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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo maintains a steady course on military spending

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Tokyo’s latest defence procurements may not be expansionist but they do keep pace with Beijing’s blue-water capabilities, analysts say Military planning Seen ... to an analysis by Jane's Defence Weekly. In its latest issue, the magazine reports that while much has been made of China's efforts to develop a blue-water capability for its naval forces- ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    US, Japan hold senior defence talks in Hawaii

    Posted Mar 22nd 2013, 11:29am by Associated Press in Honolulu, Hawaii

    ... Associated Press in Honolulu, Hawaii The top US military commander in the Pacific is hosting Japan’s most senior uniformed officer for talks on regional security and strengthening the US-Japan alliance. Adm. Samuel Locklear from US Pacific Command and Japan Self Defence Forces’ joint chief, General Shigeru Iwasaki, are meeting in Hawaii on Thursday and Friday. Staff Sergeant ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    US and Japan's defence moves a test for Beijing

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Greg Torode Greg Torode wonders how Beijing could ensure Japan doesn't boost its defence spending to compensate for any reduced US presence in the region Chinese puzzle The prospect of increased defence spending by Japan presents a host of challenges for China. In the longer term, they will be strategic and diplomatic, but more immediately it is proving a test for China's ...


    Prime minister Noda says Japan must reinforce its defences

    Posted Oct 30th 2012, 12:00am by Keith Zhai

    ... Keith Zhai and Agence France-Presse in Tokyo keith.zhai@scmp.com As Chinese ships patrol islands claimed by both nations, Noda says security situation 'is becoming more serious than ever' Japan must reinforce Defences, warns PM Japan would strengthen security around its coasts, the prime minister announced yesterday as Chinese maritime surveillance ships continued to patrol ...

  5. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Vice-President Xi Jinping to meet US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta

    Posted Sep 18th 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Leader-in-waiting faces tough session with the US defence secretary in Beijing after Washington agrees to expand Tokyo's missile defences Vice-President Xi Jinping will meet US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta in Beijing tomorrow - a session announced just hours after the Pentagon chief risked angering China with a new deal to expand Japan's missile defences ...

  6. Japan says air defence flights doubled

    Posted May 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng The number of times Japanese air force planes scrambled to intercept Chinese planes more than doubled year-on-year. Flights to intercept Russian planes rose even more. Japan's Defence Ministry said Air Self-Defence Force jets were scrambled 96 times in the year to March 31 to ward off Chinese planes, the Yomiuri Shimbum reported. Japan said no foreign aircraft ...

  7. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    Yoshihiko Noda says Japan's security environment is 'tougher than ever'

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ... Agencies in Tokyo On the anniversary of Japan's peacetime defence force, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda warns of 'tough' security environment Sense of caution marks Japanese ... the country from maintaining a formal military. But its Maritime Self-Defence Force, as it known, is still among the world's best-trained and equipped. As part of a post war mutual defence pact, ...

  8. Japan's defence upgrade should be applauded

    Posted Jan 09th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Japan's upgrading today of its defence agency to a fully fledged ministry symbolically moves the nation another step away from the pacifism of its 1947 constitution towards the status of a normal military power. That a ministry of defence will be established in Tokyo six decades after the demise of the imperial Japanese army may seem threatening to Asian countries invaded last ...

  9. Japan should clarify defence intentions

    Posted Nov 30th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... in 1947. Article 9 denounces the use of force in settling international disputes. In simple language, that means the nation can have defence forces, but they are not allowed to be war-ready. Think ... are already in place to keep an eye on North Korea. Co-operation with the US on defence is surging ahead. Up to 40,000 American military personnel are based on Japanese soil. Much of Japan's ...


    Beijing on back foot in radar row with Japan, analysts say

    Posted Feb 08th 2013, 12:00am by Teddy Ng

    ... Defence reportedly rejected Tokyo's allegations last night, Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV reported. "Japan's allegation that Chinese navy ships had recently aimed weapon-control radar ... surveillance over Chinese ships," the station quoted an anonymous Defence Ministry spokesman as saying. Earlier yesterday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said it was Japan ...




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