Lockheed awarded $212M for work on Aegis combat system for Japan

Feb. 12 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $212 million contract for additional work on the development and integration of the Aegis system for Japan. The contract is for incorporation of remaining Baseline J7 scope in support of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday. Aegis, which stands for Advanced Electronic Guided Interceptor System, is integrated into ships. The automated and centralized computerized and radar weapon system can track targets — sometimes more than 100 at once, according to the Navy.…

After years of chill, Japan and China join hands to work together in 3rd world countries

Even as Washington doubles down against China, Japan and China are in the middle of their own “Wuhan spirit”, as both countries with a bitter history strive to lower temperatures between them. This year, Chinese president Xi Jinping is expected to visit Japan twice — for the G-20 summit in June and a second bilateral summit later this year. This comes after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his first trip to China in late 2018, easing an eight-year chill. After Abe’s 2018 visit, China and Japan agreed to work…

Japan protests as China continues gas activity in contested waters

Japan has lodged another protest with China over its continued deployment of a drilling ship at a gas field in a contested area of the East China Sea. The protest, made through diplomatic channels, followed confirmation by Tokyo that the drilling ship had moved in January to a location a few kilometres northeast of where it was in mid-November, in an apparent search for resources. “It’s extremely regrettable that China has continued its unilateral development activity,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday. Beijing has developed 16 structures on…

Abe asked China’s Xi to visit Japan twice in 2019, sources say

BEIJING/TOKYO – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Japan twice this year as Tokyo seeks a further improvement in relations with Beijing through a series of top-level meetings, diplomatic sources said Monday. During his visit to China last October, Abe sounded out Xi on the possibility of visiting Japan in June for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, and then in the fall as a state guest, according to the sources with knowledge of ties between the two countries. If Xi does visit…

Chinese fishing boat captain arrested in waters close to Japan

A Chinese fishing boat captain has been arrested in waters close to Japan, according to state media in the island nation. Chen Wenting, 40, was detained by the Japanese coastguard on Saturday morning on suspicion of violating Japan’s fishing rights and trying to avoid inspection, NHK reported. The incident happened on the same day China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told visiting Japanese senior deputy minister for foreign affairs Takeo Mori that 2019 was going to be an “important year” for ties between the two countries. Japan and China promise to…

Japan earthquake, tsunami fears heighten after oarfish sightings but scientists say it’s not a bad omen

Japan’s social media has gone into nervous overdrive following the discovery of a number of deep-sea fish traditionally thought to be harbingers of natural disaster. On Monday, an oarfish measuring nearly four metres from snout to tail was found tangled in a fishing net off the port of Imizu, in the north-coast prefecture of Toyama. The fish was already dead but was later taken to the nearby Uozu Aquarium to be studied. Two more of the slender, snake-like fish were discovered in Toyama Bay nine days earlier. A record four…

Japan finally beefs up military

Japan, increasingly concerned over China’s military buildup and corresponding aggressiveness in the western Pacific, has decided to buy additional F-35 fighter jets and to convert two naval ships into fixed-wing aircraft carriers. These moves are part of a broader effort to beef up Japan’s Self-Defence Forces, writes Richard Bitzinger. China with its military buildup and corresponding assertiveness in the western Pacific, has become a growing military challenge to its neighbours, one that is expanding in terms of size, capabilities, and quality. Beijing is increasingly hardline in pushing its regional great-power…

The Art of the Balance: Japan, China and the United States

There’s a delicate balance to relations between Japan and China. Economic realities are weighed against security concerns; a desire for maintaining the status quo balanced against long-term worries that China is a future threat and the United States a potentially unreliable ally. When looking out from Tokyo, the strategic threats and security concerns that rest on the horizon range from the immediate and tangible — North Korea, which in 2017 sent two ballistic missiles flying over Hokkaido into the Pacific — to the inconvenient legacies of an unsigned peace treaty…

Philippines, Japan in talks for joint military exercise: Navy officials

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How Abe Remade the Japan Coast Guard

For the third straight year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called a Ministerial Council meeting emphasizing the importance of the Japan Coast Guard’s diverse and evolving roles in safeguarding Japanese interests in its waters and adjacent maritime spaces. He vowed to enhance the capability of the JCG through the acquisition of additional vessels and aircraft. Since Abe assumed office in 2012, he has continuously used the Japan Coast Guard not just to ensure safety and security within Japan’s domestic waters but even in maritime diplomacy with other countries within…