Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
October 2019 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Japanese Fighter Jets Made 135 Emergency Sorties Since April Due to Russian Warplanes Sputnik 30 Oct 2019 -- Japanese fighter jets made no less than 135 emergency sorties from 1 April to 30 September, 2019 due to the flights of the Russian military aircraft, the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Japan Self-Defense Forces said, noting that the amount of the sorties sharply decreased since the same period in 2018.
- US Approves $4.5 Billion Upgrade For Japan's 98 F-15J Fighter Jets - Defence Security Agency Sputnik 30 Oct 2019 -- The US Department of State approved Japan's plans to upgrade the nation's fleet of 98 F-15J fighter jets to Super Interceptor configuration at a cost of $4.5 billion, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release on Tuesday.
- Japan - F-15J Modernization DSCA 29 Oct 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for the upgrade of up to ninety-eight (98) F-15J aircraft to a Japanese Super Interceptor (JSI) configuration for an estimated cost of $4.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- 3rd Marine Division participates in Fuji Viper 20-1 USMC News 25 Oct 2019 -- U.S. Marines and Sailors with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, currently deployed 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, as part of the Unit Deployment Program, are participating in Fuji Viper 20-1 in Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Gotemba, Japan from Sep. 29 to Nov. 4, 2019.
- Traditional foes Japan and South Korea agree to mend ties amid rows Press TV 24 Oct 2019 -- Leaders of Japan and South Korea have agreed to mend ties amid a bitter feud over history and trade that has dragged bilateral relations to their worst in decades.
- South Korea and Japan Scrambled Fighters for Escorting Russia's Tu-95MS Bombers Sputnik 22 Oct 2019 -- Two Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers made scheduled flights over the neutral waters of the Japan, Yellow and East China seas, South Korea and Japan scrambled fighter jets to escort them, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
- Japan's Emperor Naruhito Formally Declares His Ascension to Throne VOA 22 Oct 2019 -- Japan's new Emperor Naruhito formally ascended to the throne Tuesday in an elaborate ceremony in Tokyo.
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Urges Swift Repatriation of Rohingya Radio Free Asia 21 Oct 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday to quickly facilitate the repatriation of over 700,000 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to their former homes in Rakhine state, also urging the de facto national leader to guarantee safe conditions for their return.
- Japan, France propose $18.4Bln loan plan to Iran if in full compliance with JCPOA ISNA 20 Oct 2019 -- Japan and France have proposed a joint plan to provide Iran with a loan of about $18.4 billion to be secured by oil if Tehran returns to full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), media reported.
- Japan Won't Join U.S. Coalition, But Will Send Own Escort Ships To Gulf Region RFE/RL 19 Oct 2019 -- Japan says it will not join a U.S.-led coalition to protect shipping in vital commerce lanes in the Middle East but will send its own vessels to ensure safe delivery of oil to Japan.
- Japan says will not join US anti-Iran 'coalition' in Mideast Press TV 18 Oct 2019 -- Japan says it will not join any US coalition in the Middle East, but is considering sending its own forces in a bid to ensure oil shipments from the region.
- Japan Snubs US-Led Gulf Coalition, Considers Sending its Own Troops to Strait of Hormuz - Reports Sputnik 18 Oct 2019 -- Earlier, the United States and the European Union had been rallying allies to send ships to the region after a string of attacks on commercial vessels took place earlier this year, which the US has blamed on Iran. Tehran has vehemently denied the allegations.
- Japanese service members, Philippine and U.S. Marines conduct amphibious landing USMC News 15 Oct 2019 -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines, Japan Self-Defense Force, and U.S. Armed Forces united to conduct an amphibious landing exercise at Katungkulan Beach, Marine Barracks Gregorio Lim during Exercise KAMANDAG 3 on Oct. 12, 2019.
- North Korea accuses Japan of 'deliberately' sinking fishing boat, demands compensation Press TV 12 Oct 2019 -- North Korea has demanded Tokyo pay compensation for a fishing boat that sank earlier this week in an incident which Pyongyang described as a deliberate and "gangster act" in the Sea of Japan.
- NATO and Japan intensify dialogue on cyber defence NATO 09 Oct 2019 -- NATO and Japan held cyber defence staff talks this week to assess current cyber threats and policy developments.
- US, Japan Criticize 'Provocative' North Korea Missile Launch VOA 03 Oct 2019 -- The U.S. and Japan are calling the recent North Korean missile launch "unnecessarily provocative" just days ahead of working-level nuclear talks with the United States.
- Tokyo Ready for Dialogue With North Korea Without Preconditions Despite Missile Launch Sputnik 02 Oct 2019 -- Japan plans to go ahead with a summit with North Korea without any preconditions, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced at a press conference on Wednesday after North Korea fired a missile off its east coast.
- Japan - Follow-On Technical Support (FOTS) for AEGIS Destroyers DSCA 01 Oct 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of Follow-On Technical Support (FOTS) sustainment and services in support of eight (8) Japan AEGIS Destroyers consisting of four (4) KONGO Class Destroyers, two (2) ATAGO Class Destroyers, two (2) MAYA Class Destroyers and one (1) Japanese Computer Test Site (JCPTS) for an estimated cost of $140 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 1, 2019.
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