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April 2021 - Japan Special Weapons News
- United States-Japan Extended Deterrence Dialogue US Dept. of State 30 Apr 2021 -- The United States and Japan held a bilateral Extended Deterrence Dialogue by video teleconference on April 30, 2021.
- Chinese defense spokesperson slams Japan's diplomatic bluebook PLA Daily 30 Apr 2021 -- "The Japanese government recently published a diplomatic bluebook, playing up the so-called "China military threat", maliciously attacking and discrediting China and grossly interfering in China's internal affairs, which is extremely wrong and irresponsible. China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to this and has lodged solemn representations with Japan," said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson for China' s Ministry of National Defense, on April 30.
- China's Liaoning aircraft carrier group crosses Miyako Strait, patrols Diaoyu Islands, 'warning to Japan' People's Daily 28 Apr 2021 -- The Liaoning aircraft carrier task group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy reportedly crossed the Miyako Strait again on Monday and sent an aircraft near the Diaoyu Islands on Tuesday, which Chinese experts said sends a warning to Japan amid the country's recent, repeated wrong statements on China's Diaoyu Islands. Similar PLA activities will likely become routine depending on China-Japan relations, experts said.
- S. Korea strongly protests against Japan's renewed territorial claims to islets People's Daily 27 Apr 2021 -- South Korea lodged a strong protest Tuesday against Japan's renewed territorial claims to the Dokdo islets, called Takeshima by Japan lying halfway between the two countries.
- Japanese PM's leadership shaken by LDP's hefty election loss, falling public support People's Daily 27 Apr 2021 -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday said that focusing on tackling the increasingly serious COVID-19 situation in the country is his "top priority" ahead of plans to dissolve the lower house of parliament for a general election.
- Japan-American partnership builds cyber defense capacity US Air Force 26 Apr 2021 -- Members of U.S. Pacific Air Forces and Japan Air Self-Defense Force visited the 552nd Air Control Networks Squadron to build cyber-defense capacity, April 4-10.
- Japanese Premier to Declare COVID-19 State of Emergency in Tokyo, Osaka Region SPA 24 Apr 2021 -- Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to declare a state of emergency Friday in Tokyo and the western Japan prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo in an effort to curb a surge in COVID-19 during the upcoming Golden Week holidays, Kyodo reported.
- US-Japan Statement Raises Issue of Taiwan Defense Against China VOA 24 Apr 2021 -- A joint statement by U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga from their recent meeting at the White House has left officials and analysts in Taiwan wondering how far Japan might be willing to go to help defend the island against an attack from China.
- Japan, US, France to hold first major drill amid tensions with China Press TV 23 Apr 2021 -- Japan, the United States, and France are set to hold joint military drills for the first time next month, amid rising tensions with China over the East and South China Seas.
- Japanese Lawmakers Form Alliance in Support of Mongolians in China Radio Free Asia 21 Apr 2021 -- Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday launched a parliamentary alliance aimed at "protecting Mongolian culture from assimilation policies of the Chinese government," Jiji Press reported.
- Japan Nears Decision on New COVID Emergency Decree VOA 21 Apr 2021 -- The Japanese government may declare a new state of emergency for the cities of Tokyo and Osaka in response to another surge of COVID-19 infections.
- Japan tightens entry rules on COVID-19 test certificates People's Daily 20 Apr 2021 -- Japan on Monday tightened the entry rules on COVID-19 test certificates required to be submitted by all passengers upon arrival at Japanese airports.
- China raps US, Japan for 'reckless harm'to int'l order over Taipei statement Press TV 19 Apr 2021 -- China has accused the US and Japan of committing "reckless harm" to international order after US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister YoshihideSuga said they would work together on Chinese Taipei.
- China urges U.S., Japan to stop meddling in China's domestic affairs People's Daily 18 Apr 2021 -- China on Saturday urged the United States and Japan to immediately stop meddling in China's domestic affairs and harming Chinese interests.
- China calls on US, Japan to stop interfering in Beijing's domestic affairs Press TV 18 Apr 2021 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry has called on the United States and Japan to immediately halt their interference in the country's domestic affairs and stop harming Beijing's interests.
- Japanese Prime Minister Suga asks Pfizer to send Japan more COVID-19 vaccines SPA 17 Apr 2021 -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga asked U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc. on Saturday to provide additional supplies of COVID-19 vaccine to Japan, Nikkei reported, citing Japanese officials.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Negative Content Concerning China in US-Japan Joint Leaders' Statement PRC MofA 17 Apr 2021
- Beijing censures 'too negative' US policy toward China Press TV 17 Apr 2021 -- A top Chinese diplomat has denounced as "too negative" the US policy toward his country, saying the administration in Washington is more focused on confrontation rather than cooperation with Beijing.
