disaster relief
Asahi Shimbun: Matsushima Fighter Loss is "Failure to Act"

Asahi Shimbun: Matsushima Fighter Loss is "Failure to Act"

The Asahi Shimbun‘s daily column Vox Populi took on the issue of the F-2 fighters destroyed at Matsushima by the 3/11 tsunami. Eighteen F-2  fighters were inundated by water and slammed into buildings and floating debris. In all, twelve of the F-2s have been judged beyond repair and will be scrapped. The complete article is...

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YouTube Fridays: Japan's Spherical UAV

Via Akihabara News, an article about Japan’s latest robot, developed by the Ministry of Defense. “Because the exterior is round, this machine can land in all kinds of attitudes, and move along the ground. It can also keep in contact with a wall while flying. Because it’s round, it can just roll along the ground,...

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The Diplomat: Train Japanese Forces Abroad

The Diplomat: Train Japanese Forces Abroad

My proposal for shuttling Japanese air and ground forces to the U.S. for training, “Train Japanese Forces Abroad“, is up at The Diplomat. A solution to the training problem is to move the training grounds all the way across the Pacific, to the United States. The US has plentiful land for training air and ground...

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Competition Rises for SDF Reservist Candidates

Competition Rises for SDF Reservist Candidates

The reservist recruiting body for the SDF in Kanagawa has posted record-breaking interest as the SDF's civilian reservists receive post-disaster boost.

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Kevin Maher: US Offered Unmanned Helicopters, Japan Concerned About Compensation

Kevin Maher: US Offered Unmanned Helicopters, Japan Concerned About Compensation

Kevin Maher's book, "The Japan that Can't Decide," describes a 2-week interrogation of the US by Japan over the list of equipment it could provide to help the relief effort - was the Japanese government overly concerned with the cost? Is this PM Kan's fault? The Sankei Shimbun says yes.

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GSDF Fuji School 57th Open Day 2011 [Part Two]

GSDF Fuji School 57th Open Day 2011 [Part Two]

On July 10th, 2011, the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Fuji School of Combined Arms threw open its gates for the annual open day. James Simpson reports on the disaster relief display on show that day.

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The SDF in South Sudan

The SDF in South Sudan

The previous post on Japan’s SDF potentially taking part in a new peacekeeping operation in South Sudan led to some useful discussion in the comments section. The issue was back on the agenda this week with Ban Ki-moon touching down in Japan and requesting Japanese participation. To be clear, the South Sudan mission would be...

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The Complete JSW Tohoku Research Trip Report

The Complete JSW Tohoku Research Trip Report

On July 1st-4th, JSW writers visited Miyagi Prefecture to conduct a tour of the areas affected by the tsunami. This post brings together the research trip posts, and adds some final features to the appendices.

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JSW Talks: Prof Sabine Frühstück

JSW Talks: Prof Sabine Frühstück

JSW talks to Prof. Sabine Frühstück, author of 'Uneasy Warriors', to discuss the Tohoku Earthquake's impact on the SDF's identity and future, and what that future may hold for its female service members.

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Head of SDF Earthquake Response New Head of GSDF

Head of SDF Earthquake Response New Head of GSDF

GSDF Lt. General Eiji Kimizuka has been appointed as the new GSDF Chief of Staff. Kimizuka headed up the Self-Defense Force's first ever tri-service operation in its response to the Tohoku Earthquake

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Tohoku Trip: Onagawa

Tohoku Trip: Onagawa

Part of the Tohoku Research Trip Report. In the center of the town, a four-story building lies on its side, a prominent reminder, as if the rubble weren't enough, of what went on in Onagawa on March 11th, 2011.

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Jeffrey Hornung: The Risks of 'Disaster Nationalism'

Jeffrey Hornung: The Risks of ‘Disaster Nationalism’

While the politicians play politics and attempt to secure whatever capital they can out of the disaster, it is the officials in the ministries and local government offices that will make sure that Japan stays on course.

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