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May 2019 - Japan Special Weapons News

  • U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Consultations ("The Quad") US Dept. of State 31 May 2019 -- "Senior officials from the United States, Australia, India, and Japan met in Bangkok on May 31, 2019 for consultations on their collective efforts to advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific."
  • Trump visit to Japan's future carrier causes concern Global Times 28 May 2019 -- US President Donald Trump concluded his four-day visit to Japan on Tuesday with an inspection of a helicopter destroyer, which is planned to be converted into an aircraft carrier, and Chinese experts said his move indicates his acquiescence of Japan's military ambitions and may trigger a new arms race.
  • Trump, Abe jointly inspect Japanese destroyer People's Daily 28 May 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday jointly inspected Japan's largest warship south of Tokyo at the Yokosuka-based Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
  • US, Japan Leaders Emphasize Enhanced Military Cooperation VOA 28 May 2019 -- Enhanced military cooperation between the United States and Japan in the face of a rising China was emphasized as President Donald Trump concluded a four-day state visit in the island nation.
  • Divergence over DPRK missiles issue clouds Abe-Trump summit People's Daily 28 May 2019 -- A cloud of uncertainty had loomed over the summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. President Donald Trump due to differing approaches to the recent missile launches of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), local media reported on Monday.
  • Japan Agrees to Buy 105 US F-35 Fighter Jets - Trump Sputnik 27 May 2019 -- US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, are currently paying a four-day state visit to Japan.
  • Trump: Japan-Mediated Iran Talks 'Would Be Fine' VOA 27 May 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says he would be fine with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe serving as a mediator between the United States and Iran.
  • Trump in Tokyo Downplays Concern About North Korea VOA 25 May 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump and his national security adviser are publicly at odds about the seriousness of the threat currently posed by North Korea.
  • US, allies start naval drills in Western Pacific Press TV 23 May 2019 -- The United States, Japan, South Korea, and Australia have commenced their "first-of-its-kind" combined naval drills in the vicinity of Guam, a US island territory in Micronesia, in the Western Pacific region, amid tensions with China and South Korea.
  • US Aside, China Fears Mostly Japan's Influence in Disputed Sea VOA 22 May 2019 -- Japan is shaping up as China's chief rival in the disputed South China Sea because it has a sustained, multi-pronged approach and a unique set of reasons to test Beijing's growing influence, analysts say.
  • US approves missile sales to South Korea, Japan Press TV 17 May 2019 -- The US says it has approved the sales of air defense missiles, worth more than $600 million, to South Korea and Japan as tensions build up with North Korea.
  • Japan - AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) DSCA 17 May 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $317 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 16, 2019.
  • Japan Seeks Summit With N Korea Despite Missile Launches - Reports Sputnik 13 May 2019 -- Tokyo still seeks a summit with North Korea over the abduction of its citizens despite Pyongyang's missile firings, the Japanese NHK broadcaster reported on Monday citing Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
  • US missile systems in Japan pose direct threat to Russia: Russian FM Press TV 11 May 2019 -- Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has blasted persisting US military buildup in Japan, saying Moscow views as a direct "threat" the American missile defense systems deployed to the Asian country.
  • JASDF F-35 Loss Dubbed 'MYSTERY' as US Halts Search a Month After Jet Vanished Sputnik 11 May 2019 -- Over a month has now passed since a Japanese Air Force F-35A jet, being flown by a highly experienced pilot, disappeared off the coast of northeastern Japan, with pieces of its tail fins and part of its flight data recorder being all that the Japanese and US navies have to managed to recover despite a round-the-clock search effort.
  • Lavrov Says 'Extremely Significant' Differences Still Exist With Japan On Peace Accord RFE/RL 10 May 2019 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, said after a meeting in Moscow that much effort is still needed before their countries can resolve a World War II-era territorial dispute that stands in the way of a peace agreement.
  • U.S., Partner Navies Sail Together in South China Sea NNS 09 May 2019 -- A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer joined ships from the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Republic of Philippine Navy to sail through the South China Sea, May 2-8.
  • Japan, Vietnam Teaming up to Resist China Expansion VOA 09 May 2019 -- Japan is helping Vietnam build a defense against the larger, more militarily powerful China as Vietnam says Beijing's forces are occupying more than their legal share of the South China Sea.
  • Data From Japanese F-35A's Last Flight Still Missing as Parts of Black Box Found Sputnik 07 May 2019 -- Japanese authorities launched an underwater search and recovery operation last month in an attempt to retrieve the wreckage of an F-35A fighter jet that crashed in the Pacific Ocean on 9 April.
  • Japan wants to 'break shell of distrust' with North Korea Press TV 02 May 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he is ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "unconditionally" in what could potentially lead to the restoration of ties between Tokyo and Pyongyang.
  • Crown Prince Naruhito Becomes New Emperor of Japan Sputnik 01 May 2019 -- Earlier, Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito's ascension ceremony started in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo with the main Japanese TV channels broadcasting this event.

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