Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
1997 Japan Special Weapons News
- Press Conference by the Press Secretary (December 2, 1997)
- U.S.-JAPAN DEFENSE: FEARS OF A 'PROVOKED' CHINA, A 'REMILITARIZED' JAPAN US Information Agency - Foreign Media Reaction Report 06 October 1997 -- As analysts overseas weighed in with their assessments of the revised U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation Guidelines made public in New York on September 23, the vast majority had "mixed feelings" and a "certain degree of concern" over the terms outlined in the document. Most worried that the document "paved the way" for a possible remilitarization of Japan. Equally evident were worries about Beijing's reaction to the security arrangements outlined in the document, which allow for mutual cooperation between the U.S.and Japan "in situations in areas surrounding Japan."
- U.S., Japan Announce Defense Guidelines American Forces Press Service 26 September 1997 -- The United States and Japan have agreed to revamp guidelines steering their alliance, U.S. officials announced in New York Sept. 23.
- TEXT: SENIOR U.S. OFFICIALS BRIEF ON U.S.-JAPAN DEFENSE TALKS USIA 24 September 1997
- Joint Statement U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee Completion of the Review of the Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation New York, New York September 23, 1997
- COMPLETION OF THE REVIEW OF THE GUIDELINES FOR U.S.-JAPAN DEFENSE COOPERATION September 23, 1997 -- Japan will, in case of need, provide additional facilities and areas in a timely and appropriate manner, and ensure the temporary use by U.S. Forces of Self-Defense Forces facilities and civilian airports and ports. Situations in areas surrounding Japan will have an important influence on Japan's peace and security. The concept, situations in areas surrounding Japan, is not geographic but situational.
- U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee (SCC) JOINT STATEMENT ON U.S.-JAPAN DEFENSE GUIDELINES USIA 23 September 1997
- GUIDELINES FOR U.S.-JAPAN DEFENSE COOPERATION USIA 23 September 1997
- DoD News Briefing - Subject: Defense Guidelines Review September 19, 1997 -- The Defense Guidelines provide guidance for our political leadership and for our military planners in terms of roles and missions about how the United States and Japan would respond in a crisis. To date in the Persian Gulf War during the 1993 nuclear crisis, we essentially saw Japan unable to respond to what it would be able to do. The Defense Guidelines will provide to the United States clear assurances and clear understandings about the kinds of rear area support that we would get in the event of a crisis in the Asian Pacific region, and we expect a high degree of specificity in terms of airfields, ports, facilities, and a whole variety of rear area support. What we are talking about now are in a major crisis we might need to use more facilities in Japan. The Guidelines now provide an active way for Japan's defense to cooperate with us for not only the defense of Japan, but for regional contingencies.
- Comment on the Meaning of "Nearby Situation" Stirs Debate
Foreign Press Center / Japan August 13, 1997 -- The current debate was stirred by a remark by LDP Secretary General Koichi Kato, who stated during a visit to China in July that the new guidelines "suppose an emergency on the Korean Peninsula, not in Taiwan."
- Theater Missile Defense (TMD) Press Conference by the MOFA Press Secretary - June 10, 1997 " The Government of Japan has not decided anything on this issue yet."
- RELEASE OF INTERIM REPORT OF DEFENSE GUIDELINES REVIEW FOR U.S.-JAPAN COOPERATION June 7, 1997 - Text of the "The Interim Report On The Review Of The Guidelines For U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation" as released by the Subcommittee for Defense Cooperation.
- Statement by State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Masahiko Koumura to the First Session of the Conference of the State Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (May 6, 1997)
- Statement by Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda on the Entry into Force of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (April 29, 1997)
- Japan-United States joint ballistic missile defense (BMD) research Press Conference by the MOFA Press Secretary - April 22, 1997
- Theater Missile Defense (TMD) Press Conference by the MOFA Press Secretary
4 March 1997
- JAPAN HESITANT ABOUT U.S. ANTIMISSILE PROJECT, by Clifford Krauss. This article from the New York Times, 14 February, was inserted into the Congressional Record by Representative Frank of Massachusetts to show his concern over the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the U.S. and Japan.
- Rodong Sinmun on Japan's allegation of "North Korea's threat" PYONGYANG, JANUARY 29 (KCNA)
- U.S.-Japan secret agreement made public (KCNA) Pyongyang, January 20
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