Japan Scrambles Jets

When I hear the word scramble, I think of eggs or jets. This particular story is about Japan scrambling combat fighters near the Kurile islands:

A Japan Air Self-Defence Force's F-2 fighter jet takes off during the U.S-Japan biennial joint-bilateral field training exercise at Misawa airbase in Aomori Prefecture

A Japan Air Self-Defence Force’s F-2 fighter jet takes off during the U.S-Japan biennial joint-bilateral field training exercise at Misawa airbase in Aomori Prefecture

Two Russian fighter jets briefly entered Japan’s air space near disputed islands and the northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, prompting Japan to scramble combat fighters and lodge a protest, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said.

Russia, which is currently holding military manoeuvres around the disputed Kurile islands, denied any such intrusion took place.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori is expected to visit Moscow later this month to discuss territorial matters.

Thursday was Japan’s “Northern Territories Day”, when rallies are traditionally held calling for the return of the disputed islands it calls the Northern Territories.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had told a rally he was determined to press ahead with negotiations with Russia for the return of the islands.

Japan’s “Northern Territories Day?” Good idea. You have to protect your territory.

3 thoughts on “Japan Scrambles Jets

  1. Russia is slowly returning to the days of old, which it has to do to survive the internal strife it faces. A show of strength in foreign waters will soon be dealt out within its own borders.

    Organised crime within the country is now accepted as a grey economy. Putin is the mastermind, and he has sufficient lackey’s baying for the ‘good old days'; with the exception that they wish to retain capitalism.

    A place of interest to view from afar, not from within.

    Yours Aye.

  2. You know what they say Ex Bootneck; You can take Vlad Putin out of the KGB but not the KGB out of Putin….if you know what I mean….Putin’s such a corrupt scoundrel and has committed so many crimes against the Russian people, I doubt they’d know how to react if he suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth….and he fits right in with that mindset of the old Kremlin regime…someday, he’ll be gone and I wonder if he’ll be missed….I rather doubt it…and as you have said the Russian people need to be given time to accustom themselves to capitalism; Vlad’s just delaying the inevitable….k

  3. You both hit the nail on the head. Putin is driving Russia back to its Soviet days. With the one tweak being a soft capitalism. . .

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