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Samurai sword in new Japan Self-Defense Force emblem causing controversy

Critics say that adding a katana to the insignia is offensively evocative of Japan’s World War II military aggression. 504 more words

Japan

A Missing 7-year-old Boy Left By Parents Found Alive After 6 Days In Japan Mountains

A primary school boy who went missing last Saturday in a mountain forest of Hokkaido, northern Japan inhabited by bears, was discovered alive this morning in a Japan Self-Defense Forces’ (SDF) billet near the town of Shikabe only 5 km from where he went missing. 296 more words

Asia

U.S. says it is open to patrols with Philippines in waters disputed with China

The United States is open to the possibility of joint naval patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a U.S. diplomat said Wednesday, stressing it would continue to exercise “freedom of navigation” in the disputed waters. 447 more words

China

Japan's master plan to destroy the Chinese navy in battle

It seems that Japan is developing plans to craft its own Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) strategy—or what one former Japanese official describes as “maritime supremacy and air superiority”—against the… 985 more words

China

Japan Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Army face off in Iron Chef-styled cooking competition 【Video】

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Army faced off to determine which side was more worthy of the title of “Iron Chef.” 274 more words

Japan