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  • Japan to equip its warplanes with long-range cruise missiles

    The Government of Japan is considering mounting air-to-ground cruise missiles on national Air Self-Defense Forces’ fighters to protect against the North Korean threat, as reported by the newspaper, Asahi.

    It is noted that the associated research costs will be included in the fiscal 2018 budget plan (which starts on April 1, 2018).  According to the newspaper’s source, the government is especially interested in the acquisition of Lockheed Martin Corp's JASSM air-to-ground missile which has a …

  • Russia's Gazprom raised €1 billion from Japanese and US banks

    Gazprom has concluded an agreement with Japanese and American banks on a five-year loan for €1 billion, as stated in the company’s press release received by RBC.

    Among the creditors of the gas monopoly that signed the agreement were Japan’s banks Mizuho Bank, LTD (Mizuho) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), as well as US-based JP Morgan Bank.

    Last March, the company raised €700 million from Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank. In early November, they raised another €700 …

  • Media: Trump repeatedly criticized Japan for not shooting down North Korean missiles

    During phone calls with leaders of countries in South-East Asia between August and October, US President Donald Trump repeatedly criticized Japan for not shooting down the North Korean ballistic missiles flying over its territory, reported Kyodo news agency with reference to diplomatic sources.

    According to Kyodo’s investigation, the American leader expressed extreme dissatisfaction regarding the absence of any action by Tokyo. “They should have shot them down. Why didn’t they shoot down the …

  • Russia to establish naval base on Kuril Islands

    An airport network is to be restored on the Kuril Islands, work on its creation is connected to the establishment of a Russian naval base, announced Senator Frants Klintsevich as reported by RIA Novosti.

    The naval base will accept “any ships”, including first rank vessels. Work to establish the base will begin soon, the senator noted. “Everything is going strictly according to plan, without rushed bursts,” he added.

    As Interfax reports with reference to Klintsevich, organizational matters are …

  • Japanese Prime Minister urges Putin to make peace treaty on Kurils

    Russia and Japan need to overcome all the challenges, put an end to the “abnormal situation”, and make a peace treaty regarding the Kuril Islands, stated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Eastern Economic Forum, Interfax reports.

    According to Abe, in the last year Russian and Japanese relations have seen the beginning of the progress which the countries had been unable to achieve in 70 years. He added that soon it may be possible to see the “bright future of Russian-Japanese relations, …

  • Japanese media: Russian research vessel entered Japanese waters without permission

    The newspaper Yomiuri claims that a Russian vessel has conducted a survey within the exclusive economic zone of Japan, in the area of ​​the Strait of La Perouse between Sakhalin and the island of Hokkaido, without the permission of the Japanese side.

    According to its information, the Russian-owned vessel was less than 50 km from Cape Soya (the northernmost point of Hokkaido) on June 5. It is alleged that the vessel supposedly dumped research equipment into the water, which was recorded by the …

  • Media: US deploys Global Hawk drones to Japan from base on Guam

    The United States has begun to move five Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam. The arrival of the first such drone to the Yokota Air Base in Tokyo was filmed by the Japanese NHK television channel.

    More than 100 American technicians will also travel there to maintain and service the drones.  The UAVs will be deployed in Japan temporarily, until October of this year. The decision that it would be a temporary deployment was based on the …

  • Media: Japan's self-defense forces to carry out new operations to protect U.S. Navy ships

    Japanese Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) ships will carry out new operations aimed at the protection of the U.S. fleet ensuring the security of Japan, as announced on Sunday on NHK, citing government sources.

    According to the report, Defense Minister Tomomi Inada has already issued the order. It is expected that the crew of the Izumo helicopter carrier will be the first to fulfill these tasks, which became possible after adopting amendments to defense legislation.

    On May 1st, the ship will leave …

  • China mobilizes 100,000 troops to the North Korean border

    China has deployed an additional military force of 100,000 troops to the North Korean border. Growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula have led Chinese armed forces to raise their level of readiness, reported the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri, citing sources in China.

    According to Yomiuri, such enhanced precautions have been in effect since mid-April.

    A US Navy strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson is currently active near the Korean Peninsula. The US ship is conducting exercises together with …

  • US and Japanese Navy conduct exercises off coast of Korean Peninsula

    Not far from the shores of the Korean Peninsula, American and Japanese sailors are working together in military operations. The US Navy aircraft carrier strike group and Japanese Navy ships are conducting exercises, according to a report in the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun.

    The purpose of the exercises is to exert pressure on North Korea in light of the country’s continuing ballistic missile tests. The maneuvers involve two Japanese destroyers – Ashigara  and Samidare – and will last …