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Japan, India conduct unprecedented naval exercise in Indian waters

Japan, India conduct unprecedented naval exercise in Indian waters

In the immediate aftermath of a historic visit to India by Japan’s emperor and empress, and on the eve of the Japanese defense minister’s upcoming visit to Delhi, the navies of Japan and India conducted a significant naval exercise in the territorial waters of India from Dec. 19 to Dec. 23. The unprecedented drill signaled […]

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Japan, Ukraine to launch satellite to monitor nuclear radioactive leaks

The governments of Japan and Ukraine, the only countries with devastating nuclear accidents, i.e., the Chernobyl and Fukushima meltdowns, inked an agreement last week to jointly monitor and test radioactive nuclear leaks. The agreement was signed in Kiev on Aug. 27 by the visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Ukrainian counterpart Leonid Kozhara. […]

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Potentially explosive movements on a volatile Asian chessboard

Potentially explosive movements on a volatile Asian chessboard

By Sol W. Sanders A new era of increasing instability is opening in East Asia. The death of North Korean leader Kim Il Jong is only adding another, if explosive, element to an already volatile equation: China enters a period of substantially slower economic growth, if not a crash, on the eve next autumn of […]

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Most Japan voters want new PM, approve quake tax

Most Japan voters want new PM, approve quake tax

TOKYO – Most Japanese voters would support higher taxes to help massive rebuilding after last month’s earthquake and tsunami, newspaper opinion polls showed on Monday, and they want a new prime minister to lead the effort. Japan is also struggling to bring the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant under control after it was damaged by the […]

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Beijing wages 'disaster diplomacy' in Japan as Western nations withdraw

Beijing wages 'disaster diplomacy' in Japan as Western nations withdraw

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Call it disaster diplomacy. The Chinese Communist Party leadership is apparently trying to mend fences with Japan by offering the quake-hit country different kinds of rescue and relief assistance in spite of new threats of radiation emanating out of the Fukushima Nuclear Plant north of Tokyo. And while nuclear scientists along […]

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Time to return the favor to Japan, one of the world's top first responders to catastrophes

Time to return the favor to Japan, one of the world's top first responders to catastrophes

By John J. Metzler     UNITED NATIONS — The massive earthquake and tsunami which rocked and ravaged large parts of northern Japan, has caused near apocalyptic devastation to the land and the environment.   The 8.9 Richter scale shock, the largest ever to hit in the earthquake-prone country’s history, was brutally enhanced by a massive Tsunami tidal […]

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Japan, South Korea said eyeing defense ties

Japan, South Korea said eyeing defense ties

Japan and South Korea are considering signing a joint declaration as early as this spring to establish bilateral security cooperation, including peacetime links between the Self-Defense Forces and the South Korean military, it has been learned.   Efforts to boost Tokyo-Seoul ties in the security arena have previously made little progress due to lingering disputes […]

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U.S., allies, plot North Korea strategy — without China

U.S., allies, plot North Korea strategy — without China

North Korean soldiers march during a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation’s ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea on Oct. 10. / AP /Vincent Yu  The Japanese, South Korean and U.S. foreign ministers meet on Monday to plot strategy toward an increasingly provocative North Korea in the face of […]

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Japan, U.S. to conduct biggest ever military drill

Japan, U.S. to conduct biggest ever military drill

TOKYO – Japan and the United States will hold their biggest ever joint military drills just days after a US and South Korean show of force amid tensions on the Korean peninsula, officials said Thursday. The previously announced “Keen Sword” drills, which were planned before North Korea’s artillery barrage of a South Korean island last […]

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UN Security Council reform: Brazil, Germany, India and Japan seek permanent status

UN Security Council reform: Brazil, Germany, India and Japan seek permanent status

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Reform and redesign of the UN Security Council has long been on the diplomatic drawing boards.  Few countries will argue its wisdom or necessity, but most will balk at the specific details.  So when Barack Obama descended upon New Delhi in a official visit and told a joint […]