08 Nov 2018

Japan to develop underwater drone to defend remote islands against Chinese

“Japan plans to develop a large underwater drone to monitor its remote islands as Tokyo continues to build up assets set to guard against Chinese incursion. The unmanned submersible will be unveiled in a Ministry of Defense’s policy document that lays out the island nation’s five-year plan from April 2019.

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30 Oct 2018

Japan developing supersonic glide bombs to defend remote islands also claimed by China

Japan has fast-tracked a program to develop supersonic glide bombs in an effort to defend its distant islands whose ownership is disputed by China. Japan plans to use these weapons for deterrence, as they can reach the islands from other Japanese islands and are currently difficult to intercept. “It is

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12 Oct 2018

In Pacific, US Army Shifts Training from Disaster Relief to War

“Not long ago, U.S. Army forces in the Pacific spent most of their training time preparing for humanitarian relief missions, evacuations from natural disasters, and efforts to build up allied security forces. Not anymore. Since President Donald Trump has come to office, the administration has issued a new National Security Strategy

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09 Oct 2018

Japan opposes withdrawal of U.S. troops from Korean Peninsula in potential denuclearization deal

If North Korea, South Korea, and the US were the only actors involved in the ongoing denuclearization negotiations on North Korea, the entire process would be significantly simpler. For better or for worse, however, Japan, China and many other countries are also involved and have their own national priorities and

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18 Sep 2018

Next trade war front: export bribery

Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and India do not work to prevent corruption by firms, according to studies by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Transparency International. Singapore, China, India, and Hong Kong, accounting for 18% of world exports, are not signatories of the

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17 Sep 2018

Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo’s concern

“Russian troops taking part in the country’s largest-ever war games on Saturday held drills in the Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo’s concerns about a Russian military buildup in the area. The exercises were part of the Vostok-18, or East-18, war games that kicked off in eastern Russia on September 11

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13 Sep 2018

$42 billion in deals reportedly signed at forum in Far East

Putin has touted the outcome of the recent Eastern Economic Forum attended by the leaders of China, Russia, and Japan as massively successful. Significant economic investment deals were reportedly inked, at a time of economic import as both Russia and China are dealing with the fallout of U.S. tariffs. Putin

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27 Aug 2018

North Korea’s state paper claims US is plotting to ‘unleash war’

“North Korean state media has accused the US of plotting to ‘unleash war’ on the country while continuing to negotiate ‘with a smile on its face.’ Sunday’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the official mouthpiece of the ruling Worker’s Party of Korea, called out ‘extremely provocative and dangerous’ US military movements in

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31 Jul 2018

Japan signs $1.2 billion deal with Lockheed Martin to bolster missile defense systems

Japan is adding to its missile defense capabilities with the selection of Lockheed Martin to provide a $1.2 billion radar array that will support its growing missile defense capacity.  Source: Japan is ready to ink a $1.2 billion contract with Lockheed Martin for missile defense systems

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02 Jul 2018

US, Japan agree to continue joint military exercises

In a move that encourages U.S. allies neighboring North Korea, the U.S. affirmed that it will continue joint military exercises with Japan. Japan has remained cautious and skeptical about the ongoing negotiations with North Korea, with the Japanese Defense Minister citing North Korea’s promise to end its nuclear programs in

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