Naoto Kan
Problems piling up for the Japanese F-35 dream

Problems piling up for the Japanese F-35 dream

The Yomiuri has published (j) a report worrying about the British Sunday Times’ revelation that BAE Systems internal network may have been hacked by Chinese spies and critical information on the F-35 fighter may have been lost. Both the UK and the US were targets of the attack. In particular there is concern that the advanced...

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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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Charting the Recent AFP/GfK Poll on Japanese Public Opinion

Charting the Recent AFP/GfK Poll on Japanese Public Opinion

In early September, Associated Press/GfK released the results of a survey on Japanese public opinion covering a wide range of issues. JSW steps in to provide the data as graphs for all to read.

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China, Korea, and Noda

China, Korea, and Noda

The temperature was turned up a little in diplomatic relations between China, Korea and Japan on the election of new Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko earlier this week, with both Chinese and Korean media and government sources questioning the suitability of Noda’s thoughts on historical issues. The first thing that needs to be said is that...

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Kevin Maher: US Offered Unmanned Helicopters, Japan Concerned About Compensation

Kevin Maher: US Offered Unmanned Helicopters, Japan Concerned About Compensation

Kevin Maher's book, "The Japan that Can't Decide," describes a 2-week interrogation of the US by Japan over the list of equipment it could provide to help the relief effort - was the Japanese government overly concerned with the cost? Is this PM Kan's fault? The Sankei Shimbun says yes.

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Mika Shimizu: Policy Lessons for Japanese Disaster Responses

Mika Shimizu: Policy Lessons for Japanese Disaster Responses

Shimizu: Although the Prime Minister’s office has established more than twenty new offices to respond to the disaster since the earthquake, a pre-event well-understood, resilience-based and focused coordination plan would have helped manage a more effective post-disaster response.

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Is PM Kan Holding the FX Program Hostage?

Is PM Kan Holding the FX Program Hostage?

Sankei: Pretending to be an expert → becomes increasingly confused → dodges responsibility by retracting his statement. This is the change Kan underwent when faced with the nuclear incident, and now he cannot be excused from this FX selection blunder either.

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Futenma Relocation Plan "Op-Ed"

Futenma Relocation Plan “Op-Ed”

Almost as a if it was a direct response to the previous article by Peter Ennis linked to by James Simpson, the Centre for Strategic International Studies “Japan Chair Platform” has published  a piece by Dr. Jeff Hornung called “Questioning the Senators’ Proposal on U.S. Force Realignment in Japan.” It is a curious piece to say the...

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Pew Research Poll: Most Japanese Happy With SDF Response to the Earthquake

95% of the respondents said that the SDF's response to the disaster was good - ranking it significantly higher than the media, government, Prime Minister and the Tokyo Electric Power Company.

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Yuriko Koike on Kan, the Nuclear Problem and Asia

Yuriko Koike on Kan, the Nuclear Problem and Asia

Yuriko Koike: For Kan, the real priority during the nuclear crisis was his government’s effort to maintain its grip on power, not reassuring Japan’s neighbors of the actions it was taking to contain a potential threat to their citizens.

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Former JDA Chief: Japan must come to terms with its Self-Defence Force

Former JDA Chief: Japan must come to terms with its Self-Defence Force

On Saturday, May 7th, Asahi Shimbun published the views of three experts on the SDF’s role in providing assistance and relief to Tohoku (p. 13). The opinions did not make it onto Asahi‘s website, so it is up to JSW to step in with a rough translation. Here is the second pundit’s view: We must...

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Kan after 3/11

Kan after 3/11

The Great Tohoku Earthquake struck as Japan’s Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, slid towards the political precipice. That the earthquake gave him a timely war-surge of support should come as no surprise: when the nation needs a leader, they’ll go with what they’ve got. However, as emergency turns to reconstruction, has Naoto Kan proven himself fit...

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