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November 2020 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Japanese Universities' Ties to China's Military-Linked Schools Sparks Concern Radio Free Asia 30 Nov 2020 -- Dozens of Japanese universities continue to have research ties with seven higher education institutions with ties to China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), Japan's Kyodo News reported.
- Tokyo's Daily, Monthly Coronavirus Infections Rise to Record Levels SPA 28 Nov 2020 -- The Tokyo metropolitan government reported today, on Friday 570 new coronavirus infections, pushing up its monthly tally for November to the highest on record, Kyodo reported.
- 'Fast track' to be strictly managed not suspended amid Japan and South Korea's new surge Global Times 27 Nov 2020 -- The "fast track" between China, South Korea and Japan might be affected due to the surging epidemic in these two countries. With more sources and chains of coronavirus from abroad being found in China, experts believe that anti-pandemic measures will be prioritized in these countries and stricter measures will be applied.
- NIDS' s China Security Report 2021 totally untenable: Defense Spokesperson PLA Daily 26 Nov 2020 -- Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense (MND), criticized a Japanese report for making groundless comments on China's national defense and military modernization at a regular MND press conference on November 26 when asked to comment on the so-called China Security Report 2021 released by Japan's National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) in mid-November.
- China and Japan agree to build maritime and air liaison mechanism to manage risk Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- China and Japan have agreed to establish a maritime and air liaison mechanism to enhance risk management and mutual trust, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday night amid Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Yi's visit to Japan.
- Aegis Destroyers to Cost Japan More Than Scrapped Land-Based Systems, Reports Say Sputnik 24 Nov 2020 -- The option to build destroyers for the US-made Aegis missile systems will cost Japan over 500 billion yen ($4.8 billion), which is even more than the previous plan to deploy land-based Aegis Ashore interceptors, scrapped by the Japanese government over cost concerns, the Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday.
- Japan reports record-high daily COVID-19 cases as Tokyo raises virus alert People's Daily 20 Nov 2020 -- Japan reported 2,208 new daily COVID-19 cases on Thursday, renewing a record number of daily infections for a second consecutive day, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities.
- Tokyo raises virus alert to highest as daily COVID-19 cases set record People's Daily 19 Nov 2020 -- The Japanese capital of Tokyo reported 534 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, renewing a record number of daily infections and exceeding the 500-mark for the first time, as the local government raised its virus alert by one notch to the highest level.
- Japan's daily COVID-19 cases top 2,000 for first time People's Daily 19 Nov 2020 -- Japan on Wednesday recorded 2,189 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, renewing a record number of daily infections and exceeding the 2,000-mark for the first time, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities.
- China Condemns Historic Australia-Japan Defense Pact VOA 18 Nov 2020 -- Australia and Japan have agreed on a historic defense pact that would allow both countries to strengthen military ties in the face of rising tensions with China.
- Japan, Australia eye defense pact; a potential 'Indo-Pacific NATO' could be formed against China Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- Japan and Australia have reached a broad consensus on their bilateral defense pact as a prelude to forming an "Indo-Pacific NATO" against China, amid Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's two-day visit to Japan.
- Australia, Japan Reach Deal on Defence Treaty to Counter 'Increasing Tensions' in South China Sea Sputnik 17 Nov 2020 -- Australia and Japan have reached an agreement in principle on a defence treaty that is expected to strengthen their security ties and facilitate cooperation between defence forces, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.
- Navies of India, US, Australia, Japan to Kick Off Second Phase of Malabar Exercise Today Sputnik 17 Nov 2020 -- The Malabar series was first conducted as a bilateral India-US exercise in 1992. Japan joined the drills in 2015. Meanwhile, Australia has participated only once, back in 2007.
- Phase 2 of Exercise MALABAR 2020 in Western Indian Ocean India PIB 16 Nov 2020 -- The second phase of Exercise Malabar 2020 will be conducted in the Northern Arabian Sea from 17 to 20 November 2020. Taking forward the synergy achieved in the recently concluded Phase 1 of Exercise Malabar 2020, which was conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 03 to 06 November 2020, this phase will involve coordinated operations of increasing complexity between the navies of Australia, India, Japan and the United States.
- US pressures Japan, South Korea to speak out against China Press TV 14 Nov 2020 -- The US administration has pressured Japan and South Korea to speak out against China over its regional policies, despite their close trading relationships with Beijing.
- Japan's new COVID-19 cases hit record high amid nationwide virus resurgence Global Times 13 Nov 2020 -- Japan on Thursday confirmed a record 1,643 daily new COVID-19 infections owing to a resurgence of cases nationwide as the temperature continues to drop and more people stay indoors.
