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Nobuhiro Kubo
JAPAN
Mar 8, 2017
As North Korea missile threat grows, Japan lawmakers argue for first strike options
Rattled by North Korean military advances, influential Japanese lawmakers are pushing harder for Japan to develop the ability to strike preemptively at the missile facilities of its nuclear-armed neighbor.
JAPAN
Feb 18, 2017
Japan to speed up warship-building project to reinforce East China Sea: sources
Japan plans to double warship production to two frigates a year instead of one destroyer so it can patrol parts of the East China Sea disputed by China.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 5, 2017
Increase in U.S. energy imports on table as Abe prepares to meet Trump
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering increasing energy imports from the United States as he prepares to meet President Donald Trump, who has complained about Japan's trade surplus, two sources familiar with the plan said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 23, 2016
Tokyo hawks air defense radar to Thailand as Beijing cozies up to Bangkok
With U.S. contractors blocked and Chinese influence growing in Southeast Asia, Japan is offering Thailand an air defense radar system to bolster its position in the region.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 13, 2016
Japan to expand SDF base in Djibouti to counter growing Chinese influence
Japan will lease additional land next year to expand a military base in Djibouti as a counterweight to what it sees as growing Chinese influence in the region, three Japanese government sources said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Oct 11, 2016
Difficult choice on Japan's new stealth jet fighter looms over Tokyo air show
Faced with the growing North Korean threat and expanding Chinese power, Japan's defense and aerospace industry will use this week's air show in Tokyo to push the case to develop a highly advanced, and costly, stealth fighter jet.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 4, 2016
20 years of North Korean missile strides put Japan's U.S.-reliant defenses on notice
Successful rocket tests have propelled North Korea ahead in its one-sided arms race with Japan, leaving the government unsure it could fend off a missile strike without U.S. help.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 29, 2016
North Korea threat prompts Japan to upgrade Patriot batteries in time for Olympics: sources
Japan is upgrading its Patriot PAC-3 missile defense system in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, adding range and accuracy needed to intercept more advanced North Korean ballistic missiles, four sources with knowledge of the plan said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 1, 2016
Toshiba reportedly mulling battery plant in Australia as Japan seeks sub deal
The government has enlisted Toshiba Corp. to help it try to win Asia's biggest defense contract, a $36 billion deal to build a dozen submarines for Australia, three sources said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Apr 23, 2015
New security law may drag SDF into conflicts in South China Sea
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plans to expand Japan's noncombat role in armed conflicts beyond "areas around Japan" could see Tokyo becoming dragged into action in the South China Sea in support of U.S. forces, government and ruling party sources say.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 8, 2015
Japan wants U.K. to buy sub-hunter jet
Japan approaches Britain about buying its P-1 submarine-hunting jet as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marches the manufacturing industry into the once-taboo arms exports business.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 27, 2014
Japan mulls financing body to boost weapons exports
Japan might set up a financing arm for weapons exports that would help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accelerate the break with pacifism and bolster regional security ties.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 10, 2014
Japan, U.S. considering offensive military capability for Tokyo: officials
Tokyo and Washington are exploring the possibility of Japan acquiring offensive weapons that would allow it to project power far beyond its borders, Japanese officials said, a move likely to infuriate China.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 11, 2014
Foreign firms bid for $2 billion chopper deal
The government is in early talks with top global helicopter makers and their Japanese partners on a deal worth around $2 billion to build transport aircraft for the Self-Defense Forces and for sale overseas, sources said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 29, 2014
Security bid too drastic: Komeito chief
The leader of the ruling party's smaller coalition partner said Friday that he does not agree with the defense policy changes that would allow Japanese forces to fight overseas to help allies, despite U.S. support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's review of the stance.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 20, 2014
Military risks China's wrath with first step west in 40 years
Japan on Saturday began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 19, 2014
'Tank girls' lead the charge
Being a soldier in Japan after World War II was seen as a job for failed police recruits and unemployed youths from depressed rural towns.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 18, 2014
Government, industry bodies take part in first broad cybersecurity drill
Japan faces a full-on cyber-attack across government departments Tuesday in a drill aimed at bolstering national security as the country gears up to host the 2020 Olympics.
JAPAN
Mar 10, 2014
Defense talks with U.S. look at 'gray zone' clash scenarios
As Japan and the United States start talks on how to respond to armed incidents that fall short of a full-scale attack on Japan, officials in Tokyo worry that their ally is reluctant to send China a strong message of deterrence.

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