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On the Exercise in Kyushu, Okinawa

On the Exercise in Kyushu, Okinawa

As media reporting on the current SDF exercises gets underway, the significant scale is clear to see as Japan charters private vessels to ferry troops and equipment and engages in exercises across Kyushu and Okinawa.

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Could this be the SDF's next-gen artillery?

Could this be the SDF's next-gen artillery?

A life-cycle cost report gives artillery nerds a little eye-candy: an concept for the SDF's future self-propelled artillery piece to replace the FH-70 towed howitzer by 2016.

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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 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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Protecting South Korea's West Sea Islands: Israel's Spike Missiles

Protecting South Korea’s West Sea Islands: Israel’s Spike Missiles

South Korea wants to purchase 50 Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel and would like to deploy them on Yeonpyeong island by mid-2012, Yonhap News reported on Monday. The island, which was hit by North Korean artillery last November, is only 12 km from North Korea’s coast. It is part of a group of islands known...

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Fallout from the North-South Military Talks?

Fallout from the North-South Military Talks?

As expected, the North Koreans walked out on the military talks they begged to have with the South after being told that they would have to apologise for the attack on the Cheonan destroyer and strike against Yeonpyeong. North Korea’s mouthpiece, the Korean Central News Agency, released a scathing tirade against the ‘traitors’ in the south...

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Japan’s cluster munitions inventory: 14,011

    This blog has been following Japan’s status as signatory to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The short version: Japan agreed to do away with all cluster munitions in its inventory, and must be rid of them entirely within 8 years. But how many does Japan have? Well, now we know the answer: 14,011....

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The most awkward job ever

Japan has begun disposal of chemical weapons left behind in China at the end of World War II. According to its responsibilities under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), Japan must dispose of chemical weapons unearthed in China. Out of 48,000 chemical weapons unearthed since 2000, 37,000 found in around Nanking will be disposed of by...

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About that cluster bomb ban that took effect…

Spencer Ackerman at Danger Room posted earlier this week about the Convention on Cluster Munitions–essentially a ban on munitions that dispense “cluster” bomblets. As Spencer points out, the ban has hit the magic number of 30 countries ratifying the accord, and so the ban will go into effect August 1st. Article 1 of the convention...

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