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January 2022 - Japan Special Weapons News
- USS Fitzgerald Conducts Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise with Japan US Navy 31 Jan 2022 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) conducted bilateral training exercises in the Philippine Sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) from Jan. 27 - Feb. 2.
- Airborne 22: US, Japan test interoperability US Air Force 31 Jan 2022 -- The 374th Airlift Wing supported Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade in operation Airborne 22, Jan. 25-26.
- Japanese F-15 Fighter Jet Goes Missing After Takeoff Sputnik 31 Jan 2022 -- The country's Defence Ministry is still investigating the incident. The fate of the aircraft remains unclear at the moment.
- Japan's Daily COVID-19 Cases Hit Record High at over 84,000 SPA 29 Jan 2022 -- Japan confirmed more than 84,000 daily coronavirus infections on Saturday, reaching a record high for the fifth straight day, as the highly transmissible Omicron variant continues to spread across the country, Kyodo reported.
- Japan's mulling of acquiring enemy base attack capability a disturbing signal of pacifist constitution revision ambition: analysts Global Times 27 Jan 2022 -- The Japanese government reportedly initiated discussions on updating its national security strategy on Wednesday, with the main focus on whether the country will acquire the ability to attack enemy bases in efforts to elevate its deterrence against the so-called threats from North Korea and China, which Chinese analysts viewed on Thursday as a very disturbing signal showing Tokyo's constant attempt toward its wild ambition of getting rid of the limits on its pacifist constitution.
- Bilateral exercise Southern Beach reinforces USAF, JASDF alliance in the new year US Air Force 26 Jan 2022 -- The 18th Wing teamed up with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force to kick off the new year with another Southern Beach exercise at Kadena Air Base, Jan. 19.
- PLA holds large-scale exercise near Taiwan 'to counter US, Japanese drills' Global Times 24 Jan 2022 -- After a total of 39 aircraft of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) were spotted near Taiwan on Sunday in what seems to be the largest exercise in the region since this year, the PLA reportedly continued the drills on Monday by sending 13 aircraft to the region.
- Background Press Call By Senior Administration Officials On President Biden's Meeting With Prime Minister Kishida of Japan The White House 21 Jan 2022
- Readout of President Biden's Meeting with Prime Minister Kishida of Japan The White House 21 Jan 2022
- U.S.-Japan Joint Statement on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons US Dept. of State 20 Jan 2022 -- The following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Japan on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
- Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's Call with Secretary General of Japan's National Security Secretariat Akiba Takeo The White House 20 Jan 2022
- Japan's Osaka to set new daily record with COVID-19 cases after Okinawa Press TV 18 Jan 2022 -- Japan's Osaka prefecture is set to report a record-high of 6,000 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday as the union government moves to impose tougher restrictions amid a rapid surge in the Omicron strain.
- Japan Reportedly Considers COVID-19 Quasi-Emergency for Tokyo, 10 Other Prefectures Sputnik 17 Jan 2022 -- The Japanese government is considering the request of 11 prefectures, including Tokyo, to place them under tougher COVID-19 restrictions as Omicron cases continue to grow, the Kyodo news agency reported on Monday, citing sources.
- Special Representative for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim's Trilateral Call with Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative Noh and Japan Director General Funakoshi US Dept. of State 17 Jan 2022
- China coast guard ships patrol waters in Diaoyu Islands for 1st time in 2022, 'not out of the ordinary' Global Times 16 Jan 2022 -- Japan must accept the fact that the Diaoyu Islands belong to China and China has the ability to defend them, said Chinese analysts, commenting on Japanese media's mass coverage of 2022's first patrol by China Coast Guard ships in Chinese territorial waters of the Diaoyu Islands, noting the regular patrol was "nothing out of the ordinary."
- Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden's Virtual Meeting with Prime Minister Kishida of Japan The White House 16 Jan 2022
- US military in Japan's Okinawa faces criticism as island logs record daily cases of COVID-19 Press TV 15 Jan 2022 -- The US military stationed in Japan's Okinawa prefecture has faced criticism over its COVID response on the island, which has just logged the record number of more than 1,800 new cases of the contagious disease.
- Readout of Japan, Republic of Korea and U.S. Defense Trilateral Call DoD 13 Jan 2022 -- Defense officials from Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and the United States conducted a call on January 13, 2022 to discuss regional security affairs.
- Special Representative for the DPRK Kim's Calls with Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative Noh and Japanese Director General Funakoshi US Dept. of State 13 Jan 2022
- Japan reported to have conducted free navigation ops in South China Sea Radio Free Asia 12 Jan 2022 -- Japan has been conducting its own "freedom of navigation operations" in the South China Sea "to warn China" but in a cautious manner, Japan's largest newspaper reported.
- Japan Strongly Condemns Suspected Missile Test by North Korea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Says Sputnik 11 Jan 2022 -- Japanese government has decried the second missile test conducted by North Korea in a week, saying it undermines peace and security in the region, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Tuesday.
- Japan, S Korea say Pyongyang conducts second suspected missile test in less than week Press TV 11 Jan 2022 -- North Korea has reportedly fired an "unidentified projectile" believed to a ballistic missile into the East Sea less than a week after announcing to have successfully tested a hypersonic missile.
