U.S. Navy
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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What “Burden”?

What “Burden”?

Here’s another guest post from JSW contributor Shino Hateruma. This is an introductory post by Shino on U.S. – Japanese relations and the bases on Okinawa. Shino is Japanese but identifies herself as Okinawan. Congratulations to Shino for being accepted into the Ph.D. program at Waseda University! Considering the concentration of the military stationed there,...

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Iron Fist 2011: "How Good Are These Guys?" (Part 4 of 4)

Iron Fist 2011: “How Good Are These Guys?” (Part 4 of 4)

Fourth of a four part series. The Japan Self Defense Forces are a lot like subatomic particles. Everyone knows they exist, or rather believes in the larger order of things that says they should exist, but few people can really tell you what they’re really like. The SDF keeps a low profile, in large part due...

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