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JSDF on 2012 Asia - Pacific Humanitarian Mission

JSDF on 2012 Asia – Pacific Humanitarian Mission

Japan will once again send ships and personnel to an annual U.S. – led humanitarian and civic action program. Japan will send the landing ship, tank JS Oosumi, two Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) and twenty medical personnel to Pacific Partnership 2012. The Japanese medical personnel will serve on the mission command ship, the hospital...

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Japan's 'Three Principles of Arms Exports' about to enter a new phase

Japan’s ‘Three Principles of Arms Exports’ about to enter a new phase

At today’s meeting of the Japanese Security Council (安全保障会議) the proposal to relax Japan’s ‘Three Principles of Arms Exports’ (武器輸出三原則 – hereafter, the ‘Three Principles’) will be tabled and agreed to. The information will be publicly promulgated by way of a Chief Cabinet Secretary Statement (官房長官談話). That this is finally happening is not much of...

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2011 and Japan: Highlighting the Positive Role of the SDF

2011 and Japan: Highlighting the Positive Role of the SDF

JSW contributor James Simpson offers his take on the most important security development for Japan and its neighborhood over the past year: better societal-military relations in Japan.

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Oriki briefs Pacific Defense Chiefs on Tohoku

Oriki briefs Pacific Defense Chiefs on Tohoku

Last month the 14th annual Chiefs of Defense Conference was held at Camp Smith, Hawaii. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), the conference . Past attendees to the conference include defense chiefs from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, France, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Korea,...

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Japan Echo Web: Behind the Scenes of Operation Tomodachi

Japan Echo Web translated an eye-opening interview with representatives of the GSDF and USMC covering the decision-making and background to the US relief mission following the Tohoku Earthquake.

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Will the South Sudan PKO mission push SDF constraints?

Will the South Sudan PKO mission push SDF constraints?

The DPJ is opening the door to discussions on revising the restrictions on the SDF under the current PKO law ahead of it joining the UN mission in South Sudan, where oil interests are at stake.

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South Sudan PKO: GSDF Engineers to Go to Capital?

South Sudan PKO: GSDF Engineers to Go to Capital?

The Sankei reports on the shape of plans to send GSDF engineers to South Sudan on UN peacekeeping duties.

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Japan Wants to Send SDF Engineers to South Sudan

Japan Wants to Send SDF Engineers to South Sudan

The Noda administration plans to send up to 300 engineers to the South Sudan, in a plan that will be announced next week in New York.

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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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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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The Diplomat: Japan's Soft Power Chance

The Diplomat: Japan’s Soft Power Chance

A proposal for humanitarian assistance / disaster relief ships to serve Japan and abroad.

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