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.