2014年08月05日

Japan to provide Vietnam with six patrol vessels

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Japan to provide Vietnam with six patrol vessels

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

03 August 2014

Japan has agreed to provide Vietnam with six second-hand vessels to enhance its maritime patrolling capability amid a territorial standoff with China in the South China Sea.

The boats will be transferred before the end of the year as part of a USD500 million aid package funded by Tokyo's official development assistance (ODA) programme.

The agreement was signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Bui Quang Vinh, the Vietnamese minister of planning and investment.

"The South China Sea, which Vietnam faces, is a key junction of maritime transportation," Kishida told reporters after the meeting with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on 1 August.

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2014年07月30日

Japan asks France to stop Mistral sale to Russia

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Japan asks France to stop Mistral sale to Russia

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo and James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
29 July 2014

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera on 29 July expressed "strong concerns" over France's plan to sell two Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships to Moscow, citing the ongoing Ukraine crisis and Russia's recent military buildup in the Asia-Pacific region.

In his fourth meeting with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Onodera said Russia had been strengthening its capabilities and stepping up military operations and training in the region.

Asked about the reason why Japan just expressed deep concerns, instead of requesting the cancellation of France's plan to sell the ships to Russia, Onodera said: "To express our concerns is the same as saying, 'Can't you cancel the plan?'."

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2014年07月22日

Japan announces basing plan for Ospreys

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Japan announces basing plan for Ospreys

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Navy International

20 July 2014

Tokyo plans to deploy 17 Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at Saga Airport on Kyushu island during the next five years starting from fiscal year 2015, according to Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera.

Onodera's first public disclosure of the expected deployment site for the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF)-operated Ospreys came as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing a budget request for FY15 that includes funds to buy five MV-22s.

Onodera said the MoD is looking into the possibility of the SDF sharing Saga Airport with civilian airlines. "Considering future maintenance and training, it will be appropriate to deploy them in one place," he told reporters on 20 July.

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