SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – Fishing boats carrying decomposed corpses have washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks, leading to speculation they are rickety North Korean vessels that have strayed dangerously far from port under the impoverished nation’s push to boost its catch.
Japan’s parliament voted on Thursday to grant its military the authority to fight in foreign conflicts for the first time since World War II, a move aimed in part at countering aggressive actions from China, the New York Times reports.
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Japan will join a major U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China’s island building in the South China Sea.
South Korea’s attempts to pressure Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to address his country’s past slights fell flat during Abe’s visit to Washington this week despite an aggressive public relations campaign.
President Obama on Tuesday invoked U.S. military defense guarantees for Japan’s disputed East China Sea islands that have been the target of coordinated Chinese military provocations since 2012.
TOKYO—North Korea is increasing its missile capabilities that pose a growing threat to Japan, which has deployed sea-based missile defenses as a key element of its military forces, the commander of one of Japan’s four Aegis-equipped missile defense ships says.
TOKYO—Japan is building up its military forces and strengthening alliances to counter threats from China as the country emerges from decades of isolationism following its defeat in World War II.
Recent satellite photos of an island off the coast of China confirm Beijing’s buildup of military forces within attack range of Japan’s Senkaku islands.
An upshot in Asian military spending comes as a result of tense relations with China.