The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering installing an X-band radar system at an Air Self-Defense Force base in western Japan in a bid to build up the missile defense system to counter the North Korean missile threat, several sources close to bilateral relations said Saturday.
The Kyogamisaki sub base in Kyotango, located on the Sea of Japan coast, has been picked as the best place to deploy the large-scale U.S. radar unit as it is likely that a North Korean missile targeting Guam or Hawaii will fly over western or central parts of Japan.
X-band radar, capable of precisely tracking the trajectory of a ballistic missile, allows U.S. forces to launch intercept missiles from the ground and sea once a ballistic missile has been detected. Guam and Hawaii are strategically important strong-points for the U.S. military.
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Monday the government has identified the country whose submarine was detected while submerged the previous day near Okinawa and will call for such encroachments to cease. (Japan Times )
North Korea has fired its fourth missile in two days despite international condemnation against the tests. Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged a return to talks on the Korean peninsula to mitigate tensions. (Deutsche Welle )
The number of visitors to the observation deck of Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcasting tower at 634 meters, reached 6.34 million on Monday, matching the numerals of its height two days before the first anniversary of its opening, according to the operator. (Kyodo )
Toru Hashimoto, co-head of Nippon Ishin No Kai (Japan Restoration Party), told Shintaro Ishihara, the other co-leader of the Japanese opposition party, on Sunday that he has no intention to withdraw his recent remarks that have triggered outrage both at home and abroad. (Jiji Press )
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)