Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
July 2019 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Bolton seeks fivefold rise in Japan's spending on US military: Report Press TV 31 Jul 2019 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump is reportedly seeking up to a fivefold increase in Japan's spending on American military forces deployed to the Asian country.
- Article Suggests Nuclear Sharing with Japan, S. Korea to Deter N. Korean Threat VOA 30 Jul 2019 -- The National Defense University, an institution funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, has published a journal article suggesting Washington should share its nuclear tactical missiles with Japan and South Korea to deter North Korea's growing nuclear threat to East Asia and the U.S.
- Beijing Says Does Not Support Creation of New Multilateral Deal Replacing INF Treaty Sputnik 30 Jul 2019 -- China does not support Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono's suggestion to create a new multilateral structure capable of replacing the US-Russian Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Tuesday.
- Pentagon Plans to Reject Japan's Request to Join F-35 Project Despite Row With Turkey – Report Sputnik 29 Jul 2019 -- Earlier, Washington booted Turkey out of the F-35 stealth fighter programme and said the country wouldn't be getting its 120 stealth fighter jets after Ankara refused to cancel its S-400 missile system deal with Russia.
- US, Japanese, Aussie forces conduct naval war games aimed at China Press TV 28 Jul 2019 -- US, Australian and Japanese naval forces have carried out a mock coastline invasion in a war game designed to demonstrate how the three allied nations could collaborate in defending what they perceive as "contested islands in the Pacific."
- New North Korean Projectiles Might Reach Japan Without Being Intercepted - Japanese Military Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- New North Korean projectiles have trajectories that are not typical for conventional ballistic missiles, making it difficult to intercept them, the Japanese Defence Ministry said on Saturday, as quoted by NHK.
- Tokyo Lodges Protest With Moscow, Seoul Over Incident With Russian Plane in Sea of Japan Sputnik 23 Jul 2019 -- Tokyo lodged a diplomatic protest with Moscow and Seoul after an incident involving a Russian warplane flying over the Liancourt Rocks, a territory in the Sea of Japan/East Sea that is contested by Japan and South Korea.
- South Korea Fires Warning Shots At Russian Military Aircraft, Japan Scrambles Warplanes RFE/RL 23 Jul 2019 -- South Korea says its warplanes fired warning shots at a Russian surveillance plane that entered its airspace above the Sea of Japan on July 23.
- Tokyo not considering sending military for US-proposed maritime coalition: Suga Press TV 23 Jul 2019 -- Japan says it is not weighing sending military forces for a US-proposed maritime coalition in a purported mission of protecting maritime shipping lanes in the Middle East.
- Outcome of upper house election mandates nation building: Japanese PM People's Daily 22 Jul 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that the outcome of the upper house election on Sunday showed a public mandate on their need for political stability and hope to move ahead with "nation building."
- Shinzo Abe calls for pacifist charter to be debated despite no 'supermajority' in parliament Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has called for a debate on revising the US-imposed pacifist constitution in a bid to further legitimize the country's military; in a move already called for by the US to boost Japan's capabilities against regional powers Russia and China – with the purchase of American weaponry.
- Abe's Coalition Fails to Gain Majority Needed to Amend Constitution in Upper House Vote Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito party won Sunday's elections to the country's upper house, the House of Councilors, but failed to secure two thirds of the seats needed to change the country's constitution, according to the official results of the elections.
- Abe says will try to reduce Iran-US tensions as Trump seeks coalition against Tehran Press TV 22 Jul 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to "make every effort" to reduce tensions between the United States and Iran as the US urged its allies to join a coalition in a purported mission of protecting maritime shipping lanes in the Middle East.
- Pro-amendment camp loses 2/3 majority NHK 22 Jul 2019 -- Japan's ruling coalition is set to maintain control of the Upper House following Sunday's election. But it fell short of maintaining a key threshold. The coalition and lawmakers in favor of amending the Constitution will not hold a two-thirds majority of the chamber.
- Pro-amendment camp certain to lose 2/3 majority NHK 22 Jul 2019 -- Japan's ruling coalition appears set to maintain control of the Upper House following Sunday's election. But it looks like it fell short of maintaining a key threshold.
- Japan Reluctant to Sign on to Trump's Gulf Coalition Idea Amid Tanker Seizure Row Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- Washington has had trouble securing allied support for a beefed up military presence in the waters off Iran, where it has accused Tehran of attacking foreign tankers. Iran has vocally denied the claims, and accused the US of stoking tensions.
- North Korea accuses Japan of destroying peace amid trade spat with South Press TV 20 Jul 2019 -- North Korea has denounced Japan's decision to impose US-like trade restrictions against South Korea over a wartime dispute, calling the move a threat to "the trend of peace" on the Korean peninsula.
- Russia rejects starting talks with Japan on return of islands: Kyodo Press TV 15 Jul 2019 -- Russia has rejected starting talks with Japan on the return of two disputed islands despite an agreement last year, in a move that could further delay the signing of a peace treaty, Kyodo news agency says.
- North Korean Leader Says Took Note of Abe's Intention to Meet - Reports Sputnik 04 Jul 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said that he took note of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's intention to hold talks with him, the NHK broadcaster reported on Thursday, citing sources.
- CFAY Port Ops Supports Dry Dock Evolution for JMSDF Ship Enshu NNS 03 Jul 2019 -- Sailors and civilian members of U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) Port Operations and Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) assist Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) auxiliary, multi-purpose support ship Enshu (AMS 4305) during a dry dock evolution for scheduled maintenance, July 2.
- EOD Technicians Assigned to EODMU 5, JMSDF Conducted NNS 02 Jul 2019 -- Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians assigned to EOD Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) conducted IWOTO 2019, a mine counter measure exercise (MINEX) June 10-22 on the island of Iwo To, Japan.
- USS Charleston, JMSDF Conduct Combined Exercise NNS 01 Jul 2019 -- The littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense ships JS Inazuma (DD 105) and JS Kashima (TV 3508) participated in a combined exercise, June 16.
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