Japan Coast Guard
Coast Guard to pick up retiring Hatsuyuki-class destroyers?

Coast Guard to pick up retiring Hatsuyuki-class destroyers?

The MSDF and Japan Coast Guard are in talks to push retiring Hatsuyuki-class destroyers into service patrolling the Senkaku islands to cover a shortage of mid-term vessel numbers.

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Shukan Bunshun, "The Reasons Why the Senkaku Islands are Japan Territory"

Shukan Bunshun, “The Reasons Why the Senkaku Islands are Japan Territory”

A translation of an article in the Shukan Bunshun reflects upon the Japanese perspective on the Senkaku island dispute and China's rise.

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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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News Flash: Ichikawa Gone, Tokiwa on Fire, SDF to South Sudan

News Flash: Ichikawa Gone, Tokiwa on Fire, SDF to South Sudan

A selection of the news of the day: Defense Minister Ichikawa will be replaced, JS Tokiwa catches fire, and the advance party to South Sudan holds their leaving ceremony.

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Asia Security Watch: China's new maritime patrol aircraft

Asia Security Watch: China's new maritime patrol aircraft

Maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) are some of the most valuable and versatile platforms for navies and air forces in the Asia-Pacific region. It has now been confirmed by internet sources that China's indigenous MPA programme has literally taken off. Wilson Chau explores the potential purposes for a Chinese MPA.

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Where Are They Now? Chinese Skipper in Senkaku Brouhaha Growing Fat, Banned from Fishing

Where Are They Now? Chinese Skipper in Senkaku Brouhaha Growing Fat, Banned from Fishing

A year after his arrest by the Japan Coast Guard for fishing in Japanese territorial waters, Chinese fishing captain and “Hero of the Chinese People” Tan Qi Xiong is stuck on land, unable to go to sea. A reporter from the Mainichi Japan went to visit him at his home on the Taiwan Strait. Just...

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2 More Chinese Fishing Boat Captains Arrested

Here we (maybe) go again.

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The Diplomat: Japan's Soft Power Chance

The Diplomat: Japan’s Soft Power Chance

A proposal for humanitarian assistance / disaster relief ships to serve Japan and abroad.

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MSDF Minesweeper collides with fishing boat

MSDF Minesweeper collides with fishing boat

Sankei: MSDF minesweeper JS Kuroshima made contact with the Sumiyoshi Maru, a fishing boat. There no injuries and no oil leaked.

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Tohoku Earthquake: The Coast Guard's Response

Tohoku Earthquake: The Coast Guard’s Response

The Coast Guard have not received the same attention as the SDF, despite being involved in the search and rescue efforts - partly this is due to them being far off shore and underwater, invisible to reporters on the ground, but also because they are far fewer in number.

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The Next Day

The Next Day

Yesterday I experienced the most surreal moments my still short life has had to offer: terra firma swaying like the deck of a storm-stricken ship, and a two-hour walk home through absolute darkness in the outskirts of the world’s largest city. My wife returned home after an eight-hour walk, a fellow refugee from Tokyo in...

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Mike Mochizuki on Sino-Japanese relations and the Senkaku incident

Mike Mochizuki on Sino-Japanese relations and the Senkaku incident

Another interesting read this morning was The Oriental Economist’s Richard Katz’s interview with Mike Mochizuki, a leading academic on Japanese politics and foreign policy. Asia Policy Point, for whom Mochizuki is a board member, reprinted the interview online for all to see. Katz:Is this incident a turning point in the “threat perception” of China by...

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