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Defense Ministry to issue vaccination certificates for civilian workers at U.S. bases

Okinawa Times wrote that the Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that it would issue certificates for civilian employees who have received COVID-19 vaccines at U.S. bases in Japan to use as proof of vaccination when entering foreign countries. The ministry’s local offices will accept applications for the certificates. The paper wrote that the governments of the United States and….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
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Chinese ships return to Senkaku area for first time since Oct. 16

The Japan Coast Guard patrol confirmed four China Coast Guard vessels traveling in the contiguous zone outside Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands (Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture) on Oct. 19.   The Chinese government ships were last sighted near the Senkakus on Oct. 16.      

  • October 20, 2021
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AUKUS spurs French strategic review with tilt toward Japan, India

ERI SUGIURA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — France is reviewing its Indo-Pacific approach after being blindsided by the AUKUS alliance that scuttled its submarine deal with Australia, a French official said in Tokyo on Tuesday, with Paris keen to strengthen ties with Japan and India.   “What is at stake is what kind of Franco-American and trans-Atlantic partnerships, particularly….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

Japan mulling financial aid for data centers

Tokyo, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government is considering giving financial aid to companies that build new data centers that fulfill requirements for withstanding large-scale disasters, officials said Tuesday.     A panel of experts set up by the industry and communications ministries will compile details by the end of the year.     High-performance data centers are considered vital to digitalize….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
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Chinese and Russian navies’ Tsugaru Strait transit highlights growing defense ties

BY JESSE JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER   The Chinese and Russian militaries have sent a flotilla of 10 warships through the narrow Tsugaru Strait in northern Japan for the first time, in a signal of the two countries’ growing defense cooperation and an apparent response to a landmark nuclear submarine deal between the U.S., Britain and Australia.   The military vessels….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
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Interview with former NSS head Kitamura: Strengthen the Cabinet’s intelligence capacity

By Okuyama Miki   The importance of economic security is increasing. The U.S.-China conflict has intensified in the area of cutting-edge technologies, and the Japanese government is taking measures to prevent technology leaks. Nikkei asked Kitamura Shigeru, who supported the Noda, Abe, and Suga administrations as the Director of Cabinet Intelligence and the Secretary-General of the National Security Secretariat (NSS),….Read more

SECURITY > Okinawa

Kadena town assembly protests accidental firing of training flare

KADENA – On Oct. 19, Kadena Town Assembly Speaker Nakandakari Kenei and other assembly members visited the 18th Wing of the U.S. Kadena Air Base in relation to the accidental firing of a training flare by a Kadena-based F-15 fighter jet. The delegation submitted a protest resolution demanding the U.S. military take steps to prevent a similar incident from happening….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
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Infographic: Political parties’ security platforms

  • October 15, 2021
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Afghanistan evacuation reveals limitations of “unarmed” Japanese Embassy

It will soon be two months since the Taliban Islamic group seized control of the Afghan capital of Kabul on Aug. 15. The Japanese government was criticized for its handling of the crisis.

  • October 13, 2021
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SOCIETY > Crime

Court gives four-year prison sentence to U.S. base worker for attempted forcible intercourse

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times wrote that on Monday the Naha district court handed down a four-year prison sentence to a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force who was indicted on the charge of attempted forcible sexual intercourse with a Japanese woman with whom he was unacquainted in the early hours of April 17 this year. The defendant was….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
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