Posts tagged as Japan

F-35B bird strike at Marine air station in Japan does $2 million in damage

Saturday, May 18, 2019

A bird strike has caused more than $2 million damage to a Japan-based Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II fighter, according to a U.S. military spokesman. “On May 7, 2019, an F-35B with Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing aborted take-off due to a bird strike at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and safely taxied off the runway,” Capt. Marco Valenzuela, a spokesman for the Iwakuni-based Marine Aircraft Group…

Japanese Emperor Akihito begins historic abdication

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Emperor Akihito is preparing to step down from the throne, becoming the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in more than 200 years. Tuesday’s ceremonies began with private rituals in Tokyo’s Imperial Palace. The 85-year-old has been given legal permission to abdicate after saying he felt unable to fulfil his role because of his age and declining health. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne the next day,…

New Japan era name echoes PM Abe’s national pride agenda

Monday, April 1, 2019

Japan on Monday unveiled a new name for the imperial era that begins on May 1, drawing from an ancient Japanese text for the first time, echoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative agenda that aims to bolster national pride. The name “Reiwa” for the new era when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor, comes from two Chinese characters, the first meaning “good” or “beautiful” as well as “order” or “command” and…

Trump wants Germany, Japan and others to pay full cost plus a premium for US troops

By John Vandiver on Monday, March 11, 2019

President Donald Trump is pushing a plan that demands allies pick up the full cost of hosting US troops in their countries, plus a 50 percent premium for the privilege of American protection, according to a news report. Called “Cost Plus 50,” the plan would cost five or six times more for countries like Germany, Japan and South Korea, Bloomberg news reported Friday. Trump has been championing the idea for months,…

Lithuanian and Japanese Foreign Ministers discuss bilateral cooperation plans in Munich

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

On 15 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who was attending the Munich Security Conference, met with the Japanese Foreign Minister Tarō Kōno. The two Foreign Ministers discussed bilateral visits scheduled for 2019, regional security issues, and new opportunities for the development of business relations after the date of entry into force of the EU and Japan’s Economic Partnership Agreement. “Japan is among Lithuania’s key political…

Japan’s Honda Confirms Plans to Close UK Car Plant in 2021

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Japanese carmaker Honda confirmed on Tuesday it was planning to close its only factory in the United Kingdom in 2021 as the company shifts the focus of its manufacturing network on areas that have increased production of electric cars. “Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd. has today informed employees of its proposal to close its Swindon vehicle manufacturing plant in the UK in 2021,” the manufacturer’s statement read. The automotive giant explained the move by the…

Trump to meet China’s Xi to try to seal trade deal, progress reported

Friday, February 1, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping soon to try to seal a comprehensive trade deal as Trump and his top trade negotiator both cited substantial progress in two days of high-level talks. Trump, speaking at the White House during a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, said he was optimistic that the world’s two largest economies could reach “the biggest…

Russian, Japanese foreign ministers discuss disputed islands

Monday, January 14, 2019

The top diplomats of Russia and Japan held talks Monday about disputed islands in the Pacific as Moscow sought to temper Japanese expectations of an imminent deal. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov opened the negotiations with Japanese counterpart Taro Kono by warning Tokyo against engaging in “unilateral rhetoric” regarding the territorial dispute – a stern statement signaling tough talks when the Japanese leader visits Moscow later this month. The Soviet…

Japan ‘close to deal’ to buy island for U.S. training site

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The government is close to signing a purchase contract with the owner of Mageshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture, a candidate site for field carrier landing practice (FCLP) for U.S. carrier-based aircraft, it has been learned. The island, which is part of the city of Nishinoomote, was selected as a candidate site by the Japanese and U.S. governments in 2011. However, negotiations over its purchase have dragged on. In FCLP, pilots…

Lithuania seeks to become most attractive European country for life sciences development

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The biotechnology sector offers the greatest potential for Lithuania’s cooperation with Japan, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday as he visited BioJapan 2018, Asia’s largest partnering event for the global biotechnology industry. Skvernelis described the opportunity for him to speak at the exhibition as recognition of Lithuania’s life sciences sector, one of the country’s fastest growing industries. “Lithuania’s ambition is to become the most attractive country in Europe for the development…