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1999 Japan Special Weapons News



  • Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Japan and China on the Destruction of Abandoned Chemical Weapons in China (July 30, 1999)
  • Budget for the Destruction of Abandoned Chemical Weapons in China (December 24, 1999)
  • Technology Study Group for the Destruction of Abandoned Chemical Weapons


  • JAPAN / NUKE Voice of America 22 December 1999 -- One of the three Japanese workers exposed to a massive dosage of radiation from September's nuclear accident at Tokaimura, near Tokyo, has died. The death has prompted calls for the curtailing of the country's nuclear energy program.
  • Japan port cities wary of U.S. nuclear warships By Richard Roesler and Mayumi Yamamoto Pacific Stars & Stripes November 30, 1999 -- After the recent nuclear accident in Tokaimura, local officials in Yokosuka and Sasebo are voicing concerns about the U.S. nuclear-powered warships that visit the two port cities.
  • Japan's Vice Defense Minister Resigns People's Daily [Beijing] 21 October 1999 - Japan Vice Defense Minister Shingo Nishimura Wednesday resigned from his post after receiving strong criticism for suggesting that Japan arm itself with nuclear weapons.
  • Japanese nuclear incident puts Brooks team on standby (AFPN) 08 October 1999 -- The National Command Authorities recently called on the Air Force Radiation Assessment Teams here to stand by to help the Japanese following that nation's worst nuclear radiation incident.
  • JAPAN / NUCLEAR Voice of America 08 October 1999 -- Japanese officials Friday said there will be no permanent impact on health or the environment in the vicinity of the nuclear plant, which was the site of the nation's worst nuclear accident.
  • JAPAN NUCLEAR Voice of America 06 October 1999 -- Japanese authorities have raided the offices of the company that operates the uranium processing plant where the nation's worst-ever nuclear accident occurred last week. The raids come just before a scheduled visit to the stricken facility by Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi.
  • LESSONS FROM A NUCLEAR DISASTER Voice of America 05 October 1999 -- Just as U-S newspaper editorials were busy commenting on the lessons to be learned from the nuclear processing plant disaster in Japan, news of another nuclear accident flashed around the world.The latest mishap occurred in a South Korean nuclear power plant, when a leak of heavy water contaminated 22 workers with low-level radiation.
  • JAPAN - NUCLEAR Voice of America 04 October 1999 -- Japan's Prime Minister, Keizo Obuchi, has ordered a review of safety procedures at the nation's nuclear facilities. Suggestions that last week's nuclear accident in Japan occured due to illegal operations and outright blunders are prompting calls for action throughout the country.
  • JAPAN - NUCLEAR Voice of America 04 October 1999 -- Japan's Prime Minister, Keizo Obuchi, has ordered a review of safety procedures at the nation's nuclear facilities. Suggestions last week's nuclear accident in Japan occured due to illegal operations and outright blunders are prompting calls for action throughout the country.
  • JAPAN / NUCLEAR Voice of America 03 October 1999 -- Japan's nuclear accident last week may have been caused by illegal procedures. The plant operator admitted on Sunday that workers at the nuclear plant were not observing safety standards set by government.
  • Excerpts: President Clinton on Japan Nuclear AccidentUSIA 01 October 1999 -- The United States stands ready to help Japan in any way necessary to cope with the nuclear accident there, President Clinton said October1.
  • ACCIDENT AT THE TOKAIMURA FUEL CONVERSION PLANT Press Release IAEA/1336 - 1 October 1999 - The criticality -- a chain reaction -- continued on and off for some 17 hours until it was stopped early this morning. The accident now appears to have been more serious than originally believed. Some 39 workers at the plant were exposed to radiation, three of them very seriously.
  • JAPAN / NUCLEAR Voice of America 01 October 1999 -- Japanese authorities say the atomic reaction at the heart of the nation's worst ever nuclear accident is under control. Local residents within a ten kilometer radius of the site are now being allowed to leave their homes, after being restricted indoors since Thursday evening
  • JAPAN NUKE UPDATE Voice of America 01 October 1999 -- The atomic chain reaction at the heart of Japan's worst ever nuclear accident is over, the Govenor of the affected region said early Friday morning. Two workers remain in a critical condition and over 300-thousand residents are being told to stay inside their homes.
