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Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan

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Russian troops taking part in the country's largest-ever war games on Saturday held drills in the Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo's concerns about a Russian military buildup in the area.

How long until 'Tokyo' announces its latest contract to purchase huge quantities of oil, gas and coal from Russia.

The picture used for this article must be thrilling to look at for 'western' and Russian rightists.

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You know,most people in Japan don't care about these military drills. They can hold their drills wherever they want as long no Japanese get injured. Media always try to create something big when there isn't really anything and like to create tension between Russia and Japan. NATO always try to make us fear Russia for their propaganda. Their hope probably is that Japan is always on bad terms with their neighbors and use Japan to create hate. Nobody likes to talk about it and as long no one say anything, life will go on normally and we live peacefully among ourselves,but media always try to remind us every years about territory disputes to create tension for no reason.

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They can hold their drills wherever they want as long no Japanese get injured.

I don't think it's right for them to be practicing battle scenarios and war maneuvers at a friendly neighbor's doorstep. Perhaps Japanese don't care but it still doesn't make it okay to do so.

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Hiro....absolutely right.

Russia is conducting their war games on their territory , it has zero to do with Japan despite pointless media reports of " Japan,s concern". A non story. Russia does their war games on Russian territory Japan on theirs and so it goes . Must be a slow news Sunday.

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too many posts supporting the wrong side

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@commte Meh... but it sure seems to excite the hysterical leftist McCarthyite warmongers.

Currently it's rightist states like the US (with a rightist executive), Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran (both rightist theocracies) among others fighting wars for resources and territorial control. The warmongers you mentioned must be hidden along with the deep state ghosts and the other imaginary demons rightists seem to be haunted by.

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Meanwhile we are doing the same in China’s sea.

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@almost. We are still at war because abe won’t sign a peace treaty, so friendly is not true.

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@Goodlucktoyou. Actions speak louder than words. Since the end of WW2 if we look at which country has used military force to occupy another I believe most people would clearly see which (country) is still a danger to its neighbors and which is not.

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The Japanese should get their good friends, the Chinese, to keep an eye on the Russkies.

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GoodlucktoyouToday  10:58 am JST

Meanwhile we are doing the same in China’s sea.

China's sea?? So you accept and recognize the ridiculous 9-dash line?

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If Russia is doing it in their territory, there is not any problem in there. Is there? US is doing the same thing always. Right in front of others' maritime territory on opposite side of the earth. So.. not a big deal at all.

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ALmostToday  11:31 am JST

@Goodlucktoyou. Actions speak louder than words. Since the end of WW2 if we look at which country has used military force to occupy another

If you're speaking of ones actions or what country has used its military force for war or occupying foreign countries, you MUST be speaking of the United States of America, no other country even comes close!

Im personally against ALL "war games" that are being done outside one's own military bases!

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It's a fear tactic to remind everyone that the US is NOT the ONLY superpower !

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Meanwhile we are doing the same in China’s sea

If the U.S. had 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 vehicles, 1,000 planes and 80 warships in a military exercise in the Sea of Japan, everybody here would be raising the warmonger flag against the U.S. Yet hardly anybody here is raising the warmonger flag against the Russians and Chinese whenever they perform military exercises. Probably because everybody here believes military exercises the US are involved in are offensive in nature and Russian/Chinese military exercises are "defensive."

The Japanese should get their good friends, the Chinese, to keep an eye on the Russkies.

@Serrano: Guess what? The Chinese and Mongolians are participating with the Russians with 3200 troops, 30 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters and 900 other military hardware.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/08/22/asia-pacific/chinese-military-join-unprecedented-russian-joint-exercises-first-time/#.W53SrLly4ic

At least these exercises are giving a good show of their military hardware and soldiers, tactics and performance under actual battle conditions. I'm sure the U.S., Japan and allies are observing and taking careful notes of both Russians and Chinese.

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Maybe Abe was a bit quick to say no treaty will be signed until the island issue is resolved? I mean, without a peace treaty the countries are not at peace, are they, and Putin can do this kind of thing regardless of Japan’s “concerns”.

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@Halwick

The Russians and Chinese are holding military exercises in their own territory and territorial waters. Just because it is called the Sea of Japan it doesn't mean that it all belongs to Japan.

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Stuart ..(Today 12:34 JST)

If you're speaking of ones actions or what country has used its military force for war or occupying foreign countries, you MUST be speaking of the United States of America, no other country even comes close!

The US has been trying to do the right thing for many people in many countries. It has its heart in the right place and unfortunately being successful in creating a satisfying outcome is not as easy as we'd like. Comparing the actions of the US to that of Russia, and yes I believe the Russia today is nearly back to its 'glory' days when it was a 'Union', is like comparing apples to .. goya..?

I do agree with the last comment regarding your opposition to war games being conducted beyond a country's own military bases. Unfortunately, there is an exception and that being in the case of North Korea. If the danger is real then there is no other choice.

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If Russia is doing it in their territory, there is not any problem in there. Is there? 

After the conclusion of these exercises I have complete confidence that the Russian combined arms will find an incursion into Sakhalin child’s play.

Though the terrain pictured could pass as many spots on the west coast of Hokkaido or northern Honshu landings there would make no sense barring a world war.

The exercises are the equivalent of Mr. Putin going big game hunting bare chested. Trying to impress, but ...

Meanwhile we are doing the same in China’s sea.

”China’s sea”? I didn’t know China has exclusive legal claim to any sea. Does the Gulf of Mexico belong to the Mexicans, etc.?

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The Russians and Chinese are holding military exercises in their own territory and territorial waters. Just because it is called the Sea of Japan it doesn't mean that it all belongs to Japan

@ Hello Kitty 321, et al: By the same token, all regions of the China Seas doesn't belong to China either, but China believes it does and is diligently building up its military toward achieving that objective.  Many here don't seem to object to China's aggressive military exercises and expansionism in the region.

Furthermore, many here don't any object to China participating in joint military exercises within Russia's territory in this particular exercise, but many raises many objections whenever U.S. participates in military exercises within Japan (including Okinawa) and South Korea territories, even going so far as to state the "warmongering" US is trying to start World War 3. 

After the conclusion of these exercises I have complete confidence that the Russian combined arms will find an incursion into Sakhalin child’s play

In participating in this Russian military exercise, China is improving its ability to conduct a large scale military action and invasion.  After the conclusion of these exercise, I too have complete confidence that China is preparing and building up to attack, invade and annex Taiwan within the next few years.

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In participating in this Russian military exercise, China is improving its ability to conduct a large scale military action and invasion. After the conclusion of these exercise, I too have complete confidence that China is preparing and building up to attack, invade and annex Taiwan within the next few years.

The Chinese have a longterm agenda and will wait till the right moment. The US will not back Taiwan and there's no way that the rest of the world will face China with sanctions afterwards by then.

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After the conclusion of these exercise, I too have complete confidence that China is preparing and building up to attack, invade and annex Taiwan within the next few years.

Absolute nonsense, China has nothing to gain by attacking Taiwan through military means and risk becoming an international pariah with all the consequences for its export depending economy that would bring. That scenario is implausible, its much easier for them to exert influence on Taiwan through economic and political means. China is not stupid nor is it impatient.

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Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan

I wonder if the Russians are as happy with the title, "Sea of Japan" as the French are with the "English Channel?"

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