Gabriel Dominguez
Two Air Self-Defense Force F-15s (right) escort two German Air Force Eurofighter jets and an A330MRTT aerial tanker on their arrival in Japan Friday. The ASDF is conducting training exercises with the German, French and Spanish air forces this weekend.
Jul 19, 2024
German, French and Spanish fighter aircraft arrive in Japan for joint drills
The stopover in Japan is part of a two-month, trinational Pacific Skies deployment that will also take the three countries’ air forces to Australia, India and Hawaii.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the Cook Islands' Prime Minister Mark Brown shake hands during 10th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting on Thursday in Tokyo.
Jul 18, 2024
With eye on China, Japan deepens ties with Pacific islands at Tokyo summit
Collaborations have been agreed in seven fields, including technology and connectivity, climate change, people-centered development and security.
Indian Ambassador Sibi George says one of his main tasks in his post is to boost Japanese public and private investments the South Asian powerhouse.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 18, 2024
India’s envoy in Japan calls for boosted supply chain and defense cooperation
The ambassador’s remarks come after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to continue prioritizing ties with Japan.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speak to reporters in Berlin on Friday.
Jul 13, 2024
Japanese and German leaders deepen ties with new economic security framework
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and German Chancellor Olaz Scholz agreed on the new mechanism during the Japanese leader's first visit to the country as PM.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a Ukraine Compact meeting on the sidelines of NATO's 75th anniversary summit in Washington on Thursday
WORLD / Politics
Jul 12, 2024
Major hurdles await Ukraine's ‘irreversible path’ to NATO membership
Observers don't expect the alliance to extend a membership invitation to Kyiv until after the war in Ukraine is over.
President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance won 163 seats in Sunday’s parliamentary runoff vote, though none of the political parties managed to secure an outright majority.
Jul 8, 2024
France’s left wins big, but paralysis in parliament looms
Sunday's election results — the country's first-ever hung parliament — could put Paris on a path for months of political gridlock.
Ground Self-Defense Force personnel take part in a joint amphibious landing exercise with Philippine and U.S. troops in San Antonio, in the Philippines' Zambales province, in October 2018.
Jul 8, 2024
Japan and Philippines ink key military pact in defense ties upgrade
The agreement — Tokyo's first with a Southeast Asian nation — will facilitate mutual military visits.
Labour leader Keir Starmer reacts as he speaks at a reception to celebrate his win in the election, at Tate Modern in London on Friday.
Jul 5, 2024
Keir Starmer set to be U.K. PM as Labour trounces Tories in election
Analysts largely expect continuity in Downing Street's foreign policy with the Indo-Pacific despite there being no mention of the region in Labour's election manifesto.
Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks during the launch of the party's general election manifesto in Manchester, England, on June 13.
Jul 2, 2024
Labour win in U.K. election would likely mean continuity for Asia
While the party has focused on domestic challenges in the run-up to Thursday's election, it maintains a deep interest in the region, experts say.
Outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte emerged as the sole candidate for NATO secretary-general after his final challenger, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, dropped out of the race last week.
Jun 27, 2024
NATO’s next chief, Mark Rutte, will have his work cut out for him
The war in Ukraine, uncertainty about Washington's position in the alliance and growing tensions with China are among the challenges he will face.
German and Japanese fighter jets take part in an exercise over Japan in September 2022.
Jun 25, 2024
Japan to hold fighter jet drills with Germany, France, Spain in July
A contingent of more than 30 military aircraft from Germany, France and Spain will arrive in Japan next month to conduct a series of training exercises with the ASDF.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference after being found guilty over hush-money charges, at Trump Tower in New York City on May 31.
Jun 25, 2024
U.S. and allies race to ‘Trump-proof’ Biden security deals by year-end
Concerns are rising about a potential push to undo or restructure Biden-era agreements should the ex-president be returned to the White House.
German and Japanese fighter jets take part in an exercise over Japan. Germany's air force plans to send three of the fighters to Japan next month for the first-ever joint aerial exercise between the Luftwaffe and Air Self-Defense Force.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 19, 2024
Germany laser-focused on Indo-Pacific despite hurdles, top envoy to Japan says
German Ambassador Clemens von Goetze expects soaring ties with Japan to continue to reach unprecedented heights.
American Institute in Taiwan Director Sandra Oudkirk looks at a Switchblade 300 drone during the 2023 Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition at the Nangang Exhibition Center in Taipei last September.
Jun 19, 2024
U.S. approves sale of more than 1,000 ‘suicide drones’ to Taiwan
The $360 million arms sale comes as Washington doubles down on helping Taipei counter a potential Chinese attack on the self-ruled island.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media outside of the West Wing of the White House in Washington on Monday following a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden.
WORLD / Politics
Jun 18, 2024
NATO chief says more members to hit 2% of GDP defense spending target
With Russia making gains in Ukraine and tensions between China and the West escalating, a record 23 NATO member states will hit the target this year.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is welcomed by Italian leader Giorgia Meloni on the first day of the Group of Seven summit in the Italian resort of Borgo Egnazia on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 15, 2024
Japan and Italy agree to beef up defense and diplomatic cooperation
Japan and Italy have agreed on a plan to deepen cooperation over the next three years in key areas such as diplomacy, defense and trade.
U.S. President Joe Biden joins other world leaders, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, as they watch a skydiving demonstration at the annual Group of Seven summit in Savelletri, Italy, on Thursday.
Jun 15, 2024
G7 leaders unite to hammer China over trade and Russian lifeline
Group of Seven leaders warned Beijing over its "harmful" trade practices and dispatch of dual-use products to Russia for its war in Ukraine.
U.S President Joe Biden and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy after a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Fasano, Italy, on Thursday
Jun 14, 2024
G7 agrees on $50 billion loan to support Ukraine with Russian assets
The loan to the war-torn country will be repaid using interest generated by $300 billion worth of immobilized Russian funds, G7 leaders said.
Under the DICAS forum, Japan and the U.S. could look to co-produce weapons that both countries currently do not have in large quantities, with munitions such as Patriot interceptors "low-hanging fruit," according to some experts.
Jun 11, 2024
U.S. looks to Japan for help in boosting weapons production
The allies are aiming for partnerships in areas such as U.S. warship and aircraft repairs in Japan, as well as in the joint production of advanced weaponry.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, this year's Group of Seven chair, speaks following the announcement of the partial results of European Parliament elections, in Rome on Monday.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 11, 2024
Using frozen Russian assets to help Ukraine to top G7 agenda
Under the chairmanship of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, G7 leaders will have their hands full at the three-day gathering.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals