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Japan’s Defense Budget and the 1% Limit

Japan’s defense spending has been on the rise since Prime Minister Abe Shinzō returned to power in December 2012, but as yet has not exceeded the unspoken limit of 1% of GDP.
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Defense Ministry Eyes Missile Deployment on Okinawa (News)

Tokyo, March 18 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Defense Ministry is considering deploying land-to-ship missiles on the main island of Okinawa Prefecture, given Chinese warships' repeated navigation in waters between the island of Okinawa and Miyakojima, another island in the prefecture, informed sources said Sunday. The ministry has been proceeding with a plan to deploy the 200-kilometer-range missiles on…
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North Korea Fires ICBM into Sea of Japan (News)

Seoul, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)—North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan in the small hours of Wednesday, Japanese and US defense officials said. Pyongyang's fresh provocation is expected to further heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula and prompt the international community to strengthen pressure to make the reclusive nation abandon its nuclear and missile …
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Abe, Modi Call for Maximizing Pressure on North Korea (News)

Gandhinagar, India, Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, called for maximizing international pressure on North Korea over its nuclear and missile development, at a summit in the western India city of Gandhinagar on Thursday. At their tenth meeting, the two leaders confirmed their countries' commitment to fully implementing the Unite…
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PAC-3 Interceptors Deployed in Western Japan amid N. Korea Threat (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Ministry of Defense deployed Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, ground-to-air guided missiles at Ground Self-Defense Force bases in the Chūgoku and Shikoku regions on Saturday, in response to North Korea's plan to fire ballistic missiles over western Japan to Guam. PAC-3 interceptor units from the Air SDF's 4th Air Defense Missile Group based in Gifu Pr…
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Mattis Hails Japan’s Host-Nation Support for US Forces (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 4 (Jiji Press)—Visiting US Secretary of Defense James Mattis expressed Washington's appreciation on Saturday for Tokyo's host-nation financial support for US forces in Japan. At a joint press conference after the day's meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Inada Tomomi in Tokyo, Mattis said that Japan is a model of cost-sharing for other nations to follow. Inada said that she belie…
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Attack Capabilities Hot Topic in Japan after Trump Inauguration (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 29 (Jiji Press)—Whether Japan should acquire capabilities to conduct preemptive strikes on enemy bases is becoming a hot topic in the government and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party after US President Donald Trump's inauguration. Concerned that Trump may reduce the US military involvement in the defense of Japan, some officials and politicians propose enhancing their country's ow…
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Making Waves: Chinese Response to the South China Sea CaseKōda Yōji

On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against Chinese actions in the South China Sea. During the previous month, China carried out a number of low-level provocations in the East China Sea in an attempt to distract global attention.
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Timeline for March 2016

A court order forces Takahama Nuclear Power Station to halt operations, the Hokkaidō Shinkansen service starts, and the nation marks five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Here are the major news stories of March 2016.
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Confronting China’s Island-Building CampaignKōda Yōji

Chinese land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea are turning reefs into islands with ports and runways. As China pushes forward with its attempt to establish unilateral sovereignty over the sea, how should Japan respond in coordination with the United States and countries in the region?
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