Itsunori Onodera

US-South Korea military drills are 'vital' to East Asia, says Japan's defense minister

Japan's defense chief said on Wednesday the U.S. military's presence in South Korea and joint military exercises were "vital" for East Asian security …

North Korea

Mattis warns of bumpy road to US, North Korea nuclear summit

SINGAPORE (AP) — It will be a "bumpy road" to the nuclear negotiations with North Korea later this month, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Sunday, telling his South Korean and Japanese counterparts they must maintain a strong defensive stance so the diplomats can negotiate from a position of …

North Korea

Seoul, Tokyo clash on how North Korea should remove its missiles

Seoul and Tokyo hold nuanced but crucial differences regarding North Korea's potential weapons dismantlement, it emerged Saturday.<p>Speaking at the …

North Korea

Japan, South Korea spar on engaging Kim Jong Un in dialogue | Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Saturday it was important not to reward North Korea for only agreeing to dialogue and it must take concrete action to dismantle all of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.<p>South Korea's Defence Minister Song Young-moo …

North Korea

Kim Jong-un sends a letter to President Trump

North Korean envoy Kim Yong-chol delivered a letter from Kim Jong-un to U.S. president Donald Trump on Friday. Mr. Trump said it was a very nice, interesting letter although he later admitted he had not yet opened it.<p>Whatever is in the letter the meeting between the two countries is back on, …

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Mattis warns of Chinese 'intimidation'; says U.S. seeks 'results-oriented' ties

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The United States is willing to work with China on a "results- oriented" relationship, but Beijing's actions in the South China Sea were coercive and the Pentagon would "compete vigorously" if needed, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday.<p>The comments by Mattis, …

World News

Japan’s mission to NATO agreed | Jane's 360

The North Atlantic Council agreed on 24 May to accept Japan’s request to designate its embassy to Belgium as its mission to NATO, the military …

IHS

Japan deploys second F-35A to Misawa Air Base | Jane's 360

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has deployed a second F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to Misawa Air Base in northern Japan.<p>The …

Military

Japan expands cyber collaboration with Estonia | Jane's 360

Japan and Estonia have agreed to expand collaboration in cyber defence activities, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo said on 6 May.<p>The agreement …

Military

Mattis says he is optimistic North Korea talk will be 'fruitful' | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that he was optimistic that talks with North Korea would be “fruitful,” days after Pyongyang said it was suspending nuclear and missile tests and scrapping its nuclear test site.<p>U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis answers a …

North Korea

Syria strikes also sent message to N.Korea: Japan DefMin

WASHINGTON (AFP) -<p>The US-led air strikes against the Syrian regime also sent a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of talks with President Donald Trump, Japan's defense minister said Friday.<p>Observers have suggested the strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could strengthen …

North Korea

Japan defence minister says it's not the time to ease pressure on North Korea - Kyodo | Reuters

(Reuters) - Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said it was not the time to ease pressure on North Korea, following news that Pyongyang had decided to suspend its nuclear and missile tests effective immediately, Kyodo News reported.<p>FILE PHOTO - Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera …

North Korea

Jim Mattis: Assad would be 'ill-advised' to ignore message sent by missile strike

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Syrian President Bashar Assad Friday that the U.S. is ready to carry out additional military action against Syria …

Jim Mattis

Japan defense minister says it's not the time to ease pressure on North Korea: Kyodo | Reuters

(Reuters) - Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said it was not the time to ease pressure on North Korea, following news that Pyongyang had decided to suspend its nuclear and missile tests effective immediately, Kyodo News reported.<p>Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera attends a news …

North Korea

Abadi Calls from Tokyo for Int’l Partnership in Iraq Reconstruction

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sought international support in Japan on Thursday to restore peace and prosperity, and to reconstruct his …

Middle East

Japan's Abe faces fresh headache over Iraq troop dispatch logs | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government faced criticism on Thursday, after his defense minister said the army last year found activity logs from a controversial 2004 to 2006 deployment to Iraq, but had failed to report them to his predecessor.<p>FILE PHOTO: Japanese soldiers …

World News

Japan Sets Up Army Central Command, Amphibious Brigade

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Japan's defence chief welcomes resumption of U.S.-South Korea military drills | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s defence chief welcomed on Friday the planned resumption of U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises, saying the annual drill set to start on Sunday would add pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.<p>“It’s our understanding that the exercises will …

North Korea

Japan's Defense Chief Welcomes Resumption of U.S.-South Korea Military Drills | World News | US News

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera attends a news conference at Defence Ministry in Tokyo, Japan August 8, 2017. REUTERS/Issei …

North Korea

WWII Vets, Japanese Meet to Remember Iwo Jima

IWO TO, Japan -- On a sunny, breezy day, veterans of World War II gathered at Iwo To March 24, 2018 to commemorate the sacrifice made by members of …

Military

China to dominate Japanmilitary planning

By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo/Tokyo<p>North Korea’s growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but …

Military

Japan says North Korea must commit to abandoning nuclear development completely | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Friday North Korea must commit to abandoning nuclear development completely in order for meaningful talks to take place with Pyongyang.<p>Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera attends a news conference at Defence Ministry in …

North Korea

Trump Agrees to Meet with North Korean Leader Kim

President Donald Trump is ready to meet North Korean leader Kim Jung by May in response to Kim's invitation to hold the first-ever U.S.-North Korea …

North Korea

Turkey still in talks to buy US Patriot missiles

Turkish foreign undersecretary also set to visit Washington, perhaps next week, as part of bilateral working groups.<p>Turkey has said that it is continuing talks with the US over buying Patriot missile systems, while trying to iron out a number of issues between the two NATO allies.<p>"I can say that …

Middle East

US F-16 dumped 2 fuel tanks near fishermen at Japan lake

A U.S. fighter jet has dumped fuel tanks into a lake in northern Japan, narrowly missing a dozen fishermen catching clams in the water. Nobody was injured.<p>The U.S. Air Force said in a statement that an F-16 jet assigned to the Misawa Air Base dumped two external fuel tanks Tuesday after developing …

World News

Pence pouring cold water on warming ties between 2 Koreas

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is pouring cold water on the warming ties between North and South Korea just as the two …

North Korea

Pence Hints At 'Toughest' Economic Sanctions Yet Against North Korea

Vice President Pence, who will lead the U.S. delegation at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Friday, says he is prepared to announce the "toughest" economic sanctions yet on North Korea.<p>At the start of a six-day visit to Japan and South Korea, the vice president said the …

North Korea

Pence pouring cold water on warming ties between 2 Koreas

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is pouring cold water on the warming ties between North and South Korea just as the two …

North Korea

Pence says U.S. to announce new, tough sanctions on North Korea | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that Washington would soon announce new, tough sanctions to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, calling it the planet’s “most tyrannical and oppressive regime”.<p>Speaking in Tokyo on his way to the Winter …

North Korea

Japanese army helicopter crashes, killing at least one person | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese army Apache attack helicopter crashed in western Japan on Monday, killing one of two people on board and sparking a fire in a residential area near a school and a nursery, media said.<p>The crash comes amid heightened scrutiny of military flights following a series of …

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