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US explains why weapons are staying in Japan after drills 

Some of the heavy weapons brought by the US to Japan for a joint training exercise will remain there for the time being, General Charles Flynn, the US Army’s Pacific commander, has told Reuters.  “It’s an opportunity for us to keep capabilities forward,” Flynn said, as quoted by the news …

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Drawing the sword: Is Japan getting ready to move against China?

A recent report suggests that Japan’s government is considering positioning over 1,000 ballistic missiles aimed towards China, a move that would mark a major escalation in tensions between Tokyo and Beijing. It is unclear if this will ever materialize, given the threat to regional stability it would carry, as well …

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Japan to bar Putin from former PM Abe’s funeral – media

The Japanese government is expected to bar Russian President Vladimir Putin from attending the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, if he desires to do so, news agency Nikkei reported on Friday. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving PM, was assassinated earlier this month. Newspaper Sankei Shimbun quoted a Japanese Foreign …

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Japan sounds alarm over Ukraine and Taiwan

Japan sees an increasing amount of global and regional security risks tied to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as well as the tension around Taiwan, according to the country’s new defense white paper. Tokyo is also concerned about the relationship developing between Moscow and Beijing, the document says. …

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Japan’s ruling party secures majority to fulfill Abe’s ‘dream’

Japan’s current and former prime ministers’ Liberal Democratic Party, alongside its coalition partner Komeito, have won enough seats to comfortably secure the two-thirds majority needed to push forward long-debated constitutional changes. The ruling coalition claimed 75 of the 125 House of Councillors seats up for grabs on Sunday, according to local media. …

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Japan’s former PM Abe has died after being shot – media

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pronounced dead after being shot during a public event, NHK has reported, citing the ruling Japanese Liberal Democratic Party. The death was also confirmed by a party source, who spoke to agency Kyodo News. Abe was taken to hospital in grave condition after …

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Russia responds to Japan’s threat

Tokyo’s proposal to place a cap on Russian oil prices would lead to significantly less oil on the market and could drastically push oil prices higher, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev warned on Tuesday. Responding to the idea put forward by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday, Medvedev wrote …

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Japan toughens penalties for ‘online insults’

Japan’s parliament passed a new bill on Monday, toughening penalties for those found guilty of making “online insults.” The amendment to the penal code is set to take effect later this summer. Under the new legislation, making “online insults” can attract a sentence of up to one year in prison for …

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Protesters oppose Japan 2030 Winter Olympics bid

Protesters gathered in Tokyo and Sapporo on Sunday to voice their opposition to Japan’s ambitions to host the 2030 Winter Olympics.  The Associated Press reported that around 50 people gathered in each city holding “No Olympics” banners and attempted to argue their case with other members of the public who …

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