Feb 01
Japan’s plans to acquire cruise missiles for its combat aircraft are a step forward in its ability to provide for its own defence. But these weapons won’t give the country the capacity to pre-emptively destroy North Korea’s ballistic missiles because of the major weaknesses in Japan’s ability to locate mobile targets. (The Strategist)

Jan 30
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s apparent newfound openness to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment pact Monday, but stopped short of promising a new deal. (Nikkei)

Jan 29
Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, agreed Sunday that the two countries should steadily promote reciprocal visits by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping in order to improve bilateral relations. (the-japan-news.com)

Jan 28
The defense chiefs of Japan and France have agreed to boost defense cooperation. (NHK)

Jan 27
An F-35 stealth fighter has arrived at an airbase in Misawa in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan. It is the first of 10 F-35s that will be deployed at the base. (NHK)

Jan 25
Japan has released images of a suspected violation of UN Security Council resolutions by a North Korea-registered tanker. (NHK)

Jan 24
A US military helicopter made an emergency landing on Tuesday on a small island in the southern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa. (NHK)

Jan 23
Japan will let young descendants of Japanese nationals who emigrated abroad work in the country if they meet certain language and other requirements, the Ministry of Justice said Monday.

Jan 23
The Japanese Finance Ministry’s Kinki Local Finance Bureau has stored documents of negotiations related to the controversial discount sale of a plot of state-owned land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen, it was learned Monday. (Jiji)

Jan 22
After months of turmoil over a snap election, opposition realignment and stalled legislative progress, this year’s regular Diet session was scheduled to kick off Monday. (Japan Times)