East China Sea
Japanese Cameras Catch Chinese Naval UAV Again

Japanese Cameras Catch Chinese Naval UAV Again

The Japanese MSDF once more catches a Chinese UAV in flight, but with shots of the deck, might we also learn more of the capacity of the ships carrying them?

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On the Exercise in Kyushu, Okinawa

On the Exercise in Kyushu, Okinawa

As media reporting on the current SDF exercises gets underway, the significant scale is clear to see as Japan charters private vessels to ferry troops and equipment and engages in exercises across Kyushu and Okinawa.

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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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The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

Following the Senkaku Islands incident last year, is it any wonder that the government is working hard on producing a Protection of Secrets Law?

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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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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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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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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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As Plans for Coastal Monitoring Unit Proceed, Yonaguni Residents Raise Voices

As Plans for Coastal Monitoring Unit Proceed, Yonaguni Residents Raise Voices

The MoD is moving towards the purchase of a site to house a GSDF coastal monitoring unit on the island of Yonaguni, part of Okinawa Prefecture. Residents are apparently divided, but opposition is growing.

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News of the Obvious: Japan to Defend Itself if Invaded

News of the Obvious: Japan to Defend Itself if Invaded

Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano has stated that Japan will defend the Senkaku islands if they are invaded.

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JASDF F-15 Crashed in East China Sea, Pilot Missing

JASDF F-15 Crashed in East China Sea, Pilot Missing

A F-15J from the ASDF's 203rd Squadron based at Naha, Okinawa has been confirmed crashed. Pilot unaccounted for.

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