Gulf of Aden
Japan's MSDF leads and China's PLA(N) follows

Japan’s MSDF leads and China’s PLA(N) follows

In among Japan’s much more proactive approach to Southeast Asia, including stronger commitments of aid and security cooperation to Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam, and increased tension over the Senkaku islands due to developments in Japan’s domestic politics, you could be forgiven for thinking that Japan and China have completely burned their bridges in the last...

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Recent SDF Deployments News

Recent SDF Deployments News

There have been three notable pieces of news regarding SDF deployments in the past week: Tornado Relief A tornado struck the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, as well as other locations in Ibaraki and Tochigi on Sunday May 6th, damaging around 2000 buildings with surprisingly only one death (a 14 year old boy) and over...

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Asia Security Watch: Seychelles invites China to set up naval base

Asia Security Watch: Seychelles invites China to set up naval base

The Government of the Seychelles has invited China to establish a naval anti-piracy base on its territory. This could offer Beijing a significant staging point in the Indian Ocean. How would India respond?

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SAPIO: Japanese ship already using PMCs for armed protection

SAPIO: Japanese ship already using PMCs for armed protection

SAPIO reports that Japanese companies are already using PMCs to provide security to their freighters. This article from the current print edition discusses how one shipping company views the security of their vessels and personnel.

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Japanese ships to get armed guards?

Japanese ships to get armed guards?

Will armed personnel be stationed aboard Japanese ships as an anti-piracy measure? That's one option on the table as the Japanese government considers how it will respond to the widening net of Somali pirates.

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Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Foreign Ministry official: Djibouti base will make it easier for the SDF to cooperate with U.S. counterterrorism operation. Being able to swiftly deploy SDF forces to trouble spots for PKO can contribute to the security of neighboring nations.

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Yomiuri: SDF to establish first overseas base

Yomiuri: SDF to establish first overseas base

Yomiuri: The government announced that the SDF will open its first forward-deployment base for its counter-piracy mission in Djibouti, East Africa, on June 1st.

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China rocks the boat

China rocks the boat

It was a disturbing week for China-watchers. March 2nd saw the Chinese causing trouble with their neighbours: two Y-8 planes headed to the Senkaku islands causing the Japanese ASDF to scramble into action, illegal fishing inside Korean waters, and the harassment of Philippine vessels near the Spratly Islands. Add the other concerning news that there...

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Samho Jewelry: Lessons for Japan

Samho Jewelry: Lessons for Japan

As Japan Security Watch has previously reported, the MSDF’s Kirisame (DD-104) and Yudachi (DD-103) destroyers are deployed in the Gulf of Aden as part of a multinational anti-piracy effort off the coast of Somalia. Japan’s deployment has so far given protection to 1,393 vessels of various flags. South Korea is also operating in the region...

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MSDF Anti-Piracy Role Protects 32,600 Sailors So Far

MSDF Anti-Piracy Role Protects 32,600 Sailors So Far

The Japanese Embassy in the Philippines is boasting of the MSDF’s role in multilateral anti-piracy efforts off the coast of the Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. According to their press release, Filipino sailors benefited most from the Japanese presence. The MSDF’s mission includes aiding not only Japanese-flagged ships, but also those of other countries....

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