November 27th, 2012
08:45 PM ET

Second North Korean missile launch would be unprecedented

By Jennifer Rizzo

While new satellite images show preparations for what is believed to be a coming long-range missile launch by North Korea, a second attempt in 2012 would be unprecedented, a top satellite image analyst told Security Clearance.

There have been four launches of this scale since 1998, including a failed attempt in April of this year. A second launch in 2012 would be the first time North Korea has launched two systems of this class, their largest missile class, in less than three years.

"The fact that they are now apparently preparing for a second launch in 2012 indicated that the decision to do this was made at the highest level," said DigitalGlobe analyst Joe Bermudez.

The North Koreans are looking for "maximum political impact" domestically, regionally and internationally with a test launch such as this, according to Bermudez, calling it a "very politically motivated event."

The timing of a launch at the end of this year would coincide with many consequential events, said Bermudez.

South Korea will be launching a rocket into space by the end of this week. North Korea and Japan will be holding another set of bilateral talks early in December and the South Korean presidential election will take place in less than a month. North Korea watchers say new leader Kim Jung Un may be responding to internal political pressure from hard-liners to send a message.
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2 U.S. sailors indicted on charges of raping Japanese woman on Okinawa
Civic groups in Tokyo protest the alleged rape of a Japanese woman by two U.S. servicemen on October 20.
November 7th, 2012
02:53 AM ET

2 U.S. sailors indicted on charges of raping Japanese woman on Okinawa

By Junko Ogura

Japanese prosecutors have indicted two American sailors on charges that they raped a Japanese woman on the island of Okinawa last month, a case that has deepened tensions between local residents and the U.S. military.

The arrest of the two suspects prompted outraged reactions from Japanese officials and resulted in the imposition of a curfew by the U.S. military on its troops in Japan.

The two suspects, both from a base in Fort Worth, Texas, were indicted by Naha District Court on Tuesday afternoon, according to a statement from the public affairs office of the U.S. Commander, Naval Forces Japan.

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October 29th, 2012
06:31 AM ET

U.S. sailor found dead in Japan

A U.S. Navy sailor has been found dead with a head injury at a Japanese train station, local police said Monday.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Samuel Lewis Stiles was discovered surrounded by seven or eight alcoholic drink cans on the platform in Haiki Station in Nagasaki Prefecture at 5 a.m. Sunday, Haiki police said.

The death, which police say they are investigating as either an accident or a crime, comes at a delicate time for the U.S. military in Japan after two U.S. sailors were arrested earlier this month on accusations they raped a local woman.

That case provoked an angry reaction from Japanese officials, and the U.S. military responded by imposing a curfew on its troops in Japan. The curfew restricted military personnel to bases, personal homes or hotels between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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In wake of arrests, more restrictions on U.S. troops in Okinawa
Some 50 civic group members hold placards to protest over the alleged rape of a local woman by two US servicemen in Okinawa.
October 18th, 2012
06:59 PM ET

In wake of arrests, more restrictions on U.S. troops in Okinawa

By Larry Shaughnessy

U.S. troops in Japan will soon be placed under more restrictive rules when they leave base after the arrests earlier this week of two U.S. sailors accused of raping a local woman in Okinawa.

The incident has created growing concern for the American military.

U.S. military sources tell CNN the commander of all U.S. troops in Japan is looking at possibly issuing more restrictive rules about what they can and cannot do when they leave base during off-duty hours. The Navy had just announced it was creating less restrictive rules for sailors behave off-duty. The new restrictions would apply not just to the Navy but to all U.S. military in Japan.

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Japanese officials angry after 2 U.S. sailors arrested in Okinawa rape case
The Kadena U.S. Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa, pictured here on February 18, 2007.
October 17th, 2012
06:19 AM ET

Japanese officials angry after 2 U.S. sailors arrested in Okinawa rape case

By Yoko Wakatsuki

Japanese officials expressed outrage after two U.S. sailors were arrested over accusations that they raped a woman on the island of Okinawa, where the American military presence has generated long-simmering resentment.

Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto on Wednesday called the alleged rape "vicious and mean" and said Japanese authorities were lodging protests with the U.S. government and military, as well as demands for better preventive measures.

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, who met with Morimoto over the matter, said it went "beyond madness" that the alleged attack took place two months after a U.S. Marine was arrested over accusations he assaulted and molested a woman in Naha, the capital of Okinawa.

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Pentagon launches website to track radiation exposure after Japan quake
In this photo from April 2011, U.S. Marine Corps chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialists remove radioactive contamination on an Army generator from Camp Zama, Japan, After a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, a major nuclear power facility was badly damaged spreading radioactivity over a large area in and around Japan. (DoD Photo)
September 5th, 2012
06:19 PM ET

Pentagon launches website to track radiation exposure after Japan quake

By Larry Shaughnessy

The Pentagon launched a website Wednesday for American troops and family members who were near the Japanese nuclear reactors that were damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011.

The website will allow Americans to enter a location where they were in Japan and get an estimation of how much radiation they were exposed to while there.
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August 22nd, 2012
09:30 AM ET

U.S. closely watching spat over small islands

It's a frightening scenario: American troops – backing their Japanese allies – drawn into a conflict with China. And fighting over nothing more than some uninhabited islands and a few rocks. Senkaku is privately administered by the Japanese, but the Chinese claim they are the rightful owners. While officially neutral, the US defense treaty means it would have to back Japan in a military confrontation over these islands. As the U.S. and Japan begin military exercises in the region, tension is rising. Chris Lawrence reports.


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Marines in Japan won’t be flying the V-22 Osprey for a while
This handout picture taken by the US Marines on July 23, 2012 shows an Osprey MV-22 aircraft being inspected after it was unloaded from a cargo ship at the US Marines' Iwakuni Air Station in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture, western Japan.
August 3rd, 2012
05:53 PM ET

Marines in Japan won’t be flying the V-22 Osprey for a while

By Larry Shaughnessy

All Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys deployed to Japan will stay on the ground until the Japanese government is informed about the cause of two recent crashes involving the tilt-rotor aircraft, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced Friday.

"When the government of Japan came to us and expressed safety concerns about the MV-22 deployment, we immediately responded," Panetta said in a joint news conference at the Pentagon Friday with new Japanese Minister of Defense Satoshi Morimoto.

"In recognition of the remaining concerns of the Japanese government about the safety of the aircraft, we will refrain from any flight operations of the MV-22 in Japan in the short term."

The Marine Corps deployed 12 Ospreys to a base in Japan in recent weeks. Another 12 aircraft are scheduled to deploy there next summer.
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Surge in U.S. weapon sales overseas
A Japanese F-2 Fighter Jet built and designed largely by Lockheed Martin, a major US defense contractor. Sales of US defense technology to other countries has surged recently.
June 12th, 2012
06:26 PM ET

Surge in U.S. weapon sales overseas

By Larry Shaughnessy

American arms exporters, in the midst of a defense spending slowdown here in the U.S., are enjoying an increase in overseas sales, according to a new State Department report.

The government authorized the sale of more than $44 billion in military and other U.S. technical hardware in fiscal year 2011, a jump of more than $10 billion over the year before, according to U.S. officials.

In order for a company to sell military hardware or sophisticated non-military hardware, like satellites, it must obtain a license for each sale from the State Department.
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Panetta leaving on 9-day trip to Asia
Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta during his previous visit to Asia. He leaves Wednesday for a 9 day visit to Singapore, India and Vietnam. (photo by Larry Shaughnessy/CNN)
May 30th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

Panetta leaving on 9-day trip to Asia

By Larry Shaughnessy

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta leaves Wednesday on a nine-day trip to Asia to bring allies there up to speed on the United States' new Pacific-orientated defense strategy.

"Basically the core of what we are trying to do with the swing through Asia, is to give a comprehensive account to partners and everyone in the region about what the rebalance to the Asia/Pacific will mean in practice," a senior defense official said while briefing reporters about the trip.

The trip starts in Honolulu where Panetta will meet with Adm. Sam Locklear, head of U.S. Pacific Command, who will join Panetta for much of the trip.

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