Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
November 2021 - Japan Special Weapons News
- Experts Say China's Stance in Indo-Pacific Added Realism to 5-Nation Naval Drill VOA 30 Nov 2021 -- Naval forces from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Germany and Japan have concluded a 10-day military drill in the Philippine Sea off the southern coast of Japan, with analysts saying the threat posed by China in the Indo-Pacific region has increased the importance of the military exercises.
- Japan Confirms First Case of Omicron Variant of Coronavirus SPA 30 Nov 2021 -- Japan on Tuesday confirmed its first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, in a man who had arrived in the country from Namibia Reuters reported.
- Japan vows to acquire strike capability as pacifist charter fades Press TV 27 Nov 2021 -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has vowed to bolster the country's military capabilities, saying he will consider ''all options'' to counter what he claims to be threats from China and North Korea.
- Japan hypes PLA warships' frequent sorties 'with guilty conscience' Global Times 23 Nov 2021 -- Japan has ramped up efforts to hype the "China threat theory" as it continued to issue press releases which showed that warships of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy made at least six transits in strategically important straits near Japan in less than two weeks. Experts said on Tuesday that Japan acted it out of its own guilty conscience as an excuse to modify its pacifist constitution and increase its defense budget
- Joint US-South Korea-Japan presser cancelled over disputed islands Press TV 18 Nov 2021 -- A joint press conference in Washington by the deputy foreign ministers of Japan, South Korea, and the US has been canceled over a territorial dispute, with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman being left to answer questions on her own.
- Deputy Secretary Sherman's Meeting with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori US Dept. of State 18 Nov 2021
- Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on Deputy National Security Advisor Anne Neuberger's Travel to Japan The White House 18 Nov 2021
- Japan, US conduct 1st anti-submarine warfare drill in South China Sea Radio Free Asia 17 Nov 2021 -- Naval ships from Japan and the United States have conducted their first ever anti-submarine warfare exercise in the South China Sea, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force said, as Tokyo steps up joint maritime activities in those disputed waters with Western and Southeast Asian partners.
- With eye on China, US, Japan stage anti-submarine drills in S.China Sea Global Times 17 Nov 2021 -- Military observers said rarely-seen large-scale anti-submarine drills recently staged by the US and Japan in the South China Sea targeted China and the conventional submarines of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.
- Japan, US hold first-ever joint naval drill in South China Sea Press TV 17 Nov 2021 -- Japan and the United States have conducted naval drills in the South China Sea, as part of their first-ever anti-submarine war games in the territorial waters.
- Australia-Japan bilateral exercise sharpens skills Australia DOD 13 Nov 2021 -- Ships and aircraft from the Royal Australian Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) participated in Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT off the coast of Japan from 10-12 November 2021.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi US Dept. of State 12 Nov 2021
- China urges Japan to avoid actions that could complicate Diaoyu Islands and East China Sea issues Global Times 11 Nov 2021 -- A senior official from the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged Japan to respect concerns of sovereignty and security from China and avoid actions that could complicate the Diaoyu Islands and East China Sea related issues.
- Japan Reports No COVID-19 Deaths for the First Time in 18 Months VOA 08 Nov 2021 -- Japanese health officials said the country reported no daily COVID-19 deaths on Sunday for the first time in more than a year.
- Concerns grow as Japan eyes revising security strategy to include Taiwan question Global Times 08 Nov 2021 -- Japan is reportedly considering revising its National Security Strategy at the end of 2022, and Chinese observers believe the new version is very likely to include Taiwan question and Diaoyu Islands issues, while highlighting the need to strengthen the US-Japan alliance, and stronger cooperation with other "Quad" members.
- USS America, JS Ise Lead Integrated Training with Sasebo-Based JMSDF Ships US Navy 04 Nov 2021 -- America, Ise, and six other JMSDF ships conducted precision maneuvering and integrated surface warfare training.
- Taiwan Chip Giant to Expand to Japan VOA 02 Nov 2021 -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), one of the world's largest chipmakers, has announced plans to build a new plant in Japan, a move experts say may help revive Japan's declining chipmaking sector and bolster its economic security.
- Japan's ruling LDP-Komeito coalition retains majority of lower house seats People's Daily 01 Nov 2021 -- Japan's ruling coalition of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito has retained a comfortable majority of the lower house seats following Sunday's general election, according to final results early Monday morning.
- Japan's ruling bloc defies expectations, secures sole majority in parliament Press TV 01 Nov 2021 -- Japan's ruling conservative party has defied expectations and retained control of the country's parliament in Sunday's general elections, giving Prime Minister Fumio Kishida a thumping mandate to deliver on his promises to resurrect the pandemic-hit economy.
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