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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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News of the Awkward: Russian Navy to Visit Japan

News of the Awkward: Russian Navy to Visit Japan

Last week, it was Russian bombers flying circles around Japan, doing practice runs on Japanese air defense radars. This week? A friendly visit by the Russian Navy, of course. Of course! A Russian Pacific Fleet’s task force led by the missile cruiser Varyag will arrive on Sunday to Japan on a five-day friendly visit, the...

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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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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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Boosting SDF's Nuclear Accident Response Capabilities

Boosting SDF’s Nuclear Accident Response Capabilities

Yomiuri: The SDF plans to better incorporate operations SDF personnel conducted under highly radioactive conditions. This is expected to include improving response capabilities by beefing up equipment, enhancing cooperation, and holding exercises.

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South Sudan and Japan's 'international contribution'

South Sudan and Japan’s ‘international contribution’

When South Sudan became the world’s newest nation this past weekend UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon made an appeal for Japanese assistance for the UN Peacekeeping mission that will take place in South Sudan. Ban requested SDF helicopters in particular for the purposes of transferring 7-8000 peacekeeping operations personnel within the nation. Praising the...

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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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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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Japan-Australia Military Ties Advance: Joint Air Force Drills

Japan-Australia Military Ties Advance: Joint Air Force Drills

The ASDF and the Royal Australian Air Force will conduct joint training drills in Alaska next month on the sidelines of RED FLAG-ALASKA.

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Has the Earthquake strengthened the US-Japan alliance?

Has the Earthquake strengthened the US-Japan alliance?

Masashi Nishihara: In the past, the two forces had conducted many joint exercises but never joint operations. Now, however, for the first time in the alliance's history, the SDF and US Forces Japan worked together.

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