2014年06月27日

Japan to station first F-35s at Misawa Air Base

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Japan to station first F-35s at Misawa Air Base

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

25 June 2014

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has announced that the first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters to enter Japanese service will be based at Misawa Air Base (AB) in northern Japan.

Onodera said on 25 June that the first four F-35s will be deployed to the base during fiscal year 2017 (FY17), with around 20 of the aircraft eventually stationed there.

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force plans to acquire 28 F-35A conventional take-off and landing aircraft in the next five years, according to the Mid-Term Defense Program (FY14-18) that was adopted in December 2013, with a total of 42 eventually planned.

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2014年06月26日

Japan, North Korea officials to discuss abductees committee next Tuesday

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Japan, North Korea officials to discuss abductees committee next Tuesday

Japanese government wants assurances of panel’s authority to fully investigate abduction of its citizens

June 25th, 2014

Kosuke Takahashi

Japanese and North Korean officials are to meet next Tuesday in Beijing so that Pyongyang may brief Tokyo on the committee that will investigate Japanese abductees’ fates.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Wednesday that the meeting will cover the makeup and mandate of the special panel.

“The (Japanese) government thinks it is important (for Pyongyang) to vest the special investigating committee with appropriate authority that covers every organization as a subject and to launch an investigation based on that,” Kishida told reporters on Wednesday. “We would like to assess North Korea’s explanations carefully.”

Pyongyang pledged to Tokyo late last month that it would set up the special committee to conduct a comprehensive, full-scale investigation into Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents in the late 1970s and early ’80s, as well as other missing Japanese.

In return, Japan has promised that, once the committee’s reinvestigation officially starts, it will ease sanctions on Pyongyang. This includes lifting travel restrictions on North Koreans and removing the embargo on the entry of North Korean ships carrying out humanitarian missions into Japanese ports.

The Japanese government has been asking for advance information about the committee’s power and authority, organizational structure and investigation methodology, etc.

As with the official meetings last month in Stockholm, which produced the deal on abductees, the Japanese delegation will be led by Junichi Ihara, director general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau at the Japanese Foreign Ministry, and Song Il Ho, Pyongyang’s ambassador for normalizing relations with Japan.

In the upcoming meeting in Beijing, Pyongyang is expected to reiterate its call for the Japanese government to stop the sale of the Tokyo headquarters building and land of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon.

Japan’s Supreme Court earlier this month suspended a permit issued by the Tokyo High Court to Marunaka Holdings, a property investment company based in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture in western Japan.

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2014年06月22日

Japan protests at South Korean naval drills near Dokdo/Takeshima

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Japan protests at South Korean naval drills near Dokdo/Takeshima

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Navy International

20 June 2014

Japan said on 19 June it had protested against South Korean plans to conduct live-fire training near the disputed Dokdo/Takeshima islands in the East Sea/Sea of Japan.

"We cannot accept this, and it's extremely regrettable," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a regular press conference, adding that Tokyo had requested the exercise's cancellation.

South Korea gave prior notice to Japan that it would conduct naval live-fire exercises in waters east of the Korean peninsula - within a 150 x 55 km area southwest of the disputed islands from 09:00 to 17:00 local time on 20 June, a spokesman at the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) told IHS Jane's on 19 June.

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