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Two top U.S. defense officials infected with COVID-19

NHK reported that Gen. Milley, the JCS chairman, and Gen. Berger, the Marine Corps commandant, have tested positive for the coronavirus, noting that the two senior uniformed officials are the most recent top military leaders to test positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks following Defense Secretary Austin earlier this month. Both generals are reportedly able to continue to perform their….Read more

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Japan should consider U.S. thinking on economic security

By “Kogoro”   Economic security will be one of the issues discussed during the ordinary Diet session that convenes on Jan. 17. The emphasis will be on building a network to contain China together with the United States, Japan’s ally. Even though the Biden administration is generally considered to be liberal, its stance toward China is actually more hardline than….Read more

  • January 12, 2022
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U.S., Japan summit to be held virtually on Jan. 21 

All national dailies reported that the GOJ announced on Monday that Prime Minister Kishida and President Biden will hold an online summit meeting on Friday evening Japan time. This will be the first time for the two leaders to hold scheduled talks since the launch of the Kishida administration. Nikkei said they are expected to align their views in preparation for a possible contingency over the Taiwan Strait. Yomiuri said the two leaders are expected to exchange views on promoting a free and open….Read more

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Expert: Consider how to gain people’s understanding for acquiring “capabilities to attack enemy bases”

(An interview with Kokubun Ryosei, former President of the National Defense Academy, by Amano Yusuke)   After the Cold War, people thought that the international order would stabilize with increasing globalization and more interdependence among nations. As we can see from recent opposition to globalization and the expansion of populism, the world moves on a country-by-country basis. The nation-state is….Read more

  • January 8, 2022
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U.S. sanctions eight DPRK-linked individuals and entities over missile development 

Mainichi and Yomiuri wrote that the U.S. government announced on Wednesday that it has imposed sanctions on six DPRK individuals, one Russian individual, and one Russian entity for engaging in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Secretary of State Blinken reportedly said in a statement that the United States will use every appropriate tool to address the DPRK’s WMD and ballistic….Read more

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Ceremony marking start of operations at Camp Blaz in Guam to be postponed

NHK reported online on Tuesday that the U.S. military announced the postponement of a ceremony scheduled for Jan. 27 to commemorate the start of operations at Camp Blaz in Guam, where about 5,000 U.S. Marines will be transferred from Okinawa and elsewhere, due to the spread of COVID-19 in Guam. The network added that the new date for the ceremony….Read more

  • January 11, 2022
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Commentary: Capability to attack enemy bases necessary for stronger Japan-U.S. alliance

By Kotani Tetsuo, professor in the foreign language department at Meikai University   (Interviewed by Kaneko Yasushi, political news department)   The acquisition of the capability to attack enemy bases, which has been mulled by Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, is necessary to strengthen the alliance between Japan and the U.S. It is noteworthy that a plan to expand Japan’s role….Read more

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Expert: Explicit indication of “aligning strategies” in 2+2 joint statement significant

By Nakabayashi Emiko, professor at Waseda University   The latest U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee (2+2) meeting marked a milestone. I was surprised to see the joint statement include in its first main paragraph a sentence pledging to “constantly modernize the Alliance and strengthen joint capabilities by fully aligning strategies.”   Relations between Japan and the U.S. military after the Pacific War….Read more

  • January 8, 2022
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Ambassador Emanuel says Japan, U.S. at critical point in advancing common values

NHK’s morning news program “Ohayo Nippon” aired a 2-minute report on its one-on-one interview with the new U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, that was conducted in Washington on Jan. 5 ahead of his arrival in Tokyo. The network said the Ambassador expressed hope to further strengthen U.S.-Japan relations by noting that the two democratic nations are facing a critical….Read more

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37 Japanese university students who studied in States test positive for COVID-19 

Mainichi wrote that Kindai University in Osaka announced on Tuesday that 37 of its students who studied in the United States have been found to be infected with the coronavirus, saying that although it is not yet known whether they are infected with Omicron, all of them have shown mild symptoms or are asymptomatic and 15 of them have returned to Japan and are currently undergoing treatment at hospitals….Read more

  • January 12, 2022
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