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US and Japan boost military alliance with new missile defence system

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 October, 2013, 4:18am
 

Against the backdrop of regional tensions, the United States and Japan agreed yesterday to broaden their military alliance for the first time in 16 years, sending hi-tech drones to patrol disputed islands and adding a new missile defence radar system.

The agreement, signed in Tokyo by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and their Japanese counterparts, is a sign of Washington's increased military, economic and diplomatic focus on Asia. The deal is likely to alarm China, which has had increasingly testy relations with Tokyo.

The pact comes as the Japanese government is seeking to greatly enhance its military capabilities and to revise its pacifist constitution, paving the way for it to become a more equal partner with the US in times of conflict.

The two countries pledged in a 10-page statement to rewrite their guidelines for security cooperation, begin deployments of US Global Hawk reconnaissance drones to Japan and address challenges in cyberspace. And the P-8, a highly advanced manned reconnaissance aeroplane, will be deployed for the first time to Japan to help monitor the Diaoyu, or Senkaku, islands, which are also claimed by China.

The ministers agreed to locate a new X-band US missile-defence radar system at Kyogamisaki air base in Kyoto prefecture in western Japan and formalised a decision to relocate 5,000 US marines from Japan's southernmost island of Okinawa to the US Pacific territory of Guam. Tokyo agreed to contribute up to US$3.1 billion to help move the marines.

On North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, Fumio Kishida, the Japanese minister dealing with North Korea, said: "Today we have seen a meeting of minds between Japan and the United States with respect to this situation.

"We are decidedly opposed to the attempt to change the status quo through coercion."

Reuters, The New York Times

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jimmybabe
I think the ultimate goal of Japan is to have the world map re-drawn, not to give it sovereignty over all the disputed islands in the middle of the seas, but to have Japan relocated from Asia to next to Hawaii, as an American state.
onedistrict
More Japanese contracts for the arms industries $$$$$$$$
Just in time to compensate for government shutdown back home !!!!!!!
jenniepc
The United States must understand if the war breaks out. The majority of Asians, including South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, will not be on the side of America and Japan. I am a Taiwanese originally and I know deep in my heart that most Taiwanese are against the United States get involve in Diaoyutai Island conflicts.
Japanese soldiers killed a large number of noncombatants and engaged in looting and women were not only raped but brutally tortured and mutilated or even buried Chinese or Korean alive when Japanese invasion of Taiwan, China, Korea and other Asian countries. If you were a Nazi prisoner of war you faced a 4% chance of not surviving the war; (by comparison) the death rate for Allied POWs held by the Japanese was nearly 30%. Shinzo Abe has denied some of the atrocities and he has continually prayed at the Yasukuni Shrine, which includes convicted Class A war criminals in its honored war dead.
Japan occupied Diaoyutais Island 1895, it was a part of Japanese war trophies, when Japan occupied Taiwan Until the end of World War II when Japan surrendered. Then the United States administered as part of the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands from 1945 until 1972, when the islands reverted to Japanese control under the Okinawa Reversion Treaty between the United States and Japan despite Taiwan and China contested.
Jennie PC Chiang/江佩珍 10/03/13 美國
 
 
 
 
 

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