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DPRK missile technology might outperform Japan’s interception capabilities

TV-Asahi “Hodo Station” reported on Thursday that Japanese defense officials are alarmed by the rapid advancement of North Korea’s ballistic missile capabilities, as the three projectiles that were launched on Monday were apparently guided accurately to land in the same area in the Sea of Japan at the same time. A retired MSDF general emphasized that Japan’s four Aegis warships….Read more

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ROK official stresses need to obtain public understanding before sealing intelligence pact with Japan

Nikkei reported from Seoul that a South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson disclosed yesterday that Prime Minister Abe and South Korea President Park discussed the possibility of signing a bilateral accord to protect the integrity of shared defense intelligence at their summit meeting in Laos on Wednesday. The spokesperson said, “It will be necessary to obtain full understanding and cooperation from….Read more

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RCEP leaders to skip 2016 completion target

The countries involved in negotiating Asia’s most ambitious trade agreement will skip their declared goal of concluding the negotiations by the end of this year and will try to intensify negotiations, official sources said Wednesday.   Leaders from the 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement will say that they “will accelerate the negotiation for the swift conclusion….Read more

  • September 7, 2016
  • , Kyodo , 14:48
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PM Abe says additional sanctions against North Korea might be needed

Referring to Japan’s possible response to North Korea’s repeated provocative actions such as ballistic missile launches, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: “There is no course open to the international community other than to apply pressure on Pyongyang as one.”

  • September 9, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
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RCEP leaders give up on concluding pact in 2016

VIENTIANE (Kyodo) On Sept. 8, the leaders of the 16 countries participating in negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement issued a joint statement in Laos aiming at a “swift conclusion of the negotiations.” The 16 countries include Japan, China, South Korea, India, and ASEAN states. They have given up on reaching their target of concluding a pact by the end….Read more

  • September 9, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 6
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U.S., Japan urge China to abide by arbitration ruling on South China Sea

All papers front-paged reports on the East Asia Summit held in Vientiane on Sept. 8, during which Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan hopes relevant parties will comply with the July arbitration ruling on the South China Sea and that China will keep the promise made by President Xi last year not to militarize the region. President Obama also urged….Read more

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LDP’s Nikai comments on South China Sea at meeting with Vietnamese lawmakers

Most papers reported on LDP Secretary General Nikai’s meeting with Vietnamese lawmakers on Sept. 8 in Hanoi. While refraining from criticizing China by name, the senior LDP lawmaker stated that acts that heighten tensions in the region, such as land reclamation and the construction of bases, are absolutely unacceptable. He added that Japan and Vietnam share serious concerns over the….Read more

  • September 9, 2016
  • , Asahi
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Top U.S. envoy on North Korea to visit Japan, South Korea

Thursday evening’s Yomiuri wrote that the Department of State announced on Sept. 7 that Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim will travel to Japan and South Korea on Sept. 10-13. The paper speculated that the U.S. envoy will discuss how to respond to the DPRK’s recent ballistic missile launches with his Japanese and ROK counterparts.   Yomiuri separately….Read more

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Editorial: Japan, Philippines must stay watchful over China’s maritime expansion

Countries concerned should take concerted action and strengthen their cooperation over how to handle China’s continuing self-serving maritime advances.

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North Korea blasts UNSC statement

Thursday evening’s Tokyo Shimbun wrote that North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that a Foreign Ministry spokesman reacted strongly to the UN Security Council’s latest statement condemning Pyongyang’s recent launch of three ballistic missiles by saying that the nation categorically rejects it as an intolerable act of infringing on its right to existence, sovereignty, and right to self-defense.….Read more

  • September 8, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun evening edition , p. 2
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