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The End of the Twisted Diet: Japanese Security Policy and the Controversies to Come?

The End of the Twisted Diet: Japanese Security Policy and the Controversies to Come?

Over the last two months a significant amount of media coverage on Japan’s security policy evolution has dominated the online sphere. Concerns have been raised about Japan having “offensive aircraft carriers,” developing amphibious capabilities, planning to acquire preemptive strike capabilities, and engaging in debate about Japan exercising its right to collective self-defense. To be sure...

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Japanese Media: Taiwan-Japan Fishing Deal Strategically Significant

Following on from Michal Thim’s ASW post, which contains the details of the deal, the Japanese media reaction has been illuminating, and it appears to be the number one story alongside North Korean missiles on most Japanese news sites. Something appeared to be stirring in late March when it was reported in the Japanese media...

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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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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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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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Japan's Regional Security Environment and Possibilities for Conflict

Japan’s Regional Security Environment and Possibilities for Conflict

The next 5 months could be one of high drama and tension in East Asia geopolitics due to various leadership transitions and elections. In South Korea we have already seen election year sensitivities coming to have real life policy consequences with the last-minute cancellation of the ACSA/GSOMIA military accords between Japan and the ROK. With the presidential...

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Prime Minister Noda and Yasuo Ichikawa, his man at Ichigaya

Prime Minister Noda and Yasuo Ichikawa, his man at Ichigaya

Prime Minister Noda, son of a GSDF paratrooper, appoints an 'amateur' as Minister of Defense, reverses on expectations and disappoints security watchers.

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Guest Post: WikiLeaks’ Debut in Japan

Guest Post: WikiLeaks’ Debut in Japan

Guest post by Hisanori Hirata, an editor at a major Japanese weekly magazine and student of strategic studies.

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U.S. Lawmakers Visit Japan to Promote Bilateral Ties

U.S. Senator Jim Webb led a team of six congressional lawmakers to Japan earlier this week in an effort to push U.S. – Japan ties. Webb, the senior senator from Virginia, is known as something of an Asiaphile. Having served as a Marine officer in Vietnam, Webb has also written about and travelled extensively throughout Asia....

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Towards a Permanent Law for Overseas Deployment

Towards a Permanent Law for Overseas Deployment

Sailors aboard Japanese destroyer JS KONGO (DDG 173) via Wikipedia The Mainichi Daily News reported yesterday that the DPJ “is set to consider legislation for a permanent law to allow the dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) overseas whenever the need arises, as well as to look into authorizing Japan to exercise the right of...

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Secret LDP – PRC pact on Senkakus accidentally broken?

AFP reports on an alleged “secret pact” between the old LDP government and the People’s Republic of China: Aera magazine reported that under Japan’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party, which ruled for half a century until last year, Tokyo and Beijing had made “secret promises” to each other over the territorial issue. “Under the secret promises,...

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