintains several military bases.
- Fierce Critic of US Military Bases Elected as Governor of Okinawa Sputnik 01 Oct 2018 -- The surprise victory comes amidst ongoing protests by locals against the US' mammoth military presence on the island, which activists say has long contributed to social and environmental degradation
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