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Japan's Regional Security Environment and Possibilities for Conflict

Japan’s Regional Security Environment and Possibilities for Conflict

The next 5 months could be one of high drama and tension in East Asia geopolitics due to various leadership transitions and elections. In South Korea we have already seen election year sensitivities coming to have real life policy consequences with the last-minute cancellation of the ACSA/GSOMIA military accords between Japan and the ROK. With the presidential...

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Problems piling up for the Japanese F-35 dream

Problems piling up for the Japanese F-35 dream

The Yomiuri has published (j) a report worrying about the British Sunday Times’ revelation that BAE Systems internal network may have been hacked by Chinese spies and critical information on the F-35 fighter may have been lost. Both the UK and the US were targets of the attack. In particular there is concern that the advanced...

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Futenma Realignment Adjustment: Relief for the Alliance or Long-term Danger?

Futenma Realignment Adjustment: Relief for the Alliance or Long-term Danger?

The always wonderfully straightforward and sensible Yuki Tatsumi has published a short piece on CSIS arguing that, although there might be a sense of relief on both sides of the Pacific after the agreement to separate the construction of the Henoko replacement facility for Futenma from the transfer of US Marines to Guam and return...

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Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Start your week with JSW's Monday Morning Reading, with some of the more in-depth articles we came across to keep you going throughout your working week.

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Ichikawa Gone, Tanaka In

Ichikawa Gone, Tanaka In

Prime Minister Noda selects Naoki Tanaka as the next Minister of Defense, but is he the right man for the job?

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Jeffery W. Hornung on the Futenma Impasse (Link)

As the US turns to Asia, Jeffrey W. Hornung of CSIS presses on the need to fix the realignment plan and push ahead in the context of US strategy:

A resolution [to the Futenma realignment problem] is required because as the United States pivots to the Asia-Pacific region, it is imperative to know what the U.S. force posture is going to look like and how Japan fits in this strategy, and then work to implement it. Excess focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. Marine presence in Okinawa diverts attention away from the sizable role to be played by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force at Yokosuka and Kadena in the event of a regional contingency. The region is rapidly changing, and the quicker the problems of realignment are settled, the quicker the United States and Japan can adapt to meet those changes.

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Futenma Relocation Plan "Op-Ed"

Futenma Relocation Plan “Op-Ed”

Almost as a if it was a direct response to the previous article by Peter Ennis linked to by James Simpson, the Centre for Strategic International Studies “Japan Chair Platform” has published  a piece by Dr. Jeff Hornung called “Questioning the Senators’ Proposal on U.S. Force Realignment in Japan.” It is a curious piece to say the...

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Peter Ennis on Futenma Relocation Plan

Peter Ennis on Futenma Relocation Plan

Peter Ennis: The lengthy joint security statement marks the demise of the 2006 bilateral “roadmap” for restructuring US forces in Japan, particularly the plan to construct a facility to replace to US Marine Air Station Futenma.

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What “Burden”?

What “Burden”?

Here’s another guest post from JSW contributor Shino Hateruma. This is an introductory post by Shino on U.S. – Japanese relations and the bases on Okinawa. Shino is Japanese but identifies herself as Okinawan. Congratulations to Shino for being accepted into the Ph.D. program at Waseda University! Considering the concentration of the military stationed there,...

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Recommended Read: Economic Crisis Shakes US Forces Overseas

Recommended Read: Economic Crisis Shakes US Forces Overseas

    I would like to recommend an interesting article written by Yonamine Michiyo over at Japan Focus. Originally appearing in the February addition of Sekai, it has been translated by Rumi Sakamoto and Matthew Allen (Rumi also lectures at the University of Auckland and I believe Matthew used to). Among other things it provides a thorough...

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Fukushima Mizuho back into centre-stage?

Fukushima Mizuho back into centre-stage?

Over at my other site I have written about the perilous situation that the Kan government finds itself in in regards to the ruling Democratic Party of Japan’s legislative program. To be sure this situation has been ongoing for sometime now but it has become slightly more problematic in the last week. If you are interested...

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Why do half of US voters want their troops out of Japan?

Why do half of US voters want their troops out of Japan?

In a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters in the US on 27th January 2011, 48% answered that the US should remove its troops from Japan. What does this say about the US-Japanese alliance?  Not a lot, perhaps, as the survey was conducted in response to the Congressional scrutiny of  the future defense...

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