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In this image made from a video, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm Sam Paparo, left, and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi pose for media at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Friday. Photo: AP
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U.S. Pacific admiral says cooperation with Japan key to regional security

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By HARUKA NUGA

The U.S. Navy’s top commander in the Pacific and the Japanese defense minister on Friday said that close cooperation between their naval forces is more important than ever in the region amid rising tensions over China, North Korea and Russia.

Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Sam Paparo that the American naval presence in the region is indispensable to maintain and strengthen a “free and open” Indo-Pacific, a vision of a rules-based framework that the two allies have promoted as a counter to China's rise.

Kishi noted that the regional security environment has further worsened since last year when Paparo took the post and said cooperation between the Japanese and U.S. navies “is only increasing.”

Paparo agreed that the security challenge is growing in the Pacific, adding that “tight coordination and integration" between the two navies “have paced and outpaced our potential adversary's operation.” Paparo said the Japan and U.S. alliance is the cornerstone of security in the Pacific.

After a decade of steady increases in military spending, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishi has pledged to further bolster Japan's military capability and spending over the next five years, while his government works on a revision to the national security strategy.

Japan's Defense Ministry has reported growing joint naval activity by Chinese and Russian warships around the Japanese coasts. Japanese authorities say Chinese coast guard ships repeatedly infiltrate the territorial waters around the Japanese-controlled East China Sea near the Senkaku Islands, which Beijing also claims and calls Diaoyu.

North Korea, which is advancing its missile and nuclear development, has test-fired missiles 17 times this year and there is growing speculation it is preparing another nuclear test explosion.

Associated Press writer Mari Yamaguchi contributed to this report.

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Wrapping your mask (aka: face cloth) around your cane handle shows how casually people now take the mask. WHEN can the masking be mandated by our rulers on high to be done? It is not working, has anyone noticed? Omicron (not seriously a threat) is now on the level of the common cold.

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80 years ago we were vicious enemies. Today we are solid allies, along with the UK, Australia, Canada, EU, etc. We all also support the ROC in the face of China's threat, just as we support Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion. Democracy will not stand down in the face of autocracy.

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Continued close cooperation between Japan and the US, and building closer cooperation with Australia and other naval powers in the region should be encouraged. France with pacific territories should also be encouraged to participate more and base more naval units in the region to enhance working together for regional relief in emergencies like tsunami, earth quake and volcanic eruptions, and to maintain peace and order under rules based systems.

The more people who work closely together the more everyone benefits. Cross nation support is important and valuable for all.

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Cooperation is euphemism for sales

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:) :) The truth of the matter is, if, its really about reginal security, then the obvious/only thing you can do is, engage the dominant country in the region, ie China, engage/talk/discuss etc etc her. One way or another, maintain the status quo, ensure continued reginal security.

But, its not, it is?? Exclusion/Containment/prevent the rise etc etc, purpose??? Not overtaken? maintain/hold on to the hegemony? A regular person, like me, can see through it, guess, every one too can see through it. :) :)

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@Lepyon

Cooperation is euphemism for sales

As for me, I kind of wonder that this picture is euphemism for? If a euphemism for the US/Japan-alliance, the picture is pretty clear as to who will do the job if things turn bad.

I'm not even joking; the news are asking a lot of questions about the health of our Minister of Defense (Kishi) and articles are full of pictures of him with one cane, two canes or...in a wheelchair...

Me thinks he should start considering retirement and pronto, Japan had already too many PMs or Ministers past expiry-dates and passing away while (ahem) "on the job"...

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Patricia Yarrow

Wrapping your mask (aka: face cloth) around your cane handle shows how casually people now take the mask.

Not at all. I guarantee you they were both wearing masks throughout their meeting per Japanese government and U.S Forces policies and only took them off briefly for the staged photo. The admiral probably handed his mask to his aide while Kishi hastily tried to hold his out of the shot, unsuccessfully as it turned out,

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U.S. Pacific admiral says cooperation with Japan key to regional security

Oh great, this really makes me wanna watch some MIC funded Hollywood “military action” film like Top Gun 2!

What else is he gonna say? “cooperation with Japan is important since Japan and China could sink our economy in a day by selling their T-Bonds.”