  • JAPAN / NUKE ACCIDENT Voice of America 30 September 1999 -- Three workers have been injured after exposure to radiation at a uranium processing plant in Northeast Japan early Thursday morning. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.
  • JAPAN WAR CRIMES Voice of America 26 August 1999 -- Lawmakers in California have recently passed a resolution, urging the government of Japan to heal the lingering wounds of World War Two and offer a formal apology to victims of Japan's war crimes. The Cold War is partly to blame for Japan's reluctance to acknowledge its past.
  • MOU Between US and Japan on Missile Technology Development August 16, 1999 -- The United States and Japan announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on joint technology research for Navy Theater Wide (NTW) Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (TBMD).
  • JAPAN / DEFENSE Voice of America 13 August 1999 -- U-S Officials say Japan and the United States will formally agree to begin a missile defense research program Monday. The program will focus largely on improving the missile intended to destroy deadly warheads aimed at Japan.
  • U.S., Japan to research missile defense By Richard Roesler, Pacific Stars & Stripes August 12, 1999 -- The agreement calls for joint development of a sea-based missile defense. It would use "kinetic warhead" missiles to destroy enemy missiles. One factor complicating the fielding of such a system: China, which has sharply criticized any move by Japan to develop a missile defense.
  • JAPAN DEFENSE ANALYSIS Voice of America 28 July 1999 -- A new report from the government in Tokyo says Japan has the right to defend itself, even if it has to launch a first strike to prevent an attack on the island nation.
  • JAPAN MISSILE DEFENSE Voice of America 27 July 1999 -- Tokyo and Washington are moving a step closer to building a missile defense system to protect Japan.
  • JAPAN / DEFENSE REPORT Voice of America 27 July 1999 -- Japan has warned in its annual White Paper on Defense that North Korea's missile program and its suspected nuclear weapons development poses a grave threat to the world.
  • Facing Nuclear Dangers: An Action Plan for the 21st Century The Report of the Tokyo Forum for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (July 25, 1999)
  • Fourth Meeting of Tokyo Forum for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament July 13, 1999
  • JAPAN/BOOK CONTROVERSY Voice of America 08 June 1999 -- THE JAPANESE PUBLISHER OF A BOOK ON JAPAN'S WARTIME ACTIVITIES IN OCCUPIED CHINA HAS CANCELLED PUBLICATION OF THE WORK, A WORLDWIDE BEST-SELLER CALLED "THE RAPE OF NANKING." THE ACTION HAS RAISED QUESTIONS ABOUT JAPAN'S WILLINGNESS TO ACKNOWLEDGE WARTIME ATROCITIES
  • What Are the Japan-US New Defense Cooperation Guidelines Up To? by Lu Zhongwei China News and Report 01 June 1999 -- Japan has finished adjusting its relations with the United States and China almost at the same time. In this triangle relationship, Japan has decided to sacrifice the security interests of China to serve the Japan-US relationship.
  • Lower House Passes Guideline Bills Foreign Press Center / Japan May 7, 1999 -- The bill defines "situations in areas surrounding Japan" as developments "that will have an important influence on Japan's peace and security." It stipulates that if such a situation were to occur, the SDF would extend rear-area support to U.S. forces.
  • MISSILE DEFENSE/ U-S & ASIA Voice of America 18 March 1999 -- THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN ARE STUDYING THE POSSIBILITY OF DEPLOYING AN EAST ASIAN REGIONAL ANTI-MISSILE SYSTEM. THAT PROPOSAL HAS BEEN CRITICIZED BY CHINA, NORTH KOREA AND RUSSIA.
  • JAPAN / DEFENSE Voice of America 17 March 1999 -- JAPANESE OFFICIALS SAY A SYSTEM TO DEFEND THE NATION AGAINST ATTACK MAY BE NECESSARY, BUT ARE ALSO TRYING TO CALM NEIGHBORS' FEARS THAT IT MIGHT HAVE OFFENSIVE CAPABILITIES.
  • JAPAN GERM WARFARE RECORDS Voice of America 05 March 1999 -- U-S OFFICIALS SAY THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN HAS REFUSED TO GRANT ACCESS TO ITS RECORDS ON JAPANESE CHEMICAL AND GERM WARFARE EXPERIMENTS DURING WORLD WAR TWO.
  • JAPAN / COHEN Voice of America 14 January 1999 -- DEFENSE SECRETARY COHEN TOLD REPORTERS THURSDAY HE WELCOMES JAPAN'S RECENT DECISION TO JOIN A PROJECT TO DEVELOP A THEATER MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM.



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