U.S. strikes Iran-backed forces in Iraq, Syria; Japan sends warships to the Gulf

U.S. strikes Iran-backed forces in Iraq, Syria; Japan sends warships to the Gulf

FPI / January 2, 2020 Geostrategy-Direct.com The United States will continue to confront Iran and its proxies for its attacks on American forces in the Middle East, Trump administration officials warned. The warning came after U.S. forces carried out airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria on Dec. 29. “We will not stand for […]

Anger in Japan as China’s increased incursions precede Xi’s state visit to Tokyo

Anger in Japan as China’s increased incursions precede Xi’s state visit to Tokyo

by WorldTribune Staff, December 27, 2019 China’s practice of sending its vessels near the Japan-controlled Senkaku islands continued in the days prior to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to China this week and could raise tensions ahead of Chinese supreme leader Xi Jinping’s state visit to Japan next year, analysts say. Japan’s Coast Guard […]

Shinzo Abe: Dare he say, ‘Make Japan great again’?

Shinzo Abe: Dare he say, ‘Make Japan great again’?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Japanese conservatism is like a seething volcano, spewing smoke and ash but not quite ready to erupt. The reluctance reflects the great ambivalence in Japanese society. Japanese are fundamentally conservative, united in a culture dedicated to hard work and formal relationships but otherwise undecided about where they are going […]

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 […]

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