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September 21, 2021   On September 15, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia announced a new security framework focusing on U.S. and U.K. technological cooperation in Australia’s buildi...

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September 13, 2021   On September 10, Taro Kono declared his candidacy for ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s president, joining Fumio Kishida and Sanae Takaichi. In the unprecedentedly severe nation...

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July 19, 2021   On July 13, Japan’s Ministry of Defense released its annual white paper for 2021. “Chinese military trends have become a matter of grave concern to the region including Japan and the...

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March 8, 2021   The Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) may conduct hazard shooting against foreign government ship crew members trying to land on the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, Defense...

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February 22, 2021   In November 2020, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a plan to dispatch HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier-Strike Group to the Indo-Pacific region accompanied by units of ...

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December 14, 2020   U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Lloyd Austin, a retired Army general, as defense secretary. As commander of U.S. Central Command in charge of the Middle East, Aust...

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July 6, 2020 At a meeting with Central Japan Railway Co. President Shin Kaneko on June 26, Shizuoka Prefecture Governor Heita Kawakatsu refused to approve the company’s construction work for its pl...

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June 22, 2020   On June 15, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono announced the government would suspend a plan to deploy Aegis Ashore ground-based air defense missile systems in Yamaguchi and Akita p...

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March 30, 2020   On March 27, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in a telephone call agreed to work together to defeat the new coronavirus pandemic. Even in the presence of...

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January 14, 2020   On January 10, Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono ordered a team of a destroyer and patrol aircraft from the Maritime Self-Defense Force to go to Middle Eastern waters. Most of...

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