Intelligence
The Death of Kim Jong-il and Japanese Intelligence

The Death of Kim Jong-il and Japanese Intelligence

The Shukan Bunshun covers the poor handling of the death of Kim Jong-il by Japanese intelligence and, more seriously, Japanese politicians.

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Top Intelligence Post Vacant

Top Intelligence Post Vacant

Masaru Tsuji steps down as Deputy Director-General of the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office with no-one stepping into replace him. What is going on with Japan's central intelligence body?

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KHI: Phishing Email Came From Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies

KHI: Phishing Email Came From Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies

Kyodo Press reports on the roots of the phishing attempt upon Kawasaki Heavy Industries, another major defense contractor affected by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries cyber-security scare

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Extent of "cyber-attack" at MHI increasingly visible

Extent of "cyber-attack" at MHI increasingly visible

Daily Yomiuri reports that data on Japan's Type-80 air-to-ship missile was among data stolen in 300,000 unauthorized access attempts made to a server at a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries site in Komaki, Aichi.

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The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

Following the Senkaku Islands incident last year, is it any wonder that the government is working hard on producing a Protection of Secrets Law?

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Noda, IGS, and the DPJ's Space Dilemma

Noda, IGS, and the DPJ's Space Dilemma

[Courtesy of Peter J. Brown, originally published at Japanese in Space.]  In his address to the Diet in mid-September, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda stated that -  “In order to call forth the aspiration to become a pioneer of a new era among the young, we will advance the development of human resources, including the bringing up global human resources, and educate...

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Wanted: New Small Satellite Launch Vehicles for Japan

Wanted: New Small Satellite Launch Vehicles for Japan

Japanese research into small satellites using aircraft as launch platforms is moving forward.

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The PLAN's Annual Miyakojima Run, 2011

The PLAN’s Annual Miyakojima Run, 2011

For the second time in two years, a PLAN task force of more than ten ships passed through the Miyako Strait en route to the Pacific. On June 8-9 eleven PLAN ships passed in international waters between the Japanese islands of Miyakojima and Okinawa. The ships passed through the strait again Thursday, on their way...

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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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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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Satellites Stack Up Over Japan: Chinese Satellites Fall into Line, Too

Satellites Stack Up Over Japan: Chinese Satellites Fall into Line, Too

[The following guest post is courtesy of Peter J. Brown.]   One recent entry on the “SpaceAID” satellite tasking page which was posted by the UN Platform for Space–based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) to track the many satellites passing high over Japan following the earthquake and tsunami has attracted very little...

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Japan-ASEAN Summit on cyberwarfare countermeasures

Japan-ASEAN Summit on cyberwarfare countermeasures

While it seems that Sino-Japan relations are on an upward trajectory,1 the degree of concern about China’s behaviour has not necessarily declined throughout East Asia. Today the Yomiuri Shimbun has reported (jp) that Japan will host a meeting with ASEAN with a view to strengthening cyberwarfare countermeasures cooperation – and the article suggests there will be...

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