Kurils

Russian Flying Museum Visits Japan

  According to RIA Novrosti, five Russian military aircraft flew near Japan yesterday, causing Japanese air defenses to scramble. According to the ministry, a total of five Russian planes, including two Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers, two Su-24 Fencer reconnaissance planes and an A-50 Mainstay airborne early warning and control aircraft skirted Japanese territory on Wednesday....

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Russian Bombers Encircle Japan on Intimidation Mission

Russian Bombers Encircle Japan on Intimidation Mission

The Bears are back. Once again, Russia sent  Tu-95 (NATO reporting name: Bear) heavy bombers on a highly provocative flight that practically encircled the three major islands of Japan. From Kyodo / Mainichi Daily News: The Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged Thursday that two Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers flew over the Pacific Ocean and other areas for...

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News of the Obvious: Japan to Defend Itself if Invaded

News of the Obvious: Japan to Defend Itself if Invaded

Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano has stated that Japan will defend the Senkaku islands if they are invaded.

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Russia Pursues French Mistral Helicopter Carriers: Should Japan Be Worried?

Russia Pursues French Mistral Helicopter Carriers: Should Japan Be Worried?

Buszynski: Declaring that the Mistrals would be deployed in the southern Kurile Islands appears to be a political ploy to up the ante in escalating polemics with the Japanese over the disputed islands.

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NHK: ASDF jet scrambling at 15-year high in FY2010

NHK: ASDF jet scrambling at 15-year high in FY2010

Last year was a busy year for Japan’s fly-boys, the ASDF, according to NHK today: The Defense Ministry said the Air Self-Defense Force conducted 386 emergency take-offs in the fiscal year that ended in March. That’s an increase of 87 from the previous fiscal year. Air Self-Defense Force jets were scrambled 264 times to ward...

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Kazuo Ogoura on Russian aims in the Northern Territories

Kazuo Ogoura on Russian aims in the Northern Territories

The president of the Japan Foundation, Kazuo Ogoura, had an editorial in the Japan Times today examining the current Northern Territories flare-up. Ogoura spent 40 years working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 18 of which were in ambassadorial positions in Vietnam, South Korea and France. Reported Russian military steps or such intentions with regard...

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Why is Russia in a mad scramble to fortify the Kurils?

Why is Russia in a mad scramble to fortify the Kurils?

Itar-Tass reported Tuesday that Russia plans to use the first two of the Mistral amphibious assault ships it is purchasing from France “to protect the south Kurile Islands.” Russia is planning on buying at least three of the ships, the first two of which will be built in France. There’s been a lot of speculation...

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"I too can contribute to the return of the Northern Territories”

“I too can contribute to the return of the Northern Territories”

The Wall Street Journal’s Japan Realtime blog published the Cabinet Office’s latest weapon in the fuming Russo-Japanese war of words. The image below is a full-page advertisement taken out in the major Japanese dailies on Northern Territories Day (Monday 7th February) as Naoto Kan told a rally of Northern Territories campaigners of his outrage at...

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Watch This Space: Russo-Japanese Relations

[This is JSW's first 'Watch This Space,' a type of post that will address emerging and lesser discussed issues that Japan security watchers should be aware of.] Summary: Relations between Japan and Russia are souring over the disputed Southern Kuril Islands, known in Japan as the Northern Territories. Two issues are causing upset at Japan’s...

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News on all fronts for Japan’s territorial disputes (Jan 30 2011)

News on all fronts for Japan’s territorial disputes (Jan 30 2011)

Senkaku Islands and Takeshima Shu Watanabe, a DPJ member of the Upper House – and owner of what has to be one of the worst politician’s site in the modern day, will become the party’s first lawmaker to celebrate ‘Takeshima Day’, a festival designed to emphasize Japan’s claim over the Liancourt Rocks – Takeshima to...

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Now Russia hardening on territorial claims

Russian president Dmitri Medvedev has cancelled a planned trip to the disputed “Northern Territories”, but vows to make the trip again, soon. The latest diplomatic crisis was sparked by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s tour of the easternmost section of his country and his comments that the four islands represent “a very important region in our...

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Q & A on visiting the Northern Territories

The Mainichi Daily News with a set of frequently asked question and answers on why the Japanese government frowns on Japanese visiting the “Northern Territories”: Japan’s name for the four islands in the Kuril chain that were captured by Russia at the end of World War II and never returned. Q: Is it really such...

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