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China expresses displeasure over MSDF’s navigation in South China Sea

BEIJING – At a regular press conference on Jan. 13, Deputy Director-General Wang Wenbin of the Information Department of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented on the news that Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) destroyers have sailed multiple times near the artificial islands and reefs claimed by China in the South China Sea since spring 2021. He expressed displeasure, saying,….Read more

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Defense ministry informs mayor of decision to construct SDF base on Mageshima

Thursday evening’s Asahi wrote that concerning a plan to construct an SDF base on Mageshima in Nishinoomote City in Kagoshima Prefecture as the relocation site for field carrier landing practice (FCLP) by U.S. carrier-based aircraft, the Ministry of Defense told Nishinoomote Mayor Yaita on Wednesday that the GOJ has decided to select the island as the site for the SDF….Read more

  • January 13, 2022
  • , Asahi evening edition
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Japan’s defense industry on the ropes amid growing threats

JUNNOSUKE KOBARA, KONATSU OCHI and NATSUMI KAWASAKI, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — Amid increasing military threats from China and North Korea, Japan’s defense industry has been shoved to the edge of the fighting ring because of domestic companies’ successive withdrawal from the production of defense equipment.   Given the difficulty of developing fighter jets and other cutting-edge weapons by….Read more

  • January 12, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 3:32 p.m.
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50 years on, Okinawa is now a key hub for Japan-U.S. military operations

THE OKINAWA TIMES   When Okinawa Prefecture was returned to Japan in 1972, 3,000 Self-Defense Forces personnel were stationed on the prefecture’s main island.   Fifty years on, the number is now about 8,000, with the Air Self-Defense Force’s F15 fighters and the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s patrol aircraft also busy monitoring Chinese activities. A Ground Self-Defense Force missile unit is….Read more

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Japan-U.S. security talks suggest expansion of SDF role

Tokyo, Jan. 8 (Jiji Press)–The joint statement released after so-called two-plus-two security talks among the foreign and defense ministers of Japan and the United States on Friday suggested that the role of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces will likely be expanded.   The statement highlighted that the two countries will work together to counter China, as Beijing’s continued military buildup has reduced….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Japan conducts its own “freedom of navigation operations” in South China Sea 

Tuesday’s Yomiuri gave top play to the finding from several GOJ sources that MSDF escort ships have sailed in the high seas near outcrops and artificial islands in the South China Sea claimed by China several times since March 2021. The paper said that just like the United States’ “Freedom of Navigation Operations” in the area, the move is aimed at keeping in check China’s unilateral attempts to change the status quo. The daily called the move a Japanese version of the U.S. freedom of navigation operations, adding that a senior….Read more

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

U.S., Japan sign special agreement on cost of hosting U.S. forces in Japan

NHK reported in its noon news program that Embassy Charge d’Affaires Greene and Foreign Minister Hayashi signed a new special agreement on Japan’s share of the cost of hosting U.S. forces in the country at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. The network said that the existing agreement is set to expire at the end of March and that Japan….Read more

  • January 7, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Japan, U.S. sign accord on base-hosting costs

Japan and the United States have signed an agreement to raise Tokyo’s expenses for hosting US forces in the country to a five-year total of 1 trillion 55 billion yen, or around 9.1 billion dollars.   Japan’s Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and the US Charge d’Affaires ad interim in Japan, Raymond Greene, signed the accord on Friday. The existing one….Read more

  • January 7, 2022
  • , NHK WORLD
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Japan, Australia to sign defense agreement

All national dailies wrote that the governments of Japan and Australia announced on Wednesday that Prime Minister Kishida will hold a virtual summit with his Australian counterpart Morrison on Thursday and sign a Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) to enhance interoperability and collaboration between the SDF and Australian forces by facilitating faster deployment of defense personnel and easing restrictions on the….Read more

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Japan to develop railguns to counter hypersonic missiles 

Nikkei led with a report saying that the Defense Ministry will step up Japan’s missile defense system by developing the technology to intercept missiles with magnetically powered projectiles using railgun technology to respond to the hypersonic weapons being developed by China, North Korea, and Russia. The paper wrote that the ministry is planning to upgrade Japan’s missile defense system by 2030 with this next-generation system and….Read more

  • January 5, 2022
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