Defense Min. Begins Survey To Move Us Drills

Defense Min. begins survey to move US drills

The Defense Ministry has launched an environmental survey on an island in southwestern Japan where it plans to relocate US military exercises.

About 20 people, including ministry officials, arrived at Mageshima island in Nishinoomote city, Kagoshima prefecture, on Tuesday morning. The ministry says they will first study the island's wildlife and vegetation.

Tokyo Holds Quake Drills For 2020 Games

Tokyo holds quake drills for 2020 Games

Hundreds of people took part in drills in Tokyo on Thursday to prepare for a possible mega-earthquake striking the capital during next year's Olympics and Paralympics.

The exercise had about 650 participants, including Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials, local police and firefighters.

Deal Reached To Buy Island For Us Aircraft Drills

Deal reached to buy island for US aircraft drills

Japan's Defense Ministry says it has reached an agreement to purchase an island in the country's southwest to use as a new staging ground for US carrier aircraft drills.

The ministry plans to relocate the landing exercises to Mageshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture, from the Pacific island of Ioto, also known as Iwojima, of the Ogasawara island chain.

Aomori Governor Wants Misawa Base To Halt Drills

Aomori governor wants Misawa base to halt drills

The governor of Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan wants a US military base to suspend drills after a fighter jet accidentally dropped an inert bomb.

An F-16 stationed at the US Misawa Air Base dropped the 230-kilogram device on private land near a gunnery range north of the base on Wednesday. The US military has now suspended training with inert bombs at the base.

Earthquake Drills Held On Disaster Prevention Day

Earthquake drills held on Disaster Prevention Day

Japanese authorities conducted a drill to prepare for a mega earthquake striking the Tokyo metropolitan area for National Disaster Prevention Day on Sunday.

September 1 is the day Japan commemorates the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which left more than 100,000 people dead in and around Tokyo.

Japan Protests Russia's Planned Live-fire Drills

Japan protests Russia's planned live-fire drills

The Japanese government says it has lodged a protest with Russia over its plan to hold live-fire drills near one of the four islands controlled by Russia and claimed by Japan.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga disclosed on Monday that the government had protested through a diplomatic channel immediately after Moscow notified Tokyo of the plan.

Japan Protests Russian Drills Near Kunashiri

Japan protests Russian drills near Kunashiri

Japan has lodged a protest with Russia over military drills in the waters near Kunashiri, an island that is part of the Northern Territories. Russia controls the four islands. Japan claims them.

The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan's territory. It says the islands were illegally occupied after World War Two.

Japan Protests Russian Military Drills On Islands

Japan protests Russian military drills on islands

Japan's government has lodged a protest through diplomatic channels against Russia's military drills on the islands of Etorofu and Kunashiri. The two islands are among the Northern Territories. Russia controls the four islands. Japan claims them.

The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan's territory. It says the islands were illegally occupied after World War Two.

Japan Protests S.korea Takeshima Drills

Japan protests S.Korea Takeshima drills

Japan has lodged a protest following South Korea's announcement that it would start 2 days of routine military drills on Thursday around the Takeshima islands in the Sea of Japan. South Korea controls the islands. Japan claims them.

South Korea's military said the country's navy, marine corps and coast guard would take part in the drills aimed at thwarting an attempt to land on the islands.

Japan, India To Stage First Joint Drills

Japan, India to stage first joint drills

Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force and India's army are set to stage their first joint exercises.

GSDF officials say about 30 personnel from each side will train at a facility in India from October 27th to November 18th.

Japan Lodges 3rd Protest Against Russian Drills

Japan lodges 3rd protest against Russian drills

Japan has protested to Russia for the third time this month over the country's military drills in waters near the 4 Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

On Tuesday, Russia notified Japan that it will conduct missile firing drills from Wednesday until October 31st.

Russia Denounces Japan's Protest Over Drills

Russia denounces Japan's protest over drills

Russia has rejected Japan's protest over its firing drills in waters near the island of Etorofu. Japan claims the island as part of its Northern Territories.

Russia's government told Japan's Foreign Ministry on Monday that 4 days of drills will continue through Saturday.

Japan Protests Russian Drills Near Etorofu

Japan protests Russian drills near Etorofu

Japan has lodged a protest through diplomatic routes with Russia over its planned firing drills in waters near the island of Etorofu. Japan claims the island as part of its Northern Territories.

Russia's government told Japan's Foreign Ministry on Monday that the drills will start on Wednesday and continue through Saturday.