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Japan Rejects China’s East China Sea Air Defense Zone

The Chinese government’s decision to establish an “air defense identification zone” over the disputed Diaoyu Islands (called the Senkaku Islands by Japan) has angered both Japan and the U.S. Tensions escalated...

China Warns Asia Over New Japanese Ship

Amid a flare in the ongoing island dispute that has proven to be a notable bout of tension in long-strained Sino-Japanese relations, Japan has unveiled the Izumo, its largest military vessel since World War II. AP reports: Japan...

Video: Japan To Strengthen Self-Defense

A video on Al Jazeera features Japan’s move to rename and strengthen its self-defense force. Tomohiko Taniguchi, a Councillor in Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat, emphasizes in the video that Japan has vowed not to repeat...

With Its Eye On China, Japan Builds Up Military

NAHA AIR BASE, Japan — This sun-baked airfield was built atop Okinawa’s rocky coral by Americans during the cold war, but these days its roaring jets proudly display the red sun of Japan.  Read the article in The New York Times...

China’s Rise = Remilitarizing Japan?

Last year was a bad one for China’s soft power. Will Japan’s response prompt a dangerous spiral of arms spending—and spark conflict?  Read the article in The Diplomat here: Saying publicly for the first time what they’ve thought...

Beijing Denies Intruding Sub Was Chinese, Lodges Complaint

Beijing has denied that the unidentified submarine that entered Japanese waters recently was Chinese. It has also lodged a formal complaint with Japan over the incident and the subsequent implications by Japanese media that the...

Japan Hunts Mystery Submarine Intruder

An unidentified submarine entered deep into Japanese territory yesterday. Japan’s navy tracked the vessel for two hours, then lost it. From The Sydney Morning Herald: The Naval vessel Atago spotted the submarine in...

Japan Naval Ship Arrives in China Amid Warmer Ties

From Bloomberg: A Japanese destroyer arrived in the southern Chinese port of Zhanjiang today to deliver earthquake-relief supplies, the first visit to China by a naval ship from Japan since World War II. The...

China Says It Will Accept Aid from Japan’s Military

From The New York Times: China acknowledged Thursday that it was willing to receive disaster relief assistance from Japan’s Self-Defense Forces in what would be the first Japanese military air mission to China since the end of...

US-Japan military alliance reflects Cold War mentality – People’s Daily

From The People’s Daily Online: On October 29, Japan-US “2+2” Security Consultation Committee held a meeting in Washington, which reached an agreement on the adjustment of US troops stationed in Japan and the share of duties between Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and US troops, and published the report entitled “US-Japan alliance: For future reforms and regrouping”. […]

Chinese maritime moves, N. Korea’s nukes Japan’s main defense issues

From The Japan Today: China and North Korea remain in the spotlight in Japan’s defense white paper this year, which outlines Japanese wariness of rising Chinese military power and concern about the North Korean nuclear arms program. The “Defense of Japan 2005” report, compiled by the Defense Agency and endorsed by the Cabinet on Tuesday, […]



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