- Japan Logs Record Daily Virus Cases of Over 1,600 Amid Resurgence SPA 13 Nov 2020 -- Japan confirmed more than 1,600 new coronavirus cases, a record daily high since the outbreak of the virus early this year, amid signs of a resurgence in infections nationwide as the winter season approaches, Kyodo reported.
- Readout of Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller Phone Call with Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi DoD 13 Nov 2020
- Biden Reaffirms Commitment to Back Japanese Claims to Senkaku Islands â€“ Reports Sputnik 12 Nov 2020 -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has held a phone conversation with projected US President-elect Joe Biden, with the latter having reaffirmed the US commitment to support Japan's claims to the disputed islands of Senkaku, Japanese media reported on Thursday.
- Biden probes China on Diaoyu Islands, woos allies for Asia-Pacific 'rebalance' Global Times 12 Nov 2020 -- US president-elect Joe Biden on Thursday held a phone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, covering security issues concerning the Diaoyu Islands, over which Japan has had disputes with China.
- Joint Statement on Host Nation Support US Dept. of State 10 Nov 2020 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Japan on the beginning of formal negotiations on Host Nation Support.
- Japan Reports over 1,000 Virus Cases for 3rd Day, Winter Seen Riskier SPA 07 Nov 2020 -- Japan reported 1,323 new coronavirus cases today, on Saturday, with record daily cases on the northernmost main island of Hokkaido and in the urban prefecture of Kanagawa, according to a Kyodo News tally based on official data.
- USS John S. McCain sails alongside JS ÅŒnami, HMAS Ballarat US Navy 07 Nov 2020 -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined the Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Takanami-class destroyer JS ÅŒnami (DD 111) during integrated operations in the Indian Ocean, Nov. 6, 2020
- Keen Sword 21 Enhances U.S.-Japan Alliance US Navy 06 Nov 2020 -- Units attached to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) and the Japan Self-Defense Force completed exercise Keen Sword 21 (KS21), Nov. 5, on military installations throughout mainland Japan, Okinawa prefecture, and their surrounding waters.
- Japan's Daily Coronavirus Cases top 1,000 for 1st Time Since Aug. 21 SPA 05 Nov 2020 -- Japan reported over 1,000 new daily coronavirus cases today, on Thursday for the first time since Aug. 21, as the government has eased restrictions and promoted travel within the country to help support the economy hit hard by the pandemic, according to a Kyodo News tally based on official data.
- Fast, fluid, together: Japan, U.S. Marines exercise amphibious capabilities during Keen Sword 21 USMC News 04 Nov 2020 -- In the early hours of November 1, the silence is broken by the sound of an amphibious assault featuring Japan Self-Defense Force CH-47JA Chinooks touching down and delivering streams of Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade troops while U.S. Marines hit the beach via small boats briskly navigating over the horizon from the USS Ashland to Gaja-Jima.
- India, US, Japan, Australia launch large naval drills Press TV 03 Nov 2020 -- India, the United States, Japan, and Australia have launched joint naval exercises, the largest in more than a decade, Indian government sources say, amid US attempts to counter China's influence in the region.
- Australia Joins India, US and Japan in Indian Ocean War Games VOA 03 Nov 2020 -- The Australian navy joined Indian, Japanese and American warships for annual Malabar exercises that began Tuesday in the Indian Ocean marking the growing strategic convergence of the four countries amid rising concerns about Chinese assertiveness in Asia.
- Malabar 20: Navies of QUAD Coalition Begin Maritime War Games Amidst Chinese Military Assertiveness Sputnik 03 Nov 2020 -- Amid India's bitter border conflict with China, New Delhi has sought increased defence cooperation with other countries and stepped up its participation in the US-led Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, QUAD. In the same spirit, New Delhi signed a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Australia in June.
- India Hosts Japan, Australia, U.S. in Naval Exercise MALABAR 2020 US Navy 02 Nov 2020 -- Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States began exercise Malabar 2020 in the Bay of Bengal, Nov. 3.
- 'China threat' Japan's excuse to deploy large warship Global Times 02 Nov 2020 -- The so-called missile threats from China and North Korea are only excuses Japan uses in its plan to break its peace constitution, Chinese experts said on Monday, after Japanese reports said the country is planning to develop a large Aegis-equipped warship as an alternative to the scrapped US-made Aegis Ashore missile defense system.
- Tokyo to Boost Capacity of COVID-19 Testing to Over 60,000 Per Day SPA 01 Nov 2020 -- The capacity of novel coronavirus testing in Tokyo will be increased to about 65,000 per day by early December, Kyodo cited Gov. Yuriko Koike as saying today.
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