Contents tagged with Japan

  • Japan to simplify the visa regime for Ukraine

    Ukrainska Pravda reports that Japan will simplify the visa regime for citizens of Ukraine, effective January 1, 2018.

    The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine, Shigeki Sumi made the announcement during a welcoming speech on the occasion of the end of the year of Japan in Ukraine."Thanks to the implementation of the year of Japan, the JICA office (Japan International Cooperation Agency) in Ukraine has been opened, and from January 1, 2018, the visa regime for …

  • Media: Japan preparing for 4 scenarios of military conflict with North Korea

    The government of Japan began drafting scenarios for a military response of Japanese Self-Defense Forces to an armed conflict in the Korean peninsula, the Japan Times newspaper reported, citing the information earlier published by the Kyodo news agency.

    According to the agency’s sources, the Japanese National Security Council studied four scenarios that include an accidental clash between the Japanese and North Korean armed forces, a preventive strike of the United States on North Korea, a …

  • Russia expresses concerns over deployment of missile defense systems in Japan

    Russia will take Japan’s deployment of ground-based anti-missile defense systems (ABM) into account in its military planning, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in a statement published on the Foreign Ministry's website.

    "The systems deployed on Japanese territory are technically and functionally identical to the American ones; precisely, those capable of launching both interceptor missiles and assault cruise missiles," Ryabkov said.

    The Deputy Minister noted that Moscow is …

  • The US will deliver missiles to two of Russia’s neighboring countries

    The US Air Force signed a contract with the Raytheon Missile Company for the production of AMRAAM missiles. The weapons will be delivered to ten countries around the world, including Poland and Japan, according to the Pentagon website.

    The advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles will be produced in Arizona. In addition to missiles, Raytheon will also manufacture spare parts and telemetric equipment. The contract for $634.2 million must be completed by January 31, 2020.

    According to the US …

  • Kremlin: deployment of US missile defense in Japan will negatively impact relations between Russia and Japan

    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the deployment of Aegis Ashore ground-based anti-ballistic missile defense systems in Japan would negatively affect relations between Moscow and Tokyo, TASS reports.

    According to Zakharova, this decision by Tokyo causes "deep regret and major concerns."

    "We see this move by Japan as running counter to efforts to ensure peace and stability in the region," she went on. "Such actions by Tokyo are directly at variance with the …

  • Japan to equip its warplanes with long-range cruise missiles

    The Government of Japan is considering mounting air-to-ground cruise missiles on national Air Self-Defense Forces’ fighters to protect against the North Korean threat, as reported by the newspaper, Asahi.

    It is noted that the associated research costs will be included in the fiscal 2018 budget plan (which starts on April 1, 2018).  According to the newspaper’s source, the government is especially interested in the acquisition of Lockheed Martin Corp's JASSM air-to-ground missile which has a …

  • Russia's Gazprom raised €1 billion from Japanese and US banks

    Gazprom has concluded an agreement with Japanese and American banks on a five-year loan for €1 billion, as stated in the company’s press release received by RBC.

    Among the creditors of the gas monopoly that signed the agreement were Japan’s banks Mizuho Bank, LTD (Mizuho) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), as well as US-based JP Morgan Bank.

    Last March, the company raised €700 million from Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank. In early November, they raised another €700 …

  • Media: Trump repeatedly criticized Japan for not shooting down North Korean missiles

    During phone calls with leaders of countries in South-East Asia between August and October, US President Donald Trump repeatedly criticized Japan for not shooting down the North Korean ballistic missiles flying over its territory, reported Kyodo news agency with reference to diplomatic sources.

    According to Kyodo’s investigation, the American leader expressed extreme dissatisfaction regarding the absence of any action by Tokyo. “They should have shot them down. Why didn’t they shoot down the …

  • Russia to establish naval base on Kuril Islands

    An airport network is to be restored on the Kuril Islands, work on its creation is connected to the establishment of a Russian naval base, announced Senator Frants Klintsevich as reported by RIA Novosti.

    The naval base will accept “any ships”, including first rank vessels. Work to establish the base will begin soon, the senator noted. “Everything is going strictly according to plan, without rushed bursts,” he added.

    As Interfax reports with reference to Klintsevich, organizational matters are …

  • Japanese Prime Minister urges Putin to make peace treaty on Kurils

    Russia and Japan need to overcome all the challenges, put an end to the “abnormal situation”, and make a peace treaty regarding the Kuril Islands, stated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Eastern Economic Forum, Interfax reports.

    According to Abe, in the last year Russian and Japanese relations have seen the beginning of the progress which the countries had been unable to achieve in 70 years. He added that soon it may be possible to see the “bright future of Russian-Japanese relations, …