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NY Times: "Japan Shifting Further Away From Pacifism"

NY Times: “Japan Shifting Further Away From Pacifism”

To be sure, the article itself is solid and talks to all the right people, including Professor Richard Samuels and Associate Professor Michishita Narushige who are both outstanding scholars of Japan’s security strategy. Ultimately, despite appearances below, the article doesn’t bother me all that much. But it provides a good opportunity to reflect on a few...

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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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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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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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Japan’s Radar Network

Japan’s Radar Network

Last time on Hardware Monday, we looked at the J/FPS-5, Japan’s most advanced radar installation and a key part of its ballistic missile defense system. This time, we will look at the radar network more broadly. Extent of Radar Network The computerised network, known as JADGE (Japan Aerospace Defense Ground Environment), is operated and maintained...

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Hardware Monday: J/FPS-5 Fixed 3D Radar

Hardware Monday: J/FPS-5 Fixed 3D Radar

The FPS-5 is Japan’s most advanced fixed radar installation in its ballistic missile defense system. Its distinctive tortoise shell-like dome covers have earned it the nickname ‘Gamera radar’ after Godzilla’s turtle-derived rival. Mitsubishi Electric produce the 34-metres high structures containing three antennae of between 12- and 18-metre diameter. The FPS-5 prototype was constructed at the...

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Led by BMD Projects, Japan Stepping into the World of Arms Exports

Led by BMD Projects, Japan Stepping into the World of Arms Exports

Japan’s arms export ban effectively means that Japan and Japan’s industry cannot export weapons abroad. The law explicitly bans the sale of Japanese weapons, from rifles to warships to foreign governments. It also bans the transfer of weapons technology. While the law was liberalized several years ago to allow for cooperation with the United States...

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Japan BMD defenses to be strengthened on ground, sea

Japan BMD defenses to be strengthened on ground, sea

Japan is increasing its BMD defenses, doubling the number of air defense units equipped with Patriot PAC-3 from 3 to 6. The PAC-3 missile system, designed to shoot down an incoming missile from the ground moments before reaching its target, will be deployed by all six Air Self-Defense Force air-defense missile groups from three at...

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Quick history of Japan’s at-sea BMD program

At Defense Industry Daily. Pretty good rundown, check it out.

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She shoots, she scores!

Kirishima did it, successfully shooting down an Orbital Sciences Medium Range Target launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Here’s the Missile Defense Agency press release: Joint Japan-U.S. Missile Defense Flight Test Successful The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced the successful...

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MSDF to participate in BMD test next month

MSDF to participate in BMD test next month

The guided missile destroyer JDS Kirishima is to visit Hawaii next month to participate in a Ballistic Missile Defense test. Kirishima was recently upgraded at Nagasaki with the capability to shoot down ballistic missiles. Kirishima was the fourth and last ship of the Kongo-class destroyers to be upgraded, and with her Japan now has four destroyers...

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Multinational BMD conference held in Kyoto

If you’re in Kyoto and have $1,400 USD to spare, you might want to check out the Year 2010 Multinational BMD Conference and Exhibition, at the Kyoto International Conference Center. Organized by the American Institute for Aeronautics, the 2010 conference describes itself thusly: OVERVIEW Delegates attending this year’s conference will have the opportunity to hear views from...

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