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Tokyo looks to tap tech of small firms not involved in defense for SDF equipment

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

Defense Ministry documents obtained by Kyodo News show the ministry is exploring incorporating small companies' technologies to use to equip the Self-Defense Forces. | KYODO

The Defense Ministry has begun searching for technologies developed by small and medium-size Japanese firms to use in equipment produced domestically for the Self-Defense Forces, ...

Briefed on Guam plan, Kim puts North Korean forces on alert as Mattis warns U.S. ready to intercept missiles

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

This U.S. Navy handout photo released on Aug. 10 shows U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as he speaks with the crew of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) during a visit to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, Washington, on Aug. 9. | WYATT L. ANTHONY / U.S. NAVY / VIA AFP-JIJI

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned on Monday that the U.S. military would be prepared to intercept a missile fired by North Korea if it was ...

Japan working on inviting U.N. chief Guterres for visit by end of year

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a news conference in Kabul on June 14. | KYODO

The government is arranging to have U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres visit Japan by the end of this year, a diplomatic source said Sunday.If realized, ...

Officials assure U.S. war with North Korea not imminent but more possible now than decade ago

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

A man watches a television screen Thursday showing U.S. President Donald Trump (lef) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul. When North Korea makes a threat, the government in Seoul vents its anger while South Korean citizens mostly shrug off what can seem like a daily barrage of hostility. Trump has introduced a new wrinkle to this familiar pattern. His recent Pyongyang-style threat to unleash 'fire and fury' on the North has been met with silence from the top levels of government in Seoul — and worry, sometimes anger, from the country's citizens. | AP

Senior U.S. national security officials said Sunday that a military confrontation with North Korea’s is not imminent, but they cautioned that the possibility of war ...

A troubling 10 years after the global financial crisis

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

There is little to celebrate a decade after the global financial crisis.

For the U.S., Japan was the foe and China the prize

By Paul De Vries
- via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

Chinese leader Gen.  Chiang Kai-shek, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Winston Churchill in November 1943 at the Cairo Conference, which outlined the Allied  wartime policy against Japan and the shape of postwar Asia | U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES

The Pacific War was a struggle between imperial powers for control of imperial possessions.

Korea tensions ease slightly as U.S. officials play down war risk

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford talks with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo during their meeting at the Defense Ministry in Seoul on Monday. | AFP-JIJI

Tension on the Korean peninsula eased slightly on Monday as South Korea’s president said resolving North Korea’s nuclear ambitions must be done peacefully and U.S. ...

Japan, U.S. to aim for stronger cyberdefenses in upcoming security talks

via The Japan Times    Aug 13, 2017

Japan and the United States are expected to agree in bilateral security talks next week to strengthen their defenses against cyberattacks, a diplomatic source said ...

Raising the stakes: Why North Korea is talking up Guam

By Eric Talmadge
- via The Japan Times    Aug 13, 2017


North Korea’s announcement that it is finalizing a plan to launch four ballistic missiles over Japan toward the island of Guam has touched off a ...

At least six dead, dozens missing in Indian landslide

via The Japan Times    Aug 13, 2017

At least six people have been killed and dozens more are missing after a massive landslide swept two buses off a hillside into a deep ...

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