- U.S.-Japan summit facilitates regional stability: Presidential Office CNA 17 Apr 2021 -- A reassurance offered by the United States and Japan to uphold peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait during a Friday summit will contribute to safety across the Indo-Pacific region, Taiwan's Presidential Office said.
- U.S., Japan reaffirm commitment to Taiwan Strait stability CNA 17 Apr 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reaffirmed their commitment in upholding peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, during their first in-person summit in Washington on Friday.
- U.S. Navy, Japan Conduct Staff Talks aboard USS Ronald Reagan US Navy 16 Apr 2021 -- Leadership from U.S. 7th Fleet met with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for staff talks April 15.
- U.S.- Japan Joint Leaders' Statement: "U.S. â€“ JAPAN GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR A NEW ERA" The White House 16 Apr 2021
- Remarks by President Biden and Prime Minister Suga of Japan at Press Conference The White House 16 Apr 2021
- Remarks by President Biden and Prime Minister Suga of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting The White House 16 Apr 2021
- Remarks by Vice President Harris and Prime Minister Suga of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting The White House 16 Apr 2021
- Biden, Suga to issue joint statement touching on Taiwan: U.S. official CNA 16 Apr 2021 -- United States President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will release a joint statement, calling for peace and stability to be maintained in the Taiwan Strait, after their summit meeting on Friday, according to a senior U.S. official.
- Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on the Official Working Visit of Japan The White House 15 Apr 2021
- Biden, Japan's Suga Commit to Work Together to Meet China Challenge VOA 16 Apr 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden says he and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga are committed to working together to counter challenges from China and North Korea, following Biden's first White House summit since taking office.
- 3 more Japanese prefectures take tougher measures amid surging COVID-19 cases People's Daily 13 Apr 2021 -- Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa prefectures on Monday implemented new stricter measures to combat a COVID-19 resurgence just weeks after a state of emergency was fully lifted for the nation.
- Japanese Government Approves Plan to Release Radioactive Water from Fukushima Nuclear Plant VOA 13 Apr 2021 -- The Japanese government has approved a plan to release millions of tons of radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean.
- Japan Begins COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts for Citizens 65 and Older VOA 12 Apr 2021 -- Japan has begun vaccinating its elderly residents against COVID-19 as Tokyo imposes a set of tougher restrictions to blunt a fourth wave of the pandemic.
- G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on the Situation Along Ukraine's Borders US Dept. of State 12 Apr 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's Total Number of COVID-19 Cases Top 500,000 SPA 11 Apr 2021 -- Japan's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 500,000 until yesterday, as the country braces for a possible fourth wave of infections, Kyodo reported.
- Tokyo to Fight COVID With 'Quasi-Emergency' VOA 09 Apr 2021 -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga Friday announced Tokyo will be placed under a month-long state of "quasi-emergency" to combat surging COVID-19 infections.
- Multinational Naval Forces Conduct Exercise La Perouse US Navy 06 Apr 2021 -- USS Somerset (LPD 25) joins units from the Royal Australian Navy, French Navy, Indian Navy, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to participate in the third iteration of La Perouse, April 5, 2021.
- Virus Cases Rise in Most Japan Prefectures, Osaka at Record 666 SPA 04 Apr 2021 -- Most of Japan's prefectures are seeing a rise in the number of novel coronavirus infections, with Osaka Prefecture logging a single-day record of 666 cases, further fueling concerns over a sharp resurgence, Kyodo cited the Japanese health ministry data as showing Saturday.
- Japan designates 3 prefectures for stronger COVID-19 measures People's Daily 02 Apr 2021 -- Japan's central government on Thursday granted the requests of Osaka and two other prefectures to take stronger measures to tackle a resurgence of COVID-19 infections under a revised law that does not require declaring a state of emergency.
- G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on the Situation in Tigray, Ethiopia US Dept. of State 02 Apr 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.
- United States-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral National Security Advisors' Press Statement The White House 02 Apr 2021
- US, Japan, South Korea Vow to Continue Cooperation to Denuclearize North Korea Sputnik 02 Apr 2021 -- The national security advisors from the United States, Japan and South Korea have agreed to continue trilateral cooperation to denuclearize North Korea, the three officials said in a joint statement provided by the White House.
- Background Press Call on the Upcoming Trilateral Meeting with Japan and the Republic of Korea The White House 01 Apr 2021
- North Korea Tops Agenda for US-Japan-South Korea Meeting VOA 01 Apr 2021 -- "Every aspect of North Korea policy" will be discussed when national security advisers from the United States, South Korea and Japan meet on Friday, according to a senior administration official in Washington.
- US Approach Toward North Korea Must Be in Lockstep With Allies, State Dept Says Sputnik 01 Apr 2021 -- The United States' approach on North Korea must be done in coordination with its allies, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Thursday ahead of the high-level trilateral meeting with Japan and South Korea.
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