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DPRK fires missile over Japan

All broadcasters reported on North Korea’s test-launch of a medium-range ballistic missile on Tuesday morning, saying that the projectile flew over the Tohoku region before splashing down in the Pacific some 3,200 kilometers east of Iwate Prefecture. The impact point was outside Japan’s EEZ.  According to the defense ministry, the missile was fired from a platform located in the country’s….Read more

  • October 4, 2022
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Admiral Aquilino joins Japan’s top general in denouncing DPRK missile test

NHK highlighted a meeting at the Defense Ministry this morning between Adm. John Aquilino, commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command,  and SDF Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Gen. Yamazaki, during which they exchanged views on a host of security issues, including North Korea’s latest missile launch earlier in the day. At the outset of the session, the Japanese general called….Read more

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Taiwan cautions Beijing over semiconductor exports

By Takahiro Suzuki and Fukutaro Yamashita / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondents   TAIPEI/BEIJING — Taiwan’s Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua has warned China against putting military pressure on Taiwan, the world’s largest producer of semiconductors.   In an interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun, Wang, who oversees Taiwan’s semiconductor policies, said supplies would be disrupted if a contingency were to occur in….Read more

  • October 4, 2022
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Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for 19th consecutive day

Japan Coast Guard (JCG) patrol boats confirmed there were two China Coast Guard vessels in the contiguous zone outside Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands (Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture) on Oct. 3. This was the 19th consecutive day that Chinese government ships were sighted near the Senkakus. 

  • October 4, 2022
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Yokosuka mayor demands gov’t action on toxic substance issue

By Sano Katsuyuki and Kawaguchi Hajime   With regards to the detection of PFOS and PFAS, which pose a health risk, in effluent released from a wastewater treatment facility inside U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka (Yokosuka City), Yokosuka Mayor Kamiji Katsuaki visited the Ministry of Defense on Oct. 3 and lodged a protest with Minister of Defense Hamada Yasukazu.   The….Read more

  • October 4, 2022
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China protests Japan vessels’ evacuation near Taiwan during typhoon

TOKYO – China expressed “strong concerns” and lodged an unusual protest with Japan over its patrol vessels remaining in international waters in the Taiwan Strait in early September to avoid a typhoon, a source knowledgeable about the matter said Monday.   China told Japan that the coast guard patrol vessels “threatened China’s security,” the source said, adding it is believed to be the….Read more

  • October 3, 2022
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Opinion: To counter China’s ‘reactive assertiveness,’ ‘quiet deterrence’ is called for

By Yoichi Funabashi, contributing writer   In early August, China protested U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan by conducting a week of live-fire military exercises in the maritime and air spaces surrounding the island.   China established six maritime target areas that encircled Taiwan, and from the mainland, fired ballistic missiles over the island. Strategic bombers….Read more

  • October 3, 2022
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Editorial: Stop Japanese businesses’ exodus from defense industry

The domestic defense industry is an important pillar that supports Japan’s national security. The industry should be regarded as part of the nation’s strength, and efforts must be made to strengthen the foundation of its production.   In recent years, one company after another has withdrawn from the defense industry.   Komatsu Ltd. has stopped manufacturing light armored vehicles, while….Read more

  • October 3, 2022
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Defense minister’s Okinawa visit lays groundwork for exercises in Nansei Islands

By Ichioka Toyohiro   Defense Minister Hamada Yasukazu visited Okinawa Prefecture on Sept. 28 and 29. Hamada’s first visit after taking office in August prioritized dialogue with local governments over inspection of military units. Hamada met with 10 local government leaders in the south-central part of the main island of Okinawa, an area with a concentration of U.S. military bases.….Read more

  • September 30, 2022
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Persistent gender gap and use of social media key takeaways from Okinawa votes

The Okinawa Times — Local election activity in Okinawa Prefecture reached new heights on Sept. 11, with multiple municipal elections held simultaneously with the gubernatorial election for the first time in the prefecture’s history.   The number of female candidates and winners in the 24 municipal assembly elections increased from previous polls, but the 49 women who got seats still….Read more

  • October 3, 2022
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