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Japan warns of rising global tension, Russia-China arms ties

Jul. 22, 2022 04:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan warned of escalating national security threats stemming from Russia’s war on Ukraine and China’s tensions with Taiwan in an annual defense paper issued Friday, as Japan tries to bolster its military capability and spending. The annual defense white paper,...

Japan sights China, Russia warships near disputed islands

Jul. 04, 2022 07:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan protested to Beijing after spotting Chinese and Russian warships just outside its territorial waters around the disputed East China Sea islands on Monday. Japan's Defense Ministry said a Chinese frigate sailed inside the “contiguous zone,” just outside...

US Pacific admiral: Ties with Japan key to regional security

Jun. 24, 2022 02:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy’s top commander in the Pacific and the Japanese defense minister on Friday said that close cooperation between their naval forces is more important than ever in the region amid rising tensions over China, North Korea and Russia. Defense Minister Nobuo...

Japan PM says dialogue with China, S. Korea key to stability

Jun. 21, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday that talks with China's leader are key to regional and international peace and stability amid growing tensions over territorial disputes and Beijing's increased military activity around Japan. “It is important to...

Head of US Marines Pacific to bolster defense in south Japan

Jun. 17, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The head of the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific said Friday that his forces are committed to defending southwestern Japanese islands as the allies try to bolster their defenses amid growing threats from China and Russia. Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder said at the beginning of...

Japan, Australia to expand defense ties for regional order

Jun. 15, 2022 02:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Australia's defense ministers on Wednesday vowed to step up their ties to support democratic values in the Indo-Pacific region and agreed to work more closely with Southeast Asia and the Pacific island nations where China is seeking to expand its influence. ...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jun. 08, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 3 The New York Times calls for an independent investigation into the killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh In her 25 years as a journalist for Al Jazeera, Shireen Abu Akleh covered...

Japan complains over Seoul marine survey in disputed waters

May. 30, 2022 05:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan lodged a complaint Monday over a South Korean ship that was conducting a marine survey in waters near Japanese-claimed islands controlled by Seoul. Government spokesperson Hirokazu Matsuno said it was “totally unacceptable” that a South Korean research ship...

Japan, US fly fighters after China drill, N. Korean missiles

May. 26, 2022 06:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and U.S. forces have conducted a joint fighter jet flight over the Sea of Japan, Japan’s military said Thursday, in an apparent response to a Russia-China joint bomber flight while U.S. President Joe Biden was in Tokyo. The Japan-U.S. joint flight on...

New Australian leader Albanese makes whirlwind world debut

May. 24, 2022 09:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Hours after being sworn in as Australia's new prime minister, Anthony Albanese found himself fresh off a jet and thrown into the glare of a global spotlight Tuesday. He was rewarded with a warm welcome, as well as a bit of a gentle ribbing, from U.S. President Joe Biden and other...