Philippine Aircraft Japanese Donation to Disputed Coral

The Philippine military flies a Japanese donated patrol plane to a disputed reef area with China in the South China Sea.

According to Philippine military officials, the Scarborough action did not confront China's resistance to the reefs.

North Luzon Military Command of the Philippines, said the Beechcraft King Air C90 plane flew low to 240 meters above Scarborough. The plane saw the presence of nine Chinese ships, including four Chinese coastal vessels and four Filipino fishing boats.

Earlier this month, a US-derailed destroyer sailed near Scarborough to show freedom of navigation. The action sparked protests from China that said it would take the necessary measures to protect its territorial sovereignty. The USS Hopper ship sailed into the 12-mile-sea area of ​​Scarborough without Chinese permission.

China controls Scarborough in 2012 after engaging in a dispute with Philippine ships. The small reef area is located about 200 kilometers from Luzon Island, the Philippines, and about 600 kilometers southeast of China. [ab/uh]

Malaysian and Japanese Maritime Patrol Boats Hold Joint Exercise

Malaysian maritime bodies and coast guards have been conducting joint exercises for a week, mainly exercises of resistance to piracy at sea and search and rescue operations or SAR.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency says Japan Coast Guard sent his patrol boat Tsugaru and over 50 crew for training at Kuantan Harbor, northeastern Malaysia. The agency said KM Pekan, one of two patrol boats supplied to Malaysia by Japan, would participate in the exercise.

The Malaysian maritime agency said in a statement Monday that this is the third such exercise five years to help increase capacity because "maritime piracy and cross-border maritime crime remain a significant threat" in Malaysia's maritime zone. [gp]

Romanians Apologize Do not Meet Japanese Prime Minister

Romanians on Wednesday apologized in social media to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe because of a political crisis that Abe was not met by a Romanian prime minister. Abe is on a historic visit in Romania

Abe is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Mihai Tudose on a visit to Romania on Tuesday in his last trip to several European countries.

It was also the first visit of the Japanese prime minister to the EU country. [19659002] But Tudose resigned on Monday night, the last victim of a power struggle within the ruling Social Democratic Party, leaving Abe unfamiliar with him.

But Abe held talks with President Klaus Iohannis, who on Wednesday approved Viorica Dancila as the new prime minister. [ka/al]

Japanese Foreign Minister Ensures Cooperation with Pakistan

The Japanese Foreign Minister has assured Pakistan that his country will cooperate with Islamabad on security issues and counterterrorism efforts.

During a two-day visit, Taro Kono met Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at military headquarters in the town of Rawalpindi .

A military statement on Thursday declared Kono a brief explanation of the Pakistan war against terror and his contribution to peace in the region.

It also said that the Japanese minister expressed his appreciation for Pakistan's efforts towards stability and peace in the region and convince his host that Tokyo wants to increase security cooperation with Pakistan especially in the field of counterterrorism.

Kono also met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abasi, Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif and other officials during his visit. [uh]

Emperor Akihito's Anniversary, Tens of Thousand Japanese Citizens Flooded the Palace




Tokyo
Tens of thousands of residents flooded the Imperial Palace of Japan today to celebrate Emperor Akihito's birthday. The Japanese Emperor, who will come to power on April 2019, is 84 years old today.

According to the Imperial Household Affairs Agency as reported by AFP news agency Saturday (23/12/2017), about 45,900 people thronged the palace to see the Emperor's appearance. This is the largest mass amount of the emperor's birthday that has stood for three decades.

Many residents come waving small Japanese flags while chanting "Banzai" or "longevity".

From the top of the palace balcony, Emperor Akihito appears while waving to tens of thousands of Japanese people. He was accompanied by Empress Michiko and other members of the royal family.

This was Akihito's first public appearance at the palace since the government in early December, announcing the date of dismissal on 30 April 2019.

Last year, Akihito shocked the Japanese public while expressing his desire to descend the throne. The age is very advanced and health continues to decline to be the main reason presented Akihito. He will be the first emperor in Japan to come to power in more than two centuries. Akihito's eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito (57) will next ascend the throne in place of his father.

(ita / ita)