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Hokkaido's Type-90 Tanks To Train in Kyushu

Hokkaido's Type-90 Tanks To Train in Kyushu

Japan's most controversial tank, the Type-90, is to take part in exercises in Kyushu. The tank is currently only deployed in Hokkaido and so must make the journey across the country along with over a hundred other vehicles.

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The Price of Dinner in the MSDF

The Price of Dinner in the MSDF

¥47 million down the drain as MSDF reconsiders its force-wide year-old nutritional management menu-planning software. Will heads roll?

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The Mainichi Rides Along with Japan's Senkaku Patrol

The Mainichi Rides Along with Japan's Senkaku Patrol

A reporter with the Mainichi Daily News goes on a ride-along on a MSDF P-3C Orion as it patrols the Senkaku archipelago. On this day, Oct. 13, I have been given the chance to come along with highly trained members of the MSDF’s 5th Aviation Group on a training flight over the East China Sea...

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ASDF Scrambles Against China Tripled On Last Year

ASDF Scrambles Against China Tripled On Last Year

The first half of FY2011, as Japan dealt with the aftermath of the Tohoku Earthquake, the ASDF was scrambled a record number of times in response to Chinese flights - triple the amount of scrambles over the same period in 2010.

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Where Are They Now? Chinese Skipper in Senkaku Brouhaha Growing Fat, Banned from Fishing

Where Are They Now? Chinese Skipper in Senkaku Brouhaha Growing Fat, Banned from Fishing

A year after his arrest by the Japan Coast Guard for fishing in Japanese territorial waters, Chinese fishing captain and “Hero of the Chinese People” Tan Qi Xiong is stuck on land, unable to go to sea. A reporter from the Mainichi Japan went to visit him at his home on the Taiwan Strait. Just...

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The GSDF's Nansei Garrisons: What Will They Look Like?

The GSDF’s Nansei Garrisons: What Will They Look Like?

Kyodo has a report on plans to install ground troops on the Nansei islands, and how such garrisons may resemble existing GSDF garrisons for Tsushima and northern Hokkaido. The ministry is eyeing reinforcing surveillance around Japan’s western border as the Self-Defense Forces is only sparsely dispatched in areas to the west of Okinawa’s main island,...

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2 More Chinese Fishing Boat Captains Arrested

Here we (maybe) go again.

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

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

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 force review and display that day.

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Tohoku Trip: Kesennuma

Tohoku Trip: Kesennuma

Part of the Tohoku Research Trip Report. The tsunami caused fires on the oil floating on the waters above the port in Kesennuma: an inferno on the water, a living nightmare that lasted 4 days.

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Mika Shimizu: Policy Lessons for Japanese Disaster Responses

Mika Shimizu: Policy Lessons for Japanese Disaster Responses

Shimizu: Although the Prime Minister’s office has established more than twenty new offices to respond to the disaster since the earthquake, a pre-event well-understood, resilience-based and focused coordination plan would have helped manage a more effective post-disaster response.

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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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