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January 2019 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Okinawa Governor Urges Tokyo to Stop Land Reclamation for US Airfield - Reports Sputnik 31 Jan 2019 -- The governor of Japan's Okinawa Prefecture, Denny Tamaki, has called for the immediate suspension of Tokyo-managed land reclamation that is needed to relocate a US military airbase, the NHK broadcaster reported.
- Japan – AEGIS Weapon System DSCA 29 Jan 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of two (2) AEGIS Weapon Systems (AWS), two (2) Multi-Mission Signal Processors (MMSP) and two (2) Command and Control Processor (C2P) Refreshes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.150 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Japan Reserves Right on US Bases Decision in Case of Gaining Kuril Islands - Abe Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- The US must receive a permission to set up military bases in any area of Japan, despite the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the two countries, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday when asked about the possibility of US military bases appearing on the Kurils in case of their handover by Russia to Japan.
- No End in Sight for Radar Dispute Between Seoul and Tokyo VOA 28 Jan 2019 -- Seoul has accused Tokyo of repeated low-altitude, "provocative" flights over its naval vessels. It's something the Japanese government denies and the two sides have been going back and forth publicly for over a month disputing one another's accounts as bilateral relations sink.
- US Mulls Deploying New Anti-ICBM Radar in Japan – Report Sputnik 28 Jan 2019 -- The report comes after President Donald Trump unveiled the US' new Missile Defence Review in mid-January, which specifically aims to tackle the threat of possible ICBM attacks by China, Russia and North Korea.
- Japan Won't Budge on Kuril Islands Position - Cabinet Deputy Chief Secretary Sputnik 27 Jan 2019 -- The Japanese government has not changed its principal stance on the disputed Kuril islands amid ongoing peace talks with Russia and continues to insist that they are Japan's ancestral territory, Deputy Chief Secretary of the Japanese cabinet Koichi Hagiuda said.
- Kremlin: Talks on Peace Deal Between Russia, Japan Hampered by Tokyo's Sanctions Sputnik 27 Jan 2019 -- Conclusion of a peace treaty over the disputed Kuril islands between Moscow and Tokyo is impeded by Japan's sanctions against Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday.
- Tokyo Detects Alleged Illegal Oil Transfer Violating Sanctions Against N Korea Sputnik 24 Jan 2019 -- The Japanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a suspected ship-to-ship oil transfer took place near Shanghai and involved a North Korean tanker, thus violating the UN sanctions against the country.
- S. Korea: Japanese Warplane Made Threatening Pass over Naval Vessel VOA 23 Jan 2019 -- South Korea says a Japanese military aircraft made a threatening low-altitude flight over one of its naval vessels Wednesday, describing it as a "provocative act."
- Japanese Patrol Plane Flies Close to S Korean Warship in Korea Strait - Reports Sputnik 23 Jan 2019 -- A Japanese maritime patrol aircraft flew close to a South Korean warship in the Korea Strait on 23 January, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unnamed South Korean official.
- Japan's Abe heads to Russia to discuss disputed islands with Putin Press TV 22 Jan 2019 -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday over a group of Pacific islands claimed by both sides, amid low hope for a solution to the decades-old dispute.
- Russia's Putin Says 'Painstaking Work' Remains Before Peace Deal With Japan RFE/RL 22 Jan 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that "painstaking work" remains before Russia can conclude a peace treaty with Japan to formally end World War II.
- Russia, Japan Confirm Interest in Signing Peace Treaty - Putin Sputnik 22 Jan 2019 -- Abe Shed Light on Recent Talks
- The Kuriles Question: Not So Fast On Russia-Japan World War II Peace Treaty RFE/RL 21 Jan 2019 -- When Japanese President Shinzo Abe addressed a packed audience at the Eastern Economic Forum in September, held in the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok, he had a direct message for his host.
- Japan says it will continue oil purchase from Iran IRNA 21 Jan 2019 -- Japanese refiner Fuji Oil was loaded with Iranian crude oil in the first cargo to head for the East Asian country since Tokyo received a waiver from the US sanctions on Tehran.
- Japan's Fuji Oil loads first Iran oil cargo since US sanctions waiver Press TV 21 Jan 2019 -- Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnaser Hemmati says Japan has restarted importing crude oil from Iran, with Fuji Oil loading the first such cargo since the United States granted Tokyo waiver over renewed sanctions on the Islamic Republic's energy sector.
- Russians Hold Protests Against Possible Kurile Handover RFE/RL 20 Jan 2019 -- Russians in Moscow and other cities across the country have protested against the prospect of transferring the disputed Kurile Islands to Japan.
- Japan's Abe Mulls Trading Peace Deal With Russia for 2 Kuril Islands - Reports Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been considering signing a peace treaty with Russia if it hands over two islands in a disputed chain off Japan's northern tip, Kyodo news agency said.e
- Tokyo's Claims to Kuril Islands Will Complicate Abe's Talks With Putin - Aide Sputnik 20 Jan 2019 -- Statements made by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about Tokyo's claims to the disputed Kuril islands will significantly complicate his upcoming negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Yury Ushakov, an aide to the Russian leader, said on Sunday.
- Hundreds Protest In Sakhalin Against Any Transfer Of Nearby Kurile Islands RFE/RL 19 Jan 2019 -- Hundreds have demonstrated on Sakhalin in Russia's Far East to protest against any potential transfer to Japan of any of the islands from the disputed Kurile chain.
- CNO visits Japan, Strengthens Alliance NNS 19 Jan 2019 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visited Japan, Jan. 17 - 18, to engage with forward-deployed Sailors, meet with senior Japanese leaders and reaffirm the U.S. Navy's commitment to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific Region.
