Tokyo’s defense ministry requests largest budget ever, eyeing counterstrike capabilities and hypersonic missile defenses
New defense white paper reiterates need for ‘counterstrike’ capabilities in case DPRK carries out nuclear attacks
Chongryon’s newspaper boasts of special access and details coverage of major events, underscoring close ties to regime
Experts say Pyongyang unlikely to agree to such terms due to fundamental disagreements on issue
Japanese parliamentarian and renowned martial artist visited Pyongyang over 30 times in efforts to push sports diplomacy
Former Tokyo intelligence officer tells NK News the church built Pyeonghwa Motors factory in Nampho with Japanese money
Tokyo defense ministry’s annual report lists DPRK as key threat, mentions counterstrike capabilities for first time
The funds are a part of $53.6 billion in defense spending that the cabinet has approved for the next 16 months
Shigeo Iizuka fought for the return of Japanese nationals taken to the DPRK after his sister was abducted in 1970s
$6.8 billion extra budget includes spending to enhance missile defense as Kishida warns of DPRK’s weapons development
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