Tag Archives: Japan

Analysts: Beijing Has Long Used Military Force to Exert Dominance Over South China Sea

Analysts: Beijing Has Long Used Military Force to Exert Dominance Over South China Sea

A naval soldier of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) views through a pair of binoculars onboard China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning as it visits a military harbour on the South China Sea. Xinhua Photo

A naval soldier of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) views through a pair of binoculars onboard China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning as it visits a military harbour on the South China Sea. Xinhua Photo

Long before Tuesday’s ruling by an international arbitration panel against it, China has been moving toward turning an international waterway such as the South China Sea “into a Caribbean” where Beijing exerts its peacetime dominance, a leading Japanese defense expert said. Read More

Navy: Off-Duty Military Crimes Raising Political Tensions With Japan

Navy: Off-Duty Military Crimes Raising Political Tensions With Japan

Okinawa Area Coordinator and Commanding General for III Marine Expeditionary Force Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson holds a moment of silence as he announces a 30-day period of unity and mourning for all U.S. military and Status of Forces Agreement personnel on Okinawa, at a press conference on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, May 28, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

Okinawa Area Coordinator and Commanding General for III Marine Expeditionary Force Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson holds a moment of silence as he announces a 30-day period of unity and mourning for all U.S. military and Status of Forces Agreement personnel on Okinawa, at a press conference on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, May 28, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

This post has been updated to clarify the location of recent DUI arrests among sailors in Japan. They have occurred throughout the country, not just in Okinawa.

Continued alcohol-related crimes by U.S. service members stationed in Japan – despite protests from Japanese officials, up to a prime minster-to-president conversation two weeks ago – puts at risk the military’s ability to conduct its mission in the Pacific and collaborate with their Japanese counterparts effectively, U.S. military personnel told USNI News. Read More

Opinion: Tomahawk Missile for Japan

Opinion: Tomahawk Missile for Japan

1024px-US_Navy_030327-N-9964S-519_The_guided_missile_destroyer_USS_Winston_S._Churchill_(DDG_81)_launches_a_Tomahawk_Land_Attack_Missile_(TLAM)_toward_IraqJapan increasingly finds itself amid an unsettling security environment. The growing capabilities of the Chinese and Russian militaries coincide with intensified air and naval activity against the backdrop of unresolved territorial disputes. On the Korean Peninsula, the erratic regime of Kim Jong-un alarms its neighbors with provocative rhetoric and missile tests. And in Bangladesh and Indonesia, violent Islamic extremism extends its reach with ISIS-supported attacks. Read More

U.S. Forces Korea Nominee: North Korea is 'Moving in the Wrong Direction'

U.S. Forces Korea Nominee: North Korea is ‘Moving in the Wrong Direction’

North Korean Infantry parade in Pyongyang. Korean Central News Agency Photo

North Korean Infantry parade in Pyongyang. Korean Central News Agency Photo

North Korea is “moving in the wrong direction” with its escalating approach to crisis on the peninsula and in the region while voicing threats of nuclear attack on the United States and its allies and partners, the Army four-star general nominated to take command of U.S. forces in Korea told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Read More

Marine Ospreys, Air Force C-130s in Southern Japan for Earthquake Relief

Marine Ospreys, Air Force C-130s in Southern Japan for Earthquake Relief

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, assists the Government of Japan in supporting those affected by recent earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan on April 18, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, assists the Government of Japan in supporting those affected by recent earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan on April 18, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

Eight Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys have been tasked in assist relief efforts following two severe earthquakes that struck southern Japan over the weekend, the Marine Corps said in a Monday release. Read More

Brookings Panel: Improved China – Russia Relationship is a Marriage of Convenience

Brookings Panel: Improved China – Russia Relationship is a Marriage of Convenience

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin greet participants of Joint Sea-2014 exercise at Wusong naval port in Shanghai, east China, May 20, 2014. Xinhua Photo

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin greet participants of Joint Sea-2014 exercise at Wusong naval port in Shanghai, east China, May 20, 2014. Xinhua Photo

Although China and Russia have certainly grown closer in the last several years, their relationship is a marriage of convenience since for both their most important international relationship is not with each other but in dealing with the United States. Read More