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SECURITY > Okinawa

Defense Minister Inada slaps down Komeito’s U.S. base proposal

TOKYO, Oct. 21, Kyodo — Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said Friday she opposes an idea floated by some members of the Komeito party, the ruling coalition’s junior partner, to relocate a U.S. air base within the island prefecture of Okinawa without the land reclamation currently planned.   “The government maintains the view that moving the base to Henoko is the….Read more

  • October 21, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 7:18 p.m.
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

SDF to use helmet cams on missions

Following the enactment of the security-related laws that authorize Self-Defense Force members to carry out new duties such as rescue missions in South Sudan, the Defense Ministry plans to record images of the members’ activities as they conduct the new missions, according to sources.   The security-related laws have expanded the scope of SDF activities. However, in the event that….Read more

  • October 22, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 8:27 p.m.
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

National exam for cybersecurity experts set for spring

The first national examination to certify experts on cybersecurity is scheduled for April next year, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.   The government has decided to dub the qualification “registered information security specialist,” and has also created a logo to be displayed on business cards and other items, in an effort to raise public awareness.   The government aims to….Read more

  • October 23, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 9:15 p.m.
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Editorial: Lack of understanding about Okinawa causing divisions

No doubt many people in Okinawa were hurt by the condescending remarks that two Osaka Prefectural Police officers recently hurled at protesters at a helipad construction site at the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area. The riot squad members, aged in their 20s, branded protesters at the site in Okinawa “aborigines” and “Shinajin,” a derogatory term for Chinese.   Several hundred….Read more

  • October 21, 2016
  • , The Mainichi
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa Prefecture to launch English-language website on U.S. base issues

Okinawa Prefectural Government will launch an English-language website in November to report on the activities of its office in Washington, D.C. The aim is to release information to U.S. policymakers and the American public about Okinawa Prefecture’s position on matters related to the U.S. military bases and the excessive burden of the bases on Okinawa. The prefectural government plans to….Read more

  • October 22, 2016
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
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U.S., Japan to carry out first joint military exercise reflecting security legislation

Saturday morning’s Nikkei reported on an announcement by MOD on Friday that the first joint military training between the U.S. and Japan reflecting the security legislation will be held in early November. The paper said the exercise will be based on a situation that could have a serious impact on Japan’s peace and security.   In a related development, all….Read more

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Japan, U.S., ROK conduct search and rescue training off Cheju Island

This morning’s Tokyo Shimbun wrote that four warships and four aircraft from the navies of the U.S., Japan, and South Korea carried out a maritime search and rescue drill off Cheju Island over the weekend, noting that this was the first trilateral training of its kind in almost four years. The joint training was resumed as a result of improved….Read more

  • October 24, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

Japan, South Korea to hold first talks on cybersecurity

  Saturday morning’s Asahi reported that Japan and South Korea will hold a meeting on cybersecurity at the end of this month in Seoul, saying that the two nations are hoping to build confidence in the field of cybersecurity and discuss measures to be taken. The paper said this is the first time for the two nations to hold a….Read more

  • October 22, 2016
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Osprey test flight to be carried out in Saga in early November

Sunday morning’s Asahi reported that in connection with the plan to deploy SDF Ospreys at Saga Airport, MOD Kyushu Defense Bureau announced on Friday that it will conduct an Osprey test flight in the vicinity of the airport on Nov. 8. The test flight will be carried out at the request of Saga Governor Yamaguchi, who was responding to a….Read more

  • October 23, 2016
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

Osprey to fly in Kisarazu on Monday

Sankei reported on Friday evening that the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency under the MOD announced on Friday that an MV-22 Osprey will fly in the vicinity of the GSDF’s Camp Kisarazu in Chiba on Oct. 24 in order to compare the noise generated by the Osprey with that of the GSDF CH-47 helicopters currently deployed at the camp. The….Read more

  • October 21, 2016
  • , Sankei
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