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April 2019 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Naruhito Assumes Title of Emperor of Japan, Starting New 'Reiwa' Era Sputnik 30 Apr 2019 -- Earlier in the day, former Emperor Akihito stepped down, becoming the first Japanese emperor in over 200 years to do so out of his own volition. His abdication marked the end of the previous era, known as "Heisei" - which can be interpreted as "peace everywhere".
- Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding the Abdication of His Majesty the Emperor Akihito The White House 29 Apr 2019
- Navy: US Deploys Warships to Japanese Base to Support Marine Version of F-35 Jet Sputnik 26 Apr 2019 -- The United States is sending two warships to the 7th Fleet, both capable of transporting Marines throughout the Indo-Pacific while providing takeoff and landing platforms for the F-35B fighter jet, the US Navy announced in a press release on Friday.
- U.S. Navy to Support Japanese-led F-35A Search and Recovery Operations NNS 25 Apr 2019 -- A U.S. Navy salvage team embarked a contracted vessel and departed Okinawa, April 24, to assist Japanese-led search and recovery operations for a downed Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A.
- Tokyo Reaffirs Position on Kurils Despite New Foreign Policy Rhetoric - Reports Sputnik 23 Apr 2019 -- The dispute over a group of four Kuril islands – Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai – has been souring Moscow-Tokyo relations for decades and serves as the main stumbling block to signing a permanent World War II peace treaty.
- MOFA looking to aftermath of U.S.-Japan security meeting CNA 20 Apr 2019 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday it will keep a close eye on the regional situation after the United States and Japan agreed at a security meeting Friday to oppose any unilateral action to alter the status quo in the East China Sea.
- Japan to Continue Buying American F-35 Jets Despite Recent Plane Crash - MoD Sputnik 20 Apr 2019 -- Earlier this month, Tokyo announced that the whole fleet of Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) F-35A stealth fighters would be temporarily grounded in the wake of a plane crash that happened during drills.
- U.S.-Japan Joint Press Statement US Dept. of State 19 Apr 2019 -- "On April 19, 2019, the U.S.–Japan Security Consultative Committee convened in Washington, DC, with the participation of Secretary of State Pompeo, Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Kono, and Minister of Defense Iwaya. During the meeting, the Ministers affirmed their strong commitment to realize a "free and open Indo-Pacific," a shared vision for a region in which all nations are sovereign, strong, and prosperous."
- U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee 2019 Fact Sheet US Dept. of State 19 Apr 2019 -- "Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya met in Washington, DC on April 19, 2019. Building upon their joint statement, the Ministers discussed the following shared priorities and initiatives through which the people of the United States and Japan will work together to strengthen the U.S.-Japan Alliance and build a free and open Indo-Pacific:"
- US, Japan to Expand Alliance Given Threats Posed by China, N Korea – Shanahan Sputnik 19 Apr 2019 -- The United States and Japan will continue to expand their alliance based on a shared understanding of security threats to both nations in the region from China and North Korea, Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said during a press conference on Friday.
- Readout of Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan's Meeting with Japanese Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya DoD 19 Apr 2019
- Remarks By Acting Secretary Shanahan Prior to an Enhanced Honor Cordon Ceremony Welcoming Japan's Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya to the Pentagon DoD 19 Apr 2019 -- Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan
- Remarks By Acting Secretary Shanahan At An Enhanced Honor Cordon And Meeting Welcoming Japanese Minister Of Defense Iwaya To The Pentagon DoD 19 Apr 2019 -- Remarks By Acting Secretary Shanahan At An Enhanced Honor Cordon And Meeting Welcoming Japanese Minister Of Defense Iwaya To The Pentagon
- Japan's F-35s Made Seven Precautionary Landings Before Fighter Went Missing Sputnik 18 Apr 2019 -- On Wednesday, Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said that Japan's F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters had made seven precautionary landings before one of the fleet's fighters disappeared from radars on April 9, 84 miles east of the Misawa Air Base in the country's northern Aomori prefecture.
- U.S., Japan Maritime Forces Conduct Replenishment-at-Sea NNS 16 Apr 2019 -- The fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Suzutsuki (DD 117) conducted a cooperative deployment focused on replenishment-at-sea training Apr. 16.
- TEPCO Begins Removal of Nuclear Fuel Rods From Fukushima Power Plant - Reports Sputnik 15 Apr 2019 -- Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, started making the first ever attempts to remove fuel from storage pools at three units that suffered severe meltdowns during the accident, NHK broadcaster reported on Monday.
- Japan Begins Removing Fuel at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant VOA 15 Apr 2019 -- The operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant began removing fuel rods Monday from one of three reactors that melted down in 2011.
- Japan Reveals Doomed F-35A Didn't Send Emergency Signal Prior to Crash Sputnik 11 Apr 2019 -- The top stealth fighter jet disappeared from radars on 9 April during drills 135 km northeast of Misawa city. Although the crash site was reportedly found, the jet's pilot is still considered missing.
- Japanese F-35A fighter jet crashes into Pacific, search continues for pilot People's Daily 10 Apr 2019 -- Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya confirmed Wednesday that the F-35A fighter jet that went missing during a training exercise a day earlier over the Pacific has crashed.
- Japan's F-35 fighter jet crash blow to US marketing plan: experts Global Times 10 Apr 2019 -- The US' plan to market its advanced F-35 stealth fighter jet in the Asia-Pacific region and even around the world could suffer a blow after Japan's Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that a Japanese F-35A crashed, said military experts.
- U.S. Navy P-8A and Destroyer Join JSDF Search for Japanese F-35A Pilot NNS 10 Apr 2019 -- U.S. Navy P-8A maritime patrol aircraft and a guided-missile destroyer are assisting Japanese-led search and rescue efforts for the pilot of a Japan Air Self Defense Force F-35A missing since Apr. 9.
- Japan – Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB DSCA 09 Apr 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of up to fifty-six (56) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB missiles for an estimated cost of $1.150 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Japan's F-35 fighter jet disappears over Pacific, military says Press TV 09 Apr 2019 -- A Japanese stealth fighter jet has disappeared from radar during a training mission over the Pacific Ocean.
- Japan Intercepts Chinese Military Aircraft Flying Over East China Sea Sputnik 02 Apr 2019 -- On April 1, the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) deployed two Xian H-6G maritime bombers and one Shaanxi Y-9JB electronic warfare and surveillance aircraft into airspace between the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Miyako in the East China Sea, prompting Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) jets to intercept the planes.
- Japan Becomes First Indo-Pacific F-35 Buyer to Meet IOC Status Sputnik 02 Apr 2019 -- The Japan Air Self-Defense Forces (JASDF) announced on March 29 that its first F-35A shipment, which makes up part of the service's 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) status, allowing the fighter jets to take part in simple missions.
- Japan announces "Reiwa" as new era name to begin under next Emperor People's Daily 01 Apr 2019 -- The Japanese government announced Monday that "Reiwa" will be the name of Japan's new era to start on May 1, when Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum throne succeeding his father Emperor Akihito.
- Japan unveils name of new imperial era ahead of emperor's abdication Press TV 01 Apr 2019 -- Japan has announced the name of a new imperial era, set to begin on May 1, when Crown Prince Naruhito will take over the throne from his father following his historic abdication.
- Japan Prepares to Usher in Reiwa Era May 1 VOA 01 Apr 2019 -- When Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicates in one month's time, it will usher in a new era. The new era will be ushered in when Crown Prince Naruhito ascends to the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1.
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