- Japan Successfully Launches Epsilon-4 Rocket With 7 Satellites Sputnik 18 Jan 2019 -- The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Epsilon-4 launch vehicle with seven satellites from its Uchinoura Space Center on Friday, the live broadcast on the agency's website showed.
- Russia, Japan far from being partners: Lavrov Press TV 17 Jan 2019 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia and Japan are still "far from being partners" on the international stage, despite renewed efforts to resolve a decades-old conflict over a group of Pacific islands claimed by both sides.
- Analysts: Seoul-Tokyo Diplomatic Rows Unlikely to Have Lasting Effect VOA 17 Jan 2019 -- Relations between South Korea and Japan continue to sour as a pair of diplomatic disputes creates a renewed strain on bilateral ties between Seoul and Tokyo.
- Remarks by Acting Secretary Shanahan at an Enhanced Honor Cordon and Meeting Welcoming Japanese Minister Of Defense Takeshi Iwaya to the Pentagon DoD 16 Jan 2017 -- Acting Secretary Of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan; Japan Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya
- Readout of Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan meeting with Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya of Japan DoD 16 Jan 2019
- Lavrov Says U.S. Out To Torpedo 'Strategic Stability,' Maintains Hard Line In Kuriles Dispute RFE/RL 16 Jan 2019 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States of seeking to dismantle the system of weapons pacts and said that Moscow is willing to continue trying to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
- Major differences still hinder peace talks with Japan over contested islands: Russian FM Press TV 14 Jan 2019 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says there are still significant disagreements with Japan on reaching a conclusive peace deal to end a decades-long territorial dispute over a group of islands, which has prevented the two sides from promoting their ties since the conclusion of World War II.
- Lavrov Talks Tough At Meeting With Japan On Disputed Islands RFE/RL 14 Jan 2019 -- Moscow has warned Tokyo not to expect progress toward an agreement over the disputed Kurile Islands unless Japan first recognizes Russian sovereignty over the Pacific island chain claimed by both countries since World War II.
- U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force conduct cooperative deployment East China Sea NNS 14 Jan 2019 -- Ships assigned to the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) joined Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) amphibious transport dock ship, JS Kunisaki (LST 4003), for a cooperative deployment Jan. 11-12.
- Japanese FM To Visit Moscow For Talks On Disputed Islands RFE/RL 11 Jan 2019 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry says Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono plans to visit Moscow next week for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the four Pacific islands that have been disputed since World War II.
- U.S.-Japan Alliance Remains Cornerstone of Peace in Asia, Commander Says AFPS 10 Jan 2019 -- The U.S.-Japan alliance remains the cornerstone for peace and stability in Asia even as it has adapted to changing threats, the commander of U.S. Forces Japan said during a news conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo yesterday.
- Russia Expresses Anger Over Japanese Comments On Disputed Pacific Island Chain RFE/RL 10 Jan 2019 -- Russia has summoned the Japanese ambassador and accused Tokyo of deliberately ramping up tensions ahead of a planned visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for talks with President Vladimir Putin on formally ending World War II hostilities.
- Tokyo to Continue Peace Treaty Talks With Moscow on Principle Position Basis Sputnik 10 Jan 2019 -- Tokyo to continue holding talks on the peace treaty with Moscow, seeking to put into effect its position that envisions the conclusion of the deal after the settlement of the territorial dispute between the two countries, a spokesperson of the Japanese Foreign Ministry told Sputnik on Thursday.
- Moscow: Japan's Claims on Peace Treaty With Russia Distort Previous Arrangements Sputnik 09 Jan 2019 -- Last week, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Tokyo had no plans to displace Russian residents from the Kuril Islands if Russia transfers the territory as a result of talks.
- Japan to Buy Uninhabited Island for Carrier Aircraft Drills With US – Report Sputnik 09 Jan 2019 -- Mage Island is located 400 kilometres (248 miles) from US-run Iwakuni Air Force Base in the south-east of Honshu Island, where about 60 US carrier-capable aircraft were earlier deployed.
- S. Korea releases video clip to rebut Japan's claim over radar threat People's Daily 04 Jan 2019 -- South Korea's defense ministry on Friday released a video clip to rebut Japan's claim that a South Korean warship locked its fire-control radar on a Japanese patrol aircraft last month.
- Seoul Posts Its Own Radar Row Clip, Urges Tokyo to Apologise for 'Warping Facts' Sputnik 04 Jan 2019 -- In late 2018, Tokyo released footage in a bid confirm its claim that a South Korean warship had allegedly locked its fire-control radar on a Japanese maritime patrol aircraft off the Noto Peninsula on 20 December.
- US to conduct missile drill on Japan's Okinawa: Report Press TV 03 Jan 2019 -- The United States' military is reportedly seeking to carry out its first ever missile drill on and around the Japanese Island of Okinawa as part of attempts to contain what Washington sees as China's growing maritime prowess in the region.
- US Plans to Deploy Multiple Rocket Launcher Systems on Japan's Okinawa – Report Sputnik 03 Jan 2019 -- The southern Japanese island of Okinawa currently hosts more than 20,000 American troops. The US' military presence on the island has repeatedly been criticised by local residents for driving up crime, as well as disrupting the area via aircraft and vehicle crashes in and around the bases.
- Tokyo Has No Plans to Displace Russians From Kurils If Gets Islands - Abe Sputnik 01 Jan 2019 -- Tokyo has no plans to seek the displacement of Russian residents from the Kuril Islands if Russia transfers the territory as a result of negotiations, and believes that the obtaining of residents' permission is vital to such a transfer, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.
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