- Navy Awards Government of Japan Funded Contract for Police Station on Guam US Navy 07 Jan 2022 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded today a $38.7 million task order to APTIM Construction JV, LLC of Baton Rouge, La. for the construction of a Police Station at Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz (MCBCB).
- US, Japan to sign new military partnership deal aimed at China, Russia, North Korea Press TV 07 Jan 2022 -- The US plans to sign a new military collaboration pact with Japan in a purported bid to counter emerging threats such as hypersonics and space-based capabilities, Secretary of State Antony Blinken says.
- US, Japan to Collaborate on Developing Hypersonic Missile Defenses, Blinken Says Sputnik 07 Jan 2022 -- The United States and Japan will soon sign an agreement that will enable bilateral cooperation on developing defenses against hypersonic missiles and on new space-based capabilities, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
- US Military COVID-19 Outbreak Spurs Tensions in Japan's Okinawa VOA 06 Jan 2022 -- U.S. military bases in Japan tightened coronavirus prevention measures Thursday, after an explosion of infections in Okinawa, a southern prefecture that hosts dozens of U.S. military facilities.
- Japan calls on US to impose restrictions on US troops after virus surge Press TV 06 Jan 2022 -- Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi has urged the US to impose restrictions on the troops stationed in Japan amid a spread of COVID-19 cases among the US military personnel.
- COVID-19 cases surge in Okinawa, Japanese FM requests curfew for U.S. military bases People's Daily 06 Jan 2022 -- The governor of Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa said on Thursday that the daily number of COVID-19 cases is expected to approach the 1,000-mark surging from 623 cases reported a day earlier, local media reported.
- Joint Statement of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee ("2+2") DoD 06 Jan 2022 -- The text of the follow statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Government of Japan on the occasion of the 2022 U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee.
- Readout of U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee ("2+2") DoD 06 Jan 2022
- Remarks by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III at U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee ("2+2") Meeting (As Prepared) DoD 06 Jan 2022
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks at the Virtual 2022 U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee Meeting with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa, and Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo US Dept. of State 06 Jan 2022 --
- Shared Challenges, Strengthening Alliance at Center of U.S.-Japan Defense Meeting DoD News 06 Jan 2022 -- Increased tensions in the Indo-Pacific region and the strengthening of military relations were the topics of discussion when U.S. and Japanese diplomatic and defense leaders met virtually for the 2022 U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee Meeting.
- Japan, Australia sign defense pact seen as response to China Radio Free Asia 06 Jan 2022 -- Leaders of Japan and Australia signed at a virtual summit on Thursday a new agreement that paves the way for future defense cooperation between the two countries - a move that analysts viewed as a response to a rising China.
- Japan, Australia ink defense, security pact Press TV 06 Jan 2022 -- Japan and Australia have signed a "landmark" security pact on defense and security cooperation to purportedly boost security and stability in the Indo-Pacific, against the backdrop of China's growing military and economic might.
- Australia, Japan Sign Landmark Defence Pact to Fasten Military Assets Deployment in Indo-Pacific Sputnik 06 Jan 2022 -- In September, Australia signed the AUKUS trilateral security pact with the US and the UK, under which Australia will receive technologies to build nuclear-powered submarines. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has also reiterated support for the AUKUS.
- Japan's Okinawa considers COVID emergency amid virus spread from US base Press TV 05 Jan 2022 -- Japan is considering declaring a state of emergency in the southern island of Okinawa, after the region emerged as the epicenter of a new coronavirus surge, with officials saying the virus keeps spreading from US bases.
- Austin Looking Forward to Discussions With Japanese Counterpart DoD News 05 Jan 2022 -- Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, joined by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, will meet virtually with Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo Jan. 6, for the 2022 U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee ("2+2") Meeting.
- Japan Reportedly Plans to Bolster Its Defences With Railguns Capable of Downing Hypersonic Missiles Sputnik 05 Jan 2022 -- While not used officially by any of the world's militaries, railguns are no science fiction. The US and Chinese armed forces have been experimenting with this type of weapon for several years now, but so far neither has produced a version that meets all of the criteria for usability on the battlefield.
- US, Japan to Hold Virtual Talks on Security, Indo-Pacific Region VOA 05 Jan 2022 -- The United States and Japan are expected to hold virtual talks this week in which they will renew their vow to secure the Indo-Pacific region amid growing challenges from China and North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi US Dept. of State 05 Jan 2022 -- The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:
- Japan-Australia defense, security treaty will inflame regional tensions Global Times 05 Jan 2022 -- Australia and Japan will sign a "historic" treaty to deepen defense and security cooperation, a move that hypes the "China threat" and helps the US rope in military alliances to make a "NATO in the Pacific region" to contain China. Analysts said the Pacific Ocean should not become the ocean for some countries to make waves and any attempt to bring harm to China's territory will meet with firm countermeasures.
- Japan irked at US military's failure to contain spread of Omicron variant Press TV 04 Jan 2022 -- The top government officials in Japan's Okinawa prefecture have blasted the US military for failing to contain the COVID-19 outbreak at its bases in the country and allowing the Omicron variant to spill over to the local population.
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