Obama assures Abe on Senkakus

Apr 24, 2014

Obama assures Abe on Senkakus

President Barack Obama says Thursday that he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming that the mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands.

Abe-Obama summit kicks off with security reassurances

Apr 24, 2014

Abe-Obama summit kicks off with security reassurances

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama kicked off long-awaited summit talks in Tokyo on Thursday morning, aiming to bolster security and economic ties. The two leaders are expected to issue a joint statement Thursday confirming the importance of the Japan-U.S. alliance ...

Abe, Abbott reach FTA agreement

Apr 7, 2014

Abe, Abbott reach FTA agreement

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott agreed on a free trade pact Monday in Tokyo, ending seven years of negotiations. “Today’s general agreement has a historic significance for the two nation’s efforts to establish closer ties,” Abe said during a ...

New SDF unit shores up thinly protected cyberborders

| Apr 7, 2014

New SDF unit shores up thinly protected cyberborders

Japan has embarked on an effort to improve cybersecurity as an ever-increasing number of sophisticated computer viruses threaten to endanger national security. On March 26, the Self-Defense Forces activated a cyberspace defense unit, the “saiba boeitai,” tasked with monitoring and responding to attacks on ...

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

Apr 6, 2014

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

The United States plans to deploy two additional Aegis destroyers to Japan by 2017 to reinforce missile defenses against increasingly provocative North Korea, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. During a joint news conference following an hourlong-meeting in Tokyo with Defense Minister ...

'Gleam of hope' in strife-torn Somalia

Apr 2, 2014

'Gleam of hope' in strife-torn Somalia

While some African countries have made huge strides in terms of peace and security, others are still struggling to find their footing, a U.N. official who monitors development in the region said. Ayaka Suzuki, 42, deputy director of the Africa I Division of the ...

Apr 1, 2014

Abe eases weapons export rules

The Cabinet approves eased principles and guidelines for weapons exports, ending a strict ban that lasted nearly 50 years as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sets the stage for Japan to play a more active role in global security.