Guest Posts

Robert Kelly: “What if Ron Paul Won”–Japan and South Korea

JSW pal Robert Kelly, assistant professor at Pusan National University and CNN contributor, has a series of posts at Asian Security Blog speculating on how a Ron Paul presidency would affect U.S. relations with a variety of its neighbors and traditional allies. Regarding Japan, Robert says in part: The real reason for [U.S. Forces Japan]...

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USAF HTV-2 Recalls Japan's HYFLEX Program

USAF HTV-2 Recalls Japan’s HYFLEX Program

Yesterday's HVT-2 launch recalls an earlier effort by Japan to develop a hypersonic spacecraft with a sub-orbital trajectory.

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The Complete JSW Tohoku Research Trip Report

The Complete JSW Tohoku Research Trip Report

On July 1st-4th, JSW writers visited Miyagi Prefecture to conduct a tour of the areas affected by the tsunami. This post brings together the research trip posts, and adds some final features to the appendices.

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Looking Closer at Japanese Satellite Networks During Disaster Response

Looking Closer at Japanese Satellite Networks During Disaster Response

[Courtesy of Peter J. Brown, originally published at Japanese in Space.] Earlier this week, I wrote about a report issued by the Government of Japan’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters (NERHQ). I mentioned that it raised questions about the overall performance, reliability and robustness of Japan’s satellite networks including the “Local Authorities Satellite Communications Network” or LASCOM. Kazuto Suzuki, Professor...

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Japanese Satellites Performed Perfectly, but Once the Ground Stopped Shaking...

Japanese Satellites Performed Perfectly, but Once the Ground Stopped Shaking…

[Courtesy of Peter J. Brown, originally published at Japanese in Space.]   The Government of Japan’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters has released its findings entitled, “Report of Japanese Government to the  IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety – The Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations” dated June 2011.  While the report is geared for a specific technical...

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Guest Post: Japanese options in space multiply

Guest Post: Japanese options in space multiply

The Japanese space sector as a whole is coming to an important crossroads with production capacity on the increase while it strives to fill a huge gaping hole in its radar satellite coverage. Can it keep up with the competition?

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Guest Post: The Skin and Bones of J.Robot

Guest Post: The Skin and Bones of J.Robot

Guest post by from Gavan Gray, prolific commentator at JSW, who is currently a lecturer at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and a PhD Candidate with Leicester University's Department of International Relations where he is researching developments in the Japanese defense industry.

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Waseda Prof.: Take the military out of the equation

Waseda Prof.: Take the military out of the equation

On Saturday, May 7th, Asahi Shimbun published the views of three experts on the SDF’s role in providing assistance and relief to Tohoku (p. 13). The opinions did not make it onto Asahi‘s website, so it is up to JSW to step in with a rough translation. Here is the third pundit’s view: Towards a...

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Pundit: GSDF needs more people for future disaster relief

Pundit: GSDF needs more people for future disaster relief

On Saturday, May 7th, Asahi Shimbun published the views of three experts on the SDF’s role in providing assistance and relief to Tohoku (p. 13). The opinions did not make it onto Asahi‘s website, so it is up to JSW to step in with a rough translation. Here is the first pundit’s view: Clear need...

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Guest Post: WikiLeaks’ Debut in Japan

Guest Post: WikiLeaks’ Debut in Japan

Guest post by Hisanori Hirata, an editor at a major Japanese weekly magazine and student of strategic studies.

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Asian Security Blog: What the Japan Tsunami Tells Us about International Politics

Asian Security Blog: What the Japan Tsunami Tells Us about International Politics

[Here's a guest post from Robert E. Kelly, Associate Professor at Busan National University. Robert blogs at the very fine Asian Security Blog. The post, written shortly after the quake, contains a few dated facts but Bob's points still stand.] For as awful as natural disasters are, they also act as lightning flashes to illuminate the...

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Japan's Earthquake Revealed Key Satellite Gaps

Japan’s Earthquake Revealed Key Satellite Gaps

[The following guest post is courtesy of Peter J. Brown.] When Japan’s earthquake struck, Japan’s wired and wireless communications were quickly knocked out as the telecommunications infrastructure in the impacted zone collapsed. While much has been said about the importance of wireless social networking in such dire circumstances, the reality is that Japan’s emergency communications...

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