Japan’s Marines have returned . . . to defend Senkakus, Okinawa from China

Japan’s Marines have returned . . . to defend Senkakus, Okinawa from China

FPI / December 6, 2019 Geostrategy-Direct.com Rising tension between Japan and China intensifying has led the Japanese Marines to re-form a fighting force that has not been seen since World War II. Concerns that Beijing might seize outlying islands led to the formation in 2018 of the 2,100-man Amphibious Rapid Response Brigade (ARDB), based at […]

North Korea’s ‘Gat-Geun Tactic’ aims to destroy South Korea-U.S.-Japan trilateral relations

North Korea’s ‘Gat-Geun Tactic’ aims to destroy South Korea-U.S.-Japan trilateral relations

FPI / November 21, 2019 By Tara O, East Asia Research Center Gat is a hat Korean men used to wear during the Chosun Dynasty. It has a large brim with two strings that go around the sides of the face to tie in the middle to secure the hat in its place. According to […]

Seoul’s pro-North government days away from break with U.S. on Japan intel ties

Seoul’s pro-North government days away from break with U.S. on Japan intel ties

by WorldTribune Staff, November 14, 2019 Despite pressure from the U.S. to back down, South Korean President Moon Jae-In is seen as intent on terminating a key intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, reports say. Nov. 22 marks the deadline to terminate the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between Seoul and Tokyo which was signed […]

Visiting Zelenskiy discusses infrastructure projects with Japan’s Abe

Visiting Zelenskiy discusses infrastructure projects with Japan’s Abe

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, Ukrainian Service Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has kicked off a four-day working visit to Japan during which he’ll attend Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony. Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Zelenskiy thanked him for his continued support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, the […]

Pentagon official urges Seoul to reconsider termination of intel agreement with Tokyo

Pentagon official urges Seoul to reconsider termination of intel agreement with Tokyo

by WorldTribune Staff, October 3, 2019 The United States has asked South Korea to reconsider its rushed termination of a military intelligence sharing pact with Japan that rocked the regional alliance against China and North Korea. John Rood, U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy, called on Seoul to renew the General Security of Military Information […]

Japan scrambles for improved missile defenses; Latest North Korean test raises alarms

Japan scrambles for improved missile defenses; Latest North Korean test raises alarms

by WorldTribune Staff, October 2, 2019 North Korea carried out another projectile launch on Oct. 2, adding to a series of recent missile launches which have prompted alarm in Japan. Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono said that the projectile fired by North Korea on Oct. 2 landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) about 350 […]

U.S. pushes for tough diplomacy to deter Iran aggression

U.S. pushes for tough diplomacy to deter Iran aggression

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In the wake of Iranian initiated missile/drone attacks which significantly crippled the Saudi Arabian petroleum industry and threatened to bring the Persian Gulf region closer to the brink of a military confrontation, the Trump Administration and its allies have pursued a tough but decidedly restrained […]

Seoul to Washington: Just shut up about intel-sharing agreement that impacts U.S. forces

Seoul to Washington: Just shut up about intel-sharing agreement that impacts U.S. forces

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — South Korea officially wants the U.S., officially, to stop complaining, officially, about the South Korea decision to pull out of GSOMIA, the General Security of Military Information Sharing Agreement with Japan under which these two U.S. allies shared vital intelligence info. That’s what South Korea’s first vice […]

Activist whose speech precipitated Hong Kong showdown arrested before CPAC event in Japan

Activist whose speech precipitated Hong Kong showdown arrested before CPAC event in Japan

by WorldTribune Staff, August 31, 2019 Hong Kong police arrested 28-year-old Hong Kong independence leader Andy Chan Ho-tin at the airport Friday on his way to go speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Japan. During his controversial speech in August 2018 at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents club, Chan referred to Beijing as […]

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