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Japan, U.S., U.K. in Joint Minesweeper Exercises

Japan, U.S., U.K. in Joint Minesweeper Exercises

Kyodo reports that the Japan will join the United States and United Kingdom in minesweeping exercises in October.

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Japan's Armed Force Levels, 2011-2015

Japan’s Armed Force Levels, 2011-2015

  The National Defense Program Guidelines are out in English (click image to enlarge; here for the PDF), reflecting desirable force levels for the 2011-2015 period. Highlights include: - An increase in the submarine fleet from 16 to 22, likely due to the retention of older submarines (Japan tends to retire submarines when they reach...

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Wikileaks: The Self Defense Forces and a Korean Contingency

Wikileaks: The Self Defense Forces and a Korean Contingency

Buried in a United States State Department cable dated July 31st, 2008 is a description of how Japan would respond to a contingency on the Korean peninsula. SUBJECT: DASD MAHNKEN MEETINGS IN JAPAN ON BILATERAL PLANNING JSDF Planning for a Korean Contingency ————————————– ¶9. (S) MOD and JSO representatives gave a presentation on JSDF activities...

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