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Nobuhiro Kubo

Feb 17 2017

Exclusive: Japan to speed up frigate build to reinforce East China Sea - sources

TOKYO Japan plans to accelerate a warship building program to make two frigates a year to patrol the fringes of the East China Sea, where it disputes island ownership with China, three people with knowledge of the plan said.

Feb 03 2017

Mattis reaffirms U.S. alliance with Japan 'for years to come'

TOKYO U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wrapped up a visit to Japan on Saturday reaffirming Washington's commitment to its defense treaty with Tokyo amid concerns about President Donald Trump's approach to the region and the alliance.

Feb 02 2017

Exclusive: Japan considers buying more U.S. energy as Abe prepares to meet Trump

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering increasing energy imports from the United States, two sources familiar with the plan told Reuters, as he prepares to meet President Donald Trump, who has complained about Japan's trade surplus.

Feb 01 2017

Trump's defense chief heads to Asia, eying China, North Korea threat

WASHINGTON/TOKYO President Donald Trump's defense secretary is expected to underscore U.S. security commitments to key allies South Korea and Japan on his debut trip to Asia this week as concerns mount over North Korea's missile program and tensions with China. | Video

Feb 01 2017

Exclusive: Japan secures extra cost cuts on U.S. F-35 fighter jet package - sources

TOKYO Tokyo has secured cost cuts on support equipment for its next batch of six U.S. F-35 stealth fighter aircraft of around $100 million, according to sources and Japanese budget papers, on top of savings being finalised for all buyers of the high-tech jets.

Dec 29 2016

Japan minister visits controversial shrine honoring war dead after Pearl Harbor trip

TOKYO Japan's defense minister visited a controversial shrine to Japan's war dead on Thursday, just after accompanying Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a historic visit to Pearl Harbor, where Japan's attack brought the United States into World War Two.

Dec 23 2016

Exclusive: Japan seeks to win Thai air defense radar contract - sources

TOKYO Japan is seeking to win a contract to supply Thailand with an air defense radar system built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp, as it looks to counter growing Chinese influence in the Southeast Asian nation, according to four Japanese government officials and one industry source.

Nov 25 2016

Exclusive: Japan's MHI U.S. Army vehicle suspension may mark milestone for defense exports

TOKYO Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has designed a new suspension for the U.S. Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle, said two sources with direct knowledge of the matter, potentially the first Japanese defense hardware built for export in decades.

Nov 14 2016

Japan approves rescue missions for troops in South Sudan

TOKYO Japan on Tuesday approved a plan for its troops in South Sudan on U.N. peacekeeping operations to conduct rescue missions, amid critics' concerns the move risks embroiling Japanese soldiers in their first overseas fighting since World War Two.

Oct 21 2016

As Duterte embraces China, Japan's Abe set to roll out warm welcome

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans private personal meetings with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Tokyo next week, three sources said, seeking to keep him onside with U.S.-led efforts to contain Beijing's South China Sea ambitions.

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