On The Scene
MSDF Ships Visit Yokohama's Minato Mirai

MSDF Ships Visit Yokohama’s Minato Mirai

MSDF vessels put into Yokohama for a public open-day event. JSW's James Simpson was on the scene, unprepared but eager to serve.

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A Tohoku Earthquake Retrospective...

A Tohoku Earthquake Retrospective…

One year on, James Simpson remembers the Tohoku Earthquake and considers the challenges its has posed, and those that continue to lie ahead.

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Fuji Firepower Review 2011

Fuji Firepower Review 2011

On Sunday, August 28th 2011, the GSDF held its extravagant annual public review at the Higashi Fuji Maneuver Area near Gotemba, Shizuoka. The live-fire spectacle costs a few hundred million yen, an incredible amount of taxpayer's money that this blogger was able to see being put to 'work'.

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GSDF Fuji School 57th Open Day 2011 [Part Two]

GSDF Fuji School 57th Open Day 2011 [Part Two]

On July 10th, 2011, the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Fuji School of Combined Arms threw open its gates for the annual open day. James Simpson reports on the disaster relief display on show that day.

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The Complete JSW Tohoku Research Trip Report

The Complete JSW Tohoku Research Trip Report

On July 1st-4th, JSW writers visited Miyagi Prefecture to conduct a tour of the areas affected by the tsunami. This post brings together the research trip posts, and adds some final features to the appendices.

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Tohoku Trip: Onagawa

Tohoku Trip: Onagawa

Part of the Tohoku Research Trip Report. In the center of the town, a four-story building lies on its side, a prominent reminder, as if the rubble weren't enough, of what went on in Onagawa on March 11th, 2011.

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GSDF Fuji School 57th Open Day 2011 [Part One]

GSDF Fuji School 57th Open Day 2011 [Part One]

On July 10th, 2011, the Ground Self-Defense Force's Fuji School of Combined Arms threw open its gates for the annual open day. James Simpson reports on the force review and display that day.

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Tohoku Trip: Kesennuma

Tohoku Trip: Kesennuma

Part of the Tohoku Research Trip Report. The tsunami caused fires on the oil floating on the waters above the port in Kesennuma: an inferno on the water, a living nightmare that lasted 4 days.

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Tohoku Trip: Minami-Sanriku

Tohoku Trip: Minami-Sanriku

Part of the Tohoku Research Trip Report. The devastation at Minami-Sanriku is breathtaking. Rubble is everywhere, the sea wall has broken away, and debris is strewn everywhere. Matsubara Park, once a green relaxation spot, is now home to a growing mountain of rubble.

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Tohoku Trip: Ishinomaki

Tohoku Trip: Ishinomaki

Part of the Tohoku Research Trip Report. The gap between the destruction and life as usual is barely a block-thick in Ishinomaki. On one road you see children and shoppers, on the next one over, only construction vehicles and wreckage.

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Tohoku Trip: On the Plains - From Higashi-Matsushima to Minami-Soma

Tohoku Trip: On the Plains – From Higashi-Matsushima to Minami-Soma

Part of the Tohoku Research Trip Report. The towns on the plains south of Sendai been covered in mud and water. Among them Minami-Soma, which lies on the edge of the 30km radiation exclusion zone around Fukushima Dai-ichi. What future lies for these towns so utterly destroyed by the tsunami?

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Tohoku Trip: Visiting the Disaster Zone - Introduction

Tohoku Trip: Visiting the Disaster Zone – Introduction

The introduction to a series of posts discussing a trip to the tsunami disaster zone in Miyagi Prefecture.

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