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March 2021 - Japan Special Weapons News
- China, Japan hold defense consultation: Defense Spokesperson PLA Daily 31 Mar 2021 -- The defense authorities of China and Japan held the third annual meeting of maritime and air liaison mechanism and the fifth round of working-level consultation on defense affairs via video link on March 29. The two sides exchanged views on such topics as maritime and aerial security policies, regional security situation, operation of the Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism, and defense exchanges.
- Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Emily Horne on the U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral National Security Advisors' Dialogue The White House 30 Mar 2021
- Japan, Indonesia Sign Defense Deal Amid Beijing's Maritime Expansion Radio Free Asia 30 Mar 2021 -- Indonesia and Japan signed an agreement on Tuesday for the export of Japanese-made military equipment and technology to Jakarta, as both nations face Beijing's increasing expansionism and maritime activities in disputed regional waters.
- Japan's Daily Coronavirus Cases Top 2,000, Fuel Fear of Rebound SPA 27 Mar 2021 -- Japan reported Friday more than 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus in one day for the first time since early February, fanning concerns of a rebound less than a week after a state of emergency was lifted in Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures, Kyodo reported.
- Joint Statement of Chiefs of Defense Condemning Military-Sponsored Violence in Myanmar DoD 27 Mar 2021 -- The following is a joint statement of the Chiefs of Defense of Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
- International Chiefs of Defense Condemn Use of Lethal Force in Burma DoD News 27 Mar 2021 -- Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined fellow chiefs of defense condemning the use of lethal force against the people of Burma.
- North Korea carries out ballistic missile launch: US, Japan Press TV 25 Mar 2021 -- North Korea has reportedly fired two missiles into the Sea of Japan, in what is the first signal to the new administration in the United States which is reviewing its policy towards Pyongyang.
- Photo: DPRK Announces it Test-Fired Two 'New Tactical Guided' Missiles Sputnik 25 Mar 2021 -- Earlier in the week, Japan, South Korea and the United States expressed concern over what they referred to as a test-fire of two ballistic missiles launched into the Sea of Japan by North Korea.
- North Korean Missile Launches Show Threat of Pyongyang's Arms Programme to Neighbours, US Says Sputnik 25 Mar 2021 -- The statement from the Pentagon comes after North Korea test-fired two ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan in the early hours of Thursday, sparking concern in South Korea and Japan.
- Taiwan thanks Japan over support for cross-strait peace, stability CNA 22 Mar 2021 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday thanked Japan after Japanese media reported the nation's defense minister last week said Tokyo is studying the feasibility of helping the United States defend Taiwan in the event of a cross-Taiwan Strait crisis.
- Group Arabian Sea Warfare Exercise 21 Underway in U.S. 5th Fleet US Navy 21 Mar 2021 -- France, Belgium, Japan and the U.S. are participating in Group Arabian Sea Warfare Exercise (GASWEX) 21, a multilateral maritime exercise in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman.
- Japan Lifting Tokyo COVID-19 State of Emergency, Effective Monday VOA 18 Mar 2021 -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga Thursday announced that Tokyo's month-long COVID-19 state of emergency will be lifted Monday, citing reduced overall infection numbers since January, and hospital occupancy.
- G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on Ukraine US Dept. of State 18 Mar 2021 -- The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union.
- Japan Sets Up New Electronic Warfare Unit to Boost Defence Capabilities, Reports Suggest Sputnik 18 Mar 2021 -- Japan has created a new electronic warfare unit in Kumamoto prefecture as part of efforts to boost national defence capability in this field, Sankei Shimbun reported on Thursday.
- China urges U.S., Japan to stop interfering in China's internal affairs People's Daily 18 Mar 2021 -- China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes the recent U.S.-Japan joint statement, which maliciously attacked China's foreign policy, seriously interfered in China's internal affairs and attempted to damage China's interests, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Wednesday.
- Japan urged to respect China's bottom line on Diaoyu Islands, manage signpost farce Global Times 16 Mar 2021 -- The Japanese government knows well China's unwavering determination to safeguard its national sovereignty, Chinese experts commented, following recent reports that the city government of Japan's Ishigaki would apply to the Japanese government for approval to land on the Diaoyu Islands to install signposts for a new so-called district name.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting with Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi of Japan DoD 16 Mar 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi at a Joint Press Availability DoD 16 Mar 2021
- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Remarks With Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi in Tokyo, Japan DoD 16 Mar 2021
- Secretary of Defense Austin's Remarks at the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee in Tokyo, Japan DoD 16 Mar 2021
- U.S., Japanese Leaders Agree Chinese Behavior Endangers Peace DoD News 16 Mar 2021 -- U.S. and Japanese defense and foreign affairs leaders agreed today that China's behavior has become more aggressive, and the U.S. and Japan will work together to counter China's destabilizing efforts.
- U.S., Japan stress need for peace in Taiwan Strait CNA 16 Mar 2021 -- Top diplomats and defense chiefs from the United States and Japan issued a joint statement on Tuesday following the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting in which the need for maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait was among the topics addressed.
- Japanese Defence Minister, US Defence Secretary Vow to Boost Bilateral Alliance Sputnik 16 Mar 2021 -- Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi and US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed commitment to boosting the bilateral alliance during the talks in Tokyo.