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I see a mask in the left hand of Kishi.

There are many keys to regional stability. If China agreed, AND honored, the international sea rules and wasn't massively spending on military build ups, wasn't doing 20 military aircraft dashes at a country every week and didn't have a huge fishing fleet routinely fishing in other country's EEZ, then there would be little need for any alliance.

Japan is a key.

South Korea is a key.

Taiwan is a key.

Philippians is a key.

And all the other countries in the area are each keys, including Russia and China. But since those other countries don't seem to care about international boundaries and are actively fighting across their borders, today, and threatening other states, there is little non-war things that can be done except to isolate and work together for common defense by all the others.

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@OssanAmerica

80 year's ago we were vicious enemies.Today we are solid allies

World war 2 ended 77 years ago !

Not 80 years ago !

It helps if you study history.

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Is the Japanese defense minister disabled ?

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Population of Australia, 26 million.

Population of New Zealand, 5 million.

Population of Taiwan, 24 million.

Population of China, 1,450 million.

Without a strong counterbalance, everything west of California would already be part of China. Or should we just trust to Xi's good intentions?

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@Kyo wa heiwa dayo ne

Is the Japanese defense minister disabled ?

Nobody really seems to know, rumor has it to be some "sickness" (i.e. not accident) impairing his walking abilities. He started with one cane, then two, now occasionally a wheelchair.

So, while the LDP is yapping about tensions with China, a potential conflict around Taiwan, QUAD-alliances or building military consensus around the region, is Kishi increasingly a liability in a role supposed to shoulder all this, as he seems to be barely able to shoulder his own weight these days...

Anyway, the only reasons he got the job being:

.having been born as an "Abe" and having been adopted by a "Kishi" and

.little brother Abe (allegedly) "leading" the biggest faction

So, with no discernable skills for the job and becoming an increasing liability as the poster-boy for the JSDF, me thinks he's not going to survive a post-election re-shuffle and will be sunset before end of summer. No big loss...

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80 years ago we were vicious enemies. Today we are solid allies

You can call this tributary relationship whatever you like

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"Democracy" lol

Call a spade a spade.

The US wants to control and increase its hegemony in the Asian arena, which it has stated in official documents.

Also stated in US government documents is the need to establish and maintain a Japanese leadership group which is pro-US (aka the LDP) in order to accomplish its aims.

If the US were sincerely interested in democracy, it wouldn't back Abe and Kishi Nobuo, whose policies only enrich their fellow elite.

And yea, regarding the health problems of Abe and Kishi, not the first people who start to break down when constantly deceiving and engaging in corruption.

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I see that Captain Obvious has been promoted to Admiral.

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Continue to beat

The

Drums of

War

What does the Japanese public think of all this new military cooperation and assertiveness outside of Japan's borders?

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The USA-Japan security treat is the only treaty that is not mutual. The treaty requires the US to protect Japan in case of attack. Japan is not obligated to do the same for the US.

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Cooperation is a "democratic" way of wanting to destabilize the region with threats of war for their own benefit, because US are losing economic hegemony with China, for having done things wrong from a long time..

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Cooperation between the Japanese and US navies is only increasing

Tight coordination and integration between the two navies

If you believe that then you are truly gullible !

Cooperation , coordination and integration ?

A wolf in sheep's clothing !

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I wonder if the thumbs down folks recognize as warmongers?

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deanzaZZRToday  01:29 am JST

The USA-Japan security treat is the only treaty that is not mutual. The treaty requires the US to protect Japan in case of attack. Japan is not obligated to do the same for the US.

Not totally correct. Japan has agreed to apply collective defense with the US in areas of Japanese security. That would include not just the defense of Japan proper but is support of US regional operations. In other words, US forces come under attack, Japan will help defend. With the continuous pace of China's thrests towards Taiwan, it is likely that a collective defense agreement may be concluded with Australia as well in the near future.

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@OssanAmerica Your view is quite debatable. Yes, Abe has made noises about moving the needle a little bit in the direction. Sending wooden mine sweepers to Iraq doesn't quite pass muster.

Japanese politics, but most especially international policy is shrouded in a grey mist.

