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Abe Shinzo's Indian Ocean Adventures

Abe Shinzo's Indian Ocean Adventures

An upfront tip of the hat to Michael Cucek for this gem. I am not sure what Abe ate while in Dehli but if he has been quoted correctly then it appears he may be auditioning for a conjoint ambassadorial-comedian position when he retires from politics. Ultimately, he said, India, Japan and the US should...

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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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Japan and Deterrence Against North Korea After 2010

Japan and Deterrence Against North Korea After 2010

The sinking of the Cheonan and the Yeonpyeong artillery strikes call for serious questions to be raised about the efficacy of the conventional deterrence on the peninsula not just for the US and South Korea, but for Japan too

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Russia Pursues French Mistral Helicopter Carriers: Should Japan Be Worried?

Russia Pursues French Mistral Helicopter Carriers: Should Japan Be Worried?

Buszynski: Declaring that the Mistrals would be deployed in the southern Kurile Islands appears to be a political ploy to up the ante in escalating polemics with the Japanese over the disputed islands.

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Mika Shimizu: Policy Lessons for Japanese Disaster Responses

Mika Shimizu: Policy Lessons for Japanese Disaster Responses

Shimizu: Although the Prime Minister’s office has established more than twenty new offices to respond to the disaster since the earthquake, a pre-event well-understood, resilience-based and focused coordination plan would have helped manage a more effective post-disaster response.

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Biggest Threat to South Korea According to Korean Teenagers: Japan

Biggest Threat to South Korea According to Korean Teenagers: Japan

A survey of Korean middle and high school students finds 44.5% consider Japan the biggest threat to South Korea. Are the results the effect of politicized education?

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Peter Ennis on Futenma Relocation Plan

Peter Ennis on Futenma Relocation Plan

Peter Ennis: The lengthy joint security statement marks the demise of the 2006 bilateral “roadmap” for restructuring US forces in Japan, particularly the plan to construct a facility to replace to US Marine Air Station Futenma.

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Weekly Playboy: Post-Quake Image Boost Sees SDF Recruitment Rise

Weekly Playboy: Post-Quake Image Boost Sees SDF Recruitment Rise

Weekly Playboy: Post-quake support for the SDF has resulted in greater interest at the recruitment offices.

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The Diplomat: Where is the GSDF Going?

The Diplomat: Where is the GSDF Going?

Philippe de Koning: Unfortunately, the recent improvement in Japanese perceptions of the SDF may also be overshadowing the struggles that have been taking place within the largest branch of Japan's military over the past several years.

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Yuriko Koike on Kan, the Nuclear Problem and Asia

Yuriko Koike on Kan, the Nuclear Problem and Asia

Yuriko Koike: For Kan, the real priority during the nuclear crisis was his government’s effort to maintain its grip on power, not reassuring Japan’s neighbors of the actions it was taking to contain a potential threat to their citizens.

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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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WSJ Japan Real-Time: SDF to get extra hazard pay?

WSJ Japan Real-Time: SDF to get extra hazard pay?

Yoree Koh at Japan Real-Time, the Wall Street Journal’s magazine-like answer to Japan coverage, put out a very interesting post last night hinting at great compensation for those SDF members involved in disaster relief efforts in Tohoku: The Defense Ministry is considering whether to increase the daily extra compensation allotted to SDF personnel to as...

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