Naoto Kan
Guest Post: In the Wake of Disaster We Pause to Reflect

Guest Post: In the Wake of Disaster We Pause to Reflect

[The following guest post comes from Sam Porter, undergraduate at George Washington University writing for Cornell's Diplomacist blog, and currently on exchange at Kyoto University]   The First Tremors It has now been four days since the “Great Sendai Earthquake” struck Japan on March 11th. Relayed in real time over streaming video on countless Japanese...

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Managing the US-Japan Alliance

Managing the US-Japan Alliance

The US-Japan Security Treaty has been the backbone of Japan’s national defense posture for 51 years. In its current form, the security of Japan is heavily reliant on the US military presence. While most Japanese recognise the importance of the pact for their security, the relationship is not without significant tension nor existential crises. 20...

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Fukushima Mizuho back into centre-stage?

Fukushima Mizuho back into centre-stage?

Over at my other site I have written about the perilous situation that the Kan government finds itself in in regards to the ruling Democratic Party of Japan’s legislative program. To be sure this situation has been ongoing for sometime now but it has become slightly more problematic in the last week. If you are interested...

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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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Japan: The Self-Defense Force and Snow

Japan: The Self-Defense Force and Snow

It is important to remember that the SDF’s most common domestic role is as emergency and disaster relief provider. Annually, the Ground Self-Defense Force are typically asked to help with the mountains of snow that collects across this nation. This winter has been no different. On December 28th 2010, the Daily Yomiuri reported that 300...

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Japan and the Crisis in Egypt

Japan and the Crisis in Egypt

Egypt is in the midst of a popular uprising and no-one knows what end is in sight. This has led to the Israeli embassy being evacuated from Cairo by helicopter, and countless others trying to determine whether they should or not, and how they will take care of their citizens in the country. Japan is...

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Weekend Update: Jan 16 2011

Weekend Update: Jan 16 2011

#1: US-China arms race? US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was in Beijing to discuss improving military ties between the US and China. On his arrival, the PLAAF tested their new J-20 fighter, apparently without telling President Hu Jintao. The test signalled “the military’s opposition to Gates’s trip and to U.S. efforts to improve military connections...

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Towards a Permanent Law for Overseas Deployment

Towards a Permanent Law for Overseas Deployment

Sailors aboard Japanese destroyer JS KONGO (DDG 173) via Wikipedia The Mainichi Daily News reported yesterday that the DPJ “is set to consider legislation for a permanent law to allow the dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) overseas whenever the need arises, as well as to look into authorizing Japan to exercise the right of...

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