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CSIS Pacific Report Doesn't Put All Futenma Ideas On the Table

CSIS Pacific Report Doesn’t Put All Futenma Ideas On the Table

The Center for Strategic and International Studies has a new report out on the so-called American pivot to the Pacific, and aligning U.S. forces to support the pivot. It’s an interesting read, and spells out several strategic options for U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), including options that increase or decrease air, land, and sea power. (PDF here.)...

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SDF Considers Use of US Philippine Bases

SDF Considers Use of US Philippine Bases

While Japan participates in a Command Post Exercise in the Philippines, the US and Japanese governments consider future access and joint use of Philippines bases for training

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Nippon.com: Japan’s Diplomatic Agenda for the Asia-Pacific

Jiji Press commentator Yoshikatsu Suzuki discusses the way ahead for Japanese diplomacy in 2012, focusing relevantly enough on the Philippines, which recently offered the US a chance at a new base – an offer the US has turned down, and the Indian Ocean, in whose ports Suzuki sees Japan needing to gain a presence. It makes for an interesting look at some of the contemporary issues affecting Japanese foreign policy.

The year 2012 marks the start of efforts to build a new order in the Asia-Pacific region. The world faces a number of difficult issues and situations whose outcome is in doubt: the Arab Spring, the European crisis, Iran’s nuclear program, and the outlook for North Korea after the death of Kim Jong-il. Now is the time for writing new rules and formulating new frameworks for an era of change. Things are already beginning to stir on the political stage, with changes of government, scheduled or otherwise, likely in a number of countries in the near future.

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Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Start your week with JSW's Monday Morning Reading, with some of the more in-depth articles we came across to keep you going throughout your working week.

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Jeffery W. Hornung on the Futenma Impasse (Link)

As the US turns to Asia, Jeffrey W. Hornung of CSIS presses on the need to fix the realignment plan and push ahead in the context of US strategy:

A resolution [to the Futenma realignment problem] is required because as the United States pivots to the Asia-Pacific region, it is imperative to know what the U.S. force posture is going to look like and how Japan fits in this strategy, and then work to implement it. Excess focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. Marine presence in Okinawa diverts attention away from the sizable role to be played by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force at Yokosuka and Kadena in the event of a regional contingency. The region is rapidly changing, and the quicker the problems of realignment are settled, the quicker the United States and Japan can adapt to meet those changes.

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Japan and AirSea Battle

Japan and AirSea Battle

Sasebo Naval Base, just outside Nagasaki. Creative Commons photo, Flickr user Fui. In the early-1980s, the U.S. Department of Defense, struggling to figure out how to defend West Germany from a Warsaw Pact invasion, created AirLand Battle. AirLand Battle had one purpose: to stop Soviet, East German, and Polish mechanized forces from overrunning western Europe in...

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MoD Requests Funds for Yonaguni Base

MoD Requests Funds for Yonaguni Base

MoD requests funds out of next year's draft budget including the purchase of a base on Yonaguni Island, 4 next-generation fighters, and to cover an increase in small increase in personnel.

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Charting the Recent AFP/GfK Poll on Japanese Public Opinion

Charting the Recent AFP/GfK Poll on Japanese Public Opinion

In early September, Associated Press/GfK released the results of a survey on Japanese public opinion covering a wide range of issues. JSW steps in to provide the data as graphs for all to read.

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As Plans for Coastal Monitoring Unit Proceed, Yonaguni Residents Raise Voices

As Plans for Coastal Monitoring Unit Proceed, Yonaguni Residents Raise Voices

The MoD is moving towards the purchase of a site to house a GSDF coastal monitoring unit on the island of Yonaguni, part of Okinawa Prefecture. Residents are apparently divided, but opposition is growing.

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Sankei: Increasing Counter-Terrorism Readiness in the Capital

Sankei: Increasing Counter-Terrorism Readiness in the Capital

The creation of a new rapid response force is being considered within the Ground Self-Defense Force to operate within a 3km radius of Kasumigaseki, where the Prime Minister's official residence and government ministries are gathered.

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Sankei sits down with Commander of Joint Disaster Response Taskforce

Sankei sits down with Commander of Joint Disaster Response Taskforce

An interview with the Commander of the relief effort reveals several challenges faced by the SDF in their response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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Futenma Relocation Plan "Op-Ed"

Futenma Relocation Plan “Op-Ed”

Almost as a if it was a direct response to the previous article by Peter Ennis linked to by James Simpson, the Centre for Strategic International Studies “Japan Chair Platform” has published  a piece by Dr. Jeff Hornung called “Questioning the Senators’ Proposal on U.S. Force Realignment in Japan.” It is a curious piece to say the...

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