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MSDF Ships Visit Yokohama's Minato Mirai

MSDF Ships Visit Yokohama’s Minato Mirai

MSDF vessels put into Yokohama for a public open-day event. JSW's James Simpson was on the scene, unprepared but eager to serve.

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MSDF Destroyers Visit Vietnam

MSDF Destroyers Visit Vietnam

Three MSDF destroyers visited the Vietnamese port of Haiphong Sunday, starting a visit expected to last through Friday. They are the destroyers JS Hamagiru (sic), JS Sawayuki and JS Asayuki, led by Colonel Tomoo Mizukami, commander of the Japanese Navy’s 15th fleet of Escort Ships. Colonel Mizukami and the ships’ officers paid courtesy visits to...

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Update on GSDF’s First Mass-Produced Type-10

The Type-10 Tank during its induction ceremony

The Type-10 Tank during its induction ceremony (Source: Jiji)

Remember back in January when we showed you a video of the first mass production Type-10 tank being induced into the Fuji School of Armor? Well, Shukan Shincho reported in their February 2nd issue that the ceremony was actually hit by a stroke of bad luck: the tank was to be shown off in a demonstration, but on January 9th, the day before the initiation ceremony, a malfunction was discovered in the the protection circuit of the power system forcing the GSDF to cancel the demonstration. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the manufacturer, stated that they were unable to comment on the issue, but the GSDF Public Affairs Office announced that it was a program error, and that repair work was completed on January 22nd.

A bad start for all involved, and as the Shukan Shincho wrote: “You cannot be helped for feeling it’s had bad luck from the beginning.”

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Video: Type-10 Tank Initiation Ceremony

From Jiji on January 10th, we have this wonderful video of the initiation ceremony of the first mass production model of the Type-10 tank into the GSDF’s armor training unit at the GSDF Fuji School in Shizuoka Prefecture, whose open day I attended last year.

Until this point, the Type-10s in use at the school have been experimental production models. The mass production model now entering service with the school is the product of several changes and upgrades on the experimental models.

Once the school has received its complement of tanks, expect to see their use extending into the GSDF’s armored units for general service, bringing a much-needed modern light-weight battle tank to fill the gaps caused by the restrictions of the use of the Type-90 outside Hokkaido.

[H/T to Corey Wallace]

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Fuji Firepower Review 2011

Fuji Firepower Review 2011

On Sunday, August 28th 2011, the GSDF held its extravagant annual public review at the Higashi Fuji Maneuver Area near Gotemba, Shizuoka. The live-fire spectacle costs a few hundred million yen, an incredible amount of taxpayer's money that this blogger was able to see being put to 'work'.

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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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SDF Leadership Unhappy about Proceeding with Military Air Review

SDF Leadership Unhappy about Proceeding with Military Air Review

Sankei Shimbun: Uniformed leadership within the Ministry of Defense are unhappy that plans for the Military Air Review are continuing, drawing funds from the post-disaster restoration efforts.

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Events: Lecture on Defense Policy in San Francisco

Events: Lecture on Defense Policy in San Francisco

Courtesy the Japan Society of Northern California: Lecture on Japan’s Defense Policy by Dr. Masashi Nishihara Friday, April 1, 2011 Please join us for a lecture on Japan’s defense policy by Dr. Masashi Nishihara, President of the Research Institute for Peace and Security.Previously, Dr. Nishihara served as President of the National Defense Academy, where he was...

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In the D.C. Area this weekend?

In the D.C. Area this weekend?

Between February 4th and 11th, the US-Japan Research Institute, a consortium of five major Japanese universities (Keio, Tōdai, Kyōdai, Waseda and Ritsumeikan), will be holding a series of events on Japanese-US relations. While all the events on the first are full, there are several of interest to JSW readers from the 7th: Seminar 2: East...

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