Japan focuses on maritime security in new ocean policy

National / Politics May 15, 2018

Japan focuses on maritime security in new ocean policy

Japan approved Tuesday a new ocean policy that highlights maritime security, amid perceived growing threats from North Korea and China, in a reversal from the previous version which focused largely on sea resource development. The ocean program cited threats from North Korea's launching of ballistic ...

National / Politics Nov 27, 2017

Japan and China to hold maritime talks in Shanghai in December

The Japanese and Chinese governments are planning to hold the next round of high-level talks on maritime issues in Shanghai early next month, amid a thaw in their ties, according to bilateral diplomatic sources. Officials are expected to discuss establishing a communication mechanism to prevent ...

NATO unconcerned by Russian warships in English Channel

World Nov 28, 2014

NATO unconcerned by Russian warships in English Channel

A squadron of Russian warships entered the English Channel on Friday, but a NATO official dismissed a Russian media report that they were there to conduct military exercises. Russian news agency RIA quoted the Northern Fleet as saying its vessels, led by anti-submarine ship Severomorsk, ...

Editorials Oct 14, 2014

A shift in defense posture

A Japan-U.S. interim report proposes that geographical restrictions on the activities of the Self-Defense Forces in support of U.S. military operations be removed as part of a tremendous shift in Japan's defense posture.

National / Politics Mar 4, 2014

Japan, Denmark eye cooperation on maritime security, FTA

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Danish counterpart Helle Thorning-Schmidt agreed Tuesday to strengthen bilateral cooperation on maritime security and pledged to seek the early conclusion of a free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union. Abe explained Japan's policy to make contributions to ...

National Oct 10, 2013

Abe confirms aid for Philippine coast guard

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday confirmed Tokyo's plan to help the Philippines build up its coast guard amid Manila's increasing tensions with China over disputes in the South China Sea, Japanese officials said. Abe told President Benigno Aquino that the process is under way ...

National / Politics Sep 30, 2013

Japan, U.K. security wonks talk business

by Mizuho Aoki

Nearly 18 months after Japan and Britain struck a deal to jointly develop weapons and defense equipment, security experts from both nations gathered in Tokyo Monday to discuss ways to expand that to maritime security, cybersecurity and military equipment. The two-day conference on Japan-U.K. future ...

National Sep 17, 2013

Vietnam agrees to boost ocean cooperation

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and his Vietnamese counterpart, Phung Quang Thanh, have agreed to boost cooperation in maritime security amid concern over China's growing naval activities, Japanese officials said. During talks Monday in Hanoi, Onodera was quoted by the officials as telling Thanh that the ...