Japan announces it will raise military spending (1.1%) for an eighth consecutive year to a record high as it invests in ballistic missile and air defence to counter a perceived threat from North Korea and China.
Japan's Yoshinori Ohsumi wins the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for experiments with yeast which exposed a key mechanism called autophagy in the body's defenses where cells degrade and recycle their components.
Russia announces it will deploy state-of-the art missile defense systems to the far eastern Kuril Islands where they and Japan have rival territorial claims dating to the end of the Second World War. Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu also says that Russia will form new defence units in the country's Western Military District in response to NATO's recent deployment of forces to member states near its border.
Suspected Islamic militants take over a BP facility in In Aménas, Algeria, killing at least 2 workers and taking up to 40 others hostage, including 13 Norwegians, a number of Americans, as well as nationals from Ireland, Japan, France and the United Kingdom. A previously unknown group allied to al-Qaeda's regional branch says the attack is in revenge for Algeria's support of the French operation against Islamic rebels in Mali.
Dozens of Taiwanese fishing boats set sail for the disputed Senkaku Islands which are also claimed by China and Japan. [http:--mainichi.jp-english-english-newsselect-news-20120924p2g00m0dm084000c.html (Kyodo News via "Mainichi Shimbun")]date=August 2019 [http:--www.bangkokpost.com-news-asia-313830-taiwan-flotilla-leaves-for-disputed-islands ("Bangkok Post")]date=August 2019