anti-piracy
Japan's MSDF leads and China's PLA(N) follows

Japan’s MSDF leads and China’s PLA(N) follows

In among Japan’s much more proactive approach to Southeast Asia, including stronger commitments of aid and security cooperation to Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam, and increased tension over the Senkaku islands due to developments in Japan’s domestic politics, you could be forgiven for thinking that Japan and China have completely burned their bridges in the last...

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Recent SDF Deployments News

Recent SDF Deployments News

There have been three notable pieces of news regarding SDF deployments in the past week: Tornado Relief A tornado struck the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, as well as other locations in Ibaraki and Tochigi on Sunday May 6th, damaging around 2000 buildings with surprisingly only one death (a 14 year old boy) and over...

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SDF to Straits of Hormuz?

SDF to Straits of Hormuz?

The Japanese government is considering the possibility of an MSDF dispatch to the Straits of Hormuz, but it seems unlikely that they will agree to a deployment putting them up against Iran's navy.

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Japan's 'Three Principles of Arms Exports' about to enter a new phase

Japan’s ‘Three Principles of Arms Exports’ about to enter a new phase

At today’s meeting of the Japanese Security Council (安全保障会議) the proposal to relax Japan’s ‘Three Principles of Arms Exports’ (武器輸出三原則 – hereafter, the ‘Three Principles’) will be tabled and agreed to. The information will be publicly promulgated by way of a Chief Cabinet Secretary Statement (官房長官談話). That this is finally happening is not much of...

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Asia Security Watch: Chinese Fisherman Murders South Korean Coast Guardsman

Asia Security Watch: Chinese Fisherman Murders South Korean Coast Guardsman

South Korea's renewed focus on the battle to stop illegal Chinese fishermen in it's Exclusive Economic Zones brings renewed casualties

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Asia Security Watch: Seychelles invites China to set up naval base

Asia Security Watch: Seychelles invites China to set up naval base

The Government of the Seychelles has invited China to establish a naval anti-piracy base on its territory. This could offer Beijing a significant staging point in the Indian Ocean. How would India respond?

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Japan-Funded Training Center Begins Construction in Djibouti

Japan-Funded Training Center Begins Construction in Djibouti

Japan-funded maritime security training center begins construction in Djibouti.

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SAPIO: Japanese ship already using PMCs for armed protection

SAPIO: Japanese ship already using PMCs for armed protection

SAPIO reports that Japanese companies are already using PMCs to provide security to their freighters. This article from the current print edition discusses how one shipping company views the security of their vessels and personnel.

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Japanese ships to get armed guards?

Japanese ships to get armed guards?

Will armed personnel be stationed aboard Japanese ships as an anti-piracy measure? That's one option on the table as the Japanese government considers how it will respond to the widening net of Somali pirates.

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Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Foreign Ministry official: Djibouti base will make it easier for the SDF to cooperate with U.S. counterterrorism operation. Being able to swiftly deploy SDF forces to trouble spots for PKO can contribute to the security of neighboring nations.

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Yomiuri: SDF to establish first overseas base

Yomiuri: SDF to establish first overseas base

Yomiuri: The government announced that the SDF will open its first forward-deployment base for its counter-piracy mission in Djibouti, East Africa, on June 1st.

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Homeward Bound, Japanese, Chinese Destroyers Visit Singapore

Homeward Bound, Japanese, Chinese Destroyers Visit Singapore

MSDF destroyers JS Yudachi and JS Kirisame, the seventh pair of MSDF destroyers deployed to the Horn of Africa anti-piracy mission, are coming home to Japan. The two missed the March 11th Great Tohoku Earthquake and the massive MSDF fleet sortie that followed, and are making their way back to Maizuru. The ships were in Colombo, Sri...

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