Japanese politics
New Minister and a Change of Pace at Ichigaya

New Minister and a Change of Pace at Ichigaya

Incoming Defense Minister Onodera's foreign policy background and Ichigaya's new breeze of life over the New Year.

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PRC in 1950: "Senkaku Islands" as Part of Okinawa?

PRC in 1950: “Senkaku Islands” as Part of Okinawa?

Jiji Press in Japan went big yesterday (日) on an exclusive revolving around historical PRC government documents related to PRC awareness of the territorial dispute over the islands, publishing a number of articles and commentaries in rapid fire succession. The Japanese government’s position has been that the PRC, at least, only made a claim to the islands after...

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The Japanese Election, the LDP's Manifesto, and Defense

The Japanese Election, the LDP’s Manifesto, and Defense

The Liberal Democratic Party, the party likely to gain the most seats in the upcoming election, has put out an election manifesto with two not particularly new but nonetheless interesting proposals. 1) For Japan to embrace exercising its right to collective self-defense (集団的自衛権行使) if necessary, either by constitutional change or constitutional reinterpretation if necessary. 2)...

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Senkakus/Diaoyu Islands Standoff De-Escalates

When China describes something as a “core interest”, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. A core interest is exactly what it sounds like — something that China views as essential to China’s economy and security. Perhaps more importantly the core interest label tends to denote something that China believes is not open to...

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On the Misuse of the Reconstruction Budget

On the Misuse of the Reconstruction Budget

James Simpson takes issue with the reporting of misuse of reconstruction budget funds by the Ministry of Defense.

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Shukan Bunshun: Senkaku Naval Battle: JSDF’s Secret Simulation

Another article, translated by a JSW pal, from the Japanese weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun, October 4, 2012. Senkaku Naval Battle: JSDF’s Secret Simulation “China is definitely planning a strategy to conquer the Senkaku Islands,” claimed senior researcher of Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Richard Fisher.  The chance of a Senkaku Battle is not...

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The Atlantic — Japan and the U.S: It’s Time to Rethink Your Relationship

I have an article up at The Atlantic on the U.S. – Japan alliance titled, “Japan and the U.S. It’s Time to Rethink Your Relationship.” Give it a read and have a great weekend.  

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Two Large Steps for the Australia-Japan Relationship on the Horizon?

Two Large Steps for the Australia-Japan Relationship on the Horizon?

Two very interesting pieces of news have surfaced in the last two days regarding the Australia-Japan relationship. On Wednesday morning (日) in New York, Japan and Australia, on the heels of the recent two-plus-two dialogue in Sydney, agreed to further deepening of the strategic partnership, and explicitly committed themselves to making a breakthrough on the Economic Partnership Agreement...

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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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Key Figures from the MoD FY2013 Budget Request

Key Figures from the MoD FY2013 Budget Request

The Ministry of Defense publishes its FY2013 budget appropriations request including several previously unreported figures.

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New Japan Self Defense Force Initiatives on Amphibious Warfare, Global Hawk, Cyber-Terrorism

New Japan Self Defense Force Initiatives on Amphibious Warfare, Global Hawk, Cyber-Terrorism

Japan has announced a series of initiatives to bolster the Self Defense Forces’ ability to respond to new and potential threats. The initiatives span from cyber to amphibious warfare and fill gaps in existing capability. TV Asahi has broken the news that the Self Defense Forces plan on buying four U.S.-made AAV-7 amphibious assault vehicles...

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The Kageura Survey: Japan, the U.S., Nukes, Missiles, and Women

JASDF Colonel Seiki Kageura, an international fellow at Brookings, wrote a paper on how think tankers and the media view Japan entitled, “Japan’s Defense Policy: The View From Washington D.C.” (PDF). The survey — and the responses by think tankers to the survey — stirred up some things I’d been thinking about for some time....

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