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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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News Flash: Japan-DPRK Secret Talks, Koizumi Still Most Popular PM since 2000

A selection of the news of the day: Japan and North Korea hold (not so) secret talks over abduction issue, the opportunities for Japan-India ties, Gemba hunts for energy security, and polls on the best and worst recent PMs

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Asia Security Watch: The PLA on Afghanistan

Asia Security Watch: The PLA on Afghanistan

As the Iraq war concludes, there have been plenty of debate in the United States about what specific lessons can be learned from the conflict and the ongoing counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan. Curious about what the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) made of the whole enterprise? Andrew Scobell, David Lai, and Roy Kamphausen have edited...

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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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Japan, India to hold 1st Bilateral Exercises in 2012

Japan, India to hold 1st Bilateral Exercises in 2012

The defense ministers of Japan and India agreed this week to hold bilateral naval exercises in 2012.

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Report: India to Propose Joint India - Japan Exercises

Report: India to Propose Joint India – Japan Exercises

From The Pioneer: Defence Minister AK Antony and External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will head to Japan in November this year ahead of newly elected Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda’s visit here in December, sources said. The dates for Antony and Krishna’s visit are being worked out, the sources added. Antony, sources said, will propose a...

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Abe Shinzo's Indian Ocean Adventures

Abe Shinzo's Indian Ocean Adventures

An upfront tip of the hat to Michael Cucek for this gem. I am not sure what Abe ate while in Dehli but if he has been quoted correctly then it appears he may be auditioning for a conjoint ambassadorial-comedian position when he retires from politics. Ultimately, he said, India, Japan and the US should...

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Japanese Destroyers Visit India [UPDATED]

Japanese Destroyers Visit India [UPDATED]

JDS Samidare and JDS Umigiri visit Kochi, India.

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Japan's Arms Export "Ban" Up for Discussion Again

Japan’s Arms Export “Ban” Up for Discussion Again

A Ministry of Defense committee of experts (Defense Manufacturing and Technology Base Research Committee  [防衛生産・技術基盤研究会]), chaired by the well-known Japanese IR analyst Takashi Shiraishi of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, announced in an interim report that Japan should look again at reviewing the collective ban/restrictions on arms exports.1 The main justification put forward for this...

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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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Asian Security Blog: Japan is an E.U. Country Trapped in Asia

Asian Security Blog: Japan is an E.U. Country Trapped in Asia

Here’s a guest post from Robert Kelly, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Diplomacy, Pusan National University. Robert blogs at the excellent Asian Security Blog. JSW and Asian Security Blog will be cross-posting over the next week or so. The Council of Foreign Relations blog, Asia Unbound, is quite good. If you don’t read it, you probably should...

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On India and Japan

“India, Japan are a new counterweight to China.” Published in the Zanesville Times Recorder, no less, I think this sums it all up quite well. “…both India and Japan are worried about the growing China-Pakistan-North Korea cooperation in the nuclear- and missile-technology field. It is their shared concern that is drawing Delhi and Tokyo closer....

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