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Kishida-Biden Summit
April 12, 2024 | Indirect Indicator

- Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden have pledged a new era for the U.S.-Japan alliance, aiming to bolster Tokyo's role in countering China's growing assertiveness.

- The leaders agreed to boost their alliance and partnership, particularly in terms of defense, in response to China's increasing military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.

- Kishida and Biden pledged to deepen cooperation between their countries' military forces, strengthen supply chains for crucial products, and tackle global challenges to maintain a free and open international order.

- At the meeting, emphasis was placed on strengthening the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. alliance, promoting peaceful resolution of the China-Taiwan issue, and dealing with North Korea.

- An announcement was made to modernize command and control and improve interoperability for effective cooperation between the Self-Defense Forces and US forces in Japan.

- The leaders agreed to continue dialogue with China and cooperate on common issues, despite their strong opposition to China's unilateral attempts to change the status quo through force or coercion.

- New military cooperation agreements were announced during Kishida's state visit, including joint command structure cooperation and the development of a new air missile defense network with Australia.

- Deals were also announced for technology and economic partnership, the acceleration of nuclear fusion development, and set up forums for missile co-development and maintenance of US warships and aircraft.

- Biden and Kishida plan to boost the security alliance and deepen cooperation, strengthen supply chains for crucial products like semiconductors and jointly tackle issues related to China and North Korea.

- They plan to jointly develop key defense equipment and create a framework to allow private Japanese companies to repair U.S. Navy warships.

- The leaders agreed on shared goals regarding the U.S.-led lunar Artemis exploration program, and confirmed that the Senkaku Islands are covered by the 1960 Japan-U.S. security treaty.

Japanese astronauts joining NASA lunar mission and first non-American landing on the moon
April 12, 2024 | Indirect Indicator

- Japanese astronauts will be part of the U.S.-led international lunar exploration "Artemis Project."

- The Artemis Project aims to conduct the first manned lunar exploration in about half a century since the "Apollo Project."

- This will be the first time that a non-American astronaut will be landing on the moon as part of the project, representing Japan's major contribution to the project.

- Japan will provide a lunar rover called "Luna Cruiser" for the project, expected to launch in 2031 and be operated for 10 years.

- The first Japanese astronaut selected for the mission is expected to land on the moon after 2028, with a second astronaut's selection timed to coincide with the lunar rover's arrival.

- A third landing opportunity could be offered depending on additional contributions from Japan.

- The Artemis Project includes plans for a lunar Gateway base, which the Japanese lunar rover will aid in constructing.

- The U.S. plans to conduct its first manned landing on the moon since the Apollo program in September 2026.

- The rover, "Luna Cruiser," is being developed by Toyota Motor Corporation.

- The Artemis program aims to send astronauts to the lunar surface in 2026 and will also include women and non-white astronauts.

- Japanese national will be the first non-American astronaut to land on the Moon, likely in 2028 or later.

- The agreement between Japan and the U.S. reflects the strong cooperative relationship between the two countries in furthering space exploration.

Monitored Intelligence for Japan - Jan. 25, 2024


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UK to conduct regular military exercises in Indo-Pacific to boost security

Evening Standard | English | News | April 12, 2024 | Geopolitical Conflict and Disputes

The Ministry of Defence is to conduct regular military exercises in the Indo-Pacific to boost security in the region. The UK will work alongside the US and Japan in trilateral exercises from 2025, further developing the ability of each country's armed forces to operate together. This will include the deployment of Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales. The move is said to send a strong message to anyone who would seek to undermine the rules-based international order. Defense Secretary Grant Shapps stated that the UK's defense relationships are not limited by distance and that they stand ready to respond to any threat around the globe.

Direct Earthquake Under Tokyo Would Cause ¥1 Quadrillion in Economic Losses

Nippon | English | News | April 12, 2024 | Natural Disasters

The Japan Society of Civil Engineers announced that a direct earthquake under Tokyo would cause an estimated economic loss of 1 quadrillion. The government's Earthquake Research Committee gives a 70% probability of this earthquake occurring in the next thirty years, with up to 23,000 fatalities and economic consequences totaling an estimated 95 trillion. In addition to direct damage to buildings, there would be long-term economic impacts on roads, ports, and production facilities, as well as additional impact on national finances. Estimates were also calculated for the economic damage that would be caused by storm surges and floods, as well as the long-term economic impact of such disasters.

Japan warns 'all options' on table to counter excessive yen moves

The Mainichi | English | News | April 12, 2024 | Geopolitical Conflict and Disputes

Japan has warned that "all options" are on the table to counter the excessive moves of the yen against the U.S. dollar, as it has plummeted to a 34-year low. Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki expressed concern about the impact of the weaker yen on inflation, saying that the currency moves should be stable reflecting economic fundamentals. The warning occurred after the yen was put under renewed selling pressure versus the dollar. Governor Kazuo Ueda has said that the Japanese central bank will consider a response if the impact of the yen's moves on the economy and prices cannot be ignored.

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