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August 2020 - Japan Special Weapons News
- USAF, JASDF strengthen Agile Combat Employment capabilities US Air Force 31 Aug 2020 -- U.S. Air Force and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Airmen conducted bilateral training centered on honing defensive counter-air and Agile Combat Employment capabilities, and developing multi-capable Airmen during an Aviation Training Relocation event at Chitose Air Base, Japan, Aug. 24-28.
- Philippines Buys Japanese Radar System to Monitor South China Sea, Other Areas Radio Free Asia 31 Aug 2020 -- The Philippines has signed an agreement to purchase a radar system from Japan for aerial surveillance of its territorial interests including in the South China Sea, the defense department announced Friday, amid rising international tensions in the disputed waterway.
- Japan to Secure COVID-19 Vaccines by 1st Half of 2021: Abe SPA 30 Aug 2020 -- Japan will aim to secure COVID-19 vaccinations for all citizens by the first half of 2021, Kyodo cited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as saying.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper's Meeting With Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono DoD 29 Aug 2020 -- On August 29, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper hosted Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono in Guam, where they reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Japan Alliance and discussed ways to deepen and expand bilateral defense cooperation.
- Esper, Japanese Defense Minister Discuss Cooperative Efforts DoD News 29 Aug 2020 -- Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono discussed ways to strengthen the already strong U.S.-Japanese partnership during a meeting at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
- Japan, US Agree to Further Cooperate to Develop New Missile Defence System, Reports Say Sputnik 29 Aug 2020 -- Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono and US Defence Secretary Mark Esper have agreed to further cooperate on developing a new missile defence system, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported on Saturday.
- Japan's Abe to step down as leader owing to health concerns People's Daily 28 Aug 2020 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to step down from his post owing to concerns over his health, a Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) source said Friday.
- Japan's Abe Announces Resignation for Health Reasons VOA 28 Aug 2020 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced he is stepping down due to chronic health concerns. His departure ends a historic tenure in office, but the conservative leader's resignation underscores his mixed accomplishments in regional relations.
- Joint Statement on the Seventh Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue on Space US Dept. of State 27 Aug 2020 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Japan on the occasion of the Seventh Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue on Space.
- Tokyo Reports 236 New Cases of Coronavirus Infection SPA 26 Aug 2020 -- The Tokyo metropolitan government today, on Wednesday confirmed 236 additional cases of the novel coronavirus, with the number of infections rising after falling to double digits earlier this week, Kyodo reported.
- Japanese firm to start human clinical tests for COVID-19 medicine in 2021 People's Daily 26 Aug 2020 -- A biotechnology company in southwestern Japan said Tuesday it will start human clinical trials for a drug of treating COVID-19 in 2021.
- Japan - AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles DSCA 26 Aug 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of thirty-two (32) AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $63 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Tokyo confirms 95 new daily COVID-19 cases, lowest since July 8 People's Daily 24 Aug 2020 -- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Monday confirmed 95 new daily cases of COVID-19, with the figure dropping to the lowest count since July 8.
- Tokyo reports 339 more Cornoavirus cases, tops 300 for 1st time in 5 days SPA 20 Aug 2020 -- Tokyo reported on Thursday 339 additional cases of novel coronavirus infection, topping the 300 mark for the first time since Saturday, the metropolitan government said, according to Kyodo News Agency.
- Tokyo, Osaka see rises in numbers of COVID-19 patients in "serious condition" Global Times 19 Aug 2020 -- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday confirmed 207 new cases of COVID-19, with infections topping the 200-mark again after retreating on Monday, although rising cases of seriously ill patients in the capital and Osaka has further stoked concerns about the virus' resurgence.
- U.S., Japan Build on 60 Years of Regional Cooperation US Navy 19 Aug 2020 -- The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group joined Japan's Murasame-class destroyer JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) to conduct joint integrated operations in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 15, as part of ongoing shared commitments to regional stability through cooperation.
- US Conducts Air Drills With Japan, Other Partners in Indo-Pacific Region Sputnik 18 Aug 2020 -- US bombers and F-15 fighter jets conducted drills with Japanese and other allied partners in the Indo-Pacific, the Defence Department said on Tuesday.
- Tokyo Reports 260 New Cases of Coronavirus SPA 16 Aug 2020 -- Tokyo reported today 260 new cases of the novel Coronavirus, Kyodo News Agency reported.
- Tokyo Reports 385 More Coronavirus Cases, More Than 380 for 2nd Day SPA 16 Aug 2020 -- Tokyo today, on Saturday reported 385 new cases of the novel coronavirus, topping 380 for the second straight day, as the capital remained on alert amid rising infections at the height of the summer holiday season, Kyodo reported.
- Tokyo Reports 389 More Coronavirus Cases, Highest in About A Week SPA 14 Aug 2020 -- Tokyo reported on Friday 389 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the highest figure in about one week, with urban and tourist areas in Japan continuing to see a relatively large number of infections during the peak of the summer holiday season, Kyodo reported.
- S. Korea Seeks Solution for Victims of Japan's Wartime Sexual Slavery VOA 14 Aug 2020 -- The government of South Korea says it will continue to seek a "realistic" and "practicable" solution for victims of Japan's military wartime sexual slavery.
- How far is Japan away from breaking pacifist constitution restraints Global Times 12 Aug 2020 -- Japan's pacifist constitution recently drew attention when Alexander Venediktov, the deputy secretary of the Russian Security Council, said that the department is "alarmed by the debate in the Japanese society about whether Tokyo should abandon the pacifist principles enshrined in the country's basic law." Venediktov warned, "If these initiatives move closer to reality Russia will certainly have to act to ensure its own security."
- Tokyo Reports 222 More Coronavirus Cases SPA 12 Aug 2020 -- Tokyo reported today, on Wednesday 222 new coronavirus cases, Kyodo cited the metropolitan government as saying.
- Japan governors ask gov't to boost grants in fight against pandemic SPA 09 Aug 2020 -- Japanese prefectural governors today, on Saturday asked the central government to increase the amount of extraordinary grants for local governments to fund various measures against the coronavirus pandemic, Kyodo reported.
- Tokyo Governor Urges Residents to Refrain from Summer Holiday Travel VOA 06 Aug 2020 -- Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike called on residents Thursday to refrain from traveling outside the capital as Japan enters its summer holiday period because of a recent surge in COVID cases.
- Tokyo Reports 360 New Cases of Coronavirus SPA 06 Aug 2020 -- The Tokyo metropolitan government reported today 360 new cases of the novel Coronavirus, Kyodo News Agency reported.
- Japanese Government to Review New Missile Defence Proposal After Scrapping US Aegis Ashore Sputnik 04 Aug 2020 -- An expert council of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party will submit a proposal to the government on Tuesday to consider the possibilities of how to halt ballistic missile attacks within enemy territory, Japan's NHK reports.
- Japan happy to join Five Eyes Global Times 03 Aug 2020 -- Tokyo would welcome an invitation to join the Five Eyes (FVEY) intelligence alliance, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono was quoted as saying, raising eyebrows from its neighbor China.
- Japan's Okinawa declares state of emergency amid US-majority virus cases Press TV 01 Aug 2020 -- Japan has declared a state of emergency in the Okinawa region due to an "explosive spread" of coronavirus cases, with the majority of them been detected among US forces there.
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