BMD Focus: Patriot power -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- The latest Patriot missile purchases and upgrade deals by Taiwan and South Korea point to a widespread expectation of growing tensions and expectations of eventual war on Asia's Pacific Rim.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, April 25, 2008.
By United Press International

BMD Watch: Japan fears cruise missile

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Japan is stepping up its defenses against cruise missiles, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported Sunday.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

BMD Focus: BMD around the world -- Part 3

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- One would expect South Korea to be a "hare" on ballistic missile defense, given the scale of the immediate threat it faces from North Korea, right across the Demilitarized Zone, the most heavily and densely armed border in the world. However, Seoul ended 2007 with significant long-term BMD programs in place, but projecting an extremely relaxed "tortoise" timetable for them. The reasons for this at-first surprising complacency are deeply rooted in South Korea's politics, history and geographical circumstances.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

BMD Focus: BMD around the world -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The dramatic progress posted by nations such as the United States, Russia, Israel, Japan, India and even Iran in ballistic missile defense was balanced by the complacency for loss of political will on the issue in many other countries. For every "hare" nation on BMD in 2007, there was also a "tortoise."
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

BMD Focus: BMD around the world -- Part 1

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- 2007 was a year when major industrial nations divided into tortoises and hares in their policies towards ballistic missile defense.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

BMD Focus: South Korea's leisurely BMD

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- In contrast to Japan, South Korea still has no ballistic missile defense system of its own operational. However, the success of the Japanese test is likely to give long-term plans to develop BMD in South Korea a boost, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper said Wednesday.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

BMD Focus: Barak's BMD strategy -- Part 1

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Will Ehud Barak be Israel’s Junichiro Koizumi? He wants to be.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Veteran appears poised to lead Japan LDP

TOKYO, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Leaders of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party appeared ready Saturday to name a veteran member of Parliament as their leader.

Party begins process to find Abe successor

TOKYO, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party may need to revise its procedures for electing a leader to replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who plans to resign.

BMD Focus: The bureaucratic enemy

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is learning that in times of peace, the most dangerous enemies military planners have to face are often the complicated, pettifogging bureaucracies of their own government.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Wednesday, April 25, 2007.
By United Press International

China, Japan in 'warming' Tokyo talks

TOKYO, April 11 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted relations-warming talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Tokyo Wednesday as part of Wen's three-day visit.

PM makes no comment on shrine visit

TOKYO, April 4 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is saying little about whether it is appropriate to visit a controversial shrine for the war dead in Tokyo.

China wants East China Sea peaceful

BEIJING, April 4 (UPI) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, preparing for his Japan trip, said Wednesday he wants to make the East China Sea "a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation."
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Junichiro Koizumi
The Prime Minister of Japan Junichiro Koizumi speaks during his arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington on June 29, 2006. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)..

Junichiro Koizumi (小泉 純一郎, Koizumi Jun'ichirō?, born January 8, 1942) is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006. He retired from politics when his term in parliament ended.

Widely seen as a maverick leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), he became known as an economic reformer, focusing on Japan's government debt and the privatization of its postal service. In 2005, Koizumi led the LDP to win one of the largest parliamentary majorities in modern Japanese history.

Koizumi also attracted international attention through his deployment of the Japan Self-Defense Forces to Iraq, the first foreign deployment of the Japanese military since World War II. His visits to Yasukuni Shrine led to diplomatic tensions with neighboring China and South Korea.

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