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They talk about "cooperation between the Japanese and U.S. navies" matter-of-factly The catch is Japan is supposed to maintain no navy under the war-renouncing the pacific Constitution.

But it's apparent that Kishi and Paparo are thinking of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force as a full-scale military force, so that, according to them, they can and must cooperate with each other very closely should a contingency ever occur involving China, North Korea or Russia.

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I'm not even joking; the news are asking a lot of questions about the health of our Minister of Defense (Kishi) and articles are full of pictures of him with one cane, two canes or...in a wheelchair...

FDR was often forced to use a wheel chair or leg braces and Winston Churchill walked with a cane, yet together they led their nations to victory against the more physically vigorous foes Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Mussolini especially would give these bare chested speeches but in the end it didn't matter. He didn't have the mojo to beat the two English speaking cripples who were his enemies. What's going on in the brain housing group is what matters. Those of you who are older already probably know this. Physical fitness is fleeting but your brain can stay sharp and you learn, or should, from your years of experience.

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They talk about "cooperation between the Japanese and U.S. navies" matter-of-factly The catch is Japan is supposed to maintain no navy under the war-renouncing the pacific Constitution.

Even during the Cold War the JMSDF was the third largest navy in the Pacific, even as it wasn't officially a "navy". Now it is far more powerful than the Russian Pacific Fleet and probably more capable than the whole Russian navy is today. China has eclipsed Russia in the Pacific but Japan maintains its number 3 position in terms of Pacific navies. However the PLAN is vastly more capable than the Soviet navy ever was and that will force Japan to invest in more capability just to stay even with the threat.

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Let's again visit Article 9 of Japan's post-war constitution, the second paragraph of which states in part that "... land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be sustained."

Doesn't MSDF fall under the category of "a sea force" and/or other war potential? Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Sam Paparo betrayed to acknowledge that JMSDF was indeed a full-fledged military, the navy,

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@DesertTortoise

FDR was often forced to use a wheel chair or leg braces and Winston Churchill walked with a cane, yet together they led their nations to victory against the more physically vigorous foes Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Mussolini especially would give these bare chested speeches but in the end it didn't matter. He didn't have the mojo to beat the two English speaking cripples who were his enemies. What's going on in the brain housing group is what matters.

Physical fitness is fleeting but your brain can stay sharp and you learn, or should, from your years of experience.

Couldn't agree less about brains over brawn, but "experience" being the key thing here.

Winston Churchill, first elected 1901 with 2 sets of Ministerial offices which you need to unlock and scroll down before reaching even reaching 1939...(the list is mind-boggling, when the heck did this guy ever find time to sleep????)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill#Conservative_MP:_1901%E2%80%931904

Franklin D. Roosevelt, first elected 1910, was assistant secretary of the Navy through WWI, 2 presidential terms under his belt before the 1941 big fireworks, navigated the country through the post depression years then lead the country through WWII (this guy had to find an empty time-slot to be able to pass away!!!).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_D._Roosevelt

Nobuo Kishi:

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%B2%B8%E4%BF%A1%E5%A4%AB

First elected as a representative: 2004. (He was working in corporate Japan from 1981 to 2002).

Major roles since 2002:

Vice Foreign Minister (with another guy) 2013 - 2014 (less than a year, put in place as a 2nd set, then re-shuffled by Abe)

Vice Foreign Minister (with yet another guy) 2016 - 2017 (again, less than a year, re-put in place as a 3rd set, then re-re-shuffled by Abe)

Minister of Defense 2020 - (currently less than 2 years, put in place by Suga, kept by Kishida)

That's all folks...Oh yeah, for full disclosure, he was also part of a few of these なんちゃって committees the LDP are so fond of...

Not exactly in the same league, me thinks...Just one of these LDP dudes being placed here and there, then occasionally moved around a bit before being (generally discreetly) sunset after some kind of mess...

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deanzaZZRJune 25  10:00 am JST

@OssanAmerica Your view is quite debatable.

Nothing to debate.

"Recognizing that they have the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense as affirmed in the Charter of the United Nations,"

https://www.mofa.go.jp/region/n-america/us/q&a/ref/1.html

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