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September 2021 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Japan's Ruling Party Selects New Leader and Presumptive Next PM VOA 29 Sep 2021 -- Fumio Kishida is one step away from becoming Japan's next prime minister after his election Wednesday as leader of the country's long-serving ruling party.
- Profile: New president of Japan's ruling LDP Fumio Kishida People's Daily 29 Sep 2021 -- Fumio Kishida on Wednesday won the presidential election of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to succeed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
- Fumio Kishida wins Japan's ruling party presidential election People's Daily 29 Sep 2021 -- Fumio Kishida on Wednesday won the presidential election of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to succeed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
- Japan picks ex-foreign minister Fumio Kishida for PM Press TV 29 Sep 2021 -- Japan's former foreign minister Fumio Kishida is set to become the country's next prime minister, after winning leadership of the long-ruling conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
- UK and Japan begin talks on deeper Defence relationship UK MOD 28 Sep 2021 -- The UK and Japan have agreed to commence formal negotiations on a Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) to deepen the defence relationship between the two countries.
- Beijing Blasts Quad Security Dialogue, Says It Causes 'Discord' in Asia-Pacific Sputnik 27 Sep 2021 -- The so-called Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, better known as the Quad, is an informal security pact between the United States, Australia, India and Japan explicitly designed to confront China militarily and diplomatically in the Asia-Pacific region.
- 1st Quad summit tacitly targets China but US 'can't coordinate members' differences, doomed to fail' Global Times 25 Sep 2021 -- The leaders of the US, Japan, India and Australia â€” known as the Quad â€” finished their face-to-face meeting in Washington on Friday in an attempt to cement ties while containing China, but experts said that an interlude during the meeting involving US President Joe Biden complaining about his translation device malfunction is an omen of the emerging anti-China clique's future â€” that it cannot function at all due to US' declining capability and changes of the global situation.
- Joint Statement from Quad Leaders The White House 24 Sep 2021
- Quad Principles on Technology Design, Development, Governance, and Use The White House 24 Sep 2021
- English translation of the Prime Minister's opening remarks at QUAD India PIB 25 Sep 2021
- Biden Plays Host to In-person 'Quad' Leaders Summit VOA 24 Sep 2021 -- Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia proclaimed Friday a shared commitment to safeguarding democracy in the Indo-Pacific region, leaving unspoken their common concern about China's growing power.
- Leaders from US, Australia, Japan and India to Meet in Washington Friday VOA 23 Sep 2021 -- Leaders of the United States, Japan, Australia and India are expected to meet in person Friday in Washington to discuss cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in the face of China's growing power in the region.
- Top diplomats from South Korea, US, Japan hold talks on North Korea, other regional issues Press TV 23 Sep 2021 -- Senior diplomats from the United States, South Korea, and Japan have met to discuss North Korea and other regional issues in the wake of a series of missile tests by Pyongyang.
- Secretary Blinken's Trilateral Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung US Dept. of State 22 Sep 2021
- Japan Wants Quad Navies to Hold Malabar Naval Drills in South China Sea Sputnik 20 Sep 2021 -- The 'Quadrilateral Security Dialogue', comprising Australia, India, Japan and the US, has been described as an 'Asian NATO' by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, with Beijing viewing the bloc as a Washington-led effort to contain China. Last year, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) participated in the 'Malabar' exercise for the first time since 2007.
- 'Straight-Talking' Kono Has Slim Lead as Japan PM Race Begins VOA 17 Sep 2021 -- The race to determine Japan's next prime minister formally began Friday, with veteran Japanese politician Taro Kono appearing to hold a slim lead, opinion polls suggest.
- Japan's massive drills intend to challenge China's sovereignty militarily Global Times 15 Sep 2021 -- The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) on Wednesday started nationwide exercises involving all units for the first time in nearly 30 years in an attempt to boost deterrence and strengthen its capabilities. Japanese media said such a massive move is to deal with "China's ramped-up regional assertiveness." But Chinese experts noted that Japan is trying to display its hard power to serve the US Indo-Pacific strategy to contain China militarily.
- Tokyo Confirms North Korean Ballistic Missiles Landed in Japanese Waters Sputnik 15 Sep 2021 -- The developments come as North Korea has intensified its ballistic missile programme and test-fired multiple projectiles over the course of a week.
