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Japan's New Defense Minister: Morimoto Satoshi

Japan’s New Defense Minister: Morimoto Satoshi

As mentioned by James Noda has selected Takushoku Professor Morimoto Satoshi to replace Tanaka Naoki as Defense Minister. While he is an academic and Japan’s first non-politician (民間人) Defense Minister/JDA Chief since the establishment of the JDA in 1954, he is certainly not short on experience and knowledge of both defense issues and the political system....

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Will the South Sudan PKO mission push SDF constraints?

Will the South Sudan PKO mission push SDF constraints?

The DPJ is opening the door to discussions on revising the restrictions on the SDF under the current PKO law ahead of it joining the UN mission in South Sudan, where oil interests are at stake.

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Japan Air Self Defense Force Tankers May Refuel U.S. Aircraft (Under Certain Conditions, Of Course)

Japan Air Self Defense Force Tankers May Refuel U.S. Aircraft (Under Certain Conditions, Of Course)

JASDF tankers may now refuel American aircraft during military exercises.

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Asian Security Blog: Japan’s Defense Future

JSW pal Robert Kelly at Asian Security Blog recently asked me to do a guest post on Japan's defense future. It turned into a two-parter.

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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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East Asia Forum: The Legitimacy of Japan's Self Defense Forces

East Asia Forum: The Legitimacy of Japan’s Self Defense Forces

Andrew Levidis: The triple disaster might provide the impetus for a new definition of Japanese purpose. Such a purpose rests on the construction of a robust and flexible legislative framework for national security that replaces the artifice and evasions of the post-War.

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Waseda Prof.: Take the military out of the equation

Waseda Prof.: Take the military out of the equation

On Saturday, May 7th, Asahi Shimbun published the views of three experts on the SDF’s role in providing assistance and relief to Tohoku (p. 13). The opinions did not make it onto Asahi‘s website, so it is up to JSW to step in with a rough translation. Here is the third pundit’s view: Towards a...

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Nukes, Carriers and Boomers: The Dream of General Tamogami

Nukes, Carriers and Boomers: The Dream of General Tamogami

Tamogami wants Japanese rearmament. He wants a nuclear deterrent for Japan. He wants nuclear propulsion for ships. He wants cruise missiles. He wants aircraft carriers. In short, he wants all of the things many countries already have.

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Constitutional Revision back on the DPJ agenda?

Constitutional Revision back on the DPJ agenda?

  No specific details yet but the DPJ has decided (jp) to reconvene one of their special panels devoted to looking at constitutional issues. This panel has not sat since 2007 and the DPJ party’s position on the constitution has not changed since the publication in 2005 of a “constitutional proposal.” I talk about it...

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CRS on US-Japan Alliance

CRS on US-Japan Alliance

A Congressional Research Service report on the the US-Japan Alliance (released January 18th, 2011) has been the topic of a number of news articles in the English-language Japanese press reprinting a single Kyodo News release focusing on the report’s view that Article 9 is an ‘obstacle’ to greater cooperation, i.e. in Mainichi. The release made it...

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After 9 years of war, Japan finally set to join ISAF

Nine years after the start of the Afghan war, Japan may soon be sending troops to contribute to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Japan is planning to send ten Self Defense Force medical personnel, including doctors and nurses, to Afghanistan. Prime Minister Naoto Kan told U.S. President Barack Obama at their Nov. 13 meeting...

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Can the Self Defense Forces Actually Defend Japan?

Via Japan Probe. Just wanted to share this. Don’t have enough information to comment on it.

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