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New US strategy seeks to arm Japan against China

None of the US allies in the Pacific are currently willing to host intermediate-range missiles, says a new report by the RAND corporation, a think-tank tasked with developing strategies for the Pentagon. Instead, its author advises, Washington should encourage Japan to develop a missile arsenal of its own in order …

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Japan mulls classifying its key defense document – media

Japan is considering partially classifying its chief defense document in the wake of “security threats by China and Russia,” Kyodo News reported on Saturday, citing government sources. Making the National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG), the country’s 10-year military buildup policy, secret would be in line with the mostly classified US …

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Ukraine apologizes to Japan for ‘fascism’ video

The Ukrainian government apologized to Japan after it released an anti-Russian video ending with a shot of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Emperor Hirohito, describing the three as fascists. Japanese politicians insist that Hirohito was not responsible for Japan’s wartime actions. The video, first posted nearly a month ago, condemns …

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Japan takes aim at Russia’s exports

Tokyo has unveiled a new package of sanctions against Russia in connection with Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine, Asahi news outlet reports. However, the latest restrictions exclude imports crucial for the Japanese economy, including seafood and energy. The expanded list includes a ban on the import of Russian beer and …

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Japan sees no issues in radioactive water discharge

Japanese officials are nearing agreement on plans to discharge radioactive waste water from the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant, more than a decade after the facility saw major contamination following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.  The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) declared that there were no outstanding concerns with the proposal …

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US, Japan address reports on hypersonic missile pact

The United States and Japan have rejected media reports that Tokyo would be invited to join a security pact with Australia and the UK to jointly develop hypersonic weapons, insisting there are no plans to include other nations. Asked about the report during a Wednesday press briefing, White House spokeswoman …

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Japan gets unofficial invite to join AUKUS – media

Japan has been getting unofficial offers to become part of the AUKUS military bloc, which was formed last year by Australia, the UK and the US, the Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported on Tuesday. Several unnamed Japanese government officials told the paper that Tokyo has been informally approached on such a …

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Japan discloses revised military plans

Japanese Minister of Defense Nobuo Kishi declared on Monday that his ministry might request a larger budget for the next fiscal year to bolster Tokyo’s ability to stand up to a possible military threat coming from any regional power. The Asian nation’s new desire to level up its military might comes …

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Japan says it won’t scrap Russia projects

Japan has no intention of withdrawing from its oil and natural gas projects in Russia’s Far East, Economy Minister Hagiuda Koichi told reporters on Friday. “Japan has stakes in both [oil and gas] projects and has secured long-term supplies. The projects provide our country with energy at below-market prices, and …

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Japan accuses Russia of ‘unreasonable’ reaction to sanctions

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has criticized Russia’s decision to suspend talks about the WWII-era peace deal in response to sanctions over Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine. “Russia’s actions are extremely unreasonable and totally unacceptable,” Kishida told his country’s parliament on Tuesday. The prime minister said that Japan’s sanctions were …

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