Budget

Japan and AirSea Battle

I recently finished listening to T.X. Hammes on the Midrats podcast for the second time. If you don’t listen to Midrats you should, particularly when they address Asia/Pacific. I think Sal gets Asia wrong at times, but he and Eagle1 ask good questions. They have good guests, and they let their guests talk (sometimes on and on...

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On the Misuse of the Reconstruction Budget

On the Misuse of the Reconstruction Budget

James Simpson takes issue with the reporting of misuse of reconstruction budget funds by the Ministry of Defense.

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Key Figures from the MoD FY2013 Budget Request

Key Figures from the MoD FY2013 Budget Request

The Ministry of Defense publishes its FY2013 budget appropriations request including several previously unreported figures.

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Factlet #1: Personnel Costs Account for 45% of SDF Budget

Of the ¥4,645.3 billion currently drafted for defense for FY2012, 45% (¥2,070.1 billion) will be paid towards personnel labor and supplies (food, etc.) costs. This would also include training costs.

Defense Related Costs (FY2012 Draft Budget)

Defense Related Costs (FY2012 Draft Budget) (Source: Weekly Toyo Keizai)

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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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Cost disparity between Japanese and US military hardware

Cost disparity between Japanese and US military hardware

With Japan scaling back its defense budget, it is important to understand how the country spends its money. One of the areas often forgotten by general observers is the sheer cost at which Japan purchases its hardware. Japan pursues an informal policy of building whatever it can within the country, either through domestic research and...

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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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2010 Defense Budget: The Big Cost of Small (and Not So Small) Arms

2010 Defense Budget: The Big Cost of Small (and Not So Small) Arms

These numbers are taken from the 2010 Defense budget located here (2.2 Mb PDF.) SiG 220 handgun: 1,004 @ ¥200,000,000 ($1,992 USD each) Cost of U.S. Equivalent: SiG 226, U.S. civilian market, $816.00* (2010)   Type 89 Rifle: 10,012 @ ¥2,800,000,000 ($2,796 each) Cost of U.S. Equivalent: M16A4 Rifle, $784.00 (2010)   M700 Anti-Personnel Sniper...

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Japan basing costs, SDF and U.S.

Japan pays a fairly large amount to host U.S. forces, and to make sure the communities around SDF and U.S. bases don’t complain too much. Here’s the numbers and wording directly from the 2010 budget. Promotion of Base Measures Expenses for measures including the prevention and reduction of negative impact resulting from activities by SDF,...

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2010 Defense Budget

The 2010 Japan Defense Budget is up and on the web, and I decided to print it out and blog commentary on it. It’s really unlike the U.S. defense budget. On one hand, it has interesting details, such as diagrams on how “fire and forget” air-to-air missiles work, as opposed to radar-homing missiles. On the...

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