bilateral Issues
O'Hanlon and Mochizuki on the Okinawa Basing Issue

O'Hanlon and Mochizuki on the Okinawa Basing Issue

I have a strong interest in the U.S. Marine Corps Okinawa basing issue. I don’t post on it very often, mostly because what passes for news usually isn’t. It’s been clear since Hatoyama’s resignation that, barring somebody running out of money, the 2006 agreement is going forward and 8,000 of the roughly 18,000 U.S. Marines based on...

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Japan, India to hold 1st Bilateral Exercises in 2012

Japan, India to hold 1st Bilateral Exercises in 2012

The defense ministers of Japan and India agreed this week to hold bilateral naval exercises in 2012.

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The Diplomat: Train Japanese Forces Abroad

The Diplomat: Train Japanese Forces Abroad

My proposal for shuttling Japanese air and ground forces to the U.S. for training, “Train Japanese Forces Abroad“, is up at The Diplomat. A solution to the training problem is to move the training grounds all the way across the Pacific, to the United States. The US has plentiful land for training air and ground...

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Report: India to Propose Joint India - Japan Exercises

Report: India to Propose Joint India – Japan Exercises

From The Pioneer: Defence Minister AK Antony and External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will head to Japan in November this year ahead of newly elected Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda’s visit here in December, sources said. The dates for Antony and Krishna’s visit are being worked out, the sources added. Antony, sources said, will propose a...

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Japan - China Officer Exchanges to Resume

Japan – China Officer Exchanges to Resume

After a year-long hold, officer exchanges between Japan and China are set to resume.

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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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Japan: New Gov't Continuing Arms Export Ban Rethink

Japan: New Gov’t Continuing Arms Export Ban Rethink

Yasuo Ichikawa, Japan's latest Defense Minister, has stated that Japan will continue to look into modifying Japan's unofficial arms export ban.

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China, Korea, and Noda

China, Korea, and Noda

The temperature was turned up a little in diplomatic relations between China, Korea and Japan on the election of new Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko earlier this week, with both Chinese and Korean media and government sources questioning the suitability of Noda’s thoughts on historical issues. The first thing that needs to be said is that...

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JSDF Troops May Have to "Hitch a Ride" to Defend Their Own Country

JSDF Troops May Have to “Hitch a Ride” to Defend Their Own Country

SDF troops may need to "hitch a ride" with commercial transportation or U.S. military forces to get to remote Japanese territory. It's a bad idea.

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Kevin Maher: US Offered Unmanned Helicopters, Japan Concerned About Compensation

Kevin Maher: US Offered Unmanned Helicopters, Japan Concerned About Compensation

Kevin Maher's book, "The Japan that Can't Decide," describes a 2-week interrogation of the US by Japan over the list of equipment it could provide to help the relief effort - was the Japanese government overly concerned with the cost? Is this PM Kan's fault? The Sankei Shimbun says yes.

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Yasuji Ishigaki on Regional Cooperation following the Earthquake

Yasuji Ishigaki on Regional Cooperation following the Earthquake

Ishigaki: The concerted efforts shown so admirably by Japan's East Asian neighbors to provide aid and support could be regarded as deriving out of the sense of regional solidarity or “We-feeling.”

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Japan's Arms Export "Ban" Up for Discussion Again

Japan’s Arms Export “Ban” Up for Discussion Again

A Ministry of Defense committee of experts (Defense Manufacturing and Technology Base Research Committee  [防衛生産・技術基盤研究会]), chaired by the well-known Japanese IR analyst Takashi Shiraishi of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, announced in an interim report that Japan should look again at reviewing the collective ban/restrictions on arms exports.1 The main justification put forward for this...

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