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FOCUS: Ukraine war puts spotlight on defense budget hike in Japan election

TOKYO — With Russia’s war on Ukraine setting alarm bells ringing in Japan about an assertive China, the defense budget has become one of the key issues in the House of Councillors election on July 10.   Polls show that the public is split on an increase in defense spending with a Kyodo News survey conducted from Sunday to Tuesday….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 10:05 a.m.
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Parachute falls in field in Ie, Okinawa

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times reported that a parachute fell in a field in Ie, Okinawa, at around 4:45 p.m. on Thursday. The papers speculated that the parachute fell from a U.S. military airplane that was conducting training around the U.S. military’s Iejima auxiliary airfield. Ryukyu Shimpo said that according to the Okinawa Defense Bureau, an anemometer was attached to….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for 76th consecutive day

The Japan Coast Guard 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 June 30. This was the 76th consecutive day that Chinese government ships were sighted near the Senkakus.

INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

U.S. lawmaker urges better intelligence sharing with Taiwan

WASHINGTON — The American and Taiwanese militaries should ramp up sharing of tactical intelligence to better prepare for the threat of a potential Chinese invasion of the island, said U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, a leading figure in recent congressional efforts to turn the White House’s foreign policy focus more toward Asia.   In an online interview with Nikkei on Wednesday,….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 3:30 a.m.
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Expert view on UH election: Japan is at the front of U.S.-China tensions

By Watanabe Tsuneo, senior research fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation   With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s military buildup in mind, holding concrete discussions on foreign and national security is indispensable for the ruling and opposition parties.   The United States no longer possess overwhelming power on either the economic or military fronts. With East Asia facing a more dire….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
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Expert view on UH election: Japan should endeavor to keep China’s ambitions in check

By Imamura Takashi, director of Marubeni Research Institute   Continuity is an important element in foreign policy. If Japan is not consistent in foreign policy, it will not be able to win the international community’s trust.   China has become a strategic competitor. As the direction of globalization has changed, [there are countries that] only think about their own gain,….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
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Commentary: Kishida, LDP blurring campaign issue

By Yora Masao, senior writer   What should be Japan’s defense posture during Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine? It is natural for political parties to compete in presenting their visions for defense in the ongoing Upper House election campaign.   But is it true that national defense has really become a major election campaign issue? I doubt it. The vision….Read more

SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa scourged by storm of sexual violence under post-WWII US rule

NAHA — The 1945 Battle of Okinawa claimed the lives of an estimated one in four of the island’s people, but Okinawans’ suffering was not to end there. Over the next 27 years of American rule, local women were subjected to a storm of sexual violence by U.S. military personnel and civilian staff, with at least 310 cases reported.  ….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
  • English Press

INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Rep. Chabot urges better intelligence sharing with Taiwan

Nikkei ran its recent online interview with Rep. Steve Chabot, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia and nonproliferation, a panel with substantial sway over legislation and budget decisions related to the region. Rep. Chabot reportedly said that the militaries of the United States and Taiwan should ramp up sharing of….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , Nikkei
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Kanoya approves plan to deploy U.S. UAVs at MSDF base

Mainichi wrote that at its plenary session on Thursday the municipal assembly of Kanoya in Kagoshima Prefecture approved the U.S. military’s plan to temporarily deploy MQ-9 reconnaissance drones at the MSDF Kanoya Air Base. Seventeen assembly members voted for the plan, while five others opposed it. Three did not vote. Mayor Nakanishi said afterward that he will give weight to….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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