- Japan pledges 5th batch of vaccine donation to Taiwan -- 500,000 doses of AZ CNA 14 Sep 2021 -- The Japanese government on Tuesday pledged to donate another batch of 500,000 AstraZeneca brand of COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan, bringing the total doses it has donated to nearly 4 million.
- After Pyongyang's test-fire, US, South Korea, Japan representatives meet on North Korea Press TV 14 Sep 2021 -- Officials from the United States, South Korea, and Japan have held a meeting in Tokyo to discuss North Korea, a day after Pyongyang said it had conducted a "strategic" missile launch inside its own territorial waters.
- Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim's Trilateral Meeting with Japanese Director General Funakoshi and Republic of Korea Special Representative Noh in Tokyo US Dept. of State 14 Sep 2021
- US, Japan, South Korea Hold Talks in Tokyo on North Korea Nukes VOA 14 Sep 2021 -- Special envoys from the United States and South Korea met with their Japanese counterpart Tuesday in Tokyo for talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, following tests conducted by the rogue state Saturday and Sunday.
- Japan's defense chief highlights cross-strait peace in Vietnam CNA 13 Sep 2021 -- Japan's Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi highlighted the importance of peace in the Taiwan Strait and the key role Taiwan can play in the world, in a speech delivered in Vietnam on Sunday.
- Japan alleges Russian aircraft violated its airspace Press TV 13 Sep 2021 -- Japan's Defense Ministry has alleged that a Russian An-26 aircraft violated the country's airspace in the northeastern Shiretoko Peninsula on the island of Hokkaido, adding that Japanese fighter jets scrambled to escort the plane out of the area.
- Japanese Defence Ministry Claims Russian Plane Violated Country's Airspace Sputnik 12 Sep 2021 -- A Russian An-26 plane entered Japan's airspace without authorisation in the area of the Shiretoko Peninsula on the island of Hokkaido, the Japanese Defence Ministry said on Sunday.
- Suspected Chinese Submarine Spotted Near Japan's Southern Islands Sputnik 12 Sep 2021 -- On Friday morning, Japan's navy announced the discovery of an unknown submarine near Amami Oshima island, part of Kagoshima prefecture.
- As Japan Seeks New Leader, Analysts Say China Policy Unlikely to Change VOA 12 Sep 2021 -- As Japan eyes contenders to replace the unpopular Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga who effectively announced his resignation by not running for reelection as head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, analysts expect the island nation will not change its China policy under new leadership.
- Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Conduct Bilateral Exercises US Navy 09 Sep 2021 -- The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (VINCSG) participated in two days of bilateral maritime exercises with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.
- PLA warships sail in waters between Taiwan island, Japan Global Times 09 Sep 2021 -- A destroyer flotilla of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly sailed in the waters between the island of Taiwan and some islands of Japan in the past week. Chinese analysts said the move sent a warning to Japanese right-wing forces and Taiwan secessionists, at a time when the two have been colluding to sabotage peace and stability in the region.
- More book AstraZeneca shots; Japan to donate more jabs to Taiwan CNA 03 Sep 2021 -- Around 339,000 people in Taiwan had made appointments Friday for their first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, within three hours after the bookings opened, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- Japan to donate fourth batch of vaccines to Taiwan CNA 03 Sep 2021 -- The Japanese government will donate another batch of COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan this month, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday.
- Japan's Suga to Resign, Signaling Possible Return to Political Instability VOA 03 Sep 2021 -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday he will not run for reelection as head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, effectively ending his broadly unpopular premiership just a year after it began.
- Japan Begins Recall of Tainted Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine VOA 01 Sep 2021 -- After suspending the use of 1.63 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine over contamination concerns last week, Japan is now recalling those doses, Moderna Inc. and its Japanese partner, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. said Wednesday.
- Japan's substantial military budget expansion caters to US request, to meet with China's retaliation once involving Taiwan island Global Times 01 Sep 2021 -- Japan's defense authority has requested a record budget for 2022, which experts viewed as a move against China and shows Japan's aggressiveness for future military expansion under the cover of cooperating with the US strategy and concerns of Taiwan Straits tensions.
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