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Is F-35 the Right Choice for Japan?

Is F-35 the Right Choice for Japan?

Examining some of the perspectives that grew out of international media coverage of Japan's decision to purchase the F-35 as a replacement to its aging fleet of F-4 Phantoms.

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Discussion: North Korean Mobile ICBMs - Implications for Japan

Discussion: North Korean Mobile ICBMs – Implications for Japan

JSW readers discuss the implications of news that North Korea is developing road-mobile ICBMs capable of reaching Japan.

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Nippon.com: The Gulf War and Japanese Diplomacy

The Gulf War was a watershed moment in Japanese foreign policy history and its effects still ripple across the foreign policy debate. The excellent Nippon.com covers the issue as part of a series of featured articles on Japanese post-Cold War foreign policy.

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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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Will the South Sudan PKO mission push SDF constraints?

Will the South Sudan PKO mission push SDF constraints?

The DPJ is opening the door to discussions on revising the restrictions on the SDF under the current PKO law ahead of it joining the UN mission in South Sudan, where oil interests are at stake.

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Natchan High-Speed Ferry: The SDF and the Use of Civilian Transportation

Natchan High-Speed Ferry: The SDF and the Use of Civilian Transportation

The movement of GSDF vehicles from Hokkaido to Kyushu demonstrates the utility of chartering civilian assets for military logistics, an issue very much in debate among Japan's defense experts

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Japanese ships to get armed guards?

Japanese ships to get armed guards?

Will armed personnel be stationed aboard Japanese ships as an anti-piracy measure? That's one option on the table as the Japanese government considers how it will respond to the widening net of Somali pirates.

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The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

Following the Senkaku Islands incident last year, is it any wonder that the government is working hard on producing a Protection of Secrets Law?

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MoD Requests Funds for Yonaguni Base

MoD Requests Funds for Yonaguni Base

MoD requests funds out of next year's draft budget including the purchase of a base on Yonaguni Island, 4 next-generation fighters, and to cover an increase in small increase in personnel.

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South Sudan PKO: GSDF Engineers to Go to Capital?

South Sudan PKO: GSDF Engineers to Go to Capital?

The Sankei reports on the shape of plans to send GSDF engineers to South Sudan on UN peacekeeping duties.

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What if 9/11 Had Happened in Japan?

What if 9/11 Had Happened in Japan?

The morning of September 11th, 2001 I was waiting in line to catch the ferry to work when a friend called. I’d been seeing hints of something bad going on all morning; when I rolled out of bed at 7am I’d seen reports on the Internet of a plane having crashed into one of the...

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Japan: New Gov't Continuing Arms Export Ban Rethink

Japan: New Gov’t Continuing Arms Export Ban Rethink

Yasuo Ichikawa, Japan's latest Defense Minister, has stated that Japan will continue to look into modifying Japan's unofficial arms export ban.

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