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    Perhaps too late. Better than nothing like Canada and many others.

    Japan, South Korea Are Rebuilding Military Ties, With US Backing
    FRIDAY, MAR 17, 2023 - 07:30 PM
    Authored by Dave DeCamp via,
    South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Japan on Thursday as Tokyo and Seoul seek to thaw relations, an initiative backed by the US as it seeks to rally its allies in the region against China.
    According to Nikkei Asia, the two leaders agreed to bolster cooperation against North Korea and to resume a working-level bilateral security dialogue that has been on a five-year hiatus. Yoon announced the "normalization" of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), a pact that allows the two countries to share military intelligence.
    Via Reuters
    In 2019, Yoon’s predecessor, Moon Jae-in, said Seoul would not be renewing the GSOMIA in response to new export controls Japan imposed on South Korea. The two countries also announced a trade agreement on Thursday that will lift Japanese export controls.
    The GSOMIA allows the two countries to share information on North Korean missile tests. "I believe the two countries should be able to share information on North Korea’s nuclear missile launches and trajectories, and respond to them," Yoon said at a press conference following his meeting with Kishida.
    The meeting between Yoon and Kishida marked the first visit between Japanese and South Korean leaders since 2012. "From now on, I would like to open a new chapter in Japan-South Korea relations through frequent visits by both sides that are not tied down by formality," Kishida said.
    Ties between South Korea and Japan have been strained over the Japanese imperial rule of Korea from 1910 to 1945. The two countries have been working on an agreement to settle a dispute over Korean slave labor during the occupation, although South Korea’s opposition and many others in the country are not happy with a proposal Yoon accepted from Japan.
    Rahm Emanuel, the US ambassador to Japan, welcomed the warming of ties and said North Korea and China won’t be happy about the progress. "Our working together not only on the political front, but on the strategic front, on the deterrence front, is what North Korea is scared about. It’s also what China doesn’t want to see happen," he told CNN.

    US military leaders expect any future war with China also to involve action from North Korea and want to coordinate more with the Japanese and South Korean militaries. Kishida recently announced Japan is doubling its military budget over the next five years as part of a military buildup specifically aimed at China.​

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    Japan has ordered up to 500 BLK 4 and BLK V Tomahawk cruise missiles. Australia has at least 200 on order. The Japs will also be the biggest operator, outside of America, of F35A and F35B. SK also has an ass load of F35's on order with some already in inventory. The Japs also have an indigenous cruise missile and plan to acquire JSM, JASSM-ER, and LRASM, from America. These are very premium and expensive assets with very long range and advanced seekers. The LRASM, and Tomahawk BLK-V have very long ranges, the LRASM is the best subsonic AShM on the planet and both have warheads in the 1,000lb class which would sink or severely damage any enemy ship.

    The JSSM family also have anti-ship capability's. Japan has plans, and is well underway, of building their own 6'th Gen stealth fighter using shared American technology. SK has one of the fastest growing defense Industry's and are selling quite a bit of gear to foreign markets.

    It all may be to little to late, we shall see.
    "Weapons are part of my religion"

    I'm just saying what the rest of you are thinking.