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Nukes, Carriers and Boomers: The Dream of General Tamogami

Nukes, Carriers and Boomers: The Dream of General Tamogami

Tamogami wants Japanese rearmament. He wants a nuclear deterrent for Japan. He wants nuclear propulsion for ships. He wants cruise missiles. He wants aircraft carriers. In short, he wants all of the things many countries already have.

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China to establish permanent patrols near Senkakus

China to establish permanent patrols near Senkakus

    The People’s Republic of China intends to establish permanent patrols by fisheries protection vessels in the vicinity of the Senkaku islands, which are claimed by Japan. The official with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries took the unusual step of granting an interview concerning the Senkaku issue to a foreign media outlet...

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Yonaguni is getting a garrison

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ll=24.379623,123.159485&spn=1.781133,2.947083&t=h&z=9 width=600 height=350 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] First broached last July, a proposal to station troops on Yonaguni island is becoming a reality. The Ministry of Defense has finalized its decision to station around 100 Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) members on Yonaguni Island in Okinawa Prefecture to monitor the coast and the activity of...

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The Japanese really, really distrust China

Via the Daily Yomiuri. Among respondents… 2009 Percent of Japanese who agreed that ties with China “bad”: 47% Percent of Chinese who agreed that ties with Japan “bad”: 43% 2010 Percent of Japanese who considered China “untrustworthy”: 87% Percent of Japanese who agreed that ties with China “bad”: 90% Percent of Chinese who considered Japan...

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Chinese fishing trawler videos leaked

Video shot from Japan Coast Guard vessels during the incident with the Chinese fishing trawler Minjinyu 5179 have been leaked onto YouTube. The video was released to the Diet on October 28th and screened by lawmakers on the 2nd. One of the lawmakers said: “It was a blatant act of obstructing officers from performing their...

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China rescinds invitation to Japanese Training Squadron

      Remember that MSDF Training Squadron that passed through San Francisco five months ago, the one that yours truly (see above) got to hang out on? The one that then proceeded to make a round-the-world trip? The Chinese port of Qingdao was supposed to be the second-to-last port visit. It’s been cancelled. Hanoi,...

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Continuing developments in the Japan – China dispute

- China has released three of the four Fujita Corp. employees arrested for unauthorized filming in a “military zone”. The three Japanese nationals released on Thursday admitted to violating Chinese law, Xinhua news agency said. Japan’s media identified the fourth man as 57-year-old Sadamu Takahashi. A government spokesman said it was not clear why the...

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U.S. cruise missile submarine surfaces in Japan

U.S. cruise missile submarine surfaces in Japan

USS Michigan, a cruise missile-firing nuclear submarine, has surfaced at Yokosuka Naval Base, outside Tokyo. This was actually on Japanese news last night, but because I couldn’t understand what the newscaster was saying (they were rolling video of the stern of Michigan taken from a private boat) I wasn’t sure if it was news or...

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Japan – China Confrontation: one more round

- China called on Japan to offer compensation for the detention of the Chinese ship captain, Zhan Qixiong. A declaration by China’s Foreign Ministry on the captain’s arrest stated that Japan had “flagrantly violated the territorial and sovereign rights of China and the human rights of its citizens.” It continued, “The Chinese government proclaims its...

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Fishing boat incident: one more and I’m done

Really, can’t take it anymore. Too depressing. Publishing this and then taking the weekend off. * Ampontan: coming attractions * Japan Probe: Japan Caves in to Chinese Pressure (comments particularly interesting) * Foreignpolicy.com: photo slideshow

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Is Japan ready for collective self-defense?

That’s the question that the release of the Chinese ship captain begs. In any future conflict, can Japan’s allies really trust Japan not to cut and run if the adversary has the capacity to hurt Japan? By, for example, depriving it of rare earth minerals and calling tourists home? Threatening to cut economic ties? Making...

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So about that rare earth minerals ban…

…apparently it was real after all. I decided to hold off posting on the alleged ban of rare earth minerals from China to Japan, because China issued a pretty quick refutation. Hits at JSW have jumped up quite a bit in the last week and I was really not all that interested in being another...

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