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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

How Japan is building on U.S. policy for economic security

BY KEN JIMBO CONTRIBUTING WRITER   The economic security promotion law, which was enacted in May, aims to comprehensively and effectively facilitate the implementation of economic policies to achieve national security.   The law is made up of four pillars: strengthening supply chains for critical materials; ensuring the security of core infrastructure; promoting the development of key advanced technologies; and….Read more

SECURITY > Okinawa

U.S. Marine Corps disseminates information on spear gun ban

In response to rampant poaching off the coast of the northern part of the main island of Okinawa by people associated with the U.S. military, the U.S. Marine Corps announced on its official Facebook page on Aug. 10 that it is illegal to catch fish and shellfish by using spear guns or other items.

  • August 11, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 28
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POLITICS

Economic Security Minister Takaichi eager to introduce “security clearance” system

By Miki Rieko   Minister for Economic Security Takaichi Sanae led discussions on economic security within the Liberal Democratic Party when she chaired its policy affairs council. She advocates strengthening the protection of critical technologies. The introduction of a “security clearance” system to restrict those qualified to handle classified information will be the next focus of economic security.   Prime….Read more

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Japan, U.K. to develop common airframe for next-gen fighters

Joint development of a next-generation fighter jet for Japan and the United Kingdom will likely involve a common airframe, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.   Arrangements to integrate the development plans are in the final stages, according to sources.   The two governments have made the decision after concluding that jointly developing a common airframe could reduce costs because the….Read more

  • August 14, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 5:35 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

U.S. to conduct “freedom of navigation” operations in Taiwan Strait

Mainichi reported on Sunday that NSC Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell held a telephone interview with the press on Saturday and criticized China’s increasing military pressure near Taiwan by saying that China is “jeopardizing peace and stability in the region and trying to change the status quo.” He also reportedly disclosed that the U.S. military will conduct “freedom of navigation” operations….Read more

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GOJ tightens entry screening process for foreign researchers 

Saturday’s Nikkei front-paged a report that the GOJ has tightened the screening process for foreign researchers and students entering the country. The paper said that when issuing visas, the GOJ will require applicants to submit the details of their past overseas travel and the source of funds for their stay to check for problems and confirm whether there is a risk….Read more

SECURITY > Defense Industry

Japan, UK to jointly develop fuselage for next-generation fighter 

Sunday’s Yomiuri gave top play to a report that the Japanese and British governments are making final arrangements to merge their development plans for their next-generation fighter and jointly develop the fuselage for common use. The daily said the two governments made the decision because the functions they require for the next-generation fighter are almost the same and this will….Read more

  • August 14, 2022
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

GSDF to introduce unmanned ground vehicles 

Sunday’s Sankei gave top play to a report saying it learned from several GOJ sources on Saturday that the Ministry of Defense has decided to include funding for introducing unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) to the GSDF in its budget appropriation request for the next fiscal year. The paper said that although the SDF has already begun using unmanned aircraft, vessels,….Read more

  • August 14, 2022
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

GSDF needs more than 20 times current stock of ammunition to defend remote isles 

Saturday’s Sankei gave top play to a report on the finding on Friday that the GSDF estimates that it would require more than 20 times its current stock of ammunition, such as artillery and rockets, to defend remote islands in the event of an invasion by China. The paper said it also found that nearly 70% of the GSDF’s ammunition….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
  • , Sankei
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa files suit against GOJ over plan to relocate Futenma base to Henoko 

Saturday’s Mainichi front-paged a report that the Okinawa Prefectural Government filed a lawsuit with the Naha Branch of the Fukuoka High Court on Friday calling for the retraction of Land Minister Saito’s decision to annul Okinawa’s rejection of the Defense Ministry’s design change application for the Futenma relocation plan. The paper said the conflict between Okinawa and the central government….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
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