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Reito Kaneko
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jun 2, 2023
Nikkei ends at fresh 33-year high on U.S. debt ceiling deal
The 225-issue Nikkei average ended up 376.21 points, or 1.21%, from Thursday at 31,524.22, its highest finish since July 25, 1990, when Japan experienced an asset price bubble.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Jan 9, 2023
Japan to build up defenses from 2023, with China and North Korea in mind
The shift comes amid Beijing's growing bellicosity and Pyongyang's rapid advances in missile and nuclear technology.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 28, 2022
Ukrainian in Hiroshima sees A-bomb in new light after Russian invasion
After the invasion of Ukraine, Yuliya Taniguchi experienced insomnia and lost her appetite as she read about the experiences of her compatriots and the devastation.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 9, 2022
Nagasaki urges elimination of nukes as city marks 77th A-bomb anniversary
Mayor Tomihisa Taue called for the abolition of nuclear weapons amid mounting concerns over their potential use following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 4, 2022
Hiroshima and Nagasaki museums step up efforts to convey A-bomb reality
The Hiroshima museum used to receive more than 1 million visitors a year, but that figure dropped to about 329,000 in fiscal 2020 and 406,000 in fiscal 2021.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 19, 2022
Following Russia's war, Japan renews focus on nuclear deterrence
Japan faces a delicate balancing act, as it has pledged to lead global discussions on disarmament as the only country to have suffered atomic bombings.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 13, 2022
Japan's GSDF, U.S. Marines hold amphibious drill as China power grows
The drill, due to run through March 25, is the 'first large-scale' exercise in the Indo-Pacific region between the GSDF's amphibious brigade and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Japan Times
LIFE
Mar 3, 2022
Japan's largest SDF carrier brings judo joy to children in Palau
Judo instructors say the arrival of new uniforms from Japan has had a positive impact on children's approach to the sport.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 24, 2021
Japan's defense budget for 2022 hits record for eighth year
The draft budget, including outlays for hosting U.S. military bases, rose 1.1% from the current fiscal year ending in March as Japan ramps up its defense capabilities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 20, 2021
Japan ruling party kicks off National Security Strategy review
The LDP panel aims to draw up a proposal around next May after a series of discussions and hearings with experts. The proposal will be the basis for revising three key defense documents.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 27, 2021
Chinese military integrates conventional and new domain forces, Japan defense report warns
The PLA has integrated its conventional forces with new space, cyber, electromagnetic and cognitive domains to enhance its joint operations capabilities, a Defense Ministry think tank says.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 23, 2021
Japan and Vietnam defense chiefs oppose bids to change status quo
Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and his Vietnamese counterpart General Phan Van Giang discussed recent developments in the South and East China seas.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 12, 2021
Japan inks deal to export defense assets to Vietnam amid concerns over China
The accord was inked in Hanoi during Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi's first trip overseas after assuming the post last year.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 31, 2021
Japan seeks record defense budget with spending for new technologies
The u00a55.4 trillion request — much of which is intended to counter China's growing military muscle — would exceed fiscal 2021's record initial budget, rising for the tenth consecutive year.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 27, 2021
Alliance with Japan remains 'credible deterrent,' says new U.S. commander
Lt. Gen. Ricky Rupp is set to manage around 54,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan and coordinate with the country's Self-Defense Forces.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 6, 2021
Japan scraps plan to obtain U.S.-made anti-ship missiles for F-15s
Ballooning costs are behind the move, with the U.S. side having upped its initial costs from u00a598 billion to u00a5218 billion.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Aug 4, 2021
A-bomb survivors seek a nuke-free world. Experts say that is unrealistic.
As Japan marks the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombings, nuclear threats continue to grow in the region while an existing nonproliferation treaty falls short of expectations.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 17, 2021
Japan defense chief urges stronger EU military presence in Asia
As China increases its military pressure on Taiwan, Nobuo Kishi said Japan expects a 'peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues' through dialogue.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 25, 2021
Japan ruling party seeks drastic defense budget rise amid China threat
The move seeking a rise in the budget comes as neighboring countries are increasing their own defense spending.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 11, 2021
Japan ground troops begin joint military drill with U.S. and France
The forces of the three countries will engage in urban warfare drills followed by amphibious operation exercises in southwestern Japan.

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