Japan lodged on Monday a protest against Russia's deployment of land-to-ship missiles and troops on the Russian-occupied four northwestern Pacific islands, called Northern Territories in Japan.
The Japanese government finds it "regrettable" for Russia to build up military capabilities on the four islands "that are inherent territories of our nation," Defense Minister Tomomi Inada told her Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, in Tokyo.
She also pointed out that the environment surrounding Japan's national security has become tougher due to progress in North Korea's missile and nuclear development and China's continued expansion in the East and South China Seas.
Meanwhile, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed at their meeting in the capital the same day that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia in late April to have a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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What was once Japan's capitol is now a place loaded with delicious street food for humans and deer alike. So, what's Nara got to offer? I hope you're hungry! (ONLY in JAPAN )
Japan's Liberal Democratic Party on Friday submitted a record of email exchanges in which Akie Abe, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife, denies her alleged payment of one million yen to an embattled school operator. (Jiji)
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the Ground Self-Defense Force on Friday to withdraw its engineering troops taking part in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by the end of May. (Jiji)
New textbooks authorized for use in Japan's senior high schools from April next year contain more descriptions on foreign and defense policies undertaken by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, such as the ability to engage in collective self-defense, according to the results of the education ministry's latest textbook screening disclosed Friday. (Japan Today)