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Branching Out: Asia Security Watch

Japan Security Watch branches out into Asia over at Asia Security Watch. Read the official announcement here for more details.

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Japan Security Watch, Defending Japan blogs merge

In the time I’ve been running Japan Security Watch, I’ve learned a great deal about Japanese defense issues. It’s been a real education, and a lot of fun. I’ve also met some really interesting people from all over the world, particularly from Japan. That’s one of the things that I’ve enjoyed the most about blogging:...

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New Japan Security Blog!

The Japanese security blogosphere* just doubled! James Simpson’s Defending Japan launched last week, and already has lots of content. Go give it a read! Even better, put it in your RSS reader and follow James. You’ll be glad you did. *The English speaking part, anyway.

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Forays into Japanese media with Google Translation

A data DVD on Self Defense Force equipment is described as follows: As the only country that covers annual SDF equipment, overlapping 47-year-old publication, “Self-Defense Forces equipment Yearbook 2009-2010″ full-fledged version of the database. ASDF Navy photo equipment, dimensions of performance and commentary entitled to receive a detailed introduction. CD-ROM version incorporates lots of unique...

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Blogging to resume next Tuesday

     

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Blogging will be light…

…over the next few days. Got a ship to catch in the morning — this one, actually — and then covering some local ship-related events.

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30,000!

Thursday evening this blog hit 30,000 readers. 294 posts in seven months. Not sure how I did it, but glad I did. Thanks everyone for visiting!

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Housekeeping Note

Starting next week, I’m going to have to require valid email addresses from comments on JSW. Comments without email addresses will not be approved. I don’t care what commenters say (as long as it’s not deliberately offensive) but I like the idea of people owning their comments, at least a little bit. Email addresses will...

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Housekeeping Note

I’ll be guest editing at War Is Boring starting next week, and posting here might slow down a bit. David Axe is going to the Congo for six weeks, and someone has to keep WIB going in case he comes back. As for Mr. Axe, he’s got a new book out, give it a read....

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Japan Security Watch: first negative review!

Looking through the link referrals today, I noticed that some posts here have been excerpted at FreePublic.com. A reader named “Tainan” says: “I’m not really a fan of that blog. Very amateurish. Reminds me of someone jumping into the deep end before they have mastered the ability to swim.” Well, Um, “Tainan”…this is a learning...

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Linking to Wikipedia

Here at Japan Security Watch I link to Wikipedia. I do it a lot, sometimes several times in a single post. This morning, while checking my RSS feeds, I saw a post at BloggingPro called “5 Blogging DON’Ts that P*** Me Off“.  One of them is: DON’T Link to Wikipedia. While the majority of information...

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On English, Japanese, and Japan Security Watch

One thing you might have noticed with this blog is that although it’s a study of Japanese security issues, I don’t actually draw on Japanese-language sources. The reason for this is simple: I don’t read or speak Japanese. I am currently in my second year of Japanese studies (and was recently roundly thrashed by verb...

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