Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
June 2020 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Japan Might Let Warships Use Force to Protect Cargo Vessels in Mideast Waters - Reports Sputnik 28 Jun 2020 -- The government of Japan is inclined to authorize use of force by patrol vessels of its Self-Defence Forces to protect Japanese commercial vessels in the Middle Eastern waters, national media reported on Sunday.
- Japan and ASEAN Weigh China Threat in Disputed Seas Radio Free Asia 25 Jun 2020 -- Japan and the members of the Southeast Asian bloc voiced concerns Thursday over increasing tensions in the South and East China Seas, as China's assertiveness grows and ASEAN considers when to resume negotiations with Beijing on a code of conduct.
- Japan's Defence Minister Suggests Kim's Health, Bad Economy Behind North Korea's Recent Actions Sputnik 26 Jun 2020 -- Following the mysterious disappearance of Kim Jon-un from public radars in April and reappearance in May, North Korea took a u-turn in relations with its southern neighbour that culminated in the destruction of the inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong last week.
- US, Europe, Japan Space Agencies Announce COVID-19 'Dashboard' VOA 25 Jun 2020 -- The U.S. space agency NASA and its European and Japanese counterparts (ESA, JAXA) announced Thursday the launching of the COVID-19 Earth Observation Dashboard, a web-based collection of satellite data from all three agencies documenting how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the planet.
- Japan confirms cancellation of US missile system deployment Press TV 25 Jun 2020 -- Japan's government has confirmed the cancellation of a plan to deploy a multibillion-dollar US anti-missile system in the country, amid pressure from local residents complaining about the health risks posed by the project.
- Japan Abandons Plans to Deploy US Aegis Ashore Missile Defence System Sputnik 25 Jun 2020 -- Japan has abandoned its plans to deploy US Aegis Ashore land-based missile defence system, the Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday, citing Defence Minister Taro Kono.
- Japan to Abandon US Missile Defense System VOA 25 Jun 2020 -- Japan Defense Minister Taro Kono announced Thursday Japan had decided to scrap plans to deploy the U.S.-made land-based Aegis Ashore missile defense system that was intended to protect Japan from North Korean threats.
- U.S., Japan Navies Exercise Together in South China Sea NNS 24 Jun 2020 -- Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Kashima class-training vessel JS Kashima (TV-3508) and Shimayuki-class training vessel JS Shimayuki (TV-3513) conducted bilateral exercises while sailing together in the South China Sea, June 23.
- Tsai urges against 'unilateral actions' in Diaotuyais dispute CNA 24 Jun 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday urged all parties involved in the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea to avoid taking "unilateral actions" that could escalate regional tensions.
- Taiwan repeats position on Diaoyutais amid envoy's dissenting view CNA 23 Jun 2020 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday reasserted Taiwan's sovereignty over the disputed Diaoyutai Islands after Taiwan's envoy to Japan seemed to say otherwise in a Facebook post.
- Taiwan protests against Japan's name change for Diaoyutai area CNA 22 Jun 2020 -- Taiwan on Monday protested against Japan's decision to change the name of an administrative area that covers the Diaoyutai Islands, saying it was an infringement on Taiwan's territorial claim to the islands.
- US would love to see tensions in Asia around Diaoyu Islands: expert Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- A Japanese local government's bill approved on Monday to change the administrative designation of the disputed Diaoyu Islands can't change China's sovereignty and control over the islands, as Chinese Coast Guard vessels still conducted patrol missions in the territorial waters of the islands the same day, experts said, noting that the bill would not affect the status quo much.
- Trump Threatened to Pull Troops Out of Japan, South Korea Amid DPRK Missile Tests, Says Bolton Sputnik 22 Jun 2020 -- The US military has about 50,000 military personnel and 23 bases in Japan, with 23,500 more troops stationed in South Korea. The Japan deployment includes the US Navy's Seventh Fleet and its 60-70 ships, 300 aircraft and 40,000 personnel. US troops have been stationed in both countries for nearly three quarters of a century.
- Japan's National Security Council Will Reportedly Rethink Defence Strategy Next Week Sputnik 21 Jun 2020 -- The Japanese National Security Council may hold a meeting next week at which it is expected to explore new avenues to provide national security after scrapping plans to install land-based missile systems Aegis Ashore, public broadcaster NHK reported.
- G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on Hong Kong US Dept. of State 17 Jun 2020 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union.
- Japanese Defence Minister Says Aegis Ashore Deployment to Be Halted Due to High Cost Sputnik 15 Jun 2020 -- Japan intends to stop deployment of Aegis Ashore, a US missile defence system, because of its cost and the deployment schedule, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono said Monday.
- Japan Drops Plan to Deploy US Missile System VOA 15 Jun 2020 -- Japan's Defense Minister announced Monday the country will cancel plans to deploy a costly, land-based U.S. missile defense system designed to counter escalating threats from North Korea.
- Japanese Prime Minister Calls for Early Transfer of US Base in Okinawa Sputnik 12 Jun 2020 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday stressed the need to relocate the US Futenma Air Base in the Okinawa prefecture as soon as possible and pledged to make every effort for that.
- Okinawa's Governor Promises 'Fierce Opposition' to Plan for New US Missile Bases Sputnik 10 Jun 2020 -- A US plan to build new missile sites on the Japanese island of Okinawa has encountered stiff resistance by locals, including the governor, who was elected on a position of getting US forces out of the prefecture.
- Japanese conservatives disrupt recovering China-Japan ties by hyping Diaoyu Islands dispute Global Times 09 Jun 2020 -- Japanese conservative forces attempt to use a dispute over sovereignty with China to interrupt fast-recovering bilateral relations, said Chinese diplomatic experts on Tuesday, after a local government in Japan mulled to change the Diaoyu Islands' administrative designation.
- Taiwan reiterates sovereignty rights over Diaoyutai Islands CNA 06 Jun 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Saturday reiterated Taiwan's sovereignty rights over the Diaoyutai Islands, called Senkaku Islands by Japan, amid a reported plan by a Japanese local government to change their district name.
- Japan Announces Plans for COVID-19 Vaccinations by June 2021 VOA 05 Jun 2020 -- Japan intends to roll out coronavirus vaccines to the public by June 2021, the country's health minister said Friday.
- Tokyo Issues Warning for COVID Resurgence VOA 02 Jun 2020 -- Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has issued a warning in the city for a possible resurgence of the coronavirus.
Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list