U.S. Navy
Natchan High-Speed Ferry: The SDF and the Use of Civilian Transportation

Natchan High-Speed Ferry: The SDF and the Use of Civilian Transportation

The movement of GSDF vehicles from Hokkaido to Kyushu demonstrates the utility of chartering civilian assets for military logistics, an issue very much in debate among Japan's defense experts

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Japan Air Self Defense Force Tankers May Refuel U.S. Aircraft (Under Certain Conditions, Of Course)

Japan Air Self Defense Force Tankers May Refuel U.S. Aircraft (Under Certain Conditions, Of Course)

JASDF tankers may now refuel American aircraft during military exercises.

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JSDF Troops May Have to "Hitch a Ride" to Defend Their Own Country

JSDF Troops May Have to “Hitch a Ride” to Defend Their Own Country

SDF troops may need to "hitch a ride" with commercial transportation or U.S. military forces to get to remote Japanese territory. It's a bad idea.

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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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Will Japan Shoot Down Its Own Spy Satellite?

Will Japan Shoot Down Its Own Spy Satellite?

Will the Japanese follow the Americans and shoot down their own satellite?

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MSDF in New Hollywood Film, "BATTLESHIP"

MSDF in New Hollywood Film, “BATTLESHIP”

For the first time, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force is set appear to appear in a Hollywood film. “BATTLESHIP”, based on the popular board game, is a movie about a multinational naval task force exercising off Hawaii and encountering a hostile alien sea flotilla. Click here for the trailer. The “multinational naval task force...

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Japan, U.S., Australia to Hold Exercises in South China Sea.

Japan, U.S., Australia to Hold Exercises in South China Sea.

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ll=8.21149,113.181152&spn=15.610614,18.918457&t=h&z=6 width=575 height=400 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] Well, this is going to be interesting. US, Japan, Australia announce joint South China Sea exercise TOKYO — The U.S., Japanese and Australian navies will Saturday hold a joint drill in the South China Sea — most of which China claims as its maritime territory — Japan’s...

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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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The Evolution of the JMSDF Helicopter Destroyer Concept and JS Hyuga

The Evolution of the JMSDF Helicopter Destroyer Concept and JS Hyuga

U.S. Naval War College article, "A New Carrier Race: Strategy, Force Planning, and JS Hyuga."

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PACOM on U.S. Relief Efforts in Japan (March 25, 2011)

PACOM on U.S. Relief Efforts in Japan (March 25, 2011)

Via U.S. Pacific Command. Items in bold highlighted by JSW. Updated as of 12:39 a.m. HST March 25, 2011An Operations Update on the Relief Effort in Japan U.S. Air Force PACAF has generated 265 sorties moving 3,315 passengers and more than 2,512 short tons (5,025,600 million lbs) of cargo in support of Japan Relief Efforts....

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Great Tohoku Earthquake: SDF & U.S. Military Video

Here’s a collection of videos featuring the JSDF and U.S. Military in action. SDF convoy at night moving towards Tohoku area This one appears to be at a NBC casualty receiving point Damage at Matsushima AB SH-60s from USS Ronald Reagan delivering aid.

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Great Tohoku Earthquake: Military Movements [UPDATED MONDAY]

Great Tohoku Earthquake: Military Movements [UPDATED MONDAY]

At approximately 2:50pm local time a series of powerful earthquakes hit the northeastern part of Japan. The strongest of the earthquakes has been measured at 8.9 on the Richter scale and was felt as far away as Beijing.The earthquakes, along with resulting tsunamis and fires have so far claimed at least 300 lives, with that...

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