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Fake tweet claiming to be from former Defense Minister Kishi spreads despite his denial

Yomiuri, Mainichi, Nikkei, and Sankei wrote that a fake tweet in which former Defense Minister Kishi criticizes Ukraine for destroying the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant has spread rapidly on social networking services. Although Kishi has said the tweet in question is not his, the message has been spreading online as the Russian Embassy in London posted it on its social….Read more

  • August 17, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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SCIENCE > Environment

Civic group surveys soil at elementary school near MCAS Futenma to check for PFAS contamination

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that on Monday a civic group collected samples of soil at three locations near the playground of an elementary school adjacent to MCAS Futenma to determine whether PFAS has flowed out of the base into the area. The papers wrote that the group asked the Ginowan city government and the prefectural government and assembly….Read more

  • August 16, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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U.S., Japanese defense chiefs hold teleconference

NHK reported that Defense Minister Hamada and his U.S. counterpart Austin spoke by phone on Tuesday and confirmed closer bilateral and trilateral coordination with South Korea to respond to any type of contingency in the region. During the 30-minute teleconference, the two officials exchanged views on China’s recent military exercises around Taiwan and North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. They….Read more

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

U.S., Japan, ROK conduct joint drill to counter DPRK missiles

NHK took up a DOD announcement on Monday that the militaries of the United States, South Korea, and Japan carried out joint training aimed at detecting and tracking enemy ballistic missiles off Hawaii earlier this month. The participating navies reportedly shared tactical data regarding such an operation with North Korea’s missile development in mind. “The exercise demonstrated the commitment of….Read more

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Universities avoid defense research based on lingering post-WWII ideology

A full-page advertisement was published in the five national newspapers and some local newspapers on May 15. The words “To all researchers” were written in large red letters on a solid black background in a manga-style typeface. Underneath the red letters, the advertisement expressed opposition to military use of science and technology, saying “Research to save lives is used for….Read more

  • August 14, 2022
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Editorial: Rebuild international order that does not allow aggression / Defense capabilities to contain threats are essential

The postwar international order has been shaken by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It is hoped that this day will serve as an opportunity to rethink the role that Japan should play in order to eliminate the ravages of war.   The day marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II has arrived. The national memorial service for….Read more

  • August 15, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 4:09 p.m.
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Four Chinese patrol ships enter Japanese territorial waters near Senkakus 

Yomiuri reported that according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, four Chinese patrol ships entered Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands from around 4:19 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. on Monday. The paper said that although two of the vessels had exited the Japanese territorial waters by around 1:19 p.m., the other two were still in the waters as….Read more

  • August 16, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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POLITICS > Elections

Most local economic organizations to support Sakima in gubernatorial election

Okinawa Times reported on its finding that most major economic organizations in Okinawa are planning to support former Ginowan Mayor Sakima Atsushi, who has been endorsed by the LDP and the Komeito party for the gubernatorial election on Sept. 11. According to the paper, 12 of the 16 economic groups have either expressed their support for or intention to support….Read more

  • August 15, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Weak yen another burden on Japanese students overseas

Okinawa Times wrote that although the number of Japanese people studying abroad has been increasing following foreign nations’ lifting of their COVID-related restrictions on foreign entry, the drop in the value of the yen against the U.S. dollar and other foreign currencies since last fall has become another burden on Japanese people studying abroad. According to an agent in Okinawa,….Read more

  • August 15, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times
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Chinese Coast Guard ships enter Japanese waters

Naha, Okinawa Pref., Aug. 14 (Jiji Press)–Two Chinese coast guard ships entered Japanese waters around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, on Sunday.   The two Haijing ships entered the Japanese waters from southwest of the Uotsuri Island and elsewhere between around 4:10 a.m. (7:10 p.m. Saturday GMT) and 4:15 a.m., according to the Japan Coast Guard’s 11th….Read more

  • August 14, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 6:55 p.m.
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