Ground forces
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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Could this be the SDF's next-gen artillery?

Could this be the SDF's next-gen artillery?

A life-cycle cost report gives artillery nerds a little eye-candy: an concept for the SDF's future self-propelled artillery piece to replace the FH-70 towed howitzer by 2016.

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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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T-90s to Leave Higashi-Chitose for Oita Tomorrow Morning

T-90s to Leave Higashi-Chitose for Oita Tomorrow Morning

A local Hokkaido newspaper reports on the very slow journey to be taken by Hokkaido's 7th Division Type-90 tanks and other armored vehicles as they make their way to Kyushu for a major exercise.

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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 Diplomat: Train Japanese Forces Abroad

The Diplomat: Train Japanese Forces Abroad

My proposal for shuttling Japanese air and ground forces to the U.S. for training, “Train Japanese Forces Abroad“, is up at The Diplomat. A solution to the training problem is to move the training grounds all the way across the Pacific, to the United States. The US has plentiful land for training air and ground...

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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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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries target of cyber-attack

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries target of cyber-attack

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, one of Japan's largest defense manufacturers, has had its several of its computers across many sites compromised by viruses.

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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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YouTube Fridays: The History of GSDF Tanks, in Plastic

The history of Japanese postwar main battle tanks in plastic.

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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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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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