- U.S.-Japan Joint Press Statement US Dept. of State 16 Mar 2021 -- The following statement was released by the Security Consultative Committee.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi at a Joint Press Availability US Dept. of State 16 Mar 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin With Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 16 Mar 2021
- Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin's Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Suga US Dept. of State 16 Mar 2021
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi US Dept. of State 16 Mar 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin with Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobua Kishi Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 16 Mar 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 16 Mar 2021
- US-Japan statement no surprise, 'accusation baseless' Global Times 16 Mar 2021 -- US and Japanese foreign and defense ministers warned Tuesday against "coercion and destabilizing behavior" by China after the bilateral "2+2" talks in Tokyo on Tuesday, while the Chinese foreign ministry warned that the US-Japan alliance should not target any third party.
- Japan Visit Aims to Cement Cornerstone Alliance DoD News 15 Mar 2021 -- The visit of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to Japan is all about consulting on shared concerns and opportunities in the Indo-Pacific, a senior defense official said today.
- CTF 73, JMSDF Work Together to Strengthen Logistics Interchangeability in Indo-Pacific US Navy 15 Mar 2021 -- The U.S. Navy routinely conducts cooperative underway replenishments with partner nations throughout the 7th Fleet area of operations and one of the closest of those partners is the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
- Top US Officials to Arrive in Asia on First Overseas Visit VOA 15 Mar 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin landed in Tokyo Monday for talks with regional allies to reaffirm the trans-Pacific partnerships in the face of an increasingly assertive China and silent North Korea.
- China communicates use of coast guard law to Japan, protects sovereign waters properly Global Times 14 Mar 2021 -- Japanese media, amid the anti-China Quad meeting, reported that China had communicated with Japan over its new coast guard law in late February, seen by Chinese observers as a clear message that demonstrates China's transparency, determination and confidence in safeguarding its sovereignty in an appropriate manner.
- Quad Leaders' Joint Statement: "The Spirit of the Quad" The White House 12 Mar 2021
- Fact Sheet: Quad Summit The White House 12 Mar 2021
- Remarks by President Biden, Prime Minister Modi of India, Prime Minister Morrison of Australia, and Prime Minister Suga of Japan in the Virtual Quad Leaders Summit The White House 12 Mar 2021
- The 'Quad' Aims to Increase Vaccine Production to 1 Billion Doses for Southeast Asia VOA 12 Mar 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden and the prime ministers of Japan, India, and Australia met virtually Friday for a summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, where they discussed strategies to counter China's rising influence in the Indo-Pacific region, including an offer to match Beijing's ambitious vaccine diplomacy.
- US holds first summit with Australia, India, Japan to discuss China Press TV 12 Mar 2021 -- The US government is holding a quadripartite summit with Australia, India and Japan, in an effort to cement alliances and counter China's "aggression".
- US, Japan conduct historic airborne operation US Air Force 12 Mar 2021 -- In the bright Japanese morning sun, stretched across the flightline, more than 500 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members talk, rehearse jump procedures and shimmy parachute packs onto their backs. All the while, U.S. Air Force Airmen prepare 12 C-130J Super Hercules for a surge unlike any other on record.
- G7 Statement on Hong Kong Electoral Changes US Dept. of State 12 Mar 2021 -- The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union.
- China's Hong Kong Move an Assault on Democracy, Autonomy: Foreign Ministers Radio Free Asia 12 Mar 2021 -- The international community has condemned recent changes by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to Hong Kong's political system, saying the insistence that political candidates be pre-approved by Beijing is an "assault" on the limited democracy the city once enjoyed.
- Japan Scrambled Fighters to Escort Russia's Tu-95MS Over Sea of Japan, Russian Military Says Sputnik 11 Mar 2021 -- Japan has scrambled its fighters to escort two Russia's Tu-95MS strategic bombers during their scheduled flight over the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Thursday.
- Japan Could Approve 2nd COVID-19 Vaccine As Early As May SPA 07 Mar 2021 -- The Japanese health minister said Sunday his ministry could approve a second COVID-19 vaccine as early as May, as the government sees inoculation as crucial to curbing infections, Kyodo News Agency reported.
- U.S. Navy, JMSDF Strengthen Alliance through Bilateral Advanced Warfighting Training US Navy 05 Mar 2021 -- Units and personnel from the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) conclude bilateral advanced warfighting training (BAWT) exercise March 6.
- Japan's Prime Minister Extends Tokyo Region COVID-19 Emergency VOA 05 Mar 2021 -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga confirmed Friday the government is extending a COVID-19 state of emergency in the Tokyo region and surrounding areas for another two weeks in hopes of relieving the strain on hospitals.
- United States and Japan Hold Bilateral Security Discussions US Dept. of State 04 Mar 2021 -- The United States and Japan held bilateral security discussions by video teleconference on March 4, 2021.
- Japan supports Taiwan's participation in WHO meetings: PM CNA 04 Mar 2021 -- Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday expressed his government's support for Taiwan's participation at the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Conducts Second Bilateral Exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force US Navy 03 Mar 2021 -- The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) conducted a bilateral maritime exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